WHAT YOU DO DOES NOT MAKE YOU VALUABLE! WHO YOU BELONG TO MAKES YOU VALUABLE!
What is your value tied to? Your job? Your home or material possessions? Your role as mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son? What provides you with your true value? If you were to loose your job, or your home, or your material possessions or even experience the loss of a loved one, how would that re-shape your sense of value?
A number of years ago I resigned from a job that I had enjoyed for over 10 years. When I resigned I fully anticipated that I would find another job that would bring the same fulfillment and joy that I had once experienced. And yet, instead God graciously allowed me to experience a time of ‘recalibration’. For many, many months of painful silence (without employment), I came to realize that my sense of value and meaning had become tied into my vocation, abilities and accomplishments rather than being tied directly to God alone.
During my year of recalibration, God taught me that what I did for a living did not define my value. He taught me that I was valuable not because of the title I held but rather that I was valuable because I belonged to Him. Regardless of my abilities, vocation title, economic status, emotional state, spiritual state, I was important and valuable because God had chosen me to be His daughter and He alone made me valuable. During my year of recalibration God gave me a new identity and He taught me, once again, of His love for me. He drew me close and taught me what it meant to be His child, to rely upon Him for favor and not on the favor of man. At the end of my year of rest He taught me to tie my value exclusively to Him, and not to my vocation or accomplishments or even family.
The Bible tells us that we are valuable because we are God’s children and there is nothing that we can do to change our true identity and value! We have been created and chosen and we belong to Him alone. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) “You do not belong to the world; I have chosen you out of the world.” (John 15:19) “You are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:6) “God has saved you and called you to a holy life—not because of anything you have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given you in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” (2 Timothy 1:9)
It does not matter if you are rich, poor, healthy, sick, a carpenter, a stay-at-home mom, a teacher, a student, administrator, doctor, custodian. You are valuable not because of what you do, but because of to whom you belong!
ELEMENTARY PARENT/STUDENT CONFERENCES ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9: Please join your child’s teacher(s) in meaningful discussions about learning successes and future goals between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. You can still schedule your 15-minute appointment by calling or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CWAA’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT DECEMBER 11: Come celebrate the season and enjoy our student performances “Little Christmas Traveler” through songs and a drama at 7:00 p.m. There will be EARLY SCHOOL DISMISSAL at 2:25 p.m. that day.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT – ELEMENTARY STUDENTS GRADE K-6: Arrive at 6:30 pm in your teacher’s classroom dressed in Tuesday formal uniform for 7 pm concert start. Grade 5&6 set up your band instrument in your classroom. Grade 6 Cast wear costumes for concert.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT – HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Concert Band – 6:15 pm call time in music room to warm up and tune instrument. Concert Choir – 6:30 pm call time in music room, 6:40 pm warm-up. Wear formal music uniform including red ties for the guys. Mrs. Miranda will supply Junior High boys with red ties.
Friday, December 12, 7 pm Concert, Covenant Care – Holy Cross Manor same call times and dress. The address is 70 Evans Park Manor N.W.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Parents with students in the Music program, please bring a baked item to the school on Thursday Dec. 11 for to be sold at the bake sale following the concert. Proceeds go toward scholarships for the High School Spring Tour to Winnipeg. Three more helpers are needed to decorate for this bake sale on Thursday morning between 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Please contact Mrs. Miranda at email@example.com if you are able to help with either of these things. Thank you for your support.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Monday, December 15 –Friday, December 19 from 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. All parents are invited to join us in the gym for 10 minutes of Christmas singing.
MISSION TRIP WEBSITE: The 2015 CWAA Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic is a short-term mission project arranged between Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Maranatha that is open to CWAA students in grades 10 to 12. If you would like to follow along with information about the trip, please visit missiontrip.cwaa.net.
SCHOOL PICTURES: Though your school portrait order due date has passed, you can still order on line at MyLifetouch.ca. Online orders will be shipped home when there is a shipping fee applied to the order and will ship to school if there is no shipping fee applied.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 9 Elementary Parent/Student-led Conference 4-8 pm
Dec 11 Christmas Concert 7 p.m.
Dec 12 CWAA Christmas Choir & Band Concert at Covenant Nursing Home 7 pm
Dec 13 Seek and Serve Ministry this Sabbath at 10 am at CWAA
Dec 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Dec 19 Last Day of Classes-Christmas Break (12 p.m. Early Dismissal)
Jan 5 Classes Resume for Students
During these dark and sometimes dreary winter months, what keeps you cheerful and happy? Much like a tree loses its leaves and appears lifeless during the winter months, we can sometimes feel like our joy is sleeping away. But remember that a tree properly rooted in the ground will eventually spring to life again. No matter how cold or stormy the weather, no matter how busy the holidays – may you find joy in being rooted in Jesus this winter! May you THRIVE in spite of the storms!
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
(Proverbs 17:22 ESV).
Pastor Brent Wilson