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.

For more information about our International Program or are interested in hosting a student please click here: https://www.wmchs.net/academics/#int

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

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason Day 6

God’s Grace | Romans 6:13-14

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

So often, Christians mistake what the Gospel is truly about. It isn’t as though they haven’t heard the right answers, but rather, they think that they have to follow laws or rules and that if they do the right things God will love them.

This is the opposite of the Gospel! You are not under law, you are under God’s grace, there is nothing you can do that will make God love you any more or less, he went to war for you because he loved you so much. He bought you with the price of his own son dying of the cross. God simply asks that in return, we honor him with our life!

Questions:

  • Why do Christians think that they have to earn their love from God?
  • After hearing the passage, what are 2 practical ways that you can remind yourself daily about God’s great love for you?

GIVING TOTAL TO DATE $3,054.37

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason Day 5 Giving Love

Day 5 | Giving Out of Love | 1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

The Bible commands us to give out of what has been given to us, if we have 2 dollars, we give 20 cents, if we have 20 dollars, we give 2, and if we have 2000 dollars, we give 200 dollars. But, why does it seem like every time we give, we either give the bare minimum of what God commands, or we don’t give at all?

All of our life we have heard that giving is good, but still we often find it hard to give away our money or possessions, unless we are rewarded. Giving should not be something we do because we get something in return, or because we will look good, or even because we are told to (whether that be by our parents, our school, or even the Bible).

The truth is, Jesus doesn’t want us to give if it is not out of love for Him and for the people we are giving to. We should give because he has already given us everything when Jesus died on the cross out of love for us. We should give generously of all we have, because Jesus gave his entire life for us.

The importance of love can be seen through what Jesus has done for us, and he loves the heart of the person who gives generously out of love and thankfulness, not simply him who gives the most out of their pockets.

Questions:

  • As a class, how can we continue to give out of a place of love?
  • These passages keep our eyes focused on one thing, Jesus! How have you seen Jesus move in your life this week?

PROJECT GRACE GIVING TOTAL TO DATE: $2,675.60

There are some friendly competitive giving incentives. One was having ice cream and toppings served in the winning classroom. Mr. Vredevoogd’s 2nd hour 8th grade Bible class won.

 

PROJECT GRACE VISION: For The Right Reason

Day 4 | Refreshment of the Soul | Proverbs 11:25

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

The word ¨generous¨ does not mean giving what feels good to us, but about what Jesus has asked of us! What we get from giving shouldn’t be a specific reward, but genuine joy from the giving.

A generous person will prosper;

The verse then states that we will be refreshed by Christ through the act of being generous to those in need. Refreshment of the soul is what we should strive for and all we should expect to receive in terms of getting something out of giving. Is not the refreshment of the soul fulfillment enough?

  • One might consider “refreshment of the soul” living in right relationship with Father God. Is being in his presence enough for us?
  • What does the word generous mean? What does it mean in the context of the Bible?

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We are working hard to be good stewards of our funding and our earth, which means fewer paper communications.

WMC is communicating more than ever with Daily News, Monthly Bulletins, Principal Notes and blog posts.

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A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE INVITATION

Calling Warrior Nation to the WMC Gym:

On behalf of Western Michigan Christian, we want to extend an invitation to all WMC High School alumni and their families to join us for our Night of Remembrance at the WMC gym for the boys/girls varsity basketball games on Friday, December 22.
The WMC Athletic Department will honor beloved WMC athletes who have gone to be with the Lord.
First of all, families will be recognized during the boys varsity halftime presentation, additionally, they will be mentioned in the event program and their athlete’s picture will be displayed in honor. Immediate family members of former Warrior Athletes will be given free admission.
We are asking that families email the following information to WMC:
  • Name of Warrior Athlete
  • Sport played
  • Graduation Year
  • One Sentence Memory
  • Athlete’s Photo
Please email all information to mrglerum@wmchs.net or mail information attention Josh Glerum to 455 East Ellis, Norton Shores, MI by Friday, December 15th.
Most importantly, in order to reach many Warrior generations, we need your help in getting the word out. Please forward this information, or print and share in person, to anyone you know who would like to honor a departed Warrior family member.
It is our intention to honor as many Warriors as possible during this evening!
Blessings,
Josh Glerum and the WMC Athletic Department

Western Michigan Christian: PROJECT GRACE 2017 Kick-Off

WMC’s Annual Service Project

Pastor Samuel Greer Kicks-Off Project Grace To Students

WHAT:

Project Grace is one of WMC’s biggest fundraisers and acts of compassion at our school! Each year during the Christmas season, we raise money to support local families in our area who cannot afford to provide gifts to their families for Christmas. As a school, we want to grow in what it means to be a servant.

HOW:

  • Daily Giving from Students: During 2nd hour each day, an envelope will be passed around in each classroom. Money is collected for the total. At the end of the 2 weeks, the classroom with the most money will go shopping for gifts for families. Then we will deliver those gifts to families in need. 
  • Other ways to raise funds:
    • The best way is to sacrifice! Donate your shopping money, chore, babysitting or your coffee money as an offering.
    • You may also ask family and friends. We do ask that you don’t ask local businesses without first emailing Tyler Ingalls to check if they already support WMC. We don’t want to over ask.
    • Group Fundraising Events: Attend the Galaxy Night Varsity Basketball Games on
      Friday, December 15, where the WMC Green Machine is hosting “Galaxy Night” in which we are selling Glow Sticks to benefit Project Grace! There will be a collection of donations at halftime! Go Warriors! Donations Needed: Tape, Bows, and Wrapping Paper! We are asking for students bring in tape, wrapping and bows to help wrap the gifts we have for our families! Please drop these off at the main office!

WHY:

Daily Devotions: “For The Right Reason”: Our theme this year is “For The Right Reason” – we want to emphasize that Project Grace is not about us, or even the people we are serving. Rather, we offer grace, simply, because Jesus offered us grace first! To this end, we will have a daily devotion in our 1st-hour classes. These devotions are written by WMC students and are to encourage us to think deeper about generosity, giving, and grace!

WHEN:

Students can bring money to their second-hour class any day, however, there are little class competitions that happen on 4 different days throughout the week as an added incentive. Key Dates & Days of Giving:

  • Tuesday, Dec 5: Winning Class Receives Donuts!
  • Thursday, Dec 7: Winning Class Receives Ice Cream!
  • Tuesday, Dec 12: Winning Class Receives Pizza!
  • Thursday, Dec 14: Winning Class Receives Buffalo Wild Wings!
  • Monday, December 18: Shopping Day with teachers to buy gifts.
  • Tuesday, December 19: Wrapping day.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Winning classes will deliver gifts in the morning!

Western Michigan Christian SCRIP Program

SCRIP (aka T.R.I.P.) PROGRAM: Fundraising that Saves YOU time and money

SCRIP (aka T.R.I.P.) is a volunteer run program that helps you pay down your tuition while you shop!  There are over 500 local & national retailers that participate.  Those retailers sell gift cards to WMC at a reduced rate, we sell them to you, and you redeem them, at full face value. The difference between the WMC purchased price and the face value is then credited to your tuition account.

Sound like something you want to do? Then it’s time for you to sign up!

To help you get started, below are a few helpful YouTube links that will take you through the process.

SCRIP Video Resources for more information:

  • What is SCRIP? Click here to find out!
  • What is PrestoPay? Click here to learn more.
  • What is SCRIPNow! Click here to find out.
  • How do I reload gift cards that I already have? Click here to learn now.
  • Get the ScripWallet for your smartphone. Click here to get the app.

Be sure to call the WMC front office for the school enrollment code. They can also help answer any remaining questions.  Happy shopping and saving!

SCRIP orders may be placed HERE online.

Western Michigan Christian is a grade 7-12 high school and middle school located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. Our WMCS feeder schools include Fremont Christian School (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian School (PK-8), Muskegon Christian School (PK-6) and New Era Christian School (PK-8).