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Richly Blessed: Welcome Miss Hayne and Mrs. Belt

July 25, 2012
By Barbara Wiers

You know the old saying, “God is good all the time, all the time God is good!”

It’s never been more true than right now, right here at ALCS!  What a joy it is to see and feel God at work!  And, He is hard at work for our Abundant Life Christian School campus!!


As we began planning for this fall, we asked God to bring us people who love him and are great teachers.  We were obviously thinking too small . . . God thinks BIG and He’s done BIG things for us.   We are so excited to welcome to of our newest faculty to ACLS:  Miss Lisa Haynie and Mrs. Roxanne Belt. 

 

These two dynamos are going to do BIG things for God and for ALCS
this upcoming year . . . just watch and see!

 

Miss Haynie, a 20+ teaching veteran, comes to Abundant Life Christian Middle School from Oshkosh Christian School/Valley Christian High School.  She’s taught everything from 4-12th grades, been athletic director, and loves to teach a wide variety of subject matter, but she particularly loves math.  She says, “Give me a classroom filled with students and I’m honestly a very happy teacher!”  Outside of school, Miss Hayne enjoys biking, pro football, and being active outdoors. 

 

Miss Hayne will be teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at ALCS.  Her classes will include math, Bible, history, and science.  God has blessed by bringing us Miss Haynie and we know she will gift us with her experience, knowledge, passion, and love for education and the Lord!

 

Stepping into our First Grade classroom is Mrs. Roxanne Belt.  Mrs. Belt started teaching when she was 14 years old!  She began her “career” as a Sunday school teacher for preschool and she never looked back!  Teaching has always been her favorite thing to do and she wisely made it her life’s work.

 

Mrs. Belt has been a professional educator for 26 years and is moving to the Great State of Wisconsin from California to teach at ALCS.  She is a mother of three, a grandmother of four.  Being closer to her family is another benefit of teaching at ALCS as she has family in the Madison area.  Mrs. Belt commented about teaching that . . . “a teacher must earn the students respect and love.  My students respect and love me because I respect and love them.  This is a simple fact that will impact these children forever.”  We can’t wait for our students and families to get to know Mrs. Belt – they are going to love her as much as she is going to love them!


 
It’s going to be a great year at ALCS!  We are richly blessed with faculty who love the Lord and are passionate about the grades and subject matter they teach.  We are thrilled to have such experience and energy in Miss Haynie and Mrs. Belt join our current faculty.  Their giftings and talents will only strengthen our academic legacy, enhance our community, and better us all for knowing them.  I trust that we all will be as much of a blessing to them as they will be to us!

 

God is SO good! 

Freedom this Fourth of July

July 03, 2012
By Barbara Wiers

Celebrating Freedom this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July takes on many meanings . . . for some, it’s hot dogs and fireworks, for others a day of rest, and for others a day on the lake.  For some, it’s a time for bargains in the stores or a chance to clean out the garage.  It’s parades and brats and tots and sparklers.

But, it is so much more.

The Fourth of July is our day as a nation to stop and remember our founding, to remember the brave men and women who rose up and formed a nation based on the greatest ideals and principles ever.  It’s a day to honor the heroes who died to create, build, and preserve this nation and its values.  It’s a day to celebrate the sheer joy of freedom that shines like a beacon to the rest of the world and draws them to our shores.

This Fourth of July, take a moment during the day and talk with your children and family and friends about why we recognize, honor, and celebrate this auspicious occasion.  And, as you do, reflect for just one moment on the Giver of true freedom.  On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson delineated our unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence where he clearly stated that it is our Creator who endowed us with “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

God is the author, creator, giver, and provider of freedom. 

"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT)

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed"     John 8:36 (KJV)

"I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments."   Psalm 119:45 (NLT)

"Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace."    Romans 6:14 (NLT)

"But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ."   Galatians 3:22 (NLT)

"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love."   Galatians 5:13 (NLT)

 

Freedom isn’t free either in the natural or spiritual realm.  In both, it requires action and faith.  True freedom is given when we ask for God’s forgiveness and are given his abundant and generous mercy and grace.  True freedom is rooted in faith.  In the natural, freedom requires action – it requires us to uphold our liberty, to fight for it, to value it and to perpetuate it by our actions and our choices.  It is not given to us freely and easily.  It is something we earn through our might and the privilege of our vote. 

May we never take freedom for granted . . . it is quite simply more precious than gold.

Have a blessed Fourth of July!

 

No, Freedom Isn't Free
by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret)

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

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