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It Is More Blessed to Give than to Receive!

December 22, 2014
By John Morrison

In my last three blogs, I have featured various Grace student groups, including a radio interview with several of our seniors, a video of some of our wrestling team in action, and excerpts from our recent choral concert.  In this last blog before Christmas, let me highlight the entire student body and our school families in what I believe is one of our most important annual events.  

This past Friday, it was our privilege to deliver gift bags to each Wenonah Elementary School student.  Wenonah has an unusually high percentage of under-privileged students.  I cannot adequately thank all of our GCS families who generously participated by purchasing the items for these bags.  The Wenonah students were quite thrilled to receive these gift bags that were hand-delivered by our middle and high school students, and there was lots of great interaction between students from both schools.

One thing that became quite apparent as I observed this entire scene was the truth in Christ’s words, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Indeed, while the excitement of the Wenonah students was great, I believe our own students were even more blessed as they experienced the joy of reaching out to these elementary students, giving with no expectation of any temporal return.  What a great experience and privilege this was for our students!

And I left Wenonah thinking about the greatest Gift Giver of all, who gave Himself entirely, holding nothing back so that we might experience salvation from our sin and gain the joy of eternal life.  Maybe our own students (and many of our staff) got a glimpse of just how precious is the eternal gift of life given by our loving God.  And perhaps, too, we all have a better understanding that, truly, it is better to give than to receive.

Indeed, it was a great privilege for our school to participate in this very worthy project.    I offer my expression of thanks to all of our families who helped fill these approximately 230 gift bags with stuffed animals, blankets,  personal hygiene items, and other special gifts in order to bless these little ones, some of whom will experience little else in the way of any Christmas cheer apart from their gift bag received from our GCS families.  Thank you so much!

Click here and enjoy some of the pictures from this event.

I pray that each of our GCS families will enjoy a very meaningful Christmas holiday, made even more special through the privilege we have had to bless our friends at Wenonah!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  
Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Way to Go, GCS Choristers!

December 19, 2014
By John Morrison

In my last two blogs, I have featured some of our GCS seniors in a radio interview and our outstanding wrestling team with a video clip of a recent match.

In this blog, I would like to feature another group of hard working and talented GCS students - our choristers - and their musical directors.

Many of us greatly enjoyed last night’s concert by the elementary, middle school and high school choruses as they helped us celebrate this special Advent season.  Held at Wayne Hills Baptist Church (thank you, dear friends at Wayne Hills!), we were treated to delightful presentations from all three groups.

I must confess that this is one of my favorite GCS events of the entire year.  There is just something very unique and special, especially in this day and time, in hearing these young and talented voices lifting up praises and worship to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!  In the midst of all of the secular emphasis on what is now  commonly called “the Winter Holiday” in most public schools, I am so thrilled that we have the freedom to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  (By the way, “Christmas” means the “Christ Mass,” which is traditionally a special worship assembly to celebrate the birth of Christ.  One wonders how we got from “Christmas” to “the Winter Holiday???”)

For those of you unable to attend last night’s event, I hope you will take a few moments to enjoy some excerpts from the concert via the below link.  Thanks to GCS parents Kati Grow and Jody Lohr for making this possible!

I want also to thank our dedicated, talented and hard working musical directors who have been such a blessing to our music program over the years.  These include Joelle Miller, Marie Masincup, Karen Palumbo, Jean Marinelli …Job well done, ladies!  And thank you the accompanists as well - Emily Masincup, Tony Andrews, Marie Masincup, Joelle Miller, Joanne Hickin and Ben Elliott.

What a blessing and privilege to still have the freedom to celebrate the real “reason for the season” in our school.  We praise God for this special privilege to give our children a Christ-focused education and pray that each of our students will be eternally impacted for Christ through school events and activities such as was represented last night!

My next blog will feature today’s outreach to Wenonah Elementary School and the delivery of our Christmas bags to the students.  Be looking for this next blog this coming Monday.

