THE POWER OF PARENT’S PRAYER
By Debbonnaire Kovacs
And it came to pass on a certain day that the children of God came together before the Lord, and Satan came among them. When the Lord saw Satan, He said, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered, “From walking to and fro on my planet, the earth.” God did not appear to be overly impressed, so Satan continued boldly, “I have come to publicly declare a grievance. Have You noticed my servant Jason? He is a man after my own heart. Every imagination of his heart is evil continually, and in all things he seeks only to please me. Of course, he thinks merely to please himself, but his understanding will grow with time. He is not interested in You, or in Your rules, or anything about Your kingdom. Is that not so?” Pain crossed our heavenly Father’s face as He nodded. “It is so.” “Now You, O great God of the universe”—Satan gave a mocking bow—“are righteous and just at all times, are You not?” God looked Satan straight in the eye. “I am.” Satan said with a sneer, “And You have given every man, woman, and child on my planet the freedom to choose between You and me, have You not?” “I have.” God said. “Then why is it that Your Holy Spirit continually hovers over my servant Jason, whispering to him, pleading with him, nagging him to join Your side? Every time I try to get him to do something for me, my angels first have to fight off Your angels. You are invading his thoughts, interfering with his choices, and making his life miserable! By what right do You do these things?” God answered, “Jason may be your servant now, but I still love him.” Satan snarled, “I don’t care, You gave him a choice, and he chose me! You are breaking your own laws!” There was a moment of shocked silence in the throne room, then a surge of movement among the angels around the throne. God lifted His hand, and the room grew still. Very quietly God asked, “Have you noticed my servant Anne? Anne is a woman after My own heart, and every thought of her heart is only to please Me. Yet I notice you are always whispering to her, ready to attack her. My angels continually fight yours for her safety.” Satan smiled. “I never promised to play fair!” God let it pass. “When Anne came to Me, she and I made a covenant together. She would be My child. She would love Me, trust Me, look to Me for guidance, and stay close to My side every day of her life. She would place all that she is, has, or ever hopes for in My hands. I would be her Father. I would keep her safe from you and all your snares. I would care for her, teach her, and love her with all My heart. And I would answer every prayer she prayed within My will and in My Son’s name. “Since that day Anne has asked Me for many things. Some I have refused, since they were not in My will for her. But every day of our life together Anne has asked Me for one thing above all others. She has asked Me for the life of her son Jason. Anne prays with persistence, and with thanksgiving, and without fear, because she trusts Me. I have given her My word.” Suddenly God stood up, and Satan cringed and fell back. It made him furious, but he couldn’t help it as the voice of the Father, like flames of fire, flowed over his head. “My covenant with my daughter Anne was signed by My right hand, sealed by the blood of My Son, and delivered by the eternal presence of My Holy Spirit in her life! That is My legal right over your client. Be gone! Satan fled. The cheers of the angels sped his passing.
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
GROW CALGARY SERVICE DAY: Many of our CWAA students will have the opportunity to serve at the local community farm near our school next Monday, May 9. There will be two “shifts.” Grades 1, 3, 5 and 8 will serve as part of the first shift (approximately 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM). Grades K, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 will serve as part of the second shift (approximately 1 PM to 3 PM). For more information about GROW Calgary, go to http://www.growcalgary.ca. May 9 will be a casual dress day for K to 9 students (regular CWAA dress guidelines apply). Students should bring clothing that they don’t mind using for garden work: jeans/sweatpants, sweater or jacket, and old sneakers/boots/rain boots. Parents and young siblings are also invited to join us for this great opportunity! Please make sure the permission form for your student is returned to CWAA promptly!
STAFF ADDITION FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR: We are pleased to report that two new staff members have been hired for the 2016-2017 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) and 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 2016-2017 school year!
UPDATE ON PARENT WORKSHOP: In our seminar last Thursday by Joel & Andre Melashenko on “Protecting Your Technology Devices at Home” we were blessed by an engaging and informative presentation. As a result of the feedback, we will be hosting this same workshop again in the fall. The notes from Joel & Andre’s presentation will be made available for viewing on our website within the week, along with Joy Astolfi’s presentation on “The Impact of Excessive Media Use on Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment”.
CWAA STAR: CWAA’s annual Talent Show “STAR” will be held on Wednesday, May 18. Time of performances will be announced at a later date when known. Come out and support our talented students.
GRADE 12 GRADUATION: Consecration Service – Sabbath, May 28 at 6 pm; Commencement Address – Sunday May 29 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: Meets this Thursday again in the lobby of the school. Plan to join this group who set aside a time weekly to pray for our school and our school community. All are welcome!
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.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL UPDATE:
Elementary Students – Last day of school will be on Thursday, June 23 with noon dismissal. Report cards will be available at the Awards Ceremony held the same evening at 7:00 p.m.
Secondary Students – Last day of school will be on Friday, June 24. Report cards will be available at their Awards Ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
May 3 Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
May 5 Kindergarten Butterfield Acres Field Trip 9:20 am – 2:30 pm
May 5-6 Grades 7-12 Concert Band and Choir ACSI Spring Musicale at Three Hills
May 7 CWAA Worship Service with Concert Choir at Cornerstone SDA Church
May 9 GROW Calgary Field Trip for all classes
May 10 ADRA Canada Presentation Elementary/Secondary Chapel Times
May 12 Grades 1- 4 Heritage Park Field Trip, 9 am – 3 pm
May 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
May 16 Grade 9 & 11 Parent Information Evening (Grade 11 – 6:30 pm, Grade 9 – 7:30 pm)
May 18 CWAA Star Talent Show (Time TBA)
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 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
June 4 Jr/Sr High Concert Choir at Calgary Maranatha SDA Church
June 8 Gr 10 Spanish Field Trip to Spanish Restraunt 12:10-1:40 pm
June 8 Grade 6 Graduation
June 9 Kindergarten Field trip to Zoo 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
June 9 Grade 9 Graduation
June 12-13 Elegant Design at CWAA to see uniforms June 12: 12-5 pm, June 13: 1-6 pm
June 17 Praise & Prayer Service @ CWAA 7 pm
June 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
June 22 Grades 1-3 Calaway Park Field Trip 9 am – 3 pm
June 23 Elementary Last Day of School – Noon Dismissal
June 23 Term 3 Elementary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm
June 24 Term 4 Jr/Sr High Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm
It is great to see students commit their lives to Jesus through baptism! This past Friday night and Sabbath, 7 of our CWAA students demonstrated their decision to follow God through baptism or rebaptism. Congratulations to CJ, Gabriel, Hadassa, Fernanda, June, Cristina and Giovanna! May each of you always keep your focus on Jesus!
“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12 NLT)
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