Congratulations to 4th grader Carl Brannbacka who finished 2nd in the Porter County spelling bee tonight! The bee included 30 Porter County schools. Way to go, Carl!
Josh Reasoner of Calvary Chapel spoke to our 1st-3rd graders today about the workers in the Vineyard. Great message!
We are honoring the hard work of our teachers and staff this week. When you were in school, who was your favorite or most memorable teacher and why?
This week is teacher and staff appreciation week at VCA! We are so thankful for our amazing teachers and wonderful staff members who serve so faithfully at Victory.
Guess what? Our rain barrel took first prize in this weekend's voting! The art department won $150 to put into the art program as a result. We are planning to auction off the rain barrel in the near future...more details will be forthcoming. Also, we are looking for local businesses who would be interested in displaying the barrel for a day/week/month to promote the art of VCA. If you're interested, please contact the office at 548-8803!
"And as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."- Luke 24:5-7 #holyweek
"From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”- Matthew 27:45-54 #holyweek
"While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled."- Matthew 26:47-56 #holyweek
Have you seen this beautiful rain barrel painted Mrs. Girgenti and some of our VCA students? Porter County Schools have painted rain barrels to be judged by the public between 9am-3pm, Saturday, April 19 at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration; Porter County Expo Center. Each guest will receive a ticket to cast one vote for their favorite barrel in the competition. Winners announced around 4 p.m. If you can come, Victory Christian Academy would love your support!
"On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."- Matthew 26:17-30 #holyweek
Mel Parker leading worship in our 1st-3rd grade chapel this morning!
"Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”- John 12:1-8 #holyweek
Great message from Justin Elam and Word of Life in chapel today- "What are You Thirsting For?"
Students from Word of Life Bible Institute are performing a drama in today's 7th-12th grade chapel. They are asking the question "where does real happiness come from?"
"The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”- Matthew 21:6-11 #holyweek
We are trying to put together a tentative list of golfers for our outing scheduled for May 10. The outing will be held at Forest Park from 1:00-5:00. The cost for a four-man team is $240 and includes green fees, cart, dinner, prizes, and giveaways. If possible, could you let us know that you are playing by this Friday, April 18? This is NOT the deadline to play, but would be very helpful in terms of planning logistics.
"When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51–56)" #holyweek
It was great to have missionary George Romeos in our 4th-12th grade chapel today! He spoke to our students about being God's workmanship---they are rare, they are special, they have been given a name, and they belong to God. Lots of laughter and a great lesson being reinforced in our kids about their worth!
This week begins Terranova testing for our 1st-11th grade students. Please note that tests will begin promptly after the late bell in the morning.
Three things we can all strive to do as we start our week!