Every Thursday, CVCA comes together for chapel. Studies, practice and work all cease each week as faculty, staff and students alike come together as one to worship by studying God’s Word, pray and participate in musical praise. It is a reminder amidst the busyness of school week to set our hearts and minds on the things above (Col 3:2) and to exalt Jesus Christ as a community.
The purpose of chapel is to create space and opportunity for students to connect with God in meaningful ways which are Scripture-focused and engaging. This includes corporate singing, Biblical teaching, celebration, and student/faculty involvement. Our goal for our weekly chapel services is that our community would have the same heart as the King David when he writes, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)
In an age of moral decline and seemingly endless downward spiraling, we might be tempted to think that things have never been this bad. How should we respond to our culture that seems to be careening out of control? With subjective morality and every man becoming his own authority, we may be lead to think that God is no longer in control. However, God’s Word would remind us that, God works all things together for the good for those who love him (Romans 8:28).
This year are going to study two different books of the Bible in chapel. We are going to be examining the book of Judges and the book of Ruth. While in many ways these books are very different, they take place during the same time in history.
The banner for this year is “Severe Mercy” (book of Judges) and “Sovereign Grace” (book of Ruth). God’s mercy sometimes looks quite harsh in the book of Judges with a lot of violence and death. Yet amidst the downward spiral of every man doing what is right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25), there is hope. God is sovereign over the chaos and we see Him at work behind the scenes in the book of Ruth. These flawed judges/saviors are in many ways imperfect examples pointing us toward the perfect judge/savior Jesus Christ. As we wait, our faithful God is bringing about redemption amidst a fallen people.
Each semester, CVCA intentionally sets aside several days to refocus our attention on Christ and give students space to connect with God in meaningful ways. This time is focused upon the Word of God and includes worship, teaching, and celebration.
Grace Church will be leading our community in worship and teaching.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2:8-10
There is no substitute for God’s grace that brings salvation. This salvation has not been given to us merely for the purpose of attaining eternal life ourselves, but rather we are called to be God’s vessels of love to the world around us. Jesus, just hours before His arrest and eventual crucifixion, tells His disciples to “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13) These words apply also to us, not only to His followers 2000+ years ago.
It is with this in mind that CVCA has complemented our Bible curriculum with a Service expectation. We ask our students to serve in the local community, the nation and the world in which they live. They are encouraged to find appropriate opportunities within their churches, here at the school as well as with outside organizations, both para-church and secular, that meet both the physical and spiritual needs of a lost and dying world.
CVCA’s mission is to Educate and Cultivate servants for Christ. We believe that the coupling of this Service expectation with our Bible curriculum is foundation to enable our students to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
For information about group activities and how to sign up, join the “service sign-ups” google classroom and use code akku2f
The more we love Christ, the more our lives look like His life. This is the embodiment of the Gospel. As believers, we should be concerned about those things that Jesus is concerned about. Whether it’s across the street or across the world, the follower of Jesus is called to give of his time, talent and treasure to those in need. At CVCA we believe that mission trips provide an opportunity to live out our faith outside of the classroom and to love our neighbors as ourselves. CVCA offers three mission trips so that our students might participate in the joy of serving their Maker by serving others.
The summer before their senior year, CVCA students have the opportunity to work with ‘Meeting God in Missions’ in the Dominican Republic. These life-changing days are full of hard work, love and worship. Students meet regularly in the months leading up to the trip for worship, building opportunities and fundraising.
We made it! Thanks for your prayers. We had a very smooth travel day and students are now resting as we prepare for the first full work day tomorrow.
It has been a joy to be with your students these past few days. They have been quick to jump in and serve. Whether its giving kids piggy bag rides in the village or doing construction, they’ve done so with great attitudes. In the evenings we have enjoyed worshiping alongside our Dominican brothers and sisters on two different occasions.
I’m excited for you to hear some stories from your student. We’re thankful for good health and good commodore in the group! Thanks for your continued prayers!
We’ve had a couple of wonderful days! Your students have served really well in the villages and on the construction sites. Our leaders have repeatedly commented on how impressed they are with your students’ work ethic. On Sunday we spent some intentional time, practicing the spiritual disciplines of solitude and study, asking God to help us examine our priorities and creating some silent space to hear from Him.
God has been at work in the students’ lives. This morning many students made commitments for Christ with some giving their life to Christ for the very first time. I am excited for them to share with you what God has taught them when they return.
As we come near the end of our trip please pray for your students as they think about what will change in their life upon reentering normal every day life in the States. Thank you for your prayers!
Gloria a Dios!
We are all set to leave this morning! Feel free to check flight information (see email on 6/6/17). We’re excited for you to hear the stories and to watch these seniors lead our school next year. We look forward to seeing you back at CVCA very late tomorrow night / Thursday morning.
As a reminder, you may want to bring a trash bag with you to throw your students’ dirty clothes into as we will be collecting the CVCA travel bags upon arrival.
