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Serving, Loving and Praising Our God

What an amazing day! Is it not a blessing to serve the Lord by serving others? Our great God loves to use us to accomplish His work, and we are blessed to have such willing students and supportive parents. The weather was perfect today for so many outdoor jobs, like cleaning windows, raking leaves, pulling weeds, painting, construction - so many different things. Our younger students enjoyed their time singing, visiting, and giving out cards to the nursing home residents. According to Mrs. Tamra Moger, our CSP coordinator, "A lot of our jobs were hard work for older students. Including on-campus work, we were able to accomplish 55 jobs, and at least a third of our jobs were with agencies or homes that we usually visit." 

As always, the Lord blesses in ways that we are able to see now, which gives encouragement, but we also know that He does the unseen, and we trust that to reap benefits for His Kingdom. One blessing for which we are truly grateful was having so many fathers who came out to help with the big jobs. Mrs. Moger said, "I always pray for a lot of men to be able to help, and the Lord supplied all that we needed."
Upon returning from her group's job at the Family Crisis Center in Asheboro, teachers' aide and parent Melody Humble said, "One of our jobs required us to purchase flowers to make the Family Crisis Center look more attractive.  Mrs. Moger gave me $20 to purchase the flowers. We were surprised when the manager at Lowes Hardware told us that we could get whatever we wanted for $20." The group was excited to make the center look nice with flowers, and the personnel were very grateful for the all the work and the generous donation.
After visiting the Soup Kitchen in Asheboro, parent Heather Shimp said, "I was humbled and reminded of the song 'People Need the Lord.' I was glad to spend this time with my daughter, and we were able to see some of the parents of children who are bussed to our church."
Parent Chris Vaughn commented to Mrs. Moger upon returning to school, "The organization of this day was wonderful! It took a lot of deliberate action."
We are all very grateful for Mrs. Moger's diligent efforts in planning this event. She starts during the summer months, and once school begins, the work is on. Also, we cannot forget to praise our prayer partners who have spent many hours in prayer for God's provision, His watch care, and His power to make this effort a success in HIs eyes, as we seek to train our students to be servant-leaders. 

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Our God is Faithful!

school - news - 1st daysHere and gone, then and now, we look back and say, "It was God." Our God has been good, and He continues to show his Faithfulness" in our 50th year of operation. Apart from His sustaining power, the pillar of strength in Faith Baptist Church, and the continual support of our community, our doors could not open in celebration of our golden anniversary. Administrator Todd Daniel said, "When you look back over the years, there is only one way to say it: God is faithful."

So much preparation goes into every school year, but this past summer improvements were made to give the campus a face-lift, to refurbish ceilings, walls and floors, to add decoration of historical interest and to give the students a greater since of Eagle pride. But most of all, this celebration causes us to humbly see the faithfulness of our great God. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hohneisen have experienced 49 of the 50 years at FCS, and they especially know the trials and triumphs and how the Lord continues to bless this work. Mr. Hohneisen said, "In every situation, some even desperate, God has been faithful. Our Lord has met the needs and in many instances our wants through faithful servants. God has been the creator and sustainer of FCS. He is a faithful God. Praise the Lord!"

As in the beginnings of each school year, the seniors began with a special treat, a luncheon and special gifts. Mrs. Sherri Hohneisen presented the class a devotional book in which she put much time, love and effort, and Pastor Gary Moger gave the class a copy of God's Word and a plan for Bible reading, while administrator Todd Daniel encouraged the class in servant leadership. 

After graduating 17 seniors last school year, the Lord has blessed with the addition of more than 30 new students to the Faith family, and we are so grateful!

Our classes are in full swing, the students have experienced another reviving trip to The Wilds Camp, and our faculty and staff are praying for the students to apply the things they have learned both academically and spiritually.  We anticipate and pray the Lord's continual working in us as we commit our ways to Him. 

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Students Awarded for Their Achievements

As the last days of school came to a close, the students in both elementary and the middle and high school grades met to receive recognition for their diligent achievements. While the elementary students had their ceremony on the last full day of school, the middle and high school students met for a banquet and were awarded both athletic and academic honors. Highest grade point averages earned medallions and certificates in each class and grade, while other students received recognition for sports achievements, including merits earned from the North Carolina Christian School Association of All-Region and All-State Athletes. Students within the American Honor Society were recognized for their diligence as well in meeting the academic critieria. Most of all, the student body vote honored Christian leadership for the middle and high school grades. Both Jacob Avelino and Katie Gaines were honored on the middle school level, while Jace Burroughs and Rebekah McLanahan were awarded the high school honors.

We are proud to congratulate our students on their achievements for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Go, With God

Another year gained means another group of Eagles spreading their wings. The Class of 2017 marched and took their flight the last week of May. Their teachers and sponsors could describe these servant-leaders as a "closely knit" family of 17. So close that when the valedictorian and two salutatorian roles were announced, the two ladies chose to write and then deliver their addresses as one. Their duo delivery was a definite first, but was a great hit with the audience. Salutatorians Nicole Sheron and Taryn Brunson alluded to how they had done so many things together for the past six years which led into their speech's theme of togetherness and teamwork. Brunson said, "Our teammates for the last several years are sitting right behind us. We have had each other's backs through the difficult times and rejoiced together in the good times. God divinely places people in our lives as our teammates, and I have no doubt that God gave us each other to work together through all these years of school. Even though we each are heading down different paths, we all are pressing for the same goal. That goal is eternity and living our lives in a way so that we will hear God say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servants.'"

The class appreciated the opportunity to give testimony of the Lord’s work in their lives, but also to sing together just as they did on their March mission trip. So again at graduation, they sang “Lord, I Need You” one last time; however, this time it was sung in both English and partially in Spanish. In addition, graduate Jace Burroughs gave testimony and sang “To Live or Die” based on Paul’s testimony in Philippians 1:21.

After the students received a plethora of academic and athletic awards and scholarships, just another proof of the class’ diligence in all aspects of their education, Nicole Sheron was awarded one of the five 2017 Presidential Scholarships from Randolph Community College, presented by the school's president, Dr. Robert Shackelford. Valedictorian Kari Cox gave her address centered around the game of Dominoes. According to Cox, the 2017 class had set up their "dominoes" all around the school – their various milestones, good and difficult times. She said, “Whether the dominoes were easy or hard to place, we took it step by step, piece by piece and created our pattern. You see, every day as we walked these halls we placed dominoes, some days had more than others, but still a domino, none the less.”

As she came to her conclusion, Cox affirmed that the class’ senior year had been their most rewarding. She continued, “Now with the handing of a small piece of paper, the time has come for all our domino patterns to diverge and then…we push the first one…Our whole lives we have been setting our pattern, placing our dominoes, but like every game of Dominoes, the time must come to stop creating the pattern and make the dominoes fall.”

As the ceremony continued and came to its close, the seniors presented their parents with gifts and all watched a senior photo retrospective of their high school years. Class sponsor Cris Brunson and science teacher Gary Jones sang “But Continue Thou” based on 2 Timothy 3:14 before the class received their diplomas. Dr. Gary Moger, president of FCS, gave the benediction.

Just as the salutatorians concluded their speech on teamwork, the truth was certain that the class would no longer be together – as 10 had been since kindergarten. However, the Lord will continue to be their companions. The speech concluded, “And though much can be accomplished when working together, many more things can be accomplished with Him because nothing is impossible with God.”

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Giving Back

Since the 1970s FCS students have received great benefits from The Wilds Christian Camp ministry, so impacting that we could never repay the debt or give an adequate thank you. However, in our 50th year as FCS, the Lord put it in the heart of the administrative staff to express their gratitude to each organization that has come alongside of Faith to fulfill its mission of educating and training servant-leaders for the Kingdom of God. The Wilds Camp has not only evangelized our young people, but they have exhorted and encouraged our students to live God-centered lives and live victoriously in this present world.

