Psalm 119:105

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Last Week of Chapels

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Annual Senior Slideshow chapel. All the seniors sat together on the stage. We watched the slideshow (thanks for making it, Jill!). The slides featured a baby picture, senior photo and plans for next year. School photos from elementary and middle school were also shown. The chapel ended with the teachers circling around the students for prayer. Mr. DeKoekkoek, Ms. McNeil and Mr. Lindloff prayed.

Thursday: Last chapel and summer challenge for the 9th-11th graders. We began with the TC auction slideshow and duet, by Anna & Maggie. Simply beautiful! Grant, Myah & Luke led us in singing Reckless Love. Mr. Wiener then gave a brief talk that included him and trees. His comments focused on growing in faith this summer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Friday: Anna & Maggie once again began chapel (see H.S. Thursday chapel). Then the field day captains came to the stage. In groups of eight, they came up with a short skit on great outdoor summertime activities. Finally Mr. Wiener gave the talk he did on Thursday with the H.S.

Have a blessed summer!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Small Groups, Seniors Share, Tennis Lessons

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPELS
Tuesday: Last small group chapel of the year. Students’ sharing focused on reflection of this past year and how they can apply Colossians 2:6-7 this summer (and beyond!).

Thursday: Senior Testimony chapel. Eleven seniors reflected on their high school years. They shared how God had worked in their lives and how they have grown in faith. What an encouraging time!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: Mr. Wiener gave “tennis lessons”. Using the game of tennis, he explained lessons on faith: what do you enjoy? what bothers you? what risks are you willing to take?

NEXT WEEK
High School Wednesday: Senior chapel slideshow; Thursday: Last chapel of the year
Middle School Friday: Last chapel of the year

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Asian Heritage, Orchestra, Vandenberg Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Today was our Asian heritage chapel. We began with the Lord’s Prayer, spoken in a variety of Asian languages. We then sang How Great is Our God. The song included lyrics in different languages. Then three students shared about their experience in Asian churches and how Asian culture affected their faith. We concluded by singing the Revelation Song. Revelation 7:9, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Thursday: The TCHS Orchestra blessed us with their music!

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Friday: Ms. VanDenBerg’s homeroom led chapel. The theme was identity in Jesus Christ. Through Scripture, prayer, video and on stage visuals (see photos below), students reinforced the truth and beauty of being called a child of God through Jesus. Notice what happened with the fingerprinted Post-it notes in the chapel.




NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Small Groups; Thursday: Senior Testimonies
Middle School Friday: Mr. Wiener

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Student Sharing, Pasek, Schutte Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: We had a wonderful time of sharing! Previous to this chapel, each small group had submitted a photo representing how the resurrection of Jesus should make a difference in our lives. In the chapel, one person from each group shared about their photo.
Click for the slideshow: The Resurrection of Jesus

Thursday: Andy Pasek, from Elmhurst CRC, was with us. He spoke about the radical, powerful nature of God’s love. And when we receive that love, it should have a profound effect on us and how we treat others. God calls us to love others sacrificially. Even though this love takes a lot of effort and is often difficult, it is totally worth it! Jesus is working through us. At the end of chapel, Andy invited students to the stage to commit to love by writing their name on large sheets of paper. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: After singing Build Your Kingdom Here and Here I am to Worship, Mr. Schutte's homeroom led chapel. Through a skit, Scripture and a short talk, this chapel reinforced the need for loving, supportive Christian community.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Asian Heritage; Thursday: Orchestra
Middle School Friday: Ms. VanDenBerg's homeroom

Best 7th grade project art from the previous week (thanks to Ella & Melania):


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fernandes & Wilson

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mr. Fernandes, 8th science teacher and high school soccer coach, was our speaker. He spoke of his recent trip to Uganda with his wife and their call to move to Uganda. After he shared about Uganda, he spoke of the lessons God impressed upon him from Uganda. Mr. Fernandes encouraged students to live with contentment by centering their lives on Jesus.

Thursday: Mr. Wilson spoke. He has recently preached in some area churches and is also Timothy’s newest employee, working in the school’s technology department. His talk focused on Colossians 2:8. He highlighted ways in which the world corrupts our thinking and how the gospel gives us true life.
The photo below was my favorite artwork of the week (by Marta!)


NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Small Group sharing; Thursday: Andy Pasek
Middle School Friday: Mr. Schutte’s homeroom

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Chapel Band, Streamcross (Mr. Pelt), VanDerBill Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The student chapel band led their last chapel of the year. We sang This is Amazing Grace, Beautiful Things, What a Beautiful Name it is and 10,000 Reasons. The students in the photo below did a great job leading their peers in worship. They worked hard and really sought to honor God with their chapel leadership. I felt blessed to have them as the chapel band for 2017-18!

Thursday: Mr. Pelt led worship with the praise band, Streamcross, from his church, Grace Lutheran. They recently released an album, I Will Worship. For more information on the band & their recent release: www.streamcrossband.com

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Friday: Mr. VanDerBill’s homeroom led chapel. They took us back to childhood as we sang some golden oldies from children’s Sunday school: He's Got the Whole World, Jesus Loves the Little Children, This Little Light of Mine, Be Careful Little Eyes, Jesus Loves Me


NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Mr. Fernandes; Thursday: Jei Wilson

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Marshall Johnson, Small Groups, Mr. Fernandes

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Marshall Johnson was our speaker. He is Mr. Davidson’s brother-in-law. Marshall challenged the student body to have the courage to stand for Christ, even if it means standing alone.

Thursday: Small Groups today! One of the most important questions discussed was “if people truly believe in the resurrection of Jesus, how would that affect their lives? What difference should it make?” Students also answered this question with a visual representation of some kind and took a photo of it.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Friday: 8th grade science teacher Mr. Fernandes spoke. He shared stories from his recent trip to Uganda. Drawing on his Uganda experiences, Mr. Fernandes challenged the students to live a life of contentment. Contentment is something that we need to work at, but most importantly, contentment should be rooted in our relationship with Jesus.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Chapel Band; Thursday: Mr Pelt
Middle School Friday: Mr. VanDerBill's homeroom