5 More ULCS Graduates
Our five latest graduates celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Pictured above are: Hannah Gertling, Mrs. DeWitt, Ethan Karaman, Mrs. Greer, Isabella Lictro, Justin Puhalski, Mr. Justice, Alex Scheduling, Mr. Barton and Ms. Smith.
Highlights from our 2022 Graduation Speaker, Mr. Danny Ecker:
Proverbs Chapter 9 describes a decision point. In every decision we can choose God's way or the world's way - and both look attractive.
Mr. Ecker challenged the graduates (and all of us) to not wait until we arrive at that fork in the road. The world has a way of making their way look very inviting: "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" (Proverbs 9: 17)
As our PE teacher and coach, his illustration came from baseball, of course! A baseball player trains and practices, and then in the game he hits the ball. He doesn't have to stop and think about which way to run. It's so ingrained, he drops the bat and runs to first base. Our choice for God's way should be so ingrained in us we don't even have to stop and think.
This is what we do at Upton Lake. From Bible verse memorization, class discussions, Bible classes every year, and individual discussions with teachers to help build a strong foundation. Our prayers go with you, graduates, as you head out on the next phase of your journey!
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Theology of Development
As we may briefly think about development and what that might mean for long-term financial support for an organization, we will want to see what theological underpinnings should guide our thinking. We are all familiar with, or should be, the directives to support our local church or body. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse….” Malachi 3:10 and others. But how do we respond in those areas where we are brought together by a common cause or bond to support a ministry or parachurch organization? What is our perspective when looking at the Christian school, or charitable Christian organizations like World Vision or Samaritan’s Purse, or ministries like Campus Crusade or Intervarsity?
Most/many of us have heard messages that we are stewards of what the Lord has given to us and that He is the owner of it all. We want to do our best with what He has entrusted to us and particularly to use it for His glory for the Kingdom. There are four commitments that will help us and give us guidance as to how we should use the resources God has entrusted to us (taken from Development 101 by Frank and Rodin):
1. The commitment to an abundance mentality, e.g., Ps 31:29, II Cor. 9:8.
2. The commitment of absolute trust, e.g., Prov. 3:5,6.
3. The commitment to be a blessing, e.g., Acts 20:35, Phil. 4:15-17.
4. The commitment to one-Kingdom living, e.g., Matt. 6:19-21, I Tim. 6:6-10.
I will be expanding on these commitments and thoughts in future communications. For the time being, each of us needs to pray to the Lord for the guidance He would have for us as His stewards. Each of us is in a walk with the Lord as He develops us, grows us, and disciplines us to be the men and women He wants in His kingdom. This is one aspect of that growth: what does He want me to do with the resources He has provided to me? Please be praying about what the Lord would have you do in our common relationship in this ministry. Perhaps it will be a lot; perhaps it will be a little; perhaps it will be nothing at this time (bet you didn’t see that coming). Ask the Lord what He would have you do for your growth in relationship with Him!
"One perk of being a small school is that we are not only a school community but a family. This family has never failed to encourage each other in bad times, laugh with each other in the good times, and push each other to become better... Yes, this school has brought me great memories, amazing friends, academic knowledge, life lessons, and much much more, but the most important thing is how it aided me in making my faith my own."
~ Jennifer Puhalski, Salutatorian, ULCS '20