Chapel Connection (Grades K-4)

Each week the Elementary Chapel Connection (grades K-4) will be sent to parents via email and available on our website.

Elementary Chapel Connection April 4, 2017 

Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9-10 

The 7th grade class led elementary today and they did a great job!  They began the time with prayer and three songs.  (I think the elementary students liked “God is on the Move” best.)  The 7th graders then taught the elementary students about bullying and how much it hurts to be bullied.  They reminded the younger students that just because someone is mean or says an unkind thing, that doesn’t automatically make them a bully.  Some people just act like meanies sometimes.  They did a little demonstration where three people said a sentence and the younger students had to decide which was the bully, which was the meanie and which was the “nicey”.  After they had done this, the younger students looked under their chairs to find a bottle of water.  The 7th graders told them that water is essential for us to survive, and if we don’t get enough water we will become dehydrated and sick.  It is the same with the love and knowledge of Jesus – we become spiritually sick if we don’t drink enough of Him in.  They reminded the younger kids that bullies might act the way they do because they haven’t been “drinking in” enough Jesus by prayer, spending time in the Word, and worship.  To end the chapel time, they broke up the students into small groups and had a time of prayer.  It was very special to see the older students excited and willing to minister to the younger ones.  If you see any of the 7th graders, please take a moment to say THANK YOU.  They really did a great job! 

Prayer Focus: WTCS This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week.  Please pray that God’s Word goes deep into the heart of every student as they read and memorize this week.  Pray for the teachers to have wisdom to speak into the lives of their students.  Pray that there is a spirit of humility over WTCS and that everyone there longs to be close to Jesus and follow His ways.

OfferingPlease pray for Jipson and his family.  Please send your extra change to chapel next week to put in the offering basket.  All of the offering goes to Jipson as we sponsor him through Compassion International.

Bible Reading ChallengeThe April Bible Reading Challenge is to read the 1&2 Peter, 1&2 Timothy, and 1, 2, &3 John.  Keep track of your reading at home, and Mrs. Johnson will hand out sheets after Spring Break.

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel. 

 

Elementary Chapel Connection – March 29, 2017 

Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking…” Hebrews 12:25 

Our chapel speaker on Tuesday was Mrs. Francine Duckworth.  She is currently a teacher in Williston, but has served as a missionary overseas with her husband.  She told the students that when her husband was 8 years old, he felt God call him into missions.  She reminded the students that God speaks to kids, and it is very important that we all learn His voice so we can listen when He is speaking. 

Mrs. Duckworth shared stories of miracles that she saw while she was living as a missionary in Samoa.  (Ask your student how God provided fire for a family who needed it for cooking.  If your student needs a reminder, tell them the answer might hit them like a bolt of lightning if they think really hard while they are trying to remember…)  Mrs. Duckworth also told of a time when she and her kids prayed every day for three weeks and asked God for a pump organ for their church.  Then a call came from a friend asking if they needed a pump organ!  Her 5 year old knew that God was the one who told the lady who offered the organ that the church needed one.  God uses prayer to provide for needs, even when the answer is 5000 miles away! 

Mrs. Duckworth asked the students to pray for a young man who needs Jesus.  He has been given the gift of correction of club feet though the modern day miracle of surgery, but he still needs Jesus as his Lord and Savior?  Will you please take some time to pray for him this week? 

The chapel time was ended in “listening prayer”.  Mrs. Duckworth reminded the students that the most important decision they will ever make is to accept Jesus into their lives as Savior and the second most important decision they will ever make is to follow Him in obedience.  So they prayed and asked God “What do you want me to do with my life?” and waited and listened for an answer.  Please keep praying that prayer and listening to God’s voice so you can walk the path He has laid out for you! 

(Reminder: one of the best ways to become familiar with God’s voice is to spend time in His Word!  Those are His words, and as you get them in your heart, you will be able to hear Him more clearly all around you!)

Prayer Focus: OUR WORLD Please pray for the many people around the world who need to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Pray for God to speak to them through people and dreams and visions.  Please pray that people who do know Jesus will share the Good News with those who don’t.  Pray for missionaries all around the world that they will be effective in spreading the Gospel of Jesus to unreached people groups.

