Feature Article—Adoption by Marlin Detweiler
Educational Helps – by Laurie Detweiler
Recently, we’ve had the tremendous pleasure of simply being the moral support for our online course administrator, Bruce Etter, and his wife as they went through the back-breaking and heart-wrenching process of adopting an infant. If you’ve ever adopted, you know better than I (who has not) how difficult, time consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining this can be. Unfortunately, the Etters’ experience was all of these things.
The adoption took more than a year, cost more than . . . , well, it cost a lot, and had all the emotional ups and downs imaginable. But now they enjoy the delight and pleasure of raising another child, a new Etter, in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
While Laurie and I have not adopted, adoption is not a distant concept for me. Five years before I was born my parents adopted my older sister. She and I were the only children in our family. I guess you could say I was kind of a surprise to my folks.
Adoption has become quite commonplace on the one hand in our experience and yet carries with it for some the idea that an adoptee really doesn’t belong in the same way a child born naturally to his two parents does. My mother is quick to tell a story of a childhood argument between my sister and me. Looking for the upper hand in a dispute, I apparently pulled out the ad hominem, “Oh, you were just adopted.” My mother, apparently within earshot, pulled me aside and explained to me that when they adopted my sister, they had a choice and chose to take her. But with me they had no choice. Apparently, that silenced me indefinitely. I have used “apparently” in this paragraph several times intentionally as I, of course, have no recollection of these events.
The concept of adoption should not be so curious or unknown to us. The fact is we Christians are all adopted. How else do you become part of a family that you were not born into? Ephesians 1:3-5 tells us that we were predestined to be adopted as sons of God, thanks to the work of Jesus Christ. We were not born into God’s family. We were adopted into it. We were “just adopted.” I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound so “second-rate” to me.
So, Micah Etter, welcome to the Etter family, and welcome to the family of God along with your brothers, Isaac, Zachary, and Jackson and your sister, Sarah.
As for the rest of us, let us glory in the fact that God, in Christ, has made such a provision for us, too, that we can be called sons of God, joint heirs with Christ.
Summer at last! As I write this, here in Lancaster, Pa., it is 89 degrees, and it is glorious. The sun is shining and this Florida girl feels like the hum drum of winter might finally be over. What that also means among other things is that the school year is nearly over. And this is the last year of high school for our last child. I’d better not go there or it might get a little melodramatic.
Last year’s reading contest was such a success that we decided to do it again. It was fun to see the children excited about reading and cashing in gift certificates for books of their choosing. Encourage your children to be a part of the contest this summer. It begins now and continues through September 15, 2009. Click here to download a reading chart if you would like to track your student’s progress. We only ask that you as parents or teachers verify what the children have read, and then after they have met their goals, complete the online entry form. Please encourage them to read good literature, not just look for a book that meets the page count criteria.
Veritas Press Reading Contest Rules
1. Reading Quantity
a. K – 2nd Grade: 40 Easy Readers (ex., Frog and Toad are Friends)
b. 3rd & 4th Grades: 25 books at least 125 pages (ex., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
c. 5th & 6th Grades: 25 books at least 150 pages (ex., Treasure Island)
d. 7th – 12th Grades: 25 books at least 200 pages (ex., The Fellowship of the Ring)
2. Entries must be submitted online by 5:00 PM EDT, September 15, 2009.
3. The first 250 submissions in each age division will be given a $10 gift certificate.
4. A drawing will be held from all submissions and will be announced in the October epistula. There will be three winners from the drawing.
a. $150 First Prize
b. $100 Second Prize
c. $70 Third Prize
Free Talk from Gary DeMar, Keynote
Speaker for Our Teacher Training
The folks at WordMP3.com have been kind enough to allow us to give you a free talk by Gary DeMar, one of our keynote speakers at the 2009 Veritas Press Online Teacher Training. The talk is titled A Theology of Christian Activism, and it fits right in with the theme of our conference. Click here to listen or download. Enjoy.
Q. My oldest child is transitioning from middle school to high school. What reference resources (dictionary, thesaurus, etc.) do you recommend?
A. Today’s world is very different from what many of us remember when we were in school. The Internet is an extremely useful tool to use when needing such resources. I must say I fought it for some time, but the bottom line is it’s kind of like saying you are not going to use Novocain to have your tooth pulled. No one in their right mind would want to go back to those days. For a dictionary and thesaurus, we recommend these sites: www.dictionary.reference.com and www.merriam-webster.com. These are both excellent resources. Another very useful tool is the Chicago Manual of Style. This is considered the essential reference for all who work with words. We sell this book in our catalog and on our web site, but it is also available in an online version, but unlike the other online references we’ve recommended, it requires a membership fee.
