Victory Christian Academy Mail - 'THE LION'S ROAR' Issue 3 | December 4, 2020
December 4, 2020
Dear VCA Families,
December marks the beginning of Advent. Technically, Advent starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas, so this year’s advent calendar actually began on November 29th.
The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus” and means, “arrival.” Even though we don’t actually know Christ’s birth date, as Christians, we celebrate the “arrival” of the Christ-child’s birth on Dec. 25th.
December also marks the end of the calendar year for 2020. Given what 2020 has been like, most of us are ready for it to be over. A worldwide pandemic, civil unrest, and shutdown of our schools and the economy have made this year one of the most challenging years on record, although those who lived through the “Great Depression,” World War I and II might disagree.
That’s why I have selected Isaiah 9:6 for this month’s “Lion’s Roar” newsletter theme Bible passage. As we celebrate the Advent of the birth of Christ this year, it’s good to be reminded that the child born in a manger more than two thousand years ago is also the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.”
New COVID Guidelines: The CDC recently revised their “close proximity” guidelines, reducing the number of days a student or staff member who has been in close proximity to someone testing positive for the virus to 7 days (if the individual tests “negative” for COVID) and 10 days if the individual does not get tested. This will help reduce the time away from class for our students and staff, should they find themselves in this situation in the future. Overall, VCA staff and students testing positive for the virus remain well below the county rolling average. More commonly, staff or students are having to quarantine due to close proximity to a family member, so the changes in the CDC guidelines are a welcome change.
Investing for eternity: As you pray about how to steward your year-end giving options in 2020, please consider including VCA in those plans. Victory Christian Academy is one of the best values for your money in all of NW Indiana. For the past two decades, VCA has been partnering with parents and the local church to provide a quality, Christ-centered education for nearly 300 students each year from several counties and a wide-ranging demographic. You have three different ways to invest in the ongoing ministry of VCA:
New this year! Text the words Christmas 2020 for our Christmas offering OR2020 Year-End Giving to make a year-end gift to phone number 219-533-0229.
Amazon Smile: If you find yourself ordering gifts from Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support VCA by using Amazon Smile and choosing Victory Christian Academy as your charity. Instead of going to amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com to make your purchases.
Christmas Break: There will be no school from Monday, December 21- January 4th. May your Christmas be filled with quality time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of Christ.
Shepherding His lambs,
Lead Administrator, VCA
Year-End Giving & Christmas Offering
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generosity toward VCA. Links for year-end giving, as well as our annual Christmas offering for staff appreciation, will be available on our website until the end of the year. Donations may also be made in person at the North campus or by mail and are tax-deductible. God bless!!
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VCA VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM 4-0 FOR 2020
Are you a VCA sports fan that enjoys using technology?
If so, VCA Athletics could use your help. Due to the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, VCA is now streaming it's basketball games.
However, it is a bit much to expect our IT director, Laurance Draves, to support our school during the day and then stream all of the games during the evenings and on Saturday.
We are looking for at least two volunteers to help out and take turns running the equipment to stream the games. We prefer that you be a parent or alumni of VCA and not a current student unless that student will be helping the parent. Laurance will provide training and support the first couple of nights to get you up to speed. You don't have to be a computer genius, but the tech timid probably shouldn't apply. Laurance will still be available for remote support if needed after the initial training.
Email Mr. Draves at LDraves@VCAcademy.info if you are interested.
North Campus: 360 N. 325 E. | Valparaiso, IN 46383 | 219.548.2701
South Campus: 3805 LaPorte Ave | Valparaiso, IN 46383 | 219.548.8803
Victory Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to VCA students. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions procedures, and scholarship awards, athletic and other school administered programs. We do, however, reserve the right to deny admission or employment to any individual who cannot benefit from enrollment based on past academic achievement, disqualifying handicap, or whose personal lifestyle is not in harmony with the Holy Bible, and VCA’ s stated philosophy and purpose. VCA’s biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. Of necessity, this involves the school’s understanding and belief of what qualities or characteristics exemplify a Christ-like life according to Scripture. The school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or the conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in direct opposition to the biblical lifestyle taught in the Bible. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual/lesbian or bisexual activity, promoting such practices and asserting that any philosophy other than God alone is the determiner of gender; and/or that marriage is between anything other than one man and one woman. VCA will love and pray for families with these struggles but we must stand firm in declaring that Scripture is truth and thus it would not make a good fit for students and/or families that are unable to support the moral principles of the school as taken from Scripture. (See Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:27)