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Remembering Others In Your Thanksgiving Traditions

This Thursday most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends.  For my family, we will have our traditional Turkey Day flag football game in the morning, and later in the day we will gather around a bountiful table for all our favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes. We will end the day with football on TV and maybe a family board game.

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our country's rich heritage, our freedoms, and our families. We should not lose sight that everything we have to enjoy comes from God's hand and His amazing plan for us.

When you get together with your family this week, I encourage you to add one consideration to your traditions.  As we gather in beautiful and warm homes to enjoy a feast, many people in the Philippines are homeless and desperately searching for food and water in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.  Estimates are that 13 million people have been affected by this natural disaster while three million have been displaced from their homes. Even in our own country, the recent tornados that struck the Midwest have damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes and left tens of thousands without power.

This week, what if each Charlotte Christian family had one less dish or one less pie and made a donation to the relief efforts in the Philippines?  This would be a great tangible message to our children about the needs of others throughout the world.  You may click on the links below to donate directly to two organizations that are providing aid to those in need in the Philippines and the Midwest.  I hope you will also remember to pray for these people in their time of need and take time to discuss this with your children.  It is easy to click the links below to make a quick donation, however you can use this opportunity to discuss how blessed your family is and our responsibility to give to those less fortunate.

http://www.samaritanspurse.org

http://philippines.causevox.com

Happy Thanksgiving & God Bless,

Barry Giller
Head of School

Posted by lgoodyear on Monday November 25, 2013
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Planting Seeds

What are you doing differently in chapel this year?

Do your students enjoy chapel?

Are your chapels effective?

Recently I gathered with a group of Christian school heads, and these questions arose not to anyone's surprise.  When I have the privilege to meet with my fellow leaders of Christian schools it is inevitable that we will discuss three topics - dress code, enrollment, and chapels.

In my 20 years of Christian education, I have had the privilege of serving at four schools in four different states.  Over 20 years I have interacted with hundreds of school leaders and I have drawn the following conclusion - there is no fool proof or perfect chapel plan.  Many school leaders, if honest, will say that they struggle explaining the purpose and intended outcomes of chapel.

So, if we struggle with how to do it well and students, parents, and teachers at times complain- why do we keep doing it?

We have to reconcile what chapel is and what chapel is not to fully understand why we should keep chapel as a priority in our school schedules. 

Chapel is a chance to pause in the midst of our busy academic schedules to worship together as a community.

Chapel is not a revival service, we cannot expect students to react in a deep and spiritual way each time we have chapel, similar to how revival does not break out at every Sunday morning church service.

Chapel is an opportunity to reflect on the truths God has revealed in His word.

Chapel is not a church service, thus we should not expect chapel to look the same as the services our students attend on the weekend.

Chapel is a time for students to learn about the traditions and denominations represented in our student body.

Chapel is not a Baptist, Presbyterian, or any other denominational service so it will look different than many of the services our students attend on the weekend.

Chapel is the time we can focus on our community's theme for the year, for 2013-14 that is humility.

Chapel is not the time to focus on one church's or ministry's particular service opportunity or need.

Chapel is in a gym so at times our students will be distracted or not completely focused.

I speak often in all of our division chapels.  I love to see our students worshiping God together.  I am encouraged by their participation and find them to be mostly attentive. 

I try to never be discouraged by the response I receive in chapel, because it is in God's hands.  Our job is to present the Gospel and an opportunity for our students to grow spiritually.  God's job is to speak into the students' lives.

We all need to remember that we are in the business of planting seeds.  Not too long ago I received a message from a student who I taught more than 10 years ago.  She is in the corporate world now and she asked, "Mr. Giller do you remember when you said..."  I honestly had no recollection, but it certainly had an impact on this particular young lady.  My guess is that God used that moment in time to whisper in the ear of that one particular student.  I further surmise that none of the other students in that class remember that statement, and that is okay because God used one moment in one student's life to make an impact.

My caution to parents who question the effectiveness of chapel is to remember why we have chapel, what chapel is and what chapel is not.  We have more than 1,000 students attending chapel each and every Thursday, and I truly believe God will use each of those chapels for His purposes and that may be only in the life of one of a 1,000 but praise God that we can be a part of that amazing plan.

Chapel is a time to pause and allow God to speak into our children's hearts and minds.

God Bless,

Mr. Barry Giller
Head of School

Posted by lgoodyear on Friday November 1, 2013 at 09:43AM
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A Praying Man: Harry Graham, a founder of Charlotte Christian School

"Young man I have been praying for you."

It was one of my first days on the job as head of school at Charlotte Christian.  We were breaking ground on a new facility at the baseball field and I was making my inaugural public appearance.  All I could think about was that I could not believe how hot it was on that sunny, muggy July day.  I learned not to wear tan pants to an outside event because it became clear to all those around me that my body was not used to the heat.

"Young man, I have been praying for you."

This was the second time the older gentleman with the hounds tooth hat had said that to me.  He was a shorter man slightly bent over wearing glasses.  He sported long pants, long sleeves and a sports coat despite the heat.  He smiled a mischievous smile and nudged me with his cane.

"Young man you are going to need my prayers."

Harry Allan Graham, Sr. was a man who spent hours on his knees pleading with God to provide for and protect Charlotte Christian School.  Harry Graham was 96 that day I met him and I remember going home and telling my wife about this older gentleman who had driven himself to the celebration despite having his license for more than 70 years. 

"Young man I will be praying for you."

Harry Graham along with a few pioneers founded Charlotte Christian School in 1950.  He served as a board member for many years and remained involved until the Lord called him home.  Harry Graham was a veteran and a successful business man who also served as a long time elder at Calvary Church.  Heads of school and pastors came and went, but Mr. Graham remained involved as an advisory but more importantly as an intercessor for these two institutions.  He watched as the Lord blessed our school and grew it from 60 students to now 1,000.  He was part of numerous building campaigns for both the school and his church.  He gave generously of his time, talents, and treasure.

At Mr. Graham's memorial service, his grandson read from the book of Jeremiah chapter 9 verses 23-24:  "Thus says The Lord, 'let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the might man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am The Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares The Lord."

Mr. Graham was a man who boasted in that God the Father knew him by name.  He was blessed with a quick wit, a sharp mind, an acute awareness of needs, and a wonderful family yet he boasted in Christ and Christ alone. 

Harry was not perfect and he did not delight in modern praise music or artificial turf as he told me that hot summer afternoon, but he was a man who sought God's vision and allowed God to use him in a mighty way.  If God needs to grow an institution in heaven, I wonder if he will call upon Harry to help.

"Harry, we are praying for you."

The last time I saw Harry, a colleague and I visited him in his home.  As always he shared some delightful stories about the past and told us about his plans for the future. He even had the energy to shoo away a door to door salesman.   I was glad I was able to return the favor of praying for a man who prayed for me before we had ever met.  Harry will be missed on our campus and at Calvary Church, but we thank God for allowing us to spend the time we had with Harry.

In 2011 Harry Graham, pictured with varsity baseball player Tyler Simmons and Head of School Barry Giller,
threw out the first pitch at a home varsity baseball game.  Charlotte Christian was celebrating its fifth annual
Tailgate and Donate service event in conjunction with the school’s 60th anniversary.

God Bless,

Barry Giller
Head of School

Posted by lgoodyear on Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 04:54PM
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