Join us for Homeschool Week!
June 11-17, 2018
Call (609)-494-5689 to register or email
Chuck and Andrea Black
Author, Speaker, Homeschool Dad
Chuck Black was born and raised in Williston, ND. He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and graduated in 1985 with a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He entered the United States Air Force and traveled throughout the US and to foreign countries as a tactical communications engineer. He was then accepted into pilot training and eventually flew F-16 fighters. After spending nine years in the Air Force, he returned to Williston, ND to take a position with a plastics firm as a product design engineer. He is now the CEO of a chemical injection company in the oil and gas industry and the inventor/co-inventor on twelve patents for products that are distributed and sold nationally and internationally.
Chuck is first a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and in the Holy-Spirit-inspired, infallible Word of God. He is second a husband to his wife, Andrea, and third, a father to six children ranging in age from 30 to 20 (Brittney, Reese, Ian, Emily, Abigail and Keenan). Chuck and Andrea have homeschooled their children for the past twenty-four years. Four have graduated from college and two are attending college.
Chuck has served as an Elder at Cornerstone First Baptist Church in Williston, ND and has taught adult Sunday school classes for the past nineteen years including frequent class sessions on parenting. He has written columns for the Teach Them Diligently Convention, the North Dakota State Homeschool Association and speaks at conferences throughout the US. Chuck has also been published in LifeWay’s Home Life Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Walk Thru the Bible’s Stand Strong Magazine and on various websites and e-newsletters.
Chuck is the author of sixteen books which comprise The Kingdom Series, The Knights of Arrethtrae series, the Wars of the Realm trilogy, and Call to Arms, the Guts and Glory of Courageous Fatherhood. Kingdom’s Dawn of The Kingdom Series received Homeschool.com’s “Voted #1” award and was on CBA’s top ten best sellers list twice in 2008 for all Christian Youth Literature. Chuck’s passion is to inspire people of all ages to follow the Lord with zeal and to equip parents, pastors, and youth leaders to accomplish the same.
Andrea Black, wife of Chuck Black, and mother of six, has spent
twenty-four years homeschooling her own personal Brady Bunch. The
last three years she has taught 5th and 6th grades at Trinity Christian
School. With a degree in English and Speech/Theatre Education, she
can also be found coaching the local Christian school speech team,
speaking at various women's groups, and singing with the worship team
at Liberty Evangelical Free Church. She and Chuck have a heart to
minister to families and have jointly taught several parenting classes
through their church. Andrea credits the military with her rapid
dependence upon Jesus as each day as an Air Force wife challenged her
to trust completely in Him while she waited for and supported her
husband. This love for her Savior gives her purpose and passion for a
life lived in service to Him!
The story behind The Kingdom Series:
I will never forget a family devotion when I opened the Bible and began to read a passage to my six children about one of the many miracles that Jesus performed. Now, I get excited reading about Jesus doing anything, but I was nearly twenty-seven years old when I finally “got it.” It’s not that the children rolled their eyes or moaned at hearing a story they had heard sixteen times before, but the glossy eyes and the staring at the ceiling to discover new patterns in the texture were a dead give-away. Naturally, I paused and gathered myself up for a gentle dissertation on “getting it.” After explaining the significance of redemption to a sin-sick soul, I was rewarded with the patronizing elephant nod and more blank stares. Shortly thereafter, I awoke in the middle of the night. A medieval story of a Prince from a distant land sent by his father the King to save the people from the clutches of the Dark Knight so enveloped my mind that I could not rest until I arose and wrote for several hours.
At our next family devotion, I read the story to the children and watched their waning attention transform into complete and total anticipation. From the youngest to the oldest, they literally craved each sentence as the parable of Jesus unfolded. Their response amazed me, and yet I was honestly quite disappointed. Why did it take a fictional story to get the response from my children I was searching for that should have happened from reading Scripture? Then I realized something superbly significant…that is how Jesus taught! He told fictional stories with deep spiritual meaning. Some were so deep that the people never understood them, but you can bet they listened. Parables are powerful! Because of this event, I penned The Kingdom Series to help our children see the supremely significant story of Jesus Christ and his mission to save mankind.
Class Descriptions for Homeschool Week
**Schedule and classes subject to change**
June 11-17, 2018
During daily General Sessions (morning session ages 12-adult: 9:30-10:30 am and evening session for ages 12-adult: 6:30-7:30 pm) (Nursery provided for children ages 0-2 during General Sessions)
“Creation”: Children ages 3-5 will be learning about God’s wonderful creation. Biblical truths will be reinforced through lessons, song and craft times, fun projects and games.
“Do You Love the Great I Am?”– The KnightLights (Nathan & April Elliott, Philip Mack): Children ages 6-11. [KnightLights' morning program will not take place on Wednesday due to multi-generational general session that includes children ages 6 and above.]
This year's main KnightLights program will take on a Seussical kind of flavor in its thematic presentation. Our Bible lessons will focus on the "I Am" statements of Jesus as recorded in the books of John and Revelation. With this program, the audience will also have a personal participatory project to work on throughout the week.
While there will be some first-time KnightLights team members making their debut with "Do You Love the Great I Am?" (which marks the 17th year of original KnightLights programming), some returning favorites will also be on hand to present these sessions. The super-strict grammar and God-loving schoolmarm herself, Miss Nomer, will be back in action-- pointer stick in hand! During this series you will even get to see what Miss April, Mr. Philip, and Mr. Nate would have looked like had they actually been Dr. Seuss characters.
