Hillcrest E-Connect 4/28/18

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Ihrke Endowment Fundraiser
Comets Eye Trip to State
History Disects Devotions 
Erickson Shares Testimony

This weekend is our board meetings. There are some big things we’re discussing this weekend. I have almost finished my first year at Hillcrest and it has gone so fast and yet has been so full. I’m going to need a week to decompress from this year. God is up to some big things in your school, and I am humbled to be a part of the incredible team of people who are discipling students at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Below you’ll be able to interact with our Bread and Jam dash that has been organized by Kate Haus and Mary Dolan. These two ladies have taken a vision from Sam and Zeke and put some incredible wheels that are now carrying the boys’ vision to a place where they will hold a named endowment in honor of their mother. We have already crossed the threshold for the endowment, and now we are continuing to raise funds to add to the scholarships that Sam and Zeke will give out yearly as we remember and honor our friend, Diane Ihrke.

Diane invested a lot for her boys to go to Hillcrest. Below you’ll read some of the aspects of Hillcrest that Diane loved. She loved cheering for Hillcrest students at the myriad of athletic events she visited. Our track team is vying for a few State berths this year. Take some time to see how close they are to reaching their goal.

Mr. Garvin has been memorizing a Bible verse every day with many of his classes. These Bible verses fit inside an entire chapter that the classes are memorizing. On Friday, Pastor Tim Collins visited Mr. Garvin’s class to unpack some of the Bible passages and to give perspective on the importance of trusting God and seeking wisdom as we unpack the motivations and contexts that make up human history.

To close, I want to share a special testimony from McKenna Erickson that was given in chapel on Friday. She has courageously told her story in a number of settings throughout the year. Her story includes incredible support from her Lutheran Brethren church in Montana, her parents selling their car to help fund her tuition, and receiving a scholarship from Hillcrest that was funded by generous donors who gave to HLA this year. The gifts given have truly been life changing, and McKenna’s story is one of many that speak to what God is doing in your school.

Thank you for your ongoing financial and prayer support over these past months. We’re looking forward to a push at graduation to raise more funds for scholarship dollars to help make Hillcrest a reality for more students. Please consider joining the swell of people who are faithfully and sacrificially giving to your school to support students in their quest to make their faith their own at Hillcrest Academy.

In Grace, 

Brad Hoganson | President

Hillcrest Looks Forward Ihrke Endowment Fundraiser Run

Nearly 100 people lined the hallways of Essentia Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, March 19th 2017. Diane Ihrke experienced health complications during the night and was transported to an intensive care unit before Hillcrest families woke for church. After Sunday’s sermon, families and students ventured from Hillcrest to spend time with Diane’s family, notably her two teenage sons, Sam and Zeke. Now a year since this gathering Sam and Zeke are honoring their mother by raising funds for an endowment so more students can attend the school Diane loved dearly. We invite you to watch the race LIVE from 8:30am-10:30am on HILLCREST'S FACEBOOK PAGE>>



Comets Eye State Run

Hillcrest's Track and Field is blazing this year, making solid progress on some goals to reach the State meet. While the Meet is nearly a month away, Hillcrest students are setting themselves up to be contenders for a State Berth. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>


History Disects Devotions

A number of Mr. Garvin's history classes start each day with a verse from the Bible. Over the course of the year these classes memorize whole portions of Scripture, taking each verse and building on it until the entire chapter has been recited and commanded to memory. On Friday Mr. Garvin brought in guest speaker Tim Collins to walk students through an unpacking of Scripture. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO>>


Erickson Shares Story

McKenna Erickson has shared her story for an alumni gathering and on the choir tour. Her story of God's providence for her family, where her parents sold their car and used the money from the sale to help fund McKenna's way to Hillcrest is inspiring. She shared parts of her story in Chapel on Friday. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO>>
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