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                                          LGCA Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Newsletter                                       Fall 2009

             September 2009                    Fall PAC BBQ Bash
                                                Fun Time For All
                                                 by Gaetanne Hetherington

                                             "It was great! We had more parents
          Inside this issue:              than ever before and the weather was
             Greeting from 2              fantastic. The last official day of sum-
             PAC’s Chair                  mer definitely showed up as summer."
                                           Those proud words were spoken by
             Relationships 2              David North, Lions Gate Christian
             Seven Stages                 Academy principal and valiant leader          Photo by Derek Kobayashi
             Feature Article
                                          when asked to comment about this
             Arts in Bloom       3        year's PAC BBQ/Meet the Teacher Night held Monday September 21st at the school grounds. The
             Fine Arts                    exact number of attendees has not yet been tallied, but approximately 200 parents came to the 2009
             Evening                      annual back-to-school event, where they waited in line for M&M Meats hamburgers, veggie burgers
                                          and hot dogs, complimented with a healthy dose of salad and delectable dessert choices.
             Meet Your           4
             New PAC                       While children played with their friends and enjoyed a magic show presented by Christian performer
             Board!                       Lily-Kayy Park, of Kayy’s Special Dayz Entertainment, parents took the opportunity to get to know
                                          each other and their children’s teachers better.
             Upcoming            4         "The parents' interaction with each other was wonderful to see. There was more interaction than in
             Events                       past years," says David North. "It was a successful community building event."
             Calendar                      Grade 2 teacher Debby Simpson agrees. "I think it's such a great opportunity to get to know parents
                                          more. The barbeque part is almost more important than the classroom part to get to know each other
         If you have any suggestions      on a personal level outside of the parent-teacher relationship. I personally enjoy the barbeque."
          or ideas for articles, please    Parent Dora Crane says attendance seemed to be better than last year. There were a lot of families
          contact Renée Haddock at        coming together, including extended families with grandmothers and grandchildren." or
          Gaetanne Hetherington at
                                           Fellow parent, Beryl Williams was also pleased with the great turnout. "There were a lot of new faces,         and a lot of the older students who left Lions Gate to attend public high school came back to meet
                                          with their friends who are still here. It was great to see."                            Continued on Page 2

                            Inaugural Spring Fashion Show: More Than A Fundraiser
                            by Renée Haddock
                              At the end of last school year, LGCA’s PAC held the first of what we hope will become an annual spring fashion
                            show. The inaugural event was held on Friday June 19th and featured JC Studio’s Spring/Summer ’09 collection.
                            Dawn Chubai, from Vancouver’s Breakfast Television, did a fantastic job hosting the show and the live auction.
                              It was wonderful to see parents and their guests dressed up to enjoy a special evening out complete with delicious
                            food, a jazz trio and a top notch show featuring internationally recognized fashions. More than $5,000 was raised,
                            which is an encouraging accomplishment and something solid to build on for the future, considering the event was
                            put together in a mere six weeks thanks to the hard work of our PAC volunteers.
                              Despite the short time frame to publicize the fashion show, it was well attended and many people there
                            commented on unity of the PAC team, the great organization, and the fun atmosphere.
                              “It was amazing how the PAC came together in the short amount of time we had. I think a great foundation was
                            laid in working towards future fundraising events,” said PAC fundraiser Heidi Holburn.
                              PAC event coordinator Ilika Smith says, “the effort put in by the PAC volunteers was phenomenal and the result
                            was a great and fun evening which really caused us to gel together as a group.”
                              We even had another local celebrity attend the event: BC-CTV evening news anchor Pamela Martin sat in the
Photo Courtesy JC Studios   front row during the fashion show and socialized afterwards until closing.                          Continued on Page 3
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Greetings from PAC’s Chair
                   Welcome back to LGCA!                                                       The Parent Advisory Council includes each and every parent
                The current board of directors for our school’s Par-                         who has children in our school; EVERYONE is a member. We
               ent Advisory Council (PAC) was voted in late last                             certainly will need everyone’s participation, faith and prayers as we
               spring and it has been an exciting and busy time for                          grow as a school.
               all. After finding out about the plans for our new                              As we head into this new and extraordinary adventure, we value
               school, our primary objective has been fundraising                            everyone’s support and encouragement. The Lord has blessed us,
Laura Monteiro
               and we embarked on several fundraising activities                             and with His guidance we hope to continue growing together as a
  PAC Chair
               during the last few months of school last year. In May,                       school community and build on the already strong foundations
 we paired together with the students’ Fine Arts evening to bring                            formed by previous PAC Executives.
 the Arts in Bloom plant sale and auction. Then at the end of June,                            I hope you enjoy our first quarterly newsletter designed to keep
 we worked hard and in only six weeks, managed to pull together                              you informed about what is happening and how you can get
 the fashion show fundraiser held at the Westin Bayshore.                                    involved. God Bless.
  We also have a number of fun and creative activities and projects
 coming up over the next weeks and months. We will need extra                                       And let us consider one another to provoke unto
 volunteers to help, so we hope we can count on your support;                                                   love and to good works:”
                                                                                                                                   Hebrews 10:24
 even a few hours volunteering will make a big difference.

 Fall Meet & Greet Barbeque A Great Success!
 Continued from Front Page
  Joan Reader's two children attend Lions Gate. "It was a very good
 event worth attending. You meet some other parents that you otherwise
 wouldn't see. I also got to sit with the Special Education Assistant for
 my son's class and it was encouraging to hear her insights."
  The BBQ went from 5:30 to 7 pm and afterwards parents were asked
 to join their children in their classrooms where each teacher gave a
 twenty minute overview of their learning program. This was a great
 opportunity for parents to get a better idea of what their children will be
 discovering this school year and to ask general questions. Parents also
 got to sit where their child sits in class, which provided a better feel for    Photo by Derek Kobayashi
 the daily class environment.
  Debby Simpson is pleased to report that, "this is the first year that every parent in my class came!"
  My two children joined the Lions Gate Christian Academy community late last October, so this was my first PAC BBQ/Meet the
 Teacher experience and, I would have to agree with David North, it was indeed a successful community building event enjoyed by all.
  Special thanks to PAC event coordinators Ilika Smith and Sian Inglis for their leadership in making our annual BBQ the best ever!

 The Seven Stages of Relationships...Learning to Love One Another Like Jesus Loved Us
by Gaetanne Hetherington
  A few years ago I heard a guy give a talk on the seven stages of relationship, which were so simple, yet profound. I have never forgotten those stages, and am sharing them now
together with my own explanations with the hope that you will benefit from them as much as I did.
  20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father,
are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me
I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the
world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." John 17:20-23
  Jesus prayed this prayer for all believers just before he was betrayed and arrested in Gethsemane. Even as he was about to endure the
cross for the sins of all humanity, his hope was that believers in the Eternal true God would be one in spirit as he and the Father are
one… so that through that perfect unity, abiding in the Way, Truth and Life, the world would know that Jesus is the Messiah sent by
God. It has always been God’s desire for us to have complete whole relationships with one another and with Him so that we can truly be
one in and through his Holy Spirit. That was the original intention when he created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and it will
finally be reality in the redeemed future new world still to come.                                               Continued on Page 3
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Spring 2009 Fashion Show Extravaganza Great Foundation to Build On
Continued from Page 1
 Thank you for all items generously donated for the building of our school. Some of the major donors were Absolute Spa, Mercedes
Benz, Lotus Wear, Perform Arts Studios, Holly’s Hair Salon, and Espiritu Pilates to name a few. A number of vendors were also at the
event including: Mary-Jane Mehlenbacher (Arbonne), Silpada Jewellery, Beijo Bags, Diva Gloves, and JC Studios.
 For those who purchased a Jacqueline Conoir gift certificate, new collections can be viewed at or by attending a Fashionista
brunch hosted by the studio during October and November (check website for details).

