Making Friends

The last weekend of August I attended my 40th high school reunion in Michigan. Our high school class was filled mostly with sons and daughters of auto factory workers and farmers.

Forty years later, we all came from a wide range of occupations and places in life. Yet, what the reunion had most of all was– friends. Everyone just wanted to get caught up, laugh about old times and enjoy being together.
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As I look, I see the good friend that lifted me up when my brother-in-law committed suicide. I see the kind friend that has been a prayer partner on Facebook as we have laid parents to rest. I see the best friend that I have laughed and cried with over the years as we have compared notes on family, work and life.

Proverbs 18:24 tells us: “…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Each day in school, our teachers words and actions are pointing our students to that friend, Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that God’s grace will sustain each of our teachers as they continue to help our students strengthen their friendship with Jesus.

John Bedell, Education Superintendent

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Join us for Maplewood Academy’s Alumni Weekend 2016

Clouds, rain, or any other kind of bad weather, cannot put a damper on Maplewood Academy’s very special Alumni Weekend for 2016. Having a familiar bond is one of the many things Maplewood Academy is about. I can surely tell you that once you enter Maplewood Academy, you are automatically part of a big family. “Alumni Weekend” is all about reconnecting with people, whether it be reconnecting with teachers or reconnecting with fellow classmates. This event is one of the most heartwarming and special events of the year at Maplewood and we would love to have you join us! While we celebrate all alumni who join us, the honor classes for this year include the class of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006.

The weekend is filled with wonderful programs including vespers by the 50-Year Class, worshiping together on Sabbath, Alumni Music Program and the evening Talent Show!  Alumni and current students will share their talents and it is sure to be a special time together.

Each year at Alumni Weekend, Maplewood Academy has an “Alumni Golf Tournament.” This special event supports our worthy student fund.  Golf player teams select worthy students to play for during a round of golf. Each team competes for various prize money, all which goes in scholarships to various worthy students. If you would like to sign up to play in the tournament or sponsor the golf tournament, please contact Christine Haefner at chaefner@maplewoodacademy.org or call 320-­587-­2830.

Alumni weekend is an opportunity to say thank you to the people and programs that have helped to influence your life. In Psalms 133 verse 1 it says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” I would have to agree with King David on this one, because Maplewood Academy is not just a regular school, it is a school that is very passionate about developing closer relationships with God and when you go to Alumni Weekend, you are not only going to socialize and have a great time with friends, but you will be able to come together and have a time to talk with one another on how many blessings God has given you over the years. It is such a great and beautiful experience. Don’t miss this event!!  Come join us on October 6-­9, 2016. Come to connect, reminisce and inspire.mwa-alumni-weekend-golf-pic

Yulian Tinoco, Junior at Maplewood Academy

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Maplewood Academy’s Campus Ministries 2016­ – 2017

Jesus Loves              .

As our new campus ministries team met together before the coming of the new school year, we were faced with a question: What is going to be the new theme for the year 2016­2017 at Maplewood Academy? This was no easy task, for the new theme would set the stage for the spiritual programming for the whole school year. So we went right to work. We were brainstorming, debating, and elaborating on idea, after idea. Finally, we stumbled onto something that was right in front of us the whole time – Jesus Loves Me.

At the first mention of this idea, the debating ceased immediately, and everyone was on the same page. We could all relate to the beautiful theme ­ Jesus Loves Me. From the moment we accepted God into our hearts, or from the time we sang “Jesus Loves Me” in Sabbath School, this simple phrase of three words, is so meaningful, and impactful to each of us.

Therefore, we decided that Colossians 3:14 ­ “And over all these virtues put on Love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” described our mission for this school year to be the best. This year we want to fully embrace God’s love for us in every aspect of life.

To kick off this beautiful theme, we started making preparations for our very first vespers of the school year. In all activities, we are trying to illustrate Jesus’s Love for us, and how it can be seen. In the blink of an eye, we were greeting new students into the chapel to receive the Sabbath. What followed shortly after was so beautiful to see. Our Campus Ministries group came together to become one team, for one goal. The goal to be a tool for Jesus, and to show love to all. This was illustrated by singing for worship or simply sharing a miraculous story.

I know for a fact that God is with this our Campus Ministries team and our school, because without God, we are nothing. He infuses the blessing into each of our lives, and love into each of our days. So, as you proceed with your day, take time to remember how much Jesus loves YOU. Please keep Maplewood Academy in your prayers, as each one brings a wave of strength upon our school, and students.

