GOD’S GUARANTEES FOR 2017!
As you think back over this past year, what couldn’t you count on? Financial security? Success after a strong effort? Recognition at work or school? Good health? Friends or family? Abundance of food? Self-discipline? Loved ones staying alive? The truth of the matter is that there are very few things in life we can count on. We cannot count on the fact that we will live with comfort, or that the people we love will remain in our lives indefinitely, or that our world will be peaceful.
As we look forward to 2017 we must recognize that there are few guarantees that our lives will be the same as they were in 2016. During 2017 some of us will experience personal tragedy and undeserved pain. Some of us will experience tremendous instability in our homes – economically, socially, and emotionally. Some of us will face break-ups or experience a heartbreaking terminal or life-altering diagnoses. Some of us will face poverty or depression or some mental illness that will alter our lives. Some of us will face abuse that will destroy our trust and sense of safety in this world. Some of us will face the road of disillusionment and despair.
So what can we really count on in 2017? What will sustain us as we continue living in this sin-filled planet?
- First, we can count on the fact that God knows the road ahead and He alone will provide us with the strength and guidance to face each day. We do not have to live in fear or anxiety for what will come because He is with us! (“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:25-34)
- Second, God has provided us with a beautiful ‘road map’ for us to seek wisdom and comfort in the Bible. Through the Bible God will always provide hope, encouragement and instructions on how to navigate each challenge. (“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Romans 15:4)
- Third, we can have confidence that Jesus is going to return someday very soon to bring us to our true Home, where we will never again face instability and the pain of loss. (“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3)
As we wrap up 2016 may we hold on to the guarantee that “The Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His, we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalms 100:3, 5)
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of December the school is emphasizing the character value of Service.
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” Romans 15: 1-2 (The Message Bible)
POINSETTIAS FOR SALE: We have a few poinsettia plants at the school office available for $10 each. They come in red, white or pink and will brighten any corner of your home or business for the Christmas season. They make a great gift as well. Contact the office if you wish to purchase.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION SPIRIT DAY ON THURSDAY: Dress up in a ‘Christmas Theme’ this Thursday, Dec 15th. Students can wear Christmas colors, Christmas hats, socks, leggings, Christmas sweaters, or maybe something very Christmas creative! Please remember and follow the school dress code.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: This Friday, December 16th is a casual dress day for all students and teachers. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or non-perishable food item. Let’s see how much food we can collect for this important local charity. Thank you for your participation!
EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, DEC 16TH: This Friday there will be class challenges beginning in the gymnasium at 10:00 am and school will be dismissed early at 12:00 noon. For families that use bus service please be mindful that your child(ren) will be at their bus stops earlier in the day, and for families that pick-up from school your child(ren) will be ready to leave at noon. After school-care will not be provided. School begins again on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.
MISSION TRIP PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS: There will be two mission trip parent information sessions held this evening, December 12th at CWAA. One session will take place at 4:00 pm and repeated again at 7:00 pm. Parents may choose to attend the one that is most convenient for them (the session will last for about an hour). This is a great opportunity for parents to get an overview of the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip, as well as to ask questions about the trip.
A NOTE OF THANKS FROM CWAA BUS DRIVERS: We want to say “thank you” to all school bus families that do their best to have their children at the bus stop on time and for always calling when your child will not ride the bus. It’s very much appreciated and makes our jobs so much easier … we’re sending our warmest greetings for the Christmas season to all families on our routes!
Paul Howarth (Route 1),
Diane Anderson (Route 2),
Wei Wei Fan (Route 3) and
Brenda Patterson (Route 4)
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join us as we meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. We meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 15 Gr 6 Service trip to Drop-In Centre
Dec 16 Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break) Early Dismissal 12 noon
Jan 3 First day back from Christmas Vacation-Classes resume for students
Jan 11 Grades K-6 Skating Day to Crowfoot Twin Arena
Jan 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 18 Gr 10 Spanish Field Trip to Salt & Pepper Restaurant
Jan 23-30 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
Jan 30 End of Term 2 Secondary (Report Cards Feb 2)
Jan 31 Teachers Organizational Day (No School K – 12)
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NLT)
May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with joy, peace, and hope! Stay safe! Stay warm! And spend lots of time with your family and our Heavenly Father!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy