Every year the Madison Academy family presents both church services at Madison Campus Church. This year’s theme was “Encounter the Baby.” There were many opportunities to serve and over 60% of the student population shared their time and talents in this presentation–both on stage and behind the scenes. The handbell choir started the service playing “Carol of the Bells.” The band played for the offertory and our praise teams shared their gift of music too. Brock Anderson as a shepherd, Zachary Metzler as a Wiseman, and Mr. Chris Wilhelm as Joseph shared their perspective on reputation and what God thinks of us. Mrs. Fuentes, the principal, added her thoughts and summarized the theme. Mr. Pichette wrote parts for the band and handbells and they joined the praise teams in singing “Who You Say I Am.” To experience this service here is the link.
Madison Academy hosted the ladies and children from the Nashville Rescue Mission for an evening of dinner and entertainment on Sunday, December 11. The Academy bus and vans picked up passengers outside the Rescue Mission on Sunday afternoon with the promise of good food, laughter, and the chance to see Santa.
Upon arrival at Madison Academy, our guests were escorted by students through a hallway of lights and a decorated gymnasium to their dining tables. The gymnastics team, now functioning as smiling wait staff, appeared with sparkling juice followed by overflowing plates of salad, pasta, and bread. The sweet treat of pie and cookies came next.
Then, when every belly was full, the cheerful high schoolers transitioned to entertainers and shared their talents as gymnasts in several routines. The guests were invited to participate in the fun and many chose to get on the mats. Women and children took their power pose in the air, as the Acros lifted the guests in elevators. Following the show, Santa arrived with gifts for every guest.
“Merry Christmas” a woman exclaimed blowing a kiss to Santa as she exited the building to load the bus. “Y’all gave me Christmas I didn’t think would come. Thank you!”
Businesses and individuals willing to open their hearts to the Rescue Mission guests donated all the food and gifts for the event. For 5 years, the management of the Rivergate Fazoli’s has gladly donated the breadsticks. Other corporate donors include the Madison Kroger and Rivergate Target. Our school families purchased, wrapped, and prayed over the gifts a few days prior to the event.
For more than a century, Madison Academy has made an intentional effort to provide a variety of service and ministry opportunities that both inspire and empower our students to care for others. We desire that our students develop meaning and purpose in their faith. Because it is right here close to home, this event imprints compassion on the lives of our students like no other.
One would have thought that Madison Academy had just been visited by a slew of lumber jacks with the amount of planks that were lying around campus today. The students at Madison Academy competed in the #MAPlanksgivingChallenge to raise money to fix the Madison Academy’s gym air-circulation system. They were challenged to hold a plank, a position that resembles a high push up position or a push up if you were on your forearms, for three minutes. Nearly half of the Madison Academy students made that goal! Together, along with a number of teachers who completed the challenge too, they raised $953!
Once the three-minute mark passed there was still a large group of students and Coach Ley still holding their plank. Finally, after going over five-times the original challenge and Coach Ley dropping out at the 14-minute mark, Connor Collins, junior, won with holding a plank for 15 minutes.
You can watch the competition via Madison Academy’s Facebook page and if you want to join the fun you can give towards the Madison Academy gym air-circulation project tomorrow, November 27, at 7:01 a.m.
Yesterday, Madison Academy participated in giving Tuesday for the third time. And it was our best giving Tuesday yet! We had over 160 people participate and they raised over $24,000 for our gym air circulation system project.
It was so cool to see parents, teachers, and alumni make Facebook fundraising pages to promote this cause.
Facebook and PayPal matched gifts to nonprofits up to seven million dollars on Tuesday. Matching started at 7 a.m. Central Time and was done by 8 a.m. Central Time. We hope that a significant portion of gifts made to Madison were matched, but even if they weren’t, it was a great opportunity to see how much our community loves our kids.
This year we have 46 MA students heading out to Manchester, KY to serve the community. Add in the staff, parents, a group from Highland Academy and one student from Spring Valley Academy and we will have over 80 ready to make a difference in Manchester! We will be staying in a local community center with 4 showers and nothing to lay down on but the floor in which we walk on. However, that is all part of the mission experience! Students and adults will be well fed as we have a top notch chef from Georgia making some gourmet meals. Volunteers will be building an addition on to a house, building a playground, gutting and renovating another and hanging drywall in another home, among other things. Each team of about 15 participants, will have two days to complete their tasks and give the homes/schoolyard a fresh makeover. We will end the trip with Sabbath, and after the hard work, a day of rest and worship will be a welcome relief.
After noticing the amount of trash lining Larkin Springs road as they travel to and from school, the Junior Class knew they had a choice… Complain or Act. So, they strapped on orange vests. Armed with trash grabbers and bags, they took on the neighborhood. Devoted Servants. That was their choice. That is the Madison Advantage.
We are excited about our Spring Break Mission Trip this year! We have looked at a number of locations and feel led to go to Puerto Rico to assist in repairs and the continued recovery from last year’s hurricane. We will be doing repair work at a local Adventist school and at numerous homes in the community. We will be working out of a town called Las Piedras which is southeast of San Juan. We will be staying at a local Adventist church and have hired a couple of the church members to cook authentic Puerto Rico cuisine while we are there. The dates will be February 27-March 8, 2019. We can take up to 40 participants on this trip, so first come first served sign-ups. The cost will be $1100. $100 down payment will reserve your spot on the list (please make checks out to Madison Academy). Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, no passport is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
Thanks to a gift from donors last year we were able to purchase and wrap two 12-passenger vans. These vans have taken our students all over… from drama outings to sports tournaments, from volunteering at the 403 Center to field trips to the Chamber of Commerce. These vans have been well used and truly loved. Private support is what makes it possible for us to not only transport our students around Middle TN, but also promote our school at the same time. If you want to help support any projects, contact our Director of Development, Taleah Valles-Peters.