Last Friday night was Christian Heritage Academy’s Junior-Senior Banquet. The event was hosted by the junior class and the purpose was to give honor to the graduating seniors. The event was held at the Petroleum Club. The view was spectacular from the 35th floor but it was even more breathtaking seeing our young ladies and men dressed to the nines. The theme was “A Night at the Crusadees.” Cross Looney and Gracie Teehee announced the winning seniors for various awards. Award winners were chosen by their peers.
As the evening was ending, I asked a young lady who does not attend CHA but came as a date with one of our young men, “What did you think about the evening?” She replied, “It is different. It is not at all like public school.” I told her that the purpose was to honor the senior class. She replied, “It was very, very honoring. It was so nice.” I was again reminded about the privilege that it is to attend CHA and to teach at CHA. All of us are winners. God has given us a special opportunity to attend a school where Christ is exalted, education is excellent, and character is exemplary. Thank you for raising young men and women to value holiness. We are honored to partner with you in the endeavor of training Christian leaders who will influence every sphere of society with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the victor!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Cor. 15:57
CHA has a rich legacy of tradition. From the Christmas and Easter programs to unique field trips and secondary retreats at each grade level, CHA is intentional about building community and memories. The third-grade Presidential Tea is one of the highlights for any CHA alumnus. Mr. Kyle Smith and Mr. Justin Skalla did an outstanding job capturing the essence of it on this brief video. The students research and write a report over a U.S. President or First Lady. This interdisciplinary unit incorporates speech and art as well. Students re-create the presidential china plate for their dignitary for whom they represent. They prepare a short speech and dress up as their representative. Parents graciously give their time and resources to prepare food for the tea. Mrs. Champion and Mrs. Harden spend hours reviewing reports, practicing the presentations, and preparing for the event. The Presidential Tea is much more than an event. It is an educational experience that studies the legacy of our country’s servant leaders. Our students analyze the accomplishments and failures of these men and women. They study the lessons learned from their life and celebrate how God has used these leaders in our nation.
Webster’s 1828 defines legacy as “a bequest; a particular thing, or a certain sum of money given by last will or testament.” At Christian Heritage Academy, our students study the rich legacy of faith that many of our founding fathers had. Our students learn to reason from the Biblical principles from which our nation was founded. Legacy is predicated upon one having the foresight to write down their desires in a last will or testament. Many of our nation’s leaders left diaries and journals which revealed their faith in the One True God. These key individuals are studied as examples of how God uses common men and women to do uncommon things.
Last week, our faculty and staff had the opportunity to hear from WatersEdge Ministry about how to leave a legacy for their families through establishing a financial trust along with a will and testament. Representatives Mrs. Julie Stanley, a current parent, and Mr. Terry Davidson, an alumni parent, shared valuable information about estate planning. WatersEdge Ministry offers these services free of charge for anyone interested. Several of our employees have utilized these services to secure their estates. If you would like more information on these services, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-672-1787 ext. 233 for more information or sign up on their website.
If you would like to learn more about the legacy of CHA by attending our final Heritage Dinner, please use this link. At our last dinner, we were blessed to receive over $106,000 towards the Ralph Bullard Training Facility’s goal of $2.1 million. Mr. Bullard’s legacy continues to capture the hearts and minds of our constituents. It reminds me of Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” What legacy will you leave? May they be blessed.
At Christian Heritage Academy, we believe that words matter. Words have meaning. Defining one’s terms is the first step in our distinct method of Biblical reasoning. We use Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary to define our terms because it is America’s first dictionary and, within it, Webster used the Bible as its primary text for defining terms and contextual examples. Noah understood that without a common language and understanding of terms that there could be no fellowship between others. Fellowship is defined as an association, intimate relationships, partnership.
Recently, CHA has hosted two Heritage Dinners at Hidden Trails Country Club to share what God is doing in our school. These events have been an expression of the word fellowship. Each attendee who has come to one of these events has had an association with the school. Some attendees have been long-time CHA friends, while others have friends that attend CHA. The Heritage Dinners have been smaller and have provided a more intimate setting. This has allowed for intentional conversations and has strengthened intimate relationships. At our last dinner, several young families stayed after the event and just enjoyed each other’s conversation. This was such a blessing to see CHA’s family grow in fellowship. The dinners have also allowed our friends, families and alumni to partner with us in our three strategic initiatives:
- Develop Faculty Influence — To ensure the greatest impact on our student body, our first priority is to recruit, equip, and retain highly effective faculty members. (Luke 6:40)
- Provide Academic Excellence — To provide academic excellence for our students incorporating a biblical worldview in every subject area. (Philippians 4:8)
- Expand Athletic Opportunities — To increase athletic offerings for our students to expand our gospel influence. (1 Cor 10:31)
Through the generosity of our donors and table sponsors, we have raised over $115,000 towards these goals. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more of how to partner with us to expand our gospel influence through the building of the Ralph Bullard Training Facility.
If you would like to attend one of these dinners on April 8 or April 22 or sponsor the event, you may register on our website.
As we make known what God is doing at CHA, please celebrate with us.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ,” — 1 John 1:3.