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Good Investments

January 28, 2013
By Del Dykstra

I think back to my high school graduation (that was a long time ago) and ponder the question: If the adults in my life had given me perfect insight into the world of business 30 years into the future, would I have acted upon it? I offer the following scenerios:

  • "Invest in water. People will pay $2.00 a bottle and there will be over 100 brands."

What? Who would ever pay $2.00 for water? You can drink if for free from a hose!

  • "Tennis shoes - A multi-billion a year business with hundreds of styles. People will pay over $150 a pair and fight at Christmas to get just the right pair.

What? Everybody wears high top Canvas Allstars. It's a great shoe - that will never change!

  • People will be willing to pay $5.00 for a cup of coffee in a paper cup. They will have all kinds of choices to buy this $5 coffee, and they will even drive to the place to get it.

What? Yeah right. Who would ever drive out of their way to get coffee when you can make it at home for about a dime a cup?

All of this valuable information would have yielded riches in investments!

But I was given information for a decision that has yielded riches untold – a decision to follow Christ. In that decision, I have become an heir to the King! So, when I reflect back to high school, I realize that adults did give me perfect insight into the world – not just in business, but in all realms. Keeping Christ first, making the decision to follow Him, is worth more than anything!

But maybe I should’ve invested just a little bit of money in water.

Post-Season Athletics Changes

January 23, 2013
By Dean Wagenaar

Even though not all SCS families follow Sunnyside Christian High School athletics, an explanation for the addition of a Sub-Regional in post-season play this year should be helpful.

Traditionally, because of the geographical location and number (not very many) of 1B schools in south-central Washington, the Greater Columbia 1B League has been awarded, on alternate years, only one allocation to state level participation. Our league is the only 1B league and 1B district in the state limited to one berth during these years. 

Because the WIAA recognizes this limitation, the association implemented a rule some years ago commonly known as the “glue rule.” This rule summarized defines that if a WIAA district only generates one berth, that district may “glue” with another geographically adjacent district who has been allocated more than one berth. 

If a decision is made to glue, some particular rules govern this gluing procedure.

  1. The district with multiple allocations may protect its top allocation.
  2. The district with only one berth, if desiring a glue, must allow their allocated berth to be potentially “taken.” Therein lies a risk. To gain the opportunity to earn a second berth, the district must be willing to lose the guaranteed allocation. 
  3. The district forced to share the additional allocations is afforded the opportunity to host the Sub-Regional; thus our district (District 5) must travel to participate in the matches/games.

Because of the opportunity to earn an extra allocation to the state level, the Greater Columbia 1B has joined with District 4 (southwest Washington) for several sports (volleyball/basketball) where this combination can occur.

Hopefully this summary explains why our athletic teams have or probably will travel to the west side to participate in a Sub Regional-the opportunity for a second team to earn a State or Regional tournament berth.

A Fresh Start

January 07, 2013
By Laura Eisenga
Sunnyside Christian School - A Fresh Start
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Happy New Year! I heard a few notes of dread, but there were mostly smiling faces as we slipped and slid into school today. After two weeks of Christmas vacation, we’re still reveling in the memories of Christmas: sleeping in, eating, playing in the snow, spending time with friends and family, and celebrating Christ’s birth (in no particular order, of course!).

Now we’re left looking at a whole new year: 2013. Things seem to be in a good place these days. Our family is healthy, and we have the privilege of living close to some of them. Our house is warm when I wake up in the morning, and the cupboards still held breakfast options. Our twins slept through the night, and for the past few weeks, there haven’t been any major discipline issues (except this morning, when the light was just WAY too bright, and it was WAY too early to get out of bed).

Who knows what 2013 will bring? When I look back a year from now, what will I think about this year lying ahead of me?

Last night at church, I listened to a sermon on Romans 6:1-14. As we worked our way through the Scriptures, it was verse 4 that I read over and over. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

When Jesus arose from the grave, He had just lived a perfect life, but had been through so much. He went through the whole human experience, from being a baby, to throwing a few tantrums (some may think He wouldn’t have thrown a tantrum because He was perfect, but that’s hard for me to comprehend), to being tempted by Satan, to being betrayed by a close friend, to being beaten and crucified.

He was my age when He died.

After Jesus arose from the grave, He was given new life. And the Bible tells us that our death to sin gives us the same fresh start. We no longer belong to sin, but we have victory over it.

Verse 11: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

It is time for resolutions. It is time to set goals for ourselves to make a better year. There are sins we need to let go. There are things that govern our lives – greed, jealousy, gossip, impatience (that’s a major one for me), ungratefulness, lust – that once they are cast off, will make us alive! Truly alive!

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