September 2018 Fiat Lux

Join your friends for Alumni Weekend

Attention all SLA alumni, you are invited to Alumni Weekend, Oct. 5-7. We want to especially encourage those from the honor classes to attend, those classes from years that end in an 8 or a 3. Come and reminisce with classmates while enjoying the fall colors in New England.

The Alumni Association has worked hard to plan a weekend for all to enjoy. See the schedule below:

Friday, Oct. 5
3-6 p.m. Registration at SLA
7:30 p.m. Musical vespers featuring the Youth Ensemble of New England and SLA's il Voce', choir and bell choirs at the College Church

Sabbath, Oct. 6
9:30 a.m. Sabbath School at the College Church
11 a.m. Church service with keynote speaker, Ron Nickerson, class of 1966, at the College Church
1 p.m. Lunch at Thayer
2 p.m. Class pictures at Thayer (classes choose specific locations)
3 p.m. Honor class meetings at SLA
5:30 p.m. Vespers at the Village Church with the class of 1973.
7 p.m. Supper and program at Thayer, including meeting our new principal, David Branum
7:30 p.m. SLA students vs. alumni coed volleyball game at SLA gym
8 p.m. SLA students vs. alumni men's basketball game at SLA gym

Sunday, Oct. 7
9 a.m. Honor classes brunch at The Old Mill, Westminster (optional, with advance reservation ONLY, or alternate plans per class discretion)
9 a.m. to noon, Estate planning appointments with Tom Murray, Director of Planned Giving and Trust Services at Southern New England Conference. Contact Tom Murray at (978) 365-4551, ext. 615 or plannedgiving@sneconline.org to set up an appointment.

Purchase your meal tickets for the Sabbath lunch and/or supper at slaalumni.org before Sept. 17.

We look forward to seeing you at SLA soon!

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Legacy donation buys chimes and refurbishes bells

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Recently, SLA received a donation of $10,000 to the music department from the mother of several alumni. She recognized the value Christian education and music played in her children's lives and left a contribution to SLA in her will. With these funds, we can buy new chimes, refurbish the much-used bells and purchase bell table covers. We are so grateful for this generous gift and will use it to further enhance the meaningful musical instruction and music ministry our students enjoy.

Have you considered supporting SLA in your estate planning? Some of the options to consider in estate planning are a bequest, a charitable remainder trust and a charitable gift annuity. A bequest is written into your will or trust and specifies a gift to be made to the recipient of your choice. Both the charitable remainder trust and charitable gift annuity provides income to you while making a gift to a nonprofit organization and providing tax benefits. A charitable remainder trust permits you to make a gift of your appreciatied property and recive payments during your lifetime. A charitable gift annuity transfers an asset to a nonprofit organization who in turn agrees to make payment to the donor for life.

Tom Murray, Director of Planned Giving and Trust Services at Southern New England Conference, will be available during Alumni Weekend to meet with anyone who would like to learn more about planned giving or to set up a trust or will. Please contact him to schedule an appointment for Sunday, Oct. 7, while you're in town. 

If you have any questions regarding planned giving, or  would like to schedule an appointment during Alumni Weekend, please contact Tom Murray at (978) 365-4551, ext. 615 or plannedgiving@sneconline.org.

Pastor Caine is newest religion teacher and chaplain

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Damali Caine

I believe that God is calling me to an in-depth, in-reach ministry, and that’s the classroom. I get the opportunity to look them in the eye, to see the questions, to figure it out and answer it together. We do Bible study together.

Intentionality. That word pops up frequently in conversation with Pastor Damali Caine when talking about what's important to her. "We have to be more intentional about helping each other and in turn as we help each other we draw closer to Christ. I am intentional about relationship so much that when I teach the students I want them to see Christ for who He is in real form. That He is just as much present as He is in the Bible."

This has so much value to her because she's seen many young people leave their Christian faith. While growing up, she realized that many Christians gave the appearance of being very spiritual without being transparent about their Christian walk.

"They made it seem like they just appeared to be very spiritual and it just happened overnight, not knowing that it took time. That discouraged a lot of my peers because you thought that Christianity was unattainable," said Pastor Caine. "I want the students to know that a walk and a relationship with God is attainable."

That's also why Pastor Caine has chosen to teach religion rather than doing pastoral ministry. "I believe that God is calling me to an in-depth, in-reach ministry, and that's the classroom. There are a lot of students that if I was preaching from the pulpit I wouldn't be able to have real-life connection with. Teaching in the classroom I get the opportunity to look them in the eye, to see the questions, to figure it out and answer it together. We do Bible study together."

A new offering in the religion department at SLA is the option for one-on-one counseling. There is a class period available each day for students to talk with Pastor Caine. Pastor Caine, who holds a master's degree in human services counseling with an emphasis on marriage and family, has set up a safe space in the back of the classroom with a couple of bean bags.

"It's a cozy little corner where they have the opportunity to come and relax, and if there's any questions or concerns or anything they want to talk about, that little corner presents a different space than the rest of the desks and tables here. We can chat about anything they're going through," said Pastor Caine. "If there's any student who comes and expresses things that I feel I'm not able to handle, immediately I will let the principal know so that they can seek some outside counseling."

Pastor Caine is impressed with the Campus Ministries program already in place at SLA. She's looking at how she can enhance it, such as additional community service initiatives. For instance, she plans to do Operation Christmas Child with the Samaritan's Purse and has the goal of packing 300 shoeboxes with the students. She also plans on organizing mission trips, hopefully beginning next year.

Pastor Caine and her husband, Eric, have a two-year-old son, Nathan, who keeps them busy. The family moved here from Pine Forge Academy where Pastor Caine taught religion and Eric was assistant boys dean for the past three years. Pastor Caine also taught at Greater New York Academy and Union Springs Academy.