Reflections from Psalms 23
Psalms 23 is one of those passages of Scripture that brings me incredible peace. As I was reading these comforting words of David last weekend I was struck with some wonderful insights, once again – regarding God’s tender care and love for his children. I would like to share the insights God brought to my mind to bring me peace.
- “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (He takes care of all my needs.)
- He makes me lie down in green pastures, (He knows when I need a rest and He finds just the right spot.)
- He leads me beside quiet waters, (So I can drink in peace and my thirst will be satisfied without turbulent distractions.)
- He restores my soul. (He makes me authentic again and restores me to who He created me to be.)
- He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (He guides me with the Truth of His Word.)
- Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (Thank you Jesus that you overcame death. Though death is painful, it is just a temporary separation.)
- I will fear no evil, for you are with me; (Strength and courage cannot overcome death. It has the final word. Only one person can walk with us through death’s dark valley and being us safely to the other side – the God of life, our Shepherd.)
- Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Because life is uncertain, I will follow my Shepherd who offers me eternal comfort.)
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. (God offers the protection of a host even when I am surrounded by enemies. I can dwell with God, even in the face of my enemies.)
- You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (God, the perfect shepherd and host, promises to guide and protect me through life to bring me into His house forever!)
I long for the day when we will be in the presence of our Friend and Savior, Jesus Christ. And I long for the day when we will see God face-to-face, and all the trials and pain of our temporary lifetime will dissolve into joy and true freedom. “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rev 7:17
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
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHERS CONFERENCES: Report Cards for all elementary students will be sent home on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. All Grades K-6 parents are invited to book a time to discuss their child’s mid-year progress with their child’s teachers on Thursday, March 17 from 4-8 p.m. 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!
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING LESSONS: Lessons continue tomorrow, March 8th and end this Thursday on March 10th. On swimming dates Elementary students may dress in casual wear. The Shouldice Pool will be delivering all students’ Swimming Progress Cards to the school after lessons have ended. When these arrive they will be sent home with students.
PIZZA ‘N POPS CONCERT will be held this Sunday evening, March 13th. Our Junior/Senior High Concert Choir and Band, together with Grades 5 & 6 students, are planning to entertain you! The concert starts at 5:00 pm in the CWAA gymnasium with pizza and refreshments for sale. All funds raised during this annual event are in support of the Music Tour happening in May. Invite family and friends . . . come out and enjoy an evening of popular music!
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 this Thursday, March 10 to participate in an interactive and collaborative learning experience with Christian Counselor 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 counselor). 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.
COMING TO CWAA! The Adventist Book Centre (ABC Bookmobile) joins CWAA to celebrate our Annual Constituency Meeting! The ABC Bookmobile will be at CWAA on March 22nd to sell children’s books (display set-up in CWAA Lobby). Adult books and food items will be available in the Bookmobile. All parents, pastors, board members, church members and staff are invited to come out and enjoy a time of fellowship as we share CWAA’s future plans! Veggie Burgers start selling at 6 pm, Constituency Meeting at 7 p.m. Bookmobile open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
CWAA HIRES NEW BUSINESS MANAGER: Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Millicent Adede to the CWAA staff as our 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 (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.
2016-2017 TEACHER OPENING AT CHINOOK WINDS ADVENTIST ACADEMY: CWAA is looking for a dynamic, Christ-centered, 21st century SDA Lower Elementary Teacher who is passionate about Jesus, children and eager to help us achieve our mission “to engage students to follow God completely, serve unselfishly and achieve excellence”. The successful candidate will strive to build effective learning communities, set high standards of excellence for each student and incorporate innovative, research-based 21st century education practices into their teaching. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to preparing children and youth for Jesus’ 2nd coming. Preference given to candidates with French as a Second Language. Come join us on our quest to create a center of excellence at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy (www.cwaa.net). To apply, please send resume with cover letter to Janet Griffith, Education Superintendent Alberta Conference of SDA at email@example.com and Lara Melashenko, Principal of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRADE 9 FUNDRAISER: It’s that time of year again . . . the class is looking forward to their “Sweet Treats” sales 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 Elementary students at lunchtime and to the Sr. High on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prices are based on items available and are usually priced between $0.50 and $1.00. Thank you for your support!
FUNDSCRIP ORDER DEADLINE TODAY: 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 tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 AM. You will receive your gift cards a 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: This group meets every Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Join in for a time of praise and prayer. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Mar 8 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Mar 9 Biology 20 Royal Tyrell Museum Field Trip, Drumheller
Mar 10 Swimming Program Grades K- 6 (last lesson)
Mar 10 Parenting Workshop with Joy Astolfi at 6:30 pm
Mar 13 Pizza ‘n Pops Concert 5:00 pm
Mar 15 Elementary Report Cards sent home
Mar 16 Grades 7 & 8 Telus Sparks Center Field Trip
Mar 17 Elementary Parent/Teacher Meetings 4 – 8 pm
Mar 18 Grades 11 & 12 Field Trip to Holy Cross Manor 9-11:30 am
Mar 19 Concert Choir at Calgary Central SDA Church
Mar 19 Seek & Serve Ministry cancelled
Mar 21 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Mar 22 ABC Bookmobile Sale at CWAA 9 am – 9 pm
Mar 22 CWAA Constituency Meeting 7 pm (Veggie Burgers sold at 6 pm)
Mar 23 Grades 4 & 5 Field Trip to Glenbow Museum
Mar 24 Last Day of Classes / SA Spirit Day / Spring Break begins
Mar 28-Apr 6 Grade 12 Class Trip to London & Paris
April 11 School Resumes
April 13 Junior High Badminton Tournament
April 14 Senior High Badminton Tournament
April 18 School Board Meeting 7 pm
April 18-22 Spring Student Week of Prayer
April 19 Grade 10 Cochrane Ranch House Field Trip
April 20 Junior High Boys Floor Hockey Tournament
April 20 Grade 6 Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Field Trip
April 20 Grades 11 & 12 Service Trip to Mustard Seed Sorting Center
April 21 Grades 9-12 Telus Sparks Center “Body World Exhibit”
April 22 CWAA Bring a Friend to School Day
April 22 Secondary Report Cards
April 25 Teachers Professional Day (no school for all students)
April 26 Secondary Parent/Teacher Meetings 4-8 pm
April 28 Grade 5 Glenbow Museum Field Trip
April 28-May 1 Gr 9-12 FCA Flag Football Tournament Abbotsford, BC
Do you find it difficult to share Jesus with your close family and friends? Does it sound more appealing to witness to strangers rather than people in your own household or neighborhood? Even Jesus came up against opposition in His hometown:
“Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him.
“Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.” (Mark 6:1-6 NLT)
In spite of the difficulty of sharing Jesus with those closest to us, it is not impossible! Keep praying for that child or parent, that friend or neighbor. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will open their hearts and that He will give you wisdom to know how and when to share Jesus! God can work miracles!
Pastor Brent Wilson