The Sword and Shield

GCA Crusader News • Friday, September 23, 2022

The Fifth Foundation

Several years ago, a group of GCA’s teachers and administration spent several months discussing a way to simplify what we expect from our staff and students. What that group came up with was a short list of character traits that are promoted in Scripture and form the foundation of good character—integrity, responsibility, safety, and respect.

You may notice that list is only four of GCA’s five foundations. Despite identifying four traits that covered just about everything we could possibly desire for our people, the group kept discussing how the goal of GCA should be an overarching call to be like Christ. That’s how humility became the fifth foundation.

With that goal of becoming Christlike through service, our staff is reading and discussing Jesus on Leadership by C. Gene Wilkes this year. Last week we read "We all serve someone--ourselves or others." I certainly hope that we are imitating Jesus in serving others and training our students to seek the needs of others above our own. Ultimately, that attitude is what allows us to see others the way Jesus does and live out all true Christianity.

If you'd be interested in reading Jesus on Leadership with us, I have a few extra copies--just ask.

S. Jeff Postlewaite

Head of School

I would like to personally invite you and your family to Gateway Church's Friend Sunday on October 2. The worship service begins at 10:30 with inspiring music and a practical Bible lesson. Your children will love our nurseries and Kids Worship in the Student Center. Come early for a cup of coffee in our coffee shop and plan to stay after service for a free luncheon at noon.

Big picture

As you are aware, volleyball and soccer pictures were unable to be taken this week. We will let you know as soon as the rescheduled date is finalized.

Come out and support the GCA Crusaders at these upcoming home games:

Tuesday, 9/27 vs. Denbigh Minutemen

4:00 Middle School Volleyball

4:30 Varsity Soccer

5:30 Varsity Volleyball

Friday, 9/30

4:00 Middle School Volleyball vs. Broadwater Vikings

4:30 Varsity Soccer vs. Grove Christian

5:15 Varsity Volleyball vs. Broadwater Vikings

Friday, 10/7 vs. Atlantic Shores

3:15 Middle School Soccer

4:00 Middle School Volleyball

4:45 Varsity Soccer

5:30 Varsity Volleyball

Mark Your Calendars

PSAT Testing | Wednesday, October 12

GCA's sophomore and junior classes will take the PSAT test on campus

End of Quarter 1 | Friday, October 14

You will receive report cards the following week

Parents Night | Thursday, October 20

Parents of elementary students will have a chance to sign up for a meeting with your teacher. Teachers of middle school and high school students will be available in the school cafeteria.

Trunk or Treat | Friday, October 28

Gateway Church will host a family event with candy and fun for the whole family in the GCA parking lot. Students are welcome to wear costumes to school that day as well. Please do not bring weapons of any kind (toy, fictional, or otherwise) to school and avoid any outfits that could be scary.

Veterans Day | Monday, November 11

Senior Pictures | Wednesday, November 16

Thanksgiving Break | November 22-25

Semester Exams | December 14-16

Middle school and high school students will be on a modified schedule to accommodate their testing

Christmas Break | December 19-January 2