Spring Arts in Bloom & Live Auction Shows Off Talent
 Students, staff and parents joined forces last spring to make the 2009 Arts in Bloom
event a tremendous success. Various students performed instrumental music while a
crowd of people enjoyed delectable desserts and perused the fantastic array of artwork
presented in the gym and along school walls by students from every grade. A big thank
you goes out to all teachers, especially Amy Wilson and Shelley McCoullough, who en-
couraged their students to display their impressive artistic abilities. We certainly are
blessed with talented children!
                                                                                             Photo by Kevin McGrew
 This year for the first time, the Arts in Bloom event also included a live auction and
plant sale aimed at raising money for our new school bus and we were able to raise $10, 900 in total! Major thanks go out to Solomon
Living for their generous donation of plants and other items auctioned off by Simon Williams, who made the evening fun for all. And
thanks to everyone who donated financially by bidding for items on the auction block. Arts in Bloom was a great example of how much
can be achieved when we all work together for a common cause. We look forward to next spring’s Fine Arts evening.

                                                 Learning Real Relationships in Seven Stages
                                                 Continued from Page 2
                                                   For now, as we anticipate receiving the promise of eternal life dwelling with God, he de-
                                                  sires those of us who have committed our lives to our Messiah Jesus to pursue oneness of
                                                  relationship with Him and other believers. However, achieving that kind of depth requires
                                                  humility, courage, transparency and a willingness to develop and grow through seven
                                                  stages of relationship.
                                                   1. Surface: The first stage of relationship is on the surface, when we meet people in pass-
                         Photo by Derek Kobayashi ing on the street, at the grocery store, etc. and simply say hello. We may introduce our-
                                                  selves, but the surface relationship ends there.
 2. Facts and reports: The second stage of relationship deals with facts and reports. These could be coworkers, acquaintances, people at
church, etc. We talk about the weather, the latest news story, sports games, as well as issues of the day and that which we have in com-
mon. We usually, but not always know each other’s names, but not much else.
 3. Judgments and Opinions: At this stage, relationships are formed based on commonalities: people who share the same judgments
and opinions. Our common views attract us to each other, without any threat of being challenged. We feel safe in these relationships; we
are not confronted to get out of our comfort zones, or change our ways due to interactions with others who think or act differently from
us. It’s at this stage that we find cliques who have similar interests and goals, who exclude outsiders, as well as the ‘us and them’ mentality.
 4. Emotions: Relationships begin to have some depth and potential for growth at this stage because we allow ourselves to feel emotion
based on the actions of another person. Emotions are essential to lasting relationships because they bond us together with another per-
son. Indeed, God made us as emotional beings in his image; you can’t love God or another human being unless you have emotions. How-
ever, emotions can either bear positive or negative fruit, which will determine the health and deepness of the relationship. We can choose
emotions that reap the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-
control, which will encourage our relationship to progress towards the next stages of relationship. However, if the relationship is bound in
emotions that produce rotten roots such as hatred, anger, bitterness or jealousy, it will be very difficult to move beyond a vicious cycle
that keeps a person stuck at this stage.
  5. Vulnerability: This stage requires tremendous amounts of courage because there is the greatest risk of being rejected. We must be
willing to be transparent about who we truly are, putting aside all facades, masks and walls, asking nothing in return and knowing that we
may not be accepted. Many people are not willing to be vulnerable because the idea of letting someone in that close is too scary. We fear
we will be rejected, judged or even ostracized if people knew certain aspects of ourselves, which we have kept hidden in the dark.
                                                                                                                       Continued on Page 4
  PAC Board of Directors
                                                              Introducing the 2009-2010 PAC Team!
                                                                                                                     Front row from left to right: Melissa Baker,
                                                                                                                  Dora Crane, Laura Monteiro, Heidi Holborn, Meghan
  Laura Monteiro          Chair
                                                                                                                  McAloney, Beryl Williams, Renee Kobayashi and Kathie
  Rebecca van Laethem     Vice Chair
  Beryl Williams          Secretary                                                                                  Back row from left to right: Renée Haddock,
  Renee Kobayashi         Treasurer                                                                               Lori Konrad, Christine Rausch, Candace Wurm, Rebecca
  Renée Haddock           Communications                                                                          van Laethem, Gaetanne Hetherington and Ilika Smith.
  Gaetanne Hetherington   Communications                                                                          Missing from the photo: Sian Inglis, Moira Myhill-Jones,
  Melissa Baker           Communications                                                                          Lupita Gillespie and Barb Craig.
  Meghan McAloney         Fundraising Chair
  Heidi Holborn           Fundraising
                                                                                                                             All Parents!!!
  Moira Myhill-Jones      Fundraising
  Ilika Smith             Event Coordinator                                                                              You’re Invited to the
  Sian Inglis             Event Coordinator                                                                              2009/10 PAC Special
  Candace Wurm            Parent Rep                                           Photo by Derek Kobayashi
                                                                                                                           General Meeting
  Lupita Gillespie        Member-at-Large
  Barb Craig              Member-at-Large
                                              “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to                  Tuesday October 6th at
  Lori Konrad             Coffee Connection   dwell together in unity!...for there the Lord commanded                   7pm in the LGCA library.
  Dora Crane              Coffee Connection   the blessing…”                                   Psalm 133
  Christine Rausch        Board Liaison
                                                                                            Christ The Redeemer: God’s Message In A Painting

