“Share the Good News!”
In my Religious Studies class, my students and I are beginning to study the book of Romans. In Romans 1:16 Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes.” The word “Gospel” was in use prior to the birth of Jesus. It literally meant “good news”. The Romans used it to proclaim that Caesar was Lord after a particular empire or state was conquered. When a battle was won, the Roman messengers would go from town to town, proclaiming that Caesar was Lord. And when the people heard the news, a response was required. They were obligated to spread the “good” news of Cesar’s reign. They could not simply receive the message and keep it silent.
Paul was eager to preach the Gospel because the Gospel of Jesus Christ was “good news” to him! Once a persecutor of the church, Paul hated Christians and did everything he could to destroy the people in the Christian church. And yet when he came into contact with the living God, he was forever changed into a missionary because he had received the good news of grace and forgiveness and he was compelled to share his good news.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that Jesus has conquered our greatest enemies–sin and death–and that we can be freed from slavery in the kingdom of darkness and enter into the Kingdom of God as sons and daughters of the King Himself! The gospel is good news that Jesus came, died, rose again and lives to intercede for us!
Every one of us at CWAA has received the good news, the Gospel! How are we sharing our good news? Are we proclaiming it to our family, friends, colleagues, or strangers? Or are we comfortable sitting on the knowledge of our good news? Paul said, because I have received the Gospel “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to foolish people.” (Romans 1:14) Like Paul, we are debtors to share our good news with others. God has given us the good news with the condition to go and share. Why? Because it’s truly good news (and we received it by grace)! For instance, if you were an alcoholic and you had received freedom from your addiction, than you would be indebted to share this news with an alcoholic friend. Or if you’ve received freedom from a drug addiction, than you would be indebted to share this news with your drug-addicted friend. If you’ve received freedom, through the Gospel, from the bondage of depression and suicidal thoughts, or you’ve received freedom from the bondage of perfectionism or pornography, or abuse, or bitterness and you know an individual who struggles with these matters, then you’ve got their Gospel and you’re indebted to share your Gospel with them.
As we enter a new week, I pray that we will not be ashamed of our Gospel and we will freely and gratefully share our good news as God gives us opportunities!
In His Service,
CWAA SEPTEMBER CHARACTER VALUE: Kindness
He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
ANNUAL RANCHO VIGNOLA NUTS & DRIED FRUIT FUNDRAISER: For information on this popular fundraiser access the button below. Order must be in by Friday, September 25.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER: SUTP BOOKS – This year our Athletic Department is raising funds to purchase new athletic equipment (soccer nets). To help raise these funds Mrs. Dodds (our Elementary PE Teacher) and Mr. Fowler (our Secondary PE Teacher and Athletic Director) have distributed one SUTP book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the book is $20.00 and $10 from every sale may be kept by the Athletic Department! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser! Happy selling! (Please return any unsold books to the office by Friday, September 25. Thank you.)
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: On the third Monday of each month, members of our School Board meet to discuss important strategic plans for the school. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and typically run for 1.5-2 hours. The official (voting) members of our School Board include delegates who have been nominated by their Church Boards to serve a defined term. The School Board Meeting may be attended by any parent or Calgary SDA Church constituent member. Our first Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 21 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.
MORNING ROUTINE & LATE STUDENTS: This is a reminder to all parents and students that students who are dropped off between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. should go directly to the supervised Homework Room (Elementary Students) or Secondary Hallway (Junior and Senior High Students). Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are considered late and must check-in at the office and receive a late slip prior to entering their classroom. Each late is recorded in our student information system. Please note: Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:00 a.m. or picked up later than 3:45 p.m. unless involved in sports/music practices or registered in the Before/After School Care Program.
STUDENT ABSENCES: If your child will be absent, please ensure you call or email the office (not classroom teacher) prior to 8:30 a.m. This will allow our office staff to communicate to all your child’s teachers. Students must sign-out and sign-in at the office if they are leaving the school campus during school hours.
QUIET ZONES: To provide the best learning environment for our students, and to encourage independence and responsibility in our students we request all parents exit the elementary and secondary hallways by 8:30 a.m. (unless you are volunteering in a classroom) and for afternoon dismissal wait in the main lobby until the 3:15 p.m. bell has rung.
REGISTERING FOR POWERSCHOOL: CWAA is pleased to offer parents access to an on-line student information system, PowerSchool. PowerSchool will be used by teachers to provide grade progress reports, attendance information, and report cards (secondary only). Last week the office sent home instructions with your children on how to create your account. If you have any questions about gaining access to PowerSchool once you receive the information, please contact the office.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY (LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH): The last Friday of every month is a casual dress day for all students and teachers at Chinook Winds. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or packaged food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
POLICE CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS: We want to remind all parent volunteers that CWAA requires police check clearance prior to volunteering at CWAA. If you require a police check letter or would like more information about applying online for your police clearance please contact the office. THANK YOU for your dedication and support of our school!
NUT ALLERGIES: CWAA strives to be a nut free environment due to serious allergies of some students and staff. Parents, please be vigilant to prevent any nuts from coming to school in your children’s lunches. If your child has an allergy, please also remind them to not to share lunch items. Thank you!
CWAA IS HIRING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: If you have a passion to educate children for Jesus and hold a valid teaching certificate please send your resume to Principal Lara Melashenko at email@example.com or fax at 403-247-1623.
TERRY FOX RUN: The Terry Fox Run here at CWAA will take place on Wednesday, September 30 (note the date change), during the school day. This year our school is proudly participating in the 2015 Terry Fox National School Run Day! We will be joined by over 3 million kids across Canada in celebrating the 35th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. We are supporting The Terry Fox Foundation in its ongoing work to fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs. The goal is to raise $2000 as a school for the 2015 Terry Fox National School Run Day. Please support our school by encouraging and helping your students to raise funds for this cause. Your kindness will impact the lives of so many people living with cancer. Your student should have received a fundraising form last week (Kindergarten probably will receive theirs on Monday of this week). To set up your student’s page for online donations, go here: https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?langPref=en-CA&TSID=(!TeamSolicitationID). To make a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation to help CWAA reach the fundraising goal, go here: https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=595156&langPref=en-CA. Thank you for helping us demonstrate the character quality of kindness as we seek to help impact the lives of those who are affected by cancer!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Sept 14-16 Gr 7-9 Outdoor Education School, Gr 10-12 Camping Trip
Sept 21 School Board Meeting, 7 pm
Sept 17-19 Youth Empowered to Serve at Bridgeland Church
Sept 28 Grade 6 Weaselhead Glenmore Park Field Trip
Sept 30 Terry Fox Run
Oct 7-11 WWU Fall Classic (Secondary Students)
Oct 1 K-3 Corn Maze Field Trip
Oct 12 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct 13 Picture Day
Oct 14 Grade 5/9 Immunizations
Oct 16 Grade 12 Discovery Day in Health Sciences, U of C
Oct 16-18 Jr. High Flag Football Tournament Kelowna, B.C.
Oct 17 Seek and Serve Sabbath
Oct 19 School Board Meeting, 7pm
Oct 20 Fashions Class Field Trip to Northland Mall
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NLT).
We live in a world in which there is a lot of change. People grow older. Seasons come and go. Friends move away. We start at a new school or a new job. The price of oil changes. Our clothes wear out or get too small and have to be replaced.
With all this change, it is great to know that we have a Saviour who always has been and always will be the same! May Jesus be the solid rock that we lean on this week!
Pastor Brent Wilson