I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2
February 18, 2018
Chaplain's Corner
This past week has been a week that will forever be remembered for its endless tears. On Tuesday, Amelia Tyler, one of our dear 8th grade students tragically lost her father after already losing her mother in an automobile accident in 2015. On Wednesday, 17 students of Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida lost their lives in a school shooting that can only be described as pure evil.

As we are once again reminded of the catastrophic destruction and heartache that sin leaves in its wake, in the immediate aftermath of these two tragedies we face the deafening question: “What now?” As followers of Jesus Christ who are processing such heartbreak, what is our response to be in the face of such loss?

The renowned preacher and founder of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, A.J. Gordon famously stated, “You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.” The truth of this statement reminds us of our overwhelming inadequacy to even “deal with” these types of situations…so we turn to the only One who is able!

Prayer
The very essence pf prayer is all about our submission and surrender to God. It is an acknowledgement that God is God and we are not. It is our recognition that the Author and Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe invites us to call Him Father. It is open and unfettered access to the One that can pick up the shards of a seemingly shattered life and craft something beautiful out of the brokenness. So, we pray and press into God.

Scripture
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is completely without error and it is wholly true. As it guides us to God, it reveals the heart of God. At all times, in all seasons, and in the midst of any circumstance, the Bible speaks directly to us. Even though we, from our vantage point and perspective, may not be able to fully understand how God will bring the promises of His Word to fruition, we believe…but based on His holiness, not on our intellect. Although there are many passages that are appropriate during our grief, below are some verses that bring about peace by pointing us back to the Prince of Peace:

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.” (II Corinthians 4:8-12)

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

Even though we do not have all the answers to our questions as they relate to these two recent tragedies, we do have hope and comfort in the powerful presence of God. We pray that God will completely envelop Amelia, her friends, and family members in His supernatural love. We pray that God will completely envelop the families and friends of these 17 high school students who had their lives taken from them with His supernatural love.

We have hope in knowing that God is near to the brokenhearted and binds up their (and our) wounds. We have hope in knowing that somehow God works all things (even devastating things) together for His good. We have hope in knowing that even when we are hurting, we are not crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed. We have hope in knowing that one day Jesus Christ will return, and on that day there will be no more tears, no more death, no more mourning, no more crying, and no more pain. So, through our tears, we look to God. Through our confusion, we look to God. Through our anger, we look to God. Through our shock and numbness, we look to God. In all things, we look to God.
This Week:
Wednesday, February 21st
Distinguished Speaker: Megan Almon

Ben Wallis
Director of Spiritual Life
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Discipleship
Megan Almon, Distinguished Speaker
on February 21st
On February 21st, Prince Avenue Christian School middle and high school students will welcome Megan Almon from the Life Training Institute as a special guest speaker as part of the PACS Distinguished Speaker Series. Mrs. Almon will present “The Case for Life” helping students understand how to persuasively defend their views in the marketplace of ideas by clearly presenting the pro-life position.

Megan Almon is a former University of Georgia gymnast and was a member of the 2002 SEC Championship Team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, joined the Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan has served as a faculty member at Summit Ministries and Impact 360. She has spoken to high school and college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation on topics including Christianity as a Worldview and The Resurrection.  

Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as a pastor and a gymnastics coach, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan, Georgia and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves.  
Admissions
Re-Enrollment for 2018-2019 School Year
Deadline Approaching

Re-enrollment fees increase after February 28th.

Business Office
Charitable Giving:

Contribution statements for gifts made during the 2017 calendar year were mailed January 31, 2018.
  
If you have questions about your donations or did not receive a statement, please contact the PACS business office at (678)726-2308.
 
FACTS Payment Summary for Tax Purposes:

If you need payment information from FACTS for your tax return please follow these steps:

  • Log-in to your FACTS account:  https://online.factsmgt.com/SignIn.aspx
  • Click “View Details”
  • Under your name, there is a link to “View Payment Summary”.
  • The system will default to show calendar year 2017.
  • Print the report using the “Print” icon.

This summary includes all payments by category (tuition, before/after school programs, tutoring, etc.) Please consult with your tax advisor as to how this information may be used for your family.  
Fine Arts
Fine Arts Week
Fine Arts Week
Wednesday, February 21st - Friday, February 23rd
Wednesday, February 21:   Seussica l Day
Dress up as your favorite animal! Transform the hallways of Prince Avenue into the Jungle of Nool by dressing up as your favorite animal! Find inspiration from your favorite jungle animal or Seussical characters.
Thursday, February 22: Family-Friendly Meme Day .
Exactly as it sounds, the day is dedicated to the many viral memes that take over the internet. Recreate iconic looks, photos, and videos posted on Twitter. Please make sure to keep all memes family friendly.
Friday, February 23: Pattern Day
Wear your craziest patterned outfit! Go all out and celebrate your favorite colors, patterns and designs by using as much of the color wheel as you can.
Special Activities for Fine Arts Week:
Thursday, February 22: Winter Concert
featuring our Prince Bands, High School Performing Arts, Improvables, and Literary Music Contestants

Friday, February 23: Special Guest
Beverly Varnado, writer, musician, and artist will present a screenwriting workshop and author talkback. For more info on Beverly Varnado please visit www.beverlyvarnado.com .
OCAF Youth Art Exhibit
PACS students will have artwork displayed at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Center from February 23 – March 23 as part of Oconee County Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month is a national show in coordination with the National Art Education Association.  All of the artwork on display is from private and public schools in Oconee County. 

