The Gospel of Peace

“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:15

     In the Jewish culture, it is customary to greet one another with a hearty, “Shalom!”  Of course, we know this salutation to have the literal meaning of peace.  The Jewish people have had little peace throughout their existence and long for a permanent peace.

Perhaps part of the reason the Jews have had so little true peace is that God’s enemy has a bullseye on God’s chosen people.  Revelation 6:4 speaks of God’s enemy as one who will take peace away.

Peace seems to be at a real premium in our own culture today.  Nightly newscasts spend nearly their entire broadcast on the coronavirus we now call COVID-19.  Just look at the shopping aisles of any supermarket or drug store in our area and see that people seem to be hoarding everything from hand sanitizer to bottled water.  Even toilet paper can be hard to find!

The Bible speaks of peace 429 times, 111 of them in the New Testament.  Most of the epistles (letters) in the New Testament start or end with a wish for peace, some 26 times.  Not only the Jews long for peace; we Christians do as well.

God has called us to peace (1 Cor 7:15), and He is the Author of peace (1 Cor 14:33).  Christians are commanded to follow peace (2 Tim 2:22), seek peace (1 Pet 3:11), and be at peace (1 Thes 5:13).

Peace is one of the key fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), something a Christian will naturally demonstrate as he lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our world today is stirred up about many things.  If it’s not the coronavirus, it must be the 2020 elections, the stock market, or injustice around the world.  It is truly special to know that the peace of God passes all understanding.  Even though the world may not understand our peace, let’s live it before them today!

Open House TONIGHT!

Each year, we look forward to our open house activities.  This year, we have set An LCA Safari as our theme for the open house scheduled for tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 PM.

In conjunction with the open house, we will be presenting a Science Fair with the work from students in Grades 1 through 12.

Please invite any friends you have who may be interested in the ministry of Latham Christian Academy for their own children.  We hope to have a full house with current students and prospective families and lots of fun, snacks, and fellowship!

Busing Requests

If your family is planning to use public school busing services to LCA in the coming school year for children entering kindergarten (K5) through 12th grades, you must notify your district’s transportation office no later than April 1.  This is a hard deadline and requests made after this date will likely not be honored by your district.

We have some districts’ request forms available in our school office.  Please see Mrs. Kettlewood with any questions.

Re-Enrollment

We recently sent home a packet of information on re-enrolling for the 2020-21 school year.  All families wishing to send their children back to LCA in Fall 2020 must complete the re-enrollment process.  If you need a copy of any of the paperwork, you can get that at our office or on our website or on Sycamore.

We hope you have found the program of LCA to be an encouragement as we partner with our parents to see God’s best in the lives of each student here.  It is our prayer that God will lead you to return this fall and continue to be a part of the ministry here.  Our curriculum is designed with a scope and sequence in which each year builds on the one before it, and we are confident your child will continue to grow through each passing school year.

Please remember that the re-registration fee must be paid at the time of re-enrollment.  (Until April 9, this fee is discounted to $90.)  If you have any questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

Picture Days

Later this month, we will have two additional opportunities for your child to be professionally photographed.  First, on Monday, March 23, all students will have a class picture taken.  Students should wear their regular uniforms for this picture, and Lifetouch will provide a complimentary copy to each student.

Second, on Wednesday, March 25, students may have their picture taken for Spring Picture Day.  Order forms will be sent home ahead of time, and students who choose to be photographed may dress up for these pictures.  (Students who are not purchasing a picture should wear their regular school uniforms.)

Please contact our school office with any questions about our Lifetouch school picture program.

Moving Up Day

On Friday, February 28, our K4 students had an opportunity to get the feel for our kindergarten classroom as they enjoyed some class time with Mrs. Kupeyan and our current kindergarten students.  We hope that our K4 students went home telling their parents about this experience.

As your family considers re-enrolling for this fall, please feel free to contact Mr. Fry, Mrs. Mein, or Mrs. Kettlewood with any questions you may have about our full school program from K3 through 12th grade.

Upcoming Events

March 12 – 7:00 PM – LCA OPEN HOUSE

March 13 – NO SCHOOL

March 16-20 – Hour of Code (Grades 3-8)

March 18 – 6-Week Progress Reports (Grades 1-12)

March 19 – Senior Lunch – Sloppy Joes

March 23 – Class Picture Day

March 25 – Spring Picture Day

March 26 – Senior Lunch – Macaroni and Cheese

March 27 – End of Third Quarter

April 1 – Report Cards Sent Home

April 2 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs

April 10-17 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Break

April 19-25 – Senior Trip to The Wilds

April 21-24 – Standardized Testing (Grades K5-11)

When Education Rejects God

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.”

2 Peter 3:17

     Earlier this week, we sent out a Parent Update to each family with an article written by Dr. Phil Suiter titled “When Education Rejects God and Creationism, What’s Left?”

Where does our sense of purpose come from?  How can we give our children that sense of purpose?  Unfortunately, the government schools around us are failing our children, failing them because they leave out the foundation for everyone and everything around us.

