” Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
Hillcrest Christian School is committed to being Christ-centered, rooted in unchanging Biblical truths, and to leading students to view life from a Christian perspective. Because of this, one of the goals of our school is to give our time and efforts to help those who may not have as many blessings as the majority of us do. Therefore, one of the requirements for receiving a diploma from HCS is for each student to complete at least 10 community service hours for each year of grades 9 through 12.
Many of our students have trouble knowing where to look for opportunities to serve others. Often, they are not aware that any service they do for which they do not receive compensation and which is not done for family or close friends counts as community service. Numerous opportunities may be found on the Hillcrest campus. For example, teachers usually welcome help with filing papers, moving heavy objects, and so much more. Furthermore, students who serve at their churches have already accumulated community service hours; activities such as Vacation Bible School and welcoming guests at a reception desk definitely count, and students need only to fill out the Service Verification Form and get the required signature, then turn that form in to the school counselor (or to Mrs. Massey if they are Honor Society members).
However, for those who still need help finding places and times to serve, a bulletin board has been set up in the main hall of the Upper School administration building where students may see how they might help others. If they fail to find an option there, they may also search on the Volunteer Mississippi website.
Hillcrest family, we also need your help! If you know of any organizations or activities which would benefit from our students’ efforts, please contact the school, and we will add them to the bulletin board and to our daily announcements.
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