Standing Apart Isn’t Easy
Who truly enjoys standing apart from the crowd? Standing apart isn’t easy unless it means we receive favorable attention – like standing apart for high academic achievement, or winning a sports prize, or receiving a performance bonus at work! We don’t mind standing apart if we receive favorable attention but what about unfavorable attention? How do we feel about standing apart from the crowd when it means criticism or condemnation?
As Christians we are called to stand apart because we have been redeemed. We have been set apart as a holy and peculiar people – to live our lives different than our culture. We have been invited to trust in Jesus, rather than ourselves. We have been called to treat others with kindness – even those who criticize and condemn us. We have been called to stand apart from the crowd – and not just by what we believe, but by how we love.
The story of Paul and Silas (Acts 16) being beaten and jailed after casting a demon out of a young female slave (and consequently robbing her master of an income) is a beautiful example of standing apart. While they were being tortured and bound in the dungeon, they prayed and sang songs of praise. And when an earthquake shook their shackles free, they remained in the jail to share the love of Jesus with the very jailer who had inflicted the most pain. They stood out and God was able to step in and save the lost.
Standing apart will never be easy, but we have the assurance that we never truly stand alone. When we make it our aim to stand on the Word of God, Jesus will be our guide and strength. Sometimes standing alone means criticism and condemnation. Sometimes it may even mean persecution. However, we never stand alone. God is always our Defender, if we are following Him. Listen to what Ellen White said about the apostle Paul standing apart. “In his ministry, Paul was often compelled to stand alone. He was specially taught of God and dared make no concessions that would involve principle. At times the burden was heavy, but Paul stood firm for the right. He realized that the church must never be brought under the control of human power. The traditions and maxims of men must not take the place of revealed truth. The advance of the gospel message must not be hindered by the prejudices and preferences of men.” Acts of the Apostles, pg 199.
Stand alone for Jesus today and release the fear of criticism and condemnation!
CWAA CHARACTER VALUE FOR MAY: During the month of May we are focusing on the character of God – Truthfulness. “Tell each other the truth because we all belong to each other in the same body.” Ephesians 4:25
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DAYS: This week Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th all CWAA teachers will have Professional Days and there is no school for students. Monday, May 23rd is Victoria Day holiday and school will begin again on Tuesday, May 24th.
CWAA HELPS FORT MCMURRAY: CWAA had a special casual dress day on Friday, May 13, 2016. On that day, students and staff did not have to wear their school uniform and they were invited to bring a donation (preferably at least $5 each) to give toward helping the evacuees of the fire catastrophe in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Our school family raised $1,385.13 through this effort! The money will be donated to ADRA Canada. Additionally, the students surpassed our goal of bringing in donated goods for our Fort McMurray friends (our goal was 200 items from elementary and 100 items from secondary) including: 93 toothbrushes, 110 toothpastes, 158 bars of soap, 15 bottles of shampoo, 7 bottles of conditioner, 26 sticks of deodorant, 650 bottles of water (31 cases), 1440 diapers in boxes, 42 packs of baby wipes, 8 baby creams/lotions, 46 razors, 60 toilet paper rolls, 11 combs & 5 packages of feminine products. Thank you to all who helped support this worthy cause at CWAA!!!
KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE AT CWAA: Do you have a family friend who is looking for a purposeful and play-based Kindergarten program filled with interactive, imaginative, experimental, explorative and Christ-centered learning?! Invite your friend(s) to CWAA’s Kindergarten Open House on Friday, June 10 from 9 am – 12 pm! (NOTE: Families that are instrumental in bringing a new family to CWAA will receive a $250 tuition discount per newly enrolled family!) Please watch for an announcement card coming home with your child to invite a friend! Open the button below to find a brochure that you can share with any interested friends.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP PRESENTATION BY CALGARY CITY POLICE: Last week the Grade 7 students received an excellent presentation in their Health class by Constable Carter Duchesney (former RCMP officer and current Cybercrime Education Officer for the Calgary Police Department). He talked with the students about being good citizens, both in relationships at school and when using digital devices. During his presentation Constable Duchesney discussed the most common ways that youth get into trouble online, talking about topics such as bullying, fraud, reputation management and protection of personal information. We are thankful our students received this opportunity and look forward to inviting Constable Duchesney back to CWAA to present to all our Grades 5-12 students during the 2016-17 school year. Over the past two years Constable Duchesney has presented to approximately 27,000 students, parents and citizens in Calgary so we feel very fortunate that he was able to give his time to our students last week!