Offering Please pray for Jipson and his family.  Please send your extra change to chapel next week to put in the offering basket.  All of the offering goes to Jipson as we sponsor him through Compassion International.

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE FOR LENT:  The school board is still looking for families to participate in 40 days of prayer. They would like every day claimed by a family or individual to cover the school and our surrounding community in prayer until Easter.  There are still several days that are not claimed yet, so please stop in the office and sign up to pray for at least one day during this season!  

Bible Reading ChallengeJust a few more days left to finish ROMANS, EPHESIANS, and PHILIPPIANS!  Turn in your green sheet to Mrs. Johnson before Monday, April 3 to receive your prize. (Actually, the time you spend reading the Word and how it helps you grow in Jesus is the real prize!)

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

Elementary Chapel Connection – March 23, 2017

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

What a great day at chapel – Miss Vivian was our speaker!  (It is always a treat for the kids to hear from Vivian Kalmik!)  Miss Vivian brought a quilt to chapel.  It was a beautiful quilt that a friend made for her.  She told the kids she was going to make a quilt right there in chapel – she had the colorful fabric pieces there and she just threw them up in the air and tried to make the quilt that way.  (It didn’t work, in case you were wondering.)  Then Miss Vivian went on to talk to the students about how beautiful things like quilts need to be designed and they have to fit together and it takes work and planning.

Miss Vivian taught the students a lesson about Fanny Crosby and how she became blind when she was a baby because a doctor made a mistake.  Fanny and her parents chose to forgive the doctor and trust in God rather than become bitter.  Miss Vivian read the story in the Bible of Jesus healing the blind man, and reminded them that while He could have healed Fanny’s eyes just like He healed that man, He chose not to.  Sometimes God doesn’t take the bad things away, but He turns them and uses them for good.  We have to trust God that He knows the very best for us, even if we don’t understand.  In Fanny’s case, if He had healed her, she may never have written the 8000 hymns that she did.  She kept trusting God and didn’t grow bitter and she let Him lead her along her path in life, even if it included blindness.  The students sang along with the chorus of “To God Be the Glory” (a hymn that Fanny Crosby wrote).  Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice.  Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.  Oh come to the Father through Jesus the Son and give Him the glory, great things He hath done!”

This is a poem that Fanny Crosby wrote when she was 8 years old:

Oh, what a happy soul I am  

Although I cannot see.  

I am resolved that in the world  

Contented I will be. 

How many blessings I enjoy 

That other people don’t 

To weep and sigh because I’m blind 

I cannot and I won’t

This week, when you are tempted to grumble and complain about circumstances in your life, take a moment to think about Fanny Crosby and this poem.  Try to find at least one thing to praise God for and take a moment to give Him glory.  See if your attitude changes.  It probably will…

Prayer Focus: OUR NATION – Please pray for the leaders of our nation.  Pray for their protection and that they will have wisdom as they make decisions.  Pray that if they know Jesus they will grow closer to Him and if they don’t know Jesus, that they will find Him and follow Him as Lord and Savior of their lives.  Pray for peace and unity in our country.

Offering – We sponsor a boy named Jipson through Compassion International.  He lives in South America and our offerings help him and his family each month.  Please continue to send offering and keep praying for Jipson and his family.

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE FOR LENT – The school board is still looking for families to participate in 40 days of prayer. They would like every day claimed by a family or individual to cover the school and our surrounding community in prayer until Easter.  There are still several days that are not claimed yet, so please stop in the office and sign up to pray for at least one day during this season!  

Bible Reading Challenge – The Bible Reading Challenge for March is ROMANS, EPHESIANS, and PHILIPPIANSKeep reading God’s Word!

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

Elementary Chapel Connection – March 15, 2017

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Yesterday in chapel, we heard from Mr. Nick Johnson from Upper Missouri Ministries.  He and Miss Taylor Campbell talked to the kids about the importance of serving others.  Miss Taylor read a story called “Duck in the Truck” by Jez Alborough; it was about a duck whose truck was stuck in the mud and the frog, sheep, and goat that helped him out of the stuck mess.  (The students were quacking, ribbiting, baaing, and maaing through the whole story – it sounded like a barnyard in the chapel!  But it was ok.  They were supposed to do that to help out with the story.)  After Miss Taylor finished the story, Mr. Johnson talked to the kids about how the animals in the story displayed compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, just like the Bible verse in Colossians 3:12.  He explained that even though those are big words, even kids can put them into practice because they basically just mean looking out for others and serving others, not just thinking of self.

