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LETTER: Superintendent cites FCS Auction legacy

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Superintendent Jeremy Brown.

Dear Editor:

As our community gets ready for the 32nd Annual FCS Auction, I find myself in awe of how Fresno Christian Schools come together.

For weeks, donations have been coming into our office. Homemade crafts from students, signed sports memorabilia and even a puppy! It reminds me of Mark 12 about the widow’s offering. Our school is full of people that give of themselves with their time, talents and treasures.

All of the giving from our auction helps Fresno Christian Schools continue the legacy of providing an excellent Christian Education for over 38 years.

I am looking forward to meeting those who attend the 32nd FCS Auction and forge lasting relationships throughout the month of March.

The FCS annual Auction is a great opportunity for new members of our community, like me, get a chance to meet and have fellowship with people that have supported FCS Auction legacy for decades.

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For more letters, read the March 10 article, LETTER: Spirit of Serve Day.

By |2015-03-12T00:00:00-08:00March 12th, 2015|FC Events, Letter to Editor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Superintendent speaks: Why FC?

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Why FCS?

As I sit having my morning coffee, I find myself thankful for where God has brought me. Not only in my own personal walk with him but my latest assignment: Fresno Christian Schools.

A little over a year ago, I prayed about whether or not I should move from Kings Canyon Unified School District to FC. ‘Why FC?’ was a common refrain. I loved where I worked and I loved my community in Reedley; I still do. So, why FC?

I began to think and pray about God and his people:

Did you know that only 25% of Fresno County are practicing Christians?
Did you know that only 4% of 16-29 yr. olds have a relationship with Christ?

But, why FC? I had a campus of over 650 students that I was able to show the love of Christ and FC only has 460.

Then the answer was revealed. While there are more students in Reedley, there was more potential to make disciples at FC. Disciples that can be openly and intentionally trained to be missional in life. Our public schools need Christ followers on campus as students and staff. Some are called there, but we are called here for just a time as this!

Questions not statements are often the best way to follow God. Statements are narrow and direct and unless coming from God are fallible. Questions to God position us to receive from Him. It is hard to be in His will when we are not asking what it is. My world was changed over a year ago, changed for the better.

We are called here for this time, this season. You were born in this generation! Not the one before or after you but now. Our paths have crossed at this time for His purpose. Our only question? what is your part in God’s plan? God has a plan for you at FC, at your local church and in your family.

Take time to meditate on what the Lord has for you. It would be sad for you to attend FC most of your life and not ask ‘Why FC?’ Ask the question, He will answer. You are a world changing generation! I believe in you, now go ask…’Why FC?’

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

For more from Jeremy Brown, check out COLUMN: Fall initiates change in campus focus and Jeremy Brown announced as new Superintendent

Jeremy Brown can be contacted via Twitter: @FCS_Supt or via the office phone at 559.299.1695.

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For more from the superintendent read, Campus grows through Christ, fellowship.

By |2015-02-06T00:00:00-08:00February 6th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Fall initiates theme of change in campus focus

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Superintendent Jeremy Brown encourages the student body to look around to those around us, to look for people that we can be a neighbor towards (The Good Samaritan). Our season has changed, and our mission continues to love others as Christ loves us.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
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a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
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a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
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a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
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a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
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a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
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a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
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a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

As we move away from 2014 homecoming, I am reflecting on the week leading into the game. We had activities, contests, dress up days and our campus exuded school spirit. Then the rain came which just made the narrative of homecoming even more memorable.

The writer of Ecclesiastes and Peter Seeger, author of the song made famous by The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” understood that God created seasons in our world and our lives.

The rain at homecoming marked a change in season for me personally. As I stood on the side line watching our homecoming court participants hide under umbrellas from the rain, I saw joy… soaking wet joy.

The writer of Ecclesiastes and Peter Seeger, author of the song made famous by The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” understood that God created seasons in our world and our lives. I feel that our community is being called into a different season, a season of giving, loving and sharing-┬átheme of change. — Superintendent Jeremy Brown

The question is why? How did we all find joy on that night? The joy was on the inside of us, Christ is our joy, Christ is in us. Despite circumstances of less than ideal weather there was still joy. I feel that our community is being called into a different season, a season of giving, loving and sharing- theme of change.

There are people in our FC community and the communities of Fresno and Clovis dealing with a personal “rain:” Rain in the form of loss, death, illness, broken hearts, financial stress and broken families. Our response as Christ-Followers is to understand that there is a time for everything.

Our second response is to look around to those around us, to look for people that we can be a neighbor towards (The Good Samaritan). Our season has changed, and our mission continues to love others as Christ loves us.

Thank you FC for being the “body”, I look forward to hearing reports from how we serve our community as a school, families and individuals. There is a lot of need and hurt in the world and we will know us by “our love”.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 17 article, EDITORIAL: Making what matters count.

By |2014-11-19T00:00:00-08:00November 19th, 2014|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus grows through Christ, fellowship

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Superintendent Jeremy Brown explains his purpose for coming to Fresno Christian.

For the last five weeks, I have been trying to figure out who “we” are. I have witnessed great acts of love, kindness, devotion and dedication from the staff and students of Fresno Christian (FC).

Everyday I see a collection of students that represent the church of today; students that are committed to achieving great things. I am continually amazed at the environment that we have at FC.

However, that does not answer my question of who “we” are. Putting the ingredients for a cake in a bowl doesn’t make it a cake. It takes the interaction of the ingredients, time, interaction of the ingredients and the right environment (425 degrees) for it to become a cake.

My job at FC is to support the staff in providing an excellent Christ-centered education for the over 460 students at FC. Amy Deffenbacher, Dean of Students, and I both have a calling. This calling is not to make FC what we want, but to create the environment for our student body and community to fulfill God’s plan for us.

I could fill The Feather with 1,000s of words that would describe what I would like to do and then create a 15-point plan to do so. That is not God’s plan; he created all of us uniquely with quirks, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, passions and desires.

God has brought each of us through good times, bad times, times of mourning, times of loss, times of change and times of hope. We are all here at this time and it isn’t by chance.

Every student, staff and faculty at FC is uniquely created by God. What brings us together is our purpose. I invite our FC community to join Deffenbacher and I in seeking out what is God’s purpose for FC in this season. Your season. I see you walking onto campus and you are a catalyst of change in our school, our churches, our community, our city and our world. I am humbled to be a part of it.

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For more opinions, read the Sept. 10 article, Junior exploits journalism connections, earns Ivy league education.

By |2014-09-12T00:00:00-08:00September 12th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments