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Western Michigan Christian Presents GODSPELL

WMC Musical at Orchard View Auditorium March 2 and 3

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR GODSPELL Friday, March 2 7pm Saturday, March 3 1&7pm Orchard View Auditorium $10. Available at WMC office and at event door.

Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love. This spring the Musical Theatre Department will present the musical, GODSPELL. Based on the New Testament gospels, mostly St. Matthew, GODSPELL uses the parables and passion story of Jesus for an inventively theatrical show about the formation of a community. Inspired by an Easter service in 1970 that “was devoid of feeling” the author’s inspiration was to celebrate the risen Christ and make his teachings accessible to all.

Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” GODSPELL features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

Western Michigan Christian Musical Theatre Under the Direction of Jason Bertoia Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years. I want to thank all of the students, parents, teachers, staff, and creative staff, from years past and present for making these last ten years possible. We began building our beautiful city 10 years ago and because you were involved we have grown to a celebration of our talents, strengths, and differences. Thank you for the Whos, tap dancing sailors, poodle skirts, carousel horses, whodunits, Apes, Pirates/Police and ladies, stuffed whales and our Sisters. Let’s see where the next 10 years take us…perhaps peaches, Vulgaria, and Baltimore…

Godspell and Western Michigan Christian’s Theme

Each year the school chooses a theme and this year’s theme, “Rise up to Idintity” is the basis for Godspell. It is the story of our faith in Christ and His teachings.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

 

Superior Rated Arts at Western Michigan Christian

Recent Award-Winning Performances for Western Michigan Christian

Western Michigan Christian recently competed in some regional and local competitions in which we came away with top awards. This included the Central Michigan University’s 45th Annual Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, as well as Michigan School, Band and Orchestra Association’s District Solo and Ensemble competitions.

Central Michigan University’s 45th Annual Jazz Weekend

The WMC Jazz Band performed and received  trophies for the Most Outstanding Band, the Most outstanding Rhythm Section 1st Runner-up (David Clausing, Ben Garretson, Ema Davis and Rebecca TerHaar), and the Most Outstanding Soloist 1st Runner-up (Daniel Hartley). Western Michigan Christian Jazz Band under the direction of Nick DeBone Most Outstanding Soloist 1st Runner Up Daniel Hartley Most Outstanding Percussion 1st Runner-up

Michigan School, Band and Orchestra’s District Solo and Ensemble

Madison Woods, Catherine Bradford-Royle, and Kylie Luhring (all pictured below) received a Superior 1 rated flute trio “Dance of the Reed Flutes” and they each achieved a Solo Superior 1 rating individually qualifying them for State Solo and Ensemble. Madison Woods, Catherine Bradford-Royle, and Kylie Luhring Dance of the Reed Flutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 10 was a big day for the WMC Vocal Music Department – our students participated in the District Solo & Ensemble Festival at Reeths-Puffer High School. -WMC Choir Director Kathryn Becksvoort

Our two large ensembles, the Chamber Choir Women and Chamber Choir Men, scored Division 1 ratings and will be heading to State Solo and Ensemble.  The “Leesier” Ensemble (Brendan Lee, Andrew Plaisier, and Daniel Plaisier pictured below along with Cameron Lee) earned a Division 1 rating as well!  On top of this, all the following high school soloists received Division 1 ratings – Jamel Williams, Brendan Lee, TJ Williams, Andrew Plaisier, Emma Visker, and David Clausing.  They all qualify to participate at the State level.  Please congratulate them on their fine work!  Our middle school vocalists were also well-represented:  the duet of Cate Garretson and Jessica Eeningenburg received a Division 1 rating, along with soloists Taylor Johnson and Belen Francis.Brendan Lee, Daniel Plaisier, Cameron Lee, Andrew Plaisier

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year

Enrollment/Re-enrollment

Please see below for enrollment informational video and presentation.

