BCCA MESSENGER January 1, 2019

Harmoniously blending the work of redemption and education

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Dear BCCA Families,

We are entering into a new year! Now is the time when most people make resolutions to better their lives. However, 80% of people have failed to keep their resolutions through February. BCCA is making a resolution too, but we will keep ours for the rest of the year. This is because we are asking for God’s help each and every day.

Our resolution is simple. It is our mission statement: To blend the work of redemption and education through Christ-centered teaching. Our goal is to teach students how to be academically successful, but also to be sure our curriculum is focused around Christ. Our resolution is to show the students Christ through our teaching and make sure they are ready for His soon return. With the new year here, we need to be sure the students are becoming new creations in Christ. We will work hard to ensure this resolution becomes a reality.

Happy New Year!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Lucas Smith

BCCA & Central Church Christmas Program

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Jan. 7 First day of school back from Christmas Vacation

Jan. 14 Garden Day

Jan. 15 Middle/Upper Grade Montgomery Field Trip (Grades 4-9)

Jan. 16 Parent Teacher Conference (Half day dismissal)

Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)

Jan. 27 School Day (Sunday)

Jan. 27-28 Education Fair at BMA (Grades 5-9)

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BCCA & Central Church Christmas Program

The Big Cove Christian Academy students and Central Church Choir put on a beautiful performance for the annual Christmas program. This year's program was bursting with talent including singing, instrumental solos, chimes, poetry, and scripture readings. Special musical numbers included piano solos by Josiah Navarro, Avryl Navarro, Brianna Gohn, and Joseph Schmitt. Jacob Gohn provided guitar accompaniment for several pieces. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a blessing, and to our church family and friends for supporting this event. Special thanks to Malinda McCleary, Christie Weber, Amber Graves, Rebekah Smith, and the BCCA teachers for their time and commitment to bringing glory to God through music.


Montgomery Field Trip (Jan. 15)

Grades 4-9 are getting ready to experience the history of the Civil Rights movement on an upcoming field trip in Montgomery, Alabama on Jan. 15. More details of the trip will be in next month's school newsletter.


Education Fair (Jan. 27-28)

We are rolling along through our third quarter of the school year. Students in grades 5-8 will be travelling to Bass Memorial Academy on Sunday, January 27, to join students from sister schools across our conference for the annual Education Fair. Because our participation in Education Fair is counted as a school day both Sunday and Monday, we will also have school Sunday for the lower grades, K-4. The teachers will have further details for you as necessary.

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This month we planted garlic in the garden. It will grow some over winter but will really start to grow in the spring time. It will be ready for harvest in May. We used the same garlic that you purchase for cooking. We broke the cluster apart and planted the cloves of garlic pointy end up. Now we wait.

The students also learned how fruits become sweet, soft, and aromatic using the Brix scale to measure fruit ripeness. Through experimental work they analyzed the increased sugar content in ripe fruits, and learned about the ripening process. One critical element of the ripening involves the conversion of starches to sugars. By using a refractometer they measured the sugar content to test the quality of their fruits (apples & tangerines). This helped them understand when to harvest crops.

Tearl King

Garden Coordinator

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Greeting BCCA Family,

2019 is officially here. With every new year, we find ourselves making or renewing resolutions. I'd like to encourage us all to make a renew a most specific/definite aim this new year.

It has been said that success in any line demands a definite aim. In order to achieve true success in life, one must keep steadily in view the aim that is worthy of their attention and focus.

Such a worthy aim is set before our youth. The great heaven - appointed purpose of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in this generation is the noblest aim that can appeal to any human being. It opens before us a field of effort to everyone whose heart has been touched by the gospel.

God's purpose for the children growing up under our care is often deeper and higher than our restricted vision has comprehended.

The Bible tells us how God, in times past, called young people, humble and faithful, to stand as witnesses before the world's leaders. Many a young person today, growing up as did Daniel in his Judean home, studying God's word and His works, and learning the lessons of faithful service, will yet stand in legislative assemblies, in halls of justice, or in royal courts, as a witness for the King of kings. Multitudes will be called to a wider ministry.

The whole world is opening to the gospel.

Ethiopia is stretching out her hands unto God. From Japan and China and India, from the still - darkened lands of our own continent, from every quarter of this world of ours, comes the cry of sin - stricken hearts for a knowledge of the God of love. Millions upon millions have never so much as heard of God or of His love revealed in Christ. It is their right to receive this knowledge. They have an equal claim with us in the Saviour's mercy. And it rests with us who have received the knowledge, with our children to whom we may impart it, to answer their cry. To every household and every school, to every parent, teacher, and child upon whom has shone the light of the gospel, comes at this crisis the question put to Esther the queen at that momentous crisis in Israel's history, “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

In 2019, let's continue to focus our efforts to help our children envision the definitive aim of knowing Jesus as their Saviour and then with all intentionality, sharing Him with others as faithful missionaries for Him.

May God bless you in 2019 as you continue in this most important endeavor!

Pastor Jeff

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Distance Learning Initiative

We have exciting news for the upcoming year! In our efforts to expand Big Cove Christian Academy grades out to the 12th grade, we have started our transition period beginning this year with the 9th-grade class. We have a partnership with Maplewood Christian Academy (Adventist), who have agreed to provide classroom training using a live Long Distance Learning module starting with math and science. Please keep this initiative in prayer.
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