The View From Here
50 Years Auction: Then, Now, Next
Auction 2022: Online + In Person
Our auction this year will be quite the celebration of where we’ve been and where we’re going. The format will be a combination of virtual and in person opportunities to bid on and purchase auction items; M-F will be virtual and will culminate on Friday night the 22nd with dinner and live auction at the Vancouver Hilton.
April 18-22 • Free Virtual Silent Auction
Opens 4/18 @ 8am, Closes 4/22 @ Noon
April 22 • Friday Night • Dinner + Live Auction
5:30pm Doors Open • Cash Bar
6:30pm Dinner & Live Auction
Raffles and ticket options also available without purchase of a dinner ticket.
If you would like to contribute an item or an experience to the auction, please reach out to Terry Stokesbary at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re taking contributions until April 1st.
Project 7:24: A Visionary Campaign
PROJECT 7:24 Group Meeting:
All Are Invited
Get on the ground floor of Project 7:24! King’s Way recently made the exciting announcement that the Board is working toward purchasing the entire campus from Vancouver Church (VC), and are in the process of creating a masterplan which we are calling “Project 7:24,” based Matthew 7:24. We’d like to update our community on this project, address FAQ’s, and have a chance for audience feedback.
Join us for an informational meeting at VC: Monday, March 28, 2022 @ 6:15pm.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Project 7:24: What is it?
Project 7:24 is a project put in place to answer the question, “Why does King’s Way need a campus?” First, the project will explain to the King’s Way Christian Schools (KWCS) family the board’s decision to pursue the acquisition of the 27 plus acre campus that the school calls home, but is owned by Vancouver Church (VC). The KWCS board and administration will answer and clarify any and all questions. Second, to begin a process that will develop a vision for the school’s future, if the property is secured.
Why the title “Project 7:24?”
Project 7:24 is a reference to a well-known parable shared by Jesus of Nazareth, and recorded by the Gospel writer Matthew (7:24-27). The New International Version reads: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with great crash.”
What is this parable saying?
The parable is one of several that Jesus shares during His time on earth. This parable is known as the Parable of the Builders.” It tells the story of two people who seek to build a house. The indication is that the houses are very similar, with one exception – location. One person chooses to build on “the rock,” while the other chooses “the sand.” Interestingly, once the homes are built, they both face severe weather conditions. The house built on the rock survives intact, but the house built on the sand collapses like a house of cards!
What does this parable mean to us?
Parables are meant to be simple stories, with impactful meaning. While there may be several lessons to be learned from this parable, here are two. First, there are only two people in the story, but they represent all of humankind. Therefore, the story tells us that we are all, every one of us, building a house. But, substitute the word “life” for “house.” Jesus is now telling his listeners, and us, that everyone is building a life. The critical question remains “location.” Where will we build our house, on the rock or sand?
Second, it doesn’t matter where you build your house (life) you will face severe weather. Stated differently, every one of us will face a variety of challenges during our lives. Now, the question of location becomes very important. The house on the rock faced the challenges, but was not moved. The house on the sand faced the same challenges, but fell with a great crash.
What does this parable mean to KWCS?
Looking to the future, The Parable of the Builder, is telling us that we, young and old, are all building a life. What does this mean for KWCS as a school? To properly answer this question, we must begin with the premise that every nonprofit organization is building a life . . . a future vision. The school’s future vision must impact students, families, and staff. Just like the parable we must build our life (organization) on the Solid Rock so that KWCS is able to withstand any challenges that it may face.
How can we use Project 7:24 for the future vision of KWCS?
A plan matters, most people have a plan; however, choosing the right plan can make all the difference. Our team knew what we wanted but did not plan effectively to complete the vision.
In our vision for KW, it is essential we grasp the history of how the school began, how the school has grown over the years, and the process for God’s plan for the future vision of KWCS.
King’s Way Christian Schools (KWCS) has been blessed over the past 50 years with what God has accomplished through His people. The school has grown from a small program of the Vancouver Church (Peter Pan Day Care Center) to record enrollment (T-12) of 978 students in 2022.
As we look to the future, the school board believes that KWCS is ready to take the next step to fulfill our on-going mission to partner with families and provide Christian education to the community. The school’s vision has always been to offer exceptional value and excellence for our families, faculty, staff, and the community. We are ready to build on that vision.
Now, we need your help. The board is preparing to make an offer to purchase the campus (property and buildings) from Vancouver Church. While this process is taking place, we need your help and will be creating opportunites to provide feedback. Please know, the board and the administration are committed to hearing from the KWCS family.
The Gift of Memories
You may have seen Development Director Terry Stokesbary at various events with his camera. Terry has been trying to get around campus and to all the events to capture moments and memories to share with our King’s Way families. Photos from our gallery site, SmugMug, can be downloaded for free, or you can order prints directly from SmugMug. Usually it takes about 3-5 days from an event for the photo to populate on this site. We hope that you will enjoy seeing your children thriving at King’s Way.
Year-End Campaign 2021
Investing in the Kingdom
At King’s Way, we strive to foster a culture of giving. This is evident in the ongoing support from our families, alumni, staff & faculty and community members that believe in the power of Christian education to transform lives and prepare students for lives of faith, leadership and service in the classroom, in competition, and in their communities.
King’s Way has great plans to broaden the impact that we can have in our community and in the lives of students. Our development team works to build more deep and meaningful relationships, create impactful experiences, and to play our part in growing the Kingdom.
If you’d like to learn more about giving to King’s Way, please contact Terry Stokesbary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2020/2021, King’s Way Christian Schools awarded $696,902 in need-based financial assistance to 169 of our students in grades K-12.
Overview: Auction Spring 2021
We are so grateful to everyone who participated in the 2021 first ever virtual auction.
Because of your generousity, King’s Way raised $170,000 which will go directly to ensuring student success!
Every Family is a Giver
Parent Volunteer Team
Why our parents volunteer:
- Meet other parents who can give you deeper insights into the lives of your children and their classmates
- Create new personal and professional relationships
- Develop a deeper connection with your child’s school
If you’re interested in being a part of our Parent Volunteer Team please email our volunteer coordinator Courtney at email@example.com.
The Development Team
Director of Development
Terry Stokesbary recently joined the King’s Way family. His responsibility is to lead the development efforts of the school. Prior to King’s Way, Terry has had two long careers, first he was on staff with Young Life for 24 years, and second he served at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, completing his 22 years there as the Senior Program Director. At the Trust, he was responsible to develop and build the curriculum for training programs such as board leadership and fundraising.
Terry is looking forward to building on past efforts of the development team. He believes that he will stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before. He is excited about the big visions King’s Way has for the future and is looking forward to fuel those visions.
Development Office Assistant
Mary Hill is new to the King’s Way family. She began her current position on March 2, 2020. She is an integral part of the school’s development team. Prior to joining King’s Way, she worked for 20 years at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust here in Vancouver, WA. While at the Murdock Trust, she helped to coordinate a number of training efforts for a wide array of nonprofit organizations. Part of her responsibilities were involved in programs around fundraising and board development.
Mary is looking forward to bringing her specific skill set to King’s Way. She is especially looking forward to getting to know families and sharing the school’s vision with those families and the larger community. She believes deeply in the role that development plays in any organization, especially here at King’s Way.
King’s Way Christian Schools is a registered non-profit organization under the IRS 501(c)3 requirement. Your gift is tax deductible. Our taxpayer ID # is 47-3890449.