As Dr. Suiter writes, without a biblical foundation for our children, they will have no sense of responsibility to God, they will have no common understanding of what is right and wrong, they will not have a common definition of truth, and they will not have a common purpose for life.

At LCA, we are committed to instilling a rock-solid foundation of God’s word and His truth in the life of each student entrusted to our care during the school day.  The Bible is the foundation of every class we teach, including subjects that are sometimes viewed as purely academic.

We must teach our students why 2+2=4—after all, God established this foundational truth.  When we leave His truth out, we can answer that question in no other way than through our own experience.  All of us should realize how faulty our experience can be.

We see God working through history.  He is accomplishing His plan even through the extreme sinfulness of man.  From Viking raids to the American Civil War and even to the Holocaust, God’s plan will be accomplished.  Our students learn to discern that as they study.

In every subject and through every class, we desire our students to have a solid foundation so that they will never “fall from their own steadfastness.”  Thank you for your support of our mission here at LCA.

Open House

     Each year, we look forward to our open house activities.  This year, we have set An LCA Safari as our theme for the open house scheduled for Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 PM.

In conjunction with the open house, we will be presenting a Science Fair with the work from students in Grades 1 through 12.

Please invite any friends you have who may be interested in the ministry of Latham Christian Academy for their own children.  We hope to have a full house with current students and prospective families and lots of fun, snacks, and fellowship!

Busing Requests

If your family is planning to use public school busing services to LCA in the coming school year for children entering kindergarten (K5) through 12th grades, you must notify your district’s transportation office no later than April 1.  This is a hard deadline and requests made after this date will likely not be honored by your district.

We have some districts’ request forms available in our school office.  Please see Mrs. Kettlewood with any questions.

Re-Enrollment

We recently sent home a packet of information on re-enrolling for the 2020-21 school year.  All families wishing to send their children back to LCA in Fall 2020 must complete the re-enrollment process.  If you need a copy of any of the paperwork, you can get that at our office or on our website or on Sycamore.

We hope you have found the program of LCA to be an encouragement as we partner with our parents to see God’s best in the lives of each student here.  It is our prayer that God will lead you to return this fall and continue to be a part of the ministry here.  Our curriculum is designed with a scope and sequence in which each year builds on the one before it, and we are confident your child will continue to grow through each passing school year.

Please remember that the re-registration fee must be paid at the time of re-enrollment.  (Until April 9, this fee is discounted to $90.)  If you have any questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

Senior Spotlight – TJ Ryan

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have four graduating seniors during the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2020 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We begin this week with senior TJ Ryan.

    Timothy James Ryan first attended LCA in 5th grade with Mrs. Diggs after leaving Oakwood Christian in Troy.  Altogether, TJ has attended LCA for a total of seven years.

TJ’s parents both grew up in Troy where they attended many of the same schools, including Troy High.  TJ’s father studied at Hudson Valley and then transferred to SUNY Utica with a major in industrial technology, while his mother stayed local and attended Hudson Valley and studied criminal justice.  TJ’s parents met through mutual friends at a restaurant in their hometown and have now been married for 24 years.  Today, TJ’s father runs his own business, Ryan’s Painting, and his mother works for the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

TJ has an older sister, Macey, who graduated from LCA in the Class of 2017 and is now engaged to be married next year to her LCA classmate Matthew Heller.  Macey works as an assistant teacher at an area daycare.

TJ has lived in only two homes growing up, first in North Greenbush and now in Brunswick.  He has attended Brunswick Baptist Church for as long as he can remember.

His sister led him to Christ when he was about 7 years old.  TJ was baptized at BBC when he was about 10 years old.  TJ serves his church at their annual Family Fun Day each summer where he helps setup and run the games in this outreach ministry.

Mrs. Diggs remembers the fifth-grade TJ as a “goofball” who couldn’t seem to pronounce the word pistachio correctly!  During that year with Mrs. Diggs, TJ was classmate’s Domenico’s constant sidekick!  (In fact, the cover picture of LCA’s Facebook page still shows the two of them together!)

When he was asked for special memories, TJ at first demurred, saying, “It’s school!”  TJ does, in fact, have many special memories from his years here at LCA, primarily focused on the people around him.  Classmate and friend Mikael Flory is at the top of that list.  TJ told us, “Mike is a good friend,” also referring to him as a “hippie” and “just a chill guy.”  TJ and Mikael have been together at LCA since 9th grade.

Mr. Fry’s classes are also “very memorable” to TJ, remembering his classes as “crazy but great!”  He will also remember Mrs. Walter as “just a good person,” noting that she “never gets angry no matter how many times you don’t do your homework.  Not that I’ve been there.  I’ve just seen it!”  Mrs. Walter is simply “a great teacher,” in TJ’s words.

TJ also has an important piece of advice for the underclassmen and other younger students at LCA.  “It might feel it is going slow at the moment, but it really goes fast.  Tenth grade on feels like one year—it’s scary!”  He encourages these younger students, “When you look back, you want to be able to say, ‘I tried my best.’”

After he graduates, TJ plans to get into an apprentice program with a trade union as a pipefitter, while continuing to work with his father on the side.

TJ’s life verse is 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”