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Consistency in Change

Posted by Jennifer Beasley on

Hello and Happy weekend! As we wrapped up the week at school, while also unwrapping gifts, we remain consistent in celebrating the advent season and anticipating what is to come...Christmas Day.

A highlight of our fourth graders' Christmas party was creating their own ornaments using their school pictures, sequins, foam shapes, and glitter glue! These ornaments will be treasured by so many over the years to come. 

Our sixth graders were wrapping and unwrapping each other as part of their human Christmas tree class contest.  So much fun! 

But that's not all our sixth graders have been up to. Their art skills are beautifully displayed (near the stairwell just below the library) with a gallery of watercolor birds.  They began by using a grid system to sketch their birds, then used pen and watercolors to create color and texture. They did beautiful work! Stop by and see it for yourself. 

There are always sweet moments at Grace Lutheran School. However, I think the sweetest was the fourth graders making gingerbread houses with their senior kindergarten chapel buddies. The one on one relationships that are created and nurtured by our older and younger students are irreplaceable. 

And while some things are irreplaceable, change is also inevitable. I have been experiencing lots of change recently as well as many of you.  I have recently moved to South Carolina for my husband's new job opportunity. For those of you who may have heard, this past year has been a season of perseverance for my family. Many horrific moments that could only be experienced with the strength and comfort of God and Community. Without the prayers of Grace Church and School, care from the Grace Care Team and the opportunity to express my evangelist heart as the Director of Enrollment, I do not know how we would be getting through it all.  I greatly appreciate the Grace family.

With every change there comes mixed feelings, the excitement of the unknown, anxiety of the unknown, grieving what was, while embracing what is to come. God gives us the capability of experiencing two polar opposites simultaneously. In Him this is possible. In Him, it is possible to feel calm in the midst of chaos, to experience consistency in the midst of change, and to grow in strength as we expose our weaknesses. We are confident in God's promises to provide where it is needed. 

As my position transitions, we have made consistency a priority. The Admissions Team currently consists of two devoted parents of Grace that will provide service and stories for Grace during the busy enrollment season upon us. Myself and Annalise Nelson Balock. We are working tandemly and promise a seamless transition. As a strong team of two, we are busy answering prospective parents' questions, in person and on the phone, guiding applicants through the enrollment process, and nurturing relationships being made.  Just another example of consistency in change when confiding in God and engaging our God-given talents. As our marketing and enrollment roles change with the times of today (hello online processes), we are able to connect remote and in-person teams.  We will continue to pray about the role and direction and promise to do what is best for our current and prospective families re-enrolling and enrolling for the first time. 

For those of you that are new to Grace or considering Grace Lutheran School for your families, I can ensure you the school is amazing at academics and sets your children up for life to succeed academically and develop into devoted disciples going out into the world with strong character and faith.  A foundation that is highly vital in today's society. Additionally, the community of the school cannot be replaced or fully described without experiencing it. Which is why I highly encourage you to see Grace in person. Meet the people that make Grace the amazing place it is. Sure, you can learn a lot from our website and the astonishing academic scores we share about the success of our students (which we could not be more proud of) but speaking to those who are part of the community will be the most helpful in discerning between schools for your child. Join us for our Open House on Sunday, January 26th at 1 pm. 

Let's remember the beautifully intricate design God allows for consistency in change. And trust in the processes. 

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend,

Jenn B.  



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