PAC CHAT 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." email@example.com or Gaetanne Hetherington at Fellow parent, Beryl Williams was also pleased with the great turnout. "There were a lot of new faces, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 PAC CHAT Page 2 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 PAC CHAT Page 3 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 jcstudio.ca 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 Miller. 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 October! 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- November. 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!