Sabbath at Point Beach

Last Sabbath we enjoyed a beautiful Sabbath at Point Beach State Forest near Two Rivers. Josue and Laura concluded their week of prayer series with a two part sermon on following Jesus. After a picnic, we hiked down the narrow Lake Michigan beach. The day ended with supper and Hallowed Moments on a grassy hillside as the sun sank low. It was a Sabbath not to be missed. Thank-you, Jesus!

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Students Present First Week of Prayer

The Holy Spirit has been moving in a special way through two of our students as they have shared the Word of God during our first Week of Prayer. Each morning, Laura, a junior, has been speaking about building and maintaining healthy relationships with one another. In the evenings, Josué, also a junior, has preached about building and maintaining a healthy and fulfilling relationship with Jesus.

Many of the students and staff have expressed how much they have appreaciated the presentations. One group of guys in the men’s dorm have been meeting every morning to pray for one another and to encourage one another in their devotional life. On Friday evening, over forty students responded to Josué’s appeal to commit to spending time with Jesus every morning.

Thank you for your continued prayers for Wisconsin Academy as we continue to pursue our mission: “Developing leaders today who will walk with Jesus into Eternity.”

Praying for 9-11 Victims’ Families

Early Monday morning, before breakfast, the entire student body gathered in a great circle around the flagpole to remember those lost during the September 11, 2001 attacks. After a moment of silence and a time of prayer for the families who lost loved ones, students raised a large United States flag to half-mast.

 

Students Enjoy Beach and Dunes at Kohler-Andrae State Park

This last Sabbath afternoon we enjoyed the beach and dunes of Kohler-Andrae State Park near Sheboygan.

It was a beautiful day – warm enough to enjoy chasing waves on the narrow Lake Michigan beach. After a hike down the beach and back over the dunes, we had a picnic supper and Hallowed Moments led by Pastor Fetrick. We won’t soon forget his story about catching crocodiles in Africa.

We are very thankful for beautiful places in Wisconsin like this where we can enjoy God’s creation and be reminded of His incredible power.

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Students Attend Bible Studies on Wednesday Nights

In many churches, Wednesday night prayer meetings are not well attended. If students carry on the habits they’re learning at WA, expect that to change!

A group of students have been meeting each Wednesday night for nearly two years now to study the Bible and pray together. This last week, 24 students gathered in the principal’s office to pray and study. Studies usually last about 30 minutes. This year, we’ve been finding Bible answers to student questions on marriage and relationships. It’s been wonderful to watch God work!

God is active and alive at Wisconsin Academy. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will breathe His life into our humble efforts. Pray especially that He will work miracles in the lives of these students who are reaching out to Jesus.

“You’ve Got a Robe, I’ve Got a Robe …”

If you heard the WA choir at church recently, you probably noticed two things. First, they sound amazing. Second, they’re wearing beautiful green choir robes. Yes. Robes. It’s been many years since the WA choir wore robes. So, what’s the story behind the robes? Where did they come from? Here’s the short version.

When music director Bruce Rasmussen returned to WA to lead the music department this year, he was disappointed to see that the choir robes which had served WA for so long were gone. “The look of the choir has a lot do do with how the choir sounds,” he said. “When they wear robes, they look like a choir and feel like a choir. It creates a unified identity.”

So Bruce and his wife, Rosalie, began searching for 60 choir robes. Days before the choir’s first performance, thier daughter, Kristy, found 60 choir robes on Craigslist. A Lutheran church in Waupaca were getting new robes and were selling their used robes for a very reasonable price.

By Thursday evening, the robes were at WA and on Sabbath morning, the WA choir sang together in robes for the first time in many years. “I feel like I’m in a professional choir now,” said one student.

We look forward to getting a second set of robes in the official WA blue color. Funds have been donated toward this goal already. If you are interested in donating toward this or any other music department development, contact principal Roger Dunder at development@wisacad.org

 

 

Students Enjoy New Media Lab

During the first weeks of school, students have enjoyed using the new media lab, located right behind the main computer lab.

The lab currently features 12 computers equipped with the full Adobe Suite, including Premier, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. The adjacent video studio includes a green-screen. The large soundboard was donated by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Students in Intro to Photoshop have been having fun designing smartphone wallpapers, event signs around campus, and color-correcting portraits. Students in Video Production are enjoying developing lower thirds that will be used in upcoming promotional materials for the academy.

Watch for examples of thier work in upcoming posts.

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We’re On the Air!

On July 31, 2017, Wisconsin Academy went on the air with its new low power radio station, WQWA – LP 88.1 FM. Our new station is part of the RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE network of stations. Programming consists of beautiful sacred music, Bible readings, Your Story Hour, sermons, and much more. Our testing shows a coverage radius of roughly 15-20 miles.

The station is a donation that has cost the academy nothing and provided us an opportunity to do much good. Ron Myers, an alumnus of WA, worked for many years to obtain the permit for the station’s construction. We are deeply grateful for his dedication and tireless efforts to put our station on the air. Praise God for opening this wonderful opportunity! We pray this station will be a witness of God’s love to our surrounding communities.

Catching the Partial Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, at 1:00 in the afternoon, the students of Wisconsin Academy joined millions of others across the nation to view the solar eclipse. The most recent complete solar eclipse visible from the United States was in 1979, and although the sun was only 85% covered in this part of Wisconsin, it was a rare enough event to get all classes meeting at that hour canceled.

All eyes were glued on the sky. The science department provided viewing glasses, and through brief gaps in the clouds we were able to see the sun change from a shining disk to a crescent, and back to a disk. If you missed this eclipse, you’ve got a while to wait. The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2024!

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Gibraltar, Merrimac, & Back

This past Sabbath afternoon, the entire school body hiked to the overlook at Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area near Lodi. The weather was fine and we could see quite a distance over the rolling green farmland.

After hiking back down, we visited the nearby Merrimac ferry and rode over the Wisconsin River and back as walk-on passengers.

During the temporary delay caused by the bus breaking down, we enjoyed the park and watched a beautiful sunset close a great Sabbath afternoon together.

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