Back to School

The OCS school year is off to a great start! We have 110 students enrolled for the 2018-2019 year. Please be praying in the additional students in Kindergarten through Second grade. Thank you!

As I think back over the years (at my feelings regarding the beginning of the school year) I realize how much they have changed. When I was in elementary school I couldn’t wait to go school shopping and get back with my friends after Labor Day. I always woke up early on the first day and was filled with excitement and a little apprehension due to getting used to a new teacher.

Then along came Jr. High and High School and I wasn’t nearly as excited. Getting up early became a drag! Also, transitioning to six to seven teachers (in that many rooms) about put me over the edge my first year of Jr. High. If this wasn’t bad enough, when I got a part-time job while in High School my parents informed me that I had to pay for half of my school clothes! It was about then I began to wonder if growing up wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be.

When I became a teacher, my perspective about the first day of school changed once again. The joy of sleeping until I naturally woke up was a thing of the past. The first day meant many hours of work in my classroom before the students came on their first day. Bulletin Boards, Lesson Plans, Teacher’s meetings, purchases to make, curriculum to correlate all took those beloved last two weeks of “vacation” before school officially started.

Now as administrator I have a new prospective regarding the beginning of a school year. I look forward to several wonderful things: I look forward to the return of our students, and with that the opportunity we have to shape and model their lives through God’s Word. I look forward to the return of my staff! I love the servants God has given us at OCS and I genuinely enjoy working with these wonderful people. I look forward to opportunities to minister to our school families.

We can look forward to so many wonderful opportunities if we have the eyes and ears of Christ. How do we do this? By following the instructions from Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

First point, remember it’s not about Me. Second, let go of the past, everyone deserves a new beginning. Be proactive in regards to your future. Set goals and work towards them so that Christ may be glorified.

Please pray that:

Our staff would bring glory to God in all they say and do.

Our campus would be a safe haven for those needing spiritual encouragement and counsel.

Many parents and children come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ this year.

Looking up! Miss Ward …

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