Psalm 119:105


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Chapel Band, Ridder Homeroom, "Good Friday"

TUESDAY: Our student-led chapel band once again led the worship. Mr. Wiener began with a quick slide show of messages on shirts. What we communicate is important. In addition to clothing, how we use our words matters. The challenge: are the words we use in worship consistent with the way we use words the rest of the day. Some of the songs we sang were "Here I am to Worship", "Our God" and "The Stand."

THURSDAY: Our "Good Friday" chapel. Scripture on the crucifixion from Matthew 27 was read by Anna & Jimmy. We sang "Here I am to Worship", led by Alex and Hayley. Then everyone received a pebble. This was to represent an area of our life that we need to more completely submit to Jesus. The teachers came forward and put their rocks at the foot of the cross. Then all, I repeat all, the teachers left the auditorium. We circled up in the hall and prayed for the students. The students were challenged to come to the front with their rocks and pray. There was also an open microphone for prayers/testimonies. How beautiful it is that the students can take this time seriously and seek Jesus.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL: Mr. Ridder's homeroom led the chapel. The theme was basing your beauty/self-image on God and not on appearance. This was communicated through Bible verses, sharing what the verses mean and some really fun skits. It was not only a good time, but also a godly time.

High School: no chapels due to Fine Arts week. When we return after spring break: Mr. Adams' band and small groups.
Middle School: Next week is the "Good Friday" chapel. After break, Mr. Adams' band.

Location:Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL

Saturday, March 9, 2013

5 Hymns You Should Know, Pastor John Hays, MS Q&A Panel

TUESDAY: no school; a rare March snow day!
THURSDAY: Hymn Chapel. This was our second of the year, and we sang again the hymns introduced in November. Mrs. Erdman from Faith Church played the piano (she was amazing!). Miss Bosscher told a moving story about her grandfather who was disabled with polio as a young adult. His favorite hymn, that the family sang at every family gathering, was "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross". Mr. Wiener told about how he sang "The Solid Rock" with his guitar all alone in his seminary dorm room after a young woman "broke up" with him. Philip S. told us why "Be Thou My Vision" is one of his favorite hymns. He beautifully related it to running. We also sang "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" and "How Great Thou Art".

FRIDAY: Pastor John Hays spoke. His five children have all attended (or still attending) Timothy. He spoke about being a fool for Christ. His message kept our interest and challenged us in our faith. When he told his closing story about a fool for Christ during the days of gladiators, an attentive silence fell on the auditorium.

MIDDLE SCHOOL, WEDNESDAY: Mrs. Sytsma, Dr. Hoeksema, Ms. Provancal, and Mr. Romano (who was in a high school chapel recently) formed a panel to answer middle schooler questions. Some of the topics were dealing with anger, friends, swearing, and how to have a successful time in middle school.

Location:Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Father John Paul, Black History Chapel, Loving Others

TUESDAY: We were blessed by a message from Father John Paul, a Coptic Orthodox priest. He spoke about following the will of God. His message was Biblical, practical and full of wisdom. While working on his PhD, he assists at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, where a few Timothy students attend.

THURSDAY: We were treated to the Black History Chapel. It began with trivia questions about famous African-American inventors. Tyra and Maya read poems. Kendra led the gospel songs: "Wade in the Water", " O Happy Day", "You Are Good". Ariana S. helped lead the song in the video.

YouTube Video

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The theme was loving one another. After singing songs that highlighted God's love and the need to love others, Mrs. Schemper read Bible passages and then the book, "Three Questions". "What are the questions?", you may ask. They are, "What is the best time to do things?", "Who is the most important one?", "What is the right thing to do?"

High School: John Hays and a hymn chapel
Middle School: Vander Bill's homeroom

Location:Timothy Christian School, Elmhurst, IL