BCCA MESSENGER December 4, 2019

Harmoniously blending the work of redemption and education

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BCCA Families,

Fall is my favorite season. Nature is constantly changing in a way that everyone can see. I love driving around and looking at nature as it changes. The same route can look completely different than it did a week ago. However, we are entering winter and the leaves are all falling off. The leaves that were so beautiful are now dying.

This reminds me of our lives as we are also continuously changing. The “seasons” of our lives can look like the seasons of nature. Sometimes we are full of life and good cheer, like autumn, while other times we look dreary, like winter. As we continue through life, these seasons repeat, just as they do in nature. Not everything is lost in winter though. One of the best things about coming into winter, where everything is dying, is the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas. Even if the world is getting colder, the warmth of Christmas can spread good cheer.

In life, sometimes things can look like a prolonged winter. We always need to remember that no matter how long and/or cold the winter of our lives is, we can always look to Jesus to find warmth. At BCCA, we teach our students to always look toward Jesus, especially when you are going through a long winter. Our lives might go through seasons and change, but God never will. He is always there for us when we need Him.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

Lucas Smith,

BCCA Principal

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December 3- Lunches of Love Packing Party

December 5- Brookdale Nursing Home

December 13- Christmas Program Practice at Central Church

December 14- Christmas Program, 6:00 pm

December 20- Noon Dismissal & Start of Christmas Break

December 23 - January 3-No School (Christmas Break)

January 6- School Starts

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We have a new feature added to our newsletter. Every month we will learn about one of the families attending BCCA. With all the busyness of life, here is a great way to know each other better. This month our resident Family Connections member Dahlia Swatzell interviewed the Higginbothams Family. If you would like to be featured as out next family in the BCCA Newsletter, contact informaton can be found in the attached document below.

The Higginbothams Family (by Dahlia Swatzell)

Meet the Higginbothams: Ryan, Lisa, Victoria (11) and Mercedes (8). They recently opened their cozy home, located a stone’s throw away from BCCA, and gave us a little glimpse into their lives. Their house is full of energy as they share the space with their cat, Valentine, puppy, Turbo and 2 hamsters. It was a bustling and fun interview full of laughter, chatter and new information about this sweet family. Thank you again, Higginbothams family, for sharing about yourselves!

There's more! Click the attachment below to learn more about the Higginbothams Family

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Thanksgiving Lunch

Thank you to all the participating families, and to everyone who helped make our Pancake Breakfast a success. Special thanks to our Home & School Leader, Maggie Navarro for organizing this event.

BCCA Chirstmas Program (Dec 14), 6:00 pm

You are invited to join us for a night of worshipful praise, on December 14 at 6:00 pm at Central Church. The Big Cove Christian Academy students will be presenting the story of Christ's birth titled "The Great I AM". As we come to an end of this year, let’s take time to reflect on all that God has given us. Please invite your family and extended family for a time of worshipping the Lord. Light refreshments will be served following the program in Central Hall. Please bring finger foods.

Science Fair

Congratulations to our Science Fair winners!

Upper Grade Winners: Jordan Schmitt (8th) Garren Lawler (8th)

Middle Grade Winners: Josiah Navarro (5th)

They will be going to Bass Memorial Academy to present their projects with other students from various schools during Education Fair. Thank you to all the judges and families who participated in this event.

Veteran's Day Visit

Veteran's Day is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This past month we celebrated Veteran's Day by having Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) Walner Nelson (Neyla's Dad) visit with the children. He discussed his experience of what it is like to be a soldier in the Army. Let's us continue to pray for those who put their lives on the line for our protection and freedom.

Career Day

During our career day presentation, George Decker, a church member discussed his job as a truck driver. He explained that he travels often, and his trips has taken him to many interesting places. The children even had an opportunity to ride in his truck, and see what it looks like on the inside. If you wish to have a opportunity to share your career, please contact your child's teacher for scheduling.

Christmas Break (Dec 23 - Jan 3))

Don't forget that (Dec. 23 - Jan 3) is Christmas Break! We will dismiss at noon on Dec 20, to start our Christmas break. Please reach out to those who may not have family near by or who are going through the holiday blues due to loss of loved ones. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and appreciate the many blessings God has given.
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Lunches For Love (Community Outreach Project)

What an awesome turnout! With your generous donations, 161 bags of food were prepared for children who have been identified as "at risk" for hunger in the local public schools. Thank you for making a difference, and your continued support.

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Proverbs 22:9.

Nursing Home Ministry

December 5, BCCA students will be presenting their Christmas production "The Great I AM", to the residents of the Brooksdale Nursing home. What an opportunity to be both a blessing to the elderly, and a witness for Chirst. Special thanks to the Malinda McCleary and teachers who have been working hard to prepare for this event.

A new way to submit BOX TOPS labels

There is a change in how you collect box tops for Big Cove Christian Academy! No more clipping or sending your box tops to church/school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normall would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit the amount under BCCA earnings online. Help us reach our goal of $1000! Thank you for supporting Christian Education.

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Taking learning outdoors (Every 2nd Monday of the month)

This month we planted Bloomsdale Spinach and Lucullus Swiss Chard from seed into our planters that border our school sign. Spinach is a good winter crop here in Northern Alabama. The best way to get children to eat spinach is to have them grow it themselves! We also inspected the garlic planting we did just 2 weeks ago and we have germination! Enjoy the cold weather, and we will check next month on how the plants enjoyed it.

Tearl King

Garden Coordinator

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Pastor Mills is settling into his new home from Birmingham, AL. He is currently embarking on a special trip with other pastors within the Gulf State conference to Isreal. Let's keep them in prayer as they travel, and for the ministry they will be doing abroad. We look forward to hearing about his travels when he returns.


Distance Learning Initiative

We have exciting news. This school year (2019-2020) we have partnered with the DIstance Learning program (TRUeConnect) at Atlanta Adventist Academy for grades 9-12. Please keep this initiative in prayer.

Click on link below to learn more about Atlanta Adventist Academy

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Thank you families for supporting BCCA. YOU make all the difference, and we appreciate your choice for providing a christian education for your child.