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Calling All the Fun People

Do you like to volunteer, be a part of a team or have fun? Do you enjoy fellowship and building community? Do you like quality events? If you answered “yes” to any of these, join Event Coordinator Michele Bandy on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8:30am at the Upper Campus for coffee and treats to find out more about the 2018-2019 calendar of events. Sign-Up is appreciated but not required and drop-ins are welcome.

GRACE events is looking for interested parents or grandparents who are interested in being a part of making the following events great!

  • Football Season Opener Family Fun Tailgate Bash
  • Homecoming
  • Celebrate GRACE Auction
  • Celebrate GRACE Dinner

If you’re curious to know more, come to the interest meeting and see if this is for you. There is a place for any interest level and everyone is welcome. Grab a friend, serve together, and make lasting memories!

Honoring the Military

This morning our campus once again was able to honor the men and women of the North Carolina Army National Guard (1-130 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the Det. 1 Co B 638th Aviation Support Battalion) by welcoming them as they came on campus this morning prior to their deployment ceremony at Hope Community Church. Mr. Bradley spoke to the battalion commander after their procession down Buck Jones Road and he shared that the soldiers and their families were “blown away” by the presence of our students along the street and campus. They were extremely appreciative of our support.  These soldiers will be serving in Afghanistan. Please keep their safety and the health and well-being of them and their families in your prayers.

A Soldier Met a Boy Who Loves Jesus

It was 1st grader Hudson Quirk’s idea that the deploying soldiers needed to hear Numbers 6: 24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  With the help of his teacher, Mrs. Huntley, this verse was printed on cards to give to the soldiers. One soldier, so moved by Hudson’s earnest and sincere concern for the troops, took the card, and in exchange, gave Hudson the unit patch from the shoulder of his uniform.

A Great GRACE Celebration!

If you attended last Friday’s Celebrate GRACE dinner, you know what a special time it was. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this year’s event the best one so far. If you missed the night, but want to get a glimpse of what went on, you can watch the Celebrate GRACE Event Recording (thanks StreamTeam).


Whether you attended the event or not, you may still donate to support our Annual Fund; our goal Friday was to close the $108,000 gap on $225, 000 goal set at the beginning of the year and we are close! Help us with the last $20,000 by going to tinyurl.com/GCS-Giving or scannning the QR code to the right to make a donation via credit card today.

 

Empty Bowls is March 9, 2018

GRACE middle and high school visual arts students have been hand painting unique one-of-a-kind bowls for our 6th Annual Empty Bowls event on Friday, March 9th, at 6:00 p.m. This event coincides with the March Madness 4 Missions event in the Lower Campus Gym.

All proceeds will be donated to Rise Against Hunger. For a $10 donation, you may select and keep a unique one-of-a-kind bowl hand-painted bowl and a voucher for a bowl of soup to eat. This year we will be offering 2 donation options: $5 for only soup or $10 for a bowl including soup. 

We hope to see you there for a fun and yummy evening raising money for our missions!

Host Families Needed for International Students

GRACE has been accepted as a certified school for international students. Schools have to be accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. We partner with an organization called New Oasis in this process. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of students to 10% of our high school population and students will mostly begin at GRACE in 9th or 10th grade.

The GRACE community is invited to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students will have the opportunity to learn from these students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.

Each international student will need a host home. Are you interested? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!

A host family must provide:

  • Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
  • Nutritious meals
  • A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
  • Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture

A host family will receive:

  • An amazing cultural experience
  • A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
  • Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
  • A mutually rewarding experience

Some common questions and clarifying answers:

  • “How long is the host family commitment?”  Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go some place without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.

  • “Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?”   Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.

  • “Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.”  New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.

Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience.

If you would like to apply:

2018 Play4Kay (Hoops for Hope)

GRACE Christian School is proud of our long-standing association with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and are honored to be part of the Play4Kay network.  It is our privilege to host our 9th annual Hoops for Hope event to honor those in the GRACE community touched by cancer and to raise funds for this worthy organization. Our goal is to surpass the $60,000 mark for our cumulative event total.

This year’s Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Friday, January 26, 2018, and will include three basketball games (JV Boys/4:00pm, Varsity Girls/5:30pm, and Varsity Boys/7:00pm) as well as a bake sale and a special tribute to our GRACE cancer survivors.

We are thankful to the many local businesses that have partnered with us for our 2018 event. Thanks to their generous support, tickets purchased on or before January 7, 2018 will receive a complimentary event t-shirt and all players will receive pink shoelaces to wear that night. Thank you to our GRACE Business Partners and Play4Kay event sponsors for their support of this event:

100% of sales from admissions, event-night games and the bake sale will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We encourage you to attend this special event with a grateful heart and a generous spirit. If you cannot attend on January 26th, you can still support this event by making a donation in honor of someone you know who has been affected by cancer on our Hoops for Hope / Play4Kay Fundraising Web Page.

Deployments and Homecomings

With more than twenty-one years of working in education, and twenty-one homecoming weeks under my belt, I consider myself something of a homecoming week expert. Homecoming weeks always consist of crazy, creative outfits, students stressed out about parade floats and dance dates (not always in that order), and teachers trying to maintain order and keep the academic progress moving forward amidst the chaos. Homecoming weeks are fun and exhausting, as they offer a welcome break from the routine while simultaneously reminding us of the benefits of the routine.

Today, I experienced my second favorite homecoming memory, as our lower campus neighbor, Hope Community Church, hosted a special service to honor and pray over members of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade and the 2-130th Aviation Operations Battalion who are deploying to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. As the soldiers and their families arrived, they were greeted by over 400 flag-waving, cheering GRACE students and staff members decked out in as much red, white, and blue as possible. In a week filled with debates over the meaning of patriotism and symbolic speech, it was incredibly powerful to see the staff and students demonstrate their support of our servicemen and servicewomen. The soldiers shared hugs and high-fives, took selfies, and thanked our students for their support. Soldiers and staff members alike shed tears as we thanked them for serving our nation. The soldiers concluded their time with the students by marching in formation between the rows of GRACE students before entering the church for the formal service.

There is a certain irony in that these servicemen and servicewomen came onto our campus in preparation for their deployment as we celebrate our school’s homecoming week. As they prepare to leave their homes and families, we are eagerly anticipating the return of GRACE alumni for our parade, football game and other weekend activities. Please join me in praying for not only these, but all of our servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world (including class of 2010 GRACE alumni Kenny Yacynych, currently serving in Afghanistan, pictured) who place themselves in harm’s way so that we may enjoy the freedoms for which so many have fought and died before them. Please pray that God would watch over and protect them so that in the not too distant future, they can enjoy a blessed homecoming of their own with their loved ones.

In case you were wondering, my all-time favorite homecoming week memory is easy to pick and will never be topped. In 2009, the date of the homecoming dance fell on the same day as my wife’s due date with our youngest child. Amy, always a trooper, chaperoned the dance with me, staying at the venue until the last student left. About eight hours later, she gave birth to Audrey. I had not thought about it until now, but maybe that is why Audrey always wants to go all out when it comes to dressing up for homecoming.

Blessings, Eric Bradley