Psalm 119:105

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Small Groups: Bonding

High School Chapel
Tuesday: Small Groups today. The goal was simply to bond more as groups. Each group did an activity to result in sharing, learning about one another, and laughing.

Next week:
High School Tuesday: Chapel band
Middle School Wednesday: Tennis

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Petterson, Spanish Honor Society, MS Worship

From Thursday's chapel:
HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Sam Petterson, youth pastor at Springbrook Community Church in Plainfield, spoke. He shared about wisdom for high school students. His two points were 1. Let someone else pay for your wisdom and  2. Throw the rock. That may not mean a lot to you, but his talk engaged students and pointed them toward a God-honoring life. We really appreciate his travel all the way from Plainfield to be with us.

Thursday: The Spanish Honor Society led chapel. We had a worshipful opening prayer in Spanish and English. We learned about Spanish culture and sang Mighty to Save in Spanish. Liz shared how their group seeks to grow as Christian disciples through their club.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: Today was about worship through singing. Mr. Wiener shared a story, the woman next to me, to highlight the need to worship from the heart. We spent a good amount of time singing, led by Mr. Lundeen. Then we listened to a song about worship as our closing prayer

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Small Groups

Saturday, October 7, 2017

New Gym, Homecoming, Ashley Thompson

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: We held chapel in the new gym! Mr. Davidson spoke. Yes, he spoke about the new gym and middle school wing. But the focus of his message was on glorifying Jesus in all we do. Mr. Venhousen closed in prayer. Then the chamber choir led us in singing the Doxology. What a wonderful time of worship!

Thursday: Today was our annual “interview the seniors on homecoming court chapel”. Mr. Hamelinck and Mr. Piersma interviewed the four girls and then the four boys. The questions were a great mix of funny and serious. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: Ashley Thompson, a 2010 TC grad, spoke. She shared how as Christians, we hurt ourselves by being tied to expectations, other’s opinions of us, and other ways as well. We need to be tied to Christ alone. It is freeing to live “IN HIM”. At the end of chapel students were challenged to write down on paper what they are “tied to”. Then they put their paper at the foot of the cross and picked up a string to symbolize living in Christ.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Sam Peterson; Thursday: Spanish Honor Society
Middle School Friday: Mr. Wiener

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mr. Lindloff, Chapel Band, Mr. Schutte

See You At the Pole prayertime on Wednesday before school!

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mr. Lindloff, teacher of Bible and English, spoke. He focused on the context of our theme verses this year: Colossians 2:6-7. The Aposlte Paul was confronting false teaching in the church and making a call to root one’s life in Jesus Christ alone. Mr. Lindloff spoke about a variety of “false teachings” in our culture. As Christians, we must be aware of the messages our culture preaches at us and continue to stand strong in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thursday: Our student chapel band led us in worship for the first time this year. We sang Mighty to Save, Revelation Song and This We Know. Mr. Wiener also encouraged everyone to worship from their heart. He shared a story about a woman, who worshiped wholeheartedly, that he happened to sit next to in church this summer. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Friday: Mr. Schutte shared with the students a message from his heart. Mr. Lundeen led in singing. (I was not at the MS chapel this week, so perhaps I’ll share more next week about it)

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: in the new gym w/ Mr. Davidson Thursday: Homecoming interviews
Middle School Friday: Ashley Thompson

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