Some years ago I was presented with a powerful story, “Who is my Neighbor?”. The story touched my heart and opened my mind to viewing my ‘neighbor’ from God’s perspective.
“One day I approached God to ask him a question. I said, “Lord, in Your Word You instruct Your followers to ‘Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.’ Well, I was wondering.. who exactly is my neighbor?” God thought for a moment and He replied.. “My child, your neighbor has no reference to race, color, or class distinction. Your neighbor is every person who needs your help. Your neighbor is every soul who is wounded or bruised by the adversary. Your neighbor is everyone who is My property.” He continued, “When you were bruised & dying, I had pity upon you. I did not pass you by on the other side, and leave you, helpless and hopeless to perish. And because I loved you so much, my only request is that you love one another, as I have loved you. You may claim to be my follower, but this will do your neighbor no good unless your belief is carried into your daily life. To spend all your energy on some apparently great work, while you neglect the needy does not meet my approval. When I walked the earth, My cause was the cause of the oppressed and poor. I long for My people to have a deeper love for those whom I gave My own life for their salvation. There are single moms and dads who need sympathy and assistance. There are orphans who I bid you to receive as a trust from Me. All around you there are poor, tired, grieving and sick souls that need sympathizing words and helpful acts. I want you to anticipate the sorrows, the difficulties, the troubles of others. Enter into the joys and cares of both high and low, rich and poor. Don’t wait to have the needy & unfortunate brought to you, rather go out and minister to them where they are. ‘Freely ye have received, freely give.’ For, wherever you show love & sympathy, wherever your heart reaches out to bless and uplift others, there is revealed the working of My Holy Spirit.”
It is my prayer that as we enter into a season of reflection and celebration of Jesus birth, may we be inspired to use the resources God has provided us to generously bless our neighbors. May we be perceptive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our time, sympathy and giving. On behalf of the Board and Staff at CWAA, we would like to wish you God’s richest blessing during your Christmas Season!
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Monday, December 15th to Friday, December 19th from 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. All parents are invited to join us in the gym each morning for 10 minutes of Christmas singing.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DAY: Dress up in the spirit of Christmas on Thursday, Dec 18th! School uniforms are required for students not participating in this Spirit Day.
CASUAL FOOD BANK FRIDAY: This Friday, December 19th is Casual Friday. By bringing a nonperishable food item for the food bank students may dress casually.
CHRISTMAS BREAK begins this Friday with early dismissal from school at 12:00 noon. Parents, thank you for promptly picking your children up at 12:00 p.m. Buses will depart at 12:10 p.m. Classes for students will resume on Monday, January 5th.
EXTRA DECEMBER CITRUS – The December citrus order is scheduled to arrive this Tuesday morning (December 16, 2014). There is still some extra citrus available from this order. If you would like some tasty citrus fruit for the holidays or to give as a gift, please contact CWAA.
JANUARY CITRUS ORDER – Place your January citrus order soon! Navel oranges, grapefruit, mandarins and variety packs will be available. “Honeybell” oranges may also be available if supplies allow. Please note that your January citrus order should be turned in by the first Monday after Christmas break! Click the button below to access an order form.
MISSION TRIP WEBSITE: The 2015 CWAA Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic is a short-term mission project arranged between Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Maranatha that is open to CWAA students in grades 10 to 12. If you would like to follow along with information about the trip, please visit missiontrip.cwaa.net
SCHOOL PICTURES: Though your school portrait order due date has passed, you can still order on line at MyLifetouch.ca. Online orders will be shipped home when there is a shipping fee applied to the order and will ship to school if there is no shipping fee applied.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 19 Last Day of Classes-Christmas Break (12 noon Early Dismissal)
Jan 5 Classes Resume for Students
Jan 17 Seek & Serve Ministry
Jan 19 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 21-28 Secondary Midterm/Final Exam Week
Jan 28 Secondary end of Term 2 (Report Cards Feb 4)
Jan 29-30 Teacher Professional Days / Organizational Days (No School)
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:8-11 NLT).
Like the shepherds were filled with joy, may you experience joy this Christmas season as you are reminded of the amazing gift of Jesus to our world!
Pastor Brent Wilson
CAMPUS MINISTRIES NEWS: You’ll find here the second issue of this year’s publication about Campus Ministry events that have recently taken place at your school.