Our Teachers and Staff

Becky Miller:

Is a life-long resident of Sarasota.   She graduated from Sarasota High School.   Her love for mathematics, accounting and numbers lead her to a career in banking.   She worked at Tabernacle Christian School in Sarasota over 20 years ago as she sought to educate her children in Christian school.  

She transferred to Calvary Chapel School shortly after its inception and has taught every grade from K4 through 8th.   She has taught 5th grade since 2004.   Her attention to detail and vast experience has kept Calvary Chapel School on an even keel these many years.   Her ministry behind the scenes especially during the summer, keeps the school running smoothly through many transitions.  

Calvary Chapel School is what it is today because of the continuing ministry of Mrs. Miller for over 20 years.

Carol McGough

Education:

Darien High School, Darien, Connecticut

AA Liberal Arts, Katharine Gibbs School, Norwalk Connecticut

University of Maryland, Japanese studies

Trades:   Dressmaking, Interior and Fashion Design, Catering

Experience:

Business Administration from 1984 through 1990.  

Executive assistant, Naval Supply Depot, United States Navy, Yokosuka, Japan

Stay-at home, home-schooling mother of three, and business owner 1990-2003.  

Calvary Chapel School teacher 2003-2012

Business administration  2012-2015

Calvary Chapel School 2015-present

Monica Yoder

Monica Yoder has acted in the role of teacher for the past 20 years. Serving in Christian schools such as; Tabernacle, West Florida Christian in addition to Calvary Chapel. For the past 6 year Monica Yoder has served faithfully at Calvary Chapel School. Attending Pensacola Christian College, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration on Early Childhood. She has also earned a Master of Science in Elementary Ed. at PCC during a two summer program from ’96-’97. It is her heart’s desire is to see these young people walk in truth. 

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Dear CCS Parents,

Starting Monday (October 30th) we are changing the way you will pick up your student for extended care. Instead of coming to the front door, we will have you come to the side gate, travel up the sidewalk and knock on the K5 classroom door (the second door on the right side of the building). The teacher will greet you at the door.

Thank you,

CCS Staff

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We are a private Christian school dedicated to high academics, virtue, and integrity in our students. Our students, for example, test out on average 2.8 grades higher than the national norm! They also participate in various service and enrichment opportunities such as mission trips, field trips, service projects, and retreats.

Our desire is to prepare each child to be the best they can be through a quality spiritual and educational environment while keeping it affordable for their parents!

One way the school is able to offset the escalating educational expenses is through receiving financial donations. Our past fundraisers were a success due to the generous contributions of people like you.

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The blackbox is a place for students to ask the tough questions, and teachers to seek God and His Word for wise answers. Yes, we admit it: we do not know everything. But whether you realize it or not, God has given you safety in this multitude of spiritual counselors. It is our hope that by offering this safe place for your honest inquiries, we can help you avoid looking for answers to tough stuff from secular sources.

 

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Author: John Piper
Posted: February 23, 2019, 4:02 pm
How to Overlook an Offense

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). In moments of calm, the wise man’s counsel sounds so right, so sane. Overlooking offenses is our glory.

Then the offenses actually come, and we often find them too large to look over. The actual size of the offense often matters little. A spouse’s consistent faultfinding, a boss’s unfair criticism, a stranger’s unaccountable rudeness — given the right circumstances, any of these may rise up in front of us like a son of Anak, its shoulders stretching to heaven (Numbers 13:33). Peripherals blur, tunnel vision ensues, and we have eyes only for The Offense.

Even if sanity swiftly returns, the damage is often already done. We returned tone for tone, passive aggression for passive aggression, jab for jab. Or we restrained ourselves externally, but only as a small volcano erupted inside of us. Or we quietly smoldered, playing the incident on repeat the rest of the day.

Mindful of God

Peter, writing to Christians familiar with offense, comes alongside Proverbs to show us a different way: “This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly” (1 Peter 2:19). In three little words, Peter shares one of the keys to overlooking offenses great and small: we become mindful of God.

In other words, we don’t focus on the offense itself. We don’t stare at something that merely distracts us from what’s really important. We certainly don’t look within ourselves. Rather, we overlook offenses by looking up to God, by becoming mindful of who he is for us in this very moment — in the office, at the dinner table, on the phone call, during the meeting.

To be sure, Peter’s readers were dealing with offenses more severe than the kind Westerners typically face: physical abuse (1 Peter 2:20), ridicule (1 Peter 4:4), fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12). But learning to overlook the biggest offenses usually begins with learning to overlook the smallest. Enduring slander begins with enduring a sarcastic remark. Enduring a beating begins with enduring a cold shoulder. Being mindful of God in everyday offenses trains us to be mindful of him when the worst comes.

What, then, are we mindful of when we are mindful of God?

1. God Sees Every Offense

Offenses have a way of turning us into momentary atheists. In our tunnel vision, we can think and feel and act as if there were no God in the world — much less in the room. Being mindful of God means, first, remembering that God is here, and he sees: “If when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God” (1 Peter 2:20).

No offense happens offstage, in some unobserved corner of the universe. Being mindful of God pulls back the curtains, puts us in the spotlight, and reminds us that we live and move and have our being before the eyes of an audience more important than a thousand kings and presidents.

God’s all-seeing eye carries a warning with it, to be sure (Hebrews 4:13). But Peter makes the opposite application: God sees assures us that he whose smile matters most is watching. The world may look on a Christian’s patient endurance and see only weakness. God looks on and sees a precious child, a person for his own possession (1 Peter 2:10), a beautiful imitator of his beloved Son. Offenses are opportunities for the God of the universe to look down on us and say, “This is a gracious thing in my sight.”

2. God Sends Every Offense

God does not, however, observe our offenses as a mere member of the audience, but as the director of the whole drama. In the theater of the universe, every offense — no matter how trifling — is part of the play. Every word, every gesture has been given its act, scene, and line by the one who sends “various trials,” including offenses, so that our faith might be tested, proven, and precious (1 Peter 1:6–7).

On this side of heaven, in fact, offenses are part of our calling as Christians: “To this you have been called,” Peter tells us (1 Peter 2:21). And why? “Because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Following Jesus means imitating Jesus, and imitating the man of sorrows cannot happen apart from trouble, distress, and offense. These are the stages where God calls us to proclaim his excellencies (1 Peter 2:9).

Therefore, as Calvin writes,

When we are unjustly wounded by men, let us overlook their wickedness (which would but worsen our pain and sharpen our minds to revenge), remember to mount up to God, and learn to believe for certain that whatever our enemy has wickedly committed against us was permitted and sent by God’s just dispensation. (Institutes, 1.17.8)

God sends every offense. Therefore, mount up to God — be mindful of God — and know that the daggers others throw your way will become in God’s hand chisels to fashion you into the image of Christ.

3. God Will Judge Every Offense

We can overlook offenses not only because God sees our offenses and sends our offenses, but also because God will judge every offense. Christians follow the pattern of Jesus, who did not exact vengeance when he hung on the cross, though he could have called down twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:53). Instead, he handed his handfuls of agony to his Father, and “continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

We naturally consider the judgment of God in the context of the greatest of wrongs — as we should. The day is coming when the Son of God will descend to earth with a sword, casting down every proud oppressor and raising up the meek to inherit the earth (Revelation 19:15; Matthew 5:5). “Vengeance is mine” is a well deep enough for even the most mistreated to draw hope (Romans 12:19). But God’s judgment changes how we react to small offenses as well. If God will right even the biggest wrongs, then we do not need to take even the smallest into our own hands.

Whether the offenses against us are titanic or trifling, God’s judgment frees us to exchange bitterness for patience, retribution for mercy. The very word judgment brings to mind our own offenses against God, offenses that cried out for our blood until Jesus shed his own. It reminds us that our offender, if outside of Christ, deserves our pity and, if inside Christ, needs our brotherly love. It removes all self-righteousness from our mouths and replaces it with the Christlike plea of “Lord, forgive them.” It beckons us to release our “right” to get even, and to hand over our cause to him who judges justly.

