Yes — we are still having chapel every Friday morning! Join us as we learn more about the promises of God. We will sing, hear from some of our boys, and learn from Mr. Graham what it means to be a Noble Knight in these unique times.
Today's chapel features some of your favorite songs as well as a lesson from God’s Word on how we count on God and his promises during challenging times. One of our favorite PDS dads, pastor Damon Conley, is our guest speaker.
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“But the noble make many plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” - Isaiah 32:8
We all want our children to be noble and make a positive impact on the world and those around them. To do this we must go beyond their current behavior and their minds—we must reach their hearts.
Congratulations to Darilyn Christenbury and Tony Rudzena. These two beloved teachers have been appointed as Chaplain/Bible Teacher next year at PDS.
Darilyn Christenbury has been teaching the Bible to our youngest students for 18 years. She is an integral member of the EC faculty and has led many programs at our school. Mrs. Christenbury will be the Chaplain and Bible teacher to EC families and faculty.
While relatively new to PDS, Tony Rudzena has had an enormous impact on the 4th through 6th-grade boys. In addition to his Bible teaching, Mr. Rudzena is a beloved coach of sports and legos. Next year, he will serve as Chaplain in the Elementary school.
Both Darilyn and Tony will work together to oversee the spiritual development of our boys and faculty. They look forward to partnering with families as we seek to develop boys in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.
Mark Fruitt will continue as the Principal of the Elementary School and add oversight of the Building Boys, Making Men program. Mark has been leading elements of the BBMM program for years and is excited to continue the excellence that has been in place for nearly two decades.
This month, at our Seven Virtues of Manhood Breakfast, we talked about what it means to be a Pacesetter. We said Pacesetters are driven by values, not by their own ambitions or desires. True Pacesetters see the world as God sees it. Pacesetters see what should be rather than what is. They know God made all humans in his image. Pacesetters are not deterred by false barriers or excuses about why something can’t be done. Pacesetters fight for what God calls them to do—no matter what opposition stands before them.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was that kind of man — a true Pacesetter. He believed all men and women are created by God and in the image of God, and he believed that standing up for the oppressed and marginalized was worth dying for.
With Thanksgiving so late this year it’s easy for Advent to sneak up on us! Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, and are bringing back our family oriented Advent devotional for you to use as a tool in your home again this season.
Have you ever played rock-paper-scissors to see who gets to go last—or to see who gets to sit in the backseat?
My college roommate would yell “backseat!” every time the two of us rode with another diver. He also had the unique custom of tipping the ice cream server for his milkshake at Baskin Robbins. He explained, “Think about it…you tip the bartender, and all they do is knock the top off of a bottle. The person making your milkshake spends so much more time with your order.” He was a strong, yet empathetic leader in college and continues to be one now. I think that growing up in a household of four kids taught him that life was about much more than him—and these lessons have had a great deal to do with his success.
A little help navigating all there is to do for your kids.
Birthday parties. Sports games and practices. Music recitals and lessons. Tutoring. Help in homeroom. Classroom events. Chapel. Help with homework. Parenting events. Robotics. Scouts. Lunch with your child. After-school adventures.
And that is just part of a list for one child at one school. You might also have just as much to do for other children, as well as plans as a family, taking care of other relatives, neighborhood gatherings, and church and social commitments. Not to mention the fact that you work and need some personal downtime every now and then.
If you are like most parents, you may feel overwhelmed by all there is to do. You may even feel anxiety or guilt over not doing some of the things available to you and your kids.
Our kids love superheroes—but we don’t outgrow our need for heroes as adults. We might not have the same heroes as our kids, but we all have people we look up to. Who are your heroes? What attributes make them stand out to you?
See if these three things don’t describe your heroes:
- They use what they have been given in an extraordinary way for the benefit of others
- Their efforts take courage and faith
- They don’t seek attention or glory for themselves
We tend not to hold people in high regard who use their gifts solely for themselves or seek praise for themselves. Even fictional characters we admire—heroes like Superman or Ironman—don’t use their strength and might to score goals to improve their own life.
This month, we are teaching the boys about being a Humble Hero. A Humble Hero uses the gifts they have been given by God for others. This is what it means to give glory to God. The Bible says it this way.
Over the past weeks, we have explored how to help our children grow up like Jesus—“in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). We have seen how to help our kids grow in wisdom and stature. Now we turn our focus to growing in favor with God and man.