65 young men and women donned their caps and gowns recently as the Pella Christian High School class of 2018 was reminded to stay vigilant in their soul care as they begin the next chapter of their life after high school. As guest speaker Lois Vermeer read through the class’ Bible verse, 1 Timothy 4:12, she said she was reminded of Timothy’s faith journey, as he was brought up in the Christian faith by his mother and his grandmother, Lois. When things get difficult, Vermeer said it may feel like you’re faced with challenges that are beyond your capability to handle. But relying on God will help you fill the deficit, she said. In conclusion she reminded the graduates to acknowledge God in everything as they achieve their goals.
A Pella native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy as a civil engineer corps (CEC) officer, overseeing construction projects that support the Navy’s high-tech fleet of ships, aircraft, equipment and personnel around the world. Ensign Jon Verhoef completed the Civil Engineer Corps Basic Qualification Course at the Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School (CECOS) May 11; he’ll be heading to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan, and will serve as assistant public works officer.