GOD INHABITS PRAISE
Do you have a problem that you can’t solve? Do you struggle with feelings of helplessness or despair in the midst of your problems? A few weeks ago I came across a mighty story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-20. The story details a problem that King Jehoshaphat encountered. In his fear and despair, Jehoshaphat began to fast and pray over his problem saying “God, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” Jehoshaphat demonstrated unwavering confidence and trust in God’s ability to solve his problems. In return, God told Jehoshaphat, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. You will not fight this battle, I WILL! This is my war, not yours.. STAND STILL … and watch my saving work for you. Don’t be afraid, don’t waver… I am with you.” When King Jehoshaphat and his people heard God’s comforting promise, they immediate moved into a posture of praise! They praised, not because their problem had yet been solved, but because they trusted that God would indeed follow through on His promise to deliver them!
While our lives may not be threatened with King Jehoshaphat’s problems, as people living on a sinful planet, we are frequently bombarded with unpredictable and difficult problems that we cannot solve. Regardless of what we do, we cannot stop hard times from coming upon us. And yet, just like Jehoshaphat, we can pray the words, “We do not know what to do but our eyes are on You.” And in between the prayer and the victory, we can stand still and praise because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” and He invites us to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:1, 10) Ellen White encourages us with the following beautiful words, ““God was the strength of (King Jehoshaphat) in this crisis, and He is the strength of His people today… In every emergency we are to feel that the battle is HIS. His resources are limitless and God promises victory in the midst of our struggles.” (Conflict and Courage, p. 217)
Praise God that He cares enough about us individually, to take on our problems & provide us with victory in His time and in His way!
SECONDARY STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES: Grades 7-12 Parents, we are excited to present to you our second year of ‘Student-led Conferences’ next Thursday, October 23 from 4-8 p.m. The purpose of the Student-Led Conference is to allow students to tell the story of their own success and to show what they are learning! Your child(ren) will be sharing their progress and presenting their goals for the term. Please come out prepared to listen, acknowledge your child’s effort and growth, and ask questions of your child. Please contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a convenient time during these hours. We look forward to seeing you here! Remember – successful students are supported by involved parents!
CALGARY FLAMES STUDENT NIGHT: Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm, Calgary Flames versus Carolina Hurricanes, at the Saddledome. Students can purchase tickets for $35.00 which includes all taxes and fees for Press Level seating. Students who purchase a ticket will receive a $10.00 concession gift card as well as their name will be entered into a draw to win an opportunity to ride on the Zamboni during intermission. You can purchase tickets from Mr. Fowler up until Friday, Oct 17th.
SUCCESSFUL FIRST PRACTICE-LOCKDOWN: We are pleased to report that last Tuesday our students and staff were able to achieve a complete lockdown in 24 seconds – thanks to the quick actions of our staff and students. We would encourage all parents to take the time to develop emergency procedures within the home, as well as discuss the lockdown procedures practiced at school. We are proud to say that all our emergency procedures have been designed with input and assistance from our Community Resource Officer, Constable Dylan Harris, from Calgary Police Service.
FOLLOWING STUDENT PROGRESS IN POWERSCHOOL: All parents (Grades 1 – 12) are encouraged to utilize our new on-line student information system, PowerSchool, to check their students current grades and attendance. Instructions on gaining access to PowerSchool was provided (sent home with your child) after our Curriculum Evening. If you have any questions regarding gaining access to or using PowerSchool please contact the school office at 403-286-5686.
MISSING UNIFORMS! Parents, please remember to label ALL uniform pieces with your child’s name. Please also remember to check the uniform pieces your children come home with to ensure they have not ‘swapped’ clothes with their classmates!
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: Our second Board meeting will be held on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship of our committed School Board team of leaders and participate in our school operations & strategic planning!
SUTP BOOKS: The deadline for returning unsold books or payment for books sold has passed. Please drop payments or unsold books at the office IMMEDIATELY!
FARM FRESH OKANAGAN FRUIT: Place an order for apples (several varieties) or pears and support the 2015 CWAA Mission Trip! Orders should be turned in with payment to the CWAA office by 12 noon on Monday, October 20. Click the button below to access an order form.
CITRUS FRUIT: Make sure to place your order for tasty citrus fruit and support the 2015 CWAA Mission Trip! Orders should be turned in with payment to the CWAA office by 2 PM on Friday, October 31. Click the button below to access the order form.
FUNFEST 2014: Chinook Wind’s annual Fun Fest will be held on Saturday night, November 8th from 7 – 10 pm. Join us at the school for an enjoyable evening of fellowship, food, fun and games! If you wish to have a booth please contact the school office at 403-286-5686. (An awareness note: there is no kitchen facility so if you plan to have a booth that includes food, all preparation will have to be done prior to your arrival).
CONGRATULATIONS to the Grade 5 class for ranking 12th in Canada with 48,357 points on Mathletics over the weekend and congratulations also to Mariaelisa Vargas-Torres for achieving among the top 100 students in Canada (#14!) Mathletics is Canada’s #1 Math website – offering an exclusive math learning platform to help students enjoy math and improve their results. CWAA students are fortunate to have continuous access to the Mathletics website.
FASHION CLASS SEWING MACHINES: If you have a reliable sewing machine that you’re no longer using and you would be willing to donate it to the sewing class, please e-mail our teacher Mrs. Kelloway at email@example.com
PRAYING PARENTS: For those who are interested in joining a prayer group (made up of parents who come together once a week to pray for our school, staff and students) you’re invited to meet in the school lobby every Thursday morning at 8:30.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Oct. 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Oct 20 – 24 Fall Week of Prayer
Oct 21 Fashions Class Field Trip 12:10 – 1:35 pm
Oct 23 Secondary Student-led Conferences 4 – 8 pm
Oct. 27 Teacher Professional Day (No School)
Oct. 30 – Nov 1 CUC Music Festival in Lacombe (Gr 7 – 12 Choir)
Nov 7 End of Term 1 Secondary
Nov 8 Fall Fun Fest 7 – 10 pm
Nov 10 Teacher Professional/Organizational Day (No School)
Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School)
Nov 14 Secondary Report Cards
Nov 14 – 16 Junior High FCA Volleyball Tournament
And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”” (1 Samuel 3:10 NLT).
Samuel took the time and made the effort to listen to the voice of God. In our crazy busy world, what can we do to take some time on a regular basis to listen to what God is trying to communicate to us?
Pastor Brent Wilson