Boyertown School District Sued Over Locker Room Policy


PHILADELPHIA – A Boyertown Area High School student and his parents have sued the school district for intentionally violating his right to bodily privacy after he was exposed involuntarily to an undressed student of the opposite sex while changing in his school’s locker room. Without any notice to students or parents, the school district secretly opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. The male student brought a complaint to school officials, who told him that they now allow students who identify themselves as the opposite sex to choose whichever locker room they wish to use. The male student asked officials to protect his privacy, but they instead told him twice that he must “tolerate” it and make changing with students of the opposite sex as “natural” as he can. Independence Law Center Chief Counsel Randall Wenger is representing the student and his family. The lawsuit claims sexual harassment under Title IX, a federal law; violation of the fundamental right to bodily privacy under the U.S. Constitution; and violation of a state privacy law. You can read the lawsuit by CLICKING HERE.

National Prayer Service in Washington DC over the weekend

Pastor Greg Laurie participated in the National Prayer Service in Washington DC over the weekend. The event took place on the 21st, the day after President Trumps inauguration. Prior to the Prayer service Pastor Laurie posted: I view this honor as a sacred responsibility. This service alone demonstrates that the United States remains a country ‘under God’ and a country that prioritizes prayer.

Dr. David Jeremiah was selected to read scripture at the Inaugural Prayer Service over the weekend. Dr. Jeremiah posted:

Please pray God’s Word will have an impact on all who watch and attend.

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Inspirational

Man Walking Ten Hours for Work Receives a Sweet Surprise

Getting to work was not so difficult for Ruby Tuesday’s cook Kevan Finley. That is, until the restaurant he worked in, which was just one mile from his home, shut down. Kevan wasn’t able to find another job near his home, so he continued in his role at another Ruby Tuesday’s branch nine miles away. However, since Kevan did not have a car, he had to walk ten miles a day for a roundtrip 18-mile journey, six days a week.

Additionally, Kevan’s new co-workers at the restaurant in Mentor, Ohio, did not find out about his grueling trek until about three months after he had started working there. Kevan never complained about his circumstances, so the staff decided to secretly plot behind the scenes on his behalf. His co-workers started driving him home, while secretly raising money to buy the 30-year old cook a car. In just 17 days, the restaurant raised over $8,000 for the dedicated man.

Kevan has passed the state driving exam, but he still needs to take the road test to get his license. Then, he plans to buy a truck for his own transportation.

Is there someone around you today that has a special need that you can help meet? It takes us getting outside of ourselves and our own lives, and getting involved in the lives of others, to hear about their struggles. If you ask God to make you a blessing today, that is a prayer He will surely answer.

And what about Kevan? He never complained. He did not feel sorry for himself. He simply did whatever he had to do to get his job done. Sometimes we want special treatment for “going the extra mile,” as we sometimes see it. But Jesus sees things very differently:

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” (Luke 17:7-10, ESV)


Local

Feeding Homeless Students in Berks County

Believe it or not, there are multitudes of homeless school students right in Berks County.

“In Berks County, we have more than 1,600 homeless students,” said Kristen Hoffa, the Regional Coordination for Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

The National non-profit, Feed the Children, partnered with Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and dropped off food, 1,000 backpacks and 3,000 books at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

The 90-day faith-based program Family Promise, in Reading, helps families get back on their feet. Other agencies in Berks, York and Philadelphia counties picked up supplies with the help of Reading School District students. The backpacks supplied were filled with school supplies and hygiene products. RSD students went through boxes, organized books and helped load cars.

“I feel nice. I like helping people,” said 10-grade volunteer, Marques Adamson.

It’s more than giving out books; it’s giving hope.

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It was a doubles exhibition tennis match of world champions, but that didn’t stop Rafael Nadal from putting the brakes on when he saw a distressed mother in the crowd.

Nadal was about to serve in to Carlos Moya and John McEnroe during their game in Manacor, Mallorca when he saw a crying woman gesturing to a steward up in the stands.

When heads started to turn, the arena realized that she was a mother looking for her lost child who had wandered away during the match.

The audience searched the seats until they found little Clara crying a ways away from her mother.

When the woman scooped up her weeping daughter, the crowd rose to tumultuous applause and play resumed.

