Graduations are always a time of celebration. For eighth graders, we celebrate their academic accomplishments during their time at Immanuel as they prepare to move on to high school. For kindergarten students, we celebrate their accomplishments during their first year of school, counting to 100, knowing their ABC’s, and growing in faith as they prepare to move to first grade. It is also a celebration of the committed teachers who have helped each of these children of God grow academically, spiritually, and emotionally. Graduations are a time of completion as well as new beginnings, a time of reflection, and anticipation of what is to come.
As Christians we also anticipate a graduation, not from elementary school or high school, but from this life to the next. Jesus tells us in John 14:2-4, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Jesus has promised us a place in Heaven not based on what we know or do, but based on our faith in Him. Through His death and resurrection He has secured us a place with Him in Heaven and a graduation that we can truly look forward to and celebrate.
Graduation: This past Thursday twenty six 8th graders received their diplomas and prepare to move on to high school. We thank and praise God for these young men and women and pray God’s blessings on them as they transition to a new stage in their life. We also want to recognize the seven Immanuel congregation graduates. They are Abraham Bowen, Hannah Edgel, Avery Gohr, McKenzie Jaramillo, Jared Martinez, Dominic Romero, and Makayla Sandoval.