A Commitment

“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.  As a result 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!

Easter Break

Please note on our school calendar that LCA will be closed for Easter Break from Friday, March 30, through Friday, April 6.  School will resume on Monday, April 9.  Our school office will also be closed during this break.

Re-Enrollment

Not long ago, we sent home a packet of information on re-enrolling for the 2018-19 school year.  All families wishing to send their children back to LCA in Fall 2018 must complete the re-enrollment process.  If you need a copy of any of the paperwork, you can get that at our office or on our website or on Sycamore.

We hope you have found the program of LCA to be an encouragement as we partner with our parents to see God’s best in the lives of each student here.  It is our prayer that God will lead you to return this fall and continue to be a part of the ministry here.  Our curriculum is designed with a scope and sequence in which each year builds on the one before it, and we are confident your child will continue to grow through each passing school year.

If you have any questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

Open House

Each year, we look forward to our open house activities.  This year, we have set Adventures in Reading as our theme for the open house scheduled for this coming Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 PM.

In conjunction with the open house, we will be presenting a Science Fair with the work from students in Grades 1 through 12.

Please invite any friends you have who may be interested in the ministry of Latham Christian Academy for their own children.  All families are welcome to drop in between 7:00 and 8:30 that evening.  We hope to have a full house with current students and prospective families!

Moving Up Day

Today and last Tuesday, our K4 students had an opportunity to get the feel for our kindergarten classroom as they enjoyed some class time with Mrs. Kupeyan and our current kindergarten students.  We hope that our K4 students went home telling their parents about this experience.

As your family considers re-enrolling for this fall, please feel free to contact Mr. Fry, Mrs. Mein, or Mrs. Kettlewood with any questions you may have about our full school program from K3 through 12th grade.

ASVAB

On Tuesday, March 13, our 11th and 12th grade students will be taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).  (This test was previously scheduled for two earlier dates, but rescheduled because of weather challenges.)

The ASVAB can help students consider vocations they might not otherwise think of as they make their plans for the future and is much broader in scope than just military service.

These tests will be taken in our computer lab on Tuesday morning and will be interpreted next month.  Please contact Mr. Fry with any questions.

Sacred Music Concert

A large group from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin will be singing here on Friday, March 16.  We will have a special chapel concert for students in Grades 1 through 12 at 2:20 that afternoon.  Then on that Friday evening, this same group will be singing at a special service of Latham Bible Baptist Church at 7:00 PM.

All of our parents and students are welcome to attend both concerts.  More information is available on posters around our building or by contacting Mr. Fry.

Picture Days

Later this month, we will have two additional opportunities for your child to be professionally photographed.  First, on Monday, March 26, all students will have a class picture taken.  Students should wear their regular uniforms for this picture, and Lifetouch will provide a complimentary copy to each student.

Second, on Tuesday, March 27, students may have their picture taken for Spring Picture Day.  Order forms will be sent home ahead of time, and students who choose to be photographed may dress up for these pictures.  (Students who are not purchasing a picture should wear their regular school uniforms.)

Please contact our school office with any questions about our Lifetouch school picture program.

Busing Requests

If your family is planning to use public school busing services to LCA in the coming school year for children entering kindergarten (K5) through 12th grades, 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.

Upcoming Events

March 9 – Secondary Fine Arts in Binghamton

March 13 – ASVAB (Grades 11-12)

March 14 – Progress Reports Issued (Grades 1-12)

March 15 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs/Macaroni

March 15 – 7:00 PM – OPEN HOUSE

March 16 – 2:20 PM and 7:00 PM – MBU Concert

March 22 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

March 26 – Class Picture Day

March 27 – Spring Picture Day