See you soon!
*NOTE: To be completed by student’s physician and returned to CVCA by March 16, 2017!
Thank you for helping our students travel to the Dominican Republic to minister in Christ’s name. You can use PayPal to donate online to CVCA Missions. You do not need to have an account with PayPal to use their secure service.
|FOR DONATIONS $200 & UNDER
||FOR DONATIONS $250 & OVER
Questions? Contact LT Newland, Director of DR Mission Trips (330) 929-0575 x617
During the summer following their freshman year, students have the opportunity to help needy and elderly Pittsburgh homeowners serving through The Pittsburgh Project.
This week long mission trip provides students with many opportunities to work hard work for others, to worship God and to build strong bonds with fellow classmates and the homeowners they serve.
Application should include your NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT of $75. Make check payable to CVCA with Pittsburgh Project in the memo line, but not your student’s name. Put your deposit (along with the application and an attached donation form; see links below) in an envelope and turn it in to Jacob Piland’s mailbox in the front office or CVCA’s welcome center.
Donation Form (PDF)
If you prefer to pay your deposit online with PayPal, you may do so below.
Thank you for helping to sponsor a CVCA student at The Pittsburgh Project.
Please include the student’s name to include proper credit and print your PayPal receipt for your tax records.
Any questions about payments? Call Abby Fishel at (330) 929-0575 ext. 233
PAY ONLINE TO SUPPORT THE URBAN HOPE TRAINING CENTER TRIP
DONATIONS & STUDENT’S $75 DEPOSIT CAN BE PAID ONLINE WITH PAYPAL
Please include the student’s name to receive proper credit and
print your PayPal receipt for your tax records.
Any questions? Call Abby Fishel at (330) 929-0575 x233
Every February, we travel to Chicago and Moody Founder’s Week for 4 days. There we will be challenged to grow in our Christian walk and in our understanding of God’s Word. This spiritually enriching week provides an opportunity to learn from today’s foremost Christian teachers and leaders through morning, afternoon and evening speaking sessions. Christian musical guests, along with Moody Bible Institute’s student choirs and symphonic band, perform during conference sessions. Come have a fresh encounter with our Savior’s love. Founder’s Week will be sure to encourage and inspire you!
Join other CVCA students and adults for Moody Founder’s week. Our tour bus will leave school on a Wednesday morning and return the following Saturday evening. Cost includes tour bus, hotel, meals and some events. For the cost of student and adult participation, please see the documents below.
Please see links below for the complete application packet. $100 deposit due with completed application and Activity Participation Agreement. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Please apply early! If you are unable to join us, but would like to sponsor a student with a donation, please call Mrs. Rocha at (330) 929-0575 ext. 300, or Mr. Dipane at (330) 929-0575 ext. 647.
Deposit must be accompanied by completed application and Activity Participation Agreement for acceptance!
Don’t miss this great trip and the spiritual blessings of Moody Founder’s Week.
While the Student Ministries Department sees our role as significant, we understand that as a parachurch organization, we exist as a support to both the family and the church. It seems as though God has offered a structure of discipleship in a given student’s life. The first place that discipleship should occur is in the family. Dunn suggests, “The influence of the student’s family on his or her value system will exceed the influence of the teacher/staff on most occasions.” In Souls in Transition, Christian Smith summarizes his study by suggesting, “The most important factor is parents. For better or worse, parents are tremendously important in shaping their children’s faith trajectories. That’s the story that came out in Soul Searching. It’s also the story that comes out here.” Finally, Chap Clark echoes these thoughts when he states, “The problem is that adults have not invested the time, energy, and commitment to reach adolescents. Both practical and academic literature show strong evidence that youth ministry in its current form makes little difference in the future faith commitment of the vast majority of adolescents, especially when compared to the overwhelming influence of parents.”
Therefore, CVCA and the Student Ministries Department desire to partner with parents in the responsibility of raising a generation for Christ. The purpose of this resource guide is to aid parents in the profound and weighty responsibility of parenting.
“Urban Vision seeks to prayerfully and relationally reach North Akron children and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Urban Vision cares for our community holistically, modeling love for God, and others.” By partnering with CVCA and Urban Vision, you can help build a vibrant, unified community, transformed through the love and hope of Jesus Christ.
Urban Vision’s Christmas With Dignity Store was born out of a desire to promote the dignity of the people they serve. This is one of Urban Vision’s biggest events of the year with over 250 participates and 250 volunteers. The Christmas With Dignity store is the biggest way they promote their philosophy of providing a hand-up to our community members, rather than a handout.
We want to partner with Urban Vision by supporting this event. Student’s will sign up for items to donate in thier connections groups, and will bring them on collection day, December 1st. Gifts will be in the $12-15 range, and students are encouraged to purchase these gifts from their own money, if possible. We want to teach our students the importance of giving, especially around Christmastime.