What Matters Most
Over the break, I read a profoundly moving memoir called, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. The memoir detailed the story of a young man, Paul, receiving stage IV metastatic lung cancer diagnosis just months away from completing his neurosurgery residency. Paul eloquently articulated the process of finding peace and meaning in life while facing suffering and death. Paul’s account of his battle with cancer was deeply inspiring because it highlighted what matters most in life.
As followers of Jesus, we accept that we will face suffering in this world. (“In this world you will have trouble.” John 16:33). And we accept that we all are living on ‘borrowed’ time. The consequence of living in a sinful world is death for all. Yet we can be encouraged that through our suffering, and facing death, Jesus himself provides us with the assurance of His presence (“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20). Ellen White says, “Of all the gifts that heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon.” (Help in Daily Living, p 18)
What matters most in life is that we know and serve God, and love and serve others. “Let him who glories glory in this: that He understands and knows Me. That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24) “Like our Savior, we are in this world to do service for God. We are here to become like God in character, and by a life of service to reveal Him to the world.” (EGW, Ministry of Healing, p 409)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CWAA DEDICATION & CELEBRATION SERVICE: Come out and join us to celebrate the baptisms of CWAA students and the unveiling of CWAA’s new “Gallery of Jesus” art in our lobby on Friday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Due to a generous and unexpected donation, CWAA has acquired 10 breath-taking paintings of Jesus, which will convey Jesus’ intervention on planet earth, from Creation week to His Second Coming. The “Gallery of Jesus” artists include Pastor Gardner Bermudez, Nathan Greene, and Greg Olson. Nathan Greene will be present at CWAA on April 20 to introduce his paintings and share in our celebration! Come out & join us in praising God for His abiding presence at our school and His leading in the lives of our students! Please share the attached brochure with your family and friends!
SECONDARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS ON APRIL 26:
- April 20 Secondary End of Term 3
- April 24 Secondary Progress Reports will be sent home
- April 26 Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm
Grades 7 – 12 Parents, on Thursday, April 26th Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held. Our on-line sign-up is available to book all Interviews. You have access to this by using the button below, or using the button found on the homepage of our website cwaa.net. We look forward to seeing you here!
GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES: The Grade 9 class is selling baked goods as a fundraiser for their Year End Celebration. Item prices are between $.50 and $1.00. Thank you for your support!
- Elementary – Thursday Lunch time
- Secondary – Tuesday and Thursday Lunch time
PRAYING PARENTS:Praying parents will meet this Thursday, April 12. All are welcome to join this group (at the beginning of the school day in the lobby) as they share and pray together over our school community.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Apr 14 Concert Choir in Praise Festival, Bridgeland Church 10:30 am
Apr 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Apr 20 End of Term 3 Secondary
Apr 20 Prayer, Praise and Baptism Service / Lobby Dedication
Apr 24 Secondary Progress Reports sent home
Apr 26 Secondary PTI’s, 4-8 pm
Apr 30 Burman Acronaires Show at CWAA, 9:30 am
May 3-6 FCA Flag Football Tournament, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy
May 14 School Board Meeting 7 pm
May 16 Kindergarten Year End Celebration
May 17-21 Concert Choir & Band Tour
May 18 Teacher Organizational Day (No School K-12)
May 21 Victoria Day (No School)
May 26 Concert Choir to Calgary Central SDA Church
May 28-31 Outdoor School, Grade 5/6
This past weekend, my family and I spent some time in Fernie, British Columbia. On Sunday, my oldest daughter went snow skiing for the second time in her life. This time, Chloe got to go skiing at the same time as one of her best friends, who lives in Fernie. Chloe spent a bit of time on the small beginner slope, where there was a “magic carpet” for her to ride up the hill. Then she moved over to the slightly larger beginner slope which had a Poma lift. The first time up, Chloe went up with her friend’s father. But for her next trip up the hill, she decided to try the lift herself. The helpful lift operator assisted Chloe, and she did well for a little way up the slope. Then she fell down. But Chloe’s friend had noticed her attempt to ride the lift by herself and was inspired by her example. Chloe and her friend both ended up successfully riding the lift up the hill.
Like Chloe’s example was an encouragement to her friend to try something, our lives are also an example to others. May we allow God to use us to be an example of His love!
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy