MVCS Family

My grandma would say, “Make new friends. Keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.”

This week I had the joy of spending time with golden friends, including reconnecting with two of my beloved students from my early years at MVCS.

To all my dear students, don’t forget that you are seen. You are remembered. You are prayed for.

A Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path

We are each tackling an entire book of the Bible as we prepare to lead a devotional during Bible class in June. We have been learning to use a Bible concordance, Bible dictionary, and Bible Handbook during the Bible study skills portion of our weekly Bible curriculum, so this is a real chance to put our knowledge into practice. We are encouraging each other in our walk with the Lord, and it is exciting to grow together.


Look who popped in to bless us this week!  Miss Hellickson!

She even brought a gift for our class, as Rend Collective has published a lighthouse book to go with their song “My Lighthouse.”  How many times we have sung that song with our dear Miss Hellickson over the years.  Thank you so much for bringing us a wonderful new book and reading to us with your amazing expression, Miss Hellickson.  We love you!

Thankful Heart

These precious children kept a secret all day yesterday!  Thank you all for the surprise party, the treats, the flowers, plus the bountiful shower of cards.  My heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude for each one of you.  Hand-made messages of love are so special a reminder of the deep blessing each beautiful child is to me.


Chapel Moment

This choral version of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili moved me to tears.  Mrs. Holleran shared it as part of our worship in chapel this week, and we thought you might like to see it too.  It’s a new favorite for me, as I imagine all the tongues and tribes and nations worshipping the One True God around the throne.

“Baba Yetu” by the Angel City Chorale

Revelation 7:9-12

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’”

Young Encouragers

These dear young people have been busy encouraging others in practical ways.  We correspond regularly with our two class missionaries, using e-mail, Zoom, text, snail mail, and this week some fun photos they planned and took themselves.  We also sent jokes and our own cartoons to a young friend who broke his leg this week.  What a blessing these children are with their big, caring hearts!

I Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

I Peter 4:8-10

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: