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NCS will be hosting our 11th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out on February 4th during our basketball game against Goodpasture. Funds raised during this event go to help someone in the NCS family who is battling breast cancer. This year, we have two NCS alumni as our beneficiaries, and we thought you might like to know a little more about these courageous women you will be helping. Here are their powerful stories:
Lindsay Loring King (class of '95)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and went through chemotherapy. By the middle of 2015, I was in remission. There was no cancer showing anywhere in my body. I continued to go to my oncologist every 30- 60 days, and everything was great!
In October of 2017, I went to my oncologist for my routine appointment, and an ultrasound was done, which showed that the cancer had returned. It was in the same side and had also spread to lymph nodes. My oncologist was blown away because of the fact that I have no family history, my age is fairly young, and I had a double mastectomy and the strongest chemotherapy that I could have had in 2014-2015. I began treatment in 2018, and in February of 2019, a pet scan was done to see if anything had spread, and to determine if I would be a candidate for surgery. The pet scan showed that the tumors were all the same size, maybe a little smaller. My oncologist then submitted my case to the "tumor board,” a team of surgeons. They said that I was not a candidate at that time because of the size of the tumors. I started on new medications and then in 3-4 months they wanted to do another pet scan.
On June 13, 2019, I had another pet scan, and that was the time I got the news that no one wants to ever hear. My cancer had spread to both lungs. My cancer is not operable. I have stage 4, terminal metastatic breast cancer that is in my breast, lymph nodes and both lungs.
I will continue treatments for the rest of my life. I have four children, and that is why I fight every day.
Mallie Wilson (class of '11)
I graduated from NCS in 2011. I now work with a therapeutic foster care agency as a case manager, and I love it!
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer July 3, 2019 and immediately started treatment. I have been going through chemo since then and now have my surgery scheduled for February 5th (lucky timing, right? lol). I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
I can remember cheering at these games when I was a student at NCS, but I never imagined I would be so personally impacted by breast cancer myself. I am so grateful to this school and all the things they do to help the community. Thank you so so much again for thinking of me! Y’all have no idea how much this helps!
We will have several opportunities for you to give a donation the night of the Pink Out. We will have a soup supper beginning at 5:00pm and continuing throughout the games until we run out. We only ask that if you choose to eat, please leave a donation in the bucket. We will also play the Heads or Tails game for an awesome prize during halftime of the girls game. Tokens will be sold for $10 for your chance to play. Last year the prize was a 32” TV! If you can't make it to the game, please consider making a donation to help these young women by clicking here.
If you would like to add a friend or family member’s name to the game program please email Ashley Page their information. We will have a section for survivors and those who have lost their courageous fight. Please also let me know if you are a survivor or know of a survivor that will be coming to the game. We would like to make sure to honor everyone!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Ashley Page at firstname.lastname@example.org or 356-5600 ext. 114. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for continued support!
For the past couple of months, the NCS National Honor Society has asked our school community to donate items to Becca's Closet. Becca's Closet began in South Florida when a young woman named Rebecca Kirtman launched a dress drive to provide prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could not afford them. That first year, Becca collected and donated over 250 dresses and helped hundreds of girls attend prom. Rebecca was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003, but her mission continues, with multiple chapters being formed across the United States. The National Honor Society at NCS decided to join the cause and the Nashville Christian community came through! Yesterday, the NHS officers were thrilled to take all the donated items to a local chapter of Becca's closet. We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who gave! For more information about Becca's Closet, go to www.beccascloset.org.
We often have a guest speaker for Grandparents’ Day, and this year we had the unique opportunity to hear from some extraordinary speakers - our students! School President Connie Jo Shelton first introduced our school’s mission statement, “ to be a Christian, authentic, dynamic school equipping students to be global leaders.” She then described how our students represent Generation Z. Gen Z is the newest generation to be named, and they were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in the U.S.). “If we focus on mainstream media, they would have us believe that there is not a lot of hope for our future. It seems that children today are referenced in a negative light, giving a sense of despair and negativity. I am here today to tell you that there is hope and our future is bright,” said Mrs. Shelton.
Students from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) took the stage and shared about their experiences serving their school, community, and even the world.
Elementary students talked about their regular visits to two local retirement homes where they sing for and visit with residents. They also shared about Valentines for Vets, Soles for Souls, and the canned food drive. Middle school students shared how they collect small Christmas gifts and fill stockings every year for needy children. Gage Smith, an eighth-grader at NCS told a personal story about his middle school basketball team taking food to the homeless living around the West Nashville Greenway. Our high school students also help feed the homeless every Thanksgiving, taking leftovers from the NCS Praise and Thanksgiving service to areas of need. Seniors Tanner Goodman, Abby Shivers, and Jordan Williams all were able to share their experiences on mission trips to New York and Mexico.
Following the assembly, students showed off their artwork to their grandparents and visited the photo booth to get a commemorative photo with their loved ones. Overall it was another great example of how NCS is truly a family, and our students are truly being equipped to become global leaders!