Mr. Johnson had the students write or draw some way that they have served someone else, and they shared their pictures with the rest of the chapel.  There are so many ways to serve – from making your bed, to doing the dishes, to sharing, to helping someone who just needs an extra set of hands.  Mr. Johnson also talked about some of the things they do at UMM camp.  He told them about a mud pit that sounded like a lot of fun.  Then he said after the mud pit, the campers always have to wash off to get clean again.  He reminded that kids that Jesus does that for us – He washes us clean and gets all of the muddy, dirty, sin out of our lives.  Then Mr. Johnson encouraged the kids to help others who might be in a muddy situation, even if they get a little muddy themselves (just like the animals that helped duck in his stuck truck).   He also reminded the kids to bring Jesus into the muddy situations so Jesus can wash everything clean again.

Chapel Challenge – Mr. Johnson challenged each of the students to look for ways to serve others.  Take that challenge this week!  Be aware of others around you who might need help, and take time to help and serve. 

Prayer Focus: LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS – Please pray for the men and women who work so hard in law enforcement.  Pray for their safety and protection, for healthy ways for them to handle stress, protection over their marriages and homes, wisdom and discernment.  If you know any law enforcement officers, pray for them specifically by name.

Offering – We sponsor a boy named Jipson through Compassion International.  He lives in South America and our offerings help him and his family each month.  Please continue to send offering and keep praying for Jipson and his family.

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE FOR LENT – The school board is still looking for families to participate in 40 days of prayer. They would like every day claimed by a family or individual to cover the school and our surrounding community in prayer until Easter.  There are still several days that are not claimed yet, so please stop in the office and sign up to pray for at least one day during this season!  

Bible Reading Challenge – The Bible Reading Challenge for March is ROMANS, EPHESIANS, and PHILIPPIANSKeep reading God’s Word!

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

 

Chapel Connection – March 8, 2017

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:16-17

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Mrs. Edna Jensen.  Mrs. Jensen works as a missionary to teenage students here in Williston through an organization called Youth for Christ.  Mrs. Jensen talked about heart homes and roots during our chapel time.  She told us she loves to garden, and brought a little tree that she pulled up out of her garden while she was weeding.  The tree wasn’t very big, but the root was very long!  She told the kids that even if they are little (like the top of the tree), they can still have deep roots in Jesus so they can stay strong in Him.  She also talked to the students about Jesus living in their hearts.  She had a picture of a heart that was divided up into “rooms” and she talked about the ways Jesus wants to be present in every part of our hearts.

The first room was the library, and that represents our minds.  She told the kids that Jesus wants to help them clear out the attitudes, fears and emotions that aren’t honoring to Him and replace them with thoughts of Him in this room. (See Philippians 4:8)  The second room was the dining room – this room represents the things we crave and have an appetite for.  She encouraged the kids to be fully submitted to Jesus so that He can fix their menu and they crave only the best that He has for them.  (See 1 John 2:15-17)  The third room was the living room, which is a quiet, cozy room used to relax.  She reminded the students that Jesus wants to meet with them in the living room every day for some quiet time in His Word and prayer.  She said that even though it is easy to just rush by the living room and not go in, it is very important for them to make sure they stop in and spend some time with Jesus every day.  (Let the living room be a place to read, study, learn, pray, and talk to Jesus so you can grow in your relationship with Him!)  The next room was the Recreation Room.  This room serves as a reminder to take Jesus with us wherever we go.  Mrs. Jensen encouraged the kids to think about the things they spend their time doing for fun and the places they go and the way the talk and behave and really evaluate whether they are bringing Jesus along with them.  She encouraged them to make changes if they are going places and doing things that they would not be comfortable bringing Jesus into.   She told them to remain with Jesus all of the time, and no matter where they go, not to leave Him home. (See John 15:1-8)

