WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis.—During this time of year when teachers are typically honored during Teacher Appreciation Week, two churches combined their people and resources to recognize a group of elementary school teachers. Fourteen adults and teens from Calvary Baptist Church joined Grace Community Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Illinois, in providing a pulled pork barbecue lunch for 45 teachers at Einstein Elementary School in Hanover Park, Illinois. And earlier in the week, several women from Grace Community hosted a spa day for 25 of the teachers, giving manicures and massages and a gift of scented neck pillows.
Some of Grace Community’s children attend Einstein. The church regularly does acts of kindness for its faculty and staff, including preparing a pancake breakfast for all the teachers before school one day each month.
“We want everyone in our church to be involved in a group that is focused outwardly on a specific segment of our community and has its primary tasks to love others like family, serve God by serving others, and to share God’s story of hope with all,” says Scott Greening, pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church (formerly called Great Commission Baptist Church). “The staff, teachers, and families connected with Einstein Elementary School are the focus of the group I’m a part of. We look for any way possible to love and serve those connected with the school while at the same time praying and planning for opportunities to share the gospel.”
When Einstein teachers arrived for their meal, they were invited to register for a drawing to win a free tablet. The gift was provided by a professional networking group of which Greening’s wife, Brooke, is a member in her role as director of sales at Sunrise Senior Living. Grace Community also invited the teachers to provide them with a wish list of school supplies that the church will attempt to fulfill this fall.
Maribeth Kanoon, principal of Einstein Elementary, thanked the churches for their efforts at the school and commented that the tablet, won by a young man soon to leave for humanitarian work in Nepal, was a special gift from Heaven.