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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Super Summer Camp Opportunities 2018

Super Summer Camp Opportunities 2018

BASKETBALL

Coach Paul Brown Camps. Learn from an outstanding teacher of fundamentals, June 25-29 Green Valley Baptist, July 16-20 Riverchase UMC, July 23-27 Trinity UMC/Homewood and July 30-August 3 Green Valley Baptist/Hoover. Boys and girls ages 6-13. Full day 9am-4pm ($195), half day 9am-Noon ($125). Register at coachpaulbrown.com.

SPORTS

Hoover Sports Complex. Each five-day camp is designed to help children ages 5-13 build the foundation for physical skills and sport fundamentals. Campers are taught sport specific skills and given the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports such as basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball and more, while also enjoying some favorite recreational games like capture the flag, dodgeball and kickball. Camps begin June 4, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, with early drop off and late pick up available. Lunch options are also available. To learn more and to register visit hoovermetcomplex.com/camps.

WRESTLING

Warrior Wrestling Club, Alabaster. Four weekly sessions for boys and girls, June 4-7 (6-12thgrade), June 11-14 (6-12th), June 18-21 (6-12th), June 25-28 (K-12th), 9am-8pm, $175 per week (includes breakfast, and lunch), 2469 Highway 31, 35040, behind Southeastern Pond Management. Under the direction of Coach Shawn Weltzin, Coach of the Thompson High School 6X Alabama State Wrestling Champions along with Warrior Wrestling Club Head Coach Shad Rissler and All State Champ Counselors. Includes technique, drills and live wrestling. To register email shadrissler@gmail.com, visit www.warriowrestlingclub.com or call 845-978-4924.

NATURE

Aldridge Gardens, Hoover. Weekly camps offered in June, Monday through Friday 9am-Noon for children entering 5K-3rdGrade. Themes include Engineering and Construction, Cool Art, Stop Action Animation and the popular American Girl Doll camps. All the fun takes place at Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, 35216. $115 per camper for Aldridge Garden members, $135 for non-members. Visit aldridgegardens.com for more information and to register. E-mail Debbie McDonald, Education Director at dmcdonald@aldridgegardens.comor call 205-682-8019, ext. 104.

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Coach Paul Brown Brings Summer Basketball to Area Churches

Coach Paul Brown Brings Summer Basketball to Area Churches

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Coach Paul Brown’s camps have full and half day options. His first summer camp begins June 25 at Green Valley Baptist. For other locations and dates, visit www.coachpaulbrown.com.

It’s becoming a summer tradition for area churches to become home to the basketball camps of Coach Paul Brown. “Coach Brown is patient, fair and fun. He understands the various developmental stages of young children and maximizes their capacity to learn basketball,” says Dawn Corley, Director of Activities at Green Valley Baptist Church adding, “Kids have the opportunity to learn basketball in a positive environment from individuals who truly know how to teach the game.” Brown’s experience includes coaching at the college level for 17 years, including two National Championships as an assistant at Birmingham- Southern College. He also led the Men’s National Team of Luxembourg to a Bronze Medal in the Olympics of Small Countries. Most recently he has turned his attention to teaching younger players the valuable fundamentals needed to be successful at a higher level. “It is always exciting to see players we have worked with have success playing basketball,” says Brown noting, “Many players have continued to pursue basketball in both Middle School and High School.

Brown has become increasingly in demand for holiday and summer basketball camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 13. What started at one church twelve years ago has become four weeks of camp during the summer, plus school holiday camps offered at three area churches, including Green Valley Baptist, Trinity United Methodist and Riverchase United Methodist. “Coach Brown’s camps are designed to nurture physical activity, increase skill level, make friends and just have fun!” explains Bob O’Neil, former Recreation Dir. at Riverchase UMC and the parent of a camper.

Brown says he deliberately decided to run his camps in a church setting. “We have partnered with churches to offer a safe, positive and caring atmosphere in which to teach children.” The takeaway from the camps is appreciated by parents and campers. “Seeing a coach get excited about children and greeting them every day with a smile is such a comfort as a parent. I love how he knows about the kids and what they like and encourages them along the way even if they are struggling or having a hard time,” says Bethany Terrell. Jennifer Carter exclaims, “My son has had the opportunity to participate in several of Coach Brown’s camps…Not only does he have a great time, but each time he comes away with new skills and increased confidence.” “Many of the drills we do at camp are ones that the child can practice at home,” says Brown adding, “My philosophy for our camps is to teach fundamentals and skills in a positive environment and I believe it is important to instill confidence and understanding of the game of basketball in each child.” To learn more about Coach Brown’s Camps, visit CoachPaulBrown.com. †

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Are You Equipped to Fight the Parenting Battle?

Are You Equipped to Fight the Parenting Battle?

Parenting Points
Being a Christian parent in today’s world is more challenging than ever. We are in a battle for our children’s hearts and minds and the tools Satan has at his disposal are more cunning than ever. We are now all in “crisis” parenting as we fight to teach our children their identity in Christ, how to discover their purpose and help them discern how to live in the world but not be of the world. Parenting without a plan is just not a good option if you want to win this war. Here are 5 steps to help you get started on your parenting plan. 