Every year, high school students from Nashville Christian School are given the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to New York City through the Center for Student Missions. This past June, a group of 22 students and teachers spent eight days embedded in the culture and diversity that New York City offers. It was truly a life-changing opportunity, and during the trip a very authentic, gut-wrenching experience took place.
The group was serving in East New York at a community farm. As they were eating lunch, a discussion came up about how much we take for granted in America. One of our seniors, Mente Rudolph, began to share his experiences in Ethiopia. Mente is at Nashville Christian School because he was adopted from Ethiopia by a local family. He shared that he and his family received one meal a day in Ethiopia and that they were extremely grateful. All of the students were impacted by what Mente shared and began to brainstorm about ways to help. Student Government Vice President Tanner Goodman and National Honor Society Treasurer Sydney Cantrell challenged the group to think outside of the box.
In the end, the chaperones and other mission team members made a decision to challenge the entire NCS student body to help feed children in Ethiopia. This project is designed to take the small change that we consider trivial, and use it to feed hundreds of children in Ethiopia. We collect change and small bills each Friday to contribute to this cause. It takes $250 to feed 100 children, and so far we have collected $2,103.87! Ordinary Hero sent this special thank you video which we hope brings home the impact of your donations.
We are asking each student to give one dollar every Friday through the rest of the school year. You can send in small change or donations with your student, give donations to Leslie Dahl at the front desk, or catch one of us in the traffic line. If you would like to know more about Ordinary Hero, click here.
The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce recently held their first Bravo! Bellevue awards event to celebrate the best of Bellevue. We are proud to announce that Nashville Christian School was chosen for the prestigious Cornerstone Award!
The Cornerstone Award is a special presentation to a Bellevue business that is essential not only to the chamber but to the Bellevue community as a whole. The recipient has not only contributed to the economic well-being of Bellevue but is also a business that gives back to the community through charitable work, service projects and participation in chamber initiatives.
Amy Napoli, CEO of the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce said, “Nashville Christian School has been a cornerstone in the Bellevue community since 1971. Nashville Christian is rivaled by none in their support of the Chamber. Through their financial commitment and by opening their doors to host Chamber events, Nashville Christian has played a significant role in the Chamber’s growth and success.”
Because of your commitment to our mission and vision, support of our school, and service to the Bellevue community, we are proud to share this honor with you, the Nashville Christian family. Go Eagles!
November is typically thought of as a month dedicated to giving thanks, but NCS students took that a step further and made November a month of giving back.
After a beautiful Praise and Thanksgiving service together, all NCS families K-12 shared a meal together. As usual with Thanksgiving, there were lots of leftovers. The National Honor Society arranged to have “to go” boxes ready, and students and staff immediately set about packing up the leftovers into individual meals. Coach McPherson then drove some of our high school students through the streets of downtown Nashville, looking to give those meals away to the homeless. We estimate that over 400 lives were touched by smiles, hot food, biblical messages and sweet tea that day.
The Nashville Christian Service Club also encouraged everyone to give back by organizing a schoolwide can drive in November. Elementary students lined the halls with their food donations, middle school students held a house competition to see which house could bring in the most donations, and high school students stacked up some of their cans in the shape of a Christmas tree. When it was all said and done, we took 2,695 pounds of food to The Ark in Pegram, TN where it will be distributed to those in need. This was the largest private donation they have ever received!
Service is a staple at Nashville Christian School and a great catalyst for equipping our students to become global leaders! Go Eagles!
On Saturday, November 12th, the NCS Men of Faith put their hands to work on a couple of needs around the NCS campus. The men were able to give the Main Gym some much-needed attention by cleaning the basketball goals, floors, and bleacher area. Though middle Tennessee experienced the first hard freeze of the season, the men braved the cold, cleaning up the sidelines of the football field and putting up the sideline mats. Thinking about getting involved? A December service opportunity is currently in the works! If you are interested in serving with the NCS Men of Faith, come to their next meeting on December 6th at 6:00pm in room HS-16 or contact Brad DiPasquale at email@example.com for more information. Thanks to all the men who have come out to serve!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the can drive for The Ark in Pegram, TN. You gave a grand total of 2695 pounds of food which is the largest private can drive donation they have ever received! Thank you for your generosity to our surrounding communities!
With bullying, school shootings and teen suicide on the rise, NCS senior Tollie Boone was inspired to create this powerful spoken word and song in response – Only Yesterday.
"When I started writing this, it was just a short little poem that I really thought nothing about. It was just something to get off my brain to help me fall asleep. After I finished writing, I realized that this world isn’t as safe as it was when I was younger. I used to be able to go outside and not have to worry if someone was going to hurt me. Now in today’s society, we have to increase security and make rules more strict. Keeping people out only invites more problems in. The only way we can help someone is if we ask. We can’t keep ignoring one another thinking that one day we will say something to them. That 'one day' we have now might not always be there. Galatians 6:10 says, 'Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people…'"
The newly-formed Junior Eagle Council decided to spread some cheer by inviting other elementary students to join them in painting 615 Rocks and planting them around the Bellevue community. 615 Rocks! is an initiative to build community by planting these creative rocks for people to find and then share on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page. Nashville Christian School President Mrs. Shelton spotted one in a tree near her parking space. If you have an Eagle eye and you spot one of our rocks, you can help spread the fun by posting a picture of it on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page here.
On Friday, February 2nd, NCS hosted our 9th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out! Each year, 10% of the proceeds from the night goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the rest helps with the medical expenses of someone in the NCS family currently fighting breast cancer. This year’s beneficiary was Elaine Hyde. Elaine works for Tucker Photography, and was taking pictures throughout the night’s events.
We had several different ways people could give. Participants could purchase a “NCS Hoops 4 Hope” t-shirt, enjoy some dinner at the Soup Supper, buy a $5 ticket to compete in the halftime “GOTCHA” game, or pay $10 for a ticket to play in the “Heads or Tails” game. This year’s winner of the “Heads or Tails” game was 3rd grader Maddie Friedberg. Maddie was so excited she jumped for joy and received hugs of congratulations from friends to go with her brand new 32” TV!
Several breast cancer survivors were present at the game. All survivors received a Pink Out t-shirt and a small gift and were honored at center court between games. The honoree, Elaine Hyde, was so moved when we were able to present her with a check for $2,400 to help with her medical expenses!
"I feel very unworthy but oh so blessed by the friendships that I have acquired from a business connection - does not feel like business, feels like serving family and simply being a part of something greater than myself or a job. I go over to the school and I am accepted with love and respect in spite of my scarves, hats or boy hair. In fact, it was at your school the night of Coming Home that Ashley Page helped me step outside my fears and work without my hair, but my new hair growth, which was much thinner than at Pink Out. She was incredibly encouraging and made me believe it was ok to be me and not hide inside my ball cap. I am a person who is usually in the background. When Ashley told me about Pink Out, I knew I wanted to photograph it and meet those that were participating. Having a personal understanding of their journey, it was important for me to be there as the photographer. Then about a week later, she refined the invitation to be the recipient, and I turned her down. She gently pressed, and I gave it some thought and prayers for several days. Anyway, you know how that played out. The monies raised floored me. I still don't know what to say. This I can assure all those involved, every cent will be applied to my cancer debt. Thank you simply is not good enough. I don't know what words are,” said Elaine.
Thank you to everyone who gave and supported the Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out!
The process of planning this event for the kids was something we were really working hard to achieve and looking forward to doing. We started off thinking of ways to gather and fundraise for all of the items to take to the kids, and this is when we got the idea to involve the whole student body. However, we also wanted to give the students some incentive for helping out with this project. We asked each of the math teachers individually if they would consider giving the students two points on their midterm if they were to donate, and it was a success. Immediately after making this announcement, the items started flowing in, and soon after it was time to pack up and take off.
It was 7 AM, but I have never seen everyone so energetic. We were so excited to walk through the doors of JE Moss and see those children. I knew immediately that this was going to be a great experience. We all split up into different classrooms, there were four in total, and got started with our day. On top of the gifts, we provided them with a variety of foods. The classroom Jolie and I were in happened to be most excited about the donuts. The kids were so grateful for every little thing, and the look of pure excitement on their faces was one I will never forget. However, just when they thought it was over, we brought out the presents. Immediately, the kids were screaming and jumping up and down with joy, and you couldn't help but smile. They all got seated and opened their presents only to scream even louder.
This experience was so humbling and inspirational all around. I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for being given the opportunity to be a part of this.
The Praise and Thanksgiving service was once again a special time for the Nashville Christian family to worship and share a meal together.
After a short morning of classes, students, parents, staff and friends dropped off their delicious dishes and gathered in the gym for a special program. The first graders were dressed in their newly-designed handprint turkey shirts for their reading of Psalm 100. We also enjoyed performances by the NCS Entertainers and the Middle School Chorus.
Our special speaker this year was a new Nashville Christian parent, Dennis Ferrier. Mr. Ferrier is a reporter with Nashville’s Fox 17 and has won multiple prestigious awards for his investigative work. He told us the story of Black Hawk pilot, Michael Durant, and his hero, Gary Gordon. Gary Gordon knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a military hero and set out to research how to do it. Mr. Ferrier encouraged everyone, even the very youngest Eagles, to make their own mission statement and to ask for guidance and help from the Lord as we set about serving Him.
After some final words and a prayer, everyone headed for the tables full of Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and so much more. Following the feast, the leftovers were packed up by a group of students and staff and taken to the homeless. It was a wonderful day of reflecting, expressing thanks and serving others. Here are some photos from the day:
On Monday, October 9th, several of our English students had the privilege of watching a powerful performance of Stand, a new play by Jim Reyland that brings a new perspective to homelessness. Stand has only two characters: Mark, a salesman, and Johnny, a homeless man struggling from years of drug addiction. It is a true story based on Reyland’s relationship with John Robert Ellis, a homeless man he befriended and tried to help for nearly a decade before Ellis was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011.
