Questions About Creation - Check This Out!

The Bible teaches us that the world was created by God in six days, but have you ever wondered about dinosaurs or how old the earth is?  Do you have questions about how to reconcile the truth of the Bible with what the average textbook tells us about such things? Does being a Christian mean you have to completely ignore science?   Sunday, October 22nd, Newport Baptist Church will be hosting Joel Tay from Creation Ministries International to address just such questions.  Creation Ministries International is committed to sharing the truth about what the Bible proclaims in Genesis 1:1:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."   Their Motto: Proclaiming the truth and authority of the Bible Their Vision: To see the Lord Jesus Christ honored as Creator and Savior of the world Their Mission: To support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in ...

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God is Not Boring - Let's not be Either!

A frequent complaint among students is that school, or at least a particular subject in school, is boring.  I have heard these words in some fashion from the mouths of my own children on some occasions and honestly, it wounds me... because I love learning.  In fact, I've always loved learning.  I even love learning hard things, which is good since I have frequently had to learn things the hard way.  I once heard someone say, "the joy is in the knowing..." and I think there is some truth to that, at least in my life.  And although there is much less joy for me in say... a math lesson, when I watch our Upper School Math Lead Denise Story talk about math, I begin to understand what the word "gifted"really means.  Mrs. Story brings actual happiness to a subject that is oftentimes considered tedious at best and the students at Gramercy are better for having studied underneath her.  Personally, I am convinced that the defining quality of a great teacher is a sincere love for the ...

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Your Very Great Reward

In addition to being part of the administrative team at Gramercy, I currently have the privilege of teaching the Old Testament to the 9th grade class.  Over the summer,  I had this great vision that we could make it all the way through the Old Testament by May, but honestly, that's starting to seem a little crazy.  We are seemingly crawling our way through Genesis and it's not because the students aren't paying attention.  It's because they are.  They have questions and thoughts and we are working through both the familiar and the unfamiliar stories with an eye to understand the heart of God.   We are currently knee deep in the story of Abraham and Isaac and are looking closely at the very radical kind of covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham. When God speaks the covenant to Abraham, He says to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield and your very great reward" (Genesis 15:1).  Although I have known for many years about the origin of Gramercy' ...

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2017 - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

2017 is an important year for the Protestant Church in that it marks the 500th anniversary of the year (October 31, 1517) Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses (Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences) to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation, a religious, political, intellectual and cultural revolution that divided Catholic Europe.  The Reformation redefined the beliefs and structures that had dominated Europe for decades by questioning the Catholic Church's authority to define Christian practice.  Significantly, reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin argued for the inherent power and indisputable authority of the Scriptures and worked to put Bibles into the hands of common men and women, not just clergy.   As a Christian school in 2017 whose mission is to educate and disciple young people based on a biblical worldview, we owe a debt of gratitude to courageous followers of Christ, such as Martin Luther, who have gone befo ...

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Be Still... and Know!

It is mid-September and school is now in full-swing.  Honestly, by Tuesday evening I'm already exhausted and so are my kids and it's not surprising considering the schedule we keep.  It's brutal!  Most days, I am up by 5 a.m. feeding pets, emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and prepping for the day.  Kids hit the floor at 6 a.m. and the mad dash begins. Someone forgot to do math corrections.  Someone else needs a permission slip signed. Everyone needs breakfast, but someone doesn't like what I made. Someone can't find their soccer cleats.  Someone else hates the way their hair looks. Everyone forgot to make their bed.  By the time we leave at 7 a.m., the whole clan is edgy and the day has barely begun.  Seven hours of school, three hours of sports, and two hours of homework later, we are all falling asleep on the couch... till we do it all over again. And I don't think I'm alone.  We are just a busy people.  Between the noise of emails and phone calls ...

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GCS Warrior Club Supports Arts, Music, and Athletics!

