The word of God tells us in, Prov. 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. ” Our Lord and Saviour said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends”, – John 15:13. Anyway, all of you I consider my friends, but we all have another Friend that we serve, as we serve each other, and that is Jesus Christ. Thank you for your service to Him.
One of our friends, James Leeder from Heritage Christian Academy, (Bella Vista Baptist – in Albuquerque) has spent time and effort to make us a promotional video, and I want to thank him personally for all his work to make this available for our Regional Convention, March 12 – 16, 2018.
This is for all of us to use, as we promote our Regionals to our fellow A.C.E. schools, in or near our 4 – Corners region, (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona). We also have schools from Texas, Kansas, — and in the past from Nevada, and California and Oklahoma who have participated. If you look us the land area, we cover a lot of territory (sadly – sometimes forgotten) with the Frontier Regional Student Convention. I just left Mr. Dawson a voice mail stating, that we have the potential even now, to see 7 new schools come, for the first time, and with the blessings of God on this video, perhaps you could recruit even more.
I’m sending this email to A.C.E. – so please let no one take this the wrong way, but our Regional Convention is such a tremendous event, and with ISC usually further to the East, let’s all make this event something for our region that all our students can enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives! I love ISC, and we have been there for the past 12 years in a row, and I only wish that you could be a part of it, – what a great meeting with students from literally all over the world, coming and competing – WOW! One reason some don’t get this opportunity, is that they don’t participate in a Regionals. In the video, Brother Mark Lenentine says that Regionals is the single thing they do that promotes school spirit the most, and I agree with him.
Please watch the video, and I would love to have your feedback, about what you think about it, and use it starting as soon as school starts – promoting your Frontier Regional Regional Convention. The competition level is high, but when your Students see others do their events, and can tell the dedication and effort to do those things, I hear this over and over, “I can do that”, or, “Next year I …”. I’ve said before that I can’t teach my own Students to do all that stuff, but by going to Regionals, other Students have taught my Students what and how to do these events, it’s really amazing just what and how good these Students can preform, to me, this is what keeps my interest going in this A.C.E Regionals. Again, I believe that starting the very first week of school will really prove to help you and your school this year. The paperwork and preparation can be daunting perhaps at times, but if you start early, it is so much easier that waiting till the last 2 – 3 weeks before Regionals.
Print out an Events list – (attached) – and have your students pick out, up to 12 events they want to participate in – have them to commit to them – within the first 2 weeks of school. —– VITAL!!!!!
Print out a Complete Guidelines manual – the events are all listed, and make sure to be familiar with the ‘General Guidelines’ – ie: for music & platform events — ‘General Guidelines’ for dress and appearance standards – what to bring or not bring, etc.
Even now – commit to come – adjust your school calendar now for Regionals and ISC, start your fund raising, have meetings and make your plans, reserve rooms, – but most importantly – have your Students begin to practice, or start projects – NOW
Ask others how they prepare – call me if you have questions or concerns – I don’t necessarily know all the answers off the top of my head, but I can and will find out what you need to know, and am willing to help you through the process.
Below are instructions from Brother Leeder as to how you can put this video on your Church / School’s website, or how to share this video with friends.
Your Friend in His Service,