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Good Afternoon Guilt-Ridden Gramercy Mom!

Like many of you, I'm a full-time working mother trying to balance a home, a job, and well... four kids.  For the last two days, my 6th grader has been out of school, seemingly sick unto death, and I have experienced the absolute mother lode of mother guilt.  You know how this works.  I cannot be two places at once and although I have ample support on all sides, I just can't help myself.  I suffer the shame that simply accompanies being a mother with limits.  Yesterday, I spent the day at home with my sickly son, trying to accomplish what I could from my kitchen table, all the while worrying about my Bible students and all they weren't learning about Pentecost and the Passover.  Simultaneously, I felt stricken because I was unable to sit all day on the couch, uninterrupted,  holding my son's hand while spoon-feeding him homemade chicken soup (which I've never actually even made).  I awoke today acutely aware of all I did not do yesterday or the day before... which is wh ...

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Preparing Students for a life of Purpose

In 2002, Rick Warren published an amazing little book called The Purpose Driven Life.  The devotional book sold over 20 million copies and topped the Wall Street Journal Best Seller chart, proving, at least in my mind, that people all over the world are searching to find a meaningful purpose to their lives.  It would seem that human beings desperately want their lives to have a deeper meaning, which is really nothing new.  In fact, in the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon recounts his many efforts to find meaning in what he calls a "wearisome" life full of toil and trouble.  In an active attempt to find purpose, Solomon  undertakes all sorts of things.  He indulges in pleasure.  He tries to find love.  He attains knowledge.  He works hard and acquires wealth.  Yet even after all of this, even after becoming the richest, wisest, most sought after man in the ancient world, he concludes that everything is "meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Today, we ...

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Questions About Creation - Check This Out!

The Bible teaches us that the world was created by God in six days, but have you ever wondered about dinosaurs or how old the earth is?  Do you have questions about how to reconcile the truth of the Bible with what the average textbook tells us about such things? Does being a Christian mean you have to completely ignore science?   Sunday, October 22nd, Newport Baptist Church will be hosting Joel Tay from Creation Ministries International to address just such questions.  Creation Ministries International is committed to sharing the truth about what the Bible proclaims in Genesis 1:1:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."   Their Motto: Proclaiming the truth and authority of the Bible Their Vision: To see the Lord Jesus Christ honored as Creator and Savior of the world Their Mission: To support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in ...

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God is Not Boring - Let's not be Either!

A frequent complaint among students is that school, or at least a particular subject in school, is boring.  I have heard these words in some fashion from the mouths of my own children on some occasions and honestly, it wounds me... because I love learning.  In fact, I've always loved learning.  I even love learning hard things, which is good since I have frequently had to learn things the hard way.  I once heard someone say, "the joy is in the knowing..." and I think there is some truth to that, at least in my life.  And although there is much less joy for me in say... a math lesson, when I watch our Upper School Math Lead Denise Story talk about math, I begin to understand what the word "gifted"really means.  Mrs. Story brings actual happiness to a subject that is oftentimes considered tedious at best and the students at Gramercy are better for having studied underneath her.  Personally, I am convinced that the defining quality of a great teacher is a sincere love for the ...

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Your Very Great Reward

In addition to being part of the administrative team at Gramercy, I currently have the privilege of teaching the Old Testament to the 9th grade class.  Over the summer,  I had this great vision that we could make it all the way through the Old Testament by May, but honestly, that's starting to seem a little crazy.  We are seemingly crawling our way through Genesis and it's not because the students aren't paying attention.  It's because they are.  They have questions and thoughts and we are working through both the familiar and the unfamiliar stories with an eye to understand the heart of God.   We are currently knee deep in the story of Abraham and Isaac and are looking closely at the very radical kind of covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham. When God speaks the covenant to Abraham, He says to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield and your very great reward" (Genesis 15:1).  Although I have known for many years about the origin of Gramercy' ...

