Head of School, Janet Fogh, had the privilege of speaking to Fox News Radio in Kansas City about MCA!
Head of School, Janet Fogh, had the privilege of speaking to Fox News Radio in Kansas City about MCA!
The Homecoming tradition is a meaningful one at so many high schools, and MCA is no exception. Maranatha students receive a Kingdom-focused education in a family environment — and so Christ is the center of our Homecoming celebration as well. Explore how we do Homecoming differently at Maranatha.
“While I’ve enjoyed many homecoming celebrations over the years, there were some things about the Maranatha Homecoming that were so unique and special,” says Janet Fogh, MCA Head of School. “The entire week was full of festivities but it was the school and family spirit that most touched me.”
The week began with school spirit-themed dress days. “One day, the theme was ‘Dress like a Teacher day,’” Mrs. Fogh recalls. “My favorite was a group of students and one teacher who dressed up like Mr. Thompson, one of our Bible teachers and the varsity men’s basketball coach.” These special days are designed to foster camaraderie among students.
On Thursday evening, the MCA family enjoyed two exciting volleyball games — victories for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. “Those in the stands ranged from preschool students to grandparents, cheering for our ladies as they served, bumped, set and spiked the ball,” Mrs. Fogh says. After the game, everyone headed outside for a Spirit Rally. The Rally was a chance to honor not only athletes, but teachers as well, showcasing authentic community. “The spirit band playing festive songs brought a lot of energy to the night! The rally culminated with the lighting of the bonfire. The band played, and the parents, students and staff celebrated as one.”
Friday evening was a doubleheader featuring both football and soccer, with alumni as special guests. “As the alumni came in, it was wonderful to learn about where they are attending college or what they are doing now. Lots of great stories!” The pre-game held special meaning for Mrs. Fogh, when the football team carried the large, redwood cross that the late Mr. Fogh had made across the field. “That was especially meaningful because the football team has embraced this new tradition with such enthusiasm. My husband, Dale, made this cross because of his deep love for the Lord Jesus and his desire to make Him known and a part of students’ lives. I know God is honored and Dale is blessed every time our students carry the cross onto the field.”
The evening continued with more family traditions. “At halftime, cheerleaders from elementary through high school performed a joint routine in matching uniforms, a lovely picture of a family celebrating together,” Mrs. Fogh says. “After the game, our football team prayed on the field with their opponents, an unusually wonderful sight.”
Between the football game and soccer game were the Homecoming festivities. The marching band kicked off the celebration. “I had the honor of welcoming everyone, opening in prayer and welcoming our alumni. As the alumni stood all over the stands and everyone applauded, there was a wonderful sense of school spirit,” Mrs. Fogh says. When Homecoming Court nominees were announced, their parents were honored as well. “To see the parents recognized in a speech their children had written was truly special. What these young adults have learned in honoring their parents is priceless!” The evening concluded with the soccer game, playing for quite a crowd in packed stands.
Saturday night was the Homecoming dance in Kansas City, the culmination of a festive and Christ-centered week. “The young ladies and gentlemen were dressed so nicely. The students danced happily and with so much energy. Watching them do line dances was a blast!” Mrs. Fogh smiles. As the music slowed down, the students danced so nicely together with such class. Near the end of the night, a dozen or more parents came to see the dance and visit. In very few schools would it seem so normal to have parents come and enjoy the dance and visit together – more evidence of the family atmosphere at Maranatha.”
The last two songs of the dance were a great celebration of the MCA community. “The students all spontaneously assembled on the dance floor, got in a big oval and embraced side to side with their arms around each other’s waists. They swayed and sang all the words to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and they just beamed. The last song was about being together again in the future. The students stayed in their oval, held each other and even took out their phones as they swayed to the music so their lights on their phones shone all over the room. The feeling of family and school spirit was so wonderful!”
At Maranatha, we equip students to pursue excellence for the glory of God – including in co-curriculars. Co-curriculars enrich student learning through art, music, sports, service and more. Through these activities, students can grow in their knowledge of God and their identity in Him. Here are five Bible verses to encourage your child in co-curriculars.
Encourage your child to root his or her co-curricular goals in glorifying God. Co-curriculars are a marvelous opportunity to practice this mindset. Pursuing activities with humility and a heart of gratitude honors the Lord.
After loving the Lord with all of our hearts, loving our neighbors is the second greatest commandment. Whether it’s in sports practice or in the art studio, encourage your child to put their fellow students before themselves. Help them discover practical ways to support their peers, especially those who they would not consider their close friends.
Our world glorifies human understanding and achievement. Through co-curriculars, your child can exercise trusting in Christ. Students can surrender their activities to Him, with the knowledge that He does all things for our good. Encourage your child to grow in trust of Him through His Word.
Students learn valuable life skills through education and co-curriculars, including time management, problem solving and decision making. When your child feels overwhelmed, as we all do at times, encourage him or her to bring everything to God. Pray with your child for strength and faith in Christ.
Co-curriculars are excellent activities to grow in knowledge of God. But they aren’t everything. Remind your student that God loves us because we are made in His image. Encourage your child that they are loved by God, no matter what activities they do in life. It is not about our performance. It is about His love for us.