The show is part of TPAC’s Humanities Outreach in Tennessee and ticket sales benefit Room in the Inn, a Tennessee organization that offers emergency services, transitional programs, and long-term solutions to help people rebuild their lives. The Founding Director of Room in the Inn, Charles Strobel, was in attendance and spoke to our students after the performance and answered their questions. Here’s what some of our students had to say about how they were impacted by Stand.
The thing about the play that was so impactful to me was the realistic portrayal of recovery, showing how it’s more of a two steps forward one step backwards kind of process rather than a straight line constantly going upwards. I liked how the two characters helped each other equally, and the relationship they shared. – Jolie Harper
I like that the man [Mark] stepped out of his normal routine and helped the homeless man. I learned that sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and help others. – Hampton Taron
It was super eye-opening as to how we should treat others no matter the circumstances they are in. - Anna Jones
I thought the play was very deep on how you may think you are better than homeless people, but you are really just the same but with more money. And other people who may be homeless don't always have the childhood and conditions it takes to be successful, and they end up that way, all by things they can't control. - Hope McWright
I learned that homelessness isn't easy to get out of. It is not necessarily about being lazy, but about falling into a cycle of hopelessness. Homeless people aren't treated with the same respect as other people are and that was really impactful to me. –Annmarie Alexander
I found the fact that the man took a lot of time to befriend and take care of the homeless man very impactful. I see homeless people people all the time, but this man had the courage to help him on a personal level. – Riley Griffin
Addiction is a serious thing, and its not easy to walk away from as people may think. Also, homelessness is a serious thing that many people ignore, but there are those who recognize it like Mark did. What we don’t realize is that the homeless can help us too. They give us a whole different view of life. – Ben Simpson
The act of helping someone is where the real worth is, not whether or not they've recovered. It's a 'journey is more important than the destination' type situation. – Nate Lewis
This was my second time seeing Stand as I first saw the play on a drama field trip freshman year. I believe that this time I put more thought into the idea that it may not have been Jonny's fault for the situation he was in. I took away that some people may have genetic traits that simply make them more likely to become addicted to substances and that substance abuse may be less of a choice and more of a trap people fall into. – Dominic Stephens
Charles Strobel encouraged students that the best way they can help right now is to support the larger systems which are already in place and change the conversation about the homeless. Room in the Inn currently has 190 congregations in Middle Tennessee that provide food and shelter, a downtown campus, and over 6,500 volunteers. To learn more about how you can help Room in the Inn, go to roomintheinn.org.
We had the incredible privilege of hearing from Tim Shaw at chapel on Wednesday, September 20th. Tim is a former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and the brother of Nashville Christian’s strength and conditioning coach, Andrew Shaw. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and has been sharing his story and his faith around the country ever since.
Tim spoke to our kindergarten through 12th graders about how each and every one of us is made in the image of God, and that makes us awesome! He also shared one of his favorite verses, Colossians 3:23, which says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (NKJV) He encouraged everyone to embrace his or her God-given gifts, to be authentic, and to not worry so much what other people think. It is only important that they be pleasing to God.
Lisa McPherson is another member of the NCS family who has been diagnosed with ALS. Lisa is the wife of NCS boys basketball coach, Mike McPherson. Mike and Lisa have made a strong connection with the Shaw family, and they have encouraged one another through their struggles over the past couple of months.
To help raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association, the NCS football team and many other students, staff and family members will join Tim Shaw and participate in the one-mile Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday, September 23rd at Lipscomb University. To join team Eagles Against ALS, or to make a donation on their behalf, click on the link below.
Over the summer, rising third graders were tasked with performing a service project and sharing what they did with their new classmates. Here are their personal summaries of what they did to serve.
Avery: I helped my Mimi water the plants. I pick up trash when I see it. I give school supplies to people.
Brody: I donated money to the poor.
Matthew: I took care of Pudin because she doesn't have a friend. (Pudin is his guinea pig.)
Maddie: I took cookies to my local firemen.
Jace: I planted to help my neighbor.
Ellie: I helped my community by giving sandwiches to the homeless.
Ashton: I helped animals find homes. I also helped people put food in their cars.
Caitlin: I made blankets for homeless people.
Isy: I went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to take toys I bought with my kindness dollars.
Trinity: I made blankets for cats and dogs in need.
Sydnie: I am going to the Humane Society to help.
Austin: I helped my grandad plant cucumbers.
Baker: I helped a homeless veteran by giving him a survival kit.
Bolton: We moved this summer and I helped my mom and dad unload boxes.
Joseph: I helped people that need food by collecting 61 cans of beans for the Food Bank.
Elijah: I helped baby animals that were hurt.
Allie: I want to help animals and poor people.
Olive: I helped my neighbor pick her cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.
