Archive for May, 2013


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Pastor Carter’s Chapels


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This past year we had a wonderful time exploring the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Each Friday Pastor Patrick Carter, South Atlantic Conference’s Youth Director, engaged our students in an interactive discussion presenting the following topics: The Holy Scriptures; The Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Creation; Nature of Man; Great Controversy; Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ; The Experience of Salvation; and Growing in Christ.

Our youth were receptive and fully engaged, as  they were given practical ways for practicing their faith.  These sessions were not only a blessing to our students, but to faculty and staff as well. The lessons surrounding the fundamental beliefs came to life through stories, songs and enactments by our students.

Here is an excerpt of what is written in the fundamental beliefs:

“By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience.”

According to Pastor Carter, “at BCJA we understand the need for our students to know more than the three “R’s” but the four “R’s”; reading, righting, rithmatic, righteousness!”

Click here for more on what Seventh-day Adventist believe.

Southern 2013 Robotics Challenge


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On Sunday, April 14, 2013, 24 teams representing the Southeast region of the United States converged to display their small, customizable and programmable robots at the Southern Challenge at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.   Throughout the school year each team was charged with completing community service research focused on Senior Citizens.  BCJA’s team, “Electro Forces”, consisting of ten students in grades 6th to 8th, explored how to teach seniors self-defense skills.

On the day of the challenge, each team was evaluated in several areas including Research, Robot Design, Robot Programs, Teamwork, and Robot Missions.   Scoring was based on a rubric given to each team and teams earned points for each mission their robot completed.

BCJA Electro Forces placed 2nd for Research and 4th for the Robot Missions!  It was truly a collaborative team effort led by Mr. Jnocka Small, our 5th grade teacher!  Our parents and supporters gave outstanding advice to assist and encourage our team throughout the day of the challenge.   Our students’ behaviors and attitudes were stellar as well, during breakfast at Cracker Barrel they were complimented twice on their behavior.

We thank all our parents and supporters of the BCJA Electro Forces!

BCJA started In 2009 there were nine teams competing and BJCA remains the only team representing the South Atlantic Conference.  With 24 teams this year competing in the Southern Challenge, Robotics is catching on!

For information on the Robotics Leagues click here.

 

 


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