October 19, 2013
Welcome to The MassHOPE Messenger, an up-to-the-minute e-mail summary of events and other opportunities for homeschoolers as well as other news items related to home education.
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Calendar for future events:
- April 24-26, 2014 - MassHOPE Convention, DCU Center Worcester
- June 7, 2014 - MassHOPE formal graduation ceremony, Holden Chapel, Holden
In This Issue...
- Convention 2014 – Keynote speaker – Voddie Baucham!
- Homeschool Roller Skating in Lancaster/Leominster area
- Fountain of Blessing Give-a-Way, November 9, Ashburnham
- Collegiate Academy training for those interested in careers in law, public policy, and government
- Old Sturbridge Village Homeschool Days
- Spelling Bee – February 2014, Princeton, Massachusetts
- Homeschoolers and Copyrights – Do you know the rules?
1. Convention 2014 – Keynote speaker – Voddie Baucham!VODDIE BAUCHAM
We are SO VERY excited about our 2014 convention, April 24-26. Thursday night sessions again, plus all day Friday and Saturday workshops, exhibit hall, and special speakers to inspire and train homeschool parents and teens. PLAN NOW!
This has been in the works for a couple of years and we are excited to finally have him coming to New England! Voddie is a very sought after speaker and writer, and a homeschooling father. We highly recommend his book, What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter for every parent, son or daughter. Other writings include Family-Driven Faith, Family Shepherds, Marriage By Design, The Ever-Loving Truth, and The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World.
We hope his messages will inspire parents to lead their families better, and inspire the next generation to plan for their families well. His biography from his website follows:
Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.
Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God's word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.
Voddie's area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.
It is impossible to understand Voddie's approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it's like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to 'outsiders' in ways few Bible teachers can.
Voddie Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England (Regent's Park College).
Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have eight children, Jasmine, Trey (Voddie, III), Elijah, Asher, Judah, Micah, Safya and Amos. They are committed home educators.
Watch for the next MassHOPE Messenger with 2014 featured speaker – Lou Priolo!
2. Homeschool Roller Skating in Lancaster/Leominster area
HOMESCHOOL SKATE DAYS
November 14, December 12
$4.00 age 2 and up includes skate rentals
$12 family rate up to 4 family members – includes skate rentals
90 Duval Road, Lancaster, just off route 2www.rollonamerica.comGOSPEL MUSIC NIGHTS
November 5, December 3
$4 admission PLUS $4.50 rentals
$34.95 Family admission up to 4 includes extras, add $10 for a pizza/soda pkg etc.
GREAT HOMESCHOOL MOTIVATORS? Get that work done, go skating.
They also have special passes for free skating for kids, sign up at:www.kidsskatefree.com/funamerica
3. Fountain of Blessing Give-a-Way, November 9, AshburnhamIt is that time! Our next FREE Giveaway is scheduled. Please help us spread the news and watch for any updates on our ministry facebook page at www.facebook.com/FountainBlessing!
WHAT: FREE Giveaway of quality clothes, toys/games, books, videos, housewares, home decor, holiday decor, and much more!
WHEN: Saturday November 9th from 9 AM -1 PM
WHERE: Bethany Baptist Church on Ryan Street in Gardner
4. Collegiate Academy training for those interested in careers in law, public policy, and governmentThe Collegiate Academy (www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/collegiate) seeks to envision, equip, and deploy future leaders in law and public policy. This one-week program is designed to expand their leadership skills by combining a rigorous curriculum covering the foundations of our legal system, including natural law principles, constitutional jurisprudence, and American history. We then explore how these foundational principles apply to some of the most pressing issues facing our culture today. These discussions and lectures are combined with specialized career development training to give them tools to prepare for the next steps on the path to their chosen professions.
Specifically designed for college students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in law, government and public policy, the Academy strengthens each delegate's mind, will, and conviction to effectively engage the culture. Applicants compete for a limited number of seats. Criteria for selection include demonstrated Christian commitment, potential for leadership in law and public policy, and academic achievement.
For those selected to the program, Alliance Defending Freedom covers the cost of airfare, lodging, materials, and most meals.
This year's class of 120 Delegates are from 50 different schools, including Patrick Henry, Grove City, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Notre Dame, Northwestern, UVA etc., and come this fall, some will be attending law schools and grad schools at Yale, Chicago, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas-Austin, Duke, Emory, etc.
For more information, please contact Sumi Thomas, Director- Office of Strategic Training: email@example.com
5. Old Sturbridge Village Homeschool DaysAlways something going on at Old Sturbridge Village. Information on special homeschool days can be seen at www.osv.org. Dates for this school year are below also. Mark your calendars, take a group!
Events in this series
Home School Day - 11/06/2013, 02/07/2014, 03/28/2014, 05/06/2014
6. Spelling Bee – February 2014, Princeton, MassachusettsThe Scripps Spelling Bee is coming up in February! The MACH group in Central Mass is having a qualifying bee on February 22 at Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton, Massachusetts.
We will have 2 bees: a practice one and a qualifying one.
The practice bee will be for kids K-3rd grade. This is NOT a qualifying spelling bee and is open to any participants regardless of their location.
The second bee is for grades 4-8 and it DOES qualify for the National Spelling Bee. The winner of this bee goes right to Regionals (from Regionals, the winner goes to the National Spelling Bee). However, the sponsor of the Regional Bee is the Sentinel and Enterprise in Fitchburg and unfortunately, they have restrictions on the hometown of the participants. Any student grade 4-8 can participate, but must live in one of the following towns: Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Townsend, Pepperell and Shirley in Middlesex County, Massachusetts; Ashby, Ashburnham, Clinton, Gardner, Harvard, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Leominster, Fitchburg, Sterling, Princeton, Winchendon and Westminster in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The rules are set by the newspaper as the sponsor.
Because there is a cost incurred from Scripps doing the bee, there is a charge of $8 per child for either bee.
All homeschoolers in the area that meet the requirements are invited to participate; it is not just for the MACH group. If you know others living in the areas above that would be interested, please let them know. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Homeschoolers and Copyrights – Do you know the rules?As homeschoolers, we are often naturally frugal, but when that interferes with legal copyrights, we need to be honest in how we treat copyrighted material. This site gives information and has a 'quiz' to see how much you know about what you can and cannot do with educational materials for your homeschool.
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