Making the Right Assumptions!
Over the Christmas break Joel and I spent time at Emerald Lake Lodge (Hotel), B.C. Emerald Lake is located in a pristine, secluded spot in the Yoho National Park, just a few kilometers outside Field, BC. The lodge itself provides a total ‘disconnect’ experience: no cell phone service and no internet service – just individual cabins with fire places and views of breath-taking snow-covered evergreen trees and rugged, tall mountains set inside of the aqua blue sky!
As we drove into the parking lot of Emerald Lake, I immediately spotted a problem. The lodge was a fair distance from the parking lot and could only be accessed by crossing a very narrow bridge by foot. I immediately became indignant and told Joel that it was ridiculous that the bridge was not accessible to visitor vehicles. I told Joel that if the hotel expected guests to cross the bridge by foot with their luggage in the freezing temperatures, I would not be staying at this hotel! When we entered the reception lodge we quickly learned that all guests were provided with van access across the bridge and we would not have to carry our luggage all the way across the bridge and up the hill to our cabin. I was humbled as I recognized that my annoyance was a needless waste of energy!
Our time at Emerald Lake ended up being one of the more peaceful and restful occasions we have experienced in our 23 years together! And we realized that the peaceful and protected atmosphere was largely because of the lack of access to non-guests in/out of the property.
It’s easy to make quick assumptions rather than reserving judgment and practicing patience. As followers of Jesus, we are called to trust Him and lean on His judgments rather than defaulting towards worry and fear when we face unknowns. When we face unusual circumstances we are invited to turn to Jesus with a cheerful, trusting heart and give Him thanks. Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” As we enter a new year, may we be kept in perfect peace and joy as we keep our minds steadfast on God’s day-to-day provisions and blessings in our lives.
Happy New Year!
CWAA JANUARY CHARACTER VALUE: Perseverance
Perseverance is defined as refusing to give up, even during a time of difficulty. God’s Word tells us that He is pleased when we are determined to persist and obey Him when we are faced with a decision that is difficult. Perseverance is hard, but it is important because persistence builds character. Romans 5:3-4 says, “And we also have joy with our troubles because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope.” Jesus persevered for us, and because we know who Jesus is and who we are through Him, if we keep on persevering, we cannot fail! “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
SLIPPERY ROADS: We have contacted the City of Calgary Roads Maintenance Dept. to address the problem of the slippery intersection at 101st Street and 2nd Ave. When leaving the school, please use caution as you approach the stop sign to enter onto 101st Street. If you have any concerns about road conditions please don’t hesitate to let the school office know and we will report it to the City.
CWAA SEEK & SERVE MINISTRY: Sabbath, January 16 has been cancelled and this ministry will resume again on February 20.
JUNIOR HIGH PARENT-TEACHERS CONFERENCES: On February 2, 2016 from 4-8 p.m., all Grades 7-9 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!
CWAA ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK: February 1-5, 2016 CWAA is proud to be participating in an Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. We are participating in this important event because we know our school (just like any other school) is not immune to bullying and we can make a difference through education and awareness! Because bullying is a community issue (and not solely a school problem), we invite all community members (parents, pastors, community partners) to join us! We intend to use this week to build relationships among our students, educate our community (students and parents) about bullying behaviors and how to stop bullying, and engage in acts of compassion! Some of the activities that we will be doing during the week include classroom pairings to build relationships and empathy skills, Anti-Bullying Chapels, Dress Up Day! (Thursday), Wear ‘Stand Up To Bullying’ Bracelets. Parents, join us in prayer as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion at CWAA! Please take the time to speak with your children about this important topic.
GRADES 5-12 AWARDS ASSEMBLY ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016: All parents are invited to come out and celebrate our academic award recipients (Principal’s List, Honors with Distinction and Honors) and student nominees for Christ-like Character, Citizenship, Personal Best, Most Improved, Athletes of the Term and Perfect Attendance Awards. Our Awards Assembly will take place during our Secondary Chapel time (9:30 – 10:20 a.m.). For those parents who are unable to attend, we will also be conducting an evening Awards Ceremony at the end of the year to recognize all students who achieved academic excellence and other areas of excellence during the 2015-2016 school year.
CWAA SECONDARY SKI DAY: On Thursday, January 28th, a ski trip to Nakiska is being planned for all students in Grades 7 – 12.
PRAYING PARENTS: Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come join in for a time of praise and prayer.
FUNDSCRIP: Next Monday (January 11) is the next deadline for CWAA FundScrip orders to be turned in to the school. Order forms are available at http://missiontrip.cwaa.net/fundraising/. Order forms should be turned in to the CWAA office with payment of cash or cheque (made out to Chinook Winds Adventist Academy).
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Jan 15 CWAA Baptism
Jan 16 Seek & Serve Ministry Cancelled
Jan 18 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 21 – 27 Secondary Midterm / Final Exam Week
Jan 27 End of Term 2 Secondary
Jan 28 Grades 1 – 4 Philharmonic Field Trip
Jan 28 Grades 7 – 12 Ski Trip (Nakiska)
Jan 29 Semester 2 begins
Feb 1 Secondary Report Cards sent home
Feb 1-5 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Feb 1-5 Grade 6 City Hall School
Feb 2 Grades 7–9 Parent-Teacher Meetings (4-8 pm)
Feb 4 Grade 8 Japan Culture Field Trip
Feb 9 Grades 5-12 Awards Assembly
Feb 15 Family Day (No School)
Feb 16-17 Teacher Professional Days (No School)
Feb 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Feb 18 CWAA Open House
Feb 19 Grades 4 & 5 Telus Spark Science Centre
Feb 19 Grade 10 – U of C “Let’s Talk Science”
Feb 20 Seek and Serve Ministry
Feb 23 Swimming Program Begins Grades K-6
Happy New Year!
“As we try to become acquainted with our heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw near, our minds will be strengthened, our characters will be elevated and refined. We shall become more like our Saviour. (Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 70).
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT).
May each of us experience the power of scripture in this New Year, as we take time to Be Still!
Pastor Brent Wilson