04-23-15

Day by Day at WA

Last week in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the seniors took on an awesome mission project where they built a porch, erected fences, distributed literature, conducted a VBS and assisted with an evangelistic series. The week was full of memories – some teaching people about Jesus for the first time, and others of bonding with classmates. Wisconsin Academy’s senior class of 2015 will forever remember the joy they brought to the Lakota Sioux people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Meanwhile, the students left at WA were experiencing what next year might be like without the seniors. They continued on with classes and tests, but it wasn’t a week without fun because on Tuesday evening, the night before homeleave, SA put on a bonfire with fellowship and s’mores. This week the students and staff are preparing for Alumni Weekend. Wisconsin Academy will be jam-packed with Alumni from many years ago to recent graduates. Students will be setting up the gym and cleaning up campus to make the best impression possible. Along with the activities this weekend for the adults, students will be participating in various music groups and the time-honored student vs. alumni basketball game with the WA Knights gymnastic team performing the half-time show! We hope that everyone at WA this weekend will be blessed with old and new memories.

This Week at WA
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend– Click here to see the Weekend Overview.
Upcoming Events
5/1 Home Show Rehearsal
5/1 Faculty Families
5/2 Gymnastics Home Show
5/3 Sunday School
5/3-10 History Tour (D.C. Trip)
5/10 Jared Marsh Senior Piano Recital
5/15 Music Dept. Dress Rehearsal
5/15 Piano Recital
5/16 Spring Concert
5/17 Spring Picnic
5/20-21 Final Exams
5/22 Consecration – 7:30 p.m.
5/23 Baccalaureate – 9:30 a.m.
5/24 Commencement – 10:00 a.m.
Recent Happenings
4/9-4/11 Music Festival
4/10 Academy Day
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project to South Dakota
4/22 Gymnastics Tour to Three Angels Christian School in Madison
04-09-15

Day by Day at WA

Along with our normal quizzes, tests, and papers at Wisconsin Academy, seniors are scrambling to get ready for their mission project, the music department is hastily preparing for the invasion of 120 elementary students, while administration pulls together information and activities for visiting Academy Day students and parents. Thursday, the musically talented elementary students arrive and start the long hours of practice with Mr. Anderson, preparing for the Elementary Music Festival concert on Sabbath afternoon. On Friday, eager parents and students will arrive to tour our campus and learn how to enroll their students for next school year. This Sabbath, our band and choir will be performing for church, and in the afternoon the Choiralaires and bells will be performing with the Elementary Music students. Saturday night, WA students will enjoy an evening of fun at Junk Scramble. Early Sunday morning, the seniors embark on their long journey to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to donate their time and hearts to God by serving the people of Pine Ridge. Please keep the seniors in your prayers this upcoming week as well as the rest of the students still at WA.

This Week at WA
4/9-4/11 Music Festival – Registration starts at 4:30, followed by supper and recreation. Rehearsal will take place from 7:30 – 9:00, and then the students will go to the gym for a mini gymnastics performance and other activities.
4/10 Academy Day – parents will meet in the cafeteria at 10:00 for an informational meeting with administration, and after lunch they will have a tour of the campus and opportunity to meet staff and students.
4/11 Music Festival Choir Concert – 3:30 p.m.
4/11 Saturday Night Junk Scramble
4/12 Seniors leave bright and early at 6:00 a.m. for their mission project in South Dakota.
4/12 Sunday School Day – Freshmen through juniors will be having a shortened class schedule followed by a service activity.
Upcoming Events
4/9 Academy Day, 10 AM – 2 PM
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
Recent Happenings
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis and Agape Feast
4/4 NAD Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee
04-02-15

Day by Day at WA

Week of Prayer has begun, and the students of Wisconsin Academy have started the week with two worships per day of spiritual enlightening. Each talk has a different topic, but overall the speaker of the week, Pastor Jacob Gibbs, is following one theme: Thy Kingdom Come. Students have been encouraged to become a missionary (not necessarily in another country), and they had a perfect opportunity to do so in the Blood Drive. On Tuesday (sorry for getting the date wrong last time!), everyone was called to take part in either donating blood or volunteering to help. Hopefully, even after Week of Prayer, students will continue to want to help the community, and maybe even the world, in any way they can.

This Week at WA
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Pastor Jacob Gibbs
4/1 AU Early Registration
4/3 Friday Evening Agape Feast
4/4 North American Division Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee, WI
4/4 Saturday Night Activity: Treasure Hunt
Upcoming Events
4/9 Academy Day, 10 AM – 2 PM
4/9-11 Wisconsin Academy Music Festival
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
Recent Happenings
3/27 Dorm Vespers
3/27-28 Music/Gymnastics Overnight Tour to Wilson, Michigan
3/31 Blood Drive
03-27-15

Day by Day at WA

Spring Break is over, and the students are getting back into the swing of things. While tiredly attending classes, the Gymnastics and Music groups are getting ready to go on a weekend-long trip to Wilson, Michigan. Seniors had another fundraising evening at Culver’s, coming out with a little more of the needed funding for their class trip. While everyone is probably still sleeping in their mind after a restful Spring Break, school has resumed and we are headed down the home stretch with the last quarter of the school year.

This Week at WA
3/27 Dorm Vespers
3/27-28 Music/Gymnastics Overnight Tour to Wilson, Michigan
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs, a pastor from Escanaba,
Michigan. The theme of his presentations is Thy Kingdom Come.
3/30 Blood Drive – If you are interested in donating, make an appointment at
www.redcross.org/blood
Upcoming Events
4/1 AU Early Registration
4/3 Friday Evening Agape Feast
4/4 North American Division Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee
4/9 Academy Day
4/9-11 Wisconsin Academy Music Festival
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
03-12-15

Day by Day at WA

The last stretch until Spring Break has been leaving students antsy to complete schoolwork and required events. Last weekend, we were blessed by Adventist Frontier Missions speaking during the Sabbath services. Sunday was a Service Day, where groups helped clean the campus and sing at a retirement home.  On Tuesday, seniors interviewed with William Navalon from Andrews University about future college plans.  Thursday, the WA Knights gymnastic team performed at Wausau, leaving behind a quiet campus.  Finally, at the end of the week, the Wisconsin Academy students will go home for a well-deserved week-long break.

 

This Week at WA

3/12 – Gymnastics Tour to Wausau, WI

3/13 – Third quarter ends, and Spring Break begins!

3/23 – 4th Quarter Begins

3/23 – Senior fundraiser at Culver’s from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Upcoming Events

3/27 – Vespers Speaker: Greg Taylor, Afterglow

3/27-28 – Music/Gymnastics Tour to Wilson, MI

3/28 – Saturday Night Activity: Dorm Club Activities

3/29-4/3 – Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs

4/1 – AU Early Registration

4/4 – Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee, WI

4/9 – Academy Day

4/9-4/11 – Elementary Music Festival

Recent Happenings

3/4-8 – AU Music Fest (Band & Piano)

3/6-7 – Adventist Frontier Missions Sabbath Program

3/7 – Saturday Night Activity: Class Activities (Fr/So/Jr/Sr)

3/8 – Service Day

3/9 – Blood Drive Training

3/10 – AU Senior Interviews

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Day by Day at WA

Recently, the WA students have been bombarded with Music and Gymnastics Tours galore. The music students are also able to sometimes get away from school when they are offered opportunities to go to concert halls to listen to music. Meanwhile, back at the school, the leftover students enjoy fun Saturday night activities like swimming and board games. Other academically-related events have been going on recently too, such as SciFest, NHS Induction, and Education Fair.

On Wednesday this week, five Wisconsin Academy students and two teachers traveled to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.  The students are participating in the annual Music Festival sponsored by the A.U. Music Department.  This year’s festival is featuring piano and band musicians.

Students playing in the band are Kyrie King and Miranda Wredberg.  Jacki Flores, Jared Marsh, and Alex Wredberg will be improving their piano skills.  The staff and sponsors for this event are Clinton Anderson, Director of the Music Department and Karen White, Piano Teacher.  The Festival began Wednesday evening, March 4, and concludes with a concert on Sabbath afternoon, March 7.

This Week at WA

3/4-8 – AU Music Fest (Band & Piano) – Five piano and band students left for a weekend of musical enrichment at Andrews University

3/6-7 – Adventist Frontier Missions will be sharing in for the weekend spiritual programs.

3/7 – Saturday Night Activity: Class Activities (Fr/So/Jr/Sr)

3/8 – Service Day (Required School Attendance)  The school day begins with breakfast at 8:30 and a chapel service at 9:30.  All students are required to be at chapel and to participate in the service activities that follow.

At 1:00, the music groups will be taking a fieldtrip to the Overture Center to hear the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

3/10 – AU Senior Interviews – William Navalon, the Andrews University recruiter, will be meeting with individual seniors to help them with financial planning, FAFSA, college admissions, and academic advising.  Parents are welcome to set up appointments as well.

3/12 – Gymnastics Tour to Wausau, WI

3/13 – Third quarter ends, and Spring Break begins!  “A” afternoon classes meet in the morning.  Classes finish at 11:57.

Upcoming Events

3/13-22 – Spring Break

3/23 – 4th Quarter Begins

3/27 – Vespers Speaker: Greg Taylor, Afterglow

3/27-28 – Music/Gymnastics Tour to Wilson, MI

3/29-4/3 – Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs

4/1 – AU Early Registration

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Day 10: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today was the day that we had been waiting for. No, not the day we go head back to the United States to see family and friends, but the day we worshipped and fellowshipped with the people we had been building a church for. After eating breakfast and having Sabbath School at the hotel with our own group, we boarded the bus and headed to the newly built San Jose Las Lomas Seventh-day Adventist Church. Needless to say, it was a full house on the very first Sabbath. Conference officials from Panama City were on hand; there was a quartet that did a special music as well as our very own WA students. The girls’ trio, consisting of Keturah Wilkinson (’14), Michaela Wilson (’14) and Madeline Miranda (’14) sang “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and several members from Choralaires sang “The Stone That The Builders Rejected.” The local pastor introduced the members of the local church and had everyone come up front. It was truly amazing to see all of the people that have sacrificed and prayed so diligently for this very special day. Because of the local international festival that takes place in David every year, we were not able to achieve the attendance at the evangelistic series that we were hoping for. And some nights, some of us wondered if there would even be enough people to fill the church. So imagine our surprise when we enjoyed seeing a full house! The service was a blessing, and the topic “Is Heaven Real?” was a perfect opening message for the new congregation, as Elder Alan Carlson preached, while our in-country coordinator from Maranatha, did the translating.

Following the church service, many hugs and handshakes of gratitude were shared amongst all present. A group photo in front of the church with the mission project team, local church members and Conference officials was taken from atop of a ladder. While taking the group photos, the smells of potluck wafted through the air as some people were expressing the fact that they were extremely hungry. The fellowship lunch was held in the Sabbath School division, and provided the perfect place for all of us to fellowship. As was expected, leaving after the potluck was a very difficult task as the group was bombarded by hugs, handshakes, and blessings. To be honest, the people here in Panama have been amazing, and it has been such a blessing to broaden our horizons and meet our brothers and sisters in Christ, and share this experience with them. The connections we have made and the blessings we have received will not be soon forgotten!

The group was able to continue enjoying the Sabbath at La Playa La Barqueta, a beautiful beach on the southern side of Panama. The beach offered the perfect atmosphere for the team to enjoy God’s creation. From walking on the beach and collecting shells, to dodging the surf, the team enjoyed the laid back pace after a very hectic week of service for the cause of the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. While at the beach, the team met a group from Palisade Academy in Washington State that had just started working on another church not far from us. It was fun sharing our experiences with them and what they have to look forward to. Following supper on the beach, the group enjoyed a sunset worship, and then headed into town to enjoy some treats at Dairy Queen. Tomorrow marks our last day in David, and we start the long journey back home as we head to Panama City to check out the Panama Canal on Monday as well as Old Panama City before flying back to Chicago. We are so excited about reflecting on how God has led throughout the entire process of this entire project, and we praise His name for allowing us to be humble servants to help the people in need. Until later…

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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Day 9: Friday, March 21, 2014

            With hopes and aspirations of finishing our tasks early, the group headed to the job site bound and determined to make it a half-day of work. With visions of finishing the church project and then taking the afternoon to do some shopping, the group did their best to finish. However, around the 10:00am the group realized there was more to do than they thought. After fueling up with some authentic Panamanian cuisine across the street, the group got back to work and focused on cleaning up the site and preparing the church for the grand opening on Sabbath.

