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April 2017 Newsletter

APRIL - 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Greetings from the President's desk;

Hello all. As mentioned in our March newsletter, I did not desire to even entertain the thought of not having a conference this year, but unfortunately that is exactly what has occurred. The pre-attendance registrations were extremely low and even after reaching out to you, the homeschool community, there was a vastly minimal increase of registrations causing us to have to make this very big decision. There are many factors involved when planning a BIG event, obtaining a large location, putting a deposit towards event and the final preparations and costs of having the event, etc. So, with all these concerns of fees, penalties and loss of registrants all had to be taken into great account. It was a very difficult decision for the ENOCH Board to make, especially when for the very first time, in 30 years that we have had make the great decision of canceling our big annual conference.

You may not be aware - ENOCH of NJ is a completely voluntary run organization, for the sole purpose of serving the homeschool community of NJ. We have been facing many big challenges and decisions in the last several years. Yet we been trusting God to again continue write the next chapter, and in making the decision on what role ENOCH will play in the future of NJ homeschoolers.

We do know God is always in control! And all things do work out for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

In thinking of the needs of the NJ homeschoolers, there are still needs that need to be met. For now, ENOCH of NJ would like to encourage you to attend the CHAP Convention for this year, which is being held in Lancaster PA, on June 2nd to the 3rd. http://chaponline.com/our-convention/

May you all continue to be encouraged by the Lord in your homeschooling endeavors. I now leave you with the eternal words of our Lord Christ Jesus. "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 NKJV)

We covet your prayers for the continual guidance of our Lord in the future of ENOCH.

May God Bless You Richly!

David A. West

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ENOCH EVENTS AND NEWS!

BOXTOPS for EDUCATION

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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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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

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Irena Sendler

A TRUE Story about a World War II Heroine
-- Author unknown

On May 12, 2008, a 98 year old Catholic social worker named Irena Sendler died in Poland. Here is why her story is so important... and TRUE!

During World War II, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive... Being German, Sendler KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews.

She convinced Jewish parents that their children were facing death either in the Ghetto or in concentration camps and offered to rescue them. She smuggled the children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and hid them in the homes of Poles, who adopted them, or in orphanages or convents. She smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried, and smuggled larger kids in a Burlap sack.

She also had a dog, in the back of her truck that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered up any noises the children might make.

Irena made lists of the children's names and family connections and hid them in jars in her garden so that someday she could find the children and tell them who they were.

Sendler was eventually discovered, arrested, and tortured (where they broke her arms and legs), and imprisoned by the Nazis. The Polish underground bribed a guard to let her escape and she spent the rest of the war in hiding.

During her time and the course of this rescue mission, she managed to smuggle out and save the lives of Twenty Five Hundred (2500) infants and older kids.

After the war, she tried to locate any of their parents who may have survived it all, and reunite the families. Most of the parents, however, had been eliminated in the famous gas chambers.

Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She lost to Al Gore, who won for a slide show on Global Warming.

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More: A teacher in a rural Kansas town discovered a short magazine article that claimed that a Polish woman saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 and 1943. He gave the story to four high school students and asked them to check it out. He said he'd never heard of the woman and speculated that the article may have gotten the facts wrong. The students looked into the story and discovered that Irena Sendler was real, her story was accurate. The students in Kansas developed a performance titled Life In a Jarthat tells the story of Irena Sendler. Those performances and the publicity that resulted have thrust the news about Irena Sendler around the world. Irena Sendler was not widely known until a series of events that started in Kansas, U.S.A., in 1999.

Click here to see a website set up in her honor.

In Memory of Irena Sendlerowa

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:

Summer Animation Classes

Barnes & Noble

Bayshore Center

Brain Chase

Annual CGTrader Scholarship 2017

2017 Clean Tech Competition

Recreational Swim for Homeschooled Students

Christial Homeschoolers Hosting Evangelistic Beach Outreach

CLEP Tutoring Studio

Duke Farms

DU - Summer Competitions

Home Educators Resource Directory

HSN'S Annual Used Curriculum

Liberty Hall Museum

Markeim Summer Art Camp

Museum of Mathematics

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Summer Soccer Teams - Boys & Girls Born between 2002 - 2008

Piano & Vocal Instruction

Pillar College

Princeton Art Museum

Trivium Academy

The Original Music School

Tutoring For Dyslexic Child/Children

Volt Fitness Personal Training

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