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The Intersection. The Cross.

The Intersection. The Cross.

The Intersection. The Cross.

Dear Parent,

(Romans 6:9-10 NKJV) “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”

As we begin what Christians throughout the world call Holy Week, we need to remember the indescribable gift God gave us through His Son.  This week presents us with a great opportunity to reflect on the amazing sacrifice Jesus made.  His love for us was so strong that He not only gave His own life, but also triumphed over the grave three days later.  In doing so, He also defeated death for us too.  Jesus has bridged the divide between mankind and God forever.  His cross freed us from the power of sin and death while reconciling us to our heavenly Father.  His cross couldn’t be simpler.  One beam is horizontal and the other is vertical.  One reaches out, like God’s love, and the other reaches up, as does God’s holiness.  One represents the width of His love, while the other reflects the height of His holiness.  The cross is the intersection where God forgave me…and you.  It’s where God put our sin on His Son…for all of us.

“God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God” (2 Cor. 5:21 MSG).

Join me in celebrating the truth that Jesus put things “right with God” for me and you.  Then, let’s celebrate that He is risen!  The tomb is empty because He is alive and loves us!

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Stephen Covey and Win-Win

Stephen Covey and Win-Win

Upward Arrows for Win Win at Maranatha Christian Academy

Dear Parent,

Stephen Covey’s seminal book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, was published in 1989 and sold 15 million copies.  Covey presented an approach to being effective by aligning to what he called “true north” principles of character and ethic that are universal as well as timeless…can you say biblical.

Habit 4 is “Think Win/Win” which we termed in our innovation mindset as “Create a Win/Win Solution”.  To think and then create situations where there can be a real win/win necessitates respect, listening, character, a spirit of cooperation and an abundance mindset.  It’s the belief in a third alternative to, it’s my way or your way, but instead a better way…a higher way.  I like how Romans 14:19 in the NIV reads, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Developing within our students the ability and strength of character to seek mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in their relationships is imperative.  Fostering the skills to value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term solution.  This will enhance their credibility and position them to have greater influence within their generation and, more importantly, for the Kingdom.

Brian Sullivan
Head of School
Maranatha Christian Academy
Brooklyn Park, MN

Kennedy Burquest – Athena Award Winner

Kennedy Burquest – Athena Award Winner

2019 Athena Award

Congratulations to Kennedy Burquest for being named this year’s Maranatha Christian Academy Athena Award winner.

The Minneapolis Athena chapter recognizes outstanding senior female athletes from each of the Minneapolis city, suburban and private schools for their achievements in one or several sports, academic prestige, service to the community.

Kennedy’s highlights include;

  • 13- Varsity Letters (Basketball -3, Softball-6, Volleyball-4)
  • Member of basketball team that went to state 3 years in a row

Kennedy was an accomplished athlete, but a few highlights, include:

  1. School Record for hits and RBIs
  2. 2nd in state for RBIs in 2017
  3. 502 digs in one volleyball season, finished with career mark of 720 Digs

Kennedy also has an impressive resume off the field of athletic competition.

  • Mexico Mission Trip
  • Yearbook Staff
  • Recycling Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Academic All-State
  • Principals Club- 4 years
  • (Vice Presidents)- 3 years

For more information about the Athena, click here.

Grow Through Failure

Grow Through Failure

Dear Parent,

What!  A school endorsing failure…are you serious?  Yes, it’s counterintuitive and countercultural… oh, and by the way, so is faith when you think about it.  There is a lot we can learn from failure if we see it correctly and, in turn, reframe it for our students.

The reality is that everybody fails, nobody enjoys it, and anybody can learn to fail forward.  In fact, the major difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.  A great case study for this is the apostle Paul.  He had numerous reasons to see himself as a failure.  Here are just a couple:

  • Paul admitted he was the “chief of sinners” (I Tim. 1:15).
  • He had wrong priorities and values in his past (Phil 3:8).
  • His life was filled with difficulties (II Cor. 11:24-30).
  • Paul was not a favorite preacher of the people (I Cor. 2:3-5).
  • He was not attractive (Gal. 4:13-15).
  • Paul was rejected and lonely (Acts 9:23-26).

How did Paul overcome his past failures and endure these failings on his journey to writing a significant part of the New Testament?  Paul looked at failure correctly…and he learned a new definition of failure.  Paul realized God was His source, that He would never forsake him, knew setbacks were momentary, and embraced grace.  When we do this, not only we, but our students are liberated to go on and try again.  God’s grace is the answer to our weaknesses.  With it, we not only gain mercy, but the strength to risk again.

Our children and students need this critical worldview to not only survive but thrive in this world.  Seeing failure through the lens of the Bible will position them to learn and rebound from failure with resiliency. You see…there is real growth through failure.

Brian Sullivan
Head of School
Maranatha Christian Academy
Brooklyn Park, MN

What to Consider When Searching for a School for Your Kindergarten Student

What to Consider When Searching for a School for Your Kindergarten Student

After pouring countless hours into preparing your child for kindergarten, the time has come: school is around the corner, and you are unsure where to send your soon-to-be student. As a loving parent, you desire for your child to receive the best education possible. As a committed Christian, the necessary selection of a kindergarten program brings increased pressure as you also want your child to be schooled in an environment that welcomes and supports his or her faith.

At Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA), we understand the importance of providing kindergarteners with learning tools that pique their natural curiosity to investigate, experiment, touch, and manipulate,. We also know God has created a wonderfully amazing world, and strive to immerse every student in an environment where they can grow both in their education and Christian beliefs.

While we would love to have your child join our incoming kindergarten class, here are a few things to consider as you search for the right kindergarten program for your student – whether that program is at MCA, or elsewhere:

1. What’s being Taught?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math are all integral aspects of MCA’s curriculum, anchored in a solid Christian worldview. Our kindergarteners begin studies in these areas early through educational field trips, hands-on learning, technology literacy lessons, visits to our state-of-the-art STEAM center, and art history techniques – all woven through a Biblical base.

Our individualized academic plans are designed to accommodate students showing a need for academic support beyond what is provided for all students.Through Learning Support Services, our alternative testing and special education support center, we provide individual classroom accommodations, modifications, and/or interventions based on student need or the academic plan developed for them.

2. Who is Teaching?

MCA is fully-accredited through the International Christian Accrediting Association and AdvancEd. Our teachers have a minimum of a four-year college degree and are called by God to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of our students. Their main focus is your child, helping him or her grow into a well-rounded student, person, and Christian. Accountability and communication is key, your students’ teacher is always available for questions or concerns.

3. Do I/we want to be deeply involved?

We welcome parent involvement at MCA, and ask your feedback often! You are trusting us with your students, we want you to know they are in good hands. There are many ways to volunteer and do life with your student, from volunteering at MCA, joining a school committee, or helping with an event, we want you involved!

We understand that without parent involvement, we are not building into and reaching your student/s to the best of our ability. Our Parent Portal offer resources helping with counseling, volunteer opportunities, college prep, and much more.  In addition, our Parent University provides resources that allow us to partner with you to not just support the academic life, but also the home life.

4. How is discipline handled?

At MCA, your child is an active part of a school where students are challenged and encouraged to become the person God created them to be–spirit, soul and body. We expect our students to live and act to God’s standards. All rules and disciplinary conduct is handled respectfully and biblically.

 

For more information about MCA and our kindergarten program, visitmcamustangs.org . We would love to have you join us for a tour, a Meet Maranatha event, or an open house.