Head Of School Blog

It’s the Real Thing

Since the 1940’s, Coca Cola has used “It’s the Real Thing,” as one of its slogans.  As a youngster, a few years later than the 1940’s, the popular advertisement on TV was the song, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke…”  When I think about what Maranat ha Christian Academy is, I’ve several times told people, “It’s the Real Thing!”  Having been involved in other Christian schools either as an administrator or as an accreditation team member, I have seen some outstanding schools and I’ve seen a couple that had pretty “wrapping paper” but when you dug deeper, you learned that the marketing campaign was better than the actual product.  What is really encouraging is when you find a school that really is all they say they are, and more, and that the word Christian in their name is so much more than just their middle name.  Maranatha Christian Academy is one of those amazing gems; they are indeed “The Real Thing!”

Last week, I subbed for a high school Bible class and after we finished the lesson for the day, having a few extra minutes, I asked the students to share with me and their classmates about the message their pastor had taught the previous Sunday and what take-aways they had from it.  All ten students in the class were able to share about their pastor’s message and what they learned.  One student took out his notes from the sermon.  I shared what my pastor had preached on as well and leaving that class period, I felt blessed!  Our students are in church and what parents are teaching their young adults at home is being echoed in unison here at school as well as in their churches.

Pic 1Today, I attended an Admissions Open House for families who are interested in our Kindergarten program.  Some of these families have their children in our Kinder-Prep program and some are checking out Maranatha for the first time.  In the audience today were two Maranatha Alumni, one from the class of 1995, and the other from the class of 2001.  Both were dads who wanted their children to have the same great experience that they had here.  Speaking in Secondary Chapel today is Miss Anna Hoduski, a Maranatha Alum from the class of 2012.  On our school board, we have two members whose spouses are Maranatha graduates and one board member who was, himself, a student.  When our alumni are coming back, wanting to serve, wanting the same great things for their own children, there is genuineness!

pic 2.jpgToday, I watched our first graders sing a worship song with lots of hand motions and enthusiasm.  One of the first graders stood up front and led the group, a future worship leader perhaps!   While I am certainly very proud to tell people that MCA ranks in the top 7% in the state of Kansas in their ACT scores and that we offer 36 college credit hours for our students to earn while still here on our campus, and that our students are doing well in college and attending some really wonderful schools, what I want to shout from the rooftops is that MCA is indeed “The Real Thing!”  Not only are the children receiving a fabulous education that will prepare them well for the next steps of their life, they are becoming those young men and women who will be world changers in their generation.  How do I know?  This year, there was one senior who was unable to attend the Senior trip for financial reasons.  The students got together and raised the money to make it possible for all members of the class to attend.  These seniors put action to their desires and have created an opportunity for the entire class to bond together in a way they will remember at their reunions in future years!

I also have the privilege of working alongside both a fantastic faculty/staff and an awesome school board.  Our faculty and staff work tirelessly for the benefit of our students.  They come early, work late, and grade papers well into the night in addition to leading discipleship groups, heading up clubs and dramas, and creating special projects like our 4th grade teachers did recently so that their students could have a better appreciation of what the Underground Railroad was really like.  As a fellow Board member, I work with eight other board members who genuinely place God and His ministry first.  They pray for this school and sacrifice their time and talents to help create the very best possible environment for all students.  Their dedication and sincerity is, as the students might say, “Totally Legit!”  I am proud to be part of this MCA Family!

I was encouraged yesterday, by a colleague, to pursue expressing the value of a Christian education at Maranatha Christian Academy.

 

Here’s a play on a recent commercial by Mastercard:

  • Cost of a basketball (Our men’s team is currently ranked 5th in the state of KS in our division.): $24 – $94
  • Cost of a year’s tuition at a 4-year college (that you can save by taking advantage of our dual credit classes): Roughly $8K – $58K depending on the college
  • Cost of having your child educated in a safe and nurturing environment where they are taught a Biblical worldview and nurtured in their faith: Priceless!

 

Looking back, I can tell you it is indeed Priceless!  My husband and I sacrificed each year to have our children attend Christian schools from Pre-school through high school graduation.  Raising children is a full-time job and not for the faint of heart, but it is also the most rewarding privilege.  Here’s my simple illustration of Priceless!  The picture to the left is of my son, Gene, an Army officer stationed in Georgia, and my adorable grandson, Micah.

When I look at this picture, I can’t help but smile and whisper a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord!  Everything about this picture makes me rejoice!  God’s Word is very clear that His Word does not return void and that when we “Start children off on the way they should go, …even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

My son and daughter-in-law are both strong Christians and are living out their faith.  They are raising our grandson in such a way that it will make it easy for him to want to love and trust Jesus for himself when he is older.  I hope that when Micah is old enough for school that he will perhaps be here at MCA, but I’ll be thrilled if he is at a genuine, Real Thing, Christian school wherever my son is stationed at that time.  Are children perfect – definitely not (though as a mom I want to believe mine are), but neither are their parents (I’m certainly not). However, a loving Lord does a miraculous job of intervening in our lives and taking care of us when we put Him first!

Our children are our most precious treasure and they deserve the very best!  Maranatha Christian Academy gives them that Best:  A partnership with Home, School, and Church, where the students are taught and cared for by adults who will challenge them academically, mentor them as they grow up, and disciple them in their Christian walk.  When I see my son holding my grandson, there is no sacrifice that isn’t worth that!  I’m so thankful that our children were raised, at home, at school, and at church with a healthy respect and love for the Lord.  It is Priceless!  It is the Real Thing!

Thank you for being a part of this Genuine, Real Thing, MCA Family!

Blessings!                                                                                                            #MCATheRealThing!  #Priceless!

 

Janet Fogh

Head of School

 

 

Dear Families of Maranatha Christian Academy,
December 6, 2017

It was so wonderful to see our K-3 parents and grandparents fill the sanctuary last night for the adorable presentation of the K-3 Christmas musical.  The children are so talented and precious!  The musical was a fabulous presentation of the Gospel, a clear message of the real reason for the season!  Watching the children sing and speak, I joined all of the parents and grandparents with that proud feeling in my heart for what we’re teaching our children about Jesus Christ and how they reflected that message so boldly.  I’m so proud to be a Maranatha Eagle!

Today, our choirs performed for the senior citizens in a retirement community and at Crown Plaza.  What a privilege they had to minister to those at the retirement community and to share the truth of God’s message to the world publicly at Crown Center.   The power of God’s Word going out through music will similarly not return void, so our students were planting and watering the seeds in many people’s lives.  Our staff are so amazing to provide these opportunities and the training and preparation required for our students to shine for the Lord!  We are a blessed people!

Sometime this week, you will receive a letter from me about our end of year giving request for Maranatha Christian Academy.  As we constantly seek to improve our program and maintain our facilities, obtain new curriculum, and do our best for His glory, we have some pretty big needs!  Tuition alone only covers about 80% of the operational needs of the school.  We rely heavily on additional gifts and fundraisers to make up the difference.  Quite frankly, we need a God miracle!  We need each family at Maranatha to make a year-end gift to Maranatha to help meet the needs of the school.

Please do not wait.  Gifts to Maranatha are tax deductible and will provide much needed funding to support the mission and goals of our school including our new academic initiative, Project 25.  Would you please join me in prayerfully considering how you can help, how you can give a gift that will make an eternal difference for the students here at Maranatha.  What will you give Jesus this year for His birthday?

Read more about…Project 25 From Good to Great

This coming week there are more Christmas concerts!  Monday evening (12/11) is our

Band and Choir Christmas concert at Cross Points Church.  Tuesday evening (12/12) is our 4th – 6th grade Christmas Concert at Cross Points, and on December 18th, the Elementary Select Choir will be performing at the Crown Center.  I hope you’ll join me for these special performances.  You’ll be in awe and encouraged!  Bring a friend who doesn’t yet have their children here at Maranatha, so they will be encouraged to join the Maranatha family as well.  Word of mouth is our very best way of getting the good news about our great school out to our community!

When you get your letter in the mail, please open it and make a gift to Maranatha Christian Academy – your school!  Your year-end giving will make a very important difference!

 

Blessings!

Mrs. Janet Fogh

Head of School

 

 

Twelve Words

 

Dear MCA Families,
September 12, 2017

It has been my pleasure to attend and share a message recently in Secondary Chapel and in both Elementary Chapels.  Joining the students and staff in worship is wonderful!  The Elementary students, led by Mrs. Linda Smith, Mrs. Kim Mills, and student worship teams, add enthusiasm and depth to the words of their worship songs by adding hand motions and even walking to the left and right as the song may dictate.   There is a purity of worship demonstrated when a youngster is so obviously connected to the heart of their Father.  In Secondary Chapel, the students are welcomed to come to the front of the sanctuary and worship together.  It’s a blessing too often taken for granted to see young adults worshiping and praising the Lord together corporately.  These young adults are our future and we are a blessed people!

 

During the school year 1958-1959, the three-star general who was the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, delivered a lecture to the Corps of Cadets on leadership.  He shared these 9 words: “Be Considerate, Lead by Example”, and “Make Quality a Habit.”  He spoke about how these principles were important to them as future military officers, as future husbands and fathers, and in general, as a life motto.  At the time, he told the cadets that there was one final portion that he would share with them in the future.  In the Spring of 1960, Lieutenant General Garrison Holt Davidson spoke again to the cadets of the Class of 1960, who were soon to graduate.  He added those final three words: “Continue to Grow.”  This last phrase was the culmination of what is now known as the Twelve Words.

