Prayer with Thanksgiving

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”

Daniel 6:10

     The biblical story of Daniel is a familiar one to many of us.  Captured from Israel as a young man and brought to Babylon far from his family, friends, and worship of the one true God, Daniel determined to stand for God in spite of the circumstances.  Through his life, he was threatened with death several times before the encounter recorded in our text above.

The Babylonian rulers were frustrated that Daniel, a foreigner, was promoted above them into a high political position.  They figured the only way they could remove him was to use his worship of his God against him.  They goaded the king into writing a new law banning the worship of anyone other than the king for 30 days.

Daniel knew of this law, but it did not change anything in his worship.  He continued to pray three times a day in spite of the new law.  Even though he faced the death sentence for this dedication, God spared him from the mouths of a den of hungry lions.

We desire all of our families would have this kind of dedication to the worship of our God.  It is interesting, however, that Daniel took time to give thanks to God even when his life was in grave danger.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our family and friends, we should each have the same dedication to prayer and thanksgiving as Daniel had.  We are not called simply to “Give Thanks” or “Be Grateful” as some tell us.  Instead, we should be giving thanks to God and praise Him for all of His great blessings.

In Philippians 4:6, the Apostle Paul asks Christians to let their requests be given to God “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.”  May we all be known as thankful people to our great God!

Thanksgiving Break

LCA will be closed from Wednesday, November 27, through Friday, November 29, for Thanksgiving Break.  We hope many of our families will be able to spend some quality time with family and friends as we celebrate God’s goodness to us and to our country.

Operation Christmas Child

Our school classes had a great time this week preparing and packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Expect a full update in the near future on the total number of boxes our families contributed.

If you would like to help financially toward Samaritan’s Purse and their efforts to ship and distribute the boxes around the world, it’s not too late!  You can contribute through their website or send your money to our school office and we will send the funds in all together.

Christmas Programs

I trust you will make plans even now to be here yourself and invite friends and family to be here for our Christmas programs coming up in December.  The children are already working very hard to prepare music and drama, and they love seeing those familiar and friendly faces in the auditorium.

      K3 and K5 Christmas Program: Thursday, December 12

      Elementary Christmas Program: Tuesday, December 17

If you have any questions about these programs, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.  Both programs will begin at 7:00 PM and be held in our church auditorium.

Boys’ Basketball Season Begins

Basketball practices started this week for our secondary boys who are looking forward to another exciting season.  Our Blue Knights team is coached again this season by Mr. Mike Henry.  All of our families are welcome and encouraged to attend any of our home games.  Keep an eye on this newsletter for a complete list of upcoming games.

Emergency Closings Information

With the arrival of such cold air, we know that snow may be coming sooner rather than later this year!  Although this is rare, LCA will close or delay opening when the roads are unusually dangerous in the morning.  LCA may also take the unusual step of dismissing early if an unexpected storm comes in and the roads appear to be getting worse in the afternoon.

Our school will generally follow the schedule of the North Colonie School District since they have more information available to them than we do.  From time to time, however, we may do something different.  We encourage you to monitor local media for our school specifically.  When we need to change our schedule, we will send an email to all families and notify local media.  Most area TV stations will carry this information on the air and online.  One site we recommend is WNYT Channel 13: https://wnyt.com/closings/.  You can even download their app to your phone and receive notifications whenever LCA posts a schedule change.

LCA also provides a voice phone call for school closings and major schedule changes.  You will need to sign up for this service, even if you have received these notifications in the past.  To help make this service affordable, we do limit this to one phone number per family.  Most phone calls are generated early in the morning (generally between 5 AM and 6:15 AM.)  If you would like to receive this phone call, please complete the request form on our website: http://s.lcany.org/snow.

Attendance Reminder

As we get into the more challenging weather of the school year, please remember LCA’s attendance policies.  Each tardy is recorded as one-third of an absence, whether excused or not.  These absences are tracked and become a part of a student’s permanent record.

In addition, our school has policies regarding maximum number of absences for any reason and policies for requesting vacation days from school.  If you have any questions about our policies, please refer to pages 34-37 of our Parent/Student Handbook.

Office 365 ProPlus Available

All LCA students automatically qualify for a subscription to Office 365 ProPlus through our licensing agreement with Microsoft.  Students in Grades 7-12 may visit portal.microsoft.com and login with their student email address and password (followed by the ! character) to download the latest version of Microsoft Office for PCs and Macs.  You may also login the same way using the smartphone or tablet versions of Office.

If you would like to have a login and have a student below seventh grade, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Mr. Fry at bfry@lcany.org.

