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New Staff at MCCS

This year we added a number of new staff to our team. They are all phenomenal young adults and spiritual mentors to our students.

10372313_10204375527842637_6293064106615621441_nBrianna Maust is our new Elementary Assistant. Last year, Brianna served as a short-term missionary with the YES program of Eastern Mennonite Missions. She felt the call to Baltimore again and returned to us this year as full-time staff. We are elated to have her return and share her heart for God with our students.

 

 

12122628_10101147922356343_652669932739552573_nRobert Weaver is our new Middle School Assistant. Robert is an alumnus of MCCS and has studied for the past two years at Eastern Mennonite University. Robert brings many skills to us in photography, drama, and his thorough knowledge of our curriculum. He is a wonderful addition to our staff team.

 

Picture1Tobias Stoner is our new High School Assistant. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, he became connected to us through North Baltimore Mennonite Church. Tobias studied at Princeton for two years , then decided to devote this year to urban ministry. He comes to us with a vast knowledge of history, science and math assisting our high school students in these subjects. Tobias is also a talented musician and singer. We are grateful for the divine connection that led him to MCCS.

 

LaurenLauren McGee is our YES/GO intern from Eastern Mennonite Missions. She is on a 9-month assignment here in Baltimore. She is originally from Colorado. She has a heart for youth and for seeing students growspiritually. She is working primarily with the Elementary and Middle School classrooms. Please keep Lauren in prayer as she is building relationships in our school community and is becoming accustomed to city life and urban ministry.

 

We are truly blessed to have the new staff. This year we have three male staff on our team. Unfortunately, many of our students do not have positive male role models in their lives. We are grateful to have Godly and nurturing male staff who serve as mentors to our male and female students, giving them a fuller picture of biblical manhood.

Year-End Giving

Why is year-end giving important?”

This question came to my mind as I was reflecting on this year. Though it may seem early, around this time of year, we begin planning for the next school year. The donations we receive at the end of this year provide a good indication of where we are financially. These funds affect our plans for hiring staff, admitting students, offering certain grade levels, and providing enrichment and academic programs to our students. Your gift puts us in a strong place as we go into the 2016-2017 school year. All gifts to MCCS are fully tax-deductible.

We thank you for your generous support of this ministry!

Donate here: https://mountclarechristian.org/47-2/

 

 

MICA Art Class

20151110_104245Through a partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), we now are offering a weekly Art class to all our students. Architecture students from MICA are teaching our students different aspects of design, drafting and collaborative project design. Each classroom will produce a group project that will culminate in an art show at the end of the school year. We are overjoyed that our students have this opportunity to express themselves in creative and positive ways. There is so little recreation or positive outlets for students in our community. This class serves as art instruction and a creative outlet for our students to express their artistic talents.

 

 

 

 

MCCS Fall Banquet

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We invite you to a time of food and fellowship as we celebrate 18 years of ministry at Mt. Clare Christian School! This event will feature a short program highlighting our students, staff, families and hopes for the future. The meal will be served in the Pine View Lodge of Camp Andrews. Admission is free, but you must RSVP to attend. Dress is casual.  Childcare will be provided for children 10 and under.  Guests will have the opportunity to learn about ways to support the mission of Mt. Clare, a school that strives to be a witness for Christ in inner-city Baltimore. Thank you to all of our donors and table sponsors for making this momentous event possible!

Register to attend the Banquet here

Questions? contact Eboni Zook at mtclarecs@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Praise God! All of the staff positions for the upcoming school year have been filled! Thank you to all of our partners who have pledged or donated school supplies, we are well stocked for the year. 2 more days until the start of the school year!

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Staff Needed!

Are you interested in a ministry position serving children and youth in Baltimore City?

MCCS currently has openings for Assistant Teachers for the Middle School and High School. We are looking for men and women devoted to the Christian faith, who are active members in good standing of a church, and who have experience working with children and youth in a church, school or camp setting.

Those interested should send a resume to mtclarecs@gmail.com, Attn: Eboni Zook.

 

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Reflections on My First Year as MCCS Principal

This year (my first year at MCCS) has been full of the Lord’s grace. I have witnessed the Lord’s power and provision for our school community in numerous ways. I have enjoyed getting to know the staff, parents and student body. I have witnessed students growing deeper in their understanding of and connection to God, laying the foundation for a more mature faith in Christ.

Our parents share story after story with me about how their student was bullied in a previous school but now, at MCCS, their student feels safe and is thriving. The most important lesson that I learned this year is how vital this ministry is to our community. Parents and students involved with our school receive much needed spiritual, emotional and academic support. Our school is a powerful symbol of our church’s dedication to the spiritual needs of children, youth and the unreached in inner-city Baltimore.  I look forward to what new things the Lord will do for us, in us and with us in my second year as Principal of Mt. Clare Christian School.

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support of this ministry!

— Eboni Zook

 

We Say Goodbye

At the end of this school year, three of our teachers are leaving us to pursue the next season of their lives.

DebbieDebbie (Ricketts) Jordan is moving to Columbia, MD with her husband, Mark Jordan, and seeking to invest more deeply in their church community.

 

 

IMG_9398Jason Burkholder will continue his college education to pursue a career in the sciences.

 

 

 

KimberlyKimberly Shoats is moving back to Prince George’s County to work as an intern for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Bowie State University and work in childcare.

 

 

We praise the Lord for their faithful service to our students and to our community. We want to thank each teacher for their devotion to the Lord and for providing a loving, Christ-Centered environment in each of their classrooms. They will be deeply missed!

 

Graduation 2015

2 Timothy 4:7- “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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IMG_20150613_153705618This June, we celebrated the graduation of two of our seniors, Hannah Martin and Rachel Stein!   This graduation was especially poignant for me as this is my first class of graduating seniors as principal of Mt. Clare. Hannah and Rachel graduated from Mt. Clare on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 3 PM.

Both Rachel and Hannah worked hard to complete their program requirements while balancing working part-time (Rachel) and leading a Children’s ministry for Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church (Hannah). I appreciate the way both ladies invested their time in younger students, modeled good citizenship, compassion and care for their peers. They both volunteered and served the school in various ways throughout their time at Mt. Clare.

We pray that they will experience joy and more of God’s presence in their future endeavors!

 

YES TEAM

For the past 9 months, a group of prayerful, ministry-minded young adults have served faithfully in our school and church community. Soon our YES Team will complete their assignment here in Batimore City. We have grown to love each member of the team. They have prayed with us, partnered in ministry with us, lead us into deeper worship of God and impacted the Kingdom of God here and throughout the district. We praise God for Maria, Evan, Esther and Brianna for their devoted service to God and to MCCS.

If you know of young adults (18-30 years) who are interested in serving domestically and internationally for a 9-11 month assignment, you can direct them to the Eastern Mennonite Missions website at www.emm.org.