A Heart of Thanksgiving

“But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

Philippians 4:18

     As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, we also must also look around us and see the needs of those who are suffering and those who have true needs.

In the passage above, the apostle Paul is thanking the believers in Philippi for sending gifts to him. Paul calls this kind of giving a sweet smelling sacrifice.

When we take time to help another Christian—especially a leader—we are sacrificing what would otherwise be our own. We may give of our finances or simply of our time to help our brothers and sisters. This simple act of giving is important to our Lord. It pleases Him; quite literally, it makes the almighty God smile!

Look around yourself this season to see those who have real needs. While we expect to spend time with immediate and perhaps extended family members, we must also see the great needs of others.

Of course, the greatest need all of us have is a vital relationship with Jesus Christ, the only true God. It is my prayer that our students and their families will see this primary need and be faithful in sharing the message of salvation in our hurting world.

Basketball Season Begins

Our Blue Knights and Lady Knights basketball teams have started their practices and are getting ready for their first home game this coming week. Please keep an eye on our school calendar as well as the list on this newsletter for a schedule of all upcoming games. All of our families are welcome and encouraged to attend our games for no charge. Make it a fun family evening!

Operation Christmas Child

As you are likely aware, we have been busily planning for one of our school’s annual outreach opportunities, Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. We will prepare shoeboxes to send to needy parts of the world, complete with fun Christmas presents and copies of God’s Word for children.

Each family should have received a reminder email with many more specifics this week. Look carefully at the list of ideas of what can and what cannot be sent to these needy children around the world.

Of special need this year are financial donors to cover the cost of shipping these shoeboxes around the world. Each one costs $7, and last year we sent out about 100 shoeboxes! If you are interested in donating toward the financial aspect of our part of Operation Christmas Child, please contact Mr. Fry or your child’s teacher.

K4 Thanksgiving Program

Each LCA family, and especially those with children in our K4 program, is invited and encouraged to attend our Thanksgiving program this coming Thursday, November 19, starting at 7:00. Mrs. Fry and Mrs. Greaves are eager to present a traditional Thanksgiving program and message under the direction of Mrs. Kupeyan and Mrs. O’Rourke. We are working with the students regularly and know that this will be a special event for each one involved.

Thanksgiving Break

Please mark your calendars for our annual Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday through Friday, November 25-27. Our school and office will be closed all three days with no extended care available. We all hope you will have a special time of giving thanks for God’s rich blessings together with your family. School will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, November 30.

Christmas Programs

Please make plans to be here for one of our Christmas programs next month. These will be special opportunities to hear the traditional Christmas message in song and drama as put on by our students. All programs are held in the sanctuary of Latham Bible Baptist Church.

K5 – December 10 at 7:00 PM

K3 – December 15 at 10:30 AM

1st-6th and HS Ensemble – December 17 at 7:00 PM

Extended Session Billing Change

Based on feedback we have received from our families, our school board has made a change in the way we bill for extended session. Starting last Monday, November 2, students who stay beyond 3:15 but are picked up before 4:00 are billed a percentage of the hour, rather than being charged a $5 flat fee.

We trust that this change will be a benefit for our families. Please contact us if you have any questions about this change.

Please Label All Items

As you can probably imagine, we come across many lost clothing items each week. Mrs. Donnelly, our volunteer librarian, also heads up our lost and found. While you can always check the bin in our library for lost items, we would rather be able to get them directly back to the proper students.

Please label with your child’s name all clothing items your child brings in to school, including outerwear, gloves, hats, and even regular school uniforms. While we may not be able to imagine how a child would get separated from his uniform shirt, it seems to happen regularly!

Upcoming Events

Nov. 16 – Student Leadership Conference (10th-12th)

Nov. 17 – 4:00 PM – Basketball vs. Mountainside

Nov. 19 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

Nov. 19 – 7:00 PM – K4 Thanksgiving Program

Nov. 25-27 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 3 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

Dec. 3 – Away Basketball vs. Hoosac

Dec. 8 – Picture Retake Day

See our full calendar at s.lcany.org/cal