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National Day Of Prayer

May 1, 2014 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: , ,

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 1.41.58 PMPlease join us in thanking our Campus Pastor, Adam Masterson, our broadcasting class, our chapel team, our Kindergarten classes, Leo Orsino, Mike Critch, Duane Mueller, Heather Moraitis, Matt Childers and Jeff Smith for sharing their heartfelt prayers and messages at our annual all school National Day of Prayer Chapel May 1, 2014.

I took great delight in putting the service together and was especially moved toward the end, when I had the chance to look out and see the sanctuary filled with our student body, and was reminded of God’s covenant faithfulness to these generations of covenant students. —Adam Masterson, Campus Pastor

We would also like to send a special Shout Out to all of our high school students for serving as Big Lions and helping our Little Lions with prayer today.

We are truly blessed as a community of believers to celebrate the power and privilege of prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ. This year’s National Day of Prayer Chapel was a very special time of prayer and worship!

Praise God for His love, grace and peace in Jesus Christ at WA!

Student Council Donates Over 100 Love Bags!

December 18, 2013 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

LS Love BagsA special Thank You to the WA lower school student council for preparing and donating over 100 “Love Bags” to Coral Ridge’s benevolence program. These bags help many individuals in need of assistance who visit the church campus. It is particularly touching when the recipients learn that the children made a bag for them! Thank you for being a blessing to those struggling in our community.

 

 

Missy Spoutz ’97 Roepnack & Paul Roepnack ’95

October 18, 2013 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

Mao-Sigangs-Forever-Family-revMissy Spoutz ’97 Roepnack  and Paul Roepnack ’95 would have never dreamed of the future God had in store for them when they were students at Westminster Academy. After having two biological children of their own, God opened their hearts and their home to adopt internationally from the country of Ethiopia. By God’s grace, Moses (2) and Miriam (2) were brought home with Missy and Paul in 2012.  Missy and Paul continue to answer God’s call to look after the widows and orphans and are currently in the process of bringing home two more beautiful children from China with dwarfism and special needs.  Aaron and Haven will hopefully be in their new home with the Roepnack’s in 2014.  Missy and Paul currently live in Cary, North Carolina along with their two other children, Lilly (5) and Lyla (3). You can read more about the adoption process on their blog by clicking the following links:

Please pray for this sweet family and stay updated on their adoption journey by following their blog. We are thankful that our alumni are living out James 1:27 and caring for the orphans just as Jesus has commanded us to.

Annual Middle School Retreat Update

October 11, 2013 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

ms-retreatDear WA Community,

Retreats provide a time for students to forge new friendships, build teamwork skills, have fun and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The annual Spiritual Retreats for grades 7 and 8 are a very important part of Westminster Academy’s middle school experience. The primary goal and focus of these retreats is to grow each student in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday, October 8, students arrived at WA with bed rolls and duffle bags in hand. As soon as the luggage was loaded and passengers boarded, four buses started the journey north on I-95. At the Vero Beach/Lake Wales exit, two buses headed east and two west. The boys held their retreat at Lake Aurora Christian Camp in Lake Wales and the girls at Life for Youth Camp in Vero Beach. Both groups were on their way to three days of fun and spiritual renewal.

The theme of the girls’ retreat was Grace in Christ. Over the course of six message sessions, Ephesians 2:8,9 was presented by Mrs. Hunter, Miss Neal, Mrs. Thulberry, Mrs. Bevill and myself. During each session voices were lifted in praise and worship. Mrs. Hunter and students from her sign language class taught us all how to sign this year’s school verse. The girls learned how to have quiet time with our Lord in the Word and in prayer.

Campus Pastor Adam Masterson was the speaker at the boys’ retreat. The theme of the boys retreat was Brotherhood Under Christ. Pastor Masterson shared the lives of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and the Prodigal Son.  Adam shared with the boys that without our greater Brother, the Son of God, earthly brotherhoods are failing and broken. The boys learned that Christ’s love for us makes any brotherhood possible.

The students left their respective camps with solid messages in their hearts and fond memories. The boys have stories to share about shaving cream fights, the ropes course, good food, soccer and basketball tournaments, fishing, and general silliness. The girls will tell tales about Gaga dodge ball, the water slide, cake decorating, good food, general silliness, and the late night Possum Festival.

You may catch a glimpse of the fun from photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have not yet seen the pictures, please follow us on…

As you can imagine it took many hands to put these events together. Thank you to following planners and chaperones: Carol Neal, Sharon Fagley, Dede Hunter, Hannah Thulberry, Laura Bevill, Christine Englert, Leah Pohlemus, Blaire Rogers, Sheila Pierce, Linda Carsner, Janette Camejo, Graciela Weinberg, Sylvia Trein, Tosca Kulendran,  Michael Critch, Adam Masterson, Matt Kogo, Jeff Jacques, Erik Most, Richard Brown, Steve Lukas, and Brody Howell.

Thank you to Brooke Perry for handling the administrative details of these retreats and to Jack Fleck for taking care of our transportation.  We all pray that these retreats planted seeds in hearts that with God’s unfailing Grace will grow these boys and girls into powerful disciples for Jesus Christ.

 

Diane Showalter
Middle School Principal

Please Pray For Our High School Spiritual Retreat

September 19, 2013 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

Please join us in prayer for our high school students and their chaperones as they prepare for their inaugural High School Spiritual Retreat from Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25.

Please continue to pray for Matt Metzger, our speaker, and the leaders as they encourage students to draw closer to God and His Word over these three days. Also, please pray for good weather as this is very important to being able to enjoy the fellowship and facilities at the camp.

Please review the packet we sent home, and go over the Student Conduct Expectations with your child and return it to the office.  Students may also bring this in on Monday and turn it in as they board the bus.

If your child was not planning to attend, but you now want them to be a part of this wonderful event, please contact the Jen Casey in the Upper School Ofifice today and we will do everything possible make that happen.

May God use this retreat in a divine way to capture souls, transform minds, change hearts and impact lives for His glory!

Sixth-Grade Spiritual Retreat

September 19, 2013 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

sunk-photoLast week, the sixth graders returned from their annual Spiritual Retreat, Sunkerannumi 2013. Several activities kept them busy from early-morning fishing with Coach Clemens to GaGa dodgeball under the lights at night.

The Spiritual Retreat is an opportunity for the entire class to get to know each other better, and grow closer to the Lord. A variety of contests both indoors and out—tug o’ war, bubble blowing and a pie eating contest, to name a few—caused teams to come together and rise to the occasion. Mrs. Leonard’s Blue Narwhals won the three-day contest and each team member came home with a gift certificate for Chick-fil-A!

The retreat challenged students on a deeper level, as they began to ponder what their relationship with God is really like. Their theme was keeping their eyes focused on Him, providing clarity of vision…20/20. After all, they are the Class of 2020!

A special note of thanks to all the parents, faculty and staff who helped to make this event such a huge success.

 

 

Adam Masterson ’02 To Serve As WA Campus Pastor

adam-mastersonWe are excited to announce that Adam Masterson has been selected to serve as the WA Campus Pastor.

As the Campus Pastor, Adam Masterson will report to the headmaster and work closely with the principals to minister to the spiritual needs of our students and school community. Pastor Masterson will also work closely with the leadership team to assist the principals and faculty with chapels, spiritual life programs and the Bible curriculum. He will also teach in our upper school Bible department next year in addition to our current Bible teachers. His office will be on the second floor in the upper school hallway.

Pastor Masterson is a licensed minister in the PCA and in addition to being a WA graduate himself (Class of 2002), he is also the son of a WA graduate (Lynn Eldridge ‘79), married to a WA graduate (April Davis ‘96), and is now a WA parent (son Wyatt–PK2, daughter Channing to follow). He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University where he received his degree in Biblical Studies and Communications, and Knox Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He has served in ministry since 2006 and he is very excited to serve here in his hometown at Coral Ridge and WA—two places God used mightily in his formative years as well as today.

Please join us in welcoming Pastor Masterson to WA. He will officially begin his duties as the Campus Pastor at WA on Monday, September 16.

Go Alumni Lions!