The Opening Reception for the show is Friday, February 23rd from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.  PACS families and friends are encouraged to support these students and Fine Arts at PACS by attending the reception. 
Athletics
Thursday, February 22nd
@ the PACS Wolverine Gymnasium

2nd Round of GHSA State
Class A PrivateTournament

6:00 pm PACS Lady Wolverines vs. Pinecrest Paladins

7:30 pm PACS Wolverines vs. Brookstone Cougars
Admission $10
Per GHSA Rules: No Booster Club passes will be allowed
Go Wolverines!
Campus Life
Interact Club
The PACS Interact Club is helping the senior class raise funds to purchase school supplies during their mission trip to Nicaragua.

The PACS senior class will be the first missionaries to visit a local school, and the school has a significant need for basic supplies. 

  • February 21 - March 1, Interact members will be stationed in the Wolverine Den and Lower School hallway collecting money in $5 increments to sponsor the purchase of school supplies. 

  • Supplies will be purchased once the team arrives in Nicaragua. This will save on the cost of transporting the supplies.

  • The grade that raises the most money will be rewarded with a Popsicle party.

Parent Teacher Fellowship
January's Winners
for Box Tops:

1st Place Mrs. Zeagler's Class

2nd Place Mrs. Hale's Class
Students who turned in 50 or more in January:

Maddie Palmer
Coley Conner
Charlotte Warren
Chandler Dennard
Michael McGinn

We have turned in $1260.20 so far this year.
Keep up the good work!
Marketing and Communications
Store Hours for the Week of February 19th - February 23rd
 
Thursday and Friday :
7:45 am - 9:14 am
10:28 am - 11:28 am
1:11 pm - 2:11 pm

Wednesday :
7:45 am - 9:05am
11:07 am -11:59 am
1:32 pm - 2:24 pm
Stop by the Wolverine General Store to check out the NEW Prince Avenue Baseball and Soccer shirts.

Available in Youth X-Small through Adult 2XL
NEW RETURN AND EXCHANGE POLICY:

  • Returns must be made within 2 weeks of purchase.

  • Items must be in original condition.

  • Items must have tags still attached.

  • Returns will be credited to a Wolverine General Store gift card.

  • Gift cards must be used before May 4th.
Calendar Highlights
 
Please check the website for any rescheduled games or other events.
Monday, February 19
No School / President's Day

  • No Scheduled Events

Tuesday, February 20
No School / Teacher In-Service

  • Varsity Baseball vs North Oconee @ Home 5:30 pm

Wednesday, February 21
A Day Chapel Schedule: Middle & High School

  • Fine Arts Week - Seussical Day

  • Lower School Chapel 8:10 am

  • Middle and High School Chapel 10:10 am - Distinguished Speaker, Megan Almon

  • Math Help Sessions 3:30 pm

  • Varsity Girls Tennis vs Wesleyan @ Home (OVP) 4:00 pm

  • Middle School Girls Tennis @ George Walton 4:00 pm

  • Varsity Girls & Boys Golf - Qualifying Round @ Lane Creek 4:00 pm

  • Middle School Baseball @ Athens Christian 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 22
B Day Schedule: Middle & High School

  • Fine Arts Week- Family Friendly Meme Day

  • JV Girls Tennis @ Archer High School 4:00 pm

  • Middle School Girls Soccer vs GWA @ Home 4:30 pm

  • JV Baseball @ Oconee County 5:55 pm

  • GHSA State Basketball Tournament @ Home: Varsity Girls & Boys, 6:00 and 7:30 pm

  • Fine Arts Winter Concert 7:00 pm


Friday, February 23
C Day Schedule: Middle & High School

  • Fine Arts Week - Crazy Pattern Day

  • Varsity Girls & Boys Soccer vs Hart County @ Home 5:00 & 7:00 pm

  • Varsity Baseball vs George Walton @ Home 5:30 pm


Saturday, February 24


  • Middle School Baseball vs Monroe Area @ Home (Doubleheader) 11:00 am

Monday: No School

Tuesday: No School

Wednesday: Chicken Strips

Thursday: Breakfast

Friday: Chicken Alfredo