Next week is week of prayer. This week is important to the spiritual enrichment of our young people. Please start praying now that our student’s hearts will be receptive to the messages. We are asking families to come and join us in prayer from 11 a.m.-Noon Monday-Friday. Each day we will have a prayer leader leading out in: student prayer requests, for the speaker, for the teachers, and for hearts to be opened and ready.
Monday: Julie Kroll
Tuesday: Pastor Ken
Wednesday: Luisa Pearman
Thursday: Trina Armstrong
Friday: Pastor Nacho (this will be in English and Spanish)
La semana que viene es semana de oración. Esta semana es importante para el enriquecimiento espiritual de nuestros jóvenes. Por favor comience a orar ahora que los corazones de nuestros estudiantes serán receptivos a los mensajes. Estamos pidiendo a las familias que vengan y se unan a nosotros en oración desde las 11 am hasta el mediodía de lunes a viernes. Cada día tendremos un líder de oración que dirija: peticiones de oración de los estudiantes, para el orador, para los maestros y para que los corazones estén abiertos y listos.
Lunes: Julie Kroll
Martes: Pastor Ken
Miércoles: Luisa Pearman
Jueves: Trina Armstrong Viernes: Pastor Nacho (esto será en Inglés y Español)
This week we found out just how much! Each family group was given $20 and the simple instructions to “make someone’s day.” Armed with only 85 minutes and an Andrew Jackson, the teams set out for adventure on Wednesday during assembly and lunch. Our crazy and kind groups of friends:
- Purchased a ton of burritos at the Rivergate Taco Bell and delivered to them people (in KYTN conference office, Nourish, Madison police precinct, and a few friendly people on the street).
- Ordered pizza and breadsticks for homeless in downtown Nashville.
- Bought flowers and note cards from Kroger and handed them out to people at the mall or left them on their car windshields.
- Shopped at Dollar Tree for inexpensive, but fun items, then gave them to people at the mall with notes of encouragement and scripture.
- Paid it forward at the Opry Mills mall food court. (Yes! Each student in this group bought lunch for the person behind him/her in various restaurants. Clearly someone added funds to this adventure! Evidence that a good idea can inspire donors.)
- Procured flowers and notes cards, then left notes on the windshields of cars in the parking lot of First Watch and handed flowers to the women in the restaurant.
- Purchase Krispy Kreme donuts and deliver to a construction crew, some landscape workers, and a group of adults from a care facility who happened to be on an outing.
- Encouraged Miller’s Florist to triple the funds in flowers and then taped flowers and sweet notes to EVERY resident’s door at the Cumberland Towers (That’s 160 doors!
- Baked cookies for the students to enjoy upon return from the adventure and take time to leave a “warm fuzzy” on EVERY locker in the building.
These spontaneous random acts of kindness by both our students and community partners that joined in the fun are evidence that $20 goes much further than anyone can imagine.
Every year the Madison Academy family presents both church services at Madison Campus Church. This year’s theme was “Encounter the Baby.” There were many opportunities to serve and over 60% of the student population shared their time and talents in this presentation–both on stage and behind the scenes. The handbell choir started the service playing “Carol of the Bells.” The band played for the offertory and our praise teams shared their gift of music too. Brock Anderson as a shepherd, Zachary Metzler as a Wiseman, and Mr. Chris Wilhelm as Joseph shared their perspective on reputation and what God thinks of us. Mrs. Fuentes, the principal, added her thoughts and summarized the theme. Mr. Pichette wrote parts for the band and handbells and they joined the praise teams in singing “Who You Say I Am.” To experience this service here is the link.
Madison Academy hosted the ladies and children from the Nashville Rescue Mission for an evening of dinner and entertainment on Sunday, December 11. The Academy bus and vans picked up passengers outside the Rescue Mission on Sunday afternoon with the promise of good food, laughter, and the chance to see Santa.
Upon arrival at Madison Academy, our guests were escorted by students through a hallway of lights and a decorated gymnasium to their dining tables. The gymnastics team, now functioning as smiling wait staff, appeared with sparkling juice followed by overflowing plates of salad, pasta, and bread. The sweet treat of pie and cookies came next.
Then, when every belly was full, the cheerful high schoolers transitioned to entertainers and shared their talents as gymnasts in several routines. The guests were invited to participate in the fun and many chose to get on the mats. Women and children took their power pose in the air, as the Acros lifted the guests in elevators. Following the show, Santa arrived with gifts for every guest.
“Merry Christmas” a woman exclaimed blowing a kiss to Santa as she exited the building to load the bus. “Y’all gave me Christmas I didn’t think would come. Thank you!”
Businesses and individuals willing to open their hearts to the Rescue Mission guests donated all the food and gifts for the event. For 5 years, the management of the Rivergate Fazoli’s has gladly donated the breadsticks. Other corporate donors include the Madison Kroger and Rivergate Target. Our school families purchased, wrapped, and prayed over the gifts a few days prior to the event.
For more than a century, Madison Academy has made an intentional effort to provide a variety of service and ministry opportunities that both inspire and empower our students to care for others. We desire that our students develop meaning and purpose in their faith. Because it is right here close to home, this event imprints compassion on the lives of our students like no other.
One would have thought that Madison Academy had just been visited by a slew of lumber jacks with the amount of planks that were lying around campus today. The students at Madison Academy competed in the #MAPlanksgivingChallenge to raise money to fix the Madison Academy’s gym air-circulation system. They were challenged to hold a plank, a position that resembles a high push up position or a push up if you were on your forearms, for three minutes. Nearly half of the Madison Academy students made that goal! Together, along with a number of teachers who completed the challenge too, they raised $953!
Once the three-minute mark passed there was still a large group of students and Coach Ley still holding their plank. Finally, after going over five-times the original challenge and Coach Ley dropping out at the 14-minute mark, Connor Collins, junior, won with holding a plank for 15 minutes.
You can watch the competition via Madison Academy’s Facebook page and if you want to join the fun you can give towards the Madison Academy gym air-circulation project tomorrow, November 27, at 7:01 a.m.
Yesterday, Madison Academy participated in giving Tuesday for the third time. And it was our best giving Tuesday yet! We had over 160 people participate and they raised over $24,000 for our gym air circulation system project.
It was so cool to see parents, teachers, and alumni make Facebook fundraising pages to promote this cause.
Facebook and PayPal matched gifts to nonprofits up to seven million dollars on Tuesday. Matching started at 7 a.m. Central Time and was done by 8 a.m. Central Time. We hope that a significant portion of gifts made to Madison were matched, but even if they weren’t, it was a great opportunity to see how much our community loves our kids.
This year we have 46 MA students heading out to Manchester, KY to serve the community. Add in the staff, parents, a group from Highland Academy and one student from Spring Valley Academy and we will have over 80 ready to make a difference in Manchester! We will be staying in a local community center with 4 showers and nothing to lay down on but the floor in which we walk on. However, that is all part of the mission experience! Students and adults will be well fed as we have a top notch chef from Georgia making some gourmet meals. Volunteers will be building an addition on to a house, building a playground, gutting and renovating another and hanging drywall in another home, among other things. Each team of about 15 participants, will have two days to complete their tasks and give the homes/schoolyard a fresh makeover. We will end the trip with Sabbath, and after the hard work, a day of rest and worship will be a welcome relief.