Morning Classes 10:45 – 11:45 am, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri (*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)
(Child care will be provided for ages 0 – 5 years only during this time)
1. KnightLights: Charting the Course – Kids’ Craft Edition (Nathan & April Elliott, Philip Mack): Ages: 6 – 11. Limited to 15 students. This summer HCBC is emphasizing the theme of “Charting the Course”. The KnightLights team will be exploring this concept further for the children who attend this elective by highlighting various principles from God’s Word as well as supervising different crafts that reiterate these truths.
2. Woodworking (Pat Pietrak, Master Craftsman): Woodworkers Seeking Wisdom.
Ages 8-15. One adult or teen helper must accompany students ages 8-9. Limited to 18 students. Students will construct a wooden catapult to take home.
The theme verse for this year’s project is Matthew 19:24 - “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
This program is an educational tool for better understanding the verse Matthew 19:24. Students will learn how to use a hammer, nails, screws, apply glue, use sand paper, paint and also try their hand at various power tools (with direct supervision.) All tools needed for construction will be provided. There will a $10 materials charge per student to be paid to the instructor.
3. Marine Science (Drs. Jim and Dan De Vries): Ages: 12 +. Limited to 15 students.
The location of Harvey Cedars Bible Conference provides a unique opportunity to study God’s works of creation and providence. From our vantage point between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, students will explore life among several zones and habitats of a barrier island, in particular bay and salt marsh. We will study some of the marine plants and the animals that live among them (juvenile and sub-adult fish, invertebrates, diatoms, etc.) Students will collect samples to examine in the lab for classification and further study and we expect to dissect some fish. There will be opportunities to see God’s eternal power and divine nature revealed in the things He has made. Parents do not need to attend, but are welcome.
4. Life Skills (Joe Rizzi): Ages: 15+. Limited to 15 students. Topics: Automotive, Electrical, Plumbing, Finances. This class will cover such things as how to check a car's battery and change a flat tire, give overviews of AC components and plumbing and how they work in the home, and provide a demonstration of how laser technology is used in telecommunication uses. We will discuss how God wants us to spend our money (tithing, saving) and how to balance a checkbook.
You’ll walk away from this class with skills for life!
5. Come to the Table (Debbie Rizzi and Angela Sackett): Ages: Young Ladies 15+ and homemakers (mamas and daughters welcome!) Limited to 15 students. Jesus welcomed those He loved to the table, and so can we! All God’s people are called to be “ambassadors” for the kingdom, and homeschoolers have a unique opportunity to offer hospitality as a vehicle for the gospel. This class offers tips and strategies for opening our home, our table, and our hearts to others (and that includes our own family!)
Each day will include recipes, devotional thoughts, and practical, hands-on demonstrations to increase your creativity, streamline your home/kitchen, and boost your bravery! Printables and cooking demos will be part of our time, as well as opportunities for Q&A and sharing resources with each other.
Afternoon Classes: days and times vary, see description
6. Fabric Mosaic (Julie Conte): Ages 12+. Class size limited to 10. Thursday, 12:45-1:45 pm, Friday, 12:45-2:45 pm. In this two-day, three-hour class you will be designing and ironing on colorful fabric squares to a firm backing to create a fabric mosaic.
There will be a $5.00 charge per student to be paid to instructor.
Saturday, FAMILY DAY: Create Your Own Adventure, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
You will receive a handout of possible activities in the area;
a “make-and-take” lunch will be available beginning at 11:00 am.
**Schedule and classes subject to change**
Registration for classes will begin on April 27th at 9:00am.
Invoice must be paid in full in order to register for classes.
Some Homeschool Week Encouragement
A Mom’s Heart:
Our homeschooling journey began before we had children. As newlyweds, we taught at a small Christian school. While we loved the spiritual environment, we also felt that there was a lot of educational time lost in classroom management. About the same time, we became connected to several Christian families who had made the decision to educate their children at home, and we were very impressed with both their intelligence and character. By the time we had our own children, we felt clearly that God was calling us to educate them in this way. While we know that education is a very personal decision and we believe that every parent has the call to seek God for His direction for their children, He has confirmed over and over the way that He has used this choice in our children’s lives. As we prepare our oldest to graduate from high school, and begin our youngest in first grade, we are thankful for the desire to learn, and the intimate relationships between our five children. While living in Florida, we were very fortunate to have a well developed support system, along with great respect for homeschooling within the educational community at large. We realize, however, that the opportunity and freedoms available to homeschoolers vary state by state, and that the believing community plays a vital role in strengthening each family and their educational choices.
Harvey Cedars strongly believes in supporting the family as a reflection of God’s love for His people, and by offering a homeschool week, we can do that in an even more focused way for those who have chosen this journey. Homeschool week has a reputation for offering excellent resources and rich fellowship, and our family very much looks forward to becoming part of this tradition.
A Father’s Challenge:
Did God design you to be alone? Of course not! And if you have chosen to homeschool, the same answer applies. To truly succeed, you need to surround yourself with a supporting, affirming, and encouraging network of those pursuing this calling.
To partner with our homeschool families, we have designed a week to bring just that. As a home-educating father myself, I know firsthand that you need to revive. You need to refresh. You want new ideas. And most of all, you want to be affirmed that this is what God has called you to do for your children and their walk in Him. During homeschool week at HCBC, you will step away from the daily grind to relax and receive the tools to make it another year. You will leave knowing that you…can…do this!