It may be hard to believe that another summer has come and gone, but we are back in school again. We started the 2014-15 school year on the right foot with our annual kick-off chapel. At the chapel we introduced our new students, our teachers, and our theme for the year. We have four new teachers on staff and over 20 new students. Our theme for the year is: Building Community. We are embracing the Lego image.
At the tail-end of week one, the seventh-twelfth grade students made an over-night trip to Maquoketa for our annual retreat. Despite a little rain, this was a great time of fellowship, bonding, and being immersed in the theme for the year. Steve VanWyhe, youth pastor from Second Reformed Church, was our guest speaker for the event. He not only introduced the students to the theme, but he also guided the students in the memorization of this year’s theme verse – 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Another annual beginning-of-the-year event is rapidly approaching. The open house/welcome back party will take place the evening of Friday, September 5. I look forward to the community fellowship.
It is always exciting to see what new school year will bring. I am personally excited with anticipation of what God might do in the lives of our students, teachers, and parents in terms of building community and encouraging one another. To be part of a community is to have something in common; as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are bound together in a way that most can never hope to be. Jesus Christ is the glue that binds us together. We will lay our foundation on God’s Truth. We will love Him and strive to love one another. We know how to truly love only by following the example Christ set for us. Join with me in experiencing what God can do within our community this year. All the time, God is good.