20 year later....Let us never forget! 8:46 am: The first American Airlines plane hit the World Trade Center North Tower. 9:03 am: The South Tower was hit by a second plane. 9:37 am: A third plane collided with the Pentagon. 10:03 am: A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought with hijackers. Countless minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and now 20 years have passed since this terrible day in history. Let us NEVER forget!
Our Friday chapel this week was about creation! We sang praise to our awesome God for his marvelous creation, and saw some videos of the creation story and creation in bloom or bursting in glory. The First grade Spanish Immersion shared a song and pictures in Spanish about things that God created, and some 7th graders read some thoughts about creation around us. Gen. 1:31 "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."
Our summer AR readers got to enjoy their reward today! Ice cream Sundaes and prizes with Mr. Bolt, Mr. Donkersloot and Mrs. Weiden. Well done!
Through our Teaching for Transformation program, our FCS staff have worked to develop their DEEP HOPE and STORYLINES for their classrooms. We will share these over the course of a few months! Please enjoy a peek at Profe Lopez's (Middle School Spanish Immersion L.A. & SS, and English Geography) Deep Hope: "Live with curiosity, intentionality, and enthusiasm for knowing, loving, and serving others, all for the Glory of Christ.” Her 2021 storyline is "Row the boat." Profe Lopez introduced this to her 6th graders through a creative challenge of teamwork. Teaching them a never-give-up mentality!
Mom’s & Dad’s, Grandma’s & Grandpa’s how amazing is this FRESH & NEW free hot lunch program!!
Fremont Christian starts today! We are sooo excited for another school year – another year to educate and nurture our kids for Christ! Our school theme this year is: See the Story. Live the Story. Ve la Historia. Vive la Historia. Because this year is another year in God’s story. We strive to learn about God and his story: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. In addition, we also embrace that His story is our story: we are His creations, fallen and living in a broken world, that can be only restored by Christ’s redemptive blood, and transformed by the work of God’s Holy Spirit. We live our stories inside of God’s grand story. We are a part of His Kingdom. If we really, really get it, then we will live it, breathe it, walk it, talk it, love it - and then we can truly say our theme verse: “For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!” Romans 11:36. Porque todas las cosas proceden de él, y existen por él y para él. ¡A él sea la gloria por siempre! Romanos 11:36.
So much excitement around our buildings today! Praying for you all this week and lifting up Fremont Christian to God! We all have our special ways of talking with God, and that is one of the cool things at school is to move to the next grade, and hear about God from their new teacher. Just as we are excited to be back at school to especially see our friends, we also are excited about spending time with our friend and Savior Jesus! A devotion from Rick Warren talked about prayer today: “The Bible tells us, "Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Ephesians 6:18 NIV). That’s the beauty of prayer. You can talk to God anytime, anywhere, about anything. He is always ready and willing to listen. And, through prayer you will develop a deeper relationship with him.” That’s what it means to Live the Story! See the Story. Live the Story! To Him be ALL glory!
Our final new staff (for now) introduction is someone that is no stranger to FCS. We welcome Megan Bassett as our Food Service Director. We are so glad you are here at FCS. Hello, I’m Megan Bassett! I work as the food service director at GHC, MCS & now FCS. This job has provided the unique opportunity to see how different each school is, but how hard all the staff work to provide the best for their students! It’s been a busy summer moving back to Fremont, getting kids to college, and preparing 3 schools for their free lunch program. I’ve been a parent of children at FCS in past years and now again this fall. FCS will always be a special place in my heart! In my free time this summer I have enjoyed traveling to many small towns around Leelanau, hiking Rosy Mound, staying at Pointe Bestie Lighthouse with my children, and watching Lake Michigan sunsets. I’m excited to get to know the families and staff at FCS this school year!
Today we as a school family gathered together for our first staff meeting of 2021-2022 school year! We are full of the first day jitters and excitement as we begin to plan for students! Our staff participated in, The Teacher's guide to Student Personalities by, Mary Folkema. This gives us a peak into the minds of our students their motivations, fears and needs. As well as, gaining Teacher tips on the best ways to support our students in our classrooms to help them thrive!
Today's new staff introduction is our new Middle School Band and Choir teacher Weston Bernath! Welcome to the team Weston. I wish to introduce myself: I am Weston Bernath and I will be teaching Middle School Band and Choir here at Fremont Christian School. You will also find me working with virtual learners at Quest High School here in Fremont and teaching private lessons in guitar/bass guitar, strings and vocals. Previously, I have taught at Grant Christian School and as a graduate assistant/substitute instructor at Western Michigan University. I have been living here in just North of Fremont on Fourth Lake with my parents the past two and a half years. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with my Bachelor of Music Education and from Western Michigan University in 2020 with my Masters of Arts in Music Theory. Beyond studying music education and theory, I have engaged in composing music, playing in various ensembles including marching band, concert bands, orchestra, vocal groups and pep bands, aiding live audio production and exploring the great connections of music and faith. Out of school I have performed in various worship groups and learned Appalachian bluegrass and gospel from my grandfather. Among my goals is to explore the means in which music can be used to advance God’s kingdom and share these skills with my students. Apart from my music activities, I explore a variety of diverse interests. I enjoy hiking/exploring outdoors, landscaping, gardening, studying history, audio tinkering, sandbox and platform videogames, learning about environmental protection, amateur engineering and collecting novel instruments. I am grateful as well as excited for the opportunity to work with the students this year!
The new faces continue! Today we are excited to introduce you all to Lisa Arcello. Lisa will be our OE Kindergarten Educational Assistant. Welcome to Lisa and her family! My name is Lisa Arcello. My husband, Steve, and I live in Hesperia with our two sons, Ryan and Aaron. For the past 14 years I have been teaching at Oceana Christian School. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I am so excited to join the Fremont Christian family this year, and I'm especially excited about working with the kindergartners this year.
Today's new staff introduction is Tamberly Vegter. Welcome to FCS and back to Michigan! Hello FCS family! My name is Tamberly Vegter. My husband and I recently returned to our home state after many years away. I now call Newaygo home. I am a native Michigander and love to be outside enjoying nature. This can be through gardening, kayaking on the river, camping, or taking day trips to see the wonders Michigan has to offer. I enjoy traveling and have had the opportunity to visit several countries. I have lived in seven different states and traveled to or through 48 of the 50 states. I also enjoy quilting, reading, and helping others. I have served as a deacon, worked at my churches food pantry, and served on the mission committee. I am the proud mom of a daughter and son. Our family has been blessed this year by the addition of a grandson in January and a granddaughter who will be arriving in September. I look forward to spending more time with our local family and hosting Sunday dinners. Teaching is my second career. Once my children graduated from high school, I felt called to become to a teacher. I returned to school to earn my teaching credentials. I originally had a career in Accounting and Business before leaving to start my new career in education. I earned my teaching credentials at Peru State in Peru, Nebraska. I have teaching credentials in 2 different states as well as an ACSI (Association of Christian Schools) credential. I love teaching and have thoroughly enjoyed the career change. I love seeing the spark in a students’ eye when they grasp a subject. I look forward to a getting to know the students this coming school year and passing on my love of learning.
Today we welcome Rachael Bridges to the FCS staff. Rachael has been one of our long time subs and is now officially transitioning into the role of Middle School Science and Social Studies Teacher. Her students are in for a shock when they see her classroom this fall. She has been working tirelessly all summer to get ready for this year, on top of finishing her Masters in Education degree! Welcome Rachael! Newaygo County resident all my life, now live on Fremont Lake. Husband Bill and 5 kids, 4 of which who have or are attending FCS. Bachelors degree from Ferris State University and finishing up Masters in education. Member of Resonate church. LOVES Jesus, Fremont Christian School, sports, Michigan weather, and community.
Please join us in welcoming Ashley Luchies to the FCS Family. Ashley will be the new Development and Events Coordinator. We are so excited for the gifts and talents that Ashley is bringing to FCS. "Hello, my name is Ashley Luchies. I’m a wife and a mom to 4 great kids ranging from 18 to 7 and 3 crazy fur babies which I’m sure you can imagine keep me very busy! My husband Jeremy and I are longtime residents of the Fremont Community and love our small-town atmosphere. When I’m not being an unpaid-uber driver getting my kids to and from their events and activities I love spending my spare time traveling especially back to Costa Rica where I was adopted from as a baby. Doing service work is something that brings me so much joy either by doing it internationally by going on mission trips to Guatemala or working with the homeless in West Michigan, I just love every aspect of it. Spending time on our pontoon with friends and family is my favorite summer activity when we aren’t at the ball field watching our daughter on her travel softball team. Days I’m not on the boat or at the field, you can find me in the kitchen because I LOVE cooking, making something new or different and watching my loved ones enjoy it puts a giant smile on my face. I am SO excited about this new adventure as the Development and Event Coordinator and even more excited to be joining the Fremont Christian School family! "
As we are gearing up for school to start, it's time for us to begin introducing you all to some of the new faces you will be seeing at FCS this year. Our first introduction is the new Assitant Principal Justin Bolt! Join us in welcoming Justin to Fremont Christian! Hello FCS community! I am so excited to join you this fall! After visiting FCS and having conversations with multiple people, I feel that you are a place that is doing great things for growing God's kingdom and I feel blessed to be a part of that. I am hopeful that I will be able to contribute to making FCS continue to be a great place to educate children so they may make an impact for Christ. To help you get to know me a bit better, I would like to tell you a bit about myself and my background. My family and I live in Grand Rapids. My wife, Lori, teaches middle school Language Arts at Legacy Christian School. We have 5 children. Jordan is going to be a freshman, Emily is going into 7th, Olivia into 6th, Annika into 4th, and Angela into first. We just adopted Angela 18 months ago from Haiti. Professionally, I graduated from Calvin College and have been teaching for 18 years, the last 10 in the middle school at Moline Christian School. I have taught many things over the years, but my most recent focus was middle school Social Studies and Bible. I was also the Athletic Director and TfT lead. I love to play all kinds of sports, read books, and work on my house. In the summer I painted for 20 years. I am passionate about Christian education and love to help make schools be great communities and places of learning. I am looking forward to meeting many of you (forgive me if I don't remember your names the first few times I talk to you) and I can't wait to learn more about FCS!
