BCCA MESSENGER January, 2022
Harmoniously blending the work of redemption and education
Greetings & Happy New Year!
Mondays - the start of my work week - have long been my second favorite day of the week. I love that I get a fresh start each week with my students, work, and whatever negative experience I want to move on from. There's something healing about the idea of a fresh start. I often have students bring up something (like a poor decision) from the week prior, and I love telling them, "that was last week. Let's leave that in the past." It's true that not all poor choices are easily left in the past, as the consequences can leave lasting effects on our new weeks. This is one of life's hard lessons and we learn to move forward through these challenges.
A new year offers an even brighter fresh start. People often make resolutions for this reason, "new year, new me." I do not make New Year Resolutions, but about 4 years ago I started choosing a word or a theme for my year. This became my focus or my goal for the year. This is a good alternative because with a resolution, if I were to fail in February (if I made it that far), I would just give up. A word keeps me going in the direction I want to go. My 2021 word was "embrace," which I remembered with every new change in our family, with each struggle, and with every precious moment.
Another alternative to a resolution is to choose a Bible verse to guide you and meditate on for the year. I love doing this also because the scripture becomes my constant prayer when I don't feel like I have the right words to pray. The verse I am choosing for 2022 is Colossians 2:6-7; "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
You may not want to choose a resolution, a word, or a scripture, and that's ok too. But please rest in the idea of a fresh start. Let go of what you are able to from 2021 and enter 2022 with fresh grace for yourself. Know that whatever challenges you are facing, your BCCA family is praying for you.
Happy New Year!
Jan. 10 Garden Club
Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)
Jan 26 School Choice Week Celebration (5-7pm) More details to come
BCCA Christmas Program
The Big Cove Christian Academy students put on a beautiful performance for the annual Christmas program. This year's program was entitled "The Christmas Star". Through scripture narrative excerpts, and the use of stick ministry, the story of Christ's birth was presented eloquently by the students. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a blessing, and to our school family and friends for supporting this event. Special thanks to our BCCA teachers Cassie Fristoe, Wend Boyd, and Melissa Boyd for their time and commitment to bringing glory to God through music.
UPDATE: BCCA Calendar Fundraiser
Thank you BCCA families for your support and generosity with our calendar fundraiser. This year we focused on engaging our students in scenes that were beautifully shot and arranged in different cultural outfits. Collectively, we sold 153 calendars totaling $1,836 in sales! BCCA will get half of the funds which will be used towards Home & School activities.
Meet your School Board Members
Thank you for entrusting us with your children. The mission of our school is to provide opportunity for students to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, to allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives, and to fulfill the commission of preaching the gospel to the world. The education program is based on the belief that each student is unique and of inestimable value, and on the importance of the development of the whole person.
We welcome families to join us every second Monday at 5:00 pm during our school board meetings at the school. Don't hesitate to contact anyone below, to ensure your thoughts are included on the agenda. We look forward to serving you this year, and we value your decision toward be committed to christian education for your children.
BCCA 2022-2023 Board Members
My Show Box Ministry Experience
The shoe box ministry is all about sending the love of Jesus to other kids around the globe without leaving home. Shoe boxes are packed and sent to boys and girls in very far places of the world where we can never ever go. It is presented by the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief program which is known as Operation Christmas Child.
I learned that there are many countries across the world where millions of children are living in poverty and have nothing to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. This is where the shoebox ministry comes in. This ministry includes many people from different schools, churches and communities that are willing to help children out there. I felt excited to be a part of the Big Cove Christian Academy and the goal to give needy children hope and happiness in receiving gifts and knowing that someone cares about them.
I created my shoeboxes online using the website samaritanspurse.org/buildonline (and chose the Big Cove Christian Academy’s Goal page); I also saw physical shoeboxes at the school that other students made themselves which were really creative. My boxes were made for a 10-14 year old girl, and a 2-4 year old boy. The gifts included school supplies, a t-shirt, socks, flip flops, toys, accessories, a personal note of encouragement, and a ‘Wow’ toy item to surprise them. After packing the shoeboxes and completing the orders, I prayed that God will take each box to the child who needs it most.
I felt honored for doing this project. I felt like I was meeting a need. This experience showed me the importance of giving to others, and when you do it, you feel God’s presence around you. I encourage other people to do this because it is an amazing ministry for young and old. We can share the love of Jesus all wrapped up in a shoebox! (By Nyah McKenzie 8th Grade)
For math a few weeks ago we did pumpkin math. Pumpkin math is when you fill out a worksheet that asks you about the pumpkin. The sheet has questions such as “What do you think the weight of the pumpkin is or will it sink or float?” We measured our pumpkin, and then answered math problems. Pumpkin math is really fun.
After you answer the questions it is time to guess how many seeds are in the pumpkin then cut open the pumpkin. When you cut open the pumpkin you are to count the seeds and record how many and then weigh the guts. When that is done you can mess around with the guts but not too much. After you clean up the mess it’s time to wash your hands and pumpkin math is over. (By Ian Swatzell 5th Grade)