Monthly Newsletter

August 2014 Parent Newsletter

School supplies are flying off the shelves, fall sports are beginning and teachers have started their planning! As much as we would like to deny it, school is right around the corner....

Good Morning!

School supplies are flying off the shelves, fall sports are beginning and teachers have started their planning!  As much as we would like to deny it, school is right around the corner.  The Compass team has been working hard this summer preparing for BACK to SCHOOL for our public school families.  God is so good!  We can't wait to see how He leads us again this year. 

There are many opportunities for service, training, prayer, bible studies and so much more!  Put these dates on your calendar and participate when you can!!

August 10th and 17th   

SERVICE opportunity!  Compass is partnering with CRU and PROP to provide school supplies and backpacks to our needy local students.  We need your help!  At 12:15pm on August 10 and 17 at Grace Church, Room CA213, we will be organizing supplies and filling backpacks.  Lunch is provided!  RSVP to Anita Anderson at  Let her know how many to expect!


August 12th                 VOTE!!  The primary election is important as there are many issues that directly impact our schools and our families.  Do your research on your local candidates and VOTE!!  For questions or more information contact Daphne Edwards at


                                       August 20th                 PRAYER gathering!  All are welcome as we meet for our last                            summer prayer session for our schools and Compass Ministry at 7pm in M211.


September 7th             COMMISSIONING SUNDAY!  Grace Church will hold their 2nd annual Commissioning Sunday at both services, 9 and 10:40am.  Our pastors will call for a time of prayer    as we as a congregation commission those heading back to school onto their mission field.  Join us for this powerful morning!  Invite teachers and other families to participate!  Compass will have a booth in the Commons and outside as Grace Church will be holding its Annual Family Fun Fest from 10:30-4:30 that day.  For more details on this event go to  This will be a great morning of celebration to kick off a new year!


September                   Many STUDENT LED BIBLE STUDIES will be kicking off at local schools.  If your student is interested in starting a study at their school or wants to see if their school already has one, contact me at


September 24th            SEE YOU AT THE POLE!  Students and teachers across the nation will meet before school to pray for their schools, students, teachers, and administrators.  If your student wants to initiate a group at their school details on how to do this can be found at  Contact me with further questions,


September 24th            PRAY!  All are welcome as we gather at 7pm to kick off a weekly prayer effort for our schools.  Starting on September 24th we will meet weekly on Wednesday nights for prayer through the school year at Grace in CA120C.  Come when you can!  We need to be on our knees for our schools, our kids, as well as their teachers and administrators!!


October 4th                  BIG SERVE!!  We have an AWESOME opportunity to partner with Grace Church to serve in two local schools for the very first time!  On October 4th we will be taking groups of 30-50 people into Oak Point Elementary and Forest Hills Elementary here in Eden Prairie to paint, clean, organize, do landscaping projects and so much more.  The administration at these schools are THRILLED and we are so excited to show Christ's abundant love through generous service.  PLEASE pray about your family's involvement on this day.  WE NEED YOU!  For more details and to RSVP contact Anita Anderson at


October 8th                  COMPASS PARENT MEETING!!  We will hold our first Compass Parent Meeting at 7pm in CA120C.  We will be discussing our role as parents as our students attend public school.  More details to follow.


November 2nd              PARENTING CLASS!! A parenting class, "Biblical Worldview:  Teaching Our Kids to Think Biblically in a Secular World"  will be held at 9am in Room M209 at Grace.  Description of the class:  From a very early age, our children are surrounded by a secular view of the world which often leaves them with the impression the Bible is nothing but a bunch of made up stories. Teaching our kids to be confident the Bible is true, test everything through the lens of the Bible and see the big picture of biblical history is critical to helping them stand firm in their Christian faith and be prepared for the challenges they will face when they eventually leave home. In her talk, Shyla Allard will share practical ideas centered on these three themes to help us teach our kids to think biblically.


November                   2nd ANNUAL EDUCATOR BREAKFAST!!  Last year as we were just kicking off this ministry God brought us 92 educators from 24 different school districts for this special morning.  In the past year we have had the opportunity to connect with so many more Christian educators that God has called to the public schools.  We are praying that many more will attend so we have the opportunity to equip, encourage and love them up!!  Exact date and details to follow.


Trusting God for an amazing year! 


Mindy Heine

FB - "Compass-Navigating Public Education"


Compass Mission - "To connect and equip Christian educators, parents and students, empowering them to live their faith confidently, in order to transform our public schools though the love and truth of Jesus Christ."