The next room was the bedroom.  This a room the represents the very special way God made each of us and the gift He gave us in making us male and female.  She encouraged the kids to pray for God to keep their thoughts pure and remember the special plan He has for each of them.  (See Psalm 139)  Next, Mrs. Jensen talked about the hall closet – that place where we just shove things we don’t really want to get rid of but don’t necessarily want other people to see.  She encouraged the students to let Jesus into the hall closet to clean out the garbage (attitudes, habits, or thoughts) that we really do need His help to throw out.  The last room she talked about was a tiny little room that is very important – the bathroom.  She reminded us that the bathroom is the place in a house where we go to get rid of stinky stuff and to take a shower and get cleaned up.  She reminded the students that Jesus comes to flush all the stinky stuff out of our lives and wash us clean in Him. So even let Jesus into the bathroom of your heart!

Chapel Challenge Mrs. Johnson read Psalm 119:161-168 in chapel yesterday.  (Take some time to read this as a family – it only takes a few minutes!) Verse 164 says “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.”  Can you take time to praise God seven times every day this week?  A few ideas to get you started could be to praise Him for who He is, that He went to the cross for you, for all He provides for you.  There are so many more reasons and ways to praise Him – make this a week of praise!

Prayer Focus: WILLISTON YOUTH FOR CHRISTPlease pray for Mrs. Jensen and the other people who work for Youth for Christ.  Pray that they will be able to make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus with the students they minister to.  Pray that the students will recognize their need for Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior.  Pray that the students will make wise choices and follow Jesus.

Offering We sponsor a boy named Jipson through Compassion International.  He lives in South America and our offerings help him and his family each month.  This week the offering was $6.  Please continue to send offering and keep praying for Jipson and his family.

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE FOR LENTThe school board is still looking for families to participate in 40 days of prayer. They would like every day claimed by a family or individual to cover the school and our surrounding community in prayer until Easter.  There are still several days that are not claimed yet, so please stop in the office and sign up to pray for at least one day during this season!  

Bible Reading ChallengeThe new Bible Reading Challenge for March is ROMANS, EPHESIANS, and PHILIPPIANSThere is still plenty of time to read all three in March!  Keep reading God’s Word!

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

Chapel Connection – February 28, 2017 

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.” Colossians 3:9-10

Our chapel speaker today was Mrs. Lonni Fleck.  She spoke to us about the importance of honesty and the consequences of being dishonest and telling lies.  Mrs. Fleck read Proverbs 6:6-19 to the students and had them listen very carefully for the words in the scripture that related to how they speak and honesty.  Verses 16-19 say “There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”  Mrs. Fleck used these verses to remind the students of the importance of honesty and remind them of how God feels about lying. (The verse says he hates it!)  She talked to the students about how as Christians, we want to walk closely with Jesus and reflect Him to others, and we cannot do that if we make a habit of lying.

To demonstrate what happens to our relationship with God when we lie, Mrs. Fleck demonstrated with a fun science experiment.   She sprinkled pepper into a bowl of water and the pepper flakes floated on top of the water.  The pepper represented people.  Then she took a Q-tip and moved in around in the water.  The Q-tip represented God.  As the Q-tip moved around the water, the pepper came close to it, some of the flakes even stuck to the Q-tip.  But then she added dish soap to the other end of the Q-tip.  This dish soap represented a lie.  When the lie was introduced to the water, the pepper flakes scattered from the Q-tip.  They could not come near the Q-tip when the “lie” (dish soap) was in the water.  It is the same way with our lives, when we allow lies to come in; they move us away from God.  When we tell lies, those lies push us away from God.  We need to keep lying out of our lives if we want to walk in close relationship with God.  We serve a merciful God and He is always willing to forgive when we confess our sins to Him.  Mrs. Fleck also reminded the students that even when they do stumble and tell a lie, it is important to confess to God and the people affected by the lie, and accept God’s forgiveness so they can begin to walk closer to God again.

Chapel ChallengeBe conscious of what is coming out of your mouth this week.  Strive to always tell the truth.  Think before you speak.  Even if something is *mostly* the truth, stop before you say it and make sure is the whole truth before you speak.  If you do stumble and tell a lie – a big one or a just what seems like an innocent white lie – make it right.  Confess to God and to the person or people affected by the lie.  Reflect Jesus with your words this week.  Speak truth.

