31 July 2015
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is to serve as the official notice from Columbus Christian Academy to the
Columbus County Parks & Recreation Department that permission is granted for the use of our ball
fields for 2015-2016. Please observe the following requirements for continued use of the property:
- Columbus Christian Academy will not charge Columbus County Parks & Recreation for the
use of the facilities
- Columbus County Parks & Recreation is to provide insurance for every participant (coaches,
players, spectators, etc.) so that Columbus Christian Academy will incur no liability
- Columbus County Parks & Recreation is to keep the fields mowed
- Julie Strickland, Columbus County Parks & Recreation Director, is to maintain a key to the
gate and may provide copies to individuals she deems necessary
We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Columbus County Parks and
Recreation department for the upcoming year.
Pastor, Missionary Alliance Church
Please find below the response from Sarah Jayne Otstot regarding the offer of the preschool director position. She wanted to clarify the position the she and Derek are in in regards to his business and their future endeavors. She is accepting the position and will begin to set-up her room on Monday, August 3rd. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sarah: I appreciate your proactivity in communicating with myself and the board. It is much appreciated and demonstrates your desire for the well-being of CCA and the WeeCare program. We are excited about your abilities and enthusiasm and have every confidence that you will be a tremendous asset to the school.
I just wanted to say thank you to you and the board for believing in me enough to give me a job where I would have to take this much time off. I feel confident in my ability to do this job. I just wanted to make sure that you are all well aware of what you might be getting into. Derek has had to take off all of the remaining days of his vacation time left until July to be able to do these conferences. His job has been very understanding because they do not want to lose him. However, were he to receive more opportunities to grow his business, that would leave his school at a disadvantage to keep him on. And he would more than likely have to quit his job to be able to continue furthering his company. This would mean I would need to be able to support us with a full time job with a more substantial salary. At this time with the supplemented income from his company, we are able to make it. But without his school job, we would have to take a different route. I just didn't want anyone to be upset with me if that did happen. I want to be open and honest so that if and when I do leave this job, there are no hard feelings. I know we've talked about this in depth more than I have with the board, but I wanted to say it once more. I wouldn't want you to miss out on having someone else in the position who might be able to take it farther.
With all of this taken into account, if I am still the choice for the position, I am happy to accept it.
Again, thank you for your time.
I hope you have enjoyed these summer months. As the commencement of the upcoming year
looms closer, I wanted to personally send a letter to our parents and families as a means of greeting and
As many of you know, I am serving this year as the principal of Columbus Christian Academy. I am
enthusiastic about this endeavor while also understanding that this challenge is accompanied by many new learning curves. I have had the privilege of getting to know many of our students over the last two years while serving as the pastor of the church, and I am excited to develop a relationship with many of our families whom I have yet to get acquainted with.
Over these summer months, our school board has made a few changes to our handbook, and we
have completely revamped our website (www.columbuschristianacademy.com). We have also developed an official logo for the school, which will be present on the school letterhead and various marketing material. I will be discussing these changes at our orientation on August 27th at 7:00 pm, so I hope that you can make plans to attend.
Beginning this year, we are also shifting our focus to digital communication. You can expect weekly
e-mails from the school office with updates about current and future events, as well as digital statements
regarding tuition payments and other pertinent financial information.
I look forward to serving you and your family and working with you this next school year. If you
need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. My cell number is (910) 840-0185 and my e-mail is
As we have come together to worship tonight as a community, it is my privilege
to open God’s Holy Word with you and share the words of Christ to “Come to Him, and
follow”, which we are all doing tonight.
Listen to Christ calling His disciples to follow Him, as recorded in Mark 8:31-
“31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise
again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke
Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter,
saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the
things of men.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them,
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for
My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the
whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his
soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His
Father with the holy angels.”
In this calling to “take up our cross and follow Christ”, the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes to us of what we wrestle against, or struggle with, in our journey.
From Ephesians 6:10-12, we read:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c]
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
One clear example of the principalities and powers and “spiritual hosts of wickedness” which we wrestle against, but which Christ overcame and still overcomes, is the evil that took place in Charleston two weeks ago.
On a Wednesday night at 8:00 pm, Christian brothers and sisters gathered for a night of prayer and study. At 8:16 pm, a visitor, Dylann Roof, joined the congregation. After sitting with them for nearly one hour, he opened fire, killing nine. Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Myra Thompson, 59.
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