Another Generation

“And there arose another generation . . . which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”

Judges 2:10

      How is it that an entire generation could serve the Lord faithfully during their lifetimes, yet see the next generation turn away so completely from the Lord?  While we can’t really tell exactly what “went wrong” from this passage, we can speculate on some possibilities from other passages in Scripture.

First, perhaps they became too busy serving that they forgot to truly teach their children.  Remember that these people had just seen Jehovah bring Israel great victories over the peoples of the Promised Land.  Moses had warned the people to make sure to teach God’s words to their children, and even to post His commandments around their houses in Deuteronomy 11.  If these people had neglected this important principle, their children may have been lost to worldly philosophies.  We must be sure to guard our times of influence on our own children!

Second, perhaps they began to rely too heavily on the works of their own hands.  Jeremiah 2:11-13 gives us a lesson on a broken cistern made by hand.  A cistern is generally not known for holding the cleanest or purest water, and in this passage this cistern represents trying to achieve spiritual life in our own power.  It would be easy for the children at the time of Joshua to assume that their fathers had won these victories in their own strength, and then logically, they could assume that they themselves could win the same way.  We must be sure to communicate our own dependence on the Lord to our children!

Third, perhaps they forgot to insist to their children that they were a special people.  Moses had taught the Israelite people that they were a holy and peculiar people in Deuteronomy 14:2, but these special people went on to worship the false gods of Baal and Ashtoreth.  While their fathers were off fighting, the children were at home learning from the conquered lands.  Too often our own children do not learn that they are to be a special and distinct people themselves, as 1 Peter 2:9 teaches.  Do we allow our children to act like the world, dress like the world, listen to the world’s music, enjoy the world’s entertainment, and have the world’s attitude?  We must insist that our children be different simply because they are Christians!

Re-Enrollment Continues

Last month our office sent home a packet of information about re-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.  We hope that each family will prayerfully consider continuing to be a part of this ministry again in the coming year.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have so that you can make the best decision for your family.

Remember that the special $45 discount for re-registering early ends on April 3!  Please also remember that re-registration is not complete until payment is received.

LCA Night at LBBC Rescheduled

Each of our school families is invited to a special evening at Latham Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, April 2, starting at 6:00 PM.  Our school will be officially awarded with our accreditation from our state association, the New York Association of Christian Schools.  NYACS executive director Rev. Tom Stiles will be speaking, and a nursery will be provided for children under age three.

If you do not have a regular church home on Sunday evenings, please come out for this special evening here in our church sanctuary where we will celebrate God’s work through the ministry of Christian education.  We know you will receive an encouragement and a blessing!

Spring Pictures

On Tuesday, March 28, Lifetouch, our school picture company, will be returning to take spring pictures.  Students are encouraged to dress up nicely for these pictures and uniforms are not required.  In a change for this year, payment is expected on picture day.  All students will be photographed, however, and parents may still order packages online after picture day.

On Monday, March 27, all students will also be photographed with their classes.  All students should wear their regular uniforms for class picture day.  Class pictures are provided complimentary to each student.

Busing Requests

If your family is planning to use public school busing services to LCA in the coming school year, 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

Senior Spotlight – Macey Ryan

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 continue this week with senior Macey Ryan.

Macey Ryan has attended LCA since 8th grade when she transferred here from Oakwood Christian in Troy.  Macey also attended LCA way back in K3 where she first met classmate Kallie Parker and had Mrs. Cole as her teacher.

Macey’s parents both grew up in Troy where they attended many of the same schools, including Troy High.  Macey’s father studied at Hudson Valley and then transferred to SUNY Utica with a major in industrial technology, while her mother stayed local and attended Hudson Valley and studied criminal justice.  Her parents met through mutual friends at a restaurant in their hometown and have now been married for 21 years.  Today, Macey’s father runs his own business, Ryan’s Painting, and her mother works for the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

Macey has one sibling, her brother TJ, who is in ninth grade at LCA.  She describes her brother as, “Good at doing anything but school!”  TJ enjoys building and fixing things and picks up new skills quickly—as long as they aren’t school related!

Macey has lived in only two homes growing up, first in North Greenbush and now in Brunswick.  She grew up attending Brunswick Baptist Church and now attends Free Spirit Fellowship.  Macey has been very involved in her churches, including ministries in Sunday school where she took turns teaching Bible lessons to children and working in the church nursery.  Macey has also volunteered at Brunswick’s Family Fun Day, providing a fun time for children and their parents each summer.  Having grown up in church and in a Christian home, Macey has known Christ since a young age.  She received confidence in her salvation at age 17 and was recently baptized.

During her time at LCA, Macey has enjoyed several special friendships.  Her first real friend at LCA was Mickayla Mein, who graduated last year.  Macey remembers that Mickayla was the first person to talk to her when she started at LCA.  Macey also enjoys her friendship with classmate Kallie Parker.  Macey reports that she and Kallie started as “enemies” but eventually got to know each other.  Macey says, “We just get along really well.  We like the same things even though we are really different.”

Macey also credits classmate and boyfriend Matthew Heller with making “my time in high school better.”  They began dating the summer after tenth grade.  Macey remembers how nice it has been to have a special friend when things were bad.  She praises Matthew highly by saying, “Knowing that you have that person that cares about the problem even more than you just because you are concerned.”

Macey also fondly remembers two of her teachers.  Mrs. O’Rourke has a special place in Macey’s heart because, “She understands everything.  You can talk to her like a friend.  She understands the students.”  Macey believes that Mrs. Walter is the best teacher at LCA because she is “very encouraging and willing to help.  There’s something extra about her.”

As she leaves LCA, Macey offers some important advice to the younger students.  She regrets not participating in some activities because “I didn’t feel pretty that day.”  Now Macey understands, “It’s not worth it.  Don’t let something others think hold you back from opportunities.”

Macey plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College this fall and begin studying to be a respiratory therapist.  Because she has had severe asthma for her entire life, she hopes to help others with breathing and lung problems.

Macey’s life verse comes from Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Upcoming Events

Mar. 23 – Senior Lunch – Sloppy Joes

Mar. 24 – No Transportation – Shen. District

Mar. 27 – Class Picture Day

Mar. 27 – New England Baptist College – HS Chapel

Mar. 28 – Spring Picture Day

Mar. 30 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs

April 2 – 6:00 PM – LCA Night at LBBC

April 14-21 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Break

April 24-28 – Standardized Testing (K5-11th Grades)