Jesus loves

Adriana Sanchez, Junior at Maplewood Academy

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Students Spend Summer Working for an Adventist Education at MWA

Over this last summer, many of the students of Maplewood Academy found jobs to raise money for their tuition funds. Some were very creative in their selection. One such student, Carlie Hanson, spent her summer beekeeping at her family’s bee farm. She worked with her family taking care of their bees, making repairs to keep bears away, and of course harvesting honey.Carlie Hansen

Several students, including Seth Martin and Thomas Charles, also worked at the One­Day Church located in Dodge Center. They manned an assembly line, stacking boxes of tools and housing parts to be shipped overseas to Africa.

Many others worked at the Maplewood Academy Farm harvesting strawberries on the Maplewood Academy Farm and then selling them at the academy’s roadside stand and at a local farmer’s market.Hannah MWA strawberry patch

These students worked hard to raise money so they could have the opportunity to have a Christian Education at Maplewood Academy. We are proud of their hard work and the way they are developing their talents for the Lord.

Lauren Mecklenburg, Junior at Maplewood Academy

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Adventist Education Outdoor School was Fun

Outdoor school was fun for all 5th – 8th graders, whether it was the opportunity to spend time with friends, or the exciting classes the students participated in (I know that was everyone’s favorite part!), or the awesome activities they did.

outdoor-school-activityWhen we arrived Monday, everyone got settled into their cabins, and then there was a mixer/get-to-know-you activity hosted by Mr. Bedell – Minnesota Conference of SDA Educational Superintendent.  There was also a presentation about forestry and the importance of harvesting to the health of the forests and lakes in Minnesota. outdoor-school-forestryThe students all went outside and learned how to use a tree bar to plant a new tree, which they would need to understand how to use on Thursday.  Afterwards, we had supper followed by worship.  The speaker for the week was Pastor Shelina Bonjour – Pathways SDA Church, and she shared the story of Gideon throughout the week and how God can build a hero out of anyone who is willing, with fun, interactive activities.outdoor-school-worship

Tuesday was the main class day which comprised of three Seeds classes,  three Trees classes and one Horse class. Even though it rained a little in the morning, the weather mostly cleared up in the afternoon, which was when most classes went out to collect seeds or leaves.

Wednesday was activity day and finishing up Seeds and Trees.  In classes, the kids made their leaf and seed collection displays.  They also had the chance to rotate to the different activities: low ropes, climbing, crafts, and horses.

outdoor-school-planting-treesThursday after breakfast and worship, the kids went out in their assigned color groups and planted trees: our group went down to the point.  We had close to 100 kids and 200 trees to plant, so everyone got to plant two trees each.  Unfortunately, it was quite rainy, so the planned activities were cancelled.  Soon it was time to pack up, say our goodbyes, and return to civilization.

Rachelle Nelson, Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist School Head Teacher

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Southview Christian School “Get Acquainted Picnic”

scs-picnic-girls-eating-using-stump-for-tableSouthview Christian School (SCS) families (both current and past) came together for fun fellowship and fantastic food at the “Get Acquainted Picnic” that was recently held in the backyard of the school. It started with the kickoff for the new PFE/Assist Scholarship Grant Program that Southview plans on implementing this school year. Then a wonderful buffet of food brought by the families was consumed, and the evening finished with S’mores being roasted over the fire pit. Fun was had by all who attended the picnic.

Rayleen Hansen, Southview Christian School Principal

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Harry’s Bell at Maranatha Adventist Christian School

maranatha-schoolThere was more than just the normal excitement of beginning a new school year for Maranatha Adventist Christian School students at the end of this summer.  On August 17, 2016, students came to school excited to go to see their brand new school building!

Building a new school on the church property had been a dream of the Dodge Center Church for quite a few years. Not quite a year ago generous benefactors cleared and broke ground for what would become a beautiful 60-foot by 90-foot school building, in addition to a 60-foot by 80-foot attached gym.  The mild winter enabled the footings and concrete to go in by January, 2016.

A Morton building was built on the footings and the rest of the construction commenced quickly.  With a speedy move during the week before school started, the classrooms were ready for the precious students by August 17, 2016!

maranatha-new-school-buildingThe building boasts three classrooms, one of which is currently being used for storage.  A large kitchen with six microwaves, two stoves, two refrigerators, and lots of counter space also graces the building. A beautiful library, school office, principal’s office and music room are surrounded by windows giving a wonderful open feel to these areas.  The gym, which is much larger than we had before will be used for many wonderful school and church functions.

The finishing touch to the project was the addition of “Harry’s Bell”.  The late Harry McNeilus was an avid supporter of Christian education.  A bell that had belonged to him is fittingly displayed on a custom-made bell tower in the front of the school.

There are still some things that need to be finished and purchased, but we are thoroughly enjoying working and learning in the new school building.  It is truly a blessing.  We thank all who so generously gave of time and finances to make this dream come true.

Vickie Martin, Maranatha  Adventist Christian School Head Teacher

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