Prayer Focus: OUR NATION  – Take some time this week to specifically pray for our nation.  Pray for our leaders to have wisdom.  Pray for unity in our nation.  Pray that people in the United States turn to Jesus and follow and obey Him.  

Offering – Please continue to send offering for Jipson.  We sponsor Jipson through Compassion International.  He lives in South America and our offerings help him and his family each month. 

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE FOR LENT – The school board is looking for families to participate in 40 days of prayer! Starting March 1st and continuing until Easter Sunday, they would like every day claimed by a family or individual to cover the school and our surrounding community in prayer.   There is a signup sheet in the office, please stop by and take at least one day to pray for Williston!

Bible Reading Challenge – The new Bible Reading Challenge for March is ROMANS, EPHESIANS, and PHILIPPIANSIt is three books instead of just one, but they are shorter books.  There is plenty of time to read all three in March! (Remember the song you sang in chapel today???  “Do what it says, do, do, just do it, do what it says” – you have to read the Bible to know what is in there so you can actually do what it says!)

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

Chapel Connection–February 21, 2017
And He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19
 
Today In chapel we learned some more about China, but this time we heard it from Mrs. Deb Phalen, WTCS volunteer & international coordinator.  We reviewed what we learned last week about China–it is the shape of a chicken, they make a lot of kites, their money is smaller & lighter than ours, most of the people there have never held a Bible or heard about Jesus.  Mr. and Mrs. Phalen spent 15 years in China teaching University students.  She showed us several pictures of these students and told about some who had come to know Jesus and are now sharing Jesus with others.  Mrs. Phalen showed us a map of the world and we saw the difference in size of the various countries in the world.  Even though China is not the largest in size, it is the largest in population.  She reminded us of the verse that we all know very well from John 3:16.  For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  Each student received a picture postcard from the Phalens as a reminder to pray for the people of China.  We prayed for the children of China to learn about God. 
Chapel Challenge:  Continue to pray for the people of China to come to know Jesus.  Now you have two reminders–the coin from last week and the picture postcard from this week.  Every time you see them say a quick prayer for China. 
Offering:  Our offering today was $5.60.  Please continue to give offerings to help support Jipson.  We heard from him recently and he appreciates our support very much. 
Bible Reading Challenge:  Keep on reading the Gospel of Matthew.  There is just one week left in the month of February so try to finish reading Matthew this week and bring your paper to Mrs. Johnson. 
*Parents and visitors are welcome to join us for chapel any Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.   It is a blessing to listen to the students sing praises to God and pray.  It’s always great to hear from our guest speakers about another aspect of God’s work in the world. 

 

Chapel Connection – February 14, 2017

And He said to them, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19

Our chapel speaker today was Pastor Jim Phalen.  Pastor Jim and his wife Deb used to live in China and he talked to the students about many different things about China.  Even though he was the chapel speaker, he asked the kids a lot of questions to see what they already knew about China, and they actually knew quite a bit about the country.  They even recognized a whole song that Pastor Jim sang in Chinese, even though they didn’t know the words.  (It was Jesus Loves Me.)  Pastor Jim talked a little bit about the food, the rules, and they way they study and memorize things over in China.  He told us the country is shaped like a chicken.  He told the kids that the Chinese character for 10 is the shape of a cross.  Pastor Jim also told the students that when he was preparing to go to China, someone asked him, “Why would anybody want to go to China?” and he asked the kids that same question.  They answered to tell the people there about Jesus.  And Pastor Jim told them they are exactly right.  There are more people in China who have never heard about Jesus than the number of people who live in the entire United States of America.  That is a lot of people who need Jesus!  Pastor Jim reminded the students of the verse in Matthew where Jesus says to come follow Him and become fishers of men.  Pastor Jim said the #1 rule of fishing is to “go where the fish are” – and China is a place where lots of fish are!  Please pray that Jesus will send fishermen to China to spread the good news of the gospel to the people who need Him so much!