  1. Look at yourself first. Are there issues from your past that you need to address? Often things such as anger, anxiety or insecurity from our past can appear in our parenting styles.
  2. Who will you serve? Take a look at your checkbook and calendar. Do they reflect the spiritual priorities you want for your family?
  3. Have you established objectives? What characteristics do you want to instill in your children? Integrity, work ethic, a servant’s heart? Be intentional about teaching these priorities.
  4. Set the rules! Every home needs a set of rules. They set expectations and establish boundaries. Rules need to be posted so everyone is clear and there are no surprises.
  5. Develop a discipline strategy. It’s not a question of IF the rules will be broken but WHEN and how often. We should not be surprised our children are not perfect. They are in training and it’s our responsibility to show them the way. Mix into your plan a warning phrase, as well as consequences that both teach your parenting objectives and provide an incentive to make a different choice the next time. Don’t forget to add a dash of grace.

Throughout our lives, we will make plans for vacation, plans for sending our kids to college and plans for dinner. How much more important is it that we develop a plan for our everyday parenting? Implementing a parenting plan can bring peace, draw your family closer and help you live out the purpose God has for your family.

-Bethany Meadows

Bethany Meadows is a mother of five, including a sibling group of four children from the foster care system. The Birmingham-based entrepreneur, author, speaker and radio host’s new book Getting a Grip is a practical step-by-step guide that teaches parents how to build a customized parenting plan. Learn more at www.bethanymeadows.net.

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Author & Former CEO of 40 Days for Life in Birmingham

Author & Former CEO of 40 Days for Life in Birmingham

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Author and former CEO of 40 Days for Life will be in Birmingham April 18 to speak at the Sav-A-Life Vestavia “Rise Up” Banquet. Visit www.savalife.org or call 205-979-0302 for reservations.

David Bereit became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness of his efforts when it labeled his town “the most anti-choice place in the nation.” In 2004 Bereit led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. He then moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2005 where he served as Executive Director of American Life League and National Director of Stop Planned Parenthood until being asked to lead the national 40 Days for Life campaign. His pro-life work has been featured in the media hundreds of times, including coverage on Fox News, HBO, ABC, NBC and CBS television stations, numerous radio programs, and in over 100 newspapers across the country including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Beriet will share his story at the Sav-A-Life Vestavia “Rise Up” Banquet Thursday April 18 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham/Wynfrey Hotel. RSVP by April 12, 2018 by visiting www.savalife.org or calling 205-979-0302. Seating begins at 6:30pm, program 7-9pm. †

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

“Cookie Time!”

Area Girl Scouts load cookie orders at Birmingham Cookie Drop Off, Guiding Light Church, Birmingham. Ava Christiansen (bottom left) of Troop 285/Hoover wants to use her cookie earnings to help the Ronald McDonald House.

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1st Birthday!

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Julia Kuehnert celebrating her first birthday! Proud parents are Ali and Justin Kuehnert of Moody.

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6 Big Benefits of Summer Day Camp

6 Big Benefits of Summer Day Camp

Healthy Living

Every child can benefit from the experiences of summer camp. But for many parents, the decision of whether or not to sign their child up is not so easy.

Many parents feel the separation and independence required of a camper for sleepaway camp may be too high of a hurdle for the child or themselves. Many campers are (in their parents’ minds) too shy or ill-equipped for resident camp. Oftentimes, parents themselves are not ready to let go of the child for the duration of a camp session. And some campers are simply “too young.”

For these families, Day Camp can provide a camp experience that is nearly identical to sleepaway camp without the anxiety-producing long-term separation.

  1. Camp builds self-confidence. By removing academic, athletic and social competition kids experience at school, camp helps kids build self-confidence! There’s an accomplishment every day!
  2. Campers make new friends. Counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to meet and play with children they may not have known during the school year.
  3. Campers unplug from technology. Camp is full of games and organized activities that give children an opportunity to enjoy doing instead of just watching. Outdoor activities encourage them to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land.
  4. Campers learn new skills. Camp activities help children develop skills like swimming, horseback riding, sports and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence.
  5. Camp is fun! With non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for kids. Geared toward the interests of every child, camp activities are made to be fun – no tests required!
  6. Day Campers Come Home for Dinner. In the evenings, parents and children can sit down together and discuss the events of the child’s day. Parents can share in their child’s successes, work through any obstacles that their child faces and help shape their solutions. This gives the child practice for when they have to work through issues on their own.

Day camp can be a child’s first independent experience away from mom and dad. A child can strengthen emerging skills of making new friends, taking care of their own belongings, trying new activities, and taking risks. Registration is open now for YMCA Summer Day Camp 2018 at 11 Birmingham area locations. Register online through April 30 at www.YMCADayCamp.net.

-Jennifer Neil

YMCA of Greater Birmingham, www.ymcabham.org 

Read more healthy information from the YMCA at www.BirminghamChristian.com. Click on News/Health

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