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Chapel Days

Shortened morning classes on Thursdays enable an hour to be carved out for high school chapel which is held each week. This is an opportunity for many area pastors and, occasionally, a former student or missionary to come and challenge FCS students in their walk with God. Elementary students come to chapel on Fridays. Many times different classes prepare a short program for chapel.


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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Great Days, Grand Times!

What a grand day! We spent the afternoon with our grandparents. The entire student body came together to honor some of the most loved ones in their lives. Administrators, Todd Daniel and Johnny Reeder led the program with entertaining Powerpoint presentations, and the elementary students sang. Some of the students even shared what makes their grandparents so special - all the simple and kind things they do, the stories and lessons, and all the times shared. Grandparents even shared the testimonies of their own grandparents' influences in their lives after Mr. Daniel told of the spiritual impact of his grandmother. The sweet spirit made a precious time of reflection for the Faith family. 

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Serving Abroad

s-matt herbster chapelNot the usual yearly encounter, the middle and high students sat under the preaching of Matt Herbster for a morning chapel service. After receiving the call to missions in Hong Kong, the Herbster family recently left The Wilds Camp and continues on deputation in hopes of leaving for Hong Kong in 2020.

Because of Herbster's over 20-year impact on FCS students, the administration and the middle and high school student body rallied to quickly raise funds through a pizza roll lunch and snack to give the Herbster family a gift to aid in traveling or setting up their home in Hong Kong.

The student body gratefully received Mr. Herbster and was blessed by his message on Psalm 119 concerning hating sin and valuing God's Word. He left the student body with two truths to never forget: Be faithful in God's Word as He will continue to grow a greater desire for it, and be convinced that God will give you grace to become more like Him. 

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Voices of the Past: Alumni Chapel

What more could a teacher want than to hear his/her former students are living successful lives! Even though graduates are seen all around campus everyday bringing their children to school, we love to hear what is going on in their lives. Administrator Todd Daniel invited alumni to tell their stories. Not only did it give an alternative to the normal chapel services,  but it allowed the students an opportunity to witness God's power in the lives of ordinary people.  Mr. Daniel said, "I wanted the students to hear truth from a different perspective. The goal was to try and help the students see that God is real in their lives even at their ages." 

The graduates told of their salvation and circumstances or school events that the Lord used to draw them to Himself. They told of the importance of godly friendships, the significance of life struggles and how the Lord grew them in and after high school. One of the greatest blessings was to here how they were serving the Lord in vocations that are not often considered ministry professions.

Graduate Kevin Langley told how the Lord had used experiences of driving a service truck to help him study God's Word and be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about his faith. He said, "Look for ways to serve the Lord." 

In addition to his daily job, Langley seeks to minister in other ways. He and his wife, Beth, also a graduate, serve the Lord through an out-of-the-ordinary ministry. They carry construction items at least twice a year to missionaries who are constructing churches or various projects. 

Another graduate, John Avelino told of how the Lord uses his upbringing at FCS as he works in the business world. He said, "No matter what you do, you can share your faith. You must be fully grounded in your beliefs so that you can answer the questions that you will encounter. God will give you opportunities."

From recent graduates of the last five years to graduates of the 1970s, the wisdom shared answered the questions in the minds of students as they realized they too can serve the Lord and be used by God. 

One student said, "I appreciated the different type of chapel where people who serve in our community shared their challenges and how God can and has used their lives. It made me realize that God can use all of us."

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