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Credo Christian High School is entering its thirty-ninth year. The staff has selected 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as the theme verse for 2016-17.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18

In our day, we have much to be thankful for. But history, including church history, abounds with examples of difficult circumstances: wars, hunger, economic uncertainty, persecution. In Paul's day, the church at Thessalonica was also struggling with some of these difficult circumstances. And yet Paul commands the believers there to be joyful and give thanks in all circumstances, including the difficult ones.

The Credo High community also has much to be thankful for. We are blessed with supportive parents, adequate financial resources, a capable board, a friendly political climate, and excellent local sister schools. The previous few years have seen the retirement of a number of long-time staff, and as such, the coming school year represents a sort of "changing of the guard." We especially are able to give thanks for the many years of service of Mr. Harry Moes, who has been with Credo High since its inception in the capacity of teacher, vice-principal and principal.

In 2016, the torch has been passed to new hands. In addition to a change in leadership, we also welcome a number of new teachers to our staff. We give thanks that God has provided for our school by providing qualified Reformed teachers.

Paul's further instructions are equally applicable to us. We are called by Paul to pray continually. As our beloved catechism says, "God will give his grace and the Holy Spirit only to those who earnestly and with heartfelt longing ask him for these gifts and thank him for them."

Let us not take the gifts that we currently enjoy for granted. Let's give thanks for them, and pray for God's continued blessing on our schools, our churches and our homes. For this is God's will for us in Christ Jesus.

On behalf of the staff,

Kent Dykstra