In This Issue:
Dear Faith Academy Community Member,
Upcoming events not to miss:
Friday, Feb 24 is the International Pot Luck celebration taking place on campus. Please refer to the article below for further information.
Monday, March 2 from 3:30 to 5:00 is the ALL Choir/Guitar Concert in Cadd Theatre. Come on out and enjoy this musical feast!
There are two very different topics that I’d like to share more about today. Please read carefully.
Responding to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
I want to start by making a statement about the school’s position regarding the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and Faith Academy activities. Early on in the outbreak, the full Administrative team met to discuss what our response should be in terms of precautions, etc. As a community of faith, we do not want to capitulate to a culture of fear and panic. We serve a God who is not unaware but is actively participating in our lives. The challenge is to strike a balance between not making fear-based decisions and yet not taking unnecessary risks. In light of this we have decided to continue to pursue opportunities for our students, such as out of country travel unless we are prevented from doing so by government regulation or intervention.
In light of this stance, we have made some recent decisions regarding travel to the ACSC Choir Festival, Boys rugby, and the Track team, allowing those groups to travel. The situation with COVID-19 is fluid and changes daily, so we cannot guarantee anything, but we make the best decisions we can along the way. This involves praying and asking God for wisdom, seeking input and advice from authorities, monitoring the news and updates, etc.
The recent events with the outbreak in South Korea provide a current example. Overnight, things have changed as the number of cases have shot up. This has prompted the following statement from the Philippine government:
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos to “delay non-essential travel” to South Korea, as the East Asian country raised its alert for the novel coronavirus to the highest on Sunday, February 23.
In light of this, Faith Academy is strongly suggesting against traveling to Korea any time soon. This is especially important as we have March Break rapidly approaching. Of course, we cannot predict what is going to happen with the situation in South Korea, there could be a 14-day quarantine imposed on returning from such travel. We urge families to pay attention to current government regulations as you make your travel plans. We continue to monitor the situation and make the best decisions we can.
Ash Wednesday & Lent!!?
Why is Faith Academy promoting Ash Wednesday!? This is an appropriate question, especially this week as today is Ash Wednesday and many of you were aware that we had an optional expression of participation in the practice of Ash Wednesday here on campus. Living in a nation that is strongly Catholic it is understandable why people might be concerned. Please read on to hopefully understand better why we are doing this as a school and promoting a focus on Lent while we are at it.
From an article in “Christianity.com”…
Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Often called the Day of Ashes, Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession.
The History of Lent and Ash Wednesday
The history and beginnings of Lent aren’t clear. According to Britannica.com, Lent has likely been observed: “since apostolic times, though the practice was not formalized until the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.” Christian scholars note that Lent became more regularized after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313. St. Irenaeus, Pope St. Victor I, and St. Athanasius all seem to have written about Lent during their ministries. Most agree that “by the end of the fourth century, the 40-day period of Easter preparation known as Lent existed, and that prayer and fasting constituted its primary spiritual exercises.”
Is Ash Wednesday Only for Catholics, Or Can Protestants Celebrate Too?
Catholic, Orthodox and many (but not all) Protestants appreciate and observe Lent. Though Lent is not named or observed in the Bible, as Christianity Today notes, “the path of Lent—prayer, fasting, and generosity over a period of time—is heavily emphasized by the authors of and characters in the Bible, including Jesus. The Bible commands a lifestyle of worship and devotion that looks considerably like Lent. Therefore, while the word is absent in the Bible, the reality of Lent is woven throughout the whole of Scripture, as we have discovered.”
I hope this has provided you with more insight into why we are encouraging these practices in our community. The main focus is to draw us closer in our relationship to Jesus with a greater understanding and appreciation for what he did for us through his death and resurrection.
Serving with you,
Head of School
Everyone is invited to the Parade of Nations Celebration for ESD International Week.
Come to the Faith Academy circle and cheer on our elementary students who will be dressed up in their international costumes. Thank you for your support.
Date: Friday, February 28
Time: 8:05 – 8:15 am
Students will parade around the Faith Academy circle.
The sun is shining! Come and join us THIS Friday, Feb 28 for some fun and family time together.
Bring a dish from your country for your family and some to share! We will meet in the Elementary playground from 4pm thru 6pm.
Great food, games, worship and sunny weather… What more could you want?!
See you there!
Thanks so much!
~ Sandra Hilario (for Side by Side)
Applications are now open for two needs-based scholarships being offered to missionary families. Awardees will have the monetary amount applied as a reduction in their school fees. Details of the scholarships are as follows:
Maron Fry Memorial Scholarship
Marion Fry’s desire was to offer scholarship funds to students whose parents are full-time missionaries who have clear financial need, and who demonstrate a Christian life in word and in deed. Two $1,000 scholarships are to be awarded, one to a MSD student and one to a HSD student.
The TYCS scholarship is to be awarded to missionary kids (MKs) who need financial support at Faith Academy. TYCS is a logistics company based in the Philippines, Vietnam and the USA. The children of company’s president, Mr. Tai Hoon Kim, attended Faith Academy from 2013 to 2017. They deeply appreciate the positive influence Faith Academy had in molding their children to be more Christ-like. Hence, the Kims would love to continue the partnership with Faith Academy in providing quality Christian education for children of missionaries.
Two $1,000 scholarships are to be awarded to one Korean student and one non-Korean student from grades 1 – 11.
To apply fill in the form(s) available in the links below and complete the additional requirements by March 27th, 2019. Send completed application forms to [email protected]
Please also note that if you are in financial need you are welcome to set up a time to talk to either the Business Administrator or the Deputy Head of School to explore ways that the school may be able to help.
~ Peter Winslade
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Come experience a glimpse of Heaven and Earth at the All Choir/Guitar Concert on Monday, March 2, at 3:30 PM in Cadd Theater.
“Great is Thy faithfulness O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be”
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.