In our humble attempts to give The Wilds staff the honor they so deserve, our students and alumni wrote letters to express their gratitude and give testimony of the Wilds impact. While at camp the first week of September, the students treated the staff on Thursday evening by serving the meal and giving out cards with the letters and testimonies, while administration presented a money gift and plaque of honor to the camp staff. The night was encouraging for all. Mrs. Sherri Hohneisen, who helped with the celebration, said, "The students were so excited to honor The Wilds staff.  The young people know Matt, Willie, and Joe--the speakers--but we had an opportunity to honor the men and women who do the behind-the-scenes jobs, which are equally important."

On top of the pleasure of celebrating with the Wilds, the Lord powerfully worked in hearts to save and give salvation assurance to several of our students. Thus, it was worth every mile of the tiring trip! To keep the week lively and entertaining, the middle and high school students not only sat under the preaching of powerful messages and spent much one-on-one time with God, but they braved the falls hike, road the scenic ziplines as well as the tree-top land trolley, a free-falling giant swing, then rowed or peddled boats, jumped from lake towers, and some pounced the lake blob pillow or even soared from it into the cold lake waters. If that was not enough, they rode inner tubes down the river or slid down a choice of two different water slides. In addition, games and skits kept the students in the competitive spirit or just plain laughing at the staffs’ willingness to do the crazy things and actually enjoy it! But the sincerity of The Wilds ministry was clearly seen as program directors shared their hearts and gave direction to the students on many issues of our day, such as hopelessness and suicide, anger/malice/wrath and bitterness, loving God with a wholehearted devotion, what a living sacrifice looks like, and our greatest need - Christ, who is truly enough. The whole Wilds experience framed memories for the students to look back on, but it also revived their hearts to follow wholeheartedly after Christ this school year. 

Senior Sarah Gregg said, "I greatly appreciated this trip. The lessons brought me closer to my God, and my friendships grew."

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Agricultural Science Students Continue Their Winning Tradition

Congratulations to our Dairy Quiz Bowl teams for a job well done! The students competed in the 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl in Statesville, North Carolina, in May 2017. The "Holy Cows" senior team placed third in their division, and the "Holy Holsteins" placed first in the junior division and third in Skill-a-thon. Another junior team, the "Jersey Midgets," placed third in Quiz Bowl.

Since their beginnings in 2005, the different teams have placed in both the state and national levels. Ms. Marjie Grubb, the team coach, said, "I appreciate how the students take this seriously and work so hard. It's exciting for me to take students to the national competitions and win and then to be known as the 'little North Carolina team.'"

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A Grand Day

Grandparents' Day, now a schoolwide two-year tradition, brought in a crowd for a great program and celebration. We love our grandparents and did our best to make them feel special! From special music with the Gaines family, four students and their mom Lanette, to the reading of many students' writings on what makes their grandparents special, the event could not have been sweeter. For some students, such as the Cassell family who recently lost their grandfather, this day served as a time to remember the impact of such influential grandparents. To top off the occasion, the program was followed by a spaghetti meal for our special grandparent guests and the entire student body, kindergarten through twelfth grade.

For some grandparents, who might feel displaced or discarded in this point in life, this program and the obvious love of the grandchildren gave the grandparents a "grand" day!  

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Freedom and Worship

As the student body sprang into their last few weeks of school, the first through twelfth grades performed for their large audience of family and friends. This would be the last schoolwide assembly apart from high school graduation. As the concert performance ranged from first year instrumentalists to combinations of elementary groups and the second grade recorders, each group praised the Lord and their country's freedom. Our music teachers, both Mrs. Elaine Bowman and Mrs. Melody Humble, often give emphasis to both God and America in the spring concerts each year.

The Echoes of Faith handbell choir, middle school chorus and the high school choir each performed various religious and patriotic pieces with occasional accompaniment from piano students and stringed instrument students. Senior Hannah Bertrand played a piano solo, and senior Jace Burroughs sang his last concert solo with the Advanced Speech class' performance of "It Is Well with My Soul" on the life of H.D. Spafford.

