Marshalltown Christian School students, staff and parents gathered April 26 to symbolically place stones at the location intended to house the future home of their new school building.
Each child and adult selected their own stone to bring to the site to build a cairn, as a monument to the faithfulness of God.
"The rock I found to bring to the land was round and an awesome color," said Chloe Macbeth, MCS second grade student.
Marshalltown Christian School students gathered at the land which will be the site of their new school building. Standing at the location of the future stage area, they cheer with excitement for their new school.
As the students, one by one piled up their rocks, they represented themselves as "living stones, being built into a spiritual house," as referred to in I Peter 2:5.
MCS opened its doors to its children in the fall of 2006. Beginning with 10 students and grades kindergarten through second grade, the school quickly grew. The following year enrollment doubled, and third and fourth grades were added. The next year the school added fifth grade, and had outgrown its space. A location change was made, along with adding sixth, seventh and eighth grades the year following.
Today, as a kindergarden through eighth grade school, the classrooms are filled with learning, where children excel at their highest potential, where chapel time overflows with worship and praise, and the students love the family-like, Christ-honoring environment.
The school is currently housed in a church facility, where the church staff is quoted as stating their joy at hearing the cheerful sounds and lively activity of the school children throughout the week.
A committee of people envisioned a new building for the school and got to work planning the for a new building. Architectural drawings were developed and nine acres, located on South Seventh Avenue, were purchased in 2012.
With a lot of work yet to be done before the next steps in the construction process can take place, excitement is in the air.
"When I saw the dirt being moved, I was thrilled at the potential for MCS to have their own school facility," said Joyce Dielschneider, MCS teacher. "The spiritual stones are a meaningful way to join together and thank God for His provision."
Board President Penni Chadderdon stated that Marshalltown Christian School will have an official groundbreaking ceremony at a later date this year.
For more information about MCS, or would like enrollment information for the fall of 2013, please call the school office at 641-753-8824 or visit MCS online at marshalltownchristianschool.com.