Spiritual Emphasis Week


The mission of Legacy Christian Academy is to equip the mind and disciple the heart of each student for Christ-like living. Spiritual Emphasis Week is a Christ-centered, intentional, and purposeful opportunity for students’ minds to be enriched by God’s Word, for their hearts to grow in love for Jesus, and for them to put their faith into action. LCA brings in excellent, biblical, and trustworthy messengers of the Gospel to strategically impact students with the truth in God’s Word throughout this week. Every morning during Spiritual Emphasis Week, students gather together for 40 minutes to worship God and receive powerful, relevant, and meaningful teachings from our speakers.

This week culminates on Friday after Chapel with an exceptional opportunity for students to put their faith into action and apply what they’ve learned. “Service Day” is an opportunity for our students to be salt and light in the community and grow in their love for God’s children and creation. Hebrews 3:13 and Hebrews 10:25 give us compelling reasons to have Spiritual Emphasis Week and to consistently and intentionally gather to worship, love, and learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 3:13, “But encourage one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Hebrews 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”


October 3-7, 2016 Speakers

Greg Speck

Communicator and youth specialist, Greg Speck, spoke to middle school and high school students for daily Chapel during Spiritual Emphasis Week 2016.

In addition, Greg was the guest speaker for the LPA’s Fall Parents Night, the Spiritual Emphasis Week kick-off event for parents, on Monday, October 3. Learn More

Greg Speck – Bio

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Walnut Creek, California. I am an avid San Francisco 49ers, Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks fan. Please feel free to send me any autographed items from any of these teams.I grew up in a non-Christian home and didn’t become a Christian until I was a senior in high school. I played football during school and was very, very good (in my own mind). Years ago, I attended Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a great school and I would highly recommend it to you. I graduated with a major in Sociology and minors in Social Work and Biblical and Theological studies (now if I could only remember everything that I studied). After graduating I started working with teenagers and have done that ever since. I have the best job in the world and that is traveling around the world speaking to teenagers and families. I have been a caseworker for emotionally disturbed and delinquent teens, Youth Pastor, Youth Specialist for Moody Bible Institute, President of Youth Ministries International, the youth and family communicator for Bethel University, and a friend to endangered woodland animals (that was very random). I have led groups of teenagers on mission trips to the British Isles and all across Europe for over 20 years. I am now the “Youth and Family Communicator” for Youth Leadership in, lovely and tropical, St Paul, Minnesota.

"Bobber Bill" Abeler

The Spiritual Emphasis Committee was excited to have Camp Lebanon Director, “Bobber Bill” Abeler join the elementary students for daily Chapel during Spiritual Emphasis Week 2016.

“Bobber Bill” Abeler – Bio

On April Fool’s Day of 1986 Bill came “home” to Camp Lebanon, returning to lead the ministry that meant the world to him and his family in his growing up years going back to 1966. Raised in Anoka, MN, Bill graduated from Northwestern College (St. Paul) and then earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). In addition to developing and communicating Camp’s vision, Bill oversees the program ministries for families, men, and senior adults. “Bobber Bill’s” favorite assignments include welcoming summer youth campers, hosting family and senior adult events, and taking kids fishing.

Bill is married to Lisa, his best friend and Camp partner. God blessed them with three amazing children: Monte, Marie, and Matthew. Bill’s hobbies start with fishing, teaching Bible to grade schoolers, and organizing other people’s fun. His favorite verse: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called ‘children of God’ – and that is what we are!” (I John 3:1)

Service Day Projects 2016

PreK – Collecting non-perishable food items – learning about serving and helping others

Kindergarten – Collecting food for a Food Shelf – learning about what a food shelf is and why it is needed in our community

1st & 2nd Grades – Bring Me Hope – Helping students have an awareness of orphans in China and praying for them

3rd Grade – Samaritan’s Purse – Raising money for hot meals for children living in poverty

4th Grade – Operation Christian Child

5th Grade – Farmstead – Encouraging the residents by painting pumpkins with them

6th Grade – Community Emergency Services – Sorting and shelving food donations

7th Grade – 2nd Chance Youth Ranch – Raking, weed whipping, storing items for winter, working with the horses

8th Grade – Como Zoo – Raking, cleaning up Como Town

Freshmen – Loaves and Fishes Community Farm – Helping with the fall harvest of vegetables

Sophomores – Prairie Oak Community Church – Helping church clean, recording stories of elderly for church research

Juniors – City Vision – Learning about and being exposed to the opportunities to serve and impact the world through the international diversity in Minneapolis

Seniors – Nowthen Alliance Church – Helping out at the church and with needs of single parents and elderly