Click here to enjoy some excerpts from last night’s concert!

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Wrestling and Christian Education

December 15, 2014
By John Morrison

In last week’s blog, I featured a radio interview conducted with some of our seniors and their Bible and Philosophy teacher, Mr. Brian Fitzgerald.  I trust many of you were blessed in hearing the thoughtful comments of seniors Daniel Royals, Devon Boyers, Noah Hebert and Mr. Fitzgerald.

This week, I would like to focus on one of our athletic teams that not everyone knows about.  Our GCS wrestling program is now in its fourth year, coached by GCS parents Josh Palumbo and Danny Campbell.  A reason they are not as well known as other GCS teams is because all of their matches are conducted as away events, and their practices are conducted at Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro.  Mark your calendars - we will be hosting our first home match on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm the Activities Center.

I also want to acknowledge seniors and team leaders Paige Campbell and Timothy Grow, who have been with the team since its beginning four years ago.  Their level of commitment and intensity of competition have been a real inspiration to the entire team!

As those who have wrestling experience will affirm, this sport, while very much a team sport, is also unique in the sense that each match comes down to two contestants, and so is also very much an individual “just me and the other guy” activity.  It is also a grueling event in that those who participate will tell you that after a match, they experience the closest thing to “total exhaustion” that can be experienced in any sport, yet probably more so with wrestling!

Thus, as is the case with all sports offered at GCS, we believe an activity such as wrestling is a vital part of our Christian educational emphasis, in that it focuses on such vital character qualities as perseverance, discipline in honing one’s skills, and conducting one’s self on the mat in a Christ-honoring manner, even in very demanding and trying circumstances.  This Christian education emphasis is even more effective when we have godly role models such as Coach Palumbo and Coach Campbell to lead our program!

Many of my readers have not attended a GCS match or seen our team in action, so I have included a link below to videos made by one of our parents of a recent match.  This particular tournament pitted our GCS wrestlers against a number of AAA and AAAA public schools. Outstanding, and a real credit to the leadership of Coach Palumbo and Coach Campbell.  

I hope you will enjoy taking a few moments to check out the link.  While not all of our wrestlers were filmed, you will get a good sense of the intensity of the event along with the outstanding performance of our young men!  And I hope you will check out the schedule and attend some of the future matches that are conducted nearby.  By the way, the GCS men are in the blue uniforms. Click here to view the videos.

And let me publicly thank Wayne Hills Baptist for allowing us use of their facility for practices!

Way to go, Warriors!

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

A Recent Radio Interview with GCS Seniors

December 10, 2014
By John Morrison

In this and my next two blogs, I would like to feature some of our students in settings that might otherwise go largely unnoticed.

One of the most important courses we teach is our senior Bible and Philosophy class,  led by GCS graduate and now pastor Brian Fitzgerald.  This class is such a vital experience for our seniors because of its emphasis on comparing and contrasting major worldviews and training the students in how to critically analyze the basic assumptions of each of these philosophies from a Christian perspective.

After the class’s recent visit to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Mr. Fitzgerald was invited by school parent Mike Adams to participate, along with GCS seniors Daniel Royals, Devon Boyers, and Noah Hebert, in a Simple Truth Radio interview discussing this most challenging topic.

Indeed, what you will hear in these three approximately thirteen minute radio segments reflects the kind of critical thinking that strikes at the very heart of Christian education and which is so crucial in preparing our young people to stand effectively for Christ in our increasingly secular culture.

I think you will be impressed with the maturity of thinking represented in these three segments.  While I hope you will take time to listen to all three, I recommend that if you have time only for one, that you click the first link.

Our thanks to Mike Adams and the folks at Simple Truth Radio for including us in their programming!

Next week, I will feature another very special group of students and their accomplishments in an activity that many parents are still unaware of as being offered by GCS!  Stay tuned!

Simple Truth Radio - Episode 63

Simple Truth Radio - Episode 64

Simple Truth Radio - Episode 65

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

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