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2017 - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

2017 is an important year for the Protestant Church in that it marks the 500th anniversary of the year (October 31, 1517) Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses (Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences) to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation, a religious, political, intellectual and cultural revolution that divided Catholic Europe.  The Reformation redefined the beliefs and structures that had dominated Europe for decades by questioning the Catholic Church's authority to define Christian practice.  Significantly, reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin argued for the inherent power and indisputable authority of the Scriptures and worked to put Bibles into the hands of common men and women, not just clergy.   As a Christian school in 2017 whose mission is to educate and disciple young people based on a biblical worldview, we owe a debt of gratitude to courageous followers of Christ, such as Martin Luther, who have gone befo ...

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Be Still... and Know!

It is mid-September and school is now in full-swing.  Honestly, by Tuesday evening I'm already exhausted and so are my kids and it's not surprising considering the schedule we keep.  It's brutal!  Most days, I am up by 5 a.m. feeding pets, emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and prepping for the day.  Kids hit the floor at 6 a.m. and the mad dash begins. Someone forgot to do math corrections.  Someone else needs a permission slip signed. Everyone needs breakfast, but someone doesn't like what I made. Someone can't find their soccer cleats.  Someone else hates the way their hair looks. Everyone forgot to make their bed.  By the time we leave at 7 a.m., the whole clan is edgy and the day has barely begun.  Seven hours of school, three hours of sports, and two hours of homework later, we are all falling asleep on the couch... till we do it all over again. And I don't think I'm alone.  We are just a busy people.  Between the noise of emails and phone calls ...

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GCS Warrior Club Supports Arts, Music, and Athletics!

The Gramercy Booster Club, otherwise known as the Warrior Club, met for the first time last week to discuss upcoming events and how parents and grandparents can get involved and support Gramercy students.  Whereas most school Booster Clubs are centered around athletics, GCS is a little different. Our Warrior Club members help raise money for athletics, art, music, and drama.  In fact, the Warrior Club has contributed over $35,000 in financial support to help build drama sets, provide art materials, promote the music department, and purchase athletic equipment and uniforms. Recently, the Booster Club provided funds for a state-of-the-art Noah Basketball system, a system that Gramercy can use to enhance the performance of our own GCS players and also use in the community for both outreach and fundraising.  In fact, the GCS Warrior Club enriches the quality of student life for all students, Kindergarten through 12th grade.   The mission of the GCS Warrior Club is "to partner with G ...

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Gramercy Kindergarten Class Begins Week Two!

Although they may look too little to even carry a backpack, the new Kindergarten class at Gramercy had a wonderful first week of getting to know one another both in and out of the classroom.  These little guys came to school sporting crisp uniforms, new shoes, and a variety of lunchboxes and burst onto our campus full of energy and possibly a little fear and trembling.  They enjoyed one full week of half days and today, they begin the school year in full-force. Our new Kindergarten teacher, Andrea Purvis, brings a joyful exuberance to all she does and is a welcome addition to the GCS family. I had the privilege of sitting in on Mrs. Purvis's class while she read aloud to the students and I watched their faces light up as she helped bring a little unicorn to life through the power of the spoken word.  I am convinced there is little we do that is more valuable than giving these children a sincere love of reading and later in the year, our 5th graders will pair up with the Kindergarten class for o ...

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Weather, weather, weather, weather... whether we like it or not!

It's Tuesday morning, August 29th, 6:15 a.m. and I am once again sitting on my screen porch with a cup of coffee and a cat, listening to the silence of a tropical storm.   There is literally not a leaf stirring and I'm wondering whether or not this is the proverbial calm before the storm, or simply a false alarm. It's weather... so it's really impossible to know.   Craven, Carteret, Onslow and Jones County Schools are all on a 2-hour delay and Gramercy will be closed due to the possibility of flooding and high winds.  I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting this on the second day of a new school year.  Yesterday evening was a mad scrambling of text messages, emails, phone calls and prayer, trying to make a decision that is best for a multitude of students and parents spread all the way from New Bern to Beaufort and everywhere in between. This morning, I am wondering whether or not we got it right.   Whether we did or not, please know this:  our administrative team has, and is, caref ...

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