Covenant Christian School Blog
I will continue with my series, "The Bottom Line" next week.
Sports at CCS are now in full swing and I have had the privilege to attend several volleyball games and on Friday night I attended my first football game. The students compete hard and hang in there till the end. Although the final scores of these contests have not always been what we would want, the atmosphere has been fantastic! At the volleyball games, I have been encouraged by a group of students who normally gather in a corner of the gym and constantly lead cheers. The football game had an amazing amount of school spirit on Friday evening. There was a great crowd on hand and the weather was perfect. I was especially struck by the cheerleaders and a large contingent of upper grade girls who kept their spirits high all night despite the score. Overall, what I have observed is that when it comes to our sporting events, CCS students are tenacious when they compete and they are just as tenacious when they are supporting each other.
What a blessing and what a testimony! The next time you are at a game look beyond the action on the field or court and observe the spirit of the students (and parents). Our sporting events are more than just athletic competitions. They are very public events in which many extended family members and visitors are on our campus. So, let’s keep it up and remain tenacious in the spirit of encouraging each other!
How was your first day at CCS? It was so exciting to see the children arrive on Thursday morning. No matter their size or age, almost all of the students were wearing big smiles and seemed to be happy to start back to school. New books, new paper, new shoes, new clothes, new haircuts; there is something exciting about the first day of school – a new year looms ahead filled with great possibilities for our children.
When I arrived early on the first day of school, the sun was just creeping up as the new day, new school year, and new era for Covenant was dawning for me. I smiled as the sun rose and my smile continued all day this past Thursday. The newness of everything in the past few days has thrilled my heart. And with it, several verses came to mind:
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:3
“Every new day he dispenses his judgment, and every new day he does not fail….” Zephaniah 3:5
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” I Peter 3:1
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I’m praying for new and abundant blessings for you and your family in 2015-2016.
- First, we owe it to these children to provide JOY. There is much in their world that is unpleasant, sad, angry or even scary. We can provide joy to them and it is a joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. In the midst of uncertain and dangerous times, we can laugh with them and give them a smile despite what’s going on in the world. We can be joyful because we serve a risen Savior who is on the throne. In 2015 these kids need to hear the words of the apostle Paul when he says “Rejoice always!”
- Second, in the Christian school we can also provide HOPE for our kids. We have the truth and we know who reigns and we know who will have the ultimate victory. These children and teenagers will feel blessed and secure if they are around hopeful people every day. In their relativistic, blurry secular world, there is no hope. Men will let you down – but only in a Christian school can we consistently experience the hope that the students need as they grow up, leave our homes, and live as adult believers. Hebrews 7 says that “our hope is an anchor for the soul.”
Long term commitment. In chatting with many of our faculty and staff, I have been struck by the great number of years put into this ministry by so many. It's obvious that they believe in the school and have dedicated a great amount of their professional careers to Covenant.
Work ethic. Our office staff often comes in early and stays late. Coaches for the fall sports have been working with their teams to prepare for the upcoming seasons. Many of the teachers have already been working in their rooms. The men and women who will be working at our school all understand that excellence demands a strong work ethic. You would all be amazed at how much effort they put into the ministry of CCS. (And the school year hasn't even started yet...)
Heart. This is probably the most important attribute of the CCS faculty and staff. In my conversations, they speak frequently of their love for the kids and their love for God. They care deeply about the traditions of our school and want the best for the future. I have prayed with many of them and I am touched by their HEARTS.
Recently, my wife and I treated ourselves to some frozen yogurt. When I got to the register to pay, I was struck by the unique cross worn by the young man working there. It was a cross with a fish hook on the bottom. So, I told him how much I liked it and said, "I guess that refers to being fishers of men - right?" He immediately responded, "Yes sir it does." His boldness in speaking of his faith really struck me as he looked me straight in the eye and had no hesitation in sharing about Christ. So, I carried it further and asked him if he went to school around here. Again, without hesitation, he said, "I graduated from Covenant Christian School which is just down the road from here." I couldn't help but smile, so I introduced myself to him. He smiled also and said, "It's really a pleasure to meet you sir."
As I sat down and began to enjoy my mint chocolate yogurt, I was again impressed with this young man and his openness and sincerity in sharing his faith and the fact that he went to Covenant. God confirmed to me several things through this chance encounter. First, Covenant produces graduates who are serious about their commitment to Christ. Second, it made me grateful for our teachers who have obviously impacted his life. And finally, I realized that I am so blessed to be here and be apart of place that really does send genuine disciples into the world. What a blessing! On this day I got a lot more than a tasty treat at the yogurt shop!
-Dr. Glenn Slater
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve your school as your new head administrator!! I consider it a great privilege to be in this position and will do my utmost to uphold the great standards and traditions of CCS.
Why am I excited to be here? Perhaps it is best said in the words of Psalm 79, "Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise."
While Christian education should reflect excellence in academics and extra-curriculars, at it's heart Christian education is all about instilling a relationship with Christ in our students that will reap eternal benefits. We want to recount the praises of God to the next generation!
When I consider how much God has done for me, I feel compelled to share the praises of God with those coming after me! So, as the start of a new year at CCS rapidly approaches, I hope you will join me in praying for our school, most specifically for our teachers and students. Let's all join together as partners in this vital ministry for our children.
Aren't they worth it?
-Dr. Glenn Slater