Chapel Challenge: Pastor Jim gave each student who wanted one a dime from China, but he gave it with one condition – pray for the people of China when you see the dime.  So this week (and even beyond this week) please remember to pray for the people in China who need to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  

Prayer Focus OUR FAMILIES:  Please take some time this week to pray for your family.  Pray that everyone in your family will know Jesus more.  Pray that any unsaved family members will come to Jesus.  Pray for health, provision of jobs and housing or other needs, and for peace in your family.  Then pick another family (maybe from your neighborhood) and pray for them.

Offering: We received over $12 in the offering today. Thank you so much for your giving.  Please continue to bring offering so we can support Jipson.

Bible Reading Challenge: The book to read this month is MATTHEW. Please keep reading Matthew in February!

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40. Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us! We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

 

Chapel Connection – January 24, 2017

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-19

Miss Carley Cruse was our chapel speaker this week.  Miss Carley attended TCS when she was in 5th through 8th grade.  She shared with us that when she was 14 years old she went on a missions trip to Peru, and it was there that God spoke to her heart and told her that He created her to be a missionary in another country.  She has been obedient to Him and is now a missionary in the country of Bosnia.  As she lives there and meets people, the desire of her heart is to obey Jesus and make disciples.  Miss Carley showed us a little video clip to help us understand what a disciple actually is.  We found out that a disciple is a learner or a student.  Jesus tells us to show people who God is and what He looks like and make disciples of them.  We do this by spending time with people, showing them the love of God, praying for them and praying with them, showing them how to praise God, telling them Bible stories, and taking them to church with us.  She also reminded us that Jesus gave us His promise that He is always with us as we are doing these things.  We cannot make disciples on our own; we need the power of Jesus working in us. 

Miss Carley told us that there are three ways to be involved in global missions.  Some people give money to send missionaries, some people go to the countries all over the world, and some people pray for the missionaries and the people who need Jesus.  There really is something that each of us can do for missions! Miss Carley has many friends in Bosnia who do not know Jesus and she asked us to pray for them.  She assigned each class a family to pray for and gave them a picture of the children in these families to hang in the classrooms.  Please take time to learn their names and pray for these precious children in Bosnia who need Jesus.

Chapel Challenge Take some time to pray about how you can be involved in global missions. Have a discussion as a family about how you are involved or ways you could be involved, and either give, go, or pray!

Prayer Focus: THE LOST:  Please take some time this week to pray for people around the world who do not know Jesus.  Pray that God would open their eyes to His Truth by sending people to tell them and speaking to them in dreams and visions.  Pray for the families in Bosnia who need to know Jesus.  Pray for Miss Carley as she shares the love of Jesus with those who need to know Him.  Pray for open doors and open hearts for the Truth of the Gospel to spread.

Offering We received a letter from Jipson! He said he is in good health and is doing well in school.  They had an earthquake where he lives and he told about praying with his family and not having electricity.  He and his family are very thankful for the support we send each month and he said that they used the money we sent as a Christmas gift for a backpack, clothes, and a notebook.  Please continue to send offering each week.  We need $38 a month to continue to support him.  This week the offering was $17.  Thank you for your generosity for Jipson!

Bible Reading Challenge You have one more week to finish the book of JOHN!  Turn in your sheets to Mrs. Johnson by February 1 to receive your charm.

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in

 

 

 

Chapel Connection – January 17, 2017

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back praising God in a loud voice.” Luke 17:15

Our chapel speaker on Tuesday was Mrs. Cyrena Weeks and she brought her breakfast to chapel! (Not really, but she did bring a big bowl of Rice Krispies to make a point…)  She showed the students how small one little Rice Krispie is, yet how much noise it makes when the milk is poured on.  Mrs. Weeks encouraged the students to be like Rice Krispies when they are talking about Jesus.  She encouraged them to be loud for Jesus.  She didn’t mean run around screaming like a crazy person, she meant to make sure we are telling other about Jesus because they need to hear.  She read Luke 17:11-19 with the students (take some time to read it as a family!) and talked with them about what it meant to have leprosy.  She told what an icky disease it was and how if you had it, you had to leave your family and friends and live a lonely, outcast life.  She also reminded the students that when Jesus comes around, amazing things happen and He goes after people who are lonely and outcast and sick.  Jesus healed all ten of those men with leprosy!  They all got to go back to their families and friends and tell the story of the miracle that Jesus had done for them and show everyone the places where sores once hurt them but now in place of the sores was new, clean skin.  They got to be loud about what Jesus had done for them.  But there was something different about one of the men.  He was excited to be healed, and he was on his way to tell his story, but he stopped and turned around first.  He went back to Jesus and said thank you.  What an important lesson we learn from that one man.  It isn’t enough to just tell others what Jesus has done for us.  We need to stop and go tell Him thank you, because only Jesus can do miracles and He deserves all the glory.