AJ: I helped my grandmother by painting and moving her into a new home.
Isaiah: I gave money to the poor.
We recently spread the word about Nancy and Charlie Goad and the loss of their house in a fire. The Goads are family to Nashville Christian 5th grade teacher Anissa Demonbreun. They lost everything but the clothes on their backs, even losing a beloved pet to the devastating fire.
Once again, the Nashville Christian family showed their generous hearts and sent in gift cards to help the Goads - the final count was $5602! We wanted to let you know they cried tears of joy and were in awe of the generosity you have shown. Here is a special thank you note from Mrs. Demonbreun and the Goads.
Dear NCS Family,
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the love and support my family received during their time of need. As you may have heard by now, we received over $5,600 in donations along with some personal items for the Goad family. We were and continue to be speechless and thankful for the generosity, love, support, and prayers that everyone has offered during the past week. I am thankful to work at a place where Christ’s love is demonstrated in so many ways. I am honored to be a part of our NCS family, and I thank you for sharing your children with us. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness. We are NC!
Anissa Demonbreun and Family
On January 24th, NCS hosted the 8th Annual Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out during our basketball game against East Robertson. The gym was full with friends and family showing support for those who have been affected by breast cancer. This year we raised $4000 to help the McNally family with medical expenses! Sara McNally is the mother of 2nd grader Joseph McNally and is currently battling breast cancer. She and her family were there to receive the check while everyone got to their feet to cheer her on. We also honored all the breast cancer survivors in attendance by having them come to center court for flowers and a gift. Many of the survivors in attendance were previous recipients of the Pink Out donations.
Some of the funds were raised through “Just Cure It” t-shirt sales, and all of the survivors in attendance were given a t-shirt. Before the game, everyone enjoyed the Soup Supper fundraiser which also brought in lots of donations.
Tickets for the Heads or Tails game were sold for the chance to win a flat screen TV. Everyone who purchased a ticket came down on the floor to participate between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games. Each contestant chose either “heads” or “tails” by placing a hand on their head or their backside. Then a coin was flipped, and all those who chose correctly were still in the game. In the end, breast cancer survivor Gayle Hoots won the TV! She is the grandmother of current senior, Ben Feldman. See the final coin flip below.
We want to think the sponsors of this great night for their incredible support - Enterprise Electric, Flower Mart, and Nashville Ready Mix. Thanks to all who came out to support this event and helped bless the McNally family in their battle against breast cancer with your generous giving. You are what makes Nashville Christian School such a special place!
The Christmas season at Nashville Christian School has been full of festivities. Students have been seen from preschool through the 12th grade wearing Christmas pajamas, giving gifts, eating cookies, singing carols, and taking pictures with Santa Claus! But more importantly, our students have remembered the true meaning of Christmas by serving others.
Elementary students have collected Change for Children to be donated to Timothy Hill Ranch to buy presents for at-risk children. They also filled boxes with goodies for Hope for Haiti, collected can tabs for The Ronald McDonald House, collected donations for Children and Adolescents at Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Hospital, and sang Christmas carols to residents at The Meadows retirement home. Middle school students led the charge to provide Christmas stockings for the 200 Angels on the ARK Angel Tree in Pegram, TN.
High school students were rewarded with milk and cookies, dress up days and photos with Santa during morning break for bringing in their Toys for Tots. Class officer Katie Cain said, “I think it went really well! When I went to deliver the toys to a Toys For Tots receiver, they had nothing so far. So it was so nice to see that we were not only helping the kids but helping them. I think it got everyone in the spirit, and everyone loved break.”
It gives us great joy to see our students growing spiritually, evidenced by their heart to serve others during a time when many are thinking of what they want for themselves. We are so grateful for the Nashville Christian family and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!
This November, Nashville Christian students, faculty and staff celebrated a season of Thanksgiving all month long. There were many creative lessons in the classroom. First graders designed turkeys, posters, and books and shared what they are thankful for with their classmates. Kindergarten dressed up their turkeys in disguises, and fourth graders practiced persuasive writing by imagining they were turkeys who had to convince someone not to eat them for Thanksgiving.
On the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break, the Nashville Christian School family got together for the traditional Praise and Thanksgiving Feast. Each student brought a delicious dish to share and our tables were overflowing with everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving treats.
For our special program, the middle school chorus and the high school Entertainers performed and Mrs. Overbay’s first grade class recited Psalm 100. Our special guest speaker, Charlie Neese, spoke about how God designed us to be thankful even in the moments when our lives aren’t perfect, and reminded us to voice our gratitude to the people we are thankful for.
After everyone had their fill at the feast, the leftovers were boxed up to take to the homeless. Several students and faculty helped pack up the food and take it to those in need in the community. Senior Danna Griffin helped lead the charge.
