YOU ARE NOT ALONE, MOM & DAD!
For the past few months my husband and I have been reading a book called My Child, My Child by Dr. Winston Ferris (Theologian and Teacher at Southern Adventist University). The book is written as an encouragement to parents to tap into the power or intercessory prayer for their children. Over the next few months I will be sharing the impactful lessons that Joel and I have been learning through our reading. I will be sharing the lessons in the form of quotes from the book.
In his first chapter, “A Christian Parent’s Tears” Dr. Ferris teaches us four important lessons:
- OUR CHILDREN ARE GOD’S CHILDREN FIRST! “One of the most insidious, negative concepts Christian parents carry in the parenting backpack load is this: I and I alone am spiritually responsible for my children. Wrong! First of all, they are not your children alone. Each child is part of God’s family! The Bible says that ‘Adam (and hence Eve) was the child of God’ (Luke 3:38). The first man and woman themselves were part of God’s own family before they ever became parents.”
- OUR CHILDREN HAVE THREE PARENTS! “Mankind was given the capacity to partner with God in creating His earth-family. The coming together of a man and wife that produces a new life cannot take place without the personal intervention of the God-partner to begin that life. In the same way, each child born in this world, even under the tragedy of sin, possesses three parents—a biological father, a biological mother and a Divine Father.”
- GOD TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR CHILDREN. “God holds and takes the ultimate responsibility for all His creation. He assumes joint-responsibility with us in all that has to do with our children. He holds our right to choose, and their right to choose, as sacred. Without choice there can be no growth or development of character.”
- GOD HAS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY PROBLEM. “Even when we and our children fumble those choices, even in anger, blasphemy and rebellion, God does not cast us off and allow us to bear the consequences of our choices alone. He does not have to help us, but He chooses to. That is what grace is all about. God finds solutions for our wrong decisions —even before we stumble (Isa. 65:24). He foresees our every need and decrees a solution, and sets that solution in motion even before we experience the resulting crisis and cry out in desperation. We must ask Him, opening the situation to Him. Only then will He, through our willing partnership, take the access we give Him through our intercession and begin to apply His divine solution. Whatever the problem, however extreme the wandering, God has prepared a SOLUTION! Our task is not to struggle on in helplessness, despair and discouragement. Our privilege and challenge is to open our lives to His work as Co-parent and to His highest and best solutions.”
In His Service,
CWAA SEPTEMBER CHARACTER VALUE: Kindness
He who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. Proverbs 21:21
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: September 25 is the last Friday of this month. It is a casual dress day for all students and teachers at Chinook Winds. We ask that each student and staff bring a nonperishable canned or packaged food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
ANNUAL RANCHO VIGNOLA NUTS & DRIED FRUIT FUNDRAISER: Deadline is this Friday, September 25 for orders. For information on this popular fundraiser access the button below.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER: Keep selling your SUTP books! The deadline is this Friday, September 25. If you do not intend to sell the books, please return them to the office asap so others can sell them. Thank you for helping our Athletic Department with this valuable fundraiser for soccer nets!
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: Board Meeting is tonight, September 21 at 7 p.m. All are invited to come.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 403-247-1623.
TERRY FOX RUN: This year our school is proudly participating in the 2015 Terry Fox National School Run Day! It will take place on Wednesday, September 30 beginning at 1:40 p.m. The goal is to raise $2000 as a school. Please support our school by encouraging and helping your students to raise funds for this cause. Your student should have received a fundraising form. To make an online donation to the Terry Fox Foundation to help CWAA reach the fundraising goal, go here. 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 21 School Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Sept 28 Grade 6 Weaselhead Glenmore Park Field Trip
Sept 30 Terry Fox Run 1:40 p.m.
Oct 1 K-3 Corn Maze Field Trip
Oct 7-11 WWU Fall Classic (Secondary Students)
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, 7 p.m.
Oct 20 Fashions Class Field Trip to Northland Mall
Oct 22 Calm 20 Class Field Trip to U of C
Oct 28 Social Studies 10 to War Memorial
Oct 28 Physics30/Bio 30 to Gimbel Eye Surgery
Nov 5 Grade 5 Royal Tyrrell Museum
Nov 5 K-Gr 3 Heritage Park Field Trip
“‘With what shall I come before the Lord,and bow myself before God on high?Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,with calves a year old?Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,with ten thousands of rivers of oil?Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’He has told you, O man, what is good;and what does the Lord require of youbut to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God?”(Micah 6:6-8 ESV)