In the end, the audience gave a hardy applause and shed a few tears to a job well done of praising our Lord in song and drama.

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Seniors Represent the AACS

In April the Senior Class visited Washington D.C. where they had the privilege of visiting museums and monuments, the Capitol Building and other government facilities. Each Senior had the responsibility of representing the American Association of Christian Schools and lobbying with delegates for the House of Representatives. The groups presented three issues in writing to the delegates and briefly spoke of their position from the Christian school vantage point.

While on their trip, the seniors had their favorite experiences, but the majority commented on feeling as if they were a part of the government process as they spoke with delegates. Senior John Wensil said, "My favorite times were, first of all, the Holocaust Museum, seeing all those people went through and their stories, and second, seeing our senators in the committee meeting."

Over the years the Senior Class has been greatly impacted by their trip to Washington, D.C. as it makes them more keenly aware of their God-given responsibilities as Christian citizens and causes them to realize they can make a difference in their country.

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FUN: The Name of the Game

One of the greatest days of the year was Field Day! Not only did the students anticipate outdoor fun, but they also knew the signs of the time - summer vacation was almost here! And so the story goes, the elementary students embarked upon their first outdoor field day in the past three years. With great weather and a lot of sunshine, the group spent most of their morning outdoors, with inside games after lunch, then to complete their day with outdoor water fun. To ask the elementary students their favorite times and fond memories, a host of activities and fun came to mind.

Third Grade:

"My favorite activity was filling up the cup with the sponge. We also had to walk with a ball between our legs, and by the time we were all done every one was lying down!" -Ruth McLanahan

"My favorite activity was the water balloon fight. We also played Zonk, had a ball toss and a hula hoop race."- Levi Brown

Fourth Grade:

"My favorite was the two-legged race. An exciting time is whenever we did the water balloon toss!" -Azura Yates

"We had pizza, we played games, we got wet with a waterhose, and, most of all, we had fun!" - Isabelle Nance

Fifth Grade:

"I enjoyed the pie-in-the-face activity. One exciting moment was when we won 30,000 points. My team won, and that was so exciting!" - Ashley Humble

"We raced, we hopped, we got wet! My most exciting moment was 'pieing' Lyndsey!" -Casey Allen

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DARE to Take a Stand

Project DARE teaches the children how to weigh negative and positive consequences, how to build good self-esteem, recognize and deal with peer pressure and much more," according to Sheriff Robert Graves. Project DARE is a cooperative effort between the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Randolph County Board of Education. According to Sheriff Graves, "Project DARE is a program designed to teach the students how to say no to illegal drugs and pressures placed upon them by peers, based upon reason rather than internal and external forces."

The Fifth Grade class completed their course requirements, and finished with a graduation ceremony in May 2017. Deputy Freida Neece led in the introduction, and Chaplain Riley Puckett gave a challenge to the Fifth Grade graduates.

Each student wrote an essay on their DARE experience, and two were chosen as winners. Both Ethan Lester and EllaJoy Mathison were awarded medals and read their essays at the graduation.

In addition, the 21 graduates sang and also shared skits portraying logical responses to peer pressures.

Students spoke of the things they had learned and appreciated about the DARE program:

"One of the things we learned in DARE was confident communication." - Madison Avelino

"We learned to not be a bystander when someone's being bullied or pressured to do something." - Karrie Gaines

"Why do drugs knowing they will kill you?" - Nathan Albright

Some of the students' favorite things were holding the stuffed lion as a reward for answering questions, singing together and getting their awards in the end. Fifth Grade teacher Johnny Reeder and the class expressed their appreciation for Officer Neece and the fun they had in the program. The students learned life lessons and principles to guide them as they enter their teenage years.

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'Round 'Em Up!'

Our student cowboys and cowgirls "rounded up" on stage for their kindergarten graduation. Showing off their learnings with a western spin, the children sang, recited verses such as Psalm 23, counted and read books for their audience. Mrs. Doris Carter expressed her thanks for the opportunity to teach her students whom she loved and nurtured throughout the school year. In addition to her academic goals, she also had hopes for her beginning students. She said, "I hope they will make reading a lifelong love and that it will not be a drudgery. I want them to have a love for reading God's Word."