WELCOME BACK MRS. BUHIA: Today Mrs. Divina Buhia returned to CWAA after a 1-year maternity leave to be with her son, Xavier! Mrs. Buhia will serve as our Special Education Co-ordinator for the duration of the year and will return to the Grade 1 classroom next school year. Be sure to welcome Mrs. Buhia back home!
STAFF ADDITION FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR: We are pleased to report that two new staff members have been hired for the 2016-17 school year: Mr. Marc Andrade will be our new Bible 7-12 teacher and Ms. Samantha Dingman will be our new Lower Elementary / French 4-6 teacher. Mr. Andrade comes to us from Burman University, where he recently completed two Bachelor degrees (in Religious Studies and Secondary Education). Ms. Dingman comes to us from Montreal where she has been a lower elementary teacher at Greaves Seventh-day Adventist Academy for the past 5 years. We are excited that God has provided us with two awesome new teachers for the next school year!
CWAA STAR: The CWAA Student Association’s annual Talent Show “STAR” will be held on Wednesday, May 25th. Time of performances will be announced prior to this date.
FUNDSCRIP MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER: 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 extra, 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 Monday, May 30. You will receive your gift cards within about 1 week after that 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.
GRADE 12 GRADUATION: Consecration Service – Sabbath, May 28th at 6 pm; Commencement Address – Sunday May 29th at 12 Noon. Please plan to join us for these special occasions in celebration of our Grade 12 students’ achievements and success.
GRADE 9 FUNDRAISER: “Sweet Treats” for sale on Tuesdays to Elementary students at lunchtime and to Secondary students 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!
PRAYING PARENTS: Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in the school lobby. Plan to join this group who set aside this weekly time to pray for our school and our school community. All are welcome!
VESPERS AND BAPTISM SERVICE: Plan now to attend a special time of worship and commitment at CWAA on Friday evening, June 3, starting at 6:30 PM. Come and support our students as they follow Jesus by being baptized!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
May 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
May 16 Grade 11 Parent Information Evening 6:30 pm
May 16 Grade 9 Parent Information Evening 7:30 pm
May 19-23 Concert Choir and Band Music Tour to Vancouver, BC
May 19-20 Teachers Professional Days NO SCHOOL for all students
May 23 Victoria Day Holiday
May 25 CWAA Star Talent Show
May 26 Grades 1- 4 Heritage Park Field Trip 9 am – 3 pm
May 27 Grade 11 Calaway Park Field Trip
May 28-29 Grade 12 Graduation
May 30 Kindergarten Graduation 4:30 pm
May 29 – June 1 Grades 5 & 6 Outdoor Education School Bowden, AB
June 2 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm
June 3 Spring Vespers & Baptism 6:30 pm
June 4 Jr/Sr High Concert Choir at Calgary Maranatha SDA Church
June 8 Gr 10 Field Trip to Spanish Restaurant 12:10-1:40 pm
June 8 Grade 6 Graduation 6:30 pm
June 9 Kindergarten Field trip to Calgary Zoo 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
June 9 Grade 9 Graduation – Banquet 7:00 pm, Ceremony 8:00 pm
June 10 Kindergarten Open House 9 am – 12 noon
June 12-13 Elegant Design at CWAA June 12 (12-5pm) and June 13 (1-6pm)
June 17 Praise & Prayer Service @ CWAA 7 pm
June 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
June 22 Grades 1 – 4 Calaway Park Field Trip 9 am – 3 pm
June 13 – 24 Secondary Final Exams
June 23 Elementary Last Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
June 23 Elementary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm
June 24 Jr/Sr High Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm
“But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”” (Genesis 27:5-10 NLT).
Jacob and his mother stepped out ahead of God when they decided to deceive Isaac in order to get the birthright for Jacob.
“He [Jacob] had not trusted God’s promises, but had sought by his own efforts to bring about that which God would have accomplished in His own time and way.” (Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 197-198).
How often do we try to step out in front of God instead of being still and allowing Him to shape circumstances. How often do we think we know better than God does how our lives should be lived? What would it take for us to be still and let God work things out according to His will? What is the difference between being lazy and being still in this context?
May each of us experience God’s work in our lives this week!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy