God is Able
One of my most vivid and confusing memories during my Grade 10 year was sitting in a phone booth in the dorm at Upper Columbia Academy in Spokane, Washington and sobbing to my mom on the phone with an unexplainable anguish. I could not put words to the deep sense of guilt and self-condemnation I felt. I knew my despair was because I was living with hidden pain from the past and also living a life making choices that were self-destructive. My despair was very real and yet I could not find a way to get release from it. What was worse was I actually seemed to lack the will to face the past or change my life choices. By this time in my life I had learned to self-medicate my thirst for God’s healing and forgiveness with harmful relationships and behaviors. Instead of stopping and facing the great controversy within my mind and heart, I held onto shabby avoidances and lived with a great sense of inner bondage.
I want to testify to the power of God in delivering me from the anguish and despair I experienced in Grade 10 (and many times since). I praise God because I have experienced His relentless chase and His free forgiveness. I have received healing and peace in so many important experiences in my life, inspite of my slipping grip and unfaithful heart. God has provided needed healing and freedom, time and time again.
I want to encourage you, if you find yourself in a time of hidden pain and self-destructive choices, God can and will bring freedom to your darkness if you stop and reach out to Him. David says, “Praise the Lord. …who forgives all….and heals all…..who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed….the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Psalms 103)
Last year our choir used to sing a song called, God is Able. Each time I heard the students sing this song I was touched to my core at the truth of the message, “God is able to deliver from the fire. He will rescue those who serve Him when the flames are burning higher.”
May you find true deliverance and freedom in Jesus. God is able!
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of November the school is emphasizing the character value of Self Control.
CWAA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm. This concert will feature the Gr. K-12 students as they play instruments, sing, and act. All are invited to attend this concert entitled “David’s Dynasty” which commemorates the birth of Jesus.
- There will be no early dismissal on concert day. Students will need to make arrangements to go home after school to eat supper and change. If this is not possible, supervision will be available for a charge.
- Call time for all students is 6:30 pm. Concert Band member are to arrive at 6:15 pm to tune and warm-up. Elementary students need to wear their Tuesday formal uniform. Concert Choir and Concert Band students are to wear the formal music uniform. Guys will also wear red school ties.
- Volunteers are needed for the Concert Decorating Team and to help with the Bake Sale. Contact email@example.com for more information. We are asking for a donation of bake sale goods from all school families (no nuts, please). Please bring your bake sale goods to the school office on Thursday, Dec. 8 by 6:30 pm.
CWAA CONCERT CHOIR (GRADE 7-11) PERFORMANCES:
- Sabbath, December 3 at 5:30 pm, Mountain View SDA Church located at 11 Scenic Acres Gate NW. Formal Music Uniform, call time 5:00 pm.
- Sabbath, December 10 at 7:00 pm, Garden Road SDA Church located at 155 – 100 Street NE. Formal Music Uniform, call time 6:30 pm.
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Sign up now!
Grades K – 6
- Tuesday, November 29 Report Cards will be sent home
- Thursday, December 1 Parent/Student-Teacher Conferences held from 4 – 8 pm
Elementary Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers this Thursday, December 1. The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents & students to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about learning successes and future goals. An improvement that we have added this year is our on-line sign-up to book all Interviews. You can access to this by using the button below. We look forward to seeing you here!Elementary Parent/Teacher Interview Sign-Up
MISSION TRIP MEETING FOR STUDENTS: A mandatory training and preparation meeting will take place after school on Tuesday, November 29 from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm. All 2017 CWAA Mission Trip participants should be at this meeting.
PARENT MISSION TRIP INFORMATION SESSIONS: Two information sessions for parents of students who are planning to go on the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip will be held at CWAA on Monday, December 12. One will take place at 4 pm and one at 7 pm. These sessions should last about 1 hour each. Please choose the session time that is most convenient for you.
FUN FEST LOOT: We are pleased to report that we sold 2885 tickets at our 2016 Fun Fest! In total we fundraised $5,769.50 (up $947.75 from last year)! Thank you to all our families for coming out & celebrating our community and sharing your cash!
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join us as we meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. We meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 28 – Dec 2 ElementaryWeek of Prayer
Nov 28, 30 Dec 6 Service trips to OCC Samaritan’s Purse 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov 29 Elementary Report Cards Home
Dec 1 Gr 7 trip to Heritage Park (Social Studies curriculum)
Dec 1 Elementary Parent/Student-Teacher Conferences, 4 – 8 pm
Dec 1 Gr 11 trip to Galaxy Land, Edmonton (Physics & Math curriculum)
Dec 3 Concert Choir at Mountain View Church, 5:30 pm
Dec 5 Grade 5 & 9 Vaccinations (second round)
Dec 7 Gr 11 Service trip to Central Church for Senior Christmas Dinner
Dec 8 CWAA Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 10 Concert Choir at Garden Road Church, 6:30 pm
Dec 14 Gr 11 trip to Bow River (Language Arts curriculum)
Dec 15 Gr 6 Service trip to Drop-In Centre
Dec 16 Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break) Early Dismissal 12 noon
“The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”(John 3:8, NLT)
John 3:8 seems to liken the work of the Holy Spirit with the wind. I was in San Diego recently for a missions conference. On that Sunday, after the conference was over, I went on a sailing tour. We sailed out of the bay into the open ocean, then turned to head back into the bay. As we headed into the bay, the wind began to decrease. Before long it seemed as though the sailboat was barely moving. The captain eventually started up the engine so that we could move more quickly. I couldn’t see the wind, but I could experience its effect as it moved the sailboat along. When the wind speed decreased, I still couldn’t see the wind, but I could tell that its influence on the sailboat had diminished.
I can’t see the Holy Spirit. But there are certainly opportunities when I can experience the work of the Holy Spirit – whether in my life or the lives of other people around me. May our spiritual sails be full of the power of the Holy Spirit as God pushes us along the path of righteousness!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy