May Greeting from Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi

May 24, 2018

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  In today’s Pentecost chapel, I asked seven members of our school community to read scripture in their seven different mother languages.  We remembered this call and a hope for this school.  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.(Acts 1:8)

Last week the ninth graders each individually retold the Old Testament story to a panel of a teacher or pastor and a group of tenth graders.  Each ninth grader used creative methods of storytelling such as a hand drawn picture book, telling a bedtime story, or using the first person to tell the story from God’s point of view.  The panel asked follow-up questions to invite students to share more of what they had learned.  The students ended with personal reflections of their study of the Old Testament.  One student said, “I identify with Jacob.  There is beauty in the struggle.  To suffer alone is to despair but to suffer with God brings hope.“  These ways of evaluation not only help us to recognize learning, but also to bear witness to God’s work in the world. 

As we come to the end of the school year, we are also coming to the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2018.  We anticipate a shortfall of approximately $80,000 between our operating income and our expenses.  We are reaching out to you to ask for your help in addressing this gap. 

Will you help Central Christian School with our year-end needs?  Please consider a gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or as you are able.  Please make checks payable to Central Christian School, or give online through our website or CCS Facebook.   We trust that with your generosity, Central’s vision “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known” can continue to have an impact on the lives of our students and the world. 

Please pray:

  • for the senior class as they celebrate and graduate and take next steps.
  • for safety for international students as they return home to their families and for all our student families over the summer months.
  • for wisdom and clarity for the Board and Corporation as they map out future plans for the school. 
  • with gratitude for faculty and staff who are ending their time with CCS.
  • for new hiring decisions in the next weeks.


Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi