In the Springtime

“And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”

Matthew 28:9

      We have never taken it for granted that Easter Sunday comes in the springtime.  And what a beautiful and moving day that first Easter Sunday was: with its dawn gathering up the mysterious darkness of Calvary and hushing all its voices of distress; with the open tomb smiling understandingly and sympathetically on the dear perplexed faces and loving hands standing there with the spices and ointments for the dead; its fragrant light of hope and healing caressing every good and honest heart; when the profane denials have been forgiven, when the tears of remorse have turned to smiles, when the warm fellowship has been restored.

Yes, Resurrection Sunday comes in the springtime: the time of the gladness and singing of the birds, the lilies and the jonquils, the tulips and the violets, the rich green of lawn and field and valley, the buds of hillside and orchard; the quietness of twilight and evening, the softness and sensitiveness of the beautiful lamp, and the tender appeals of the strains of the great music.  What a time of hope and cheer and joy it is!

He rose and left the tomb on a special morning.  “He is not here.”  He’s been gone some time.  He won’t be back here.  He’s finished with His business here.  He’s out somewhere—watching the morning star, listening to the stir in the sparrows’ nest, contemplating the coming of dawn, reflecting on the lily’s clothing, and—getting ready to go back home.  You’ll find Him before the day is done.  And don’t you worry; everything is in hand; He knows His business, and He loves it.  You’ll recognize Him when you see Him; He’s the same as He always was—loves to talk, and teach, and preach, and loves to dine out with friends.  You’ll find Him before the day closes.

Blessed be God!  Blessed be God for all the light and hope, for all the understanding, sympathy, and healing, for all the fellowship of men and angels.

This is Resurrection time.

Smith, Noel. “In the Springtime.”  The Best of Noel Smith.  Norma Gillming, 1985.  Originally published in the Baptist Bible Tribune, April 4, 1958.

Easter Family Day

Let’s Celebrate Easter as a community. Join us for this free event tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 AM -12 PM at Latham Bible Baptist Church. Welcome/Sign-in will start at 9:30 AM. We will have an egg hunt, Gospel Illusions with Pastor Walter, snacks, games, a craft, & activities for children 1-12.

Elementary Fine Arts

Our school will be hosting the elementary fine arts festival for the New York Association of Christian Schools on Friday, May 3.  As a result, there will be no classes for K3, K4, K5, grades 1-3, or grades 7-11 that day.  Students in grades 4, 5, 6, and 12 should report as directed by their teachers.

All of our families are invited and encouraged to attend the competition on May 3.  It will be an exciting day around our building!

Standardized Testing

The week of April 15, our students in K5 through grade 11 will be taking the Iowa Achievement Tests, our school’s annual 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 and a healthy breakfast each morning 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.

Senior Trip

Please be in prayer for our seniors.  They, along with Mr. Fry and Mr. and Mrs. Coonrod, will be leaving on their annual senior trip to The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in North Carolina this coming Sunday afternoon, April 14.  They will have an exciting week of camping, zip lining, whitewater rafting, swimming, and fellowship with Christian school seniors from across the nation.  They will also hear good preaching from some strong Christian leaders and spend time in Bible study and prayer during this week together.

Keep an eye on our school’s Facebook page for pictures and other updates from North Carolina while our seniors are away.

Senior Spotlight – Samuel Earnest

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Samuel Earnest.

Samuel attended LCA in K3 and then again for most of his high school years.  Samuel has two older cousins (Jace and Jasmine) who graduated from LCA and has another cousin (James) in the LCA Class of 2019 with him.  Samuel’s sister Anna is enrolled in the ninth grade at LCA.

Samuel’s father was born in Pakistan and came to the United States as a teenager.  He finished school in the Bronx before attending Bob Jones University in South Carolina to earn his degree in Business.  He worked there in South Carolina for a couple of years before returning to Clifton Park in 2012.  Samuel’s father works at Maximus today.

Samuel’s mother was also born in Pakistan and did not know Samuel’s father until shortly before their wedding in Pakistan.  She then joined her new husband in the United States.  Samuel’s mother works at a hotel in Clifton Park today.

Samuel was born in Troy and raised in Clifton Park where his younger sister Anna joined the family.  They went as a family to South Carolina and then returned to Clifton Park.  Samuel and Anna came back to LCA at that time.

Samuel has only been to Pakistan one time, back when he was three years old.  He only has vague memories of the trip, including riding a scooter wearing his Spiderman sneakers!  Samuel would enjoy being able to go back to Pakistan to spend time with his mother’s family.

Samuel has fond memories of his time at LCA.  His favorite teachers include Mrs. O’Rourke (“just amazing”), Mrs. Bhan (“She reminds me of my mom”), Mr. Fry (“I actually learned so much in Worldview class”), and Mrs. Kettlewood (“She yells at me a lot!”).

Samuel also had an unusual memory from when he was in eighth grade.  He, along with his friend Matthew Mansfield (LCA Class of 2018), volunteered to help Mrs. Mein carry a package out of her fire exit on a winter day.  For some reason, they ended up waiting for a while, but no one ever came to the door.  After a long wait, they just walked around to the front of the school and came back to class.  They still don’t know what happened to the package!

Both of Samuel’s parents grew up in Christian families in Pakistan, and Samuel accepted Christ as his Savior at a young age.  He was baptized at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.  Today, Samuel attends Clifton Park Community Church with his family.

In his free time, Samuel enjoys working out at his local gym.  Samuel also works at the YMCA in Clifton Park and at a landscaping job.  He is hoping to work for Global Foundries after graduation, but is interested in going wherever God leads him to go.

Samuel’s goal for the future is to take care of his family.  He is not yet sure how God will lead, but he is interested in sports and hopes to attend a college where he can play football.

Samuel has at least two special Scripture verses.  He wears a wristband with the words of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Samuel also appreciates the reminder of James 1:19 – “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

Upcoming Events

April 15-18 – Standardized Testing (K5-11th Grades)

April 18 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs

April 19-26 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Break

May 1 – Progress Reports Issued (Grades 7-12)

May 2 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

May 3 – NYACS Elementary Fine Arts

(No Classes K3-K5, Grades 1-3, or Grades 7-11)