Chapel Challenges 

  1. Think about what Jesus has done in your life.    Thank Him for it.  3. Tell someone.  Go be a loud Rice Krispie for Jesus and tell your story.  (Give Jesus the credit; don’t make it all about you!)

Prayer Focus: OUR NATIONPlease take some time this week to pray for our nation.  Pray for the upcoming inauguration of President Elect Trump.  Please pray for peace.  Pray against division and for unity.

Bible Reading ChallengeKeep reading JOHN in January! (Remember, you can also listen to the book of John if you have access to an audio Bible.)

OfferingMrs. Johnson read a card from Compassion International that thanked the WTCS students for sponsoring Jipson.  Please continue to spend money each week for Jipson.

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

 

Chapel Connection – January 10, 2017

Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3”

Our chapel speaker today was Mrs. Johnson.  She told us three stories of how children prayed and God answered their prayers.  The first one was a story that took place in Africa more than 60 years ago.  There was a woman named Dr. Helen Roeveare who lived in Africa as a missionary doctor.  Dr. Helen once delivered a little tiny premature baby and the mommy died while she was giving birth.  Now this little baby and a 2 year old sister had no mommy.  The only way they had to keep tiny babies warm was a hot water bottle, but as they were filling the only one they had left, it burst so it could not be used.  Dr. Helen went to a nearby orphanage and asked the children to pray for this tiny baby and her sister.  A 10 year old girl prayed for God to send a water bottle and to send it that day.  She also prayed for a doll for the 2 year old girl, so she would know that Jesus loves her.  Dr. Helen didn’t know how that prayer could possibly be answered, and maybe it even seemed kind of silly because having a hot water bottle delivered that day was pretty much impossible.  But later that very day, a big box was delivered to Dr. Helen’s house.  (Mrs. Johnson had a box like the one Dr. Helen opened that day, so as she told the rest of the story, she pulled items out of the box.)  There were different medical supplies and clothes, AND A HOT WATER BOTTLE!  The kids from the orphanage were there watching as Dr. Helen opened the box and they must have cheered like crazy when they saw that hot water bottle answer to prayer!  (Ask your student what else was in the box.  Yes, it was a doll.) God answers prayers.  A really amazing thing is that box had been on its way to Africa for months and months.  God had put it on someone’s heart to send a hot water bottle long before the girl even prayed for it – God isn’t constrained by time like we are.  He is outside of time and can answer prayers in such amazing ways!

The second story Mrs. Johnson told happened 20 years ago.  She had a brain aneurism and needed surgery.  She called Trinity and asked the students to pray for her.  They did and the doctors were able to do surgery and take care of the aneurism without any damage to Mrs. Johnson’s brain.  The doctor told her she was one lucky lady, but she knows luck had nothing to do with it.  God’s protection is what saved her.

The third story she told is from just last week.  Mrs. Bolton who used to teach art here at WTCS was scheduled to start chemo treatments for leukemia.  Many people have been praying for her, including the students here at WTCS.  And when she went to start her treatments, the doctors said she didn’t need to start!  She still has leukemia, but the numbers on her bloodwork looked a lot better!  God really does hear and answer the prayers of His children!  So please PLEASE keep praying!

Chapel Challenge:  Read Matthew 18:1-4 and Matthew 19:13-15 as a family.  Discuss what it means to become like a little child.  Take time to pray together for your family and for someone who doesn’t live in your home.

Prayer Focus: MILITARY:  Please take some time this week to pray for the men and women in our military.  Pray for their safety and for wisdom for them.  Also pray for their families to have peace while their loved ones are fighting for our freedom.