All families must be signed up for the FACTS Payment Plan and must set up auto pay with their bank

All families requesting a tuition adjustment must complete the FACTS Tuition Grant Aid & Assessment

Re-enrollment begins February 1. Please complete your student enrollment packet here

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 355 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Big year for Project Grace at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School

Big year for Project Grace 

Pastor Samuel Greer started Project Grace in December of 2000 at Western Michigan Christian as a way for students and staff to give to those in need along the lakeshore. Seventeen years later he is now the Principal at WMC and reflecting on year 17 of Project Grace, “Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. One of the greatest expressions of God’s presence at our school is Project Grace. Each year we have seen God’s faithfulness in that he has enabled us to reach families in his name.” WMC students have raised over $100,000 over 17 years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in need.

This year students raised $13,300 during the 2 week fundraising event.

Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School.

A focus for giving

This year’s focus was on the attitude of giving as a servant to others. Students received a devotional each day that directed them to give from a Biblical perspective. That included giving with an attitude of grace and a heart full of love for others reflecting Christ’s love for us. Scott Liggett, Assistant to the Principal and a Social Studies teacher at WMC coordinated the student efforts and was pleased with the way the project came together, “I am always amazed at the way our community of students, staff and families come together to reflect God’s love for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.” The students were instructed to earn money by doing projects at home, school, church and in the community in order to raise funds to purchase food, clothing and gifts for local families in need. WMC worked with local churches and organizations to get in touch with families that can use a bit of help. This year, because of the large total amount of money raised, WMC delivered to 20 families in the area. Individual classes competed in a daily competition with daily winners earning prizes such as an ice cream sundae bar, lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, and donuts. Students earned money by working for friends and family as well as doing some special projects like selling donuts. This year’s winning class, Robin Tyink’s AP Language, class raised more than $4,000. 

I am always amazed at the way our community of students, staff and families come together to reflect God’s love for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.

Shopping and Wrapping

 

 

 

Students shopped for items, brought them back to school and wrapped the gifts. Summer Lile, who graduated from WMC in 2012, is now a WMC science teacher and Project Grace is meaningful to her in a new and different way, “As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students to raise money and then take the lists that families give us and shop with my students for the items the families want. We then go back to school and wrap the gifts together. It is now one of my favorite days of the school year.”

As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students to raise money and then take the lists that families give us and shop with my students for the items the families want. We then go back to school and wrap the gifts together. It is now one of my favorite days of the school year.

Delivering to Families

Food, clothing and gifts were delivered Wednesday morning by the winning classes. Anna had a chance to deliver, “Bringing presents to families that wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise is the best possible way we could spread Christ’s love this Christmas. It is very important to understand that we were not these people’s Christmas savior. That was not the point.We were just trying to represent Christ who saved us. Seeing the families and little children (and adorable dogs) who we were able to lift up in prayer was definitely the reason we did this.” Project Grace is always a highlight for Pastor Greer, “It has been a blessing to see our students work to benefit others and  to see God work through our students and have them see first hand the power of giving to others. This project aligns with our mission to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.”

Bringing presents to families that wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise is the best possible way we could spread Christ’s love this Christmas. It is very important to understand that we were not these people’s Christmas savior. That was not the point.We were just trying to represent Christ who saved us. Seeing the families and little children (and adorable dogs) who we were able to lift up in prayer was definitely the reason we did this.

 

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 355 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

WMC AWARDED EXXON GRANT

Earlier this month WMC had the pleasure of receiving a $500.00 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant.  This gift will be used in our science and math department as suggested by the ExxonMobil Foundation.  We are grateful to our friends at Lakes Exxon (J & H Family Stores) at 1196 E. Sternberg Rd. in Norton Shores for nominating our school and for their efforts in securing this grant on our behalf.

We will use monies from the grant to purchase an Elmo Projector to continue to be a school of excellence as we challenge and raise up this next generation of Kingdom Warriors.

Our students sent cards and notes thanking them for this wonderful Christmas gift.  Merry Christmas, Lakes Exxon!