Friday night brought many tears as the team led out in their last evening programs. Bryan Quiej (’14) preached on the Second Coming and the VBS crew finished up their “Creation Week” theme with the importance of the Sabbath. Several of the team members were visibly saddened by the fact that this was the last time they would see some of the children from Panama that they have grown so close to during this week. The same feeling was shared by many of the children, as was evidenced by the multitude of hugs and pleas to stay. As has been shared before, the people in Panama have worked their way into our hearts!

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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Day 8: Thursday, March 20, 2014

            Work continues on both churches. The trusses were put up on the second structure with hopes that roofing will start tomorrow. Blocking was completed on the main church, while half of the roofing was completed. Quality control has also started on the main building and team members are adding grout to fill in holes, while other team members started cleaning up the job site. There is something for everyone, as the team is very motivated to finish this project before we leave. (Some secretly, or not so secretly, have ambitions making Friday a half-day.)

Eric Carlson (’15) preached on the topic of hellfire and what it is and isn’t for the evangelistic series tonight, and offered a message of hope to those that believe God tortures people endlessly throughout eternity. And as usual, VBS was a hit again. The number of students that are attending is increasing daily, and our team members are connecting with the kids more and more each day. After our worship and return to the hotel, realizing that Friday night would be the Sabbath, most of the group returned to Dis Frutas in order to partake of what might be their last smoothie while in David. Once again, the Lord has truly blessed our team with another great day and opportunity to serve the local congregation here in David. The anticipation and excitement about the grand opening of the church is growing daily. Thank you for your continued prayers as we get closer to completing our project.

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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Day 7: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Praise the Lord! Elvis and his family attended the evening meeting tonight. He seemed fully engaged in the message for the evening. And he also continues to work with us on the job site. The team accomplished laying block on the sides of the church, and now only has the gabled sides and rooftop to complete. Work also continued on the additional One Day Church structure that will house the Sabbath School classes. The church community is very excited about the progress and many even stopped by to help build their own church as well as take pictures of our team and the progress. So much excitement has been generated from the project that even school children run to the church to check on the progress as soon as they are dismissed. In fact, one girl told us she would rather be helping us build the church than to attend the annual International fair held in David! Day by day we are learning more and more about how important this project is for the local church family, and how this project has been made such a matter of prayer. Many of us in the United States wouldn’t struggle at all to come up with $750. However, this church family had to save for years in order to raise the $750 that was reportedly needed to even get their name on the list for a church. The purchase of the land; the continued sacrifice of Anita; the prayers of the church family that someone would come and build them a church for the glory of God, all of these stories humble and amaze us that we have this incredible privilege to be a part of. The more we interact with the people of this great country, the more we come to love them and their country. And the more we interact with everyone that comes to the construction site, the more we realize that we are all brothers and sisters through the blood of Jesus Christ!

The blessings on this trip are continuous. The work has been arduous for many, but the results of seeing the progress on the church and the faces of those that come around and share their stories has been absolutely priceless! Another blessing from today is that there was a refreshing breeze that came helped cool us off. (This is very important since it was around 105 degrees with the heat index today.) This breeze came right about the time a lot of people “hit the wall.” After several days of working in extreme heat, it was very difficult to feel motivated. However, after some motivation from team construction leader Bob Sachse, the group switched into high gear.

After fueling up at Mundo Vegetariano again, the group headed back to the church to conduct VBS and the evangelistic series. Kenneth Beltran (’15) preached this evening on the subject of what happens when you die. And of course after the evening programs, Dis Frutas was on the agenda once again. Thank you for your continued prayers for our safety, the completion of the church, and for the lives of our team members to continue to be changed.

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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