Rich in Mercy

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

     In Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul reminds his readers of the great mercy our God has for us.  One commentator defines mercy as, “rescuing someone from his or her miserable condition.”

It can be easy to forget the miserable condition each of us was rescued from.  We lived under a death sentence, were controlled by a hostile force, and were contaminated in every part.  The first three verses of this great chapter give the details of how desperate each of us was before meeting Christ.

No part of us deserved Christ’s love, but His mercy was offered to us anyway.  To those who choose to accept this free gift of mercy, God intervenes and changes our truly miserable condition.

God changes the verdict against us from guilty to sinless perfection.  He then changes our natural disposition from one living in opposition to Him to one desiring fellowship with Him.  He also changes the destiny of our souls from an eternity of separation in hell to a glorious one of communion with the almighty God in heaven forever.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this mercy is that God takes pleasure in giving it.  He is never begrudging in His offer of salvation.  He never tires of showing mercy even when we continue not deserving it.  Truly, as the verse above reminds us, God is “rich in mercy”!

As you live your life, are you praising God for His wonderful mercy?  If you have never accepted this great gift, we encourage you to read and study Ephesians 2.  Please consider taking hold of God’s mercy.  There’s plenty of it for all of us!

Based upon “Beholding the God of Mercy” from Taking Time to Quiet Your Soul by Jim Berg.

Field Day

Our annual Field Day is scheduled for next Friday, May 26.  This is an exciting morning of fun and outdoor activities.  The event will be a little different this year than in past years, but we would still like to have parent helpers that morning.  If you are able to help, please let your child’s teacher know.

With all of the rain we have had, we are waiting for our field to dry out.  If we need to postpone or cancel the event, we will let our families know by email.

End-of-Year Schedule

As we approach the end of the school year, please be aware of the schedule for your students.  The last day for K3, K4, and K5 students will be Thursday, June 8.  No classes or extended session will be available after this date.

Students in Grades 1 through 6 will have regular full days of school through Thursday, June 15.  Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, June 16.  No extended session is available after noon on the last day of school.

Students in Grades 7 through 12 will have full days of school through Monday, June 12.  Tuesday through Thursday, June 13 through 15 will be reserved for exams and final tests.  Secondary students will be dismissed at 11:45 each of those days.  Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, June 16.

If you have any questions about our schedule at the end of the year, please contact your child’s teacher or our school office.

Please Be on Time!

Please remember that classes begin promptly at 8:20 for all grades.  Students who arrive after that time cause a disruption in the classroom.  In addition, we are starting program practices for students in K3, K4, and K5, and we do not want anyone to miss out on rehearsal time.

End-of-Year Programs

Please be making plans now to be here for our programs at the end of the year.  The kindergarten classes all have special programs to celebrate what these little ones have learned throughout the year.  The elementary and secondary grades have a special awards chapel on the last day of school.  Of course, the year ends as we celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors.

Please make note of the following schedule and make plans to be here for as many of these programs as possible.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

K3 Program – Tuesday, June 6, 10:00 AM

K4 Program – Thursday, June 8, 10:00 AM

K5 Graduation – Thursday, June 8, 7:00 PM

Elementary Awards – Friday, June 16, 8:45 AM

Secondary Awards – Friday, June 16, 10:00 AM

Secondary Commencement – June 16, 7:00 PM

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.  You should also have received a letter from Mr. Fry 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.

Senior Spotlight – Kallie Parker

Kallie Parker has attended LCA for fifteen years, starting with Mrs. Cole’s K3 class in 2002!  She has been at this school longer than any of her other classmates and will become the fourth in her family to graduate from this school.

Kallie’s mother is from New England, growing up in Middletown Springs, Vermont, to a family of native New Englanders.  By contrast, Kallie’s father grew up in the deep south, all the way down in Charleston, South Carolina.  The two met when she taught his niece in 6th grade.  At first, Kallie’s mother did not want to go out with someone shorter than she!  Kallie’s father was working at a small card shop creating cards himself; Mr. Parker is quite talented in calligraphy.  The two did eventually start dating and finally married after they moved north.

For a time, both of Kallie’s parents taught in LCA’s elementary school program.  Kallie had the unusual privilege of having her own mother as a teacher for a year.  She remembers that her mother would have to go through the names of all three of her siblings—Will, Cheyenne, Sierra—before getting her name correct!  Kallie also remembers that her mother was a very good teacher and especially made science interesting.

Kallie points out that each of her siblings is very different from the others.  Kallie also reports that she could tell plenty of stories of them beating her up as a kid!  All three of the girls loved horses, but Will was always terrified of them, even of the smallest pony in the barn.  Kallie enjoyed riding and showing horses before they moved away from the horse barn.

Kallie has many fond memories of time at LCA with Mickayla Mein, who graduated from LCA last year.  Many of her memories center on getting in trouble after school, especially once when Mr. Fry asked who was supervising the two of them in Mrs. Mein’s classroom one afternoon.  They responded in unison, “Jesus!”  Mickayla and Kallie would enjoy crazy times together and playing together in recess.  Kallie has missed hanging out and seeing Mickayla every day this year.

Kallie has also appreciated the teachers here at LCA.  Mrs. Mein “always pushed me to do better” and was “always there.”  Mrs. O’Rourke listens well and “gives us a hug when we need it” and has always “been there in the hard times” and “gives good advice.”  Mrs. Kettlewood has been “brutally honest, but very loving; puts us in our place, but at the right time, she knows to provide encouragement.”

The only church Kallie can remember is Latham Bible Baptist Church where she has grown up.  Kallie accepted Christ as her Savior at five years old and was baptized about two years later by Pastor Davoll.  She remembers Mr. Lettko (a present LCA school board member) who taught junior church with the help of a stuffed raccoon in a stump—he had to throw it away when “it got gross.”  Kallie has helped Mrs. Henry with junior church herself, working with the 3 to 5 year olds.  Kallie has been involved in many church Christmas plays through the years.

While attending LCA, Kallie has been involved in ensemble, drama club, NYACS fine arts, volleyball, basketball, yearbook, and has served as a prayer group leader.  In her few moments of down time, Kallie admits, “I don’t do a lot,” but she does enjoy reading (especially dystopian fiction) and she also enjoys drawing and writing stories.

Kallie is considering attending Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin this fall and studying early childhood or elementary education and minoring in music.  She is also considering a TESL program.  Kallie’s life verse comes from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Upcoming Events

May 24 – Progress Reports Issued (1st-12th)

May 25 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

May 26 – Field Day

May 26 – 6:00 PM – Senior Banquet

May 29 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday

June 1 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

June 2-3 – 9th-12th Boys Bible Retreat

June 6 – 10 AM – K3 Program

June 8 – 10 AM – K4 Program

June 8 – 7 PM – K5 Graduation