Beauty from Ashes!
If you are anything like me, you will agree that allowing our children to make their own choices is a tough exercise! It is especially difficult to allow our children to make choices that we do not agree with! I am always amazed at God’s patience with us as we make our own choices – as adults and children. Sometimes we make choices that are in alignment with His will and sometimes we make choices that are contrary to His will. And yet, regardless, God is grace-filled to work with us and help redeem our poor choices. I remember as a 16-year-old young girl receiving a letter from my dad in the mail. At the time I received the letter I had quit Grade 11, moved away from home and was working at a Mac’s Convenience store to make enough money to pay my basic expenses. My choice was to leave home so I could live a life of independence from my parents. My choice was excruciatingly painful for my parents to watch. In his letter, my dad outlined that God had many plans for my life – perhaps they were entitled “Plan A”, “Plan B” and “Plan C”. He, dad described that perhaps Plan A was God’s ideal and Plans B and C were God’s alternative paths. My father explained that regardless of my chosen path, God had carefully prepared solutions to each of my choices in which I had made contrary to His will. I will never forget the flavor of grace in my father’s letter. I can truly testify that God has remained faithful in bringing beauty from the ashes of my poor choices – as a young woman and as an adult! I praise Him that as I have made my own choices He has always affirmed His love for me, strengthening my dependence on Him and opening my eyes to His ultimate choices for my life. I praise God that He can bring victory and purpose out of any choice. As we parent our children and allow them to make their own choices, it is my prayer that we will share the truth of God’s grace – that God will always walk alongside them, regardless of their choices. God will never leave them alone and He will never stop loving them and extending forgiveness! May we remind our children that there are no choices that God cannot redeem! “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield.” Psalms 91:4
CWAA CHARACTER VALUE FOR FEBRUARY: During the month of February we are focusing on the character of God – FORGIVENESS “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Book Fair ends this Wednesday, February 24! The Fair will be open during school days from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the lobby. Come check it out!
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING LESSONS: Lessons start tomorrow. On swimming dates Elementary students may dress in casual wear. The reason for this is so students do not misplace their uniform clothes in the pool changing areas.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: February 26 is Food Bank Friday. Bring a non-perishable food donation and it’s Casual Dress Day for all students.
CWAA HOSTS PARENTING WORKSHOPS:
1) “Tools for Setting Boundaries and Connecting with your Kids?” – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Are you looking for an informative, fun workshop that can help you develop parenting strategies to bring out the best qualities in your child? Come out to CWAA and participate in an interactive and collaborative learning experience with Christian psychologist Tara-Anne Powell (M.A., R. Psych.) For the past 10 years Tara has worked with parents and their children in Christian schools and numerous other settings. She brings a wealth of rich and varied experience in areas of relationship building, social anxiety, depression, learning disabilities (ADHD/ADD), dealing with grief or life changes, etc. Tara runs her owns private practice and through the use of humor, respect, compassion and patience, she provides practical guidance to parents and children. Come on out and benefit from an evening of discussion and collaborative learning with Tara-Ann Powell! All are welcome! Call Lara Melashenko (CWAA Principal) for more information.
2) “The Impact of Excessive Media Use on Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Counsellor Joy Astolfi (March 10, 2016).
3) “Protecting your Children at Home on your Technology Devices” by Education Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko (April, 2016).
PRAYING PARENTS: It’s not to late to join this group that meets every Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come for a time of praise and prayer.
CWAA ANNUAL CONSTITUENCY MEETING: All parents, pastors, board members, church members and staff are invited to join us on March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the past, present and future blessings of God on our school! Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing as we plan for the future of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Feb 23 Grade 8 Japan Culture Field Trip
Feb 23 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Feb 23 Parenting Workshop with Tara Powell 6:30 pm
Feb 25 Swimming Program Grades K – 6
Feb 26 Food Bank Friday
Feb 29 Grades 4, 5 & 6 Telus Spark Science Centre
Mar 1 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 3 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 5 Concert Choir at Southside SDA Church
Mar 8 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 10 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 10 Parenting Workshop with Joy Astolfi
Mar 13 Pizza ‘n Pops Concert 5:00 pm
Mar 15 Elementary Report Cards sent home
Mar 16 Grade 7 & 8 Telus Sparks Field Trip
Mar 17 Elementary Parent/Teacher Meetings 4 – 8 pm
Mar 19 Concert Choir at Calgary Central SDA Church
Mar 19 Seek & Serve Ministry (Has been cancelled.)
Mar 21 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Mar 22 CWAA Constituency Meeting 7 pm
Mar 23 Grades 4 & 5 Field Trip to Glenbow Museum
Mar 24 Last Day of Classes / Spring Break begins
The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure,
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who obey them.
(Psalm 19:7-11 NLT)
In this Psalm, David portrays several great benefits of God’s word. David valued the word of God dearly! As we take time to “Be Still,” may we learn to treasure God’s word more and more in our own lives. May His word be sweeter than honey to us!
Pastor Brent Wilson