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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.

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.

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?

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.  Email Tyler by clicking here >>.
    • 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!