Christmas Break – LCA Closed

LCA will be closed from Monday, December 23, through Friday, January 3, for Christmas Break.  This break is longer than some of our local public school districts, and our office will also be closed during this time.  Classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, January 6.

We appreciate the support of our families in scheduling trips over the regular vacation times so that their children do not miss classes.  Being sure your child is in class every day is a great way to support academic success!

Upcoming Events

Nov. 26 – 3-Week Progress Reports (Grades 7-12)

Nov. 27-29 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 5 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

Dec. 10 – Secondary Ensemble to Nursing Homes

Dec. 12 – Senior Lunch – Fish Sticks

Dec. 12 – 7:00 PM – K3/K5 Christmas Program

Dec. 17 – 7:00 PM – 1st-12th Christmas Program

Our Unique God

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

Philippians 2:9-10

     As Christians, we worship a God who makes the claim to be unique.  He is not one among many gods; He is the one true God.  All of creation will one day willingly bow the knee and worship the great Creator God.

So, who is this One to whom we will all one day pay a solemn homage?  He is the One who sent His Son to earth, humbling Him to live among His creation.  This Son, Jesus Christ, truly was “born to die,” to give His life as a covering for the sins of each of us.  Because we each owe a high debt for the pain we have caused to our Creator, we must rely on the finished work of Jesus Christ.

After the humiliation of Jesus, willingly suffering the death of a criminal and slave, we see that every tongue of every language of every nation and people group around the world will one day recognize in praise the kingdom of our Redeemer.

Matthew 28:18 tells us that all power has been given to this One who submitted to His heavenly Father’s will.  Jesus Christ sits beside the throne of God in the position of greatest exaltation in the universe.

We encourage each one to accept the reign of Jesus Christ as ruler of his own life.  Since God has decreed that each knee will one day bow to Him, why not bow in humble submission today to the one unique ruler?

Pastor Walter, Mr. Fry, or any of our staff members would be eager to speak with you about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We serve a great Creator and look forward to sharing His message of love and salvation with our students and their families!

Veterans’ Day

In celebration of Veterans’ Day, LCA will be closed this coming Monday, November 11.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 12, on a regular schedule.  We appreciate all of those who have served our country in the Armed Forces!

Operation Christmas Child

LCA recently kicked off our annual Operation Christmas Child program.  This program distributes shoeboxes full of Christmas presents to needy children around the world and includes the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.  We are already collecting small items that can be included in these boxes that the classes will be packing the week of November 18.  Please be sure all items are sent into your child’s teacher by that date.

Please contact your child’s teacher or our school office if you have any questions about the types of items you can send in.  Remember that all items must be small enough to fit into a standard sized shoebox and cannot include candy, liquids, or “war” toys.  Small stuffed animals, toiletry items (like toothbrushes, washcloths, and bar soap), and small school supplies can make great gifts—as long as they can fit in a standard-sized shoebox.

Of special need this year are financial donors to cover the cost of shipping these shoeboxes around the world. Each one costs $9, and last year we sent out nearly 100 shoeboxes! If you are interested in donating toward the financial aspect of our part of Operation Christmas Child, please contact Mr. Fry.

Picture Retake Day

All families who ordered school pictures should have already received their portraits.  If you are not satisfied with the quality of the pictures, please return the pictures with your child this coming Tuesday, November 12.  We will retake pictures that day and will offer pictures to any students who were absent on the original picture day.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

Emergency Closings Information

With the arrival of such cold air, we know that snow may be coming sooner rather than later this year!  Although this is rare, LCA will close or delay opening when the roads are unusually dangerous in the morning.  LCA may also take the unusual step of dismissing early if an unexpected storm comes in and the roads appear to be getting worse in the afternoon.

Our school will generally follow the schedule of the North Colonie School District since they have more information available to them than we do.  From time to time, however, we may do something different.  We encourage you to monitor local media for our school specifically.  When we need to change our schedule, we will send an email to all families and notify local media.  Most area TV stations will carry this information on the air and online.  One site we recommend is WNYT Channel 13: https://wnyt.com/closings/.  You can even download their app to your phone and receive notifications whenever LCA posts a schedule change.

LCA also provides a voice phone call for school closings and major schedule changes.  You will need to sign up for this service, even if you have received these notifications in the past.  To help make this service affordable, we do limit this to one phone number per family.  Most phone calls are generated early in the morning (generally between 5 AM and 6:15 AM.)  If you would like to receive this phone call, please complete the request form on our website: http://s.lcany.org/snow.