“This was the third year I have helped organize the meals for the homeless after the thanksgiving feast. After helping clean up my freshman year and seeing just how much food went to waste, I knew we could do something meaningful with all the food. It was amazing to see all of the teachers and staff step up and help complete the task. I couldn’t have been more thankful for such supportive role models and serving adults in our school. This year we were able to give away 400 meals, more than we’ve ever had before. We went through Nashville West and downtown, stopping on the way to give people food and pray with them. It felt so amazing to be able to give someone a nice thanksgiving meal when they were holding up a cardboard signing that said, “Homeless veteran, hungry, anything helps.” Just to see the gratitude in their eyes and know that you made their day is a feeling that you can’t describe. This year we were also able to give food away at the Nashville Mission where many homeless go to get help. These trips are always so memorable, and I hope the tradition continues even after I graduate.”
Thanks to everyone who served this season. We have so much to be thankful for here at Nashville Christian School!
In late October, Lisa McPherson, wife of our high school Bible teacher and basketball coach Mike McPherson, was diagnosed with ALS. ALS is a terminal disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and eventual failure. Currently, there is no cure for ALS.
The McPhersons learned of a treatment not yet available in the U.S. that showed some promise and planned a trip to a hospital in Bangkok. It was going to be expensive, but Nashville Christian School senior Abbie Page was so impacted by the news, she had to help.
“One day we were sitting in Bible class and Coach McPherson was in tears telling us that his wife had been diagnosed with ALS. He is such a strong person and to see him break down like that really let us know that he needed our help. He told us a little bit about the trip they were going to have to go on, and a little bit about how much it would cost. He asked all of us to keep his wife in our prayers, so for many weeks we did. I prayed almost everyday not only for Mrs. Lisa’s health, but also that God would show me a way to help them. I figured even the littlest thing could help. So I decided to put together this fundraiser for Coach Mike and his wife because if I was in their situation, I would want someone to do the same thing for me,” Abbie said.
Many are familiar with the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in the summer of 2014, and Abbie decided to bring it to the forefront once again.
“It was a bit of short notice, but my mom helped me out a ton by getting the flyers out, getting t-shirts made, and helping me organize the whole thing,” she explained.
On November 3rd, many supporters from the NCS family gathered on the football field to take the challenge. Several students raised money for the event and got icy cold water dumped on their heads. Meanwhile, Coach McPherson got his own bucket of ice dumped on him on the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand.
Abbie was overwhelmed at the show of support saying, “I’m very thankful for everyone who donated and participated in this because it could not have happened without them. Everyone who contributed made a huge difference, and I am so thankful I had so much help from our NCS family with getting this together. Many people were there before to help me set up and some of the participants were some of the football players, the whole girls basketball team, some coaches and administrators, and a few others. There were so many donations and we raised over $2200.”
We are so thankful for the loving, supportive Nashville Christian community who helps carry and lift each other up in times of need. Please enjoy this video of the special event, and hear a special thank you from the McPhersons.
This fall was full of fun for Nashville Christian School students. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade visited Honeysuckle Hill Farm where they took a hayride, picked a pumpkin, visited a petting farm, jumped on some giant jumping pillows, and even learned to milk a cow!
3rd Grade had an awesome time at Kentucky Down Under – a park full of Australian animals! Students got to feed a baby kangaroo, and saw emus and a giant tortoise just to name a few. Some lucky 3rd graders got to feed and pet an Australian mountain cavy who was rather shy and skittish. Another highlight was visiting Mammoth Cave.
4th and 5th Graders had an amazing time at Discovery Park of America - a world-class entertainment and educational experience with more than 70,000 square feet of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art. Students also enjoyed beautiful weather while exploring the 50 acres of gardens, grounds and exhibits focused on history.
Middle school students made a service field trip this month. They filled 2000 backpacks with 7000+ meals (8799 lbs. of food) at Second Harvest and packed supplies at the Disaster Relief Center for hurricane relief.
Freshmen and sophomores went to TPAC to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet, while seniors spent a day job shadowing with surgeons, teachers, airline pilots, business professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and so much more!
From Kindergarten through 12th Grade, Nashville Christian is a fun place to learn, offering many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. When you start at Nashville Christian School, you can go anywhere, and these talented students are certainly going to go far!
We recently had the special opportunity to honor teacher Marsha Forehand as she moves into retirement. Mrs. Forehand was so loved by generations of students at NCS for her kind heart, gentle spirit, and love for the Lord. Mrs. Forehand taught at NCS from 1995 - 2016. She served in several capacities including teaching PreKindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and Leadership/Bible. She impacted children with her passion for reading and the Lord. Her classroom was covered in "stuffed lambs" given to her by years of NCS students because of her commitment to teach them about the "Lamb of God." Here’s what some of our staff and students had to say about Mrs. Marsha Forehand.
