DAR WINNERS! - Congratulations to ACS Fifth Grader Harper Westbrook and Eighth Grader Loran Alivia Daniels for being named winners of this year's DAR Essay Contest. This annual competition is sponsored by the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and this year's theme focused on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The DAR gives out thousands of dollars in educational scholarships each year.
The DAR Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history. ACS thanks our local DAR Chapter for promoting this important educational activity.
NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC - After taking a year off because of Covid, the annual New Year's Classic Bible Quiz Tournament is back on at ACS. This is always a special day for our School, as we host one of the largest tournaments in the Country.
Bible Quizzing is one of the unique extracurricular activities offered at ACS. Bible Quiz students memorize large portions of Scripture and then compete in tournaments where they are asked questions about the passages they have committed to memory.
This year's tournament will include teams from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. These students are hiding God's Word in their hearts and meditating on it often - one of the many benefits of a Christian school education.
JOSEPH'S DREAM - Mary was betrothed to Joseph at the time the Holy Spirit formed Jesus in her womb. Under the law of that day, if a virgin became pregnant by a different man during her betrothal, she could be stoned to death.
I have always wondered what was going through Joseph's mind when he found out Mary was pregnant. How crushing and disappointing that news must have been. After pondering this for a time, he ultimately decided "to put her away secretly."
That's when God sent an angel to speak to Joseph in a dream. This dream changed Joseph forever. The dream brought hope and faith where despair had lived and allowed Joseph to fulfill his role in God's great plan.
WAS HE THE MESSIAH? Not many people dispute the fact that Jesus was a Jewish historical figure who lived over 2000 years ago. The controversy over Jesus is whether He was who He claimed to be - the Messiah, the Savior of sinners.
Some claim He was a great teacher, or even a prophet, but not the Messiah. But if he was not the Messiah, then His claim that He was the Savior of sinners was a lie. How could Jesus be a "great teacher" if He lied about who He was?
If He was not a liar, then He is who He claimed to be. He was and is the Messiah, and we joyfully celebrate His birth again this Christmas!
HOPE! Many Christians are now celebrating the Advent Season. Advent begins each year on the 4th Sunday before Christmas.The word advent means "coming" or "arrival." During this Season, we look back to celebrate the birth of Jesus in His First Advent, and we look forward to His return as King in His Second Advent.
We celebrate with great hope because we know that, when Christ returns, He will bring peace and justice to the world. At times we can grow discouraged by the injustices all around us - Christians persecuted, and innocent lives taken in random acts of violence, just to name a few. But this Advent Season is one of hope - hope in the One who will make all things new.
CHRISTMAS FOR THE FAMILY AT ACS - This Thursday, December 9, we will present our annual Christmas for the Family program at Athens Christian. The program will begin at 7:00 pm in the ACS Drama Center.
We will celebrate the Christmas season in word and song, while being entertained by our Middle School and High School Bands and our Middle School and High School Choirs. In addition to listening to some of our favorite Christmas songs, we will be reminded that the gift of the Messiah was the GREATEST gift ever given to mankind.
The program is free and open to the public. We hope you will come and celebrate with us on the 9th.
AMAZING EFFORT! One of the most important things we do each year is to participate in the NE Georgia Food Bank's Hunger Bowl Campaign. This year, after an incredible outpouring of generosity by our ACS families, we smashed our school goal and brought in the equivalent of 125,000 cans of food. That is AMAZING!
I could not be more proud of our ACS community. For the 8th year in a row, ACS was the overall Hunger Bowl winner.
A BIG thanks to Pam Kennon and Sara Crawford who headed up our efforts. And, thanks to all of our faculty members who encouraged our students to give, and who talked to them about "why" we give.
THE THANKSGIVING PRESIDENTS - For Americans, Thanksgiving has always been a celebration of God’s blessings on our Country. In 1789, President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation:
“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the
providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be
grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His
protection and favor . . . I appoint Thursday, the 26th
day of November, 1789 . . . that we may all unite to
render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for
His kind care and protection.”
In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a day “of Thanksgiving and Praise to our benevolent Father.”
Two great Leaders acknowledging the importance of Thanksgiving.
While the kids have a great time, the real purpose behind this retreat is to promote a time of spiritual renewal. The beautiful mountain setting offers an inspiring backdrop for kids to draw closer to God.
This year's theme reminded us that God's Word is the primary path through which we know, love, and live for God. Our prayer is that as we return to school, our students will have a deeper desire to know and love God's Word.