One of the greatest enemies of ocean ships is a tiny sea creature – the barnacle. In their larval stage, these sea animals float free in the sea water seeking a solid object. When they find it they cement themselves to it and begin to feed on sea microorganisms, grow and reproduce. Other barnacles join them and soon form a flourishing colony of hard-shelled organisms. Often barnacle colonies establish themselves on ship hulls and over time cover the underwater surface with inches of thick layers of tiny organisms. These layers attract sea weed and other organisms until the whole mass resists the passage of the ship through water, slowing it down and consuming more and more fuel. There are only 2 ways to handle this problem: 1) tow the ship into the mouth of fresh water river (this prevents the colony from growing, yet the dead layers of barnacles still remain cemented to the ship’s hull) or 2) haul the ship into dry dock and manually scrape off the accumulated layer of barnacles, paint the hull with barnacle resistant paint and restore its sailing efficiency.
Spiritual truths also accumulate barnacles of traditions. Over time, tiny additions, attitudes and traditions attract themselves to Bible truth. These additions seem to develop a life of their own, multiplying and burdening the truth down until it becomes less and less effective until the barnacles seem to be part of the truth.
Jesus invites us to come into the His ‘dock’ so He can carefully scrape off the barnacles of lies and distorted truths that Satan has caused us to accumulate. When we come to God through study of His Word and through prayer, God is able to loosen the grip of our barnacles and deliver us into a life of freedom and peace. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
May we allow God to strip the barnacles of lies and distorted truths from our lives so we can experience His peace and power this week!
(Excerpts from Chapter 5 of “Prayer Barnacles”, My Child, My Child by Dr. Winston Ferris)
CWAA CHARACTER VALUE FOR MARCH: During the month of March we are focusing on the character of God – HOPE “So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.” 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped to make this year’s Scholastic Book Fair a success. Our total sales were $2775.70, only slightly lower than last year. As a result CWAA has earned a total of $1582 to spend on buying books for our library!
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING LESSONS: Lessons continue tomorrow and Thursday, March 1 and 3. 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.
CWAA HOSTS PARENTING WORKSHOPS:
1) “The Impact of Excessive Media Use on Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Ms. Joy Astolfi on March 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Are you seeking answers on how to navigate the overwhelming influence of media during your child’s formative years? Are you wondering about the impact of media saturation on your child’s brain development? Come out to CWAA on March 10 to participate in an interactive and collaborative learning experience with Christian Counsellor Ms. Joy Astolfi, (MSc., CCC.) Ms. Astolfi will be sharing the scientific research on the impact of media on the nervous system including frontal lobe development, new research emerging around Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS), and practical tools for parents to intervene and set reasonable boundaries which encourage healthy habits and healthy relationships. Joy comes with over 20 years of experience in working with at-risk youth in a variety of settings (residential treatment centers, corrections, and professional counsellor). Joy is currently in private practice and holds a contract with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC) as a Mental Health Consultant. Joy strives to bring hope, healing, and restoration through God’s power to those who are wounded and to help them prepare for His kingdom. Come and benefit from an evening of discussion and collaborative learning. All are welcome!
2) “Protecting your Children at Home on your Technology Devices” by Education Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
UPDATE ON WORKSHOP: In our seminar last Tuesday by Tara-Anne Powell called “Tools for Setting Boundaries and Connecting with Your Kids!” we were pleased at the excellent turn-out for our first, in a series of 3, parent seminars. We had 30 attendees who participated in a vibrant discussion-based seminar on parenting. Ms. Powell addressed topics such as “Why does it always turn into a fight? Why won’t my Kids listen? Where is the instruction manual to parenting? Some of the things that drive parent’s crazy! (Rudeness, backtalk, won’t get off of the screens, forgets homework, unmotivated, etc.) Ms. Powell ended the seminar sharing the keys to parenting (maintaining strong connection with your child through active communication, play, setting healthy boundaries and expectations, spending quality time, family traditions, etc). Parents were given the opportunity to enter their names into a draw for a free counselling session and 5 parents were selected. All who attended experienced an evening of sharing, laughter and learning!
