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News for 12/1/2021

Shoe Box Time

Operation Christmas Child has been a special project for the kids at St John Lutheran Church for many years. This project gives the kids the opportunity to fill shoe boxes with health items and other gifts for children around the world.

Salina was the closest drop off for many years. Then Kearney, NE became a drop off point. Now, for the past few years, Phillipsburg’s TFC office has become the nearest location.

This year the TFC office collected a record number of boxes, and 91 of them came from the kids at St John Lutheran. Entire families are impacted by a single box. Many times a family with several children receive only one box. This means the items in the box are often divided up and the whole family shares the love of a single box!

The United Church in Kensington also packed shoe boxes. Their goal this year was 60 and they achieved packing 61 boxes!

Mat Makers

This group will meet again December 11, from 9-noon, at St. John Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to come see how we make plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless.


JS Wagner passed away Friday afternoon, November 19. He had many years dedicated to our local school system. His son Joel stated he was the BIGGEST REMOTE TR FAN. Please keep the Wagner family in your prayers.

Karen Pollock passed away in the early morning hours Sunday, November 21. Karen was a wonderful asset and always involved in the Kensington community. She helped each year with the Veterans Day Celebration and the community Thanksgiving dinner. As well as the legion meals every Friday night. Please keep the Pollock family in your prayers.

KAYS Winter Jam

Saturday, December 4, from 9am – 12pm, all Pre K - 6th are invited to join in the fun! Thunder Ridge High School KAYS will host Winter Jam at the High School gym in Kensington. The cost to participate is $15 per child. Girls will get hair styled, manicures and have crafts to enjoy. Boys will play sports and other games. Permission slips were sent home with the kids, but if you did not see one please contact sponsors Kathi Boden or Robin Billings. Please register by Thursday, Dec. 2nd.

Thunder Ridge Ballgames & Important Dates

Thur. 2- MS BB @Agra vs St. John’s-Tipton 4:00pm

Fri. 3- HS BB @ Chase 5:30pm: No JV/Girl’s Varsity followed by Boy's Varsity

Mon. 6- 2:30pm Early Dismissal for Teacher In-Service; No MS BB practice; K-3 & 9-12 Christmas Music Program @ HS 7:00pm

Tue. 7- HS BB Tournament @ Stockton 6pm start

Thur. 9- Transportation meeting 8:00am @ MS; MS BB @Agra vs Northern Valley 4:00pm

Fri. 10- HS BB Tournament @ Stockton 6pm start

Sat. 11- HS BB Tournament @ Stockton 3pm start

Mon. 13- 4-8 Christmas Music Program @ MS 7:00pm; No MS BB practice

Tue. 14- HS BB @ Home vs Natoma 4pm

Wed. 15- HS Finals - Odd

Thur. 16- HS Finals - Even; MS BB @Agra vs Lakeside 4:00pm;

Fri. 17- End of Quarter 2; 12:15pm Early Dismissal for Christmas Break

Dec. 20-31: No School – Christmas Break

Mon. January 3: School Resumes

Weekly Inspiration

Life is too short for constant stress. The only person you can control is you. So, count your blessings, value the people who love you, make the most of each day, and let go of the stress.

“Don’t count the days; Make today count.” -Muhammad Ali

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