Educating and equipping discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom
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Our school theme for this year is “Our Help Comes from the LORD” – Psalm 121:1-2. We selected this theme to remind ourselves that although we find temporary security in many people and things in this world, our only true and lasting help is found in God alone. This is true in our work to keep our community healthy and safe in the midst of a pandemic, and it is true in the midst of a significant building expansion project. Our true and lasting help is found not in health and safety protocols and plans, nor rich benefactors and well-crafted capital campaigns; rather in the One who’s right hand upholds us (Psalm 63:8). Indeed, “unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Our help comes from the LORD.
That said, the LORD activates and uses His people in the work He does in the world, and in our midst here at Cedars. His work is not merely “spiritual”, it is embodied. This world belongs to God and it matters. We are His instruments, His hands and feet, His ambassadors, His body. Our school mission to “educate and equip discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom” involves our mind, our hearts, our souls…and our physical bodies. The fulfillment of our mission requires physical spaces where we gather and engage with one another.
You may have noticed that we are in the midst of a significant building expansion project. 🙂
In response to a desire that the LORD put in the hearts of this community, and a discerning process on the part of our Board and leadership team, we embarked on a building campaign three years ago that is nearing lock-up. We stepped out in faith and obedience, and have witnessed the LORD’s help in the activation of His people many times over – including substantial financial gifts and gifts in kind. That said, although we have had donations and bank financing is in place, our building is not “paid for”. We still need people in and outside of our community to respond to the invitation to give financially to complete this expansion project.
In his book, A Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen suggests that fundraising is a “way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission” that we may be “drawn together by God, who is about to do a new thing through our collaboration”. It is giving others an “opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the kingdom.” This is the invitation we are giving to our community.
Later this week (or early next), you will see a sign posting our annual giving campaign goal of $200,000. This is the amount that we need to minimally raise each year to allow us to open and begin using our new gymnasium and classroom space.
We have a few key fundraising initiatives lined up for this year that we will be sharing with our community, but we would ask each of our families to prayerfully consider their response to the invitation to give financially to this “new thing” that the LORD is doing in our midst.
We are thankful for the $2K and two $10K financial gifts we received this Fall. We are grateful for the prior year surplus we will be able to share with our families in December. And we look forward to seeing how the LORD will use events like our Spring golf tournament to raise funds for the building of His kingdom here in this place. And we rejoice, knowing that our help comes from the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth, for whom $200K is no obstacle.
Let us continue to lift our eyes up to the LORD, from whom our help comes!
Give chocolates for Christmas and help raise money for our building expansion project! Cedars will get 25% back in fundraising profits from every sale — and you get chocolates crafted in Canada with premium-quality ingredients and 100% sustainable cocoa.
Orders are made online: the link and directions are included in the PDF below. You must place and pay for your orders by November 9, 2020. Catalogues will also be sent home with students this week. Feel free to share the information with friends and family!
Thank you for your support!
BC School Sports is proud to launch the very first BCSS virtual event to promote physical activity as part of a healthy reintegration into schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This challenge is a Cross Country Run where student-athletes will have the opportunity to participate in ONE of the two challenge distances either a 3.0 km distance or a 5.5 km distance.
The aim is to engage all BC high school student-athletes from all 19 sports to encourage them to stay active in creative ways during these difficult times.
It is open to any grade 8-12 student at a member school.
Cedars Christian School will host an official run next week on Tuesday, October 27 for grades 8 and 9 and next Thursday, October 29 for grades 10-12. The event will take place at Otway and will be hosted by our cross-country club.
You can get more details in this pamphlet: BC School Sports Virtual Cross Country Pandemic Challenge.
A big thank you to our community for patience demonstrated in response to the myriad of traffic patterns to kick off this year. We appreciate your grace in the midst of potholes, line-ups, and staggered entry/dismissal windows.
With the completion of the cul-de-sac, we are now ready to initiate our “normal” traffic patterns at the start and end of day.
- We will be closing the gate between the gravel parking lot and Brewery. The Brewery has been very gracious with us; however, from here forward, Cedars families are NOT TO USE Brewery driveway for drop off and pickup.
- All traffic should now enter and leave on Preston Road.
- Traffic Rules are posted on our Cedars’ web page (also see below). Please review the blue flow patterns and yellow drop off zone.
For the safety of our children, please drop off in front of the playground on the way out of the gravel parking lot ONLY.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention to these traffic guidelines.
Hot lunch forms are available on our Forms Page. This form covers November and December hot lunches. They are due back to classroom teachers (elementary) or the main office (high school) on Monday, October 19.
Non-medical masks are a requirement for all high school students (except those with medical exemptions) as per provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines (see Section 6 of our Health and Safety Plan). Cedars has provided students with two re-usable masks each, and we do have disposable masks on hand for backup if they are needed.
We are finding, however, that we are currently supplying a large amount of disposable masks to students on a regular basis. In order to be good stewards of school resources, we ask both parents and students to ensure that students bring their own masks to school each day. We recommend keeping an extra mask in a backpack or locker, etc., so if a student misplaces or forgets their main mask, they have their own backup mask to use.
We appreciate your cooperation!