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By Steve Bietz

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For students, teachers, parents, and guardians across the nation, the arrival of August signals the end of summer vacation and the arrival of the back-to-school season.  For many the month is filled with school supply shopping, schedule planning, and otherwise preparing for the academic year to come, so it’s no surprise that August is also known as National Back to School Month.

We are told that 30 million households in America will spend money on school supplies this year totaling some 28 million dollars.  That’s a lot of paper and #2 pencils.  In our age of such technological advancements, are #2 pencils still the preferred choice?  And all those erasers that I was always pounding away on after school, usually for some acting-up activity I had been caught undertaking.  All those erasers and chalk have gone out of style and have been replaced by smart boards.  What do kids get to spend time after school for disciplinary reasons doing today without those erasers?

Parents are also shopping with their children for new school clothes.  The four-week period includes the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, which is the second biggest shopping season in America, after December.

Yes, Back-to-School is really a major operation for parents and their children as well as schools and faculty.  I am so glad that we put extreme importance on trying to get our children educated.  And I hope that if you have children under your care, finding a school is also a very important choice that you must make.   Now don’t get me wrong, I support our Constitution and the Separation of Church and State.   But I also strongly feel that children should be taught the love of God.  I also want children to have the opportunity, if the parents desire, to have their children taught about our Creator in the classroom.   So I hope and pray that those who follow the wonderful information that the Blue Ridge Christian News publishes each month can also find a school to teach their children the love of our Creator.

I’m so blessed and honored to be the Pastor of the Morganton Seventh Day Adventist Church which owns and operates Silver Creek Adventist School.   This is a school that teaches not only the important knowledge of science, math, history, music, etc but Silver Creek students from Kindergarten – 8th Grade are also taught that they have a God that loves them so dearly.

Yes, we must spend large sums of money on school supplies and clothes for our children so that they are ready for school.  But the disciple Peter also wrote that we should grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (2 Peter 3:18)

I hope you have found a school for your children that follows Peter’s advice.

If you live in or not too far from Morganton NC, you can call the  Principal of Silver Creek Adventist School at 828-391-0415 or go to the webpage at and receive information about a Christian education where God is found in every classroom.


Steve Bietz is the pastor at Morganton Seventh Day Adventist Church. You can read more good Christian news from Pastor Steve Bietz HERE.


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