We are excited to announce that Lisa Barlow will be joining us as our new Director of Development! Get to know her in this week's blog, and be sure to give her a warm welcome when we return for the 2019-2020 school year. We can not wait to see how God uses her to further his Kingdom and purpose at our school!
The Director of Development position is a new role at WCCS. Why do you think this new position is important in shaping the learning experience of our students here at WCCS? The Holy Spirit can of course change the hearts of students through excellent teachers in any setting. However, giving students the very best educational setting that we can requires certain teaching tools that unfortunately are not free. I see the role of Development as one of support. The teachers are the heart and soul of the school, being in the trenches every day as they labor to educate the hearts and minds of these precious covenant children. Development labors alongside to give those teachers what they need to provide a superior educational experience. My immediate goal is to determine what needs exist and to prioritize those needs under the supervision of the Head of School.
The WCCS mission statement is "educating students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ". How do you hope to accomplish this as our new Director of Development? The mission statement in any organization should serve to inform every decision that every employee makes. My role in support of our mission would involve functioning within that statement to help further encourage a community of unity and generosity.
Tell us about you and your family: I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC, and have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 40 years. We have three children who are all products of Christian education. Each one is married; our oldest and his wife are expecting their first child on July 4th, our second son and his wife have two children who are 3 and 6, and our daughter and her husband are newlyweds.
Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you: I am a seventh-generation bookbinder in a family from Bohemia (Czechia). My family has been binding textbooks and Bibles for many years, and even some antique books and documents.
What are some things that you and your family like to do in your free time? I like to get my hands dirty in the yard! I love cutting grass, digging in dirt, and gardening. My husband and I switched housekeeping roles a few years ago and have never looked back! He does the cooking and grocery shopping, and I do the outside work.
What attracted you to WCCS? The mission of the school! I am very passionate about Christian education and believe strongly that we are in the business of rearing the next generation of ministers of the gospel in order that the King will receive more worship and glory.
What is your biggest desire for each student that walks in to WCCS? Hands down, that they would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
It's hard to believe that another WCCS school year has almost come and gone. For those parents that have a Class of 2019 graduate, we know that it is even more unbelievable that so much time has passed that you have a student about to walk across the stage! As we begin to wrap up the school year, we thought we would ask Melissa Boyd, parent of a Class of 2019 student, to share some reflections of what WCCS has meant to her family throughout the years.
My daughter, Madilee Ann Boyd, is a WCCS "Lifer". Fifteen years ago, my husband and I walked into Dr. Sandi Jolly’s office to discuss the possibility of her entering the 3K program at WCCS. Not long after, we enrolled her - hoping but not knowing, that she would spend all of her preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school years as a WCCS Indian. As I reflect on those 15 years, please allow me to share what being the parent of a “lifer” at WCCS has meant to me.
A Legacy of Christian Education
The year I was born, my parents enrolled my older brother at Westminster Christian School. It was the year the school began at our church, and Chris was in the first four-year-old class. I joined him four years later and was blessed to attend WCS through sixth grade because Westminster Christian did not yet offer middle or high school. As Christians, my parents recognized the importance of Christian education to support their efforts to instill a Christian worldview in their children. Sending us to Westminster made it possible for us to learn to think biblically at home, at church, and at school. Duane and I also wanted this for our children, and we pray that our children will also want it for theirs.
A Worthwhile Investment
I can think of no greater investment than the Christian education that Madilee has received at WCCS. When Duane and I initially discussed sending our children to WCCS, we considered our own school backgrounds and experiences. While I had been blessed to attend Westminster through my preschool and elementary years, Duane had never attended a Christian school. Now that Madilee’s fifteen years at WCCS are drawing to a close, we look back and give thanks to God for the decision we made in faith to reenroll her each year. We stand in awe of God’s provision for the Christian education she has received and know that she is well-prepared for her college experience and the calling that God has placed on her life.
A Foundation of Faith
Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he grows old, he will not depart from it.” They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and as I have traveled this journey called parenthood, I have been thankful that our village includes the teachers and coaches at WCCS that have walked alongside Duane and me as Madilee has grown from a toddler into a beautiful young adult who truly loves Jesus. What a blessing it has been to know that my daughter has had teachers and coaches that have cared deeply for her, mentored her, and taught her from the same perspective that Duane and I do at home. To be honest, the thought of her spreading her wings scares this mama, but there is much peace in knowing that Madilee has received the blessing of an education centered on Biblical truths where she has discovered her gifts, achieved academic excellence, and come to understand the meaning of following Christ in every aspect of her life.
"Because of Madilee's solid foundation at WCCS, we know that she is well-equipped for wherever her path may lead."
