What do a physician, fisherman, tax collector, religious leader, and tent maker have in common? On the surface, they don’t have much in common at all really. These were people from vastly different socio-economic backgrounds and experiences, yet God called them together for a purpose. Despite their differences, God used them to spread the gospel and change the world.
Last Friday, at our annual staff retreat, the SJCS faculty and staff spent time together working on understanding all of our differences and how God can use our different skills, personalities, and talents to further his kingdom. It was a profitable, encouraging time in which we were reminded of how God in his providence has brought together the faculty and staff of SJCS to work towards a common goal—providing the best Christian education possible and equipping our students to be world-changers for God’s kingdom.
In I Corinthian 12, Paul talks about how even though the body of Christ is one, it is made up of different parts. God created us differently, and all of us have a part in the body, no matter how big or small, or how many or few, our gifts may be. One part of the body should never tell another part, “I am more important.” We are grafted into the family of God to help each other and to help spread the Good News. God has gifted us differently, and these differences should unite us not divide us. Our desire at SJCS is to use the wonderful diversity of talents God has given us in a way that will reflect how the body of Christ should work together and to encourage our students to do the same.
We are excited to be partnering with you to help your children understand what makes them special in God’s eyes and how they can use their diverse gifts to love, learn, and serve as part of God’s family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAN JOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL!
As we begin this school year, we are happy to be celebrating our 60th year as a school. We welcome not only our returning students, but we are excited to welcome almost 50 new students this year to our JK-8th grades.
If you look at the picture from opening day, you'll notice two gifts given to SJCS to start the school year. The first is the beautiful shield with our logo created and gifted by David Schoepe of David's Custom Metalworks. The shield was gifted to mark our 60th celebration and ties in so well to our theme verses this year, instructing us to put on the full armor of God. Make sure to checkout David's work. The second gift is from some elementary students who grabbed an orange tiger in one of those claw machines and gifted it to me. You can see it sitting atop the podium where I'm speaking. I am amazed at God’s faithfulness to our school, continually providing through our community.
Sixty years ago when the school officially launched in 1959, the boom of modern day technology was expanding. In 1959, the first American spacecraft left Earth’s gravity and exited the orbit of Earth. Walt Disney released “Sleepy Beauty”. Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states. The average house in the U.S. cost a whopping $12,400.00.
It was an exciting time in our country, so many innovative things happening. But what I am most excited about is the fact the God called a group of people from local churches to start a covenant-based Christian school in the bay area and our school through God’s provision has remained steadfast to this vision.
As we begin a new year, our theme for this year is “Stand Strong”, after the passage instructing us to put on the ARMOR of GOD (Ephesians 6:13-17)
13 Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Stand Strong is a powerful reminder for all of us to put on the armor of God daily. The pieces of the armor are designed to protect our minds, hearts and encourage a Biblical mindset. We look forward to the year ahead as we weave this passage into our everyday lives, grow as a community and celebrate 60 years of Christian education here at San Jose Christian School.
May God bless our year ahead and stand with us forever,
Mr. Lemuel "Buddy" Hucks
Head of School | San Jose Christian School
As another SJCS school year is about to come to a close, I can truly say that it has been wonderful to see the growth in our students as they have progressed in their education, skills, faith, and emotional development. It never ceases to amaze me when I see the progress in the younger students as they learn to read and the older students as they learn to reason and defend their beliefs. We will be saying goodbye to our graduating 8th graders with mixed emotions—sad to see them leave us but excited for what their future holds. I am reminded of what Oswald Chambers said almost 100 years ago in one of his Bible lessons: “Wherever the providence of God may place us, in a slum, in a shop, in the desert, we have to labor along the line of His direction. Never allow this thought – ‘I am of no use where I am,’ because you certainly can be of no use where you are not!” This is a good reminder, not only for our 8th graders as they head of in diferent directions for high school, but also for the rest of us as we labor together in God’s kingdom work. As we look forward to our 60th year here at SJCS, our prayer is that we will continue to instill in our students the Christian values and worldview that will help them to “give an answer for the reason of the hope” that is in them because of Christ.
And we are off and running! What a great start to the school year. I now have two reasons that I love the first day of school. The first has always been that I want to get going! As a teacher, I planned and prepped through the summer and had high hopes for the year so I just wanted to get going and get teaching! The (new) second reason that I love the first day is all about what we experienced in community on Wednesday morning. When we gather and commit the year and your children, to God and his glory, when we huddle up and pray over them, it is a true picture of God’s kingdom. We trust each other, we encourage one another, we hold each other accountable. This year promises to be a great one as we STOP & listen, GO & do.
Over the summer, I read several articles about the importance of faith-based education in today’s world. Many articles came out of what we would consider “worldly” publications – Time, The New York Times, Huffington Post. Highlights from these articles were about how teachers being invested in individual student success, community like-mindedness, and Biblical values that promote acceptance and encouragement build unity. Those words describe SJCS, but we are much more than that. We are a school were students find their voice, where students learn to appreciate others’ opinions, where students encourage and pray with each other, celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness. In our intimate environment where teachers take an active interest in all students, where buddies between grade levels foster leadership, and where we build connections between subjects and Biblical thinking, students are active learners and growing believers.
Thank you for trusting us with you children, the students of SJCS who are the leaders of tomorrow. Let’s pray together for a year of understanding what it truly means to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)