    PAC Fundraising Opportunities!

  * Hot lunches start again on October
  16th, and will be offered every two
  weeks with a rotation of pizza,
  Booster Juice wraps and hot dogs.
  * The first of our monthly gift card
  order forms are due Monday October
  5th. We’ll do it again November
  20th, with them due the 30th.
  * Student Art calendar November
  2009 to December 2010, on sale late
                                                                                             The beautiful painting donated to the school by student, Amity Petralba,
  * Yummy cookie dough orders will
                                                                                           was auctioned off at the Fine Arts Night in order to keep the painting at
  be offered once again at the end of
                                                                                           the school. The painting is done in tape art style after the artist Ted Harri-
                                                                                           son. It can be viewed in the main office. We raised $460, which went to-
                                                                                           wards paying off our school bus. Thank you to all those who donated!

Relationships: Intimacy Through Christ                                                                                                 Continued from Page 3
Or perhaps we fear losing someone if we tell them how we truly feel, or what we really think. However, the more we are willing to re-
veal our true selves, warts and all, the greater we are able to achieve the intimacy that all of us seek.
 6. Intimacy: True intimacy happens when two people are willing to be vulnerable with each other and reveal their true selves. The
more we are willing to reveal, the deeper the intimacy. Although it is possible to reach intimacy with special friends with whom we have
shared deep aspects of our lives, there is the greatest potential for intimacy between a husband and wife because they are both friends
and lovers, and were literally made by our Creator to be one. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to
his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
  Given the unique oneness of the marriage relationship, which is a picture of the bond between Christ and His Bride, a husband and
wife are able to be one in flesh and in spirit, thereby experiencing God at a deeper level than most are able to.
  7. Completeness/One in Spirit: It is this stage that I believe the Lord was referring to when he prayed, “…that they all may be
one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent
Me.” (John 17:21) This is the completeness that can only be reached by a community of believers who are sold out to Jesus Christ
because it is His Holy Spirit that binds us together. When we have been willing to fully commit ourselves to one another through the
other six stages of relationship, and are also fully committed to Christ, we are able to live in completeness, one in the Spirit of God.
  I believe the believers who were all with one accord praying and waiting on the Lord in one place had achieved this completeness of
relationship, which is why they were filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. I am convinced we will see this depth of rela-
tionship among groups of believers during the approaching tribulation as a testimony to the world so they may believe that Jesus is the
Messiah who was sent by God to offer eternal life to the world, and who is coming back soon. May the Lord deeply bless you!

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