The Gospel Story by Colors is the perfect way to teach kids about God’s love for us in Jesus! Each day this week we will add one more color to the Gospel Story. Stay connected with us as we explore what each one means this week! © 2018 CTA, Inc. Used with permission. Yellow is for the promise of eternal life. Eternal means “never ending.” The life we receive from God by faith never, ever ends. You see, life on this earth is not all there is. Just before he died, Jesus made this promise. (Read John 14:2–3.) What do you think the heavenly home Jesus is making for us will be like? We have heard many promises from God today, but this promise may just be the best promise of all! You can use these colors to remind you what God has done for you in our Savior, Jesus! You can also use them as you share the very best story of all with other people.
Job Opening! Outdoor Education: Kindergarten Educational Assistant. Responsible for assisting the Lead Teachers in providing and effective learning environment that enables students to grow in their walk with God and achieve their greatest potential. Please send your resume to email@example.com. Call with any additional questions 231-924-2740.
The Gospel Story by Colors is the perfect way to teach kids about God’s love for us in Jesus! Each day this week we will add one more color to the Gospel Story. Stay connected with us as we explore what each one means this week! © 2018 CTA, Inc. Used with permission. Blue is for the gift of our faith. What does it mean to believe? When we believe in Jesus, we know what he did. We ask him to take away our sins. We trust that he loves us and that he will always, always keep doing that. We can’t make ourselves believe. Faith is another one of God’s good gifts. He gives it to us - freely! And he makes our faith stronger every time we hear about his love and about the forgiveness Jesus earned for us. When we believe in Jesus, eternal life is ours! (Read Galatians 2:16) Is that the end of the story? It is not! In fact, our story doesn’t end at all!
The Gospel Story by Colors is the perfect way to teach kids about God’s love for us in Jesus! Each day this week we will add one more color to the Gospel Story. Stay connected with us as we explore what each one means this week! © 2018 CTA, Inc. Used with permission. Red is for God’s great love. God could have left us alone in the mess we have made. But our next color reminds us that he did not. It’s an amazing, surprising twist in the story. We could not escape from our sin. We could not make up for it. So, in love, God came to set us free! Listen! (Read John 3:16.) God didn’t pay money to free us. All the money in the world would never, ever have been enough. What did God do instead? The Bible says that Jesus made peace by his blood shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20). Jesus came on the very first Christmas. He lived a perfect life. He made sad people happy and sick people well. He gave hungry people food. And he taught everyone about their sin and about God’s love. Then, enemies killed Jesus by nailing him to a cross. There he died. That is the very saddest part of this story! But here’s the great part! Jesus did not stay dead! He came alive on the very first Easter, just as God had promised he would. Because Jesus lived, and rose again for us, God can make this promise: (Read Acts 16:31.)
The Gospel Story by Colors is the perfect way to teach kids about God’s love for us in Jesus! Each day this week we will add one more color to the Gospel Story. Stay connected with us as we explore what each one means this week! © 2018 CTA, Inc. Used with permission. Grey is for Sadness That’s the next part of our story, and it is a very sad part. Gray is for the sadness and gloominess of sin. Evil, sorrow, sickness, shame, and death entered God’s wonderful creation. Here’s how. (Read Genesis 3:1–7, perhaps from a children’s Bible.) Later that very same day, God found Adam and Eve hiding in the beautiful garden he had given them. He told them about the consequences of their sin. What are consequences? Sometimes consequences are good, like when we finish our homework early and Mom takes us to get ice cream. Sometimes consequences are bad, like when we yell at our friends and they decide not to play with us anymore. Do you think the consequences of sin were good or bad? The consequences Adam and Eve earned were horrible! With sin came all the trouble in the world.