Chapel and Friendship

Chapel and Friendship

Chapel this week began with prayer led by Ethan (6th) over those in Houston, Texas and those in the path of Hurricane Irma. The 6th grade Music Crew then introduced our chapel theme song for the year called, “The Lion and the Lamb.”  Many voices were raised as we enjoyed worshiping together!

After worship, Pastor Will introduced our September theme: “FRIENDSHIP: using your words and actions to show others you care.” Pastor Will emphasized that friends accept one another and love one another. As always, he drew upon simple everyday things like Play-Doh to make illustrations come to life. 

Kyle (5th) came onto the stage to help create Play-Doh shapes as Pastor Will explained that when God gets a hold of you, He will shape you in such a way that He can fill you with His Holy Spirit. We want to be so filled with Him that our actions overflow with the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.) onto our friends and those we meet. Proverbs 17:17 says, ”A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” 

We all left Chapel knowing that because of Jesus’ love for us we can show others that we care. This is wonderful news, and we look forward to learning more together next week!

Written by Debra Winningham

Joshua Expeditions CEO

In Chapel at the Upper School this week, we had the privilege of hearing from Amir Mahadi, Co-Founder and CEO of Joshua Expeditions. Mr. Mahadi told our students about his life story, which began in Iran.

Mr. Mahadi and his family lived in great wealth in Iran, but were forced to flee their home during the Islamic Revolution of 1979. They lost everything and lived as refugees in Italy before later moving to the US. Once there, a fellow student invited Mr. Mahadi to play on his basketball team. The team was part of a church league and soon Mr. Mahadi gave his life to Christ.

Mr. Mahadi then attended Baylor University and eventually started Joshua Expeditions, a non-profit Christian organization. According to their website, “Joshua Expeditions exists for the purpose of assisting Christian organizations to inspire purpose, develop leaders, and share Christ through travel.” The organization now serves those in Latin America, Europe, China, the Caribbean, and many other regions as well.

The impact that Mr. Mahadi has had on our world through the power of God’s work in his life is truly incredible. And all because a fellow student invited him to play basketball. Mr. Mahadi challenged our students to simply be available to God’s call. “As long as you’re available, God will use you,” he said.

This is definitely proven true by the life of Mr. Mahadi. We are so thankful to have heard from him, and encourage you to check out Joshua Expeditions to learn more about the life-changing work of this organization.

Honors Begins!

Our Honors students at the Lower School had a successful first day! They learned new concepts in our Deducible/Perplexor segment, participated in the “Design Process,” and did a STEM challenge. Please enjoy the photos of these young scholars below!

7th & 8th Grade Retreat

Our 7th and 8th grade students went to Camp Wewa on Friday, September 1st! The day included team building activities like a rock wall, ropes course, and different outdoor games. “It was great to see the students working together and getting to know each other better,” said Patsy Ford, Upper School Instructor.

The students also loved their retreat time together. Marissa S said her favorite activity was the ropes course, while Owen C loved the rock wall–and the food! We enjoyed this time of connection and fun as a school family, and hope you enjoy our photo gallery below!

Lower School Chapel

Every week, our Lower School Chapel is a new experience! This week, Mrs. Reynolds’ Book Fair outfit added some extra fun to the announcements. Ty (6th) served as our Prayer Warrior and our 6th grade Music Crew once again encouraged audience participation during worship–a time focused on singing about Jesus.

We then gave Mrs. Grosshans a warm welcome to the “Hot Seat” as she was interviewed by Pastor Will. We learned that her favorite color is blue and that a 3 Musketeers candy bar is her favorite snack. She was also gracious enough to share a story about her elementary days that helped her learn how to love others regardless of what we see on the outside. 

After the interview Pastor Will shared an amazing story from 1 Samuel 24 in the Bible about how David spared King Saul’s life. Ask your child what happened in the cave and ask them to tell you the rest of the story. Better yet, read chapter 24 in 1 Samuel as a family and discuss how David glorified God with his responses!

Before ending our time together, Pastor Will brought Caleb (1st) up to the stage to try an interesting food. This experience helped everyone learn that we need to look beyond our first impressions in order to see how God can use us to bless others by showing His love. We look forward to learning more about His love together next week!

Written by Debra Winningham

Upper School Chapel

Our talented student Praise Band led worship for the first time of the school year in our Upper School Chapel on Wednesday! For the last song, students in our ASL 2 class joined on stage and signed along with the song. After worship, Pastor Keith asked if anyone wanted to brag about their mom. Students jumped to their feet to share what they love about their mom–with responses including “She makes the best fried chicken!” and “She sacrifices everything for me.”

Pastor Keith challenged students to be just as eager to share about Jesus Christ. By telling some of his own story, Pastor Keith taught how God desires a powerful relationship with each one of us. It’s not about basing our identity in how we perform, but in our relationship with Jesus.

In closing, Pastor Keith asked, “Are you living in the power of a relationship that comes through knowing Jesus Christ?” God wants us to experience Him in all that we do, that others might experience Him too. And in this way, we get the chance to jump to our feet and tell others about Jesus.

We’re so thankful for Pastor Keith, the Praise Band, and the entire Chapel team who make our weekly times of worship together so meaningful. We look forward to many more Chapels together this school year!

Upper School Chapel Begins!

We kicked off our Upper School Chapel this week, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin! Our incredibly talented FA faculty and staff led our time of worship–which definitely invited our students to experience the presence of God. Students then watched a video that gave a modern-day look at John 3:16 (For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.) It told the story of train conductor and his son, and shared the Gospel message in a powerful way. We look forward to many more opportunities to share the Gospel message of Jesus with our students as we gather for Chapel every week this year. Enjoy pictures below!

Enjoying the Eclipse

We loved enjoying “The Great American Eclipse” together on Monday, August 21st. Students at both our Lower School and Upper School experienced this awesome display of God’s creation. Grades 2nd and up were invited to watch the solar eclipse through NASA-approved safety glasses, while our youngest Lions watched the eclipse inside on screens. Check out pictures below of Lions of all ages experiencing the wonder of God’s handiwork.

Lower School

Upper School

Lower School Chapel

Chapel started this Wednesday with Jasmine (6th) opening our time in prayer. Worship was crazy fun with Music Crew students and others coming up and participating in the active worship songs. After worship, Pastor Will taught about handling conflict with people. He used the “Close The Loop” graphic to explain how to handle conflict God’s way. And he emphasized that even though there may be approximately 7.5 billion people on planet earth, and you feel like you are one in a billion, our God knows your name and cares about you! As people, our purpose is to love God–by worshiping Him–and to love others–by sharing the love of God with them. We look forward to more Chapel time next week!

Written by Debra Winningham

New Chemistry Lab

We are so excited for our new Chemistry Lab at the Upper School! This lab sits directly beside our new Biology Lab, which was renovated last summer. Both of these state-of-the-art labs are a reflection of Foundation Academy’s commitment to providing our students with a well-rounded, exceptional education. Enjoy pics of our newest lab below!

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