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Archives - August 2017

"A Breath of Fresh Air"

August 26, 2017
By Lake Pointe News

This was how one parent described hearing family ministry champion and author Ellen Schuknech speak. Fresh from recording a Focus on the Family broadcast related to her new book on disciplining children, Mrs. Schuknecht made two presentations at LPA this week. She shared multiple things to do (and not to do) in the training of young people to address both justice (what should be done) and grace (allowance during training and growing). She emphasized the ultimate value of addressing each student's unique character needs through the academic endeavors, rather than to focus primarily on the academic work. Students are in parental training to build muscle in perseverance, patience, peace, boldness, willingness, etc. Mrs. Schuknecht emphasized a need for young Christian people who have the "grit" to face an increasingly more difficult world.  

From the Notebook of Mr. Miller

August 25, 2017
By Lake Pointe News

This year's theme verse, Ephesians 4:1-3, has taken a front and center focus in morning gathering devotions for these first few weeks of school. During this time, Mr. Miller has led students and staff in devotional notes about what it means to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling" and how to prepare for the walk.

The following notes are key points Mr. Miller has highlighted in these verses:

Ephesians 4:1-3

“I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”

Things to Keep In Mind As We Walk:

1. Ephesians 4 takes place after Ephesians 1-3.  Before we can walk according to Paul we must sit in the blessings that we have been given by the Father in Jesus Christ by way of the Spirit (see Ephesians 1:1-3:21). 

2. “I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord”: Paul gives himself as an indirect example of worthy walking.  He is a “prisoner of the Lord”.  Keep in mind that our lives provide those around us with examples.  Look to the people who are walking in worthy manners.  Imitate them.

3. “urge you”: The word in Greek for urge is best translated as “called”.  With this in mind we see that this verse actually uses the concept of “called” three different times.  Paul wants us to be dwelling upon our calling.

4. “to walk in a manner worthy”: The phrase, worthy manner, draws up the picture of scales.  As we put God’s calling on one side of the scales and we drop our lives on the other side there should be a balance.  This should be a sobering concept.  Verses 2-3 tell us some characteristics of “worthy manner walking”; humility, love, peace, unity, patience, and gentleness.

5. “of the calling to which you have been called”: Our two-fold calling can be found in Ephesians 1:18-19.  First, we are called to become a “glorious inheritance” for God Himself.  He is making you into an inheritance for Himself and the descriptors He gives of us is “glorious” and “riches”.  Second, we are called to know the greatness of His power that He has shown to us through the many things He has done on our behalf in Christ Jesus. 

6. How can we live up to this kind of calling?  How can we walk out this calling?  Ephesians 3:14-21 is a prayer that Paul prays on behalf of the Ephesians and any who strive to walk out their calling in Christ.  Strength and power to walk comes from the Spirit of God.  Christ dwells in our hearts through faith.  We are filled with the fullness of God.  Not only does God call us to walk but He gives us the ability and desire to walk.  May we all be strengthened by His Spirit to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.  Amen.

Waterloo Relived

August 22, 2017
By Lake Pointe News

LPA Secondary students relived the battle of Waterloo through water balloons. In this semi-educational fun in the heat, teams reenacted Napoleon's battles with water balloons. Teacher served as Napoleon and generals and the students were their armies. 

While the battle reenactments were the main attraction, the heart of the event took place just before as students and staff brainstormed ways that they could fundraise to build a well in a place of need. Life giving water will be one of this school year's main service focus.

 

Teacher Mania

August 11, 2017
By Lake Pointe News
A group of 7th and 8th graders led by Mrs. Salmon
won the Teacher Mania trivia.

The first Friday Student Life event created the time and space for teachers and students to connect with intentional conversations. Gathered around tables with pizza and treats, teachers and students asked and answered prepared questions that ranged from fun and wishful questions such as "What is your ideal job?" to more personal questions such as "What was the most memorable moment in your Christian walk?" Tables then turned into teams as during a teacher- focused trivia game.This game taught the students which of their teachers would want to be a sloth and which favored Foghorn Leghorn as their cartoon of choice. As a conclusion, Ms. Bishop led the students in the sitting down Cha-Cha slide (picture to the right).

Chicken, Family, and Games

August 10, 2017
By Lake Pointe News

Summer was tossed off with the chicken at the secondary first day picnic. After a day of meeting teachers, starting classes, and learning or relearning the ins and outs of a LPA school day, the secondary students, staff, and family members gathered at Westminster Park for a time to socialize and play games. 

Student Life Director Mr. Miller started the picnic off with an ice breaker game of Chuck the Chicken where teams worked together to chuck Chuck the chicken and run laps. Teams strategized and took council from on-looking staff and alumni for a tough competition.

Parents and staff joined for a picnic feast of fried chicken and joined in reconnecting with one another. The evening was concluded as student leaders led those congregated in worship songs and prayer.

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