Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, and as we observed the life and legacy of Dr. King, it’s important to reflect on exactly what made his movement so successful and what led him to be able to make the biggest impact on civil rights in this country the 1950s and 1960s. The answer to that, I believe, is simple: Dr. King’s movement was built on non-violence, peace, restoration, and love. In short, the Baptist minister prospered in his efforts because he founded his methods on the biblical principles of humility and selflessness. King devoted his life to the pursuit of justice because his worldview was informed by Scripture and what the word of God taught him about the inherent value and worth of human life, regardless of ethnicity.
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. published, Why We Can’t Wait, in which he outlined his plan to help heal the racial divide in America. Included in the book were Dr. King’s “Ten Commandments” by which every participant of the Birmingham protests was expected to abide. Below are these precepts. Although they were written specifically for his followers, the general principles are worthy of personal consideration and daily practice:
Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
Remember always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation–not victory.
Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
Pray daily to be used of God in order that all men might be free.
Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
Seek to perform regular services for others and the world.
Refrain from the violence of the fist, tongue, or heart.
Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.
Greetings! Here are a few items of which you need to make note as we prepare to enter the holidays.
Please remember there will be no chapel service on Wednesday, December 14th. However, that day we will award students of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium just prior to rehearsal. We would love you to join us.
Regarding the Christmas Program, please have your child here by 6:00 on Thursday evening, the 15th. All students will meet in the Sunday school classrooms in the new building. There will be signs on the door directing you to the proper room. Each class is wearing different attire, so please refer to your child’s teacher if you are still in need of that information. We will have refreshments after the program and are collecting homemade cookies. If you would like to bake a batch, please bring them to the kitchen, clearly labeled for the Academy Christmas program on Thursday morning. Thank you!
This Friday, the 16th, we will enjoy our classroom Christmas parties. All parents are welcome to attend and participate in the festivities. As well, we have noon dismissal that day. All students registered in after school care will transition to that program as soon as school is out.
From the entire staff here at Salem Sayers Baptist Academy, we sincerely wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a blessed 2017.
I trust you had a great Thanksgiving and I’m sure you are looking forward to the upcoming Christmas holidays. As we head into this season, plans are well underway for our annual Christmas program which will be held on Thursday evening, December 15th, at 6:30. This note is to inform you that due to the rehearsals for the program, we are forced to make a schedule change involving chapel service and student of the month recognition:
There will be no chapel service on Wednesday, December 14th, but we will recognize our students of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium, just before rehearsal.
As always, we invite you to join us if you’re able as we award these exceptional students. Please call me if you have any questions.
On a related note, we are in need of refreshments for the fellowship following the program. If you are willing and able to provide a batch of homemade cookies, please place them on the island in the kitchen and label them Christmas Program when you drop your child off on Thursday morning, the 15th. Thank you in advance!
As you prepare to enroll your children for the 2016-2017 school year, here are the questions* that should guide your decision:
1. Is the education of your child following the principles of Christ or the traditions of this world?
2. How has the postmodern teaching concerning the denial of absolute truth impacted your life and the lives of your children?
3. Is the importance of your child’s education merely academic or are you looking for the education of your child to also be based on the truth of God’s Word?
4. Do your children have a firm foundation giving them support in the education that they are receiving at home, church, and school?
At Salem Sayers Baptist Academy, it’s about more than academic training—we believe in Kingdom education—training up children to grow in the knowledge of His word, to love
the Lord God their Creator, and to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ on a day to day
basis. Our prayer is that when our students would grow to adulthood, they will not leave Him but grow old with Him! Please prayerfully consider join us in building Kingdom children for His glory.
Call to enroll your child today.
Trusting in our Creator,
Mrs. Nancy Allen
*From Kingdom Education by Glen Schultz. 2005, Nashville: Lifeway Press. p. 35
Our kindergarten through 7th grade students enjoyed an end of the school year picnic at Landa Park in New Braunfels today. Thanks to Mrs. Flynn, who spearheaded the operation from start to finish and to each parent who helped to make this field trip an enjoyable success. Special appreciation goes out to the Cervenka’s and the Palmer family for taking care of food and transportation needs. The ribs were killer!
Classes are filling up! Call now to reserve your spot for the 2016-2017 school year! Enrollment forms can be found under the Admissions link at the homepage or stop by the office to pick one up. Please check the school website or call (210) 649-1178 if you have any questions.