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Stars Shine Brightly During Our Hollywood Themed Coffeehouse

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Roll out the red carpets! The Worship Center was alive with all the glitz and glamour of the silver screen as the PCA Band and Choir came together to celebrate the classics that made up the soundtrack of the early 1900’s to today!

The production began with Upper School principal, Sean Keiper, leading the audience in prayer before turning the stage over to the performers. Under the direction of Dr. Jolene Hethcox, members of the choir led the audience on the melodic journey down the red carpet with a song from Quest for Camelot (“Prayer”).

Next up, the PCA band (with some additional guests), directed by Mike Doll, brought the audience into a playful spirit with Highlights from the Sounds of Music and a jovial rendition of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins.

The era turned when Senior Ian Marlow took the stage to sing, “I’m Still Standing” (Elton John), followed by Kade Watson’s violin solo of “You'll be Back” from the Tony award winning musical Hamilton

The night continued with classics from the Beatles, Pirates of the Caribbean (performed by members of the band), FrozenMulan, a medley of John Williams hits (Star WarsIndiana Jones, Jurassic Park etc.) performed by the band, and ended with the classic hymn “Gather at the River” before Headmaster, JD Zubia, closed the event in prayer.

The High School choir and band did an amazing job at the Coffeehouse,” said Hethcox. “I loved how the choir and band were able to showcase their talents while performing fun selections from movies and musical theater. I also loved seeing how much all the kids supported each other!”

“The Coffeehouse was a blast tonight,” said Doll. “I love it when the students have worked hard and it all comes together during the performance. I hope they are as proud of their effort and performance as I was.”

Three cheers for PCA’s performing arts program and the wonderful directors and students who together create such wonderful events!

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Seeking God Wholeheartedly In A Circle Of Prayer & Praise

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The rain that trickled down onto the roof of the SLC did not stop the many parents, students, teachers, and staff from gathering together to celebrate this year's “See You at the Pole.” 

“See You at the Pole”, is a global event that is held on the fourth Wednesday of September each year, where school communities gather together, joining their hands and hearts, to lift up their school, community, and nation in prayer.

This year's theme was “Wholeheartedly” from Jeremiah 29:13 NLT “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” 

PCA embraced this gathering with their whole heart. New Director of Student Activities and Culture, Abby Best, helped orchestrate this beautiful event, “Getting to be a part of See You At The Pole was so encouraging. It is special to see the PCA family come together and spend time in prayer and worship. We are so proud of our students for stepping out in faith and praying for their classmates, teachers and our community. It is a joy to be a part of what the Lord is doing here.”

The event started with Mr. Zubia explaining how “See You At The Pole” originated before leading the event in an opening prayer.

Flag bearers from last year, now sixth graders, Hunter Tisdale, Kassy Cameron, and Solomon Jarvis brought the flags to the center of the gym as the choir, directed by Dr. Jo Hethcox, sang the national anthem.

Afterwards, 5th graders Eloise Sherrill and Carsten Spear led everyone in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Bible. 

Then, one by one, members of our school’s various student organizations came up to the microphone to pray over the nation, our city and first responders, and to pray over PCA’s teachers, students and families.

“It was very special for me to pray for our leaders,” said senior Autumn Benton. “I think it is amazing to have the whole school together gathered in prayer. It was such a privilege to pray with everyone!”

The event ended with the choir singing a medley of, “Down to the River to Pray and Shall We Gather at the River” before students went off to school and parents, off to their days, with a sense of gratitude that we can gather as a school family to pray and seek Him above all else.

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