WHY ADVENTIST EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT!
This Sabbath across North America Adventist churches will be celebrating Adventist Education. I would like to share some interesting facts about Adventist Education and share why Adventist Education is the best for our children!
Did you know that Adventist Education:
- Is the 2nd largest Christian school system in the world!
- Has been in operation for 144 years!
- Encompasses 7,764 schools in over 100 countries (including 5,899 elementary schools, 1,748 secondary schools, 112 colleges & universities, 3 medical schools, 2 law schools)!
- Educates over 1.7 million student world-wide!
The reason why Adventist education is critical for our children is as follows:
- Our children hear the same message at home, church and school about Jesus and how to live like Him. As a result, they are more likely to make the decision to follow Jesus.
- When our children face temptation, they will have Christian teachers and peers to influence their choices.
- Our children are taught to view the world through God’s eyes.
- Our children are taught to build their values and beliefs on the Bible alone. They are taught that God loves them, God created the world and everything in it and He is in control.
- Our students are taught that Jesus Christ is coming back and what they do today makes a difference.
- Our children are taught to serve others – for the purpose of pleasing God – not man.
- Our children are free to worship God in spirit and in truth – every day – openly with their peers and teachers.
- Our school, teachers, students and families are blessed to have an extended family of support (Constituent churches, a parent organization and dozens of donors that give generously and pray for our school.)
- Our students are prepared for post-secondary education – not for the purpose of getting a career so they can get rich and live comfortably in this world – but so they can live a life of service to Jesus Christ. We have a message to share and our students will grow up to share that message.
- Finally, our teachers and students start each day praying and worshiping together – leaning on the Best teacher.
I praise God that He has provided our children with a safe haven to be educated at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy. We are not a perfect people, nor a perfect school community. But we are seeking to be perfect in His ways and we are growing together as we experience the journey of educating children. We deeply rely upon God’s promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalms 32:8) And we take great hope from Ellen White’s call to imbue our school with the spirit of true and undefiled religion. “Our institutions of learning may swing into worldly conformity, but they are prisoners of hope and God will correct and enlighten them and bring them back to their upright position of distinction from the world. I am watching with intense interest, hoping to see our schools thoroughly imbued with the spirit of true and undefiled religion. When the students are thus imbued … they will see that there is a great work to be done, and the time they have given to amusements will be given up to doing earnest missionary work.” (Mrs. E. G. White, R. & H., Jan. 9, 1894).
Please join Adventists from around North America this Sabbath in giving God thanks for the great things He has done through our Adventist school system.
In His Humble and yet Mighty Service,
JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES: Grades 7-12 parents are invited to an evening of conferences on Thursday, April 30 from 4-8 pm. Please contact the office by email at email@example.com or call 403-286-5686 to schedule your appointments to meet with your student’s teachers. We look forward to seeing you here!
GRADE 9 CLASS FUNDRAISER: The Grade 9 class will be selling “Baked Goods & Frozen Treats”every Tuesday to the Elementary and every Tuesday & Thursday to the Jr. & Sr. High for prices of $0.25 to $1.50 depending on the treat. This will help the class raise funds for their Year End Celebration. Thank you for your support!
CWAA GETS DIRTY! ALL parents are invited to join our students and staff in a fantastic community service opportunity at GROW CALGARY! On Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 our students & staff will be given the opportunity to spend two hours helping “Grow Calgary” plant seeds, water & weed! Grow Calgary is Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm located right down the road from us (behind the big parking lot beside the Victory Bible College). The goal of Grow Calgary is to plant and grow fresh produce for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food. This year Grow Calgary has a goal of planting 5-6 million seeds this season, starting in May so our volunteer time will be useful in helping Grow Calgary reach their goal this year. We will be the first school group to come this year! (For more information about Grow Calgary, you can visit www.growcalgary.ca/.) Our proposed schedule for our students/staff/parents is as follows: Monday, May 11, Grades K-3 students from 10:30 am – 12:45 pm and Grades 7-9 from 12:50 pm -3:10 pm and on Tuesday, May 12, Grades 10-12 from 10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. and Grades 4-6 students from 12:50 – 3:10 p.m. Students/staff/parent volunteers will be transported to/from the community garden by bus. We will need parent volunteers for this community service to ensure we meet our 1:8 adult/student ratio. Parents with young siblings are also welcome to come. Come out on May 11 & 12 and get your hands dirty in God’s great soil and make a huge difference!
CWAA MUSIC TOUR: The CWAA Music Tour to Winnipeg will include Grades 7-12 Concert Choir and Band members. The tour will take place from May 13 to May 18 and will include stops in Medicine Hat, Regina, Portage la Prairie, Moose Jaw and Swift Current. We are excited that we get to give concerts to new audiences and see parts of Canada that we don’t often get to see. There are 6 concerts on our itinerary and we know that many people will be blessed as a result of the music that we will share.
SEEK AND SERVE MINISTRY will not be held during the month of April. Meetings will resume in May.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Apr 21 CWAA Constituency Meeting 7 pm
Apr 24 End of Term 3/Secondary
Apr 25 Concert Choir at Calgary Central Church
Apr 28 Kindergarten Grad Photos
Apr 28 CUC Acronaires Show at 9:30 (Secondary Chapel time)
Apr 29 Secondary Report Cards Sent Home
Apr 30 Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm
May 9 Concert Choir at Northwinds Church
May 11 CALGARY GROW! (Grades K-3 and 7-9)
May 12 CALGARY GROW! (Grades 4-6 and 10-12)
May 13-18 Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour
May 19 Victoria Day/No School
May 19 CWAA Board Meeting 7 pm
May 24-27 Grades 5 & 6 Outdoor Education School
May 30-31 Grade 12 Graduation
June 1 Kindergarten and Grade 6 Graduation
June 4 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm
June 15 CWAA Board Meeting 7 pm
June 18 Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7-9 pm
I read this recently:
“The Passover was to be both commemorative and typical, not only pointing back to the deliverance from Egypt, but forward to the greater deliverance which Christ was to accomplish in freeing His people from the bondage of sin. The sacrificial lamb represents “the Lamb of God,” in whom is our only hope of salvation. Says the apostle, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7. It was not enough that the paschal lamb be slain; its blood must be sprinkled upon the doorposts; so the merits of Christ’s blood must be applied to the soul. We must believe, not only that He died for the world, but that He died for us individually. We must appropriate to ourselves the virtue of the atoning sacrifice” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 277).
Just like the children of Israel were to actually paint the blood of the sacrificed lamb on their doorposts to save their first born from death, we are each to individually accept Jesus’ death on our behalf to save us from eternal death. It is not enough to just know that Jesus died for sins. We need to accept that death on our behalf personally. I hope that each of our students learns about God and the Bible during their time here at CWAA. But I hope our students go beyond just learning the information. I hope each student actually accepts Jesus’ death on their behalf, and chooses to walk in the new life that is offered to them!
Pastor Brent Wilson