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A Miracle to See

What a wonderful time of the school year, our annual Fall Festival, when our campus grounds hold an entertaining, festive celebration for the young and old. Barbeque, the games and inflatables worked by juniors and seniors, plus the Spooky Trail bringing in funds for missions and then the evening auction.  All this historically provides a win-win and a great means of financial support for the school. To see the team of faculty and staff give their all for the Lord's work is a tremendous example of sacrificial servant-leadership, personifying the school's mission statement in training our young people to serve Christ. Phyllis Frye, assistant principal said, "The day is a good time of fellowship with parents, students, faculty, staff and our alumni. From the days in advance of the items donated, the organization of so many things behind the scenes, to the men who work the night before to cook the meat and the students helping set up the day before, this is an event that requires so many hands and a lot of work in advance. I'm very grateful for all who serve."

Adding another aspect of fun and service for the students, elementary classes made fall art to decorate the gym,  and Mrs. Angie Thomas, librarian, coordinated a pumpkin decorating contest in which the students decorated their pumpkins like their favorite books and characters. 

In considering all the events of the day, office manager Angie Stout said, "We had great parent involvement, we increased our take-out orders this year, and everyone worked really hard. We appreciate our vendors who took their time to setup in our gym too. The teamwork was excellent!"

As administrator Todd Daniel considered the success of the day, he said, "I cannot emphasize how a lot of people do a lot of different things. Often times we don't even ask for some things, but it's exactly what we need. It's a miracle that it happens as it does because it doesn't make sense. Many hands really do make light work."

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Exemplary Service

What better way to spend our Veterans Day than in school honoring our hometown heroes! Elementary students sang the different military branches' songs, the middle school and high school groups each sang of our God's blessing on our nation, and the Echoes of Faith handbell choir played "My Country 'Tis of Thee." 

Along with parents, grandparents and friends of Faith, Sergeant Major Greg Williams and his wife, Navy Commander Meghan Williams, attended our service and spoke to the student body about their service and missions. Navy Commander Williams kept a captive audience, telling of her presence on the ship with the crew responsible for burying Osama Bin Laden at sea while Sergeant Major  Williams spoke of his experience with the crew who captured Saddam Hussein. 

Most of all, the couple reminded the students of our commission as a good soldier of Jesus Christ - servant-leadership, respecting others as better than ourselves, standing for what is right, and faithfully reading God's Word. All of this emphasized enduring the difficulties of this life as a godly soldier just as a military soldier who perseveres in battle. 

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Rejoice and Sing!

Another night of excellent praise and Christmas celebration came from our middle and high school students. The night began with high schoolers Sarah McLanahan and Jacob Cassell's singing "Let It Be Christmas." The Echoes of Faith Handbell Ensemble, two choirs of juniors and seniors, played throughout the program ringing out the season carols such as "Carol of the Bells" and "Jingle Bells."

Select students showcased their talents. Senior Laura LeGlue played her violin as the Echoes of Faith choir sang "Gesu Bambino," and senior Kyle Richardson played "Joy to the World." Middle Schooler Jaden Scott sang a solo with the middle school chorus who sang "The Birthday of a King" and "Please Don't Send Me Fruitcake." 

Adding another thought-provoking element to the concert, the Advanced Speech Class performed, "The Lord in the Manger." The class gives a recitation each year to remind of our Lord's glory and His place of worship at Christmas.

Again portraying his talents, Kyle Richardson played for the Echoes of Faith Choir as they sang "Canon in D/The First Noel," and the choir completed the program with "All Is Well' and "White Christmas."

The excellent display of talent gave praise to the Savior for whom we celebrate the season. 

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Oh, What a Beautiful Evening!

Our elementary boys and girls dressed in their Christmas best and sang beautifully for their "packed-out" concert held at First Christian Church. From the elementary chorus, consisting of third through fifth grades to the second graders on their recorders, the kindergarten and first graders singing together and the sweet little preschoolers, the night was a merry reminder of the Christ of Christmas. Mrs. Elaine Bowman has been coordinating the concerts since the 1980s, and Mrs. Melody Humble came in the last 10 years to aide in additional music instruction of band instruments and the second graders' recorders. 