Q. We would very much like to enroll in the online courses but with a large family and the economic downturn, it is beyond our means. Is there any way to participate at a lower cost?
A. While we think our live, teacher-led online courses are hard to beat, we are delighted to announce that we have some self-paced courses in development. These courses will teach the same material as the current teacher-led courses and will also be online and highly interactive. They will be offered at a lower price point, too. Look for the first course to be available this fall. Information about them is in our new catalog (which arrives this month) and may be found online soon.
Please submit any questions you’d like answered here to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catalog Cover Contest Winner
Congratulations to Kim Tweten of San Antonio, Texas who introduced us to the work of our cover artist, Tom Browning, for our 2009–2010 catalog. For her recommendation we are mentioning her name in our new catalog, and she will receive a $100 gift certificate.
Our 2009–2010 catalog is at the printer and scheduled to mail shortly. Look for it in your mail box in the second or third week of May. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy putting it together.
Summer Teen Leadership Camps at Patrick Henry College
Give your son or daughter a fun, focused setting in which to explore challenging new pursuits taught by highly-qualified PHC professors and outstanding Christian professionals. They’ll grow in their faith and learn how to apply a biblical worldview to a range of topics. Topics for 2009 camps include Strategic Intelligence, Constitutional Law, Journalism, Physics, Debate, International Relations, and Drama. For more information go to www.phc.edu/teencamps.
Veritas Press Scholars Academy Diploma Program
Are you looking for your child to go to college? Do you desire accountability and assistance in knowing that each year your students are accomplishing what they need to? We now offer yearly certification services culminating in a high school diploma. There are four different diploma levels, each addressing the varying levels of a student’s abilities and circumstances. Year-by-year certification services ensure you are on track for your objectives, meeting an outside standard, and, in many cases, satisfying state requirements. We’ve even made provision for qualifying courses completed elsewhere or using other curricula. For more information, click here.
Veritas Press Teacher Training and In-A-Week classes now Online Only
In an effort to save you the time, trouble, and money needed for travel and lodging in these trying economic times, we have decided to offer our teacher training and in-a-week classes online only this year. The online version worked quite well last year. This year’s Teacher Training Conference is scheduled online for July 29-31, 2009. Online In-A-Week classes are scattered throughout the summer. Here’s the entire schedule:
ONLINE EVENT DATE TEACHER
Teacher Training July 29–31 Gary DeMar and Douglas Wilson,
Plenary speakers, and various
Latin-In-A-Week June 8–12 Joanna Hensley
Latin-In-A-Week June 22–26 Joanna Hensley
Omnibus I-In-A-Week June 29-July 3 Bruce Etter
Omnibus I-In-A-Week July 20-24 Bruce Etter
Omnibus II-In-A-Week June 29-July 3 Graham Dennis
What better way to prepare yourself to teach these courses or just learn the material for your own improvement? Find details on our web site at www.veritaspress.com/. We hope you’ll join us. You’ll be glad you did.
Detweilers Taking on More Speaking Engagements
It’s hard to believe, but Marlin and Laurie Detweiler will be empty nesters come August. Consequently, they are willing and able to take on more speaking and consulting engagements. If we can be of service to you or your organization, feel free to call Marlin at 800-922-5082 or email at email@example.com.
17th Annual ACCS Conference: Building a Firm Foundation
The Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) national conference will be held June 25–27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. It is designed to provide the principles of a classical and Christian education and practical instruction in a broad range of subjects. Plenary sessions will feature Charles Colson, George Grant, Matt Whitling, and Douglas Wilson. Practical workshops will teach the implementation of classical Christian education. Click here for more information or contact the ACCS office at 208-882-6101.
Future Job Opening with Veritas Press Scholars Academy
Online Teachers—With the rapid growth of our online courses we continue to seek more teachers for the 2009–2010 school year and beyond. Experienced teachers can work from home, the beach, or anywhere high-speed internet is available. Send résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Current needs include Rhetoric II, Film and Worldview, Introduction to Philosophy, War Between the States, Art Appreciation, and Music Appreciation.
New Returns Policy for Veritas Press
We’ve modified our returns policy. All items purchased from us may be returned within 90 days. Please call first for return authorization. Full credit, excluding shipping, will be given provided the materials are returned in resalable condition. No returns will be accepted after 90 days.
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