"There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others. And that’s exactly what Mrs. Forehand does." – Robbie Lewis (Administrative Assistant)
"Mrs. Forehand always has a servant’s heart. She demonstrates the love of Christ in all that she does. Anytime I think of someone as being most Christ-like, I immediately think of her." - Anissa Demonbreun (5th Grade Teacher)
"Mrs. Forehand has such a caring heart. She always wanted to know about what was going on in my life." – Makenna Paszek (11th Grade)
"Ms. Forehand was extremely encouraging and welcoming when I came back to NCS to work. Her frequently written notes always reminded me to go to God first with all things. Ms. Forehand showed love and care with my Kindergartener, and we will never forget the impact she had on our family's beginning at Nashville Christian School." - Lauren Brasel (Elementary Principal)
"Our family is so grateful for the years of devotion she gave to the students and families. She has a unique ability to find in students a way of encouraging each child to feel good about themselves. I will always be grateful for her encouraging spirit." – Martha Faust (LIFE Teacher)
"Marsha Forehand was one of the first teachers I met when I started teaching at NCS. She referred to us as "the Senior Saints." I miss stopping by her room to see her in the mornings.. She is extremely quick-witted and funny." – Fran Sexton (Elementary Art Teacher)
"Mrs. Forehand was a very kind teacher. Even though i was in 2nd grade, I still remember some of the things she taught me. She was one of the only teachers I’ve ever had to apply life lessons in school almost every day. She acted in a Christ-like manner that's for sure no matter what. Mrs. Forehand was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and I will never forget about her." – Zach Hamilton (12th Grade)
"Mrs. Forehand was my second grade teacher, and I couldn't have been more thankful for her. While she might've been my teacher in second grade, she still makes appearances in my life today as a Senior. I randomly see her out and about, or just around NCS, and Mrs.Forehand gives me a hug, asks how I'm doing, or simply just says hi and tells me that she misses me. I'm so thankful that Mrs.Forehand has been in my life since second grade!!" – Brittan Jarrell (12th Grade)
"Marsha Forehand is one of the most thoughtful people that I have had the pleasure to know. She has spent the last twenty-one years serving our students and modeling Christ. I had the amazing opportunity to honor her in elementary chapel this past Wednesday. We celebrated Ms. Forehand for her unwavering example of seeking God first, speaking faithfully, and expressing humility in all things. I am grateful for her commitment to Nashville Christian, and I know that our children loved celebrating her! – Connie Jo Shelton
Each year in May, during Teacher Appreciation Week, NCS students and their families express their love and gratitude for their teachers in a number of creative ways. Because high school students have multiple teachers, NCS parent Ashley Cantrell and the EPA came up with an idea to bless all the upper school faculty and staff. Generous contributions were made and the high school faculty workroom got an entire redesign! The space received new flooring, was repainted, and it is now equipped with a new microwave and large refrigerator. Everyone loves the new space!
Thanks to Ashley Cantrell, the EPA, and all who gave toward this effort to impact the entire faculty and staff with a wonderful daily reminder of appreciation. If you did not get the chance to contribute last May, the room is still in need of a table. Please contact Karen Whelan at 356-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make contributions.
NCS Graduate Austin Bishop and rising Seniors Brady Simpson and Andrew Sullivan share about Day Four on the NY Mission Trip!
Austin Bishop - Group One
Today, we began the morning with a devotional, where we were reminded that no matter how tired we may be, we are to not grow weary from being the hands and feet of God as we serve those who need it. First we went to a food pantry in Harlem, where we had the opportunity to assist people in shopping for their food. We had an interesting challenge because of the language barriers between us Nashvillians and the people of Harlem. 98.6 percent of the people spoke Spanish and zero English. Because of this, we had to work together to understand what they wanted in order to help them shop. Next we went to an Arab-American after-school program and had the opportunity to play games with kids and assist them in their homework. All in all, we grew together as a team to accomplish the mission that was set for us.
Brady Simpson and Andrew Sullivan - Group Two
Yesterday we went on a prayer tour. We started in China Town and Little Italy. We then made our way through Grand Central Station, Upper East Side, Harlem, Madison Square Garden, and the 911 Memorial. We were told not to speak but to observe the surroundings. We stopped in parks, under bridges, in the subway station, etc. Our guide would read us facts and statistics about the area. We learned about serious issues that affect God's people...labor trafficking, sex trafficking, poverty, homelessness, conflicts in community, and took a moment to reflect on September 11, 2001. We then took hands and prayed about the issues these areas face everyday. We are grateful to CSM and their focus on prayer. New York City is prayed over every single day of the summer.
NCS Graduates Michael Pope and Hendrick Shelton report on Day Three of the NY Mission Trip!
We started an early day by leaving at 7:45. We went to a church and led a worship where Brady opened the service with prayer followed by Ebby singing songs of praise. Ben, Bobby and I gave testimonies about life struggles and how the scripture has helped us through it. Coach Brothers led the sermon and Katie then prayed for the offering. To end the service, Andrew prayed for all of us.
After that we gave out cans of food to those who attended the service.
Our next stop was Coney Island where we were challenged to go up to random strangers and start conversations with them and ask them questions like how the New York life is, how they were affected by hurricane Sandy, etc. We met some great people and were able to share why we were in NY.
