Circle of Friends Newsletter, May 2019

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for May 2019 

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We consider our CCA Family a part of our Circle of Friends—individuals who care about Covenant Christian Academy.
 We hope that, as a friend, you will pray for our school and its students.  Our CoF’s Newsletter gives some indication of ways individuals can pray.
 We would also be honored to have our friends’ financial support to help underwrite our efforts in Christian Education. (see newsletter for details)
 Also very valuable are the word-of-mouth recommendations passed on to those who may be interested in what we’re doing here at CCA in Training Hearts and Teaching Minds for Life in Christ.
We publish the Circle of Friends newsletter four times each school year. If you would enjoy receiving a hard copy, let us know and you’ll receive one in a couple of months! If you would prefer to be on our email list only, please send an email to the school’s new address: cca@ccawestminster.com.
Thank you!


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, November 2018

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for November 2018 

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We consider our CCA Family a part of our Circle of Friends—individuals who cares about Covenant Christian Academy.
 We hope that, as a friend, you will pray for our school and its students.  Our CoF’s Newsletter gives some indication of ways individuals can pray.
 We would also be honored to have our “friends” financial support to help underwrite our efforts in Christian Education. (see newsletter for details)
 Also very valuable are the word-of-mouth recommendations passed on to those who may be interested in what we’re doing here at CCA in Training Hearts and Teaching Minds for Life in Christ.
We publish the Circle of Friends newsletter four to five times each school year. If you would enjoy receiving a hard copy, let us know and you’ll receive one in a couple of months! If you would prefer to be on our email list only, please send an email to the school’s new address: cca@ccawestminster.com.
Thank you!


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, September 2018

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for September 2018 

To download a larger copy, click here -> Circle of Friends 18_09  Nwsltr

We consider our CCA Family a part of our Circle of Friends—individuals who cares about Covenant Christian Academy.
 We hope that, as a friend, you will pray for our school and its students.  Our CoF’s Newsletter gives some indication of ways individuals can pray.
 We would also be honored to have our “friends” financial support to help underwrite our efforts in Christian Education. (see newsletter for details)
 Also very valuable are the word-of-mouth recommendations passed on to those who may be interested in what we’re doing here at CCA in Training Hearts and Teaching Minds for Life in Christ.
We publish the Circle of Friends newsletter four to five times each school year. If you would enjoy receiving a hard copy, let us know and you’ll receive one in a couple of months! If you would prefer to be on our email list only, please send an email to the school’s new address: cca@ccawestminster.com.
Thank you!


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 17.4

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for November 17.4

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Circle of Friends Membership Form: cof Members Form

 


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 17.3

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for November 17.3

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“What If” – (What is Circle of Friends)

“What If?”  Subtitle:  “What is Circle of Friends?”

I have a story to tell.

It was early spring 1986, standing on the sports field of Arcadia Christian School, wrapping up our third all volunteer run jog-a-thon fund raiser that I paused to consider all that had gone into making that effort a success.  The school had conducted several jog-a-thon’s, but with the last three events the fund raising committee decided to save the money being spent on consultants, and perform the work with all parent and staff volunteers, with no outside help.  The first year we fumbled, learned a lot, and netted about the same from previous years, though all the proceeds remained with the school.  The second year we improved our effectiveness and saw a 50% net increase. The third year we doubled the income from the start, bringing in a little over $20,000 for the school.  It was an exhilarating “mission accomplished,” but an exhausting and time consuming effort. 

After that last event several of us sat down and discussed the merits and experience of our efforts.  We were pleased with our organization, the friendships made, and what we had learned and accomplished.  The student’s participation and enthusiasm was a positive, and of course the financial benefit to the school was the big plus.  But there were downsides. Such events were disruptive and intrusive to the campus environment and families of the school.  And consideration’s regarding a biblical approach to giving and the support of Christian education was a topic of discussion.  Our efforts were a success, but at what cost?  Then someone with a practical mind, who had a calculator in hand asked the question, “How many total donors did we actually have, and what was the average donation?  A lot of discussion ensued, but eventually the question was asked, “What if you just took a portion of those donors, say 100, and asked them to commit $20 a month in support of the school, its program and families for ten months; wouldn’t we bring in an equivalent amount of what was just raised without all the disruptions and distractions to the school?”  We all sort of stared at each other for a moment knowing we’d sure be willing to do that, and were sure we could convince others to do the same.  It seemed like a good idea.

Well that was 30 years ago.  That year, my eighth grade son graduated, I went off the school board and that fund raising committee, and the last I knew they continued on with their jog-a-thons.  But that afternoon’s conversation stuck with me over the years.  I’ve served on three other Christian school boards since then, successfully avoiding fund raising committees. But here at CCA, once again looking at a budget that displays a line item and reality that every private and Christian schools faces – outside assistance and fund raising that is not an option if tuitions are to be kept within the reach of financially pressed family.

The leadership of CCA has always held the position that Christian Education is a parental obligation and priority, and a mutual duty that the Covenant Community shares. Every year the Board goes through the same difficult process of matching budget needs and staff salaries to budget incomes, and it is never an easy or satisfying task.  With that in mind I go back to my story above, and that “what if” afternoon discussion.  What if a number of individuals committed to a sustained monthly giving, on an on-going regular basis? What could we count on and commit to towards improving staff salaries, making necessary material enhancement, and still keep tuition affordable?  That is the aim, the goal, and reason we established CCA’s Circle of Friends in 2008.  The chart below reflects the results.  What the chart doesn’t reflect is the number of donors which varies from year to year.  We deeply appreciate our Circle of Friends, their on-going prayer, encouragement, and financial support.   

 


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 17.2

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for November 17.2

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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 17.1

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for September 17.1

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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 16.4

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for March 16.4

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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 16.3

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for January, 16.3

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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 16.2

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for November 2016, 16.2

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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 16.1

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for September 2016, 16.1

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Circle of Friends Membership Form: cof membership form

 


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