Psalm 119:105

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

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Summer Testimonies!


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Eight teachers shared a photo from the summer. After students guessed what photo went with what teacher, the teachers shared how God worked in their lives this summer. This chapel is a great yearly tradition and always encouraging to our faith.

Thursday: We heard from two youth groups and one student about summer youth trips. Faith CRC shared about their serve trip. Immanuel Lutheran youth and Matt B. (representing Bethel OPC) shared about evangelism among Native Americans. Great testimonies!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The 7th grade teachers showed summer photos and talked about how God worked in their lives. We also welcomed Mr. Lundeen back as he led us in worship through song.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: International students; Thursday: Student summer sharing

Middle School Wednesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mr. Mitchell, Prayer & Song, 1st MS Chapel


HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell was our speaker. He focused on the theme verses for the year, Colossians 2:6-7, with attention to what it means to be rooted. First, you need to trust in Jesus. Mr. Mitchell made a clear gospel call to the students. Second, what are the ways to strengthen our faith so that our roots grow strong? After answering that question, Mr. Mitchell warned of ways that our roots can be hurt. He certainly kept students' attention with his grubs analogy.

Thursday: We had a holy time of prayer and song. Three moms, from the Moms In Prayer group, blessed us with their presence and by praying for the students. Students then prayed for all TC staff: teachers, administration, office staff, maintenance, cafeteria staff and bus drivers. Then three teachers took turns praying for families, the church and our nation. Mr. Pelt led us in singing Cornerstone and This is Amazing Grace.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Our first chapel of the year. After singing, students had a fun mixer greeting activity. 8th graders had to greet 7th graders in order to find the 7th graders with the $1 prize. Mr. Wiener gave a brief talk on the theme verse, emphasizing that this year we need to give our attention to Jesus more than ever.

NEXT WEEK:
High School Tuesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing; Thursday: student summer sharing

Middle School Wednesday: Summer teacher photos & sharing

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to School w/ First HS Chapel!

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL ON THURSDAY
We reviewed the summer by asking students to stand if...
If they went somewhere they had never been before; if they had a dream about school; if they had a job; if they served at church; if they saw a really cool tree (and there were more).

Since my wife and I traveled to Australia this summer to visit my brother & family, there was a little fun quiz on Aussie words (with the help of Joel). When in Sydney, my wife and I put on our "runners" and "sunnies" and walked on the "footpaths" around the city.

The chapel theme verses were introduced: Colossians 2:6-7

With the help of video that Mr. Mitchell made and Xavier, I talked about expressing God's love in our high school community.

Chapel finished with a time of silent prayer, and as students exited the auditorium, some area youth directors were there to pass out doughnuts.

The video below is my effort at trying to be an Aussie nature guide.

NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Mr. Mitchell; Thursday: Song & Prayer
Middle School Wednesday: first chapel of the year.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Senior Chapel & Last Chapels of the Year

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: We had our yearly senior slide show (Thanks, Olivia, for making it). All the seniors sat on the stage, and we all enjoyed the pictures. At the end of the chapel, TC faculty & staff formed a circle around the seniors for a closing prayer. Mr. Piersma, Ms. Park and Mr. Rink led us in prayer. To see the Senior Slideshow: CLICK HERE

Thursday: Last chapel of the year! Students are randomly called on to share what they are doing this summer. Mr. Pelt led us in singing Cornerstone. Mr. Wiener gave a short talk on building heavenly treasures. We ended with Kate B.'s video that she made for Bible class. You should watch it!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: This chapel was basically the same as the last HS chapel. To watch Kate's video, see above.

THIS SUMMER:

Read the Bible everyday. Enjoy God's creation (trees, animals, beautiful places)!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Orchestra, Senior Testimonies, Aaron Foster

Middle School Chapel!
HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The Orchestra performed for us. They glorified God with beautiful music!

Thursday: Senior Testimony Chapel. Eleven seniors shared a testimony of how God worked in their life during their high school years. It was a holy moment as students testified to God's love and faithfulness. Mrs. Grandlienard, who will not be returning next year, also shared. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE




MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: The 6th graders joined us today. Aaron Foster, on the youth ministry staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook, spoke. He shared about the need to live for Jesus with others. We need each other and we also need to reach out to others.


NEXT WEEK
High School Tuesday: Senior Slide-show; Thursday: Last chapel of the year

Middle School Wednesday: Last chapel of the year

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wing Sing!, Small Groups, Meyer Homeroom

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Today was a special "Wing Sing" chapel. We sang some of the beloved songs from elementary school wing sings. Retiring teacher Mr. VanderNaald led with Mr. Bosman, retired TC teacher and master of wing sings. Additionally Mrs. LeGrand and Jonah VanderNaald added their voices and guitars. Some of the songs we sang: Ah La La, Every Move I Make, I am a C, Grin Again Gang, and Lean on Me.
To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Our last small group chapel of the year. We looked at our theme verses, Matthew 6:20-21. We reflected on this past year and thought about the summer ahead.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Mrs. Meyer's Homeroom led chapel. Through skits, Scriptures and a video, they made us think about what it means to follow Jesus in today's world. The students wrote their own skits, and each one was delivered a powerful message. Here is the clever video they showed: https://vimeo.com/22305133

NEXT WEEK
High School: Tuesday, Orchestra; Thursday, senior testimonies

Middle School Wednesday: Strauss Homeroom

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tim Shoemaker & Student Praise Songs

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Today for both middle and high school chapels we had Tim Shoemaker, an author and speaker. He warned against being a "compromising Christian" and encouraged us to be completely devoted to Jesus. His talk involved a number of volunteers, object lessons, and even a science experiment! If you are interested in learning more about Tim's ministry, check out his website: http://www.timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com. To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

Thursday: Mr. Pelt's Contemporary Musicianship class led our chapel. One of the class projects was to select a Scripture passage and write a praise song based on the passage. The class presented five of the students' songs. What a great chapel! To watch the chapel CLICK HERE

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPEL
Tuesday: Tim Shoemaker. See above!

NEXT WEEK
High School: Tuesday, Wing Sing; Thursday, small groups

Middle School Wednesday: Meyer Homeroom

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