“Ultimate Author Day”

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Our Lady Sorrows Catholic School 8th-grader Max McGwin and Dr. Kesha James, Director of Distance Education Lawson State Community College, have fun working together during Ultimate Author Day, where professionals shared their expertise with students as they celebrated their work as accomplished authors.

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“Library Fun”

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Renowned children’s author Kevin O’Malley recently shared his experiences as an author with the students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. This is one of the fun activities the children experienced this year through their school library program.

 

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Does Your College Student Have a Healthcare Package?

Does Your College Student Have a Healthcare Package?

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presented by: Vision Financial

Every year, tens of thousands of young men and women begin or return to college. In Alabama alone, there are more than 60 colleges or universities in the state. In total, the number of college students enrolled in an Alabama school at any one time can be well over 100,000. Unfortunately, most of these students are sent off to college without a Healthcare Package.

What does it mean for a college student to have a Healthcare Package? In the State of Alabama, an individual is considered an adult upon his or her 19th birthday. Federal and State law restricts the disclosure of healthcare related information about an adult patient. Specifically, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) can impose civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers and insurance companies for failing to protect or wrongfully disclosing a patient’s health related information. The possible imposition of these penalties can encourage healthcare providers to develop policies which refuse to disclose certain health related information to family members of patients.

An example of this problem involves a scenario where a college student is rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Upon entering the hospital, the student is unable to sign any release forms. While the student is in the emergency room, a hospital administrator contacts the student’s parents to determine what insurance the student has. When the parent asks what is wrong with their son/daughter the administrator responds that it is against their policy to disclose health related information without a HIPAA Release or other form of approval.

For any college student 19 and above, he or she should have three important documents in his or her Healthcare Package to overcome these regulatory pitfalls:

  • HIPAA Release Form
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Advanced Directive for Healthcare

Although these three documents cannot stop a disaster, these documents can help mitigate the damage and provide relief to loved ones. Different forms of these documents can be found for free on the internet; however, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a competent attorney, licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction, to help develop your college student’s Healthcare Package.

-Tommy B. Majors IV

Attorney and Managing Member of The Majors Law Firm, LLC

Brought to you by Hal Holland

Vision Financial Group, Inc.

4505 Pine Tree Circle, Birmingham, 35243

205-970-4909, www.vision-financialgroup.com

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Training and Equipping: Transformation Ministries

Training and Equipping: Transformation Ministries

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Rock Hobbs and his team at Transformation Ministries will kick off fall classes the week of August 21. The TM School of Ministry averages about 200 students a semester. Learn more at www.trministries.org.

Transformation Ministries(TM) provides local churches and the body of believers in our community with a resource for helping families in crisis, particularly families touched by addiction. “Our mission is to set at ‘liberty those that are bruised’ in this world through counseling, prayer ministry and discipleship. We want to be an extension of any church that is wanting to partner with us to minister to their church body, train and equip their lay leadership and provide inner healing and deliverance to all that need help,” explains Rock Hobbs who founded the ministry in 2009. Headquartered at WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) in Birmingham, TM has a three-pronged focus: Family/Individual Biblical Counseling, an Inner Healing and Deliverance Prayer Ministry and a School of Ministry.

The School of Ministry will begin fall classes the week of August 21 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings (10 a.m.-Noon) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.) “Our mission for the school is taken from Eph 4:12,13 that says, ‘…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ,’ ” explains Hobbs adding, “We train and equip men and women with ministry tools to enable them to minister to the local body of Christ in their churches as prayer ministers and counselors.” Students attend one of four 12-week classes: Part I/”The Keys to Inner Healing”, Part II/”Liberty from Life’s Bruises”, Part III/”Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance” and Part IV/”Advanced Ministry Tools.”  Classes are two hours long once a week. “We teach for one hour and then we have small group break outs where the students can practice what they have been learning,” says Hobbs.

The school offers two tracks of training. On the Education Track, you are not required to attend all the classes and there is no homework. On the Ministry Track, you must attend at least 10 of the 12 classes and all the homework must be turned in by the end of the last session. Through this track, TM also offers continued training for “Licenses to Minister” and eventually Ordination after completing all prior requirements and two years of prayer ministry experience.

Classes take place at WMU and are also offered via live streaming to remote locations including Auburn and the Shoals area. If you register before August 1, tuition and books for the 12-week classes is $150, after August 1, $175. For times and days each class is offered, video testimonies of how the TM School of Ministry has changed lives and to register for classes visit www.trministries.org. For additional details about the school, call Nancy Moore at 205-991-4053. 

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High Marks for Prince of Peace Students

High Marks for Prince of Peace Students

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Prince of Peace Catholic School inducted 33 middle school students into National Junior Honor Society on April 6, 2018, bringing the total membership to 68 in grades six through eight. This outstanding group of students all maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrate leadership in the school and community; provide service to others; and possess excellent character and strong citizenship. Some examples of the students’ service includes a school-wide recycling initiative, tutoring early elementary school students and assisting with Catholic Schools Week.

 

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Students Recognized for Artistic Talent

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Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School 1st-grader Addison Jackson proudly displays her artwork of Our Lady of Fatima’s Crown and her blue ribbon for placing first in the Homewood Library’s Student Juried Art Contest.

Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) eighth-grade student Houston Alford’s artwork was recently chosen by the Birmingham Museum of Art to be displayed at the museum. His picture entitled “Man cave” is graphite on paper, drawn in one-point perspective.

In the Homewood Library’s Student Juried Art Contest, two OLS students were also recognized for their outstanding work. In the K-2nd grade category, 1st-grader Addison Jackson won the 1st-place ribbon with a mixed media drawing of Our Lady of Fatima’s Crown, while 2nd-grader Addison Praytor placed third for her drawing and collage of a dinosaur in its habitat.

OLS student Houston Alford’s artwork is on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

“We are very excited about our students placing in these community competitions,” said OLS Art Teacher Andi Arteaga, who enjoys teaching the students how to use their creativity. “Learning technique allows a student’s talent to shine its brightest,” she said. †

 

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Heritage Christian Academy Learns what it is to “Be the Hands and Feet” of Jesus

Heritage Christian Academy Learns what it is to “Be the Hands and Feet” of Jesus

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As a way to live out their mission to minister, the Heritage Christian Academy community recently rallied to prepare meals for needy children. To learn more about HCA, visit www.hcachristian.org or call 205-978-6001.

Heritage Christian Academy (HCA), an interdenominational 3K-12th grade private Christian school in Hoover, Alabama knows that the Greater Birmingham Area does not lack for excellent schools. Year after year public and private educational institutions around town are recognized for accomplishments and distinction in academics, athletics and arts. It can be difficult for local parents to decide which school is “The Best Option” from what seems like many good options for their particular student and family.

HCA, like large public and private schools, offers a variety of classes, electives, sports teams, choirs, bands, and theatre troupes. Yet, because of limited slots available for a given activity, at a large school perhaps only a small percentage of students are able to participate. Prestigious private college preparatory schools may offer challenging curricula and promote analytical thinking as does HCA. Some private schools may promote views that are contradictory to a family’s fundamental beliefs. For a parent, finding the right school that partners in the spiritual, academic and social development of their student can be arduous.

Lynn Gurganus, Headmaster at Heritage Christian Academy, understands the weight that parents feel when selecting a school. In his passion for the well-being of the whole child, Mr. Gurganus understands the responsibility that a school has in teaching for a purpose greater than the next classroom test, or mastering an athletic or art skill. HCA knows the value of being a school family where the entire community is encouraged to participate.

In January the leadership at HCA began discussing a Spring Fundraiser. While there are many types of events that can bring monetary success, it was important to the HCA Staff and School Board that the fundraiser be reflective of the mission and vision of HCA. Mr. Gurganus explains, “As soon as the concept of making 10,000 meals for needy children was described to us, we realized that it aligned with who we are as a school. It was the perfect opportunity to engage our entire school community in what it means to be the ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus. We had discussions where we considered how we should respond to issues like hunger, homelessness, and poverty in general. Feed the Need allowed us to see the extent to which hunger exists, and then to be part of the solution. Our mission is ministering.”

-Heritage Christian Academy 

2290 Old Tyler Road, Hoover, AL 35226

205-978-6001

www.hcachristian.org

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“Remembering the Last Hours”

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Eighth grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School(OLS) reenact the passion and death of Jesus Christ, as they presented a live version of the Stations of the Cross in a school assembly.

 

Fifth-grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School reenacted the Passover Meal or Last Supper that took place shortly before Christ’s death.

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