Be Considerate
Lead by Example
Make Quality a Habit
Continue to Grow

My message to the students in all three Chapels has been centered on these Twelve Words.  As a very young child, I was taught these phrases as our family motto.  My father was one of those cadets who heard Lt. General Davidson’s teachings and he embraced these words as his own personal motto, passing them on to his children.  As situations arose and we faced life together as a family, the truths of God’s Word were amplified through those Twelve Words.  As we read Bible stories, we’d talk about which principles were evident in the actions of the Bible characters.   These twelve words became guiding principles for our lives.   The foundation of the Twelve words comes directly from Biblical examples and we talked about these in the Chapel messages.

  In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37), we find several of these principles modeled.  The Good Samaritan showed consideration to stop and care for the wounded man he encountered in his travels.  He led by example in that he did what was needed to care for the person, instead of assuming someone else would or lecturing others to do so.  He even brought the man to an inn to take care of him.  Finally, the Good Samaritan made quality a habit.  After he had cared for the man who had been beaten, stripped, and robbed, he gave two denarii to the innkeeper to pay for the man’s expenses and promised to pay any additional expenses when he returned.  Jesus himself instructed his listeners to “Go and do likewise.” In Luke 10:37.

In the account of where Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding banquet (John 2:1-11), Jesus honored his mother’s request to help.  The host family would have been shamed to have run out of wine for the wedding feast.  Jesus not only miraculously saved the day, but He made wine that was superior to what had been served previously (vs. 11).  He made quality a habit.

Jesus washed His disciples’ feet in John 13:1-17.  Jesus showed humility and consideration when he took off His outer garments, assumed the role of a servant, and one at a time washed the feet of His disciples.  He knew He would soon be betrayed and yet He even washed the feet of the man who was about to betray Him.  Jesus led by example.  In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (vs. 13-17)

In looking at these four phrases that encompass the Twelve Words, I asked the students to help identify Bible stories or Biblical characters which exemplify these principles for living.  Perhaps as a family you can follow-up on this exercise and brainstorm additional examples and discuss them together.

Be Considerate:

  • Matthew 7: 12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
  • Jesus heals the ear of the guard who is trying to arrest him. (John 18)
  • Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood (Matthew 9:19-22)
  • Jesus heals two blind men (Matthew 9: 27-30) / Many healing miracles Jesus performed.
  • Jesus turning the water into wine to keep the host family from being embarrassed.
  • The Good Samaritan stopping and helping the man who was beaten up and left at the side of the road.
  • Jesus showing humility and care for His disciples and humbling Himself as a servant to wash the feet of the disciples.

Lead by Example:

  • Jesus fed the 5,000 men plus women and children / Jesus also fed 4,000 men plus women and children in a different situation.
  • Joshua – Battle of Jericho and marching around the wall
  • Mordaci – story of Ester – refused to bow down
  • Shadrach, Meshach; and Abednego (Daniel 1-3) – refused to bow down and worship the golden image
  • Moses – obeying God’s Word and leading the Israelites out of Egypt
  • Paul – 3 Missionary journeys
  • Mary (story of Mary and Martha) – time with Jesus
  • Noah – obedient and faithful to build the Ark

Make Quality a Habit:

  • Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
  • Woman used valuable perfume and her own hair to anoint Jesus’ feet (Sinful woman in Luke 7: 36-50 and Mary in John 12:1-11)
  • Ruth: Obed says of Ruth that she comes every day to care for the needs of her mother-in-law
  • David: Saul is trying to kill him and David could slay Saul but David recognizes that Saul is God’s anointed for that time so he only cuts of a piece of his robe.
  • David: Tending the sheep and the battle with the Philistines

Continue to Grow:

  • II Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
  • II Timothy 3: 14-17 “Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of…”
  • Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

How can we apply these principles in our lives?

  • Classroom rules for conduct
  • How we complete our homework/ project/ report in school
  • How we treat others
  • Our attitude regarding our chores
  • As we compete on our sports teams (preparation/training and game days)
  • As we are members of groups such as Choir, Band, Drama (preparation and performance days)
  • As we consider our interactions with our family and family relationships
  • Making decisions
  • Looking forward in life decisions

Military members are occasionally presented a special coin as a token of special thanks, for accomplishing a tough mission, or in recognition of their heroic or significant acts.  These coins are highly valued and displayed prominently or carried in their pockets.  I want to use the model of a military coin to have a way to give special honor and recognition to those who are exemplifying one or more of these principles found in the Twelve Words.  Positive reinforcement and a visual reminder are both highly beneficial.

