Frederickson Campus Blog
It’s been an absolute blessing to be able to share with our students the awe and wonder of this amazing season! Through singing Christmas songs with them, I have had the unique opportunity to share the message of hope. Some of the songs are ones that many children already know but may not even realize the importance of the seasonal lyrics they’ve sung. I’ve been teaching my students that many Christmas songs can often be called “worship music.” The songs that we’ve been preparing for our upcoming Christmas programs speak directly to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We, in turn, are offering praise and worship directly to our loving God even as we prepare for our programs!
I would love to invite you all to our Christmas programs on Tuesday, December 6 to hear what your students have prepared:
• K–2nd Grade Christmas Program, 6:00–6:45 p.m.
• 3rd–6th Grade Christmas Program, 7:15–8:00 p.m.
I can’t wait for you and your family members to hear these students proclaim the hope of the season … all through worship!
I have always been intrigued by Peter Pan—the boy who never grew up, could fly, and fought the evil Captain Hook. Peter Pan made his first appearance in a novel by J.M. Barrie in 1902. Many adaptations have followed: musicals, plays, films, and novels. Peter and the Starcatcher, based on Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry’s novel, serves as a prequel, explaining how these famous characters began. The style is story theatre, which utilizes minimal sets and props, an ensemble of actors, narrations, music, and your imagination to create each scene—from a shipwreck to a magical island grotto.
Our production includes wonderful student-musicians who create all the live sound effects and underscoring. Our talented band director, Bryan Botka, leads as conductor/pianist. Theatre is all about collaboration and community, and I’m so thankful for our students, teachers, and administrators who are committed to this program and to growing it.
The greatest stories share the same epic theme: heroic sacrifice. In this play, Molly and her father, Lord Aster, have committed their lives to protecting “starstuff.” But Molly abandons her important mission to save a new friend, Boy, who then becomes a leader by following her example, setting his interests aside to help her. Why does a tale of selfless sacrifice always resonate so powerfully with us? If you know Jesus, you know the answer. Our Savior heroically laid down His life for us and calls us to do the same for each other. In 1 John 3:16, we read, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” More powerful even than “starstuff” is His eternal love. Let that be our example and the story we constantly tell.
Big things are happening on our campus during chapel this month!
Our November spiritual focus is on being ROOTED IN THE CHURCH, and during our first chapel, we read what God's Word says about being connected with a local congregation.
On Wednesday, November 9, during our special Veterans Day Chapel, we are excited to honor the men and women who have served in our military. It is our privilege to come together as a community and express our gratitude for the many sacrifices our veterans have made to help build this great country we call home! During this event, our students will be thanking our veterans personally with handmade bookmarks as a show of appreciation for their service. We are also blessed to have our director of safety and security, Jake Petersen, who is a veteran himself, speak as our distinguished guest at this event! A local JROTC member will come to present the flags.
The following Wednesday, November 16, we will be recognizing student dedication to academic achievement during our First Quarter Honors Chapel.
After coming back from Thanksgiving break, our last chapel of the month will be Cougar Family Groups, which are a highlight for our students as they gather together in small groups with all grade levels represented. These groups have presented a wonderful leadership opportunity for peer mentors as well as for deeper student connection and conversations.
We are thankful for your partnership in making Cascade Christian the very best school we can be!
Recently, as I was thinking about the purpose of the root system of a plant, I couldn’t help but think about the role of the local church in the life of the believer. Here’s what I mean: the root system beneath the surface keeps the plant above the surface firmly rooted in the ground and able to withstand the storms it may face. Similarly, the church provides the support we need to be able to withstand the storms we may face. When we go through hard times, the pain we experience often leaves us feeling alone and out of touch with others.
But the good news is that when Jesus invited us to follow Him, He did so knowing that we would be alongside other people! God gave us the gift of relationships within the local church to be a source of strength for us, to encourage us, and to be a resource to us not only in the journey of faith but especially when we experience the storms of life.
Throughout the month of November, our monthly focus is ROOTED IN THE CHURCH. We will be teaching our students the role the local church plays in the life of the believer. To begin with, they will learn how they can deepen their roots in God through joining a local church. Students will see how building relationships in the church can happen simply as a result of using the gifts they have been given, just as Phoebe did in the early church (Romans 16:1-2). They will learn how serving others in the same way Jesus served can result in relationships strong enough to withstand any storm they may face. Finally, they will have a chance to pray for those among us who are examples of people who sacrifice themselves for others—our veterans!
None of us can predict the next storm we may face. But my hope and prayer this month and throughout the rest of this school year is that when that time does come, our students will be supported by a system that is firmly rooted in the church.
Join me in prayer as we deepen our roots together!