God Claims Our Children!
In Dr. Winston Ferris’s third chapter, “Then Who Owns My Child?” (from the book My Child, My Child) he shares “developmental psychologists show us that we (parents) are the dominant influence in our child’s life for only the first eight or nine years. After that, the child turns more and more to his/her peers for attitudes and influence.”
Anyone who has parented children into adulthood will admit that there is a definite change in who influences our children’s decisions and behavior. The adolescent years can be a difficult time for parents to adjust to their changing role. Through these years we must always remember that our children belong to God! They were created by Him, they are sustained by Him (Dr. Ferris says, “Every breath we take, every beat of our heart, every function of our body and mind continues because God’s energy and sustaining power supports our life”). Our children are redeemed by God and He has made a blood covenant with them to bring them back from sin by His death on the cross, and by His resurrection. God alone has the rights to give our children eternal life as a gift. Finally, God is in the business of re-creating! If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things have become new. Now all things are of God.” (2 Cor. 5:17, 18)
God has five clear claims to our children: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, New Blood Covenant Maker and Re-Creator. As parents we can maintain the constant invitation to God to restore our children’s wills and give them true choice. We can stand on the covenant and claim them as God’s true children and wait and watch for the glory of God to be revealed in their lives.
May we continue to exercise our rights as parents to fervently pray for our children and to live in faith that God’s claims over our children will be cemented for eternity.
CWAA DECEMBER CHARACTER VALUE: Unselfishness
ELEMENTARY PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Grades K-6 Parents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-286-5686 to schedule your 15 minute appointment to meet with each of your child’s teachers during the hours of 4 to 5:15 p.m. and 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 3.
PRAYING PARENTS: Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come join in for a time of praise and prayer.
2017 CWAA MISSION TRIP: This mission trip experience to the South American country of Bolivia is scheduled to take place from March 26 to April 7, 2017. It is open to CWAA students who are in grades 10 to 12 next school year. Click the button below to check out the mission trip brochure.
FUNDSCRIP GIFT CARD MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER: The primary fundraiser for our 2017 Mission Trip is selling gift cards through FundScrip. We sell gift cards at face value and then receive a percentage of that amount back from FundScrip to go toward the mission trip. You can buy the gift cards to use for your normal everyday purchases (groceries, gas, home repair stuff, clothing, eating out, etc.). It doesn’t have to cost you any extra – you simply need to plan ahead by purchasing gift cards ahead of time for your normal purchases. Gift cards also make great gifts! Order forms are available. Your last orders before Christmas break should be turned in by Wednesday, December 9. Get your orders turned in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque made out to Chinook Winds Adventist Academy. For more information about this fundraiser and to access the order form, click the FundScrip Logo below to go to missiontrip.cwaa.net/fundraising/.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: If you have any shoeboxes that still need to be brought in, the deadline is this Thursday, December 3, 2015.
CWAA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Annual Chinook Winds Adventist Academy Christmas Concert will take place in the CWAA Gymnasium at 7 p.m. next Thursday, December 10. The theme of the concert this year is “The First Noel” and it celebrates the birth of Jesus with a musical including a play by the Elementary entitled “The First Leon” and selections by the Elementary Bands, Concert Band and Concert Choir. All parents are asked to bring a baked good, home made or store bought baking to sell for a bake sale following the concert. If you are able to help decorate the gym on Thursday between 9:45am-11:20 am, please contact Mrs. Miranda (email@example.com). All are invited to attend this event.
Elementary students are to meet their teacher in their classroom at 6:30pm dressed in their Tuesday formal uniform. Teachers will escort their students to the gym at 6:55pm for the concert and they will sit as a class during the concert. Grade 5/6 students are to assemble their instrument in their classroom and bring it to the gym at 6:55pm.
High School Music Students are to meet in the music room; Band at 6:15pm and Choir at 6:30pm to tune and warm-up. The formal music uniform is to be worn, with red school ties for the guys and black tights or nylons for the girls. (If you need a tie, see Mrs. Miranda) At the concert, girls will be supplied with pin on bells to decorate their uniform.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 1 Elementary Report Cards Sent Home
Dec 2 Grades 5 & 9 Vaccinations
Dec 2 Poinsettia Orders Delivered
Dec 3 Elementary Parent Teacher Interviews (4-8 p.m.)
Dec 3 Physics 30 Trip to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Dec 7 LA 20 Field Trip to Bowness Park 10:30 am – 12:50 pm
Dec 9 Fundscrip Order Due
Dec 10 Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 11 CWAA Baptism
Dec 12 Seek and Serve Sabbath (Christmas Caroling)
Dec 18 Last Day of Classes-Christmas Break (noon dismissal)
Jan 4 School Resumes after Christmas Break