June Community Letter

 

June 26, 2018

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We give thanks for the way you have joined with us to help us close the $80,000 gap in tuition assistance for the past school year.  We have not yet reached our year end goal, but we trust God.  These verses from II Corinthians 4:1,6,7 speak to me:

“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart…For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”

We celebrated the powerful impact of Central Christian School with the Class of 2018 in their May 27 graduation.  In her commencement speech, senior Laura Troyer said, “Our class has earned 101 varsity letters, have held 40 roles in different musicals and plays, have had 46 concerts (not including Varsity Singers), and have shared about 40 Bible study discussions.  We’ve taken approximately 300 tests.  But a number can’t represent the amount of physical and spiritual growth we have experienced. Or the time we have spent listening to and caring for each other. Numbers can’t explain how each of us have stepped up to be leaders in our own way, or the examples we have been to the other classes. There are countless times when teachers and parents have encouraged us to be the best we can be and modeled to us what it means to live a Christ like lifestyle.”

Senior speaker Kyle Miller spoke of the value of community he experienced at Central and went on to challenge his fellow graduates.  “Now that we are leaving this community we will have opportunities to be a part of new ones, from church to college to places of employment or service. I encourage you to not lose hold of your communities. Do not sit idly by and fail to participate… In your churches, be active participants so that you might further the kingdom rather than lag behind. Sing on praise team, be there to pray with people, maybe lead children’s church or a Bible study. In your workplaces don’t be afraid to go the extra mile for a co-worker, engage with them so you can further your connections. Be there for friends so they will be there for you. I ask you to do these things because our communities, for better or for worse, are what will shape us into the men and women we will be in the future.”

Education requires us to take a long term view.  Our elementary students have been practicing a habit of getting out in God’s creation that we hope will carry on through their lives.   By the end of this school year, our current elementary students reached their goal of three million steps collectively.  Over the past year, each morning the students have been walking and counting their steps using pedometers.   That equals about 1500 miles, or as many steps as it would take to walk to Colorado!  Elementary students said:

  • “I could hear the birds singing.”
  • “I like to walk with my friends.”
  • “It helps me get ready for the morning.”

Children are geared for moving and getting outside each morning helps them to connect with their senses, decrease stress, and increase motivation for learning.  We thank God for our beautiful outdoor campus spaces.

The on-going work of enrollment visits, planning, preparing, cleaning, and repairing hums along in the summertime days of the school.  As I sit in my office, I can see a stack of music folders on the Welcome desk ready for alumni choir members.  If you ever sang in a CCS choir and you are a graduate of any year from 1962 to 2018, please join the Alumni Choir to celebrate and remember the joy of singing and performing together.  We would love to have an Alumni Choir with representation from all the graduating classes.  The practices will be on August 4 and 5 after the Relief Sale and the performance will be on Sunday afternoon, August 5.  Email Meredith Eades (Class of 2016) for more information. 

Please pray:

  • with gratitude for the new employees who will join us in August- Terry Shue- Director of Development, Sheryl Edmiston- Welcome/Advancement Assistant, and Kammi Green- Cafeteria Coordinator.   
  • for new families in Ohio and in other parts of the world making a decision to enroll at CCS.
  • for wisdom and clarity for the school as we map out future plans.
  • for sufficient funds for tuition assistance so that students can attend and the school can meet our financial obligations.

 

Sincerely,

Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi

Superintendent