August Community Letter

August 13, 2018

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I hope your weeks of summer have provided good memories and a welcomed change of pace.

This year, the Campus Ministries group suggested our theme verse for the 2018-2019 school year: 

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3

I love this image of continual praise both in time and also across the sphere of the earth as the sun passes over the continents.  In the year ahead, we will be continually reminding each other to praise God in response to all that God is doing here. 

Just yesterday, another new family came to visit Central as they considered enrolling their two children.  They commented that while their family had no issues at public school, they realized that their children spent many hours each day in a setting where the way of Jesus could not be discussed.  These parents wanted their children to be in a place where themes of following Jesus stretch across the academic curriculum, fine arts, athletics, and social interactions.  That’s the distinctive alternative that Central offers.

After a summer of maintenance work and music and sports camps, our momentum has shifted towards the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.  Even as I write this morning, the sounds of our volleyball players’ practice cannot be ignored through my office walls.  Soccer players and Cross Country athletes have also started their seasons.  Today we are also orienting new employees to CCS.  The sense of mission and purpose of this school motivates us in our various roles from teaching, to preparing food, to leadership, to stewardship and care of facilities and finances, to carrying the details of the school day and curriculum.  We want this school to be a garden in which each student is rooted and grounded in love and where faith grows. 

Our curriculum continues to expand with the addition of Central’s Discovery Center, a science playground for outdoor hands-on learning.  The dream has been forming over the past three years with leadership by Kristina Hamsher and Joyce Taylor.  A generous Science Grant funded the realization of the vision.  Over the past weeks, more than 50 teachers, parents, and students have created and landscaped an exciting new science curriculum addition that will be used by both elementary and middle school students. 

We look forward to the return of students and the continued commitment to our vision “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known.”  Please pray with us:

  1. For our 31 new students and also our returning students to find supportive relationships with friends and teachers. 
  2. For parents, congregations, donors, and community volunteers to continue to find ways to engage and participate with the vision of the school.
  3. For safety in our hallways, our transportation routes, our outdoor learning spaces, and our athletic venues.  
  4. For sound stewardship of the resources of the school, held in trust of Christian Schools, Inc. for the benefit of this school community. 
  5. For new employees starting this month- Terry Shue (Development Director), Kammi Green (Cafeteria Coordinator), Jennifer Hochstetler (Elementary and Middle School Assistant), Sheryl Edmiston (Welcome and Advancement Assistant), and Hannah Steiner, (Music).