Psalm 119:105

YOUR WORD IS A LAMP FOR MY FEET, A LIGHT ON MY PATH. Psalm 119:105

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Small Groups & with the 1st Graders

Sorry for no photos this week from chapel. Lots going on, especially with OctoberQuest!

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: First small group chapel of the year. Small groups meet once a month. Today was an introduction. Students discussed the theme verses, Colossians 2:6-7. Groups also participated in a “contest”. Each group wrote their names in a creative way on paper and took a photo of it. We will see the “art” from each group in a couple weeks.

Thursday: The first graders joined us. We sang fun songs together. Mr. Wiener shared a story using the OctoberQuest set. The theme of the story? Our quest is from Jesus. When others are blessed, that is the best quest! The first graders then shared Colossians 2:6-7 and prayed the Lord's Prayer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: There is a new middle school building and a new middle school schedule. Our chapels are now on Friday afternoon. Today we had small groups. Students split up by grade and birth month. The main thing they discussed was how to grow their roots deeper in Jesus. Then one person from each group came to the stage and shared their best idea.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Mr. Lindloff; Thursday: Chapel Band
Middle School Friday: Mr. Schutte

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thankfulness, Tennis, TCMS Summer Share


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The theme was thankfulness. We began by asking students what they complained about. Then we watched an 8 minute video entitled Gratitude from the film series Ed’s Story (see video clip below). We ended chapel with Yanni, Anna & Anna leading us in singing What a Beautiful Name. Many were deeply touched by this chapel!

Thursday: Mr. Wiener spoke on “Tennis Lessons”. I explained a little bit about tennis with help from skillful TC tennis players Aby & Cassie. Then I shared a devotional that came to me when I was playing tennis with Ellie this summer. Below see some photos of his granddad and the main points of the talk.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: After singing we saw a slideshow of over 50 photos submitted by the middle school students on their summer. Then students were invited to come to the stage to share a spiritual highlight of the summer. It was a blessed time to hear from about 25 students of how God worked in their lives this summer.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Small Groups; Thursday: with the 1st Graders
Middle School Friday: Small Groups

Saturday, September 9, 2017

More Summer Testimonies and our International Students

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Today we learned about our international students. With Mr. DeKoekkoek as the emcee, nine Chinese students introduced themselves. They used a slide show to help explain their family and interests.


Thursday: Four groups/students shared about summer trips. Students shared trip stories and spoke clearly about how God worked in them & through them. We heard from Elmhurst CRC and Wheaton Bible, along with Claire and Daisy. These travels included the mountains of Colorado, New York City, HoneyRock Camp in Wisconsin and Argentina.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The eighth grade homeroom teachers and four other teachers shared about their summer with photos. The testimonies ranged from extolling the grandeur of God in creation, to trusting in God as our rock during times of great struggle.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Thankfulness; Thursday: Tennis Lessons
Middle School Wednesday: Summer student photos & sharing

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Summer Testimonies!


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Eight teachers shared a photo from the summer. After students guessed what photo went with what teacher, the teachers shared how God worked in their lives this summer. This chapel is a great yearly tradition and always encouraging to our faith.

Thursday: We heard from two youth groups and one student about summer youth trips. Faith CRC shared about their serve trip. Immanuel Lutheran youth and Matt B. (representing Bethel OPC) shared about evangelism among Native Americans. Great testimonies!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The 7th grade teachers showed summer photos and talked about how God worked in their lives. We also welcomed Mr. Lundeen back as he led us in worship through song.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: International students; Thursday: Student summer sharing

Middle School Wednesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mr. Mitchell, Prayer & Song, 1st MS Chapel


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell was our speaker. He focused on the theme verses for the year, Colossians 2:6-7, with attention to what it means to be rooted. First, you need to trust in Jesus. Mr. Mitchell made a clear gospel call to the students. Second, what are the ways to strengthen our faith so that our roots grow strong? After answering that question, Mr. Mitchell warned of ways that our roots can be hurt. He certainly kept students' attention with his grubs analogy.

Thursday: We had a holy time of prayer and song. Three moms, from the Moms In Prayer group, blessed us with their presence and by praying for the students. Students then prayed for all TC staff: teachers, administration, office staff, maintenance, cafeteria staff and bus drivers. Then three teachers took turns praying for families, the church and our nation. Mr. Pelt led us in singing Cornerstone and This is Amazing Grace.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Our first chapel of the year. After singing, students had a fun mixer greeting activity. 8th graders had to greet 7th graders in order to find the 7th graders with the $1 prize. Mr. Wiener gave a brief talk on the theme verse, emphasizing that this year we need to give our attention to Jesus more than ever.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing; Thursday: student summer sharing

Middle School Wednesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to School w/ First HS Chapel!

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL ON THURSDAY
We reviewed the summer by asking students to stand if...
If they went somewhere they had never been before; if they had a dream about school; if they had a job; if they served at church; if they saw a really cool tree (and there were more).

Since my wife and I traveled to Australia this summer to visit my brother & family, there was a little fun quiz on Aussie words (with the help of Joel). When in Sydney, my wife and I put on our "runners" and "sunnies" and walked on the "footpaths" around the city.

The chapel theme verses were introduced: Colossians 2:6-7

With the help of video that Mr. Mitchell made and Xavier, I talked about expressing God's love in our high school community.

Chapel finished with a time of silent prayer, and as students exited the auditorium, some area youth directors were there to pass out doughnuts.

The video below is my effort at trying to be an Aussie nature guide.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell; Thursday: Song & Prayer
Middle School Wednesday: first chapel of the year.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Senior Chapel & Last Chapels of the Year

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: We had our yearly senior slide show (Thanks, Olivia, for making it). All the seniors sat on the stage, and we all enjoyed the pictures. At the end of the chapel, TC faculty & staff formed a circle around the seniors for a closing prayer. Mr. Piersma, Ms. Park and Mr. Rink led us in prayer. To see the Senior Slideshow: CLICK HERE

Thursday: Last chapel of the year! Students are randomly called on to share what they are doing this summer. Mr. Pelt led us in singing Cornerstone. Mr. Wiener gave a short talk on building heavenly treasures. We ended with Kate B.'s video that she made for Bible class. You should watch it!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: This chapel was basically the same as the last HS chapel. To watch Kate's video, see above.

THIS SUMMER:

Read the Bible everyday. Enjoy God's creation (trees, animals, beautiful places)!