Thinking…

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, thinking about school, thinking about the future, thinking about God’s will. The Lord tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think about truth, nobility, righteousness, purity, love, admirbility, excellence and praiseworthiness. Our Father in heaven wants us to focus on these things because they are qualities that He has, they are the character qualities and attributes that Jesus lived out in His time here on earth, the example He set before us. We are called to focus on these things so that we may continue to strive to be more like Him every day, and so that the children will see our example and want these attributes for themselves.

As we get ready to end the school year, the teachers and I are thinking carefully about the character qualities and attributes we have seen developing in each of these precious children over the school year. During the Awards Ceremony on May 16th, we will honor students by presenting them with awards that affirm the Godly character qualities that we have seen within each one over the school year. Choosing takes much thinking, pondering and prayer. It is often difficult to choose just one student when there has been so much growth in all the students. When we have students who shine the light of Christ everyday throughout the building, how can we possibly choose just one? Still we must, so we think about the things that are lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, pure, right, noble and true…and we choose.

I look forward to spending this upcoming event celebrating the student’s growth and Godly character development over this school year with you on May 16th. It is a pure honor to have served this school for the last five years as the administrator. I can’t wait to praise these precious children one more time with you!

~Mrs. Borgeson

 

God’s Word

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:16-18

Years ago my husband and I were teaching a Bible study called Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby. In this study we learned how God speaks to his people. Studying this had such an impact on my life.  I have never forgotten the three distinct ways that God speaks to his people. According to Blackaby, the three ways are through his word, through prayer and through other people.

God speaks to us when we are in his word and connecting with him directly. This morning God spoke to me through his word. There have been many times in my life when this has been the case. Over the years God has used his word and the physical Bible to bring me comfort and security. When I feel upset or down about something I grab my Bible. When I am frightened I sleep with my Bible. When I sit down and read his word I am often overwhelmed with the message he has for me that day. It is always on target for what I need to hear at that moment.  He has never let me down.

This struck me today as I was sitting alone with God and talking to him. I opened the Bible app on my phone to see what the verse for the day was and it was Ephesians 3:17. You see, I had been praying about the school and some things that are happening at the school right now. I was laying these things at God’s feet when he gave me this verse. The significance of this particular verse is that it is part of our theme verse for the school this year. It is the very thing we are teaching the students and focusing on this whole school year.  We are working on knowing how much God loves and cares for all of us. We are working on being rooted only in him and to know the extent of his power especially when we are rooted together with God’s holy people. God used his word today to speak to me. His message was clear, continue to fully rely on him alone and to continue the mission and work given to you, teaching the children about him, helping them to become rooted in his love and his glory. I thank God every day for this wonderful mission he has given me.  I look forward to seeing how God will continue to move in the lives and hearts of his people, both little and big, here at Faith Community Christian School during the 2016-2017 school year.

~  Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  Isaiah 40:8

Today was Grandparents Day. We had a great time welcoming our grandparents into the building, singing special songs with them, doing fun classrooms activities together, along with making flower pots and planting flowers in them together! It was a wonderful day filled with fun and activity! Our theme this year is Growing in Christ’s love and knowledge. We can learn so much from our grandparent’s knowledge on life and from their love for the Lord. We themed our Grandparents day around growing as well. That is why we planted the flowers and decorated in a garden theme. As I was preparing for Grandparents day, I was bringing stuff in from my car and notice this little flower growing up from between the cement over by the dumpster. I was taken back for a second on how this cute little plant could grow in such a desolate place. It is not planted in soft dirt where it can easily get nutrients. This plant has to work hard for survival. Yet it is beautiful. It is very healthy even though it is growing in such an unusual spot. It also seems determined. When I was looking at the flower I felt like it was making a statement about survival. When our roots sink deep into the good soil we will survive, we will thrive and become beautiful flowers. This little plant is a survivor, yet it will eventually wither and die. We however, will never die as we sink our roots deep into the wonderful heritage of our grandparents and into the everlasting word and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are so thankful for the chance to be a small part of helping your kids sink their roots deep into family and Faith.

~Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

I have been pondering many things in my life lately.  Things such as what color to paint the basement at our house, where we should go on vacation, or is this the right time to buy a new car?  These are things that I have to think about and things that will make my life different in many ways, but they are also things that will never be life changing.  Life changing decisions are the decisions that have to do with faith and family.  When you make decisions regarding these things, the life change not only affects you, it affects those people you love the most in this world.  I never thought that the decision we made as parents about where our children went to school would be one of the hardest decisions of our lives.  We ended up switching schools a few times with our oldest two children and it was not good for them.  They struggled with a sense of belonging socially and with the material taught because of the changes to new curriculum.  These decisions affected them greatly.  Still, as young adults school is not one of their best memories.  However, we finally got it right with our youngest three and stayed very consistent with them in school.  They went to a small Christian school for the majority of their education and they are very well grounded and have fond memories of school.  There are many decisions parents are called to make for their children.  School is just one of them.  We are thankful for the many families that have made Faith Community Christian School their choice in their children’s education.  We see the benefits of students who complete our program all the way through the 5th grade.  When teachers at the local middle schools receive FCCS students, they tell me they know right away where they came from.  Our students display exemplary character, exceptional academics, and are well-rounded socially.  They go on to the high schools and often become the valedictorians and salutatorians in their graduating classes.  I love to tell young parents how we work with the home to bring up the child, how we are a support to home values, and how their children will truly benefit from the consistency between the home and the school.  Our partnership is not by accident, your children are here because you made a very important decision, a life changing choice for their future and yours.  I can’t say enough how thankful we all are to partner with you in raising the next generation.  Thank you for investing in your kids and making positive decisions for their future!

~ Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-20
We held a special chapel for Maundy Thursday today. It was amazing to watch God move through the students as we talked about the story of Jesus’ life and death on the cross. It was wonderful to see them rejoice when we talked about how he defeated death by rising from the grave!  The Bible tells us to have faith like a child and once again today I saw why God says that. It is so important to simply love. Children simply love. They love each other, they love you, they love nature, animals, flowers and even people they don’t know. They love things in a way that we don’t understand often as adults. They have an agape love for things that God created. Their loving ways are so contagious. I am blessed every day by their true and sincere love and by their heart felt compassion for people and things. Today we saw their love for God their Creator, along with the love they have for their Savior Jesus Christ. It is my hope and prayer that I can be childlike. That I can have a love for life, for people and nature the same way a child does. I hope and pray that I will see the world like a child and that I would willingly accept Christs gift for me on the cross the way so many of our children did today. We are so honored to walk with your child through life and walk beside you in the raising of these special kids.  Have a blessed and happy Easter everyone.

 

~ Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

Spring is in the air! There is also a spring in every step around school! We have awesome parents and other volunteers getting ready for our Auction tomorrow! Everyone is smiling, laughing and working hard. The refreshing excitement is contagious. What a wonderful way to love and serve the Lord and each other. The students are also excited to welcome the warmer weather, the staff is excited to be able to go outside with the kids are do fun activities again and I am simply glad there will probably not be any more snow days! We are working hard to get all of our learning done before Spring Fever hits too hard!  We have had to do some reminders lately that while it is very nice outside it is not summer yet! You still need a coat and real shoes. (Some are more excited about warm weather than others!) It is a true pleasure to see how excited the students are to welcome spring. They love learning and exploring in God’s world. They are anticipating the arrival of our ants for the ant farm and loving watching the caterpillars in process of becoming butterflies!  New life, new adventures and a new sense of who we are as God’s children. Those are some of the things that make spring a special time of the year.  Who doesn’t get excited to see God’s creation coming to life again? It is just like all the new life coming into our school. So many new families and faces. So many things to be excited about for the fall. We have lots of interested young families in our new preschool program. Faith Community Christian School is not only growing it is blooming. Welcome spring!

Principal’s Corner

There is a church sign on the side of the highway on my way to school. The sayings change every so often and really haven’t caught my attention as being profound, until this week. The sign says “You will never regret investing in your kids.” How true is that? You will never regret investing in your kids. When you invest in your kids, you invest in your future, your grandchildren’s future and the world’s future. Your kids have the power and potential to change the world. What do you hope to see your children do when they are older? It is my daughter’s birthday today. She turns 24 years old. She is my third daughter and fourth child. When she was born all I saw was potential. She was a beautiful baby and so good. This little baby, along with her brothers and sisters, was going to make a difference in her world! That’s what I believed in my mind and it’s what I prayed for each day. It is the reason why we invested in our children. We sacrificed when they were young to give them a Christian education because we knew that what they learned at home should be learned at school and at church. We understood that we couldn’t raise great children on our own, that we needed the support of extended family, church family and school family to help us along the way. God provided so many people who loved and help guide our children as they grew. Now we have five grown children, all walking a different path in life, but all walking in a way to please God. They are making a difference in their own lives, in the lives of our grandchildren, and in the world around them. No better investment could have been made. We are honored to walk beside you here at Faith Community Christian School as you continue to invest so much in your children. You will never regret giving them the gift of a Christian education.

~Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

Dictionary.com defines the word team as “a number of persons associated in some joint action.”  I am proud to say that we have a team at Faith Community Christian School. This team has pulled together this week to get ready for the Open House tonight. They are all ready and excited about meeting new families and welcoming them into their classrooms and the school.  We share a joint action of love for education, love for our students and love for our families. We welcome parents input and understand that parents know their child best. We walk alongside the home on this road of education and we pull together as a team every day. Most recently I have seen my team pull together this week. Tonight is the big Open House and I have been home very sick all week! Jessica and Kristin have done a wonderful job of planning out the activities and pulling together the resources needed for each one. The teachers have been hard at work making sure their rooms are ready to showcase in every way! Again, I am so thankful for the wonderful team that God has put together at Faith. Not only does this team work hard for your children every day, they love the Lord and strive to instill that love into their students. Really, we are more than a team, we are a family.

~Mrs. Borgeson

Principal’s Corner

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Pajama Day, Student of the Month Lunch, and Yorgie Bear visiting, could we pack any more into one day? Packing so much into one day makes me think about how much we pack into one little school. When I have the privilege of talking about Faith Community Christian School in the community I always have so much to talk about. There is a plethora of things happening all the time. The really exciting part of all the activity at the school is how everyone always strives to point everything back to God and His glory. We give thanks and praise to Him for all that He has given to us, from the skilled teachers and office staff to the wonderful students.  God has worked in this school for many years. While we realize that the school looks much different now than it did 35 years ago, the same heart still beats at the core. We still strive to bring all students into a strong personal relationship with Christ. We still work closely with the families and extended families.  We still offer one of the best primary school educations in the area, and we still walk in true faith. I encourage you to read the entire eleventh chapter of Hebrews. It talks about so many who walked before and had faith. Having faith is more than simply trusting God will answer, it is taking the steps forward as He directs. Just as those who started Faith Community Christian School did and those who walked with the school for so many of the middle years, we now need to take the reins. We are trusting God in everything and we are walking in faith with Him while taking the steps forward that we have prayed about and believe He is leading us to take. Just like packing so much into one day, we are still packing a huge heart for serving the Lord and reaching young children and families for Christ. That is our true mission and one we will continue to live out.   

Principal’s Corner

Do you have a favorite something?  Maybe a favorite color or a favorite pastime?  I struggle with choosing a favorite anything.  How about your favorite verse?  Sometimes people will ask me what my favorite color is and when I try to answer it really takes me a long time.  I have to think about it and choose a color for that moment.   I can say for sure that fall is my favorite time of the year, as far as seasons go.  It is also a favorite time of year because school begins!  Then again, spring is really nice with the snow going away and the sun shining longer during the day.  Spring is also a great time for school.  It is a very busy time at school, when we often need many extra hands around the building.  As I write this we have former parents and present parents putting final touches on the auction items in the Big Room.  We also have the youth band from First Congregational Church in Belding playing for us in Chapel!  Soon we will be welcoming in our grandparents and special friends for Grandparents Day, April 21st.  I can honestly say that Grandparents Day is one of my very favorite days of the school year.  It is a day when we get to see lots of people who love the children in the school and who also love, support and pray for our school.  I can say without a hesitation that I do have a favorite passage of the Bible.  Henry Blackaby says in his book “Experiencing God” that God speaks to us in three distinct ways: through His Word, through prayer, and through other people.   God certainly does speak to me daily in these ways, but I hold on to the verse in Deuteronomy chapter 6 where He tells us to talk about Him in our everyday lives.  When I read that passage it just brings me back to the realization of how important it is for the works of the Lord to be made known to our children.  When we talk about the miracles God does every day it helps them to understand better who the Lord is.  Think about your favorites this week.  See what it is that really matters to you and share it with others.  Hopefully you will be blessed in the way God speaks to you through the things you love.  ~ Mrs. Borgeson