I don't know about you but, to me, it does NOT feel like spring is right around the corner!
Praising God for another great month at Compass Ministry! Here are some recent highlights from each arm of our ministry…
Over thirty area Christian public school educators came together on February 7th for a dynamic, interactive time of equipping, connecting and encouragement. These educators were led by Clint Elliot, Heather Kohnen and Hannah Nguyen in a session on Legal Freedoms in our public schools. During this session we looked to the First Amendment and got a better understanding of how the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause impact our student and teacher religious freedoms at school. Dave Gibson, missions pastor at Grace Church, and Greg Stier, from Dare to Share Ministries, also challenged our educators to do their jobs well, invest in the lives around them, to love like Christ and work like Daniel! It was an inspiring and challenging time for all!
It has been such a privilege to come along side parents who are intentional about helping their students navigate through the public school system. We are helping students connect with Christian Community within their schools, supporting parents as they face school choices for their children, connecting Christian educators and Christian families within schools for support and resources and providing perspective as families face challenges along their public school journey. Please contact us if we can support you in any way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student led bible studies and faith groups continue to pop up all over the metro at elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Students are also joining other Christian Communities such as FCA, Young Life and CRU in an effort to connect with others with similar values and be challenged to live and share their faith in their schools. If you would like to see if a Christian Community exists in your school or district or to find out how to get plugged in, go to www.compasslink.org/Find-Christian-Community. Compass continues to offer sessions for students and their families to educate all on our legal rights as Christians within the public schools. If you are interested in attending our next Student Freedoms seminar on April 16th see this link for details… http://www.compasslink.org/Events?fldMonth=4/1/2015&fldEventID=371755&fldOccuranceDate=4/16/2015.
On February 21st as part of Grace Church's Big Serve, Compass families participated in service projects at Eden Lake Elementary and Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie and Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Schools were cleaned, organized, decorated and prayed over as our families spent hours showing the love of Christ by meeting our schools most basic needs. Thank you to all who participated in this powerful day!
Compass continues its commitment to prayer by providing a weekly time for any and all to come together to lift up our public schools, our educators, parents and students. Please join us any time! We meet at 7pm on Wednesday evenings at Grace Church in Room CA120C.
Troubling legislation continues to be a threat to our freedom of religion and freedom of speech in our public schools. Compass continues to work to increase awareness of issues like Common Core, Anti-bullying efforts, impact of gender confusion in our schools, etc. Continue to stay tuned for more opportunities to reach out to legislators and let your voice and your biblical worldview be heard!!
Please check out our website for more information at www.compasslink.org. You can also get regular updates on Facebook at "Compass-Navigating Public Education."
Thank you for your support and God bless!
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