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August 2017 Newsletter

AUGUST - 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Greetings from the President’s desk;

Wow!  Can’t believe we are already in the middle of Summer!   They say time goes quickly when you’re having fun.  That being said, I hope you are having just that.  Lots of FUN, FUN, FUN!!!  Whether it has been all FUN, or just life as usual, I truly hope you are all well in the Lord. 

As we walk through this journey called LIFE, may we be reminded that fun and happiness depends on circumstances, and those can change rapidly.   True JOY is available to us at all times, even when life blindsides us.  May God continue to fill you with His Joy and Strength, in His Son Jesus Christ, no matter where you may find yourself at this very moment.

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Psalms 51:12 KJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22- 23 KJV

Pre-registration is now open for the October 6-7th 2017, ENOCH of NJ's first one and a half Day Entrepreneurial workshop for the homeschoolers of New Jersey and bordering states.  I know it is two months away, but we really need to get a good idea ASAP at what the attendance is going to be.  So, please do not procrastinate and miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to learn from the revolutionary and exciting teachings of Rhea Perry.

These workshops give you a practical framework on Training Children to Be Leaders Instead of followers.   I know Homeschooling parents, above all, desire to instill vision and encourage their children to be leaders?

The Workshops are focused on encouraging your children to: 

• Serve God

• Discover their gifts

• Serve others with their gifts and talents

• Develop an entrepreneurial mindset 

• Get specific education to operate in the Internet Age

• Provide well for their families

• Live financially free

• Contribute well to their communities. 

The admission fee has been set as follows: 

PRE-REGISTRATION:  Single Adults are $20, and Entire Family for $40 (This includes all immediate family members and Grand Parents).   

REGULAR REGISTRATION:  Single Adults are $35, and Entire Family is $55 (This includes all immediate family members and Grand Parents).   

So, what are you waiting for??  It only takes a few minutes to register.

Visit ENOCH's website for workshop outlines and registration forms:   https://enochnj.webconnex.com/EntrepreneurshipWorkshop

TWO VIDEO CLIPS – QUICK GLIMPSES OF A COUPLE OF RHEA’S CONFERENCES:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/rhea.efs%40gmail.com/15d914165d60ade5?projector=1

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/rhea.efs%40gmail.com/15d914165d60ade5?projector=1

May you all continue to enjoy the remainder of the summer, and quality time with your families. 

God Bless and keep you all.   

David A. West
ENOCH President
www.enochnj.org
https://www.facebook.com/EnochNJ/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/enochnj/

ENOCH EVENTS AND NEWS!

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BOXTOPS for EDUCATION

You all know that ENOCH earns money by you sending us box tops, but did you know that you could also help ENOCH earn money by entering contests and shopping on-line? And you’re not going to believe how easy it is! Join Boxtops for Education and pick ENOCH as the school that you are going to support. Click BOXTOPS for EDUCATION and then "Sign Up to Support your School." In the lower right hand corner, put in the zip code 07735 and then click "FIND YOUR SCHOOL." Click on ENOCH's name and fill out the simple form! Explore the awesome site, enter some fun contests, let the kids play a game or two, do some online shopping, even print coupons for your next shopping trip with items that have BOXTOPS! Clip the BOXTOPS and send them on in! So far ENOCH has earned over $500. This has helped us greatly and we appreciate anything you could do for us.

Send Boxtops to:

Deborah O'Brien
c/o ENOCH of NJ
90 Nottingham Drive
Brick, NJ 08724

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SUPPORT ENOCH

Support ENOCH when you shop on Amazon! Click here a link your shopping to Amazon Smiles. Find Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers (ENOCH) of NJ. A percentage of your shopping is donated to ENOCH!

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All homeschooling families are encouraged to join Home School Legal Defense Association now and use ENOCH's special discount rate!

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ENCOURAGING WORDS

SHE’S IN MY HEART FOREVER

-- A TRUE STORY by Jo Ann Smotrys

As a Hospice Volunteer, I'm told my Nursing Home patient is not responsive to stimulation. She doesn't respond to anyone. She doesn't speak. She doesn't show emotion. When I visited, even though it was July, I 'played' a tape of Christmas Carols... something we all can relate to... something we're all familiar with. She has dementia. She has forgotten so much. She has forgotten how to live. I hold her hands. I look into her eyes. I talk to her as the music plays. I watch as I see a smile upon her face. I listen as she tries to speak. I hug her. I remind her she is a 'child of God'. I remind her of the gift He is to each of us. As we listen to songs that speak of His birth, I remind her that He died for us. He hung upon the Cross at Calvary for our sins.

