“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in so doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

1 Timothy 4:16

      Sometimes, making a commitment is the easy part!  We can easily promise to be involved in a community event or pledge money to charity.  The hard part can be following through and actually getting involved or writing that check.  When it comes to our spiritual lives, however, not keeping our promises to God can have tragic results.

Our lack of commitment can sometimes be caused by our own covetousness.  Genesis 13 tells us the story of the division between Abraham and Lot.  The younger Lot chose to claim lush, fertile land and leave the harsher, drier land to his older uncle.  Because of this choice, Lot ended up losing his family to the wickedness of the city of Sodom.

Another cause of our lack of commitment can be pride.  Proverbs 16:18 reminds us that, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  Are we willing to take advice and counsel from others?  When we feel that we are the only ones we can really trust, we are headed for disaster in our personal lives.

Sometimes, selfishness can lead us not to keep our promises to God.  Proverbs 14:14 tells us, “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways.”  When we replace “Thy will be done” with “My will be done,” we are in real trouble!

Other times, we are just living in disobedience when we do not keep our commitments to the Lord.  King Saul turned from following God, according to 1 Samuel 15:11, and his decision cost him the kingdom.  God replaced him with King David.  When we do not keep our promises to the Lord, we should examine our lives for disobedience.

2 Timothy 4:10 gives the sad example of a man named Demas who left the apostle Paul because he loved the things of this world more than he loved God’s messenger.  This danger is perhaps even greater in the twenty-first century than it was in the first century as we struggle with a world where our worth is sometimes measured by how much “stuff” we possess.

Whatever the reason, we must re-commit ourselves to continuing in the things we have been taught and keeping the promises and spiritual commitments we have made.  Only then can we expect God’s blessings!

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 this Monday, April 3!  Please also remember that re-registration is not complete until payment is received.

LCA Night at LBBC This Sunday

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!

Main Entrance Changes

As you are aware, during the school day, our front entrance is generally unlocked and the hallways are monitored by our staff members.  Our church’s leadership and membership has decided to replace the existing front doors with more attractive glass doors and to begin locking the doors during the day to increase security for our students and staff.

You can expect more communication from us once the new doors are installed about policy changes relating to this change.  We will also be contacting our families about helping sponsor this project financially.  All together, we will be spending about $6,300.  We would appreciate any help our families can give toward meeting this goal.

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 immediately—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.

Standardized Testing

Immediately after Easter Break, our students in K5 through grade 11 will be taking the Iowa Achievement Tests, our school’s standardized testing.  We ask you to be sure your students are in attendance and on time each day and that they get a good night’s rest each evening throughout this week.  If you have any questions about this testing, please contact Mrs. Mein or your child’s teacher.  Thank you for your help through this important part of our program here at LCA.

Upcoming Events

April 2 – 6:00 PM – LCA Night at LBBC

April 5 – Report Cards Sent Home

April 6 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

April 13 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

April 14-21 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Break

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

April 27 – Senior Lunch – Nachos

May 1 – Secondary Chapel – Florida Bible College