Waiting

 “How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?”

Psalm 13:1

     So, how long can you wait?

A child will eagerly await his birthday or Christmas for those shiny gifts.  A teenager will count the days until he can get his driver’s license.  A young adult anticipates his wedding day.  A maturing man knows the exact date of retirement.

We are often eager for things to come quickly.  God does not operate on this timetable, however.  After all, Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of Isaac.  Isaac then had to wait 20 years for children.  Joseph had to wait 13 years to be set free from his bondage.  Moses had to wait 80 years to begin his God-ordained ministry.

Perhaps the hardest wait in Scripture was for Mary and Martha whose brother Lazarus lay dying.  Jesus was not very far away, yet he waited a few days before coming to visit his friend Lazarus.  In these days, Lazarus died.  When Jesus arrived for his visit, Mary and Martha had lost all hope.

Jesus’ wait was for a reason, however.  His glory was greatly revealed when he called Lazarus back to life.  His sisters’ attitude instantly changed to one of rejoicing and celebration.

We learn in Isaiah 40:31 that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”  Psalm 27:14 teaches us, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thee.”  Romans 8:25 goes on to remind us, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

While our attitude may be one of desperation believing that God may never answer, we can see the results of waiting on the Lord in the final verse from the psalm above, “I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

He certainly has been bountifully good to all of us!  Let’s wait on Him and His blessings today.

Spirit Week

      We have enjoyed a fun Spirit Week this week with many fun and unusual “costumes”!  Because last Tuesday ended up being a snow day, we have rescheduled our “Comfy Cozy Day” for this coming Monday, January 30.  We will return to regular dress code on Tuesday.  As always, please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

Winter Break

      As you make plans for February, please remember that LCA will be closed for our annual winter break on February 20-24.  If you need another copy of our school calendar, you may request one at our school office or download it from our website.

Candy-Grams

The Senior Class will, once again, be selling “Candy-grams” to all of you who want to express your love and appreciation for someone special in your life!  They will be delivering your message and “4 chocolate kisses” to those special people for you on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  If you prefer, you may purchase a beautiful, long-stemmed rose to surprise a special friend! (Maybe have your child order one for his/her teacher!!)

Prices:  Candy-gram                $ .50

            Long-stemmed Rose     $2.00

            Rose with candy-gram  $2.50

We will be sending order forms home with your child during the week before.  Thank you for supporting our Senior Class and their efforts to raise funds for their Senior Trip. 

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 9, at 7:00 PM.  (Please note the date change from the original school calendar.)

      In conjunction with the open house, we will be presenting a History Fair with the work from students in Grades 1 through 12.  You should expect to receive more information on these projects in the next few weeks.

      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!

Lost and Found

      Our volunteer librarian, Mrs. Donnelly, also oversees items we find around our building.  She has posted a list of some items waiting to be claimed by their owners.

Black belt

Black gloves

Red gloves

Hats – Thomas the Train, Knit striped cap, Navy knit cap

Black fleece jacket with hood, Aeropostale

Black pants

Brown suede boots

Striped gray and white top

Chicago bears sweat shirt

Tinkerbell back pack

If any of these items are yours, please stop by the bin in our library to pick them up.  Thank you!

Senior Spotlight – Victoria Hauprich

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have six graduating seniors during the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Many of these members of the Class of 2017 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all contributed a great deal to the ministry here.  Each remaining month during the school year, we will be highlighting one of the seniors in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We begin this week with senior Victoria Hauprich.

Victoria has attended LCA since ninth grade when she transferred here from Our Savior’s Lutheran where she had attended for two years previously.  Victoria values her family and enjoys talking about the large family God has blessed her with.

Victoria’s father grew up in Ballston Spa where he graduated from high school.  Not long after graduation, he got a job at the Clifton Park Price Chopper where he has now worked for over 30 years.  Victoria’s mother grew up in Glenville.  The two of them met through Victoria’s mother’s brother Dave who became friends with her father and introduced them to each other.  They have now been married for over twenty years.

Victoria has four older siblings.  Her brother Aaron lives in Schenectady and has two girls.  Victoria’s sister Jessie lives in Saratoga and is a stay-at-home mother to her four children and enjoys marathon running.  Victoria has another brother Andrew and sister Jordan who are both attending college in Littleton, New Hampshire.  Victoria also has four younger brothers, all of whom are current students at LCA.

Victoria attends Grace Fellowship in Latham.  She accepted Christ and was baptized as a child.  In a previous church, she volunteered at various ministries including at the Veterans’ Miracle Center and is looking for ways to be involved at her new church.

Victoria has at least one special memory from her time at LCA, when Mr. Fry jumped on top of the desk in the classroom because of poor grammar the class had shown on a research paper for Government class during her junior year.

Victoria has particularly appreciated her friendship with fellow senior Lena.  Victoria reports, “She’s weird.  We’re both weird and together are extra weird!”  Her classmates would likely agree with this statement.

Victoria is still seeking God’s will for what she will do after graduation.  She is considering attending White Mountains Community College in New Hampshire where her brother and sister are current students.  Because of her love for animals, Victoria desires to become a veterinarian.  Victoria claims Psalm 100:5 as a special Scripture passage, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Upcoming Events

Jan. 27 – 4:30 – Home Basketball vs. Wilton

Jan. 31 – 4:00 – Home Basketball vs. Redemption

Feb. 2 – Senior Lunch – Sloppy Joes

Feb. 3 – Away Basketball vs. King’s

Feb. 6 – 4:00 – Home Basketball vs. Faith

Feb. 9 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs

Feb. 9 – Away Basketball vs. Mohawk Valley

Feb. 10 – Away Basketball vs. Mountainside

Feb. 14 – Candy-Grams for Valentine’s Day!

Feb. 20-24 – NO SCHOOL – Winter Break