Psalm 119:105


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cook County "Juvie"; Sower, Soil, Seed; Larkin

TUESDAY: Jon Romano (TC alum) and Chaplain Arthur were with us. Chaplain Arthur is a part of the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry and serves as chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Jon volunteers there by leading Bible studies/mentoring youth. Their message was simply to trust in Jesus and pray for how God wants you to serve Jesus in this world.

THURSDAY: Bruce Larkin, TC class of '09, spoke. His message focused on Philippians 3. What does it mean to know Jesus, focus on Jesus, prioritize life with Jesus as first? Bruce gave us time to reflect in prayer in light of the truths of this chapter.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The student band led the singing. Keyoni did a great job singing a solo, and Mr. Wiener spoke on the parable of the Sower from Matthew 13. It was great fun as Mr. Wiener directed student volunteers in acting out this story with Mr. Ridder as the farmer.

High School: Father John (a Coptic Orthodox priest) and a Black History chapel.
Middle School: Mrs. Schemper

Location:Timothy Christian Schools, Elmhurst, IL

Sunday, February 17, 2013

McNamara, Peterson's Homeroom, Chapel Band

TUESDAY: Corey McNamara (TC class of '94), accompanied by his wife, Joelle, spoke about the ministry that God has called him to in Africa, "A Light to the Nations." He challenged us to pray, pray, pray and believe, believe, believe!

THURSDAY: The chapel band led us in worship. They introduced a new song, "Yesterday, Today and Forever".

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Mr. Peterson's homeroom led the whole chapel time: singing, Scripture and message. Their big idea was to live with CONTENTMENT.

High School: Chaplain Arthur and Bruce Larkin
Middle School: The Sower and the Seed

Location:Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Uganda, Hosea, Sytsma's Homeroom

TUESDAY: Rick Persenaire came to speak on how God led him, a simple carpenter, to help orphans in Uganda. He told students to remember that God can use them, just the way they are. Students were challenged to seek God's direction for their lives and to boldly serve God in this world. God will provide the strength, talents and resources they need.

THURSDAY: I briefly gave some background to the prophet Hosea. Then we watched four of the six parts of the modern retelling of the story of Hosea on YouTube. After the videos, I reinforced that we live for God because he first loved us. We follow Jesus in the context of love and grace, not condemnation or to feel better about ourselves. We ended chapel with a time of silent prayer, in order to reflect on the message.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Mrs. Sytsma's homeroom led us in a chapel focused on the positive qualities of friendship. Students helped to lead singing, read Scripture, share devotional thoughts and perform a skit.

High School: Corey McNamara and the chapel band
Middle School: Mr. Peterson's homeroom

Location:Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Homecoming Week

TUESDAY: The Homecoming Court was announced and then Mr. Lindloff & Mr. Pelt interviewed the seniors. The girls, Amanda, Daniella, Kaylie and Lexi, were first and then it was the guys turn, Justin, Matt, Philip and Rich. The questions the students answered were a mix of fun and serious ("if you were a musical instrument, what would you be and why?" and "what has God been teaching you in the last year?").

THURSDAY: We began by recognizing the cheerleaders, who went to the state meet this past Friday. The homecoming court (minus the seniors) came to the stage to participate in a Bible Jeopardy contest. Some questions were easy (who built the ark) and some hard (even Mr. Wiener missed one with the correct answer being "Mulberry tree"). The winning team was a combination of juniors & freshmen.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL: Mr. Wiener spoke on Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands...The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul...They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold...By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward...May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rick Persenair and a contemporary take on the life of Hosea
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Mrs. Sytsma's homeroom

Location:Timothy Christian Schools, Elmhurst, IL