Hello OVCS Friends and Family,
As you may know, the 5th and 6th grade class at OVCS has started a new ministry this school year called The Foster Closet. We began the year developing a mission and vision statement.
To love and serve foster and adoptive families in need in Southern Maine by receiving and distributing physical items (ie. diapers, clothing, and toys), as well as offering home visits and various acts of service (ie. yard work, childcare, and meals).
To see every child in Maine have a forever home with parents who are properly equipped to provide for their needs.
The beginning of the year involved a lot of behind the scenes planning, but in recent weeks we’ve begun to put “feet to our faith.” Students had their first home visit last Thursday, which proved to be a blessing to all involved. Mr.DeLapp wrote,
“We had an absolutely awesome time today serving [the foster mom]. The kids who were able to go were just awesome; I can’t praise them enough. She had two babies at home with her today and the kids were so engaged and nurturing toward them. They cleaned and played with the kids. They were thoughtful and observant and talked with [the foster mom] a great deal. They really were a blessing to her today. I was also proud of the kids who didn’t go on this particular trip. I did not hear one single complaint about not going and they were so great for the subs today. I had several people say they were great. I am just really proud of our kids and the way they served and put others first today. I also want to thank those who provided food and were willing to as well. She was so happy for the meal and I am thankful that I didn’t need to do anything more than pop an email. We are truly blessed at OVCS to have such wonderful kids and families. Have a wonderful night and be proud of your kids.”
If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt to show your support of this new ministry, then orders are being placed now for $10 per shirt. Shirts come in Youth XS thru XL and Adult Small thru 3XL. Contact Ms.Tillie in the main office to place an order (firstname.lastname@example.org 0r 793-4005).
I am writing to provide you with information regarding two upcoming opportunities involving Maine politics. The first is an opportunity to “Meet Your Candidates.” Heidi Sampson is a candidate for State Representative for District 21. David Woodsome is running for State Senate. Towns represented are Newfield, Limerick, Parsonsfield, Cornish, Shapleigh, Waterboro, Sanford, and Alfred. They will be using OVCS as a meeting location from 12:00pm – 1:30pm this Sunday, October 23rd. They invite you to bring your thoughts, concerns, and questions. This is not a school sponsored event. I have simply made the building available and am sharing this opportunity with you.
Heidi Sampson expresses that “Christian Education is paramount to your student receiving an education of academics, not just behavior modification.” She has offered to meet specifically with OVCS friends and families on Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (followed by a Q+A) to share some of the “recent deceptive strategies pressing down on students at every level.” Heidi is a veteran homeschooler and current member of the Maine State Board of Education (the first in nation homeschooler to be appointed to this position). She also says, “Your student’s data is now the new gold and the rush is on to collect it. The question is: Why?” I want to provide each of you with the opportunity to join us for what Heidi refers to as “eye-opening discussion.”
Did you know that the 7th and 8th grade class at OVCS is starting a weekly Good News Club for K-5 students in SAD 55? Well, we are! The first club will be on Wednesday, November 2nd from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in the Horizon’s Building. For more information contact Joy Hayes at email@example.com or by calling 793-4005.
I am blessed by the incredible chapel line-up we have over the coming months. As always, family and guests are welcome to join us. Chapel is on Wednesdays from 9:20 am to 10:00 am.
Today — Armond Tardiff spoke on behalf of the Gideons. He brought an excellent message with staggering statistics on the number of Bibles that are distributed by the Gideons world-wide — 2 Bibles are given out by the Gideons EVERY SECOND. That equals 120 Bibles per minute — 7200 Bibles per hour — 172,800 Bibles per day — over 63 million Bibles per year. Amazing!
October 19th — Kevin Lambertson — Southern Maine Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship (the ministry behind Good News Club)
October 26th — School Pics (a possible chapel is TBD)
November 2nd — Our very own 7th and 8th grade students — Good News Club “Dress Rehearsal”
November 9th — Jim Duran — Executive Director for Bible Society of Maine
November 16th — Pastor Dan Ahern from Calvary Bible Church in South Hiram
November 23rd — TBD
November 30th — Clark Carter — Director of the Root Cellar in Portland