I’m learning that the month of February is one of the chief times character is formed at Hillcrest. Through the senior ministry chapel time, Senior Nights honoring our upperclassmen in Basketball, and in reading a testimony from one of our students from our journalism class, I am excited to direct you to see clearly how students are building faith, developing intellect, and strengthening character at Hillcrest. Those three cores were on display this week.
On Tuesday I was blessed by Coach Preston who directed the attention of a gym full of fans and players to Jesus Christ through the quiet testimony of the Comet team. Mr. Preston spoke before the tip-off of his seniors. He highlighted aspects of the senior leaders that speak directly to their love and devotion to Jesus Christ. I heard that later that night the dads of the players gathered with the team to give a blessing over the seniors. What a cool thing done at our school, calling young men to commendation on account of Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross and his triumph over the gave.
Wednesday morning these senior leaders joined their senior class around 18 tables in the Student Union to lead their classmates through a Bible study that is flowing in line with our theme. I was impressed to see the students hurry into the Union, pull up chairs and open their Bibles to engage in God’s Word. I am humbled to see our students developing faith that stretches through their academic school day. Students at Hillcrest not only love to sing in chapel, but they love to pour over Scripture together.
Thursday was a capstone to this week that drew tears of joy to my eyes. We are hosting gatherings of alumni and donors in the homes of some of our board members in the month of March. In a meeting to discuss details of these gatherings a board member was sitting in my office. I pulled a testimony card that went out to all the families who gave to Hillcrest during our Day of Giving. The board member was shocked by the story, which you can read below. The testimony was recounted by a student in our Journalism class. The student speaks to having a new identity built in Christ after facing some challenges in grade school. Earlier this year this student shared the testimony with confidence in what the Lord is doing in her life. She was recently baptized and has been living a life of joy in our hallways. I can’t tell you what an honor it is to watch God transform the hearts, minds, and souls of our students.
Today I'll be at Inspiration Point Bible Camp for their high school winter weekend retreat. I had my faith formed through camp ministry. I'll tell you more about that in another update sometime, but I found a story below inspiring. It's the story of a Hillcrest alumn, Vern Watson, who was deeply impacted by camp ministry. His life was led in a unique way that reflected that. After being killed in action in World War II, Vern had a life insurance payout that was given to his wife. Knowing the impact of camp ministry on Vern's life, Vern's widow used the funds to give confidence to a group looking for a youth camp site, which would later come to be known as Inspiration Point Bible Camp. I'm looking forward to connecting with students out there today, knowing that the Lord impacted the life of a Hillcrest alumn in camp ministry, and Vern's legacy is partially captured in the nearly 200 kids who will be singing on the plot of land on Spitzer lake.
Thank you for taking some time in updating yourself on what has been going on at Hillcrest. This is a small sample, please know that. I would love to have you stop by my office to get a few more stories and meet some of our incredible students. They’re incredible because they’re made in God’s image, and many of our students are discovering that in a whole new way this year at Hillcrest. Thank you for your ongoing support.
President Brad Hoganson
Chapel Huddle Unites Student Body in Open Bibles
When the bell rang and Hillcrest students ventured down the halls for Chapel, they kept walking and ventured down the sidewalk to the Comet Cafe. Inside they found Mr. Garvin, Hillcrest's Chapel Coordinator, shouting out numbers and pointing students to tables. Students plopped backpacks beside their chairs, reaching inside their bags to pull out their Bibles, flipping the thin pages to John 15 as the senior leaders welcomed them to their huddle time, a monthly happening at Hillcrest Academy. READ THE FULL STORY>>
Halli Hebl faced some challenging situations with her friends in grade school. After an accident landed her in the hospital she found a way to attend Hillcrest and says her experience rebuilding her identity has been "worth every penny." READ THE FULL STORY>>
Comet Scholars in BB
Preston spoke of the obstacles the 2018 team has faced, noting a special bond that has formed over the months the Comets have been forming around the game of Basketball.His closing statements spoke to a unique aspect of this Comets team. All seven seniors, including managers, gathered at center court were honors students. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
Legacy Supports Camp
Vern Watson, in his youth, received the Gospel at Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church in Minneapolis, and attended the Summer Bible Camp at Lake Geneva in Alexandria, Minnesota, where the Lutheran Brethren Church rented the camp facilities from the Assemblies of God. Watson was killed in action during World War II. His wife used a portion of Vern's life insurance payout to aid in buying land for Inspiration Point Bible Camp. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>