The theme for the 2016-17 school year is “Dwell in Him”. We have chosen the theme based on Ephesians 3:17 which reads:
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love…”
There are many things that we as Christians could be discouraged about in our country and world. There never seems to be a day when we don’t hear about terrorism, we watch the news to see racial tension everywhere, and we have two presidential candidates that appear to be dividing our country. I’m sure I could continue to add to the list, but our theme this year reminds us of what is really important. As followers of Christ, we find our peace and security from “Dwelling in Him”. Ephesians reminds us, when we dwell in Christ, He will dwell in us. This will enable us to share His love to a country and world that is starving for this love. We are very thankful for opportunities the Lord has given to Immanuel and our community to live out and present His Gospel.
We continue to see incredible growth at Immanuel. We currently have 583 students enrolled, which is a 50% increase since the end of 2013, and an increase of 35 students from last year. We have 296 students at the high school, 98 students in junior high, and 189 in the elementary school. Due to the amazing growth of the elementary school we are very excited to start construction on Phase 1 of the new elementary school. We had an official groundbreaking on Friday, September 16th and are planning to open the new school next August for the 2017-18 school year.
We are able to start construction because of a capital campaign we have been conducting since last year. We have a very generous donor base that has given 4.2 million dollars towards improving teacher salaries and the new elementary school. Along with the campaign, we have witnessed the building, and near completion, of the Immanuel Sports Complex. The Complex houses 8 tennis courts, two baseball fields, two softball fields, an all-weather track, and a football stadium that we hope to use this football season. Even with these two major projects, our community gave an amazing $628,000 to our Create an Opportunity Scholarship Fund to help families afford tuition to attend Immanuel. With the incredible generosity, I’m reminded of Ephesians 3:20 which comes a few verses after our theme verse, that says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think….” Five years ago, it would have been unthinkable to imagine or dream of having a new sports complex, elementary school, and the ability to pay our teachers better, but God is able.
We are thankful for the Immanuel community and the many ways in which we feel supported. Continue to pray that the Lord will do an amazing work at Immanuel and we will be content to “Dwell in Him”. GO EAGLES! Ryan Wood Superintendent
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