We wrapped up the day by eating Nathan's famous hot dogs and riding Deno's wonder wheel and seeing an amazing view of the beach and city.
Today could be summed up simply by the word: "humbling." We started out our day serving at the World Vision New York Warehouse. Now at first I that this was an optometrist office, but when we arrived I realized that wasn't the case. What's so amazing about this place is that large companies like Target, Costco, and many others donate their surplus supplies. We packed backpacks filled with school supplies that the company would donate to schools and after-school programs. It's a humbling place because at home we don't face the issue of "do I buy school supplies OR food for my kid?" I mean it's a blessing not to have to deal with this problem, and I'm glad that we were able to help 600 families.
The other part of our day was very interesting, in that we got to have a closer look at homelessness through their eyes. Each person was allowed $2 each, and that was all the money we had to pay for four of us and another homeless person. Thanks to the help of $1 slices of pizza we were able to accomplish it, but it was very difficult looking at places I regularly eat, and not being able to have it because all I have is $2. It was a very eye-opening and humbling experience. Stay tuned for more, this is Hendrick Shelton signing off!
Please keep this amazing team in your prayers as they continue to serve!
On day two of the trip, the team divided up to conquer the city, serving in several different capacities. Group One's word of the day was "Good". Mr. Barnett lead our devotional and told everyone to think about and try to see the good in the day ahead. They began their adventurous day by boarding the subway to Queens to begin a prayer tour. They stopped at different locations to pray for the people, the city, the injustices going on throughout the city and so on. A big issue in Queens is human trafficking. At one point in the tour the team was not allowed to talk was asked to imagine what it is like to not have a voice - just like the victims of human trafficking. Next, Group One went to the New York Common Pantry to serve dinner to the homeless and those that are on welfare. This was eye opening because the people were so grateful for whatever they were served.
Group Two began their day of service with a quick devotion led by Coach Brothers. Their word for the day was “Yes!” After taking the subway to Manhattan, they joined Meals on Wheels at the Stanley Isaac Senior Citizen Center and took hot meals to those in need. The kids loved it, even though it included marching up 25 flights of stairs. Wow! Next they went to South Bushwick Reform Church in Brooklyn. They spent time with Reverend Martin and helped him organize the office, including working with him on his finances. The boys on the team did some handiwork throughout the church building.
Everyone finished up this day of service by indulging in a Venezuelan dinner and a devotional back at their home church. What a special way for team members and recent graduate Michael Pope to spend his birthday – serving others and then celebrating with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery.
It was a great day for our mission team!
Saturday's goal was to spend the day touring the Big Apple! We began the morning in Central Park to enjoy the diversity of this wonderful city. We were able to visit the following spots: the chess and checker house, the "Friends Fountain," Bethesda Fountain, and the statue of Balto.
We headed to the Stanton Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Our ferry was escorted by the United States Coastguard and we were all reminded of how blessed we are to live in America. What an amazing sight to see Lady Liberty!
Another reminder of this blessing came while we visited the 911 memorial. We were humbled by this beautiful tribute to the lives lost on September 11. We had time to take an audio tour narrated by Robert DeNiro which helped to understand the overwhelming circumstances of the time. Stories of heroism, bravery, strength, and sacrifice allowed us to connect with such a difficult time in our nation's history. God bless the USA!
We ended the night eating the best cheesecake that New York City has to offer! If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to find Junior's in Times Square.
On Sunday morning, we gathered to worship and share opportunities that we had experienced God on our trip. Mr. Barnett shared a passage from 1st Corinthians 12 that reminded us to celebrate our diversity and allow God to bless us through our differences.
Reflecting on the past couple of days, He has shown is the beauty of diversity within our group and within this city. As we prepare to head to Brooklyn to begin our service, please pray for opportunities for our students to bless others by using their unique gifts.
Every year, the Nashville Christian family has a special Praise and Thanksgiving Feast on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. Each family brings a dish to share, and after a special service, we enjoy a meal together. The first graders shared Psalm 100, and the Entertainers sang for everyone's enjoyment. This year’s special speaker was middle school teacher Josh Barnett. Mr. Barnett shared about his recent experience with a tumor that was affecting his vision. He had many difficulties along the way and spent several weeks in the hospital and at home recovering, but he shared how thankful he was for the Nashville Christian community. He even read from some of the handmade cards he received from students that encouraged him in the Lord as he healed.
After the feast, about 40 students and their families took the leftover food and boxed it up into individual meals to take to the homeless in downtown Nashville. The volunteers took the meals to areas near the Nashville Library, Nissan Stadium, under the Jefferson Street Bridge, and right here in Bellevue. Our student, staff and family volunteers handed out the food and offered prayer and bible study information. Everyone they encountered was very appreciative of the food and care.
We have so much to be grateful for here at Nashville Christian School, but we are especially thankful for the servant hearts of our students, facutly and families as they take the mission of our school "to demonstrate the love of Christ" out into the communitiy.