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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ONLINE DONATIONS

For those wishing to support the CSP with a donation we have provided a QUICK LINK to Faith's Online Donation Center.  All donations are appreciated.  If you wish your donation to be credited to a particular student(s), please email the school to let the office know the name(s) of the students being sponsored: school@faithramseur.org.

Link to Online Donation Center


 

WHAT IS CSP?

CSP stands for Community Service Program. The CSP is the primary fundraiser for Faith Christian School and is based on the classical “thon” concept, ie: Jog-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, Bowl-a-thon, Rock-a-thon. What sets the Community Service Program apart from the other “thons” is that instead of our students soliciting donations for jogging, or walking or bowling, they raise money for the purpose of giving five hours serving those in need in Randolph and surrounding counties. This service is rendered to those served at no cost to those being served.

Why is there a need for fundraisers?

The annual operating budget for FCS is over one million dollars. Student tuition covers only 65% of the annual expenses. The remaining 35% of the funds needed each year come primarily from donations and fundraising. Instead of engaging in a wide number of fundraising possibilities, such as candy sales, cookies sales, et al., the school does basically one large school wide fundraiser – the CSP.

How does the CSP operate?:

  1. The CSP organizers are busy, almost year round, lining up projects through HOSPICE, Randolph Consolidated Services, area nursing homes, federal housing developments and many folks who are in need help around their homes.
  2. FCS provides each school family with a CSP Packet which contains all the information needed to help them and the school meet the goals of this fundraiser.
  3. Students will begin to solicit pledges and donations for their community service work. The students will be looking for family, friends, neighbors and area businesses to sponsor them for five hours of community service. Each pledge or donation will be submitted on an individual CSP SPONSOR SHEET and will be turned in on a specified TURN IN DAY. The school will issue bills for all pledges and send a “thank you” for all the donations. There are two suggested ways students can secure pledges and donations: 1.) Make phone calls to close friends and family members. (It has been a common experience for people to prefer to make a donation for community service as opposed to buying sale items). 2.) Next, students can send the CSP SPONSOR SHEETS to friends and family in other states. All mailed in pledges and donations will be credited to each specified family.
  4. On the specified TURN IN DAY, all pledges and donations will be collected and tallied. At this point, incentive rewards will be assigned (These rewards vary from year to year. The CSP Packet will contain details of incentive program).
  5. On the specified CSP Day, the entire faculty and staff will mobilize and go out into the community to perform community service. Classes from Grade 4 and below will be visiting the various nursing homes in the county. Students in grades 5 thru 12 will be organized into teams of three or four students and sent out to work under the supervision of a teacher or an adult volunteer. Each year, the teams complete approximately 70 community projects.
  6. The office processes all pledges and donations and sends “thank you notes” to all participants. The office will distribute a DONATION REPORT which will allow each family to know who sponsored their child so that each family may send an additional “thank you note” if they so choose.

What type of work is done on CSP day?

Our students paint, rakes leaves, clean houses, wash windows, make minor repairs, visit nursing homes, perform programs and just about anything else they are asked to do. CSP Day is truly a special day. Most of our students are very blessed, materially, and the CSP Day gives them a chance to minister to others in need. They have opportunity to serve and experience the appreciation expressed by those served.

How can people help with the CSP program?

The key word is, VOLUNTEER. CSP needs include: helping with mailings, providing transportation to and from the nursing homes, supervising a work group and much more. We encourage everyone that can to help and make the CSP program a success.

What is the Capital Assessment Fee, and what does it have to do with CSP?

Since fundraising is important to the operation of FCS, it is important that every family participate in this one major fundraiser. To help ensure that every family participates, a “potential fee,” called the Capital Assessment Fee, is charged to every family. Families who reach their CSP fundraising goal will not have to pay the Capital Assessment Fee. Families may choose to simple pay the Capital Assessment Fee instead of solicit pledges and donations. This is a system used successfully by other schools, and allows the administration to keep tuition lower and approximate the fundraising budget for the school year.

 


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