School Theme 2017-2018

misc 050Go Forward!

There’s a dramatic story that occurs in Judeo-Christian scripture. The people of Israel have just come out of enslavement in Egypt, and they come up against the Red Sea. At the same time, Pharaoh and his army are in hot pursuit. What will the Israelites do? Moses, their leader, cries out to the Lord for help. The Lord answers him, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” “Go forward”—into the Red Sea and beyond, into the harsh environment of the wilderness where they will experience additional challenges en route to the promised land. With the Red Sea already divided, the children of Israel cross it on dry ground.

“Go forward.” They’re words of invitation and challenge. They’re also words of hope and promise. Going forward is something that many of us enjoy doing and hope to do—in our working lives, in relationships, in marriage, in raising children, in all areas of life. It’s something that the faculty and staff of the GNCS also do—in terms of ongoing improvement in what we offer and how we offer it. In addition, going forward is something that we want each of our students to do. We want them to grow, over time, in their ability, willingness, courage, and resolve to “go forward” in all that they do.

This year our school theme is “Go forward.” It will be a year of learning, inspiration, and practice doing just that. As we progress through the year, each child will demonstrate a growing “can do” attitude and willingness to go forward in new and expansive ways. It will be a joy to watch.

Interesting, if we look back at the story of the Red Sea, the Egyptian army was bearing down on Israel. Just before the Lord parted the Red Sea and told the people to “Go forward,” Moses himself commanded to the people to “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

So which were the people to do—“Stand still” or “Go forward”? In the story of our lives (and in the lives of our students) the answer is “both.” The command to “Stand still” invites us to remember the Lord—the Lord is the one who gives us the ability, strength, creativity, and determination to “Go forward” into each new experience and each new accomplishment in our lives. Therefore, our theme will emphasize a balance of humility/reliance on God and a “can do” attitude/approach to life. This year, come grow with us and the Glenview New Church School and “Go forward!”



Rev. Mark Pendleton, Pastor, Glenview New Church

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