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One, But Many

The sophomore year speech class with its end-of-year drama always ranks as unforgettable with the students' high school experiences. Although this group was a class of 22, each one had his/her perfect "nitch" to make the play as nearly perfect as it could be, thanks to Mrs. Charissa Brunson's and Mrs. Sherri Hohneisen's expertise. As a first-time showing of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," there was a great amount of stage work for Mr. Larry Brunson, Mr. Franklin Allred, and Jace Burroughs who worked late nights and weekends to get it all done. Monday's dress rehearsal then the Thursday and Saturday showings made an exciting week for this group of students who loved their theatre experience. Kyle Richardson, who played the Cowardly Lion, said, "During this time, we had to work as 'one' and not as 'many.' We all came together to make this happen. The main thing we learned is that when we all work together, the results will be outstanding."

Also emphasizing their working together well, Gracie York said, "We had each others' backs, whether it was feeding each other the next line, comforting each other when we were nervous, and even praying as a group before we went on stage."

The students, speech teachers and stage builders were not the only hardworkers making the performance happen, but the meal coordinator Marjie Grubb and her crew, Bev Boniface and Tonya Bivins, who decorated the tables, and the office ladies' organization were key elements to such a successful dinner and performance. All worked together for a job "well done!"

Looking back and reflecting on her experience, Gracie York said, "One of the best times was the last part of the play when we were all out there on stage as a group. We knew that our hard work as a class really paid off to give the best performance we could."

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Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

After participating in academic testing online through the North Carolina Christian School Association (NCCSA), the following students ranked or won: Will Dinsmore (11th), first place in Advanced Math and Chemistry; Kari Cox (12th), third place in Chemistry; Shelby Allen (9th), third place in Home Economics. Will Dinsmore also competed in the National Competition with the American Association of Christian Schools.


A Sweet Day of Love

New-to-teaching at FCS this year, fifth grade teacher, Johnny Reeder said, "I had heard how beautiful Valentine's Day was here at FCS, but I really didn't have any clue as to how it really looks. It is spectacular!" Every classroom was festooned with red, pink, and white balloons, and desks were covered with cotton candy and cake balls as the students came excitedly to their classrooms on Tuesday. This beauty came about at great cost to the seniors--and to very generous parents, however.

The Valentine's Day annual decorations came about as a fundraiser for the seniors' mission trip to the Dominican Republic. None of the profits from this day actually go to them at all; however, the funds go toward feeding villiages, construction costs, and other humanitarian needs while they are on their trip. Weeks before the big day arrived, over 800 cake balls were made and frozen to be candy coated just days before Valentine's Day. Cards were typed out as the orders came in, and the night before V-Day, the seniors spun 210 bags of cotton candy and began putting out the over 225 mylar balloons that could be filled. At 9:30, the seniors called it a night and went home to get a few hours sleep before they had to be back at 5:00 a.m.

Trip coordinator as well as the Valentine's Day fundraiser organizer, Mrs. Sherri Hohneisen said, "This year we got slammed with literally hundred of orders the Friday before the big day. I had to type most of the weekend to get all the orders processed!"

Senior class adviser, Mrs. Cris Brunson had her team organized and ready for the busy morning. She said, "I was so proud of the seniors. We've always tried to do better than the class the year before in our fundraisers, and they did it! The seniors were done and cleaned up the workroom as Mr. Mac (the other senior sponsor) gave the hallways one last sweep--all before 7:30.

Mrs. Hohneisen said, "What I love is that the entire school, parents, grandparents, and other relatives can go on this mission trip vicariously because of their support of the fundraiser. As we give out food to villagers, the seniors are merely the hands and feet of the whole school family. When we purchase construction items and paint, we pay the bill with the funds that people in the school paid for. The seniors merely become conduits of God's grace through our families' generosity. We are so grateful that our school families helped make this happen."

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