A Year of Loving God, Loving Others
What a blessed Commencement Service we enjoyed on June 1! Together we celebrated and recognized the accomplishments and character of our distinguished graduates, some of which are highlighted in our news blogs. Our twenty seniors who make up the Class of 2019 and our 36 eighth grade graduates are exemplary young men and women of God, the fruit of our collective labor and prayers over the years. We were honored to have Karl Clauson, author, pastor and host of Moody Radio’s Karl and Crew Mornings, deliver a powerful challenge to all. If you were unable to join us, you may watch the commencement service video here.
2018-19 has been a remarkable year for Christian Heritage Academy. As I reflect on our 35th year, I am grateful for all the wonderful things that the Lord has done in our midst through our partnership among parents, students, faculty and staff.
Mark 12:30-31, “Loving God, Loving Others”, has been more than just our theme of the year; we have actually seen many of our students grow in love for God and love for one another, engaging in deep discussions on the topics of love, respect and their relationship with Christ and others. During our very first school-wide Service Learning Week, we witnessed our students impacting their communities with agape love, serving the poorest in Chicago, pediatric patients, and the military, as well as teaching children and constructing buildings on mission trips to Texas, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
On the spiritual front, we saw God working greatly in our prayer initiatives, with record attendance at our Fall Prayer Walk and weekly prayer meetings, and the launch of student-initiated prayer meetings in our upper school and middle school. God answered many prayers powerfully, from miraculous healings to the spiritual growth of many children who came to Christ this year. For all of these things we give God all the glory and praise!
As a school, we have initiated a comprehensive curriculum review, search for a new Academic Dean, and are continuing to add new clubs to enrich all grades and to continue to raise our level of excellence in Christian education. From our first-ever Homecoming, to Coinucopia, to Precept Bible Studies, Family Enrichment Series and our remarkable 35th anniversary celebration and Spring Benefit, our community has had unprecedented opportunities to come together to learn together, work together, worship and celebrate together. In addition to the core aspects that make a Christian school excellent – academics, athletics, arts and spiritual life – what makes CHA unique is the love of God displayed in our community, from parents, teachers and staff who give and volunteer sacrificially, to students who are learning to love God and others as Christ gave himself for us.
It was only fitting that we end our school year with an all-school “Praise Chapel”, in which we all joined in to sing “Every Praise is to our God.” As we thank God for this past year and look ahead to the next, please reserve October 4-7 on your calendar for Homecoming 2019, which promises to be another wonderful celebration. Most importantly, let us continue to seek Him with all our hearts, glorify Him through humble excellence, and love Him supremely even as we love one another.
I look forward to seeing you in August and wish you and your families a wonderful and blessed summer.
Dr. Hutz H. Hertzberg