The Gramercy Booster Club, otherwise known as the Warrior Club, met for the first time last week to discuss upcoming events and how parents and grandparents can get involved and support Gramercy students.  Whereas most school Booster Clubs are centered around athletics, GCS is a little different. Our Warrior Club members help raise money for athletics, art, music, and drama.  In fact, the Warrior Club has contributed over $35,000 in financial support to help build drama sets, provide art materials, promote the music department, and purchase athletic equipment and uniforms. Recently, the Booster Club provided funds for a state-of-the-art Noah Basketball system, a system that Gramercy can use to enhance the performance of our own GCS players and also use in the community for both outreach and fundraising.  In fact, the GCS Warrior Club enriches the quality of student life for all students, Kindergarten through 12th grade.   The mission of the GCS Warrior Club is "to partner with G ...

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Gramercy Kindergarten Class Begins Week Two!

Although they may look too little to even carry a backpack, the new Kindergarten class at Gramercy had a wonderful first week of getting to know one another both in and out of the classroom.  These little guys came to school sporting crisp uniforms, new shoes, and a variety of lunchboxes and burst onto our campus full of energy and possibly a little fear and trembling.  They enjoyed one full week of half days and today, they begin the school year in full-force. Our new Kindergarten teacher, Andrea Purvis, brings a joyful exuberance to all she does and is a welcome addition to the GCS family. I had the privilege of sitting in on Mrs. Purvis's class while she read aloud to the students and I watched their faces light up as she helped bring a little unicorn to life through the power of the spoken word.  I am convinced there is little we do that is more valuable than giving these children a sincere love of reading and later in the year, our 5th graders will pair up with the Kindergarten class for o ...

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Weather, weather, weather, weather... whether we like it or not!

It's Tuesday morning, August 29th, 6:15 a.m. and I am once again sitting on my screen porch with a cup of coffee and a cat, listening to the silence of a tropical storm.   There is literally not a leaf stirring and I'm wondering whether or not this is the proverbial calm before the storm, or simply a false alarm. It's weather... so it's really impossible to know.   Craven, Carteret, Onslow and Jones County Schools are all on a 2-hour delay and Gramercy will be closed due to the possibility of flooding and high winds.  I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting this on the second day of a new school year.  Yesterday evening was a mad scrambling of text messages, emails, phone calls and prayer, trying to make a decision that is best for a multitude of students and parents spread all the way from New Bern to Beaufort and everywhere in between. This morning, I am wondering whether or not we got it right.   Whether we did or not, please know this:  our administrative team has, and is, caref ...

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This One's for You, Gramercy Mom!

It's Saturday morning, August 26th, 7:46 am and I am sitting on my screen porch with a cat, drinking coffee, listening the the sounds of morning. I am clinging to the remnants of a summer I feel slipping away and feel slightly nauseated by the fact that in two days 7:46 am will mean I am already late to everything.  I have one child asleep on the sofa, one asleep in a bean bag chair, one asleep at the foot of my bed and I think I'm missing one and I am wondering how in the world I am going to get everyone back on a 9-6 sleeping schedule by Monday.  It's been three months of glorious anarchy and though I suppose I am ready for some semblance of a schedule, I feel the pressure closing in.  For the next nine months, the closest thing to a vacation I will get is a break from packing four lunches due to a half-day of school.  My children are getting older and there are four of them, so I have long since surrendered the hope that this will be the year when I finally get it all right.  There ...

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Gramercy Student Athletes Kick Off Soccer and Volleyball Season

Gramercy student athletes rallied at Jacksonville Christian Academy this past weekend to kick off the fall seasons of girls volleyball and boys soccer. The two-day tournament event was a great opportunity for Gramercy athletes to put their practice to the test against some of the teams they will be playing in the regular season.   Despite the heat, both teams looked strong and played solid games on the court and on the field.  Coached by Robert North, our Gramercy Warrior girls looked great and were tough to beat.  In the end, they took home the trophy, winning first place in tournament. Although the JV girls did not play in the tournament, girls volleyball would like to welcome 6th grader Ariana North to the team as well as new GCS students Tiffany Harris, Faith Smith, and Sierra Kage! Coached by Bob Hardin and sporting brand new uniforms, our boys soccer team also played their hearts out.  Defeated only by JCA, the boys took home the second place trophy and some good experience to prep ...

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