I remember being in elementary school where the cafeteria had rules. I have those rules memorized still today, because one of those rules was you needed to walk at all times. There was a student at that time whose name rhymes with Vlad Vloganson who didn’t like that rule. He wanted to run, and he did. When I did run I had to stand up in front of the whole cafeteria and be shamed, I had to recite the rules of the cafeteria: Walk at all times, one trip to the garbage can, lights out means quiet, after you have eaten remain seated and talk quietly. It was so constricting. I just wanted to run. I wanted to take multiple trips to the garbage can. I just wanted to be free.
During homecoming our theme was Set My Heart Free. It comes out of Psalm 119. It speaks to choosing faithfulness, setting God's commands first, and following the decrees of the Lord. But here’s the reality, I have not always chosen faithfulness. I haven’t always set the rules of God before me. My testimonies were sometimes superseding the testimonies of God. And yet, God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, set me free. And so the Psalmist says, I will run because you have set me free.
We've been running at Hillcrest this week. Below you'll see a few ways. On Friday, Hannah Clark was interviewed in front of chapel, sharing her testimony. I love how she is running to the Lord! We've been doing a lot of running to the Lord in chapel! We're continuing the march through the big story of Scripture. Last week we made the move from Creation to the Fall. You'll get a chance to watch a video overview of the chapel theme below. You'll also get to read a quick note from me on how I'm being encouraged in Hillcrest's future by looking to the past.
We're running in building faith, developing intellect, and strengthening character, fulfilling our mission. I trust you'll enjoy reading a few of these quick updates from your school.
I am here to visit with you if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you’d like to chat!
Grace and Peace!
President Brad Hoganson
Hannah Clark Shares Confidence in Christ Through Mentors
She mentioned writing random Christmas cards as one of her favorite memories from a high school mentor who consistently pointed her to Jesus. Read more from President's office secretary Hannah Clark as she shared in Chapel on Friday. READ MORE HERE>>
Julia Olmos and her roommate, Helene, joined Bethel Lutheran Church in a mission project in Texas this week. The trip caused Julia to recount their first meeting. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>>
School Theme Takes Turn'
As Hillcrest opened the school year Principal Isaac introduced the theme for the 2017-18 school year. Last week the school took the turn from Creation to the Fall in the theme. Watch this recap on the theme as many students are continuing to engage the larger story. WATCH THE THEME VIDEO HERE>>
There is a headstone on Hillcrest's campus that President Brad hasn't really noticed until now. It is a marker commemorating the life of E.M. Broen. It has taken on special meaning as of late. READ THE STORY HERE>>