Where do you find Hope?
There are so many battles raging around us – within our homes, our churches, our communities, our province, our country, our world. None can deny that it is a profoundly disturbing experience to listen to the news or read about the events occurring around the world: terrorist attacks, fleeing refugees, civil wars, plane bombings, earthquakes, tornadoes, racial tension and discrimination, devastating poverty, the re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia, removal of protection for religious organizations to operate freely, etc. Truly the world seems to be in a state of terrible turmoil and uncertainty. When I become overwhelmed with the lack of hope around me, I turn to the One in which I am confident will deliver the ultimate Hope some day soon. Here are the four reasons I have hope! As you read my reasons for hope, I pray your hope would be renewed!
- I hope because Jesus is alive and is with me today. He created, understands and accepts me just as I am. He daily gives me wisdom to guide and sustain me. He loves me with an everlasting love and He never leaves me or abandons me. Because He is alive and is with me I can trust and depend on Him to help me through any situation. He is always working on my behalf even when I don’t see His plan. He is in control of my destiny and He draws nearest to me when I am broken hearted and in pain. His presence is the sweetest when I am deeply wounded. I hope because Jesus is alive and is with me today.
- I hope because Jesus has saved me. The penalty of my sin was death but Jesus accepted my punishment and died for my sins. He chose to die on a cross for my sin so I could have eternal life. He offered His life in place of mine. Each day His kindness and forgiveness cover my failures and sin. He turns my defeat into victory and opens the door for me to live forgiven. There is nothing I can do to undo His forgiveness and acceptance and regardless of where I am or what I do, His unfailing love will always bring me back. He will always offer me freedom and His grace will never leave me. Through His death, I have eternal life. I hope because Jesus saved me.
- I have hope because Jesus will return one day to take me to Heaven where I will be restored to His perfect image. Never again will I have to live among sin, death, and suffering. The inner and outer tension I now live with will one day be gone forever. I will live forever with internal peace and rest. I will never again experience failure, perplexity, aimlessness, weakness, disappointment, despair, sadness, suffering, sorrow, bondage, and disbelief. I will live forever with my Savior and God and His friends in complete peace and harmony. I have hope because Jesus will return one day.
- I have hope because I have God’s living word; the Bible. The words of the Bible give me knowledge, hope, peace, comfort and freedom. My faith is strengthened and built when I read the Bible. When I read the Bible I am in God’s very presence and He speaks to me; He breathes life into my thirsty soul and anchors my heart and mind. In the darkest hours of my life, God holds me close through His promises found in Scripture. He heals me and restores my hope and strength. He gives me clarity and reassurance that I can trust Him. His words satisfy my deepest heart needs. I have hope because the Bible tells me so. I have hope because I have the Bible.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Have a hope-filled week with Jesus!
CWAA NOVEMBER CHARACTER VALUE: Protect Others
‘God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe. ‘ Proverbs 18:10 MSG
ELEMENTARY REPORT CARDS AND PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Grades K-6 Parents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-286-5686 to schedule your 15 minute appointment to meet with each of your child’s teachers during the hours of 4 to 5:15 p.m. and 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 3.
SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wednesday, November 25. Individual classes will choose their class theme for the day.
PICTURE RETAKE ORDERS: Due this Thursday, November 26. All late orders must be mailed directly to Lifetouch.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: This Friday, November 27 is Food Bank Friday, a day in which students may wear casual attire(no uniforms). We ask each student and staff member to bring non-perishable food item(s) to donate to the Veteran’s Food Bank in honour of our Veterans.
NO SCHOOL/TEACHER’S PROFESSIONAL DAY: No classes for all students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, Monday, November 30th.
PRAYING PARENTS: Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come join in for a time of praise and prayer.
2017 CWAA MISSION TRIP: This mission trip experience to the South American country of Bolivia is scheduled to take place from March 26 to April 7, 2017. It is open to CWAA students who are in grades 10 to 12 next school year. Click the button below to check out the mission trip brochure.
FUNDSCRIP GIFT CARD MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER: The primary fundraiser for our 2017 Mission Trip is selling gift cards through FundScrip. We sell gift cards at face value and then receive a percentage of that amount back from FundScrip to go toward the mission trip. You can buy the gift cards to use for your normal everyday purchases (groceries, gas, home repair stuff, clothing, eating out, etc.). It doesn’t have to cost you any extra – you simply need to plan ahead by purchasing gift cards ahead of time for your normal purchases. Gift cards also make great gifts! Order forms are available. Today (Monday, November 23) is an order deadline. After today, there will be one last order before Christmas break (Wednesday, December 9). Get your orders turned in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque made out to Chinook Winds Adventist Academy. For more information about this fundraiser and to access the order form, click the FundScrip Logo below to go to missiontrip.cwaa.net/fundraising/.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: The CWAA school family is packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child again this year. The goal is to gather 200 packed shoeboxes at CWAA by Friday, November 27. Your child may bring a shoebox home to fill with stuff for kids in another part of the world – toys, school supplies, etc. What a great opportunity to bring the joy of God’s love to a needy child! For more information about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack a shoebox, visit http://samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child.aspx. If you would like to get a shoebox to pack, please contact the school or have your student request a box(es).
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 25 Spirit Day
Nov 26 Picture Retake Orders Due
Nov 26 Elementary (K – Gr. 6) Hot Lunch
Nov 26 K – Grade 6 Skating at Crowfoot Twin Arena
Nov 26 – 29 Senior High Volleyball Tournament / BU Days
Nov 27 End of Term 1 Elementary
Nov 27 Food Bank Friday
Nov 30 Teacher Professional Day (No School)
Dec 1 Elementary Report Cards Sent Home
Dec 2 Grades 5 & 9 Vaccinations
Dec 2 Poinsettia Orders Delivered
Dec 3 Elementary Parent Teacher Interviews (4-8 p.m.)
Dec 3 Physics 30 Trip to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Dec 7 LA 20 Field Trip to Bowness Park 10:30 am – 12:50 pm
Dec 9 Fundscrip Order Due
Dec 10 Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 11 CWAA Baptism
Dec 12 Seek and Serve Sabbath (Christmas Caroling)
Dec 18 Last Day of Classes-Christmas Break
Jan 4 School Resumes after Christmas Break
This past week we had a great Week In Spiritual Emphasis! Pastor Allan Perez’s messages were relatable and practical. A big thank you to the teachers who dealt with schedule changes to make time for our assemblies. Thank you to the classes and the Worship Music Team who helped to lead our times of singing! Please pray that the spiritual experience that our school family experienced last week will not just die out, but that it will grow as God continues to do His work in our lives!
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT).
Pastor Brent Wilson