Equipped for God's Calling
During her preschool and early elementary years at Westminster, Madilee learned reading, writing, and math, foundational blocks on which to build critical thinking and leadership skills. As she grew, she was able to take advantage of the many opportunities at WCCS to explore her interests, discover her abilities, and expand her horizons. Field trips, SEEK, Odyssey of the Mind, theater, music, art, swimming, soccer, volleyball, yearbook, and many leadership opportunities, to name a few. Service opportunities have allowed her to appreciate the blessings in her life and to understand what it means to be “blessed to be a blessing.” Because of Madilee’s solid foundation at WCCS, we know that she is well-equipped for wherever her path may lead.
Reflections & Precious Memories
Pictures often tell the story better than words and remind me of precious memories. The “first day 3K picture” of Madilee and Mrs. Ferguson reminds me of how much the teachers at WCCS invest in our children; the same wonderful Mrs. Ferguson greets me each afternoon which I pick up my youngest, Joanna, from Extended School Care. Memories of the Triangle Parade, the Teddy Bear Tea Party, Thanksgiving feasts, weekly chapels, and Kindergarten graduations that all three of our children have experienced. The crafts that each has made are lifetime treasures -- butterfly feet, MOTHER frames, and a full box under my bed that I would go after in case of fire!
As I write this, my tears flow freely -- tears of joy and of sadness. Preparing to let my girl go is hard but sending her forth to the future that God has for her is so exciting and what we have prayed for since the day she was born. We know our decision to enroll Madilee at WCCS was the best one we could have made to prepare her for all her tomorrows. Now she steps forward to “make a difference” as she plays her part in God’s extraordinary story. I will always be thankful for the Christian education she has received at WCCS and praise God for His guidance and protection as she graduates and begins the next chapter of her life.
Truly, there is no greater joy than to see your child walk in the truth. All glory to Him, always!
In this week's blog, WCCS School Chaplain, Jake Tassy, shares some thoughts on some important conversations to have with your families as we approach Easter.
“So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ And all the people answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.” Matthew 27:24-26
Who doesn't love a good story? Four different Gospels verify the angles of this particular story. Historians can't disprove it happened. Eye witnesses are sources to it. It is the greatest story ever.
Why? Because it's not just a story, it is what brings about the truest Hope for us all. The culmination of Old Testament verified. The day that changed everything.
So as parents, why don't we share more about it? Maybe we're good with the children's story version? Maybe we don't like studying it deeper, or it’s a little messy to talk about with our young kids? Maybe the baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, peeps, jelly beans, and colored hard boiled eggs are enough to bring in the spring. Perhaps the ritual of going to church and dressing your family in their Easter best is enough to show you're interested in this holiday season.
Really!? Jesus made a commitment to do something no one else could do. That is cause to tell our children what really went down and why they have such great hope. To make sure they understand. Maybe if we really took to heart what Jesus has done for His family, we'd make sure we didn't forget it in ours.
Pilate was the leader in a pinch. If he doesn't succumb in some way to those Jewish leaders, it will seem like he doesn't have control over his section of the Roman kingdom. So he symbolically washes his hand of the situation because he knows Jesus is innocent. Law stated he could release a prisoner for "a prisoner". The crowd wouldn't budge and asked to release the rebel Barabbas ... whose name meant "son of Abba". That's not the rock group either.
Then the crowd had the audacity to make the ironic statement, "Let His blood be on us and on our children!" I'm sure it was with anger and gnashing of teeth. But Wait? Isn't that what Jesus came to do? Even in that terrible moment and mindset, Jesus still went through with His commitment to take the awful punishment for our sins and cover us with his blood.
When we get this, Easter will never look the same. Below are a few suggestions for some conversations to have with your children to help them “connect the dots” as we approach Easter.
In the week leading up to Easter, read the Gospel accounts of the "before & after" of the Passion. Make connections with your children on what events happen when. Take your time and give them a chance to ask questions.
Talk about humility, finishing well, last words, obedience, fear, death, betrayal, loneliness, heaven, friendship, dealing with hurt, sacrifice, joy, motivation, and commitment as they all relate to the Easter story.
Talk specifically about why the resurrection matters – how it verifies that he is God, proves his power over death, and gives us hope in eternal life of our own.
Dig deep in the Word with your family and discover something different, something that touches your heart in a new way each year. Allow it to change how you live this life until He comes again.
Friends, even when we reject what Jesus has for us, He still stays committed to redeem and reconcile all things to Himself. THAT'S WHY WE CELEBRATE (Starburst jelly beans and all)! Even when we don't comprehend how he is working in our daily grind, He will be coming back for His chosen ones. Easter celebrations are just a practice for what's to come! Parents, we are praying for you and your families this Easter season as you reflect on all our Savior has done for us.
Soli Deo Gloria... TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY!