Please mark Friday, December 9th at 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 pm on your calendars. This is the weekend that we have the ladies and children from Nashville Rescue Mission here for our annual Acros Christmas party for them. If this is your first year here or you are not familiar with this event, we collect new toys for the kids and gifts for women (lotions, scarves, purses, coats, hats, gloves, shower gels, gift cards, etc.) wrap them on Friday evening and have dinner for them/Acros show/hand out gifts on Sunday afternoon. As you are doing your Black Friday shopping please keep this ministry in mind. We will have more details next week on some more gift ideas and creative ways you may be able to contribute to this awesome event! Stay tuned!
Hope you have some plans to eat, relax and enjoy family! I just wanted to send out a quick thank-you to everyone who brought in cans and other non perishable items for our food drive. We dropped off over 1000 items to the 403 Center! They were surprised and overjoyed! As far as the class on class competition went, the Freshmen just held off the Juniors to win (305-279). The Sophomores and the Seniors finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
The program began with the Tolling of the Bell by Ethan Callahan, Sophomore. Mrs. Kristine Fuentes, MA Principal welcomed our guests that included the entire Madison Campus Elementary school members along with the Cumberland View Towers residents. The Hendersonville High School MCJROTC Color Guard presented the colors. The national anthem was sung by the Madisonians after which Sgt. Bill Jones, US Army and Ashlyn, Kaylyn and Eden Levoy led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Major Arlan Monroe and his son Sean, a Freshman, gave a short history of Veteran’s Day. Pax Fordam, also a Freshman, read a poem entitled “For the Fallen” by R. L. Binyon. The handbell choir, Bellissimo!, played the patriotic song My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. SRA Kurtis Kenerson, US Air Force and Madison Academy alumni gave a short inspirational speech. Personal thank you’s were given by Preston Rufo and Andre Crayton. In addition Jeff Fisher, VA Chaplain, added his thank you. The second graders from MCE gave gifts to each veteran at the program. The band and choir gave a tribute to the Armed Services and Pastor Ken Wetmore from Madison Campus Church closed the assembly with prayer.
Next week is our annual “Can Hunger Week”. This is a class competition with the winning class getting prizes at the end of the week. The 403 Center distributes lots of food during the holidays and can use all the donations they can get. So start looking through your cupboards at home, pick up an extra couple of cans of green beans at Aldi or collect some from neighbors. Bring in the cans or non perishable goods starting next Monday and ending on Friday. May the best class win!
This week students from Madison Academy traveled to Ridgetop Adventist Elementary School each morning to conduct a week of prayer. Mr. Jamieson helped those chosen to speak and Mr. Bondaczuk, music teacher, chose students to lead in worship with music. Ten students shared Jesus with the students and staff. They are Brock Anderson, Marlana Bell, Tyler Bell, Jordan P. Brown, Andre Crayton, Pax Fordham, Jake Johnson, Christina Mercado and Jackson Wood. The musicians that shared their musical talents are Donovan Allen, Andre Crayton, Grant Kennedy, Aiden Kroll, Ashlyn Levoy, Madison Morris, Madison Perkins and Abby Tishaw.
We are headed to the Dominican Republic this spring and would like to have as many of you to come along as possible. We will be partnering with Maranatha again this year and have always had successful trips when working with them. Our mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to build a Sabbath School building next to a recently built church in a little village outside of the capital, Santo Domingo. We will also be putting the finishing touches on the recently constructed church, i.e. painting, etc. Along with the construction that will be going on, we plan on incorporating a VBS program for the local children. It will be busy and that is a lot to accomplish, however, with a group of willing servants, the Lord can do amazing things!
Initially, the cost for the trip was $1500, however, if we can act quickly, I believe we can get the airline tickets at a fairly decent price and we can knock this price down to $1300 per person! In the 15 years I have been coordinating mission trips with young people, we have never had to turn anyone away due to finances if they were willing to work for it. We will try to provide as many fundraising opportunities as we can, but raking leaves, babysitting and mowing lawns are some of the best ways to earn this money. If you are willing, the Lord we make a way! We need $100 to lock your spot in and reserve these plane tickets. We are looking at the dates to be March 3-13, however, those may change a day or two depending on logistics.
I have attached a few pictures of the local village and the facility that we are looking at staying in, just to give you a visual of the area. Everyone will need a passport with an expiration date later than 9/15/2017 and that is not included in the above price. I would apply for one ASAP if you do not currently have one, as they can take 2-3 months to process. No shots are needed, however Maranatha will want everyone current on their Tetanus shots.
I believe everyone needs to go on an overseas mission trip at least once and this may be the time to do just that. Pray about this opportunity as a family and if the Lord is leading and you are willing sign up! The $100 deposit will be your registration. If you have any questions, please email me back or call me.
https://goo.gl/maps/SxKpLPpN4Dy -link to the map of the village we are working and staying at.
Over one third of the students of Madison Academy in addition to parents and staff are participating in the annual Appalachia Outreach program. Students are placed into teams with a work supervisor and they complete general construction work that benefits the people of that community. Some of the projects include building wheel chair ramps, framing in doors, flooring, plumbing, roofing, and painting. This program was started by Alan Craig in 1998 and is continuing to impact the lives of all involved.
Today during assembly the classes chose officers for next year. Since the seniors are graduating their class meeting was finalizing details of the weekend.
|President||Avery Kroll||Jordan R. Brown||Marlana Bell|
|Pastor||Osy Garcia||Cody Tishaw||Julianne Plank|
|Activities Coordinator||Jackson Wood||Alayna Hunt||Kirsten Levinskas|
|Finance Officer||Morgan Currie||Cy Durias||Breanna Moore|
|Rachel Hudgens||Kiara Sierra||Rosie Benoit|
Elections were held for student government positions today. Each class was asked to come to the library and go to one of four ballot boxes to vote. The results were announced over the intercom just before the end of the school day. The 2016-2017 Student Council officers are: Servant Leader/President – Symone Steward, Campus Ministries Coordinator – Christina Mercado, Service Coordinator – Jake Johnson, Communications Coordinator – Holly Hardin, Finance Officer – Donovan Allen, Activities Coordinator – Sara Adalla. Elections for class offices are scheduled for next week.