January Greeting from Central Christian School

January 18, 2018

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  It’s been wonderful to be back in school for a string of consecutive days.  As someone who has lived many years of my life in the tropics where there are only two seasons, this Ohio winter has given me a fresh appreciation for the changing of the seasons!  I also appreciate the flexibility and graciousness of faculty, staff, students, and families as you deal with the inconvenience of schedule changes caused by the weather.  We thank God for traveling mercies each day as students come and go from school. 

In these days of Epiphany after Christmas, this verse from Ephesians 1:16-17 has become very meaningful to me.

“For in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.  He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

I can see clearly the way that Jesus Christ as the Center holds all things together for this school.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the transition in my life from international ministry to being at Central Christian School.  There really has been no change in direction or calling for me.  Each day, I see more clearly that Central Christian School is a part of God’s reconciling mission in our world.   I pray that our school’s on-going Strategic Planning process can be attentive to God’s work among us and that we will respond to that invitation to join in what God is doing. 

We’ve been so pleased that over 100 people have participated in a Strategic Planning listening survey in our community.  If you missed the opportunity to participate in the seven question online survey before Christmas, we have re-opened the survey until January 31.  Please click here.  

The High School and Middle School have just completed Mini-Term even with some disappointing days off because of the weather.  Students that I met in the hallway actually begged us not to cancel school because they were so anticipating their Mini-Term activities.  The Wooster Daily Record did make it to the Foxfire Mini-Term, led by Tim Shue, and featured CCS on the front page of the paper. 

The Elementary students also benefited from Mini-Term.  A Mini-Term class of International Students led by Allison Seymour learned about the teaching profession by developing lesson plans to teach elementary students in grades K-4.  The Elementary students learned simple spoken and written greetings in Mandarin and Korean as well as interesting cultural information that included how to use chopsticks.  The Dalton Gazette will carry this story next week, so please watch for it.

We ask your prayer for this school:

  1. For continued safety as we all travel in winter weather.
  2. For deepening community relationships among classmates, teachers and students, and the families of students. 
  3. For Ron Steiner, beginning his part-time role as Finance Director and Nathan Holton beginning his role as Operations Director at CCS.
  4. For meaningful conversations across our student community and broader community, that we can learn to really listen to each other and respond as Christ-followers.

Grace and peace,


*Photo copyright of Christy McCune at Dalton Gazette & Kidron News