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At the end of a week when the world has literally been rocked by disaster, as fire and storm continue to wreak their havoc, what a privilege it is to come together in peace, united and reassured by our love for the Lord and for each other, and to remember the mission of our congregation.

It is also a privilege to honor the teachers of our school, the front line of that mission to provide a God-centered education to the youth of our city.

We also honor the parents who make the decision to invest in their children’s education in a special way by enrolling them here. Today, we offer our specific thanks and recognition to the parents who have been working so diligently to beautify our campus. These parents have gone above and beyond for all the children, committing their time, talents, and treasures to renovate the elementary and middle schools, so the physical structures mirror the beauty of the work that happens there in shaping young lives.

As members of this congregation, we are blessed by these teachers and these parents. Not just because they are our partners in mission, but because they are dedicated to raising up children to understand the values of honesty, charity, and compassion, and the gifts of faith, hope, and love. They appreciate what a gift it is to pour into the life of a youngster and encourage him or her to strive for the highest goal, and to do so while supported by the love of parents, teachers, and peers.

Our school is a mission field. In that field, we plant seeds that take root here, but blossom years from now in universities, businesses, and homes all over the world. Let us raise up these teachers, these parents, and all of our students in prayer. May the Lord bless them and inspire them to go forth and make His world a better place for all.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-13