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Project Grace Final Devotional: Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here | Romans 8:19

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

Jesus didn’t create us to only live like him on certain days. He created us to be his image-bearers to a world in need! The world is waiting to see the love of God. The world groans for the church to rise up and look like Jesus. Giving isn’t a one time deal. It becomes part of our very nature, as our minds are renewed to look more like Jesus every day!

Questions:

  • How will you look more like Jesus as we go forward?
  • Will you do the due diligence of being in God’s Word so we can learn more about who Jesus is? What will you do to hold yourself accountable?

FINAL PROJECT GRACE TOTAL: $13,884. Thank you all who helped make Project Grace a Success!

We Are Still in Need of TAPE and GIFT TAGS. These can be dropped off at the office before Tuesday.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Project Grace Day 9 Devotional: The Righteous Person

Day 9 | The Righteous Person | Proverbs 21:26

All day long he craves for more,
    but the righteous give without sparing.

What does it look like to be a righteous person?

Who in the Bible is a great example of being a righteous individual? When I think of a righteous individual in scripture, my mind immediately goes to Job. Throughout the entire book you see Job rejoice in his sufferings, praise the Lord in the midst of his trails, and never cease to prove his commitment to God. All of these faithful attributes are rooted in Job’s unwavering faith and love of the Lord our God. Job gave all of his praises, time, effort, hope, and love to God without holding anything back. His love was the foundation of his readiness to give his ALL to God. This is because without love, all of his faithful actions would have been empty actions merely out of withholding some “moral standard.”

Questions:

  • In Ephesians 2:10, Jesus reminds us that we are his handiwork. We are created to look like him, how will we look more like him today?
  • How can be humble as Job was humble?

WAYS TO GIVE TO PROJECT GRACE:

  1. Join us at the GALAXY NIGHT basketball games Friday December 15. Girls Varsity at 5:30 and Boys Varsity 7pm. Galaxy Glow Sticks will be sold to benefit Project Grace and donations will be accepted at the games.
  2. Donate gift tags and tape for Project Grace gift wrapping. Tags and tape can be dropped off at the WMC office.
  3. Find a WMC student or staff member and give a donation to them.

From Korea to an American High School to College

“I Am Thankful for Western Michigan Christian School”

International Student Program at Western Michigan Christian School

The Western Michigan Christian International Program currently has 31 students from 4 countries and includes cultural activities and a spring break trip. We asked Mia, a WMC alumnus, to share her story.

During my time at WMC I flourished the most

internally and spiritually.

I am Myungha Kim, studying International Relations and Data Science at Calvin College, MI. I am thankful for WMC that it provided a great opportunity to grow internally through new friends, teachers, faithful education, various school activities and wonderful host families. As an international student, I had great resources that eased my transition and a great staff to reach out for help.

As an international student, I had great resources that eased my transition and a great staff to reach out for help.

For more information about Western Michigan Christian’s International Program or if you are interested in hosting a student please >> click here.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Project Grace Day 8 Devotional: Enter the Kingdom

Enter the Kingdom | Matthew 19:16-25

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?

This is one of those passages that is often interpreted in many ways. What if we just let Jesus speak for himself instead of interjecting our opinions immediately? Jesus shares in this passage that it is really hard to be wealthy. He doesn’t say it’s bad. He just simply says it is really hard. Yet, in our society, we covet wealth, comfort and material possessions. We covet exactly what Jesus warns us about.

Questions:

  • What is Jesus suggesting we do, considering we live in the one of the wealthiest areas in the wealthiest nation in history?
  • Why do we covet what Jesus warns us about?

Project Grace Day 7

God’s Generous Grace | Psalm 37:21

The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously;

This verse touches on the word “generous”. We need to know that Jesus honors a cheerful giver who receives and quickly shares with others.

Those who take and do not repay or do not give back are the wicked. We need to try working on making a change from selfishness to selflessness, generosity and the spirit of giving. When we are given material possessions, we are then held responsible in the Kingdom of God for good stewardship!

Questions:
Where do you stand with this? Are you a generous giver or do you take and not repay?

How do we make the change from selfish to selfless?

Giving total to date: $ 4,306.73