Psalm 119:105

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saint-Vil, Small Groups, Middle School Hymn Sing

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL

Tuesday: Charles Saint-Vil shared with us his life story. Born in Haiti, he was orphaned at age 7. He came to the U.S. in his late teens. Fast forward to today...he has committed his life to Jesus Christ and is a civil engineer with a masters degree. God has called him to bless children in Haiti, so be began the Light Up Our Youth Foundationhttp://luoyfoundation.org 
To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Small Group Chapel today. The groups scattered throughout the school to read 1 Peter 1:3-4 and to discuss "what was a highlight in corporate worship for you in the last two weeks, thinking of special TC chapels, church services, youth events?" and "how is God calling you to respond to Jesus' death and resurrection?"


MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Mr. VanderBill's Homeroom sponsored a good old fashioned hymn sing. Lombard CRC's worship leader, Joel Jupp, played piano. We sang Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Holy, Holy, Holy, A Mighty Fortress, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and Be Thou My Vision.

NEXT WEEK
High School: Tuesday, Tim Shoemaker; Thursday, Mr. Pelt’s class
Middle School Tuesday: Tim Shoemaker

Friday, April 14, 2017

Holy Week Chapels


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Lots of student involvement in today's chapel. After Matt F. led the opening prayer, Ariana and Mr. Pelt led us in singing. Then we watched a 5 minute video put together by Olivia H., Josh and Emily. They interviewed people in downtown Elmhurst about their views on Easter. Josh and Andy shared their perspective on the importance of Easter. Olivia S. then led us in a responsive reading focusing on the cross of Christ.  To watch the chapel CLICK HERE



Thursday: Our “Good Friday” prayer chapel. Tommy read the crucifixion story from Luke 23. We all sang When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Then Mrs. Lanenga sang O, Sacred Head Now Wounded. Our prayer time involved coming to the front and writing our sin on a piece of paper. After a time of confession, students attached the paper to a cross that was full of nails. While we prayed Mrs. Fox played the piano and Mary S. played the cello.
To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: The middle school also had a “Good Friday” prayer chapel. Words cannot explain the beauty of the sacred prayer time as middle school students spent time confessing sin and committing to Jesus. In addition, we sang In Christ Alone and How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.

NEXT WEEK
High School: Tuesday, Charles Saint-Vil; Thursday, small groups

Middle School Wednesday: VanderBill Homeroom

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mr. Mitchell, Chapel Band, Fernandes' Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell spoke about money and treasure. After giving us some interesting trivia facts about money and teen influence on spending in America, he gave us the challenge to be givers and to start now in life to tithe (or give even more!). But ultimately, we should give because God first gave to us. Jesus is an amazing grace gift to us. God sees us as his treasure. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: The chapel band led us in worship. We sang Prince of Peace (You are Holy), Lay Me Down, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) and Great are You Lord (It's your breath in our lungs)
To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Mr. Fernandes' homeroom was in charge of chapel today. With a video and a skit, they communicated that God calls us to use our words to encourage others. 

NEXT WEEK
High School: Tuesday & Thursday: student-led chapels focusing on Good Friday & Easter


Middle School Wednesday: Good Friday prayer chapel

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bill Lodewyk and Brother Bob

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Bill Lodewyk, executive director of Elim Christian Services, and his friend, "Brother Bob" led chapel. With a skit that involved TCMS students, Kate & Sam, Dr. Lodewyk shared about the different ways we interact with people with disabilities: ignorance, pity, care, friendship and co-laborers. As we become friends and co-laborers with people with disabilities, we allow God's glory to shine through their lives and through our lives as well!

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN HALLWAY:

No high school chapel this week due to Fine Arts Week
NEXT WEEK after spring break
High School: Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell; Thursday: chapel band
Middle School Wednesday: Fernandes Homeroom

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chapel Band, Mr. Pelt, Schutte Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The chapel band led us. We sang In Christ Alone, The Revelation Song, Lead Me to the Cross and It is Well With My Soul. Brett shared some words of encouragement and peace. We also spent time in prayer. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Our band director, Mr. Pelt led chapel. He spoke on our theme verses, Matthew 6:19-20. To build treasures in heaven, we must focus on relationships: our relationship with Jesus and our relationships with one another. He also organized a small band to perform the U2 song, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Mr. Schutte's homeroom led chapel. They focused on the power of words. Through a lunchroom skit, Scripture and a video, they powerfully communicated the importance of using words that build up our fellow classmates.

NEXT WEEK
High School: none due to Fine Arts Week


Middle School Wednesday: Bill Lodewyk

Friday, March 10, 2017

Small Group, Prayer, VanDenBerg Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Small Group Chapel. After a mixer game, we focused on the Passion narrative from Mark 15:21-41. Students were challenged to share their reflections after they heard the story of Jesus' crucifixion.

Thursday: Student Prayer Chapel. All the teachers left and went into the hallway to pray for students. The students stayed in the auditorium to seek God in prayer. Students were invited to move around the auditorium to find a spot to pray and also to gather with others to pray. To watch the opening of the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Ms. VanDenBerg's homeroom led chapel. How do we see ourselves? Jesus can transform us so that we identify with beautiful messages, instead of negative ones. Through a video, skits and spray paint, they powerfully communicated this message.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Chapel Band. Thursday: Mr. Pelt
Middle School Wednesday: Schutte Homeroom

Saturday, March 4, 2017

TCHS Band, Grace F., Jonathan Barney

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The TCHS Band blessed us with beautiful music! To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Today was one of the "heavier" chapels of the year. We thought about the issues of sexual exploitation and assault. This chapel offered information, wisdom and an understanding of the attitudes & beliefs that reinforce deeply hurtful comments, jokes and actions. God calls us to see one another as created in the image of God. Student, Grace F., led our chapel with Mrs. Piersma contributing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Jonathan Barney, youth director at Faith CRC, spoke on our theme verse for the year, Matthew 6:19-20. He gave a relevant message on following Jesus in a world where we are surrounded by "earthly treasures".

