A new year has arrived. We've taken down our 2013 calendars and replaced them with 2014's. It is natural to look back, look around, and look ahead when the yearly calendar changes. What happened in 2013? What's going on now? What do we look forward to in 2014?

For Hillcrest, the year 2013 marked another renovation project on the Hillcrest campus with the completion of the classroom section above the "old gym". It also gave 42 high school seniors a new shared title, "HLA Alumuni of the Class of 2013." Both of these great accomplishments are recorded in the recent issue of the Hillcrest Connection.

What's going on now? The second semester begins with 210 students enrolled at Hillcrest Academy. The Hillcrest Board begins the calendar year with a fairly new group of board members. We welcome three new board members Eric Ewan, Kathy Heggland, and Mark Soholt, to the 9-member Hillcrest Board. We are completing a self-study as we renew our accreditation with Minnesota Non-public Schools Accrediting Association. We are busy - teachers, students, staff, and administrators.

What lies ahead in 2014? A School Strategic Plan will be prepared, with written action steps to achieve those goals over the next seven years. The senior class of 2014 will finalize coursework in preparation for graduation weekend, May 23-25, 2014. We will make appeals to meet our Annual Fund goal of $415,000 which subsidizes tuition costs for all students who attend Hillcrest. We're not half way there yet so are trusting God to provide through our Alumni and friends. We'd love to see 25 new members join one of our HLA Giving Clubs which would put us over the 300 club member mark.

Looking back, looking around, and looking ahead, it is very assuring to know that "Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever." He is the source of our purpose and our joy. We have a hopeful 2014!

p.s. - Many of you partnered with Hillcrest financially over the past five years to help meet the $5 million goal of the "Fresh Breeze" Campaign. Thank you for investing in the future of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy! God bless You!

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