Spiritual Life Week

SLWDuring the week of March 20-24th, MCCS students were immersed in the knowledge and pirit of the Lord during our annual “Spiritual Life Week” events. SLW is a time when we focus on the Lord and have chapel services every day of the week. We heard from a ariety of speakers who shared their testimonies. Our guest speakers throughout the week were Pastor Michael Booth, Mr. Horeb Peña and his brother, Pastor Joel Peña, and Mr. Scott Williams. All of these men shared powerfully about the ways God remained constant in their lives, and how He was with them and saved them from being overcome by fear and doubt. Our students were encouraged and blessed to hear from these godly men. These men are wonderful fathers. In a community rampant with fatherlessness, our students need to hear from loving, godly fathers who are committed to their families and are committed to the Lord. After each talk, students had the opportunity to espond by receiving prayer from the speakers if they requested it. We are thankful to Mrs. Gwen Martin for organizing and planning this week, in addition to leading an extended time of worship on Wednesday. On Friday, we ended the week with a delicious breakfast meal prepared by staff and student helpers. The students enjoyed the time to talk and fellowship with one another. What a wonderful way to end a joyful week!

With Many Thanks!

Thank you to the Mosaic Church for organizing volunteer groups to perform work projects for our school including: painting the hallways, cleaning our building, and building
us an entirely new fence!

Thank you to Cherry Glade Mennonite Church, Paul and Sarah Szatmary and Sandy Costigan and Raven Roost 68 for providing school supplies for us!

Thank you to MCCS parent, Cierra Sanford for the beautiful centerpiece for our Thanksgiving Meal.

Thank you to Jason Burkholder for programming several donated computers to give out to MCCS families who requested one.

Thank you to several anonymous donors who gave significant financial donations to our school in honor of cherished loved ones who passed away. May the Lord bring you great comfort in this holiday season.

My Favorite Verse

Last week, as Ms. Gwen was subbing in the Elementary Classroom, she worked with dec2016newsletter2Matthew as he wrote a verse he memorized for one of his tests. Afterward, Matthew remarked, “That is one of my favorite verses!” The verse was 1 Corinthians 15:58 “May you be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

Many of our students grow up in communities that are unstable and transient. Our students need to know that God can bring peace, stability, and purpose to their lives. We have seen the impact of Christ in Matthew’s life. He has grown tremendously in his love for God and others over the years he has been a student here at Mt. Clare. He frequently asks to pray for his peers and for his teachers. When asked why he likes being a student at Mt. Clare, Matthew responded, “I like my teachers, my friends, and I like learning about God!”

Our school is a spiritual lifeline for this student and his family. Thank you for making this ministry possible for students who would have grown up without a community of Christians to support, encourage and pray for them.

New Staff!


Lauren McGee- Ms. Lauren is a familiar face from last year when she served as our GO! Intern from Eastern Mennonite Missions. Lauren returned to us this year to become the Middle School Supervisor. Lauren brings gifts in prayer, administration, and pastoral leadership to our school.

Angie Carter- Ms. Carter has been involved in the ministry of Wilkens Avenue for many years. She is currently the Children’s Ministry Coordinator for Redemption House Life Center. Ms. Carter is a gifted prayer warrior and encourager. Her love for children emanates from all that she does. She is serving this year as our Middle School Monitor.

Olivia Bankard– Ms. Olivia serves as our High School Monitor. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Social Work degree. She spent several years working as a Camp Counselor at River Valley Ranch and participated in an anti-trafficking training internship with YWAM. She is a joyful presence and a welcome addition to the high school classroom.