This week is definitely one of the highlights for me as President so far. I am excited to look back on this chapter of Hillcrest’s history twenty years from now. I anticipate marveling at how God’s hand is staying our school through challenging times financially and in our culture. This week will definitely need a heading of it’s own in the larger book of Hillcrest's history. It may read something like, “At Just The Right Time God Buoyed Our Hearts.”
I’ve written updates to you about having my heart stirred as I stood outside Hillcrest's Chapel, listening to students sing loudly of their love for Jesus Christ. I’ve shared stories from inside our halls where I’ve been blessed to hear God worshipped, proclaimed, and really understood by our students in classroom contexts and dorm connections. But this week I heard our friends and family express their love in a way I haven’t heard before. Over eighty people contributed over $20,000 in a remarkable expression of generosity to give more families the opportunity to attend Hillcrest.
In this update you’ll find a link to a number of the videos I was able to create with our team that showed families and friends life at Hillcrest. There are classrooms, lunchroom interviews, and worship settings. The Hillcrest experience changes hearts and minds of students, and that’s what our alumni and friends gave to during our Giving Hearts Day campaign, raising more than $20,000 for student scholarships. Thank you for cheering us on as we direct the hearts and minds of students to a deeper knowledge and trust in Jesus.
This mountain top experience in support from our alumni was capped off for me when I was blessed by Anna Murray's testimony of the love of God that she shared in Chapel. Her testimony, coupled with the bold singing of the worship team, was inspiring. I hope you can take a few minutes and listen to Anna’s testimony.
Also, you’ll be able to read about an up-and-coming Comet who is representing Hillcrest at the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee in a few weeks. I am excited to cheer Hope Adams on as she spells words that Google corrects for many of us. We have bright students and I am excited to see how God continues to reveal Himself to them as they develop intellect that finds purpose in Jesus Christ in our classrooms.
To close, I want to share with you a chapter from Hillcrest’s history that continues to inspire me as I work in my office. It’s a story of Hillcrest in the post-depression era. Some of you may have read it before, but I am humbled as I think on the challenges faced by our forefathers who led Hillcrest through a very difficult time. It gives me purpose as I continue to place my confidence in the Lord that this chapter of Hillcrest, while still being written, is part of a larger story that has chapters that hold incredible purpose and beauty in driving students to a deeper knowledge and dependance on Jesus Christ. I hope you find encouragement that difficult times produce faith, perseverance, trust, and hope in Christ.
I want to make sure you all put our open house on the calendar, as well. Tuesday March 6 at 7pm. I’m looking forward to seeing you then and I hope we get a chance to connect before that time so I can share more of the incredible stories coming out of our halls.
President Brad Hoganson
Giving Hearts Day Provides $20,000 Boost in Scholarships
Hillcrest set a goal to raise $10,000 through Giving Hearts Day. The focused day of giving had a $5000 dollar-for-dollar gift match. The hope was to raise an additional $5000 through online giving. The staff were overwhelmed at the support for our families, as more than $15,000 was given online, adding to the gift match of $5000 to put Hillcrest's giving day total over the $20,000 mark.
President Hoganson was busy throughout the day, bringing live inside-the-classroom-and-hallways videos to Facebook and other social media platforms to unveil what students are receiving in Hillcrest's halls.
We invite you to watch a quick thank you video and to watch some of the special updates President Hoganson brought to the world of social media for our giving day. If you missed the giving day, you can still contribute a tax deductible gift. Simply visit the giving page, where all of the giving day updates from President Hoganson are posted. You can see that at www.ffhillcrest.org/hlagives.
Anna Murray is growing in her knowledge of the love of God. While she avoided the harsh realities of a loving God embodying human form to pay for the penalties of sin, her faith formation at Hillcrest is leading her to new depths in her understanding and acceptance of the unrelenting love of God. LISTEN TO ANNA'S TESTIMONY HERE>>
Adams Advances in Bee
Seventh grade student Hope Adams is prepping for one of the most competitive rounds in spelling bee competition. After working through three preliminary rounds of competition, Adams is preparing to face a host of the region's top spellers with her sights set on the State competition. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE>>
HLA Stories of Long View
There are special chapters that are being written at Hillcrest these past few years. Some mark the start of a new endowment era, where current students have started endowments in honor of classmates and parents who have passed away, honoring their love for Hillcrest with a named scholarship. It is important to look back on past chapters that have been written, too. The depression era at HLA holds special stories. READ A SPECIAL STORY FROM HILLCREST HERE>>