I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer!

This summer has been a time of rest, reflection, and visioning for me. I have reflected on God’s faithfulness over this past year and his incredible blessings in times of difficulty. As we close this past year and look ahead to the coming year, it is an exciting time for Orangeville Christian School. We have the incredible opportunity to rediscover and prayerfully discern who we are, who we want to be, and what our purpose is in this community.

Our theme for the 2022-2023 school year is Fully Known and Deeply Loved. God completely knows us and loves us unconditionally. What an amazing truth! At OCS, our desire is for every relationship to be a reflection of the relational love that Christ has shown us. Timothy Keller states “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.” Our prayer is that by experiencing Christ’s unconditional love for us, we will be able to deeply love those around us, even when it is not easy!

Our key verse for this year is, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. Psalm 139:14. Wow! What an incredible challenge and responsibility we have been given to teach and instill in our children that their identity lies completely in Christ. Because God knows each of us fully and loves each of us unconditionally, we do not have to look anywhere else to find our identity, except in Christ.

Our students will be given the challenge of memorizing all of Psalm 139 this year! We will also be memorizing and reflecting on Ephesians 3:16-19 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

My hope and prayer is that our students will absorb and cling to the amazing truth that God knows them completely and loves them unconditionally! Nothing they do can separate them from the love of God.

In June, we had the opportunity to spend some time as a staff, new and returning, discerning who God is calling us to be as a community. Our goal was to come up with four “Habits of Character” that describe the Christlike traits we desire to develop and see flourish in our students and staff over the coming years. It is our prayer that the following traits will be so prevalent in our school that the community will be drawn to Christ by our presence in Orangeville.

  • Seeker of GodYou will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13. Our deepest desire is that the students at OCS will develop a deep personal relationship with Christ and will seek God with all their heart.
  • Integrity – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
  • CompassionTherefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
  • CourageHave I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

A question I have been wrestling with is, “What can we do to show Christ’s love to our community so that our community recognizes and affirms, ‘We need OCS in Orangeville!’?” Developing Christlike habits of character is important and essential, but we also need to be actively involved in serving our community. I am not exactly sure what this looks like at this time, but each class will be challenged to do something missional to serve the community of Orangeville this coming year.

It is an exciting time to be principal of Orangeville Christian School. The staff is passionate about our theme this year and you can feel the enthusiasm already as staff are beginning to get ready for the coming year. We are excited to welcome 17 new families with more inquiries in process! To God be the glory for all the great things that are happening at OCS.

Please continue to pray for the leadership and the staff at OCS as we prepare for this coming year and strive to take the next faithful step knowing that God holds OCS in the palm of his hand.

In Christ,

Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker
Interim Principal
Orangeville Christian School

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