In the world, many families use co-curricular activities to define their identity. At Maranatha, we encourage co-curriculars to discover our identity in Christ. To learn more about MCA life, click here.
At Maranatha, we’re a family — and our Corporate Partners are a critical part of our community. The generosity of Corporate Partners provides financial scholarships for students whose families otherwise would be unable to afford a quality Christian education. Cary and Tracy Shiner, owners of CST Sweets, share why they became Corporate Partners and what MCA means to their family.
Meet the Shiner family: Cary and Tracy have three children, CJ, Savannah and Taylor, all of whom are graduates or current students at Maranatha. Tracy taught Spanish at MCA for more than 10 years, and this year is a part-time teacher, teaching computers at the lower elementary level.
A very sweet company: CST Sweets — named for their children’s initials — is Cary and Tracy’s gourmet toffee and biscotti company. They founded the company in 2003 and put it on hold while the children were young. “We officially started the company up again in 2015,” Tracy says, selling year-round with a special focus on the Christmas season and a presence at local holiday shows, including the Holiday Boutique at the Overland Park Convention Center. Not sure which treat to choose? Tracy’s favorite is the dark chocolate espresso toffee. “It’s a great pick-me-up!” she smiles.
Their Maranatha decision: When deciding how to educate their children, Cary and Tracy looked for a school that would cultivate a Christian worldview in their kids. “We wanted to partner with a school in raising our children. Raising them with a Christian worldview is extremely important to us,” Tracy says. With their oldest now in college, they’re seeing the lasting impact. “It’s made a big difference in college, in him knowing how to stand up for his faith. We are just thankful that he is grounded in his faith, and I attribute lots of this grounding in his Christian faith to Maranatha.”
Why they became Corporate Partners: “Praise the Lord, we’re at the point with our company where we want to give back,” Tracy says. “Maranatha has blessed our family tremendously, not only in the Christian education for our kids, but the school has touched our lives personally and as a family in so many ways. The solid Christian education has been so important for our children, and Maranatha has also guided us in our own personal walks with the Lord. We have lots to be grateful for and we want to bless Maranatha because of how they have blessed us.”
Why it’s important for businesses to support Maranatha: “Businesses want to thrive and grow, and as Christians, there’s no better way to do that than to partner with a cause that you find meaningful, whatever avenue that might be,” Tracy says. “Partnering with Christian education is a way we can benefit the community and the Kingdom of Christ.”
Building brand awareness: Since CST Sweets’ relaunch is relatively recent, Cary and Tracy are eager to spread the word about their company. Their MCA partnership has helped introduce CST Sweets to new and prospective customers. “We’re pretty new, and have gotten lots of affirmation and confirmation that our products are delicious. People are praying for us and for our company, and that’s a huge blessing and a huge gift.”
CST Sweets’ continued commitment: Cary and Tracy remain engaged Corporate Partners because of the impact Maranatha has had on the Shiner family. “Maranatha has a special spot in all of our hearts, and we want to give to those we care about the most. We hope to be involved in whatever way the Lord opens doors for us . . . Maranatha is like our extended family!” Tracy says.
No gift too small: To prospective supporters, Cary and Tracy encourage becoming part of the Corporate partners program. “It’s not about what we do here on Earth, but what we are doing for Eternity. No contribution is too small. We’re just a small business ourselves, but it’s important that we do what we can. Every little bit helps, and giving back is very gratifying.”
Earlier this year, we shared about MCA graduate Anna Hoduski and her race across the country in support of equality for the unborn. She discovered her pro-life passion as a fifth grade student at Maranatha, and that passion has fueled Project If Life. With more than 1,700 miles run and 800 miles biked, Anna and her team are nearing the finish line. Their 15-month missions trip will culminate October 15, 2017, at the Lincoln Memorial, where they will share their message.
Project If Life launched July 23, 2016, in Kansas City. Anna, along with her sister Sarah-Marie, brother Nick and college friend Megan, ran from Kansas City to California. They shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and advocated for the unborn every step of the way. Over the course of their journey, they have shared their pro-life message at 60 venues.
“Maranatha did not just teach their curriculum from a Christian worldview, but taught me the importance of possessing and developing a Christian worldview myself,” Anna says. Maranatha is not only an integral part of Anna’s life, but central for her family as well: all Hoduski children are MCA alumni, and Anna’s father Mr. Hoduski is a beloved Maranatha teacher.
At Maranatha, we’re family — and we’re proud of the accomplishments of every Maranatha graduate. Support Anna Hoduski and her team with prayer as they prepare to speak in Washington, DC. Prayerfully consider contributing to the team’s mission, giving financially to support travel for the Hoduski family, hotel and food expenses and the speaking permit for the Lincoln Memorial. Donations, as well as greeting cards for the Hoduski family, can be delivered to the Secondary Office by October 11.
Maranatha exists to educate, nurture and train students for Godliness and excellence, so they’re equipped to transform their world for Jesus Christ. Anna is just one example of our graduates who stand strong in their faith and boldly share their Biblical worldview. We’re proud of the example that so many graduates set for today’s students. Please join us in cheering for Project If Life as the team approaches the finish line!