I glance around to see her friend has tears streaming down his face. Why? "She hasn't smiled or spoken for so long... I can't remember", he says. He's been there every day for 8 years to watch over her. He has been there but everyone has told him she doesn't respond. So he just sits with her. He does what he can, but frankly, he doesn't know what to do. He too is lost. He has watched her plight as she diminished in health over the years, but he never let her down in his faithfulness to her. He was always a loving presence for her. Now, once again, he has just seen 'a spark' in his sweet lady. He too smiles.

Most every time I visited after that I'd find him... There in her room, talking to her, as he held her hand and he never left without telling her "I love you" and hugging her. There wasn't much response... but there was 'that little bit' and he reached out for it on every visit. One day, as he was about to leave he reached behind her to hug me. He then said "I love you" to her, as he has so many times before. She doesn't respond. He walks past her to leave, his back to her, and says "She knows I love her, don't you gal?".  There!  A sudden, loud 'Yes' is in the air. She spoke.  He moved on. He couldn't stop. He couldn't compose himself.  She'd confirmed what we all knew by then. She heard. She loved.  She was trying so hard to express herself.

Did I make a difference?  Yes... But only because I was trained to believe that hearing is the last sense to leave us. I leaned heavily on that belief and her friend learned from me. No one had ever told him what to do, how he could communicate with her, that she might hear him though she didn't respond, so he had given up. But he never gave up on loving her. He never gave up on coming to check on her.

Now she responds. It's a smile... a word here and there... a little move of her fingers against his as he hold her hands. But it's all communication. She had it all along. Is it because no one was listening to her? Because no one was talking to her? I suppose. But that's all changed.

One night I sit in a chair beside her bed and told her how fortunate she was to have someone to come visit her each day, reminding her of how much he loved her!  How much I loved her!  How very much God loved her!  I knew in my heart she understood me. I cried as I talked. I let my emotions go.  She squeezed my hand, as I saw tears roll from her eyes.  She did hear.  She remembered love and compassion, though she may have forgotten all else over the years.

The circumstances are different... but that's the way God is toward us.  We forget Him.  We put Him aside for worldly things.  And though we think He isn't hearing us, when we call out to Him, He is there.  He is our Guide and our Protector.  He constantly shows us Love and Compassion, but we have to open our hearts to hear Him and feel His warmth.   Only then can we truly share Him with others...  like this woman who may have needed to be reminded that God was still with her.

I stayed with her the night she died. Her face glowed with "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding," as she took her last breath. Philippians 4 describes it best. 

Philippians 4:10-20

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

ALWAYS STRIVE BE A SPECTACULARLY BRIGHT LIGHT IN THIS VERY DARK WORLD!

 

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THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God—the final authority for all truth and practice. In other words, it is God’s handbook for life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

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NEEDED LEGISLATIVE LIAISON

We are looking for a person or two who would serve as a liaison for HSLDA and ENOCH in serving the homeschool community and the politicians in Trenton. Liaison should possess knowledge in the legislative process in New Jersey, including how a bill is introduced, the hearing and voting requirements of the N.J. Assembly and Senate, as well as the governor’s final approval. Liaison must also be familiar with the regulatory agencies and law in New Jersey where such agencies or laws could have an impact on home education. These include the Department of Education, the Division of Family Services, and the Child Advocate’s Office. Other responsibilities would include: interfacing with HSLDA regarding legal threats to homeschooling freedoms in New Jersey; communicate to the ENOCH board regarding any local, state, national or international threats to homeschooling freedoms; communicate in writing – clearly outlining any threat to home education along with any recommended actions; communicate orally – to testify at Senate or Assembly hearings, and as needed with regulatory agencies; to recommend to the ENOCH board how and what to communicate to the public, including the press, regarding home education and any bills or laws related to homeschooling in New Jersey.  Contact David West at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

*** ENOCH of NJ PRESENTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP

SUMMER ANIMATION CLASSES

BARNS & NOBLE

CLEP TUTORING STUDIO

DUKE FARMS

ENTOURAGE YEARBOOKS

HAWTHORNE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR

HILLSIDALE COLLEGE – CONSTITUTION 101 FREE COURSE

HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE DIRECTORY 

HOMESCHOOL MOM’S DAY OUT AND WORKSHOP

HOMESCHOOL TESTING SERVICES

HUNT SCHOOL - TUTORING SERVICES

KNOWLTON FINE ARTS HOMESCHOOL CO-OP (WARREN COUNTY)

RECREATIONAL SWIM FOR HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS

LUMA LEARN

MARKEIM SUMMER ART CAMP

MOMATH

PDF ELEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

PIANO & VOCAL INSTRUCTION

PILLAR COLLEGE

RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: MY FILLET KNIFE $1,000.00

SCHOLARSHIPS FROM YOQUOTES

SENSORY UNIVERSITY – SPECIAL NEEDS COLLECTION

SOCCER CAMP

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

THE LEARNING CONNECTION – HOMESCHOOL ACADEMIC CO-OP CLASSES

WONDERSHARE FILMORA – SCHOLORSHIPS

 

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