May 10, 2021
Happy Monday, LC families and friends! The school has been operating under our new administrative team since last Monday. It has been a week of transition and hope. Our new roles are divided into three departments: education, operations, and advancement. This week's blog post addresses the role of the Advancement Office in our school.
What is the role of the Advancement Office?
Lititz Christian became an independent school several years ago. Independent schools "own" and govern themselves and are often reliant upon the strategies of the Advancement Office to nurture relationships with stakeholders in the areas of public relations, alumni relations, fundraising, enrollment, marketing, and communications. The Advancement Team at LC consists of Niki Cadwalader, Nicole Hurst, Ross McCracken, Amy Hurst, and Betsy Echternach. One of the responsibilities of this team is to work earnestly to bridge the gap between revenue brought in from tuition and money required for operating expenses.
What is the annual fund?
The annual fund is comprised of unrestricted gifts. These are gifts contributed for general purposes; donors leave it up to the organization to decide how best to allocate the funds so that they will have the biggest impact on furthering the school's mission and vision.
What is the annual goal of the team?
Typically, the annual goal of the fund is about $250,000. This money goes into our general fund for operating expenses. Essentially, the team raises money to keep tuition as low as possible for our families, to help compensate our faculty and staff, and to contribute to quality programs for our students.
The Advancement Team will continue to raise funds to meet our annual goals for this year and for next year as the Relocation Committee searches for a new building. We are contacting both current and new donors to raise the funds for our annual operating expenses, and we will continue to host fundraising events like the ExtraGive and the Spring Auction. So far this year, with your donations, the team has raised $145,000.
How can you help?
$105,000 is needed by June 30. On July 1, we will look to a new fundraising goal and the team will start again. We need your help. Smaller recurring donations or larger annual donations can be made to the fund. This money is used to keep us moving forward. We have also started a restricted Relocation Fund and have had some generous donations in the last few weeks. We encourage all of you to join us in the effort to meet our annual fundraising goals and to raise money for our new building by contacting Nicole Hurst at firstname.lastname@example.org or donating on our website: DONATE HERE
Do you have questions?
Questions about our Annual Fund or our restricted Relocation Fund can be directed to email@example.com.
May 06, 2021
This morning, I scanned the news headlines, perused my (many) emails, and surveyed my day’s “To Do” list. Then, taking a deep breath, I poured my first cup of coffee. There is so much, so very much, to do. All day every day we are working, moving, receiving, responding, doing.
However, amidst the whorl of life (or, perhaps, because of it), Christ calls us to be still (Ps. 46:10). We are told to step out of the river’s current to consider the river itself—as well as the river’s Creator. When we are still and able to see that God is who He says He is, what is our response?
As believers, Christ has called us to thankfulness—not as a demand for obedience, but as a meaningful practice to incorporate into our lives. The spiritual discipline of Thankfulness is this: being still (Ps. 46:10), recognizing God’s handiwork (Ps. 19:1), and responding with gratitude and worship (Ps. 9:1-2). As Jon Bloom states, “The very practice of giving thanks directs our soul’s attention away from what burdens us toward the great Source of unearned, undeserved, powerful, abounding, and sustaining grace” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
With all that has happened and continues to unfold here at Lititz Christian, we want to take time each week to be still, to consider Christ’s faithfulness, and to give thanks. If you are praying through the prayer calendar with us, you’ll see that each Thursday is a time to do just that.
On Thursdays, let’s step out of the river’s current together, lifting prayers of thanksgiving and echoing the words of this timeless hymn:
May 03, 2021
Dear Lititz Christian School and Early Learning Center Family,
One of the things we heard from you is a desire for regular communication from the board. We are excited to begin a monthly update.
As we’ve moved through this season, I’ve been pondering truths from Scripture that have been a source of encouragement. Philippians 4:4-8 reminds me, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful reminder as we begin our transition as a school.
- What the board is working on
- Relocation update
- Future communication
The board is prioritizing school relocation. More below.
Once there is clarity on the physical space, we will create a plan for hiring a senior administrator. In the meantime, we are thrilled to share an interim structure that was recently rolled out to faculty and staff. We are using a distributed model of leadership, with leaders in three areas of strategic discipline: Advancement & Admissions (marketing, communications, enrollment, fundraising), Education (ELC + K-12), and Operations (student life, discipleship, facilities). Please join us in thanking the following leaders for stepping into these new roles and serving and leading in this season!
As part of the interim structure, we have contracted a short-term controller from Trout CPA. This will allow us to apply consistent accounting principles, create a systemized reporting mechanism, analyze systems and processes for improved efficiency, and document internal controls.
Jess Daugherty was selected as the new Director of the Early Learning Center. The team is excited by her passion and excellence in early childhood education.
The board has formed a relocation subcommittee to look for viable spaces for Lititz Christian School. The team has begun to work on solutions, formulating a framework and gathering preliminary data on the school’s needs including square footage, number of classrooms, etc. The committee has retained a commercial realtor and a construction consultant to advise on facilities. Likewise, they have begun touring potential spaces.
What you can do:
Please join us in prayer! (Prayer Calendar HERE) Not everyone can be on the committee, but everyone's thoughts are important. When the subcommittee has clear criteria (location, square footage, layout, etc.), they will communicate it through this blog. At that time, the subcommittee will invite any leads you have.
In future communications, we will begin to highlight school board governance and succession.
Jeff Gerard, LC Board Chair
April 28, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions regarding transitions at LC can be found here.
"Our experience at Lititz Christian School has been so positive. We were looking for a smaller learning environment that would provide a Christ-centered educational approach alongside rigorous academic instruction. We have been so pleased with the challenging curriculum and excellent instruction and support of the teachers. Our son continues to grow as an independent thinker, problem-solver, and Christ-follower thanks to the meaningful effort and influence of the faculty and staff. We are so blessed to have found LCS and are so happy to be a part of this great family!"
- parent of a sixth grade student
This is an informal page for sharing information regarding Lititz Christian's leadership and building transitions throughout the next 18 months.
Weekly updates will be posted by administrators and the School Board.