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Maranatha to join new Skyline Conference in 2019-20

Maranatha to join new Skyline Conference in 2019-20

The administration of Maranatha Christian Academy officially will join the new Skyline Conference, which will begin play in the 2019-20 school year. The new conference will include Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts.

The eight schools in the new conference are Concordia Academy and Saint Agnes from the Tri Metro Conference, Maranatha, St. Croix Prep, New Life Academy and Trinity at River Ridge from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy from the Twin Cities Athletic Conference.

The Mustangs are very appreciative of their time in the MCAA.  Many strong relationships have been formulated over the years.

Why Change Conferences?

The move into the new conference will give MCA a chance to align themselves with schools that are similar in enrollment, activities and athletics offered and an opportunity to provide competition for our fine arts programs. Activities Director Larry Tate stated “This conference is comprised of schools that are projecting the same steady growth as MCA.”

What will stay the same?

  • Post season play will not change. Those assignments are governed by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)
  • MCA will still maintain our current co-ops that we have in place.
  • MCA will still play in their assigned sections for athletics as appointed by the MSHSL

What are the next steps?

Maranatha will compete in the MCAA for the 2018-19 school year.  During that time, the Activities/ Athletic Directors for the 8 schools will begin planning the new conference activities and events.

Conference Mission

The mission of the Skyline Conference is to provide transformational education-based athletic and fine arts experiences for our students and communities of our member schools.

School Capsules

 

Concordia Academy (Beacons)
Location: Roseville Athletic Director: Brian Brown
Enrollment: 265 Website: www.concordiaacademy.com
Head of School: Rev. Tim Berner

 

Cristo Rey (Pumas)
Location: Minneapolis Athletic Director: Robert Carpentier
Enrollment: 289 Website: www.cristoreytc.org
President: Jeb Myers

 

Maranatha Christian Academy (Mustangs)
Location: Brooklyn Park Athletic Director: Larry Tate
Enrollment: 250 Website: www.mcamustangs.org
Head of School: Brian Sullivan

 

New Life Academy (Eagles)
Location: Woodbury Athletic Director: Kevin Kleiner
Enrollment: 235 Website: www.newlifeacademy.org
Head of School: Clark Gilbert

 

Nova Classical Academy (Knights)
Location: St. Paul Athletic Director: Christian Rovn
Enrollment: 272 Website: www.novaclassical.org
Executive Director: Jon Gutierrez

 

Saint Agnes (Aggies)
Location: St. Paul Athletic Director: Michael Streitz
Enrollment: 266 Website: www.saintagnesschool.org
Headmaster: Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt

 

St. Croix Preparatory Academy (Lions)
Location: Stillwater Athletic Director: Rich Dippel
Enrollment: 345 Website: www.stcroixprep.org
Executive Director: Jon Gutierrez

 

Trinity at River Ridge (Tri Hawks)
Location: Eagan Athletic Director: Pat Buchanan
Enrollment: 212 Website: www.trinityschools.org/riverridge
Head of School: Beth Schmitz
Maranatha’s FTC Robotics Team Advances to State!

Maranatha’s FTC Robotics Team Advances to State!

The Maranatha Christian Academy First Tech Challenge Robotics team has advanced to the Minnesota State Championship, to be held February 9 & 10 in St. Paul!  They were the first team picked on the winning alliance and were chosen to compete in every match in the semi-final and final elimination rounds.  The strength of their robot propelled all the members of their three team alliance into the State Championship.  It was a great day and all eight of our students represented themselves and Maranatha extremely well!

Congratulations Gear Gang!

We all think we are, but are we really?

We all think we are, but are we really?

From Andy Stanley’s Crazy Like Us

We all think we are this, but in actuality most Americans are not this and do not know how to do this! Now at MCA, I know we are above average! But here is the thing, this is not something natural but has to be taught.  So you might be asking, what is this? Well, this is HOW TO BE GENEROUS.  No, not how to give, but how to be generous, to live generously, to be… not to do.

Now I know what you are thinking. Whenever someone says that we are not something, we immediately remember that one time we did it and define ourselves with that single event. An example, especially for the guys, would be in marriage. This happens at times, and perhaps too many times in my own, where your wife says something like, “You don’t help enough around the house.” Our immediate response to this, guys, is “No, remember that one time back before the kids where born when I washed the dishes?” And then we define our whole being with that one single act. When it comes to generosity, we are not talking about a single random act of giving.

You see, random acts of giving come from people inspiring us, motivating us, selling us, or guilting us into giving. Generosity is not a single act of giving. Generosity transcends inspirational and guilt giving. Generous people move beyond that. When we learn how to be generous and order our life around generosity, we will give more, save more, and consume less.

Now there are some of us who will not save more. In fact, you may already be saving more than all the neighbors on your street combined, including everyone in a four-block radius. You will not save more; you will give more. Maybe you do this because you are nervous about money, but it isn’t because you don’t have enough, you just never learned how to be generous. Others may think you are based on zeros on the end of your check, but you’re not generous. Generosity effects every part of your life, finances included. It’s a keystone habit that affects everything, but it is something that we need to be taught.

Generosity is not natural. The best example of this is found raising our own children. We have to teach them how to share when they are young. It’s not natural for them to do it. They will want to fight for their stuff and take other children’s toys when they want it. We have to teach them to give up what is maybe theirs; we have to teach them to take turns. It’s funny that even as adults we can still feel resistance when we give our own stuff away.

So if generosity isn’t natural, what is it? It’s crazy! Most Americans spend more than they make, pay interest on things that decrease in value as soon as they possess it. We never really feel rich, but we are, and we may feel generous but we aren’t.  That is crazy. Imagine sharing your financial pressures with someone from a third-world country. They would think you’re CRAZY! Just to give an example of this, if you make $40,000, you are considered part of the top 1-2% of the richest people in the world. This is mind-blowing, isn’t it?

Now with that being said, since we know that generosity isn’t natural and needs to be taught, let’s look at four myths of generosity.

Myth 1 – Generosity is spontaneous. Nope, it isn’t simply giving to the random kid in the neighborhood who is raising money for XYZ. It’s not walking by a musician downtown and throwing some change in the guitar case.  Generous people are not spontaneous, but far more strategic in their giving.

Myth 2 – Generosity depends on cash flow. If you think you can be generous today but not tomorrow, that’s not how it works. Generosity isn’t determined by whether or not you can afford it. Generous people are consistent in giving.

Myth 3 – It’s the amount that counts. This is pure crazy. Many times people look at the amount to determine if someone is generous or not. No one knows if the amount of zeros on the check makes a person generous. It may be more money than I have, than I could give, but one way to fool ourselves is by looking at the amount. The amount does NOT count. Everyone can be generous, and everyone can make a generous donation.

Myth 4 – Rich people are generous. “When I become rich, then I will become generous.” This simply isn’t the case. So think about this, if you are not generous now, when you get rich, you will simply be a rich person who is not generous. Rich people are rich and generous people are generous. There isn’t a correlation; they are two different things.

Now after reading those myths and what we already discussed, let’s just close our eyes and imagine for a moment. Imagine that all of the financial mistakes you have made over the years, the money lost, is now sitting in a bank account. All of it is right there for you but there is a catch. You can only spend it on others and not yourself. WOW! Can you imagine the rush of giving that away to others and helping those in need! Jesus tells us that it’s better to give than to receive, or you could say “Happy is the person whose life is ordered around giving than receiving.” This bank account certainly would bring you a lot of happiness and it would be because you were not spending it on yourself.

So bottom line is this, you need to choose your crazy. You can either be crazy like everyone else, or you can be crazy generous.