Where Is God in the Offense?

God sees every offense, God sends every offense, and God will judge every offense. Finally, those who are mindful of God go one step further: they trust that God himself can satisfy them in the midst of offense. Of all the refuges we can run to when offenses come — bitterness, revenge, fantasy, distraction, pleasure, self-justification — only one can fill us with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8). Only one can call us back from darkness (1 Peter 2:9). Only one cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). God.

If we repay offense for offense, we will have our reward. But if we learn to overlook offenses, we will lean into fellowship with “the Shepherd and Overseer of [our] souls” (1 Peter 2:25). We will hear his whispers of “Well done” here and now. We will find that God is able to invade our tunnel vision, enthrall us with his beauty and worth, and free us to overlook the offense.

Author: Scott Hubbard
Posted: February 23, 2019, 1:02 am

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Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

You are invited to a free discipleship workshop Friday February 22, 6:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday February 23, 9am-3:30pm. A workbook can be purchased at the event for $5. The event is being held in Room B5 of our Youth and Counseling Center, in the back of the church. No signup is required. Please see the attached flyer […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: February 13, 2019, 4:33 pm
#HoldNothingBack2019 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. The 2019 theme for the church is “Hold Nothing Back”; the verses Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: January 3, 2019, 8:28 pm
Have you ever thought of the difficulties in translating the Bible? There are many misconceptions about Bible translations even by experienced Bible teachers. That is why there are those who suggest only one or two translations are valid and all the others are inaccurate. They often tear individual verses out of context and use their […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2018, 7:07 pm
It was many years ago. I was very discouraged about the sermon I had prepared for that day and I expressed my doubts to a small prayer group. As I stood worshipping, a man from the prayer group handed me a piece of paper, the note read Isaiah 55:10-11. I knew the verses by memory […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:35 pm
        One of the best resources in our church for learning how to explain the Gospel to others is the Rescue Evangelism Course taught by Daniel Hilts. The course itself is inspirational and Daniel, as leader, does what he is teaching others to do. Daniel has been gifted by God with the […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: May 29, 2018, 7:47 pm
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: April 18, 2018, 4:17 pm
You’re invited to remember the death, and then celebrate the resurrection, of our Savior Jesus Christ this Easter! Good Friday, 6pm- We will be having a Good Friday Service where we will remember the sacrifice of our Lord – through worship, the Word, and Communion. This will be a great time to reflect and thank […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: March 6, 2018, 9:22 pm
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? I don’t have the slightest problem with the historical reality of Jesus’s bodily resurrection, but I know many people do. The University of Miami now has a Chair of Atheism and I would guess they are teaching the students that Jesus did not rise from the dead. Maybe […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: February 28, 2018, 6:52 pm
#StandFirm2018 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. The 2018 theme for the church is “Stand Firm”; the verse 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: January 4, 2018, 8:49 pm
I know I have written this line before but here it is again: “Time is going so fast!” The reality is time is going at the same speed as always but how we use time or redeem it is up to us. The time of year we are entering is called Christmas. I love the sound […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2017, 6:40 pm

Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

You are invited to a free discipleship workshop Friday February 22, 6:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday February 23, 9am-3:30pm. A workbook can be purchased at the event for $5. The event is being held in Room B5 of our Youth and Counseling Center, in the back of the church. No signup is required. Please see the attached flyer […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: February 13, 2019, 4:33 pm
#HoldNothingBack2019 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. The 2019 theme for the church is “Hold Nothing Back”; the verses Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: January 3, 2019, 8:28 pm
Have you ever thought of the difficulties in translating the Bible? There are many misconceptions about Bible translations even by experienced Bible teachers. That is why there are those who suggest only one or two translations are valid and all the others are inaccurate. They often tear individual verses out of context and use their […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2018, 7:07 pm
It was many years ago. I was very discouraged about the sermon I had prepared for that day and I expressed my doubts to a small prayer group. As I stood worshipping, a man from the prayer group handed me a piece of paper, the note read Isaiah 55:10-11. I knew the verses by memory […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:35 pm

 

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