 

 

In the Secondary Chapel, I awarded a newly minted Maranatha Christian Academy coin to the following people:

  • Ty Caffrey, Brin Eisele, Emma Prowell, Cooper Hartwick, Morgan Wilcox, Jack Porter, and Gabe Porter. These young adults are leaders on our student worship team this year and/or they came and led worship for our staff during staff orientation.  These wonderful young adults give of their time, are constantly perfecting their skills, and lead their classmates in worship around the throne.
  • Bryan Burdette Coach Burdette has a philosophy of coaching football that is inspiring.  He is constantly looking for ways to disciple the young men and women in his classes and on his team.  He’s a fabulous mentor.  Coach Burdette leads by example in each of these principles represented in the Twelve Words.

In the Elementary Chapels, we compared these Twelve Words to the SOAR words that Mrs. Howell has taught the students.  I was very impressed by the students’ knowledge of the principles of SOAR and their ability to draw the parallels with the Twelve Words and Scriptural examples.

In Upper Elementary Chapel, I awarded the following Maranatha coins:

  • Be Considerate: Aiden Emanuels
  • Lead by Example: Peter Heddings
  • Make Quality a Habit: Richard Enna
  • Continue to Grow: Nicholas Brownlee
  • Make Quality a Habit: Hughes
  • Lead by Example: Mills

In the Lower Elementary Chapel, I awarded the following Maranatha coins to the student leadership of the worship team and those who led in pledges, sign language, and prayer:

  • Emma Wykoff, Rose Baumler, Violet Porter, Isabella Dehn, and Eva Hugunin
  • Margo Garcia-Scutari, Jonah Knight, Ian Castro, and Johanna Ayana

In the future, the plan is to ask staff members to help me to identify others whose attitude, actions, and choices exemplify the principles of the Twelve Words, and they will be presented Maranatha coins as well.  It is my hope that this motto and the Biblical examples of these principles will become a personal motto for our students, staff, and the Maranatha family as a whole.

As a parent, my hope is that the principles of God’s Word permeate every area of my life including my parenting.  I am certain you have the same aspirations for your own life.  As I get older and am beginning to get those silver lines of distinguishment show up in my brown hair, I wonder what sort of legacy I’ll have as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, Head of School, Christian leader, friend, and neighbor.  I’d like it to be said of me when I’m enjoying the presence of the Lord Jesus, that I was follower of Jesus Christ, considerate, led by example, made quality a habit, and continued to grow.  May we all aspire to walk in such a way to honor Him!

Parents and Grandparents are always welcome to join us for Chapels.  Secondary Chapel is on Wednesdays in the sanctuary of Cross Points Christian Church at 10:30 am.  Upper Elementary Chapel is on Fridays in the Multi-Purpose room on the south campus at 12:30 pm.  Lower Elementary Chapel is on Fridays in the Multi-Purpose room on the north campus at 2:15 pm.

Blessings!
Janet E. H. Fogh

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Dear Amazing Parents of MCA students,
August 4th, 2017

Good afternoon!  It was wonderful to meet so many of you at our Meet and Greet times last week!  Your enthusiasm and love for Maranatha is so evident!

We have a brand new Maranatha Matters newsletter that you’ll want to enjoy reading.  Please click on the link below:

Maranatha Matters

Last week I was shopping at Target and went into the school supply section.  As I was looking for some folders, I saw a mom with her elementary school age son.  They were looking for supplies and enjoying every moment of the experience as they carefully selected just the right items in the colors of the son’s choice.  The mother asked her son what he was looking forward to as he heads back to school.  Whereas many youngsters may have replied that they were looking forward to seeing their friends or meeting their teachers, this young man replied, “I like to pray with my teacher and friends; it feels like God is in the room.”  WOW!  “…a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)

We are so privileged here at Maranatha Christian Academy to partner with parents and church in the raising of this next generation.  They are world changers in the present as they pray with faith and they are world changers in the future as they impact the world.  I had another MCA parent who told me last week, “I may not be able to give a lot now, but I am giving you my children now and someday they will make Maranatha famous.”  It is a sacred trust to partner with a school and a church in the raising of our children, our most valuable possession.  The teachers and staff here at Maranatha take that seriously and with humility.  We will do our best before you and before the Lord to honor Him in the education of these precious young adults.  To God be the Glory!

It’s time to look for just the right notebooks, pencils, shirts and socks.  In the midst of the excitement, I encourage you to also take that time to take some pictures and cherish this time with your children, take a walk and talk one on one.  Speak and pray words of blessing over your children.  Those words mean more than we’ll likely ever realize and the Father heart of God is blessed when we lift up our children before Him.  Together pray for their new teacher, new friends, and for our amazing school.  This is going to be an awesome year of new beginnings and I’m excited to be embarking on this adventure with you!

 

Blessings!
Janet

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