The elementary students enjoyed singing their carols as well as their fun Christmas songs such as "Winter Fantasy." A select group of elementary students, as the elementary ensemble, sang "Hot Cup of Cocoa" and "Christmas Alleluia" while the kindergarten and first grade group as well as the pre-school children kept the audience smiling with their loud carols and praises, including "All Around the Christmas Tree" and "Tell the Good News."

The second graders divided their time with singing and playing music such as "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "Joy to the World."

In addition to the elementary students' pleasurable time of Christmas cheer was a middle and high school concert for the Faith family to also enjoy the following week. 

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Lord, Let Us Serve

Wet or dry, rain or shine, difficult or easy, we are called to serve. October 26, we witnessed the persevering, dedicated parents and students who served in spite of the weather conditions. As our theme for the day, they "served like they meant it." 

Mrs. Tamra Moger, event coordinator, said, “About a third of our groups served where it was nice and dry. Another third had to deal with the elements on a marginal basis. Then, there were the 15 groups who spent much of their time outside. All of them served like they meant it.”

From cleaning out gutters to trimming shrubs, our outdoor workers pressed on with a great attitude. According to Mrs. Moger. we had reports of residents who were so grateful for the students’ work but also simply enjoyed the young people's company. What an impacting day for everyone!

Since faculty member Gary Jones completed his job with senior boys more quickly than expected due to weather conditions, time permitted for other jobs, one of which came spontaneously. The Lord opened the door for his group to visit the King family’s home and clean up where their house incurred storm damage from trees crashing through their roof during the recent storms.

Even with 16 project cancellations, the middle and high school student body completed 52 projects. Also, our Preschool presented a program to their grandparents, and kindergarten through fourth grades sang and recited Bible passages for five area nursing homes.

In addition, the Lord opened the door for further service.  Mrs. Moger said, “I appreciated how churches opened their doors for us to work indoors.”

To top off our day of service, alumnus Jack Whitley came with an ice cream truck to surprise and reward the student body and helpers for their day of service.

Mrs. Moger said, “What a joy it was to hear how God used each group to fulfill a purpose and serve in our community. May this year’s CSP be a reminder to all of us that with God all things are possible.”

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All The Best

A week of adventure with the best group of students on earth at the best place on earth describes our Wilds Camp week. Yes, we had a great time with our students! The water slides, the giant swing, the land trolley, the ziplines, human foosball, tic-tack-toe challenge, canoeing, blobbing, hiking and only the Wilds comedy kept the students going strong. 

What a blessing to hear God's Word taught and students accept Christ or receive assurance of their salvation! The Lord truly manifested His power through the preaching of The Word. Messages on the goodness of God, our heart's motivations, serving like Christ, the grace that brings salvation, taming the tongue and then to finish with a lasting impact of "Don't Waste this Life," the students were given truth for growth and change and then encouraged to continue in the things they had learned. 

Students are still talking about the messages God used in their lives. Sophomore Katie Gaines said, "I was both convicted and helped in the last message on 'Don't Waste This Life' because life is like a vapor, and we are not promised tomorrow."

At one of the most precious times of the week, testimony time, our students reflected on what the Lord had done in their lives. Testimonies of salvation, God's hand in circumstances and His goodness blessed the group.

Eighth grader Coy Bertrand said, "On Thursday evening, the testimonies given were very powerful and impacting. During the week, I also really appreciated the messages, especially Willie's message on how we talk."

No doubt, God did a work in us that only He could do. We continue to pray the Lord will "RENEW" our minds, hearts, strength as we carry on this school year, RENEW 2019.

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At the Start

A new year, a fresh start, a new beginning - It is time to praise the Lord for his blessings at FCS! We are indeed blessed with new students and a faithful group of faculty and staff who persevere and purpose to carry on the Lord's work.

