Check out this week's blog from WCCS Director of Development, Lisa Barlow, as she shares how YOU can be a part of a great story and impact lives for Eternity!
As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts naturally turn towards Christmas and gift-giving. I often thumb through the multitude of gift catalogs out of curiosity and a vague hope that, buried somewhere deep inside, will be that ONE PERFECT GIFT to give someone this year… If only I could find it.
It pleases us, just like it pleases the Father, to give good things, things that will be cherished.
What if we could give a gift this year that would last forever?
Is that not an intriguing idea? To give a gift that would impact lives for all eternity?
At WCCS, we talk a lot about “our story.” As a Christian school, we get to “tell a better story.” We tell the mega-story of how we serve a Lord Who would rather die than live without us. And within that mega-story lie hundreds of smaller but hugely significant stories of relationships redeemed, nature restored, and culture impacted. Using excellent academics, arts, and athletics as platforms, teachers and coaches work intentionally to create frameworks of understanding by which our students can make sense of the world, and then work within God’s master plan of redemption in order to tell that better story.
As an example, there is a biblical mandate to have dominion over the earth. How do we discover things about the earth over which we are to have dominion? Through science. And what is the language of science? Math. And how do we communicate what we’ve learned? Through language arts. Nothing is ever random or irrelevant with God, so nothing is ever random or irrelevant with Christian education.
Our teachers work diligently to ensure that students never wonder, “why do I have to learn this, anyway?” But this takes resources, and in order to do it with excellence, it takes more resources than what is provided by tuition dollars.
Every school tells a story, intended or not. We want to continue to tell the better story. And we invite you to be an important part of telling that better story. Your donation to the Annual Generosity Campaign will help impact learning by providing up-to-date technology, athletic equipment, facilities improvements, and so many other enhancements to your child’s learning. And as your child’s education is enhanced, he or she is better equipped to serve the King. And serving the King impacts lives for eternity. Your gift becomes a story in these children’s lives. It’s a gift that lasts forever.
By now, you will have received an Annual Generosity Campaign invitation in the mail. I invite you to join with us in providing the very best experiences for your student so that he or she goes forth to make a name for Jesus Christ. We invite you to help us tell the better story. Won’t you consider partnering with us by participating in this year’s Annual Generosity Campaign? It’s a gift that lasts forever.
Looking forward to our Lower School Grandparents Day on November 1 and our Upper School Grandparents, Veterans, and First Responders Chapel on November 11 - we have asked Kay Robinson, WCCS grandparent, board member, and former teacher to share a few words of encouragement and wisdom to parents on this week's blog!
Oftentimes, folks equate age with wisdom, and although I am not entirely sure that is always the case, there are a few nuggets of “wisdom” that I would like to share with WCCS parents from my perspective as a grandparent. Here are a few thoughts that I pray will guide you as Christian parents as you seek to disciple your children.
Each child is unique and special. I know you have heard this before; grandparents aren’t the only ones who understand this. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world’s view of how your child should be performing at school, on the athletic team, how many extra-curricular activities they should be involved in to get into that “perfect” college – the list goes on. Oftentimes, in doing so, we end up overloading our family’s schedule and forget to ask the question, “What is God’s will for my child’s life?” Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God has designed each one of your children to know and love Him as special individuals with an entirely unique purpose for His Kingdom. I would challenge you as parents to give them as many opportunities in a variety of settings to discover what their God-given talents are. This may require you to go against the grain of the world in which we live, or perhaps to let go of some of your own expectations. Your child may not be a star athlete or receive a perfect SAT score, but rest easy! He has a plan, and it’s a GOOD one. Encourage your children to move forward in whatever dream the Lord has placed in their heart, with confidence and knowledge that He will direct their steps. Also, mom and dad - know that we as grandparents are on your side to guide your child to be exactly what God wants them to be. It gives me such joy as a grandparent to be involved of the lives of my own grandchildren!
You are still the most important people in your child’s life. While it’s true that the world has a lot of influence in your child’s life, research has shown that parents are still the number one influencer. Isn’t that great news? The most important thing you can do for your child is to live your life in a way that imparts the love of Christ to them. There is simply no greater advantage that you can give. Your children are watching your daily walk with Christ, looking to see if it lines up with your “talk”. How are you demonstrating that your faith is something that is real and relevant to everyday life? What they see in you will shape their lives for eternity.
I encourage you to partner with Westminster Catawba Christian School in the raising of your children. As a WCCS grandparent, former WCCS teacher, and board member, I can tell you from experience that it is our desire that each one of our students know Him by studying, believing, and living out the Scripture as disciples of Jesus Christ. What an incredible resource for mothers and fathers to have as you journey through parenthood!
I look forward to seeing all of you at our Lower School Grandparents Day on Friday, November 1 and/or our Upper School Grandparents and Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. Don’t forget to rsvp your student’s grandparents for a great morning of fellowship if you haven’t already! You can send those rsvps to Lisa Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you there!
In honor of Pastors' Appreciation Month, and leading up to our Pastors' Appreciation Chapel on Tuesday, October 15 at the Lower School, we have invited Mike Honeycutt, Senior Pastor of our partner ministry, Westminster Presbyterian Church, to share with us a few words on the importance of the Church in your student's life.
Growing up in the sixties, I had no clue there was anything other than public school. My parents went to public school; they in turn sent my sisters and me to public school. And I doubt there was any discussion about that—it’s just what you did where we grew up.
By the time our children came along, however, my wife, Judy, and I were presented with options for educating our children that our parents didn’t have. And we took advantage of most of them—at times homeschooling, at other times, public schooling, and for a good bit of our children’s early years, Christian schooling. We even considered the local private school for our middle child. Each year for each child, we sought to make the best choice based on their individual needs and the education options available to us.
If life were as it was meant to be, however (think pre-fall conditions), all education would be distinctively and thoroughly Christian. Parents would teach their children what it looks like to love God as they demonstrate that love in the home (Deuteronomy 6:5-7). And the school would support that effort, adding breadth and depth to the endeavor as each field of study becomes a way to communicate something about God’s world, God’s character, and God’s ways.
As important as the home and school are to the education of our children, however, neither can take the place of the Church. The Bible never describes the home or the school as the family of God. That designation is reserved for the Church. The ability to speak of God as our Father, Jesus as our brother, and us as God’s adopted children, is reserved for those who are part of God’s family, which is His Church.
"As important as the home and school are to the education of our children, however, neither can take the place of the church."
If that sounds like a sales pitch for the Church, it is. Why? Because it is to the Church that God has entrusted the gospel of Jesus Christ, which brings about new life in Christ; it is to the Church that God has given the sacraments (baptism and communion) which nourish and confirm that new life; and it is to the Church that God has provided brothers and sisters who help us experience more and more of that new life (“our sanctification,” as one person put it, “is a community project”).
So, if you don’t already have a Church home, please find one. Get involved in a congregation close enough to home that you can regularly participate in its ministries. And if Westminster Presbyterian Church is close by, we’d love for you to try us out. You’ll find us a family that increasingly recognizes our shortcomings but, at the same time, a family that wants to become like the Christ we follow.
If you would like more information on our partner ministry, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or their worship services, please visit the link below! Also, if you haven't already rsvp'd your own Pastor to our lower school Pastor Appreciation Chapel, you can do so at email@example.com.