January is both quiet and busy for our school. Students, teachers, and parents often find it a relatively slow time as the holiday rush has passed and the cold of winter seems to slow everything down a bit. For school leaders, however, this is a busy time of preparation. The short winter days will soon give way to the buzz of spring events, and there is much to be done in preparation for yet another new school year that will be here before we know it. This is a time for much work and planning to ensure that yet another great year will be ready to kick off next August.
Your part in getting ready for the new year isn’t nearly as hard though! Re-enrollment for the 2020/21 school year begins next week, and as always our enrollment coordinator, Dionne Wyly, will soon be in touch with instructions to walk you step-by-step through the re-enrollment process.
As always, we ask TCA families to re-enroll without delay. We anticipate many grades reaching capacity next year, and we don’t want any of our current students to lose their spot at TCA.
Dr. Newby and Mr. Nobles are conducting admissions interviews with new families for 2020/21 on an almost daily basis, and we expect a strong turnout when enrollment opens to the public in a couple of weeks.
The 2020/21 school year holds great promise for all of our school family...more perhaps than any year that many of us can remember. Re-enroll today and secure your family’s spot in that great future!
Dear TCA Family,
In this season of giving, many of us seek ways to bless those around us. One great way is through a year-end gift to Trinity Christian Academy’s tuition assistance fund. Consider the quotes below from current recipients of tuition assistance at TCA.
- “I have been without work since September and am desperately searching for work in order to keep my family afloat. There is no other school that I would want my daughter to learn and grow up in other than TCA.”
- “My ex-husband and I are both first responders. Although both are rewarding careers, neither profession has a high income. While Trinity Christian Academy’s tuition is very reasonable as compared to other private schools, it is still a substantial amount to us. Any assistance to lower that burden would be greatly appreciated.”
- TCA feels like family for us. We love the faith it has brought to our son and you cannot imagine how proud it makes us to hear him talk about the lord at such a young age. I don't know what we would do if he was not able to attend anymore, we would truly be devastated.”
These and many other families who deeply desire a Christian education for their children simply cannot afford full tuition. Even with personal sacrifice on their part, life circumstances (job loss, illness, single parenthood, etc.) have left them in the position of reaching out for help.
God can find other ways to provide, but perhaps He has placed you in a position to be an agent of provision. Will you consider helping meet those needs?
Gifts can be mailed to TCA or given online through our website at this link. Year-end gifts are 100% tax-deductible and will help to offset tuition costs for deserving TCA families -- maybe even one with a child in class with or on a team with your child or grandchild!
In the words of a tuition assistance recipient: “Thank you in advance for considering helping us with tuition so we can remain a part of the amazing TCA family!”
Don’t ever underestimate the power of an ordinary person to make an extraordinary impact. Consider the story of Edward Kimball, a Boston carpet salesman and Sunday school teacher...
- Edward Kimball (1823-1901), felt compelled to share the gospel with an 18 year old boy who only attended Sunday school out of a promise to his uncle (though he often slept through the lesson). On April 21, 1855, Kimball went to the shoe store where the young man worked, asking him “to come to Christ.” Although Edward felt he’d done a poor job of presenting the gospel, that boy, Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899), left the store that day a changed man, going on to become one of the most prominent evangelists in American history.
- While preaching a crusade in Chicago, Moody counseled a man by the name of J. Wilber Chapman (1859-1918), helping him understand the certainty of his salvation and calling. Chapman himself became a minister and evangelist.
- An ex baseball player named Billy Sunday (1862-1935) worked for a while as Chapman’s assistant, helping organize meetings and eventually becoming an evangelist himself. In 1924, Sunday led a crusade in Charlotte, NC out of which grew an organization of Christian businessmen known as the Charlotte Businessmen’s Club.
- In 1934, the CBMC sponsored another crusade featuring the evangelist, Mordecai Ham (1877-1961). One night, as Ham held an invitation at the end of his message, 16 year old Billy Graham (1918-2018) walked the aisle, placing his faith in Christ.
Amazing, right? It gets better.
Week before last, in morning devotions, a TCA teacher shared that many years ago, her dad was watching TV one night when his show was pre-empted by another program. Although irritated, he left it on that channel. The interrupting show was a Billy Graham crusade, and that night he made Jesus the Lord of his life. He later became a pastor himself, leading countless people to Christ, including TCA Academic Learning Center teacher Kathy Haxel who now carries on a legacy that began in a Boston shoe store 164 years ago.
Psalm 78 is a beautiful, challenging, and convicting picture of the importance of leaving a legacy for generations to come. Our own Kathy Haxel has seen this, and I am grateful
One of my favorite things we do at TCA is our secondary core group program. Each year it is my privilege to conduct leader training, and one activity we always do is have incoming leaders (all juniors and seniors) reflect on their years as underclassmen, and how their past core group leaders impacted them. I kept the notes they wrote, and here are a few of their observations:
- A leader of mine asked for prayer requests and remembered to ask about them at the next meeting.
- My leaders were able to walk me through scripture and help me be a better person.
- Last year, when he got cancer, my core group leader used it to help other people and show us how to be faithful and trust Christ.
- My leaders were able to help me with things I was going through that they had already been through and had advice about.
- Hearing wisdom and advice from older friends inspired me to follow their good examples and their advice.
- He was always at the meetings and never missed.
- He gave us heart-to-heart advice when I had questions about my faith.
- He taught me to trust God and be a good role model. He was a light in my life like I hope to be in the lives of my group.
- My core group leaders always said hi to me in places other than core group time, and I really appreciate that.
- My past core group leaders influenced me as a middle schooler; taught me that popularity isn’t everything. It changed how I acted in HS.
- It was obvious that my core group leader cared about us all the time. She knew when we were upset or needed support, and she was that support.
- My core group leaders took time outside of the allotted core group time to listen to what was going on in my life and offer encouragement and advice.
- My leaders made everyone feel included.
- My core group leader made me feel welcome and accepted not only to the group, but to TCA.
- Last year, my leader came to our volleyball game and after was really sweet and supportive and showed how she really cared.
What a beautiful legacy these students are leaving every day. Please pray for these young men and women as they lead. And remember to lead them as well. In our homes, classrooms, teams, and relationships, may we impact those around us for Christ in ways big and small.
In the words of Mrs. Haxel, “Let’s not be fooled, the Lord’s will, will be done with or without us. But what a wonderful legacy we can have when we choose to be faithful and obedient. We never know just how far the influence will reach. May your day be blessed as we realize how God uses the seemingly small and ordinary to make the greatest and most lasting impact. Everything we do matters!”
At a pivotal point in the 2000 movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance, the title character, played by Will Smith, shares a word of wisdom with a young boy who is worried that his hero, golfer Rannulph Junuh, will not perform well the next day. When the child asks Bagger if he thinks Junuh can win, Bagger says yes, but only if “he can find his authentic swing.”
Bagger goes on to explain to the boy that “inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing.” He tells him it’s “something we was born with, that's ours and ours alone.”
At Trinity Christian Academy, we recognize that each of us is designed for God-ordained purposes that are truly “ours and ours alone.” In fact, our school’s sole reason for existing is to help students understand and fulfill that purpose in a four-way partnership between the student, our school, their family and the local church.
By now most of you know that our theme for the 2019/2020 school year is “Different by Design.” We know God has a unique design for every child at TCA, and while we may not do it perfectly (in fact, I promise we won’t), our desire is to do our best to help each boy and girl discover their “authentic swing” and help them live out that purpose.
Additionally, I believe God has a purpose for our school as a whole, and part of that purpose is to reflect a different (is it okay if I say “better”?) way of doing school. In a world that makes academics a road to financial security, creative arts a means of self-glorification, and sports an idol, we believe that a school bearing the name of Christ can and should be different!
Bagger Vance also provides another truth we can’t afford to miss. After telling the child about the authentic swing within us all, Bagger warns that over time “the world can rob us of that swing and bury it inside us under all our woulda's and coulda's, and shoulda's.”
May we all determine now that on May 21, 2020, when the school year is over, that we can look back and be proud of what God has done in and through us. Let’s live in such a way as to limit our “woulda’s, coulda’s, and shoulda’s” by being different and living according to our unique design.
Have a great year!
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
2018-19 has been a great year, and the Trinity family has much to be proud of. Instead of looking back, however, let me share a story about looking forward.
Moses Montefiore was a successful Jewish businessman in 19th century England whose genius for investment banking made him wealthy at a young age and whose royal connections led to a knighthood in 1837. Working and travelling into his 90s, Montefiore was elected sheriff of London and was known for his philanthropy, using his fortune to fund a school for girls in Jerusalem and multiple hospitals among other endeavors.
On his 100th birthday, The London Times devoted a full section to Montefiore’s praise. One editorial shared that when once asked to reveal his net worth, Sir Moses gave a number well below what was expected. “The surprised inquirer said, ‘But surely the sum total of your wealth must be much more than that.’ With a smile, Sir Moses replied, ‘You didn’t ask me how much I own. You asked me how much I am worth. So I calculated how much I have given to charity this year. We are worth only what we are willing to share with others.’”
So I must ask: “What’s your net worth?” Pastor and author Mark Batterson puts it this way,
“It’s not calculated by the sum total of your stock holdings or real property assessments. And it has nothing to do with the trophies in your case, the degrees on your wall, or the title on your business card.
Your net worth equals the sum total of all you’ve given away. Not a penny more. Not a penny less.
And when everything is said and done, what you don’t share is lost forever. But what you put into the hands of God becomes an eternal keepsake.”
As we come upon the freedoms that summer affords, I encourage us all to lay up treasure (see Matthew 6). It won’t just happen, so be intentional in the investment of your resources (time, money, talents, etc.) in kingdom enterprises. Build your eternal net worth, and teach your children to doing the same—just like Sir Moses did!
Have a great summer. We’ll see you in August!
Batterson, Mark. All In. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 135.