It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Henry Leopard, who is affectionately known around campus as "Coach". He has been at MCA for 15 years and currently teaches 9th grade Bible and Health. He also coaches JV Baseball and is the Running Backs coach for Varsity Football. Coach's favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 9:10a: "Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with all thy might." We asked Coach why he loves working at MCA and this is what he said:
"I knew God wanted me here at MCA. I enjoy working with the people and seeing God's love at work. I hope to retire here, but until that day comes, I just want to spread the love of Jesus to everyone. Coaching and teaching young people is what God has called me to do."
We are so grateful for Coach Leopard and appreciate all he does for our students each day!
Friday October 31st is a special and unique night at MCA. It is our last regular season home football game, Senior Night, and of course the day referred to as Halloween. We play Hickory Grove Christian School, which will make it a great night. Because of the time of year, there will be some guidelines for costumes to ensure everyone has a great time.
The following guidelines apply to all Upper School students and visitors:
No fake weapons of any type - swords, bow and arrows, guns, etc.
No attire to mock or ridicule the opposing team
No Witches, Goblins, Zombies or other evil villain-type costumes
All costumes must be modest and appropriate
No trench coats or other coverings that could conceal items
All costumes should be of a positive nature and honoring to the Lord
Administration has the right to refuse admission to anyone based on costume or attitude
Elementary students can wear masks provided they are of a positive nature.
Romans 12:21, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Halloween can be a controversial day for Christians, but this verse reminds us of a Christian philosophy to address this day. We are planning Friday evening to be a fun night where all can have a great time.
If you have any questions concerning these guidelines, please call the Upper School office.
I am sure that most of us have heard the expression “that will leave a mark.” It usually is heard when someone gets hit with something or falls. The mark being a bruise or a scar. Additionally, fingerprints on a wall or on glass leave a mark that is noticeable.
Similarly, I believe that it is important for us, as followers of Christ, to leave a spiritual fingerprint on the lives of everyone that we interact with. God has given me a desire for our school staff to leave a mark for Christ on every one of our students. God continually reminds me of how blessed we are as a school to have such great students. None of us will live forever but we can leave a spiritual legacy with others that will remain.
I read the story not too long ago of a missionary by the name of John Geddie who went to serve in the Hebrides Islands many years ago. These islands were populated with a cannibalistic people. There is a plaque in the church that he established there that reads: "In memory of John Geddie. When he landed here in 1848 there were no Christians and when he left in 1872 there were no heathen." Clearly, he left a mark for Christ on the people he served.
As I think about our students, the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 fill my heart. This verse declares: "So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us." I pray that you know that the staff of Metrolina loves your children and that we want to provide them with a great education and share the gospel with them. In addition, we want to, as Paul says, give ourselves daily to helping them grow up to be the person that God birthed them to be.
The idea of leaving a “mark” is so important to me that we made it a foundational piece of our school’s Honor Code. One of the components of our Honor Code here at Metrolina speaks specifically about the “mark” we want to leave on people. The Honor Code states that: “We will encourage all students and staff to leave a mark for Christ’s sake not only in all whom we come in contact with but also in all that we endeavor to do.” The Biblical foundation for this pursuit is found in Philippians 3:14. That verse declares: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
My prayer is that Metrolina will be known for leaving a mark for the cause of Christ. What better way for us to light the way for future generations to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior than by impacting the people we come into contact with daily. Please pray for me and our staff that we might be more like Jesus in all that we do.
I also will pray that all of our families might strive daily to leave a mark on others for the Kingdom! Thank you for your prayers and support!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we would like to recognize Sandy Hargett. She has been at MCA for 20 years and currently serves as a food services team member as well as in the Extended Care program. Ms. Hargett's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." We asked Ms. Hargett why she loves working at MCA and this is what she said:
"I like helping and encouraging the students and teachers. I have made lifelong friendships here and I am so thankful that God put me in a great place to grow in His Word and to share His Word with students. I love being a servant for Christ."
Thank you Ms. Hargett for your servant's heart and for all you do at MCA!
I found an interesting quote that unbelievably came from the Wall Street Journal in 1954. The WSJ said this: “What America needs more than railway expansion, western irrigation, a bigger cotton crop, and a larger wheat crop is a revival, the kind that our fathers and mothers used to have, a religion that counted it good business to take time for family worship each day no matter how busy, a religion that made men quit work earlier on Wednesday so that the whole family could get ready to go to prayer meeting.”
It is hard to believe that this came out of the Wall Street Journal. We need a return to times where we give God our first and our best. The world in which we live can be so difficult at times. The hectic pace of life seems a little overwhelming to me at times. In those busy times, I need the reminder that the Lord gave us in Psalm 46:10 when He said: “Be still and know that I am God.”
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah warned us of being overwhelmed by a world that may not care for Christians in Jeremiah 12:5. This verse declares: “If you have raced with men on foot and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting what will you do in the thicket?”
I am convinced that in order for us to experience peace and live a victorious Christian life that we need to regularly study God’s Word so much so that we can do as Jeremiah says and “run with horses.” We need to store up His truth on a daily basis so that we are well equipped to face each and every day.
In fact, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
These verses in 2 Timothy teach us that God’s Word is not only necessary but also sufficient to help us through all that we may encounter in our daily living. We face battles each and every day with a world that challenges and demeans Christianity. I want to do all I can to prepare myself daily to face these battles.
As well, I not only need to be able to run with horses but I also desire that for my children as well. I want to do all I can to prepare my children to engage this culture and not allow it to steal their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
I pray that God will use these verses and words to encourage you in whatever battle you may be facing today and also spur you on to study God’s Word so that you can run with horses.
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we would like to recognize Michele Plyler. She has been at MCA for 15 years as a Visual Arts Instructor. Mrs. Plyler’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” We asked Mrs. Plyler why she loves working at MCA and this is what she said:
“Metrolina is like a family. The people here are welcoming and encouraging and I know it is because of Christ. I'm glad I get the chance to work in an environment that shares the same beliefs that I do. I also love that I get to share my passion for art with children of all ages. We serve a creative God and having the chance to share in their creativity is a gift. I am certainly blessed to be here!”
We are blessed to have you Mrs. Plyler! Thanks for all you do each day at MCA!
So many times in my life, I have said or done things that I wish I could take back or do over. Unfortunately, many times my own children were witness to these events. I am sure that you could say that this has happened to you as well. As a result, I have had to go back to my children when these things happened and let them know that I did not handle that issue well and apologize.
From these times, God has planted in my heart a desire that I might daily allow God to control all aspects of my life. The Biblical principle here is called “abiding in Jesus.” In other words, abiding means to “settle down and let Jesus be at home in your heart and rule your life. In order to abide, we must rely on His strength, stay in His Word, allow Him to daily fill us with His Spirit, and then obediently live out what He teaches us to do.
There is a verse in the book of Acts that God has used to show me what my kids really need to see and hear from me. Acts 4:13 declares: "And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." I want my kids to know that Jesus is my life and that He lives through me. If I am to pass onto my children what is most important, then I must spend more time with Jesus and allow Him to rule my life. When our children see the difference that Jesus makes in our lives, then I believe that will help them greatly toward becoming what God has birthed them to be.
The great preacher of yesteryear, Charles Spurgeon, once stated: "Children may not inherit their parents' talents, but they will absorb their values.” All of our children have such great potential given by God to impact this world for His Kingdom. It is so easy sometimes for us to become consumed with what our kids will achieve one day and what they will do. When I think of eternity, it is far more important what our children believe than what they will ever achieve.
My prayer is that my children see Jesus in me. I want to pass onto to them a real and lasting legacy of faith. Psalm 78:4 declares: “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders.”
I pray that we would all, as parents, seek to pass onto our children the glorious deeds of the Lord as Psalm 78:4 instructs us to do. What better legacy to leave our children and one day grandchildren!
As we approach the close of the Kick-Off Event on October 17th, one of the ways you can leave a legacy is by giving to the Cornerstone Fund. God has provided mightily during the first three weeks of the Kick-Off Event. You still have one week to make a donation and join MCA in making a difference for the cause of Christ. During this last week, MCA is presenting the 516 CHALLENGE WEEK (see details below) to encourage 100% participation from all MCA families, faculty and staff.
Every gift is a tangible demonstration of your support in the work God is doing through MCA. You may GIVE ONLINE or use the donor card on the 2014-15 Cornerstone Fund brochure. For all the details for the Kick-Off Event, please click here.
It is Team Member Tuesday and we would like to recognize Judy Anbro. She has been at MCA for 10 years and is currently serving as an Infant Teacher. Mrs. Judy’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:14: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” We asked Mrs. Judy why she likes working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I enjoy working at MCA for many reasons. I love being in a Christian environment and being able to love and spoil the babies all day! I hope not only to show the love of Christ to each child that comes through my class, but to their parents as well.”
We love Mrs. Judy and appreciate all she does each day at MCA!
“And He could do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went round about the villages teaching.” Mark 6:5-6
Years ago, entertainer Art Linkletter was given the opportunity by Walt Disney to buy land that would become the home of Disneyland. Linkletter walked away from the deal because he considered the land a “wasteland” and the idea a little too risky. Today, the investment would be worth billions.
A lot of times in our Christian walk we are too hesitant about doing big bold things for God and stepping out in faith. I remember starting at Metrolina almost 17 years ago in a school of less than 200 students, not many staff members, and no real financing. I was scared to death and unsure about where God was leading. As I look back, I am grateful that I summoned enough courage to trust God and be a part of this great ministry. I never dreamed how He would bless it. If I had not trusted Him, I am confident that God would have used someone else to accomplish His purpose at Metrolina and I would have missed the blessing.
In Mark 6:5-6, Jesus makes a statement that gives me great pause when I think about the idea of having enough faith in Him to do what He has called us to do. Jesus says because of this people’s unbelief that He could do no mighty work there. In fact, it says He was amazed at their unbelief.
I do not ever want my unbelief or lack of faith in God to keep Him from doing mighty things in my ministry or in my personal life. My prayer is that I will be sensitive to the doors that God opens for me in ministry and my personal life so that He can do a mighty work in my life.
Also, we need to be reminded that many times when these doors are opened that we will face opposition. The Apostle addressed this 1 Corinthians 16:9 when he declared: “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” May God not only grant us courage but also the wisdom to understand that we will face opposition when we follow Him completely.
Opportunities are going to come for all of us as believers to enter into a deeper commitment to Christ and as a result be presented with opportunities to do big bold things for the Kingdom. I hope that we will learn to trust God more than ever and allow Him to lead us through those doors for His glory. May it never be said of us that “He could do no mighty work” because of our unbelief!
My desire is to lead our school towards continually being open to where God wants to take us, stretch us, and use us to impact more students.
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd, MCA will begin our Cyber Awareness “T2C, (time to commit”) program for grades 3-8. The purpose of this program is to heighten cyber awareness and teach and encourage our students to use technology and social media in a thoughtful, considerate way.
The events of cyber awareness week will be centered on five commitments. Each day the students will be presented with a new commitment in Bible class and they will briefly discuss it in class. The discussion is not intended to take the entire class but help prompt thought and further discussion at home. We will ask you to be involved as parents through discussion with your child regarding cyber awareness. Each night through Bible class assignments students are asked to discuss the day’s commitment challenge with you. The assignment will call for your signature for a Bible grade.
We will conclude the program with guest speakers and provide an opportunity for your child to make a pledge to the commitments. Look for the daily commitments through email and MCA social media.