Todays’ chapel service was centered around our Serve-a-thon theme, “Be the Light” (Matthew 5:14). It is our mission to raise up children who enjoy serving Jesus by serving others. Every year, each class participates in a community service project. Our students have worked with various ministries, such as Operation Christmas Child, Lighthouse Mission, and God’s Provision; or worked in our own community cleaning parks and beaches, singing Christmas carols at nursing homes or in the neighborhood, or feeding the elderly.
Our special speakers today were two young women who have been involved in mission trips. Colleen, a WSCS graduate, shared about her mission trip while a student here in the 8th grade. After that, her heart for missions brought her to El Salvador where she ministered to local people and helped building houses. This past year, she went to Uganda on a mission trip and taught children about Jesus during Vacation Bible School. Alissa, the niece of one of our teachers, shared her experience in the mission field in Kosovo, teaching design to children in a school. She was able to share her faith with some of the Muslim people and prayed with students who asked for prayer.
It was a very inspiring chapel! Three of our middle-school students shared what they did for their summer community service project and how God ministered to them through it. Later in the day, during devotions, several of the students expressed their interest in going on mission trips and questioned me about the possibility of doing a mission trip this year. That’s awesome!
BE THE LIGHT!
Karen Warren, Principal
Teacher Conference Meetings were held Wednesday and Thursday, and a buzz of excitement filled the school. It was wonderful to see everyone again and get to know new teachers. Our time in prayer ushered in the sweet presence of the Lord. Teachers engaged in devotions, discussed new policies, and decorated their rooms in readiness for our students return. We are all excited about Tuesday, September 4th, our 1st day of school!
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!" 1 Chron 16:34
For everything there is season, and a time for every matter under heaven... Ecclesiastes 3:1
Our middle-schoolers bonded that day!
On November 14, 2017, the 2nd and 3rd graders volunteered their time for our annual Serv-a-thon. For their community service project, they worked with Operation Christmas Child. They started out loading all of the shoeboxes donated from WSCS into a SUV. Traveling to two local churches, the children loaded up all of the donated shoeboxes into two more cars. All three cars were filled front to back with generous Shoebox donations from our community!
The excited classmates then headed to The Church on the Sound in Stony Brook, which serves as an Operation Christmas Child processing center. The children unloaded the precious cargo for the boxes to be counted. Once checked in, the kids helped move all our boxes, as well as, every other box, that had been delivered that day, to the back sorting room. Our students worked in two teams: some stacked boxes on tables, while others placed rubber-bands around the boxes to secure them during shipment. They helped tape together shipping crates and then loaded them up with Shoeboxes. Knowing the importance of these special packages, the children were particularly careful not to rip any wrapping paper, stickers, or bows. In order to make all the puzzle pieces fit together, our students searched all the tables to locate the perfect size & shape boxes, so they could fit as many as possible in each crate.
We are all so proud of the 2nd and 3rd grade classes! They worked hard and were true servants, demonstrating what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
- Submitted by parent, Christine B -