Dear EPCS family,

Welcome back to school! We all remember a time walking through the front door of school, with a nervous excitement as a little child. For me, my first day in school comes back, vibrantly, annually as an educator. My mother, who up until then was my only teacher, walked me to my third grade classroom door where my new teacher greeted us. They said a prayer with me and my mother gave me a kiss on the forehead. Unbeknownst to me, she left a lipstick mark.  I am thankful to this day that my 3rd grade teacher stopped to wipe the lipstick off my forehead; my mother would then crack a joke, in a playful voice “You can not rub it off, you can only rub it in”. I remember that moment dearly, because of what it represents. Love.

We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19

A fruit of the Spirit, love has four distinct types: Romantic love, brotherly love, family love and God’s divine love. Love is mentioned 310 times in the New King James, showing that love is an essential part of God’s character. A mother or a father’s expression of love is just a glimpse, one type of love, of the unconditional love He has for us, his children. Every day, He has that “first day of school” love in his eyes as he sends us off to work, school or play. We; broken, unruly and sinful children have the Creator’s love. Think about that for a second: A being so powerful He can create with word, something, from nothing, loves you and me. Wow!

He loves us unconditionally. So great is His love that He suffered; scoffing from unbelievers, calls to conformity, denial of his authority, lashings and a crown of thorns. Only to conclude with; being nailed to a cross, and ultimately death. This year, East Palmyra Christian School stakeholders selected the verse below from 1 Corinthians to challenge each other. To focus on making sure everything we do is for the glory of God. Paul uses the mundane, eating and drinking, to encourage us to use even routine & boring tasks in life to Glorify God. It only makes sense, that we would strive to bring glory to God; for a God, a Creator and a Father who loves us so dearly.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I encourage you to join us in this reflection; question everything, question anything. Keep us accountable and keep us in your prayers as we begin this brand new year. Thank you for showing your love in your support of EPCS.

For HIS Kingdom,

Reid Robbins, Principal