Rafael Nadal stops match against John McEnroe so …

The clay-court legend was playing an exhibition match against the American on his home island of Majorca when he showed his softer side Rafael Nadal dramatically …

Jesus told a parable in Luke 15:1-7 to judgmental scribes and Pharisees about a man who has one hundred sheep, yet is willing to leave ninety-nine of them to pursue the one that leaves the fold. Just as Rafael Nadal stopped play and the whole crowd turned it’s interest away from the match to help find a missing girl, God and all of heaven has is more concerned with the salvation of sinners. The Lord and His angels find more joy in one of His creation coming to repentance and saving faith in Him than in anyone who already knows Him.

Are there any lost sheep around you today that the Lord might want to use you to help bring back into the fold, just as He once did with you?

Local

Police say they responded to an overnight shooting in Allentown on Saturday, October 1st. They say a 17-year old was shot in the lower leg at an underage drinking party at a vacant residence. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the victim told them a fight broke out at the party, and he was shot, but doesn’t know who shot him.

According to police, when officers arrived at the scene, teenagers were running everywhere. Officers tried to stop and question them, but they all said they knew nothing.

Anyone with information should contact the Allentown Police Department at 610-437-7721.

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High School Teacher Honored Days Before His Death
A Nashville high school teacher knew that his days were numbered here on Earth. But he never could have imagined the loving surprise he would receive just days before his death.

After a long battle with esophageal cancer, Ben Ellis stopped his chemotherapy sessions. Ellis had continued teaching Latin and Bible study even though he was undergoing cancer treatments. When the cancer spread to his lungs, however, Ben concluded his chemo and became resigned to his fate.

That’s why 400 teens from Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy gathered outside Ellis’s window to sing for him.

The school staff heard of the news of his pending death, and organized a sing along tribute at the teacher’s home. Ellis passed away a few days later.

“It was a place where the veil between heaven and Earth felt very thin,’” Christ Presbyterian headmaster Nate Morrow told TODAY. Ben told the students he loved them and that they “need to continue to love each other as well.”

Local
Parents in Daniel Boone Concerned After a Boy is Left on School Bus
Five-year old Prince Oquendo thought Tuesday, September 6th would be his first day of kindergarten. However, the young boy never made it to the classroom that day. Instead, he was left on his school bus for four hours as the bus sat parked in a lot.

Some concerned parents were given the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions on Thursday, September 8th according to the Daniel Boone Area School District’s website, in a meeting with the school’s staff.

The boy was eventually found on the bus at 1 p.m., before the boy’s mother took him to the hospital, where he was treated for dehydration. The official temperature in Berks County at 1 p.m. was 85 degrees.

New Rhoads Transportation, the district’s transportation provider, said its driver failed to follow the company’s protocol by not checking the bus before he departed. The driver was terminated.

How important details and thoroughness are in our lives. Simple neglect of a seemingly unnecessary, routine task on the job forced a young child into exchanging his first day of school for a hospital visit, and also cost someone his employment. In a parable about honesty and money, Jesus said, “One who is faithful in a very little also is faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” (Luke 16:10, ESV)

Although the immediate reference to Jesus’ words has to do with money, the application extends much further than that. If we are not faithful in what appears to be the small, insignificant tasks of life, 1) we cannot and should not expect God to promote us, and 2) the results can be dire in our own lives, as well as the lives of others. Do we complete every task on the job? Do we show up on time? Are we honest with our spouse?

When no one else is watching, God is watching.


Heartwarming

Young Lady Wins Year’s Worth of Free Pizza; Donates it all to Homeless Shelter
19-year-old Hannah Spooner of Detroit won a year’s worth of free pizza from Little Caesar’s, and donated every slice to the less fortunate.

Spooner said from the moment the pizza chain called to inform her that she had won the drawing for $500 of free pizza for a year, she knew she wanted to give it to a worthy cause. Spooner then connected with a few non-benefit organizations locally, before settling on Covenant House, an office for destitute youth.

Carolyn Millard, the development manager of the shelter, said they serve three meals a day for any youth in need. And their favorite food?

Pizza.

Jesus said it best: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

He also promised us that if we give, it will be given unto us, in abundance. (Luke 6:38) The question is, do we really believe that? When we withhold what God is asking us to give, particularly if we withhold something that we do not need, we are simply walking in unbelief, and betraying the greed that is in our heart.

What is God asking you to give today, that someone else needs more than you?

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