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Small Groups. Thursday: Student Prayer


Middle School Wednesday: VanDenBerg Homeroom

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Persecuted Church, McNeil, MS Chapel

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The Persecuted Church. We learned about them, sought to empathize with them and prayed for them. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE
Also, we watched a powerful video of persecution that involved a high school student.

Thursday: Our very own Ms. McNeil spoke. She shared a spoken word piece that resonated with all. We were also blessed by the orchestra, performing Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen and Soon I'll be Done. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Our singing included the songs, This is Amazing Grace, Here I Am to Worship and You are My King. Joey & Trevor had a very interactive announcement about the upcoming Jog-a-thon. Mr. Wiener spoke about empathy and not letting our phones get in the way of loving people.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Band Assembly. Thursday: Exploitation 


Middle School Wednesday: Jonathan Barney

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chapel Band, Pastor Kyle Haack, Mr. Ridder's Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The chapel band led us in worship. On this Valentine's Day we focused on the source of love: the Lord God Almighty. We sang Beautiful Things, One Thing Remains, How Deep the Father's Love for Us and How He Loves. The photos show our greeting time! To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Kyle Haack, pastor of Wheaton CRC, blessed us. Through a story and great pictures of white water rafting, he spoke of how we often can feel like we are caught in the rapids of life. We need to look to God as our rock. In God we are secure (Psalm 61:2-3 & Hebrews 12:28). With guitar and mandolin, Pastor Kyle, along with a Wheaton College student, Henry, sang about the rock. We concluded by all singing the hymn, The Solid Rock. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Mr. Ridder's homeroom led chapel. The chapel used the idea of "Pay it Forward". Through video, Scripture, reflections and prayer, students made the point that God is the one who invented "pay it forward". As faithful disciples of Jesus, we pay it forward when we witness and shine for Jesus in all we do.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Persecuted Church. Thursday: Black Culture Club

Middle School Tuesday: Mr. Wiener

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Abby Helmus, Distracting Devices/Prayer & Sytsma Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Abby Helmus, at 2010 TC grad, spoke. Through engaging stories like a telephone interview with the CIA and travels to South Africa, she illustrated her point of how to follow God's call. We need to surround ourselves with supportive Christian friends, feed on God's Word and be committed to the church, the people of God. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Small groups got creative and created a photo that showed the negative side of our phones. Groups then discussed their prayer lives. How is their prayer life and how could it be better? Be sure to check out the video!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Mrs. Sytsma's homeroom led chapel. They acted out Max Lucado’s book, You are Special. As Mrs. Sytsma read the story, the students played the part of the Wemmicks. They put stars or dots on each other based how well they liked people. One sad Wemmick, Punchinello, learned that what matters in life is not what others think but on what his maker thinks. And his maker said “you are special!”.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Chapel Band. Thursday: Kyle Haack


Middle School Tuesday: Ridder homeroom

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Christians & Business, and Rachel R.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The world of business and the Christian. Do Christians have an important place in the business world? Yes! God created the possibility of business. We watched a Biblical, yet quirky & creative, video, entitled For the Life of the World: Creative Service. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Mr. Jarzombek, COO of LRI (http://www.lrinternational.com), and our own Mrs. Lee spoke. They shared about their personal path into business, what it means to be a Christian involved in business, and specific ways Christians can bless others in business. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: High School student, Rachel R., spoke about the intersection of her summer travels and her walk with God. She shared about how she met many different people in many different states. Rachel recalled about forming an opinion about a person or people before she talked with them. But after conversation and hearing people's stories, her view of the person usually radically changed. Instead of judging people, God calls us to reach out to others in love.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Abby Helmus. Thursday: Small groups


Middle School Tuesday: Sytsma homeroom

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Soerens, Quist, Persecuted Church

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Matthew Soerens, the US director for church mobilzation for World Relief, spoke. He shared about the Biblical perspective on refugees. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Our very own, Dan Quist, spoke in chapel. His engaging talk encouraged and challenged students in their faith. We must be aware of the false realities/illusions of the world's messages and cling to God's message. This message gives us truth to live by. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Today's chapel focused on a heavy, and yet extremely important, topic: the persecuted church. Through video, sharing, and prayer, we remembered our brothers and sisters in the faith who suffer because they follow Jesus. You can find out more at https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ and https://www.persecution.com/

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Video on Christians and business. Thursday: Mrs. Lee & Mr. Jarzombek


Middle School Tuesday: Rachel R.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RENEW Celebration, Small Groups, Persecuted Church

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: We had a special RENEW Celebration Chapel. All the trips shared along with many other RENEW classes. In total, twelve groups were represented. We heard wonderful testimonies of God's work in students' lives. We were also led in worship by Nate, Andrew, James & Mr. Lundeen. The 1 1/2 hours seemed to fly by! The video below is from the trip that I went on.


 
Thursday: We had a small group chapel, focusing on sharing about RENEW.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Wednesday: Today's chapel focused on a heavy, and yet extremely important, topic: the persecuted church. Through video, sharing, and prayer we remembered our brothers and sisters in the faith who suffer because they follow Jesus. You can find out more at https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ and https://www.persecution.com/


NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Matthew Soerens from World Relief. Thursday: Dan Quist
Middle School Tuesday: Matthew Soerens