On Thursday, September 15, the Cougar Varsity Football team served at the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson and helped pack boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The goal of this program is to improve the health of low-income elderly persons by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods recommended by the USDA.
Last Wednesday in Upper School Chapel, Coach Estabrook shared a message of encouragement from Psalm 33:1 – 3, which states, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him…. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” He reminded us that joy is a choice; no matter how we feel at any given time, the people of God can, and should, choose to be joyful. He further pointed out that the command to “play skillfully” reminds us to give God our very best in everything we undertake. Then, Coach Estabrook read Psalm 34:3, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together,” which shows the need for corporate praise and points out that when Christians work together, we are more powerful than we know.
This message served (and serves) as an encouraging reminder that in everything that we — the administration, faculty, staff, students, and family — at Hillcrest do, if we choose joy, make every effort our best, and work together, we will easily accomplish our school’s mission statement:
Hillcrest Christian School is dedicated to reaching students for Christ, emphasizing academic excellence, and incorporating Christ-like values in all extracurricular activities. We endeavor to operate Hillcrest Christian School on the following Biblical principles found in Colossians 1:9-12:
Operate in a manner worthy of the Lord (v. 10)
Seek to please the Lord in every aspect of the school (v. 10)
Expect growth in character and knowledge (v.10)
Rely upon the Lord (v. 11)
Cultivate an atmosphere of joyful thanksgiving (v. 12)
Mississippi State University held its annual Marching Honor Band as part of the Bulldogs’ first game of the football season against South Alabama this past Saturday, September 3rd. Participants were selected from the first 250 students in 9th grade or above to have registered. Hillcrest’s One Spirit One Sound band was well represented, with 7 members taking part in this thrilling experience.
Highlights of the day included being served breakfast, warming up with the Maroon Band, and parading to Davis Wade stadium, but the culmination of the event was a “mass band” performance at halftime.
Recently, Trey Hammond, Hillcrest’s tennis coach and lead pastor of Crossroads of Life Church in Byram, wrote the following on his Facebook page:
“So, I started my prayer walking over the school today at Hillcrest Christian and as I was doing so, the Lord gave me a scripture for the school for this year. I was observing the rain flowing down and began asking the Lord for some significance to rain on this first day of prayer walking and He gave me Deuteronomy 11:10-14!
For the land which you go in to possess is not like the land of Egypt, from which you came out, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot laboriously as in a garden of vegetables. But the land which you enter to possess is a land of hills and valleys which drinks water of the rain of the heavens, A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. And if you will diligently heed My commandments which I command you this day–to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being – I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
[I received] Fresh revelation to grain, new wine and oil too… Grain represents the nutrients God is going to give to feed the body of the school. New wine represents His covenant relationship in making all things new. And the oil represents the authority given to the board and administration and the healing that is at work in the relationships of the school.”
Good things are happening daily at Hillcrest, but the school — its students, faculty, staff, and families — continues to need leaders who will boldly intercede, praying these scriptures and other biblical promises for our school. Please commit to this act of service so that we may continue to reach students for Christ, while simultaneously emphasizing academic excellence.
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” Matthew 9:37 – 38
Part of the mission statement of Hillcrest Christian School is to “cultivate an atmosphere of joyful thanksgiving” (Colossians 1:12). One of the best ways for believers to raise personal awareness of how much we have to be thankful for is to serve others. For this reason, Hillcrest teaches its students from a young age that there are a multitude of ways to help not only those who are struggling, but even to “lend a hand” or to say a kind word to anyone who seems to have a need.
One of the many ways HCS promotes this idea is with Cougar Patrol; this is a service in which fifth and sixth-grade lower school students may participate. Their job is to help hurried (and maybe even harried!) parents get their elementary students out of the car in an organized manner in the mornings before school and then to make sure those children get into the school building safely.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”