The teachers began their school year a week before the students. They too were taught and encouraged as they all met together and prayed for the Lord to renew our hearts, our spirits, and our strength for a successful fifty-first school year. Administrator Todd Daniel said, "Having completed our fiftieth year, we chose RENEW as our theme for the year." 

From preschool to our senior class, excitement is in the air! Our preschool, better known as our "little school," welcomed a new class while our senior class of 18 has eagerly taken on their leadership roles. To complete the first day of school, the seniors received a warm welcome with a Golden Corral luncheon. English teacher, Sherri Hohneisen presented them with their own devotional book created especially for them as they embark upon one of their most memorable years at FCS. 

Our fourth graders keep their eyes peeled for insects as they work on their first project of the year, and our kindergartners are learning the expectations with the very patient, Mrs. Doris Carter.

To add to our new beginnings, the middle school and high school visit The Wilds Christian Camp for three days, while our elementary students visited the NC Zoo for a day. The Wilds' trip proved to be a very profitable time for spiritual renewal and helped us regain our focus of living for God’s glory. What a blessing that some of our students accepted Christ as Savior on this trip!

After 50 years, FCS may have the tools polished and the methods refined as educators, but we still cannot do the work of the Lord apart from divine enablement. We desire the prayers of the Faith family as we again renew our strength as eagles.

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Keeping the Faith

How can we begin to thank God for His faithfulness without looking back to remember all He has done? Thus, Lamentations 3:23 became the theme of our 50th school year; "Our God is FAITHful." We ended the year with a celebration banquet, a marked memorial and a night of thanksgiving for all to enjoy.

Graduate Jack Whitley (1977) said, "I am thankful for three things. The friends I made here are great Christian friends for life who encouraged me in my faith. I am thankful for the teachers, their love and care even many years after graduation. I can't help but remember my parents who were poor and sacrificed to put me here."

At the beginning of the school year, the Lord put it in the hearts of the faculty and staff to honor those who have deeply impacted the student body of FCS. This included the North Carolina Christian School Association for being our educational support and continuing education resource, the school's Eagle Club for its patronage and providing for the athletic program, Bob Jones University for its provision of curriculum and faculty through the years and the Christian Scholarship Association for its support and partnership in educating students. Last and most importantly, Faith Baptist Church was recognized for casting the vision of FCS and serving as the essential pillar of support to the ministry. During the school year, the student body honored The Wilds Camp, Encounter Revival Ministries and Nate and Erica Jude with SCORE, Int., all for their influence and help in training servant-leaders for the Kingdom of God. 

During our evening of celebration, the reunion was precious as some of the first teachers and students reminisced of the good 'ole days, but to hear the testimonies of God's goodness made the night an amazing memorial not soon forgotten. Each had a story of God's abundant mercy, amazing grace and never-ending faithfulness. Testimonies of the young and old spoke of how God used FCS to impact their journeys.

Graduate Johnny Reeder (1989) and current teacher said, "I can carry you to places on this campus where I've had conversations with these teachers when I was a student. I also met my wife here. I thank the Lord that I now get to work with the people here. I am thankful for the academics, but these people have taught me so many lessons about life. I am so thankful for the work the Lord has done at this place and continues to do here."

Highlights of the evening include the elementary students' sweetly singing "He's Been Faithful," the faculty and staff giving testimony in the song, "God's Been Good" and the Advanced Speech class' dramatic reading of God's Faithfulness. In addition, Dr. Haas' (NCCSA Director) presented a plaque to the school for its 50 years, and Dr. Bob Jones, III (BJU Chancellor and our keynote speaker) encouraged but exhorted to continue the work of the Lord. He challenged the ministry to look back with intent, an intent of observing God's goodness and provision so that we may be encouraged to keep God's vision and persevere in His ways. He reminded, "This is God's doings; let it be marvelous in our eyes," from the words of Psalm 118:23.

