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.”
Mrs. England’s 3rd graders collected supplies to aid the flooding relief efforts in Baton Rouge and southern counties in our own state, and because of their generosity, they were featured on WAPT 16’s newscast and Facebook page on August 18.
There is also a collection drive for flood victims happening in the Upper School this week; items such as diapers, toiletries, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and gift cards would be especially helpful. These and other items may be dropped off in Mrs. Browning’s room. Contact Madelyn Banks for more information.