Our Great God

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, I my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

Psalm 103:1-2

     As he penned this psalm, King David was reflecting on the many wonderful attributes of our God.

In verse 3, David meditates on God, “who forgiveth all thine iniquities.”  All of us can thank God that we will never have our good deeds weighed against our bad to determine our eternal destiny.  Instead, only Jesus Christ’s blood will be seen when we are called to give account of our lives.

David then goes on to praise God because he “satisfieth thy mouth with good things” (verse 5).  Any of us who takes a few minutes to count our blessings will quickly realize the richness of God’s goodness to us.  We do not need to crave “stuff” because God gives us enough to satisfy our longings.

In a world where we regularly hear of those who are taken advantage of, we can praise God with David that “the Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed” (verse 6).  All of us greave when we hear of a disabled or poor person who loses all he has at the hands of a cruel neighbor.  It is great to know that God will take up the cause of the disadvantaged.

The following verse gives us one more reason to thank our Lord. “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”  So many religions around the world worship a God or gods who make themselves a mystery or puzzle, seeming to expect their followers to search for a way to please them.  Our great God revealed Himself to us in His Word.  While we cannot understand every part of Him, He does allow us to know His thoughts and the way to please Him!

Psalm 103 goes on to list several more reasons to praise our all-powerful God.  Each Christian should spend some time in this rich Psalm of worship, praise, and celebration.

End of First Semester

On Friday, January 24, the first semester will end at LCA.  This marks the halfway point of our school year and the end of the second marking period.

Along with a new marking period, the discipline record will start fresh for all secondary students.

All of those students who have ordered pizza during the first semester will need to order again for the second semester.  The cost is only $22 per slice, covering each Wednesday for the remainder of the school year.

Report cards will be sent out to all grades on Wednesday, January 29.

Operation Christmas Child Update

A couple of months ago, LCA students packed up about ninety shoeboxes full of gifts to send the Gospel message around the world.  We have been notified that our boxes were sent to the Dominican Republic and to the African nation of Togo.  Please continue to be in prayer for the children who will receive these boxes.

Ensemble to Sing at Siena

On Friday evening, February 14, our secondary ensemble will be singing the National Anthem before the start of the basketball game at Siena College.  Special tickets are available through our school office for $10 or $8 for youth.  Please let Mrs. Elise Mansfield know by January 24 if you would like to purchase a ticket and come out and enjoy a basketball game and encourage our ensemble members.  You may contact Mrs. Mansfield at emansfield@lcany.org.

Boys’ Basketball Season Continues

Our Blue Knights boys’ basketball team has had a strong start to their season.  Our next home game is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, against Perth Christian, starting at 4:00.  Please come out and support Coach Henry and each of the boys—and keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter for a complete list of all of our basketball games.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 16 – 12:30 PM – PSAT Interpretation (10th-11th)

Jan. 20 – Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Jan. 21 – 4:00 – Home Basketball vs. Perth

Jan. 23 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

Jan. 23 – 4:00 – Home Mod. Basketball vs. Augustine

Jan. 24 – End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester

Jan. 24 – 4:00 – Away Basketball at Perth

Jan. 27-31 – National School Choice Week

Jan. 29 – Report Cards Sent Home

Jan. 30 – Senior Lunch – Fish Sticks

Jan. 31 – 3:30 – Away Mod. Basketball at Augustine

Feb. 10-17 – SPIRIT WEEK

The Birth of Jesus

“And [Mary] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7

      We expect a great leader of our world to make a great entrance full of pageantry and pomp, probably also accompanied by a large security detail to keep people away from him!  The one God of the universe stepped into our world in a very different way.

By His own choice, He came as a baby.  Of course, God could have made His appearance as a mighty man or even as a fearsome creature.  Perhaps many more people would have followed Him after just such an advent.  He expected those early worshipers to accept Him by faith, seeing God even in what must have seemed to be an ordinary baby.

