Lift High the Cross,
Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ Proclaim,
Till all the world adores His sacred name.
Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod,
Our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God.
~ George W. Kitchin
Dear H.C.A. Family and Friends,
Most of us are familiar with the hymn Lift High the Cross, penned by George W. Kitchin in 1887 and revised by Michel Newbolt in 1966; it is often sung in our churches on Easter Sunday. But are you willing to do more than sing the words; are you willing to lift high the cross of Jesus Christ? We live in a culture that does not want to acknowledge what the cross represents. Many in our society want the cross and all it embodies removed from all public venues; if the cross is removed so is the message of Jesus Christ. When we consider this emerging way of life, Easter is a non-event to many and at the very most celebrated by dying eggs and filling Easter baskets. Businesses no longer close on Good Friday and public schools are closed not for Holy Week but for Spring Break.
For the believer the Lenten Season should be a time of self-reflection, a time for each of us to examine just how committed we are to our faith, the message of the cross and our Savior Jesus Christ. When you see that “Old Rugged Cross” do you claim it as God’s victory, His answer to your sin. God sacrificed His only son for all mankind; He died so we could have eternal life. No greater victory has ever been recorded in all of history.
In the Garden of Gethsemane another victory took place; Jesus’ victory over temptation as He surrendered to His Father’s will. If Christ had not been obedient, if he had not died on the tree, the cross would not have been lifted up (Stanley 9). Images of the cross should speak loudly to us. Stanley L. Osbourne wrote (concerning Lift High the Cross), that the hymn’s “images are biblical, its moods expectant, its promises courageous and its demands costly while noting that the cross in the hymn is a symbol of the love of Jesus” (Hymnary). What a convicting statement! The demands of the cross were costly to Jesus, they cost Him his life for me and for you because, of His great love for us.
Christian, it is becoming increasing costly for us also to lift high the cross but we must not be embarrassed, ashamed or afraid to acknowledge Christ, the cross and the message of the Gospel. We will be mocked, ridiculed and called foolish by many in today’s world; our values are considered old fashion and we are looked at as narrow minded and hypocritical. In parts of the world, many are tortured and killed because they refuse to denounce Christ; someday we may find ourselves faced with the same decision. But even then we must continue to Lift High the Cross and proclaim His sacred name, the precious name of our risen Savior, Jesus.
If you have never claimed Jesus as your Savior, know that He died upon that cross for you. Accept the sacrifice He made for you, acknowledge your need of the Savior, repent of your sins and ask Him into your life and heart. He is waiting for you to call Him Father.
Lift high the cross of our Savior!
Happy Easter to All,
Linda C. Lewis – Head of School
- Hymnary. Retrieved March 18, 2017 from http://www.hymnary/hymn/PsH373
- Stanley, Charles. Because He Lives. Atlanta: In Touch Ministries, 2016.
Important Dates Ahead
- May 11 – PTF Spring Dinner – 6:30PM
- May 12 – Mid Quarters Distributed – Alerts Only
- May 17-19– Middle School Play
- May 25 – Athletic Banquet – 6:30PM
- May 26 – PS Closing Ceremony and Graduation – 9:30AM
- May 29 – No School (PS -8th Grade) – Memorial Day
- May 31 – Spring Music Recital – 9:00AM
Please be praying for…
- Improved health and a quick recovery for Mrs. Altomari’s father following his recent surgery
- Travel safety for those traveling over Easter
- Wisdom for the school board
- Ongoing accreditation work
- Staffing needs for the 2017-2018 school year
- Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year; may God direct whom He would have join the HCA family.
- A successful and safe Race for Education and Spring Fair Day.
- Mrs. Priscilla Stover (lunch and extended care aide) who lost her sister suddenly.
- The teachers and students of Immanuel Lutheran School; they have been told their school will close in June
Standardized Testing: April 3 – 7
Students in grades first through eighth will take their standardized test during the week of April 3rd. Please help your child be successful. Students should have a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast each morning. Students need to arrive to school on time each morning. Encourage them to do their best but do not make students anxious especially younger students. These tests are particularly important for the older students. High Schools generally request scores from 6th and 7th grade test results on applications.
A Note on the Importance of Sleep and the Dangers of Too Much “Screen Time”
Research shows the excessive use of electronics will negatively impact our children’s social and academic skills. One reasons for this is that it interrupts sleep in various ways. Their need to stay “connected” all the time prevents uninterrupted deep sleep, which is needed to remain healthy, alert and acting appropriately. Adults and youth are both harmed by this lifestyle and I fear the long-term effect it will have on our youth. I encourage you to read the attached article from the Cambridge Corporation to understand how it affects our sleep. This article applies not just to children but to adults and teens.
For additional information on this topic specifically as it relates to youth visit the Digital Kids Initiative.
Race For Education – April 21
Mark your calendar now for Friday, April 21, 2017 (rain date – April 24, 2017). Plan to come out and cheer our children on as they walk, run, hop or skip laps to raise funds for our school. Your help will also be needed by PTF as they plan to make this a fun day with enjoyable activities throughout the day for the students. Volunteers are needed to help on the day of the race. Many hands make the work light.
Re-Registration and Open Enrollment
We are now accepting applications from new families who are not currently enrolled at HCA. If you have not re-registered your child and your intentions are to return, please do so immediately to avoid being placed on a waiting list. Several classes are near capacity. Registration fees are now $160.00 per child for K-8th.
Summer Camp Opportunities
Holmesburg Baptist Church and Holmesburg Christian Academy have been busy planning a wonderful summer for children of different ages. Opportunities will include Preschool Camp for children ages 3-5 and Church camp for older children. Both camps will run for an eight week period beginning June 26th through August 18th. This allows you to drop off children of different age groups at one location. We are excited about the return of ART CAMP again this year for children who have completed grades K-8th from 10:00AM until noon. ART CAMP gives children the opportunity to explore their creative side, age appropriate setting, under the direction of Mrs. Winter. Our doors will be wide open this summer. Stop in or call for additional information or forms.
Art Camp 215-335-4323 – Preschool Summer Camp 215-335-4323 – Church Camp – 215-338-1775
It is important that your tuition obligations are kept current. Excessive tardiness and unpaid balances may result in your child not being accepted for next year (#10 of the Financial Policy). All Tuition and late fees must be paid in full before any academic records are released (#8 of the Financial Policy). Eighth Grade student accounts must be current for student participation in 8th grade activities. All financial obligations are due to HCA by May 1st. If you have questions in regard to financial obligations call Leigh Kelly at 215-335-4323.
- Crazy Easter Hat Day – April 7, 2017
- Hot Lunch – Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Chicken Fingers