CWAA HIRES NEW BUSINESS MANAGER: Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Millicent Adede to the CWAA staff as new Business Manager! Millicent and her family have lived in Canada for 3 years. Prior to coming to Canada in 2013 she worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kenya for 7 years as a Senior Accountant and Treasurer. Her education includes Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya. Since coming to Canada, Millicent has achieved a diploma in Oil and Gas Administration Diploma (Administrative Assistant). She has worked at Deloitte LLP, as an Internal Accounting Administrator and is currently at a mortgage firm in the accounting department. Not only is Millicent a highly qualified financial administrator but she will also bring to CWAA strong interpersonal, communication and management skills. She is a humble, mature and enthusiastic Christian woman who is passionate about Adventist education and about using her skills and talents to benefit the work of God! Millicent and her husband attend the Bridgeland SDA Church and have two boys. She will begin working at CWAA during the month of March.
GRADE 9 FUNDRAISER: It’s that time of year again . . . the class is looking forward to their “Sweet Treats” sale that they have traditionally organized to raise funds for their Year End Celebration. They will be selling baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, donuts, etc.) and frozen treats (popsicles, freezies, icecream, etc.) on Tuesdays to the Elementary at lunch time and to the Sr. High on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sales will start this Tuesday, March 1 to the Elementary and Tuesday & Thursday this week to the Sr. High. Prices are based on items available that varies from week to week, but are usually priced between $0.50 and $1.00. Thank you for your support!
TERM 2 ELEMENTARY REPORT CARDS: will be sent home on Tuesday March 15, 2016. We look forward to sharing the progress each child has made in this first half of the school year. If you have any questions about your child’s academic progress, please do not hesitate to contact teachers directly by email, phone or personal appointment.
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHERS CONFERENCES: On Thursday March 17, 2016 from 4-8 p.m., all Grades K-6 parents are cordially invited to book a time to discuss their child’s mid-year progress with their child’s teachers. Please contact the office at 403-286-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Thank you for your support and interest in your child’s academic progress!
FUNDSCRIP ORDER: Please remember to support our FundScrip mission trip fundraiser. Buy gift cards at face value for the grocery stores, gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants that you normally visit. FundScrip pays Chinook Winds a percentage of the value of the gift card. This fundraiser doesn’t cost you anything, and is a great way to help us raise money for the 2017 CWAA Mission Trip to Bolivia. Please turn your orders in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque payment by next Monday, March 7. You will receive your gift cards within about 1 week after the order date. To access the order form, go to http://missiontrip.cwaa.net/fundraising/ and click the “FundScrip Order Form” button near the bottom of the page.
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! A Burger for supper can be purchased at 6 p.m. before the meeting. Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing as we plan for the future of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
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 9 Biology 20 Royal Tyrell Museum Field Trip
Mar 10 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 10 Parenting Workshop with Joy Astolfi 6:30 pm
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 18 RS 25/35 Field Trip to Holy Cross Manor
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 22 Vegetarian Burger Supper Sale 6 pm
Mar 23 Grades 4 & 5 Field Trip to Glenbow Museum
Mar 24 Last Day of Classes / Spring Break begins
Mar 28-Apr 6 Grade 12 Class Trip to London & Paris
April 11 School Resumes
Waiting can be tough. You probably know what it is like to wait anxiously for Christmas or a birthday. Sometimes it is hard to sleep the night before a big trip because we are so full of excitement. My family and I are awaiting the birth of our second daughter – any day now! It is tough to be patient!
As Adventists, we are waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus. But do we show as much excitement about seeing our Lord and Saviour as we do about going on a big trip or attending a sporting event or concert? May we live today and everyday with a sense of looking forward with great anticipation for the return of Jesus!
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:1-4 NLT).
Pastor Brent Wilson