Second, Jesus came to a poor, hardworking family.  Most of us will never have the privilege of a presidential candidate or other leading politician stopping by our house to spend time together; we simply do not have the money they are interested in!  God, however, came to what might be called a “working class” family, one able to support a young child, but not one likely to be well-known in social circles.

Third, Jesus came in a humble setting.  Many pagan myths around the world deal with a mythological deity coming to earth.  None of them show their gods humbling themselves so much as to rest in a stall prepared for barnyard animals to eat from.  Although our God deserves the richest accommodations, He was willing to live an ordinary—even a poor—life as an example to His followers.

We praise God for sending His Son to us to be born and raised exactly as He had determined and revealed in prophecy.  We hope each of our families will be able to celebrate His life, death, and resurrection this Christmas season!

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!

Christmas Programs

Over the past month, our students presented two Christmas programs and a Thanksgiving program. The videos for these programs are available on our school YouTube channel, MrFryLCA. If you are interested in getting copies of the pictures taken by our yearbook staff, please contact Mr. Fry.

These Christmas programs clearly presented the true message of Thanksgiving and of Jesus’ birth. We appreciate the hard work of our students and directors in preparing for and in delivering these programs.

Christmas Gift — THANK YOU!

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the sacrificial monetary gifts given by our families.  Every dollar given at the Christmas programs and directly though our school office has been distributed to our teachers and support staff.  We all appreciate the privilege of serving your family through the educational ministry of Latham Bible Baptist Church.

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.

Upcoming Days Off

Please keep an eye on your school calendar for days school will be closed after Christmas.  We will be closed for the federal holiday on January 20.  We will also be closed for Winter Break starting on Monday, February 17, through Friday, February 21.

As always, if you have any questions about our schedule, please feel free to contact our school office.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break

Jan. 8 – Progress Reports Issued (Grades 1-12)

Jan. 9 – Senior Lunch – Macaroni and Cheese

Jan. 9 – ASVAB Interpretation (Grades 11-12)

Jan. 10 – 4:00 PM – Boys’ Basketball at Grapeville

Jan. 13 – 3:15 PM – Basketball Picture Day

Jan. 14 – 4:00 PM – Home Boys’ Basketball vs. Faith

Jan. 16 – 12:30 PM – PSAT Interpretation (10th-11th)

The True Meaning of Christmas

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

      Could you imagine attending a birthday party in your honor in which no one is allowed to say or write your name?

Unfortunately, in the name of multiculturalism and tolerance, too often in America today, we hear a “Happy Holidays” spoken and we celebrate a “Winter Break.”

We would rightly be offended if no one would wish us a “Happy Birthday” by name at our own party.  It is hard to imagine that our Savior is not hurt by these efforts on the day we have chosen to celebrate His earthly birthday.

This shift is even more painful because of the wonderful names given to our Lord.  The verse above details just a few of those names.

First, Jesus Christ is known as Wonderful.  This word focuses especially on His works, which works are marvelous, admirable, and full of wonder.  Each of us can speak of those great works of Christ in our own life.

Second, our Savior is to be called Counselor.  The Hebrew word used here is one for an advisor or consultant.  Just as we value experts for areas in which we need guidance in our personal and business lives, we also thank God for the ministry of Jesus Christ.  He leads and directs our lives through the Holy Spirit each day!

Third, our Lord is crowned as The Mighty God and The Everlasting Father.  Throughout history, many have tried to deny the deity of Jesus Christ, numbering Him among the prophets or other notable men.  We recognize that the One born in the manger in Bethlehem is truly the Creator God who spoke the universe into existence!  These two titles speak of Jesus as the all-powerful God.

Fourth, Jesus Christ is called The Prince of Peace.  This well-known name reminds us of the offer of peace He gives to each of us.  While wars and rumors of wars swirl all around us, we thank God for the inner peace He brings.

We encourage each of our families to remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the many names of Jesus Christ with our families!