What a Beautiful Day!

"Enchanted Country," the theme of the 2018 Junior-Senior Banquet, beautifully portrayed an elegant country setting. The junior class, their sponsors and parents gave the Windmill Lakes building by Overman's Pond a real facelift. The group spent days cleaning up and dressing up to give such a beautiful array of decorations, of burlap, wood, lace, fresh flowers, columns and green plants. As a focal point upon entering the building sat a large red tractor, refurbished and owned by junior Ty Elliot, where the junior and senior classes took their group pictures. Photo ops throughout the building, senior memorabilia tables and even corn hole kept the students, guests and teachers entertained until the delectable meal, catered by Sammy's Catering of Staley. The meal was followed by Casey Bradford who spoke to the group, giving sound advice for life and godliness. Mr. Bradford reminded the students to be teachable and accountable and used his life story of addiction but then salvation and ministry to which the Lord has called him. His message proved God's power to use the weak so that our Lord is made strong. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed evey part of the evening and ended the night with Seniors' Last Will and Testaments and the hilarious Senior prophecies, created by Mr. Gary Jones, junior class sponsor. The Senior Class expressed their sincere thanks for a memorable evening very suited to their tastes, and the Juniors were very grateful to their parents and sponsors for working so hard and helping them pull together a wonderful night. 

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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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