The Lord has brought us to this milestone that we may testify of His goodness. We want to continue, to persevere, to remain stedfast in the faith of our founders and veterans who are living examples of authentic faith. We ask our Faith family to pray with us and to persevere with a renewed strength for the praise and glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

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Reflections of God’s Faithfulness

What a precious evening, and we knew the end of our year was near! Our spring concert led by music teachers, Elaine Bowman and Melody Humble, always blesses the hearts of parents, grandparents and friends as we wrap up the last couple weeks of school. In honor of our 50th anniversary, Mrs. Bowman chose to continue the theme, "God Is Faithful," for the music program, since our banquet was just a few days before the last concert. All ages from First Grade to Twelfth Grade, the students sang, played instruments and performed for their appreciative audience. First graders smiled through their songs, including "Jesus, My Savior Will Love Me" and "Let Brotherly Love Continue."

Also sweetly entertaining their audience with Godward praise, the second grader sang "Hallelujah, There's No Night There" among others, but ended with the cute sounds of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah." 

The elementary chorus sang a couple of times throughout the concert. From "Fifty, Nifty United States" to their 50th banquet songs, "He's Been Faithful" and "You Are Always Good," and listeners were blessed. 

Our middle school chorus added "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone," and among others, "Precious Memories," while being accompanied by stringed instruments.

Also playing different times throughout the program, the Echoes of Faith Handbell Choir beautifully played songs such as "Holy Manna" and "Theme from William Tell Overture."

Near the end of the program, The Echoes of Faith Ensemble guided their audience to praise our faithful God through songs such as "How Great Thou Art," “The Power of the Cross" and "Give Me Jesus" for the Advanced Speech Class to end with their dramatic presentation called, "The Power of One." 

The audience sang "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" to end the program, and administrator Todd Daniel closed with prayer and testimony of our Lord's faithfulness. 

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Eagles Take Flight

 What an honor to graduate in the school's 50th year! "God Is Faithful" continued to encompass and wrap up the school year at the 46th commencement. From the first speech given by Salutatorian Ashley Avelino until the recessional of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," our God received the praise. Avelino gave her address and emphasized the eagle and its learning to fly. She also incorporated her salvation testimony and her family's Eagle heritage as Faith graduates and Faith Baptist charter members who helped to build the school fifty years before. She said, "One could say I was destined to be an Eagle before I was even born."

She moved toward her conclusion, reminding her classmates, "Most of all, the people of this school have taught us to have good values, morals and to keep God first in all that we do to prepare us to go out on our own, leaving our safe nest, preparing us to take, we start our journey to soar as Eagles with courage, honor, power, freedom, determination, strength, bravery, beauty and grace."

As the commencement ceremony continued, seniors gave testimonies, Todd Daniel, administrator, and Lydia Daniel, class sponsor, sang "Christ Is Sufficient," before Will Dinsmore gave his valedictory address humorously comparing his 14-year "ride" at FCS to a roller coaster. He concluded that FCS had greatly changed his life for the better and said, "Faith has been a place where I am challenged to grow in my walk with God, and I will be forever grateful for the teachers who encouraged me to continue to pursue God."

After the presentation of academic awards and affirmation of scholarships, the class presented their gift of a boulder placed at the school's entrance as a memorial of God's grace and faithfulness in the school's 50th year. 

In addition, parents were recognized and honored, and Brian Smith, another class sponsor, and Mrs. Daniel recited the senior parents' humorous sayings given by the seniors. Pastor Sam Hicks prayed for the Lord to use and bless the class, a photo retrospective was shown, and teachers, Gary Jones and Cris Brunson, sang "But Continue Thou" based upon II Timothy 3:14. 

As the seniors received their diplomas, many of the males stopped to hug their administrator, Mr. Daniel, who had invested his time in getting to know and love them. The recessional, unlike any other year, was sung by the audience for all to acknowledge God's great faithfulness to this little school where God continues to grow servant-leaders for His Kingdom. 

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