Special Prayer Request:  Mr. Fleck told the students a bit about the program they are working on to make it possible for students from other parts of the world to come to school at WTCS.  He asked us to pray that God would lead students to the school and that the government will open doors to make this possible.

Bible Reading Challenge:  Read JOHN in January! Either keep reading or crack open your Bible and start!  (Remember, you can also listen to the book of John if you have access to an audio Bible.)

Offering:  Will you please bring a dollar for Jipson?  This week’s offering total was $5.45.  We need $38 a month to keep supporting Jipson through Compassion International.  If each of us brings a little, we can be a big help to Jipson and his family! 

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

 

Chapel Connection – January 3, 2017

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

It is always a good day in chapel when the students get to learn a new language.  Our speaker today was Miss Savannah Bruch who is a missionary in Italy.  She taught the students the song “The Name of the Lord” in Italian.  It was so much fun to listen to them sing!  Miss Savannah has been working at an international Bible college and church in Italy for about 10 months.  She was kind enough to come speak to us while she was home with her family over the holiday break.  She told the students she is working in Italy to help people learn the Bible, learn more about God, and introduce people to Jesus.  Only about 1.1% of the people in Italy are Christians who have a relationship with Jesus Christ, even though there are a lot of churches and most people know about God.  We need to pray that people in Italy will seek to know God.  Miss Savannah had several pictures of life in Italy and talked to us about the college (sometimes they get to study the Bible in the places where parts of the Bible were actually written!); she told us about their puppet ministry and choirs that reach out to the community; and she showed us pictures of the ministry they do with children who need encouragement in their faith walk.  She also had pictures of some of the vehicles and foods of Italy.  One of her photos showed the words “Lo Scopo e Gesu” which means “The Purpose is Jesus” – may that be true of all of our lives no matter if we are in America or Italy or anywhere else!  Miss Savannah had a picture of her church, which didn’t look very fancy because it is in a warehouse.   She also had pictures of huge, old churches that were gorgeous and ornate and stunning to look at.  The pictures were beautiful, but the sad thing about them was that people don’t go there to worship and seek Jesus.  They are mostly just empty buildings to look at.  The lesson of the churches was a good reminder that it doesn’t really matter what things look like on the outside; it is what is in our hearts and where our relationship with Jesus is that matters.  Miss Savannah ended her time at chapel by saying “Gesu Vi Ama” (Jesus loves you) and “Dio Vi Benedica” (God Bless you) to the students.

Chapel Challenge:  Anytime you eat either pizza or pasta this week, say a special prayer for the people in Italy to turn their hearts toward Jesus. (And remember what Miss Savannah told us – they don’t eat spaghetti and meatballs like we do, they eat fish with their pasta and their pizza looks way different than ours does. Unless you have French fries and vegetables on your pizza, that is.)

Prayer Focus: THE WORLD:  There are so many people all around the world who need to know Jesus.  Please take some time each day this week to pray for people to come to know Jesus.  Say a special prayer for the people of Italy that they will seek God, read their Bibles, and that they will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Bible Reading Challenge:  A new month means a new Bible reading challenge.  Read JOHN in January! If you read just one chapter a day, you can finish in plenty of time.  (Remember, you can also listen to the book of John if you have access to an audio Bible.)

Offering:  Will you please bring a dollar for Jipson?  We collect an offering each week in chapel to support a boy named Jipson through Compassion International.  Please bring a dollar next week so we can continue to support him.

**Chapel is held every Tuesday from 1:00-1:40.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles – you are all welcome to join us!  We would love to have you worship with us in chapel.

 

 

Chapel Connection – December 21, 2016

Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14

Last week, we were supposed to hear from a speaker who does mission work in Italy, but unfortunately her flight was delayed and she was stuck in Denver.  Instead, we heard from her mom, Mrs. Theresa Bruch, and it was a blessing for sure!  Mrs. Bruch brought two gifts with her, one was wrapped beautifully with paper, tissue, and a bow and the other was black and there was garbage on top of the gift.  But the actual item in each gift was a heart.  Mrs. Bruch used the illustration to remind the students that all Jesus wants for a Christmas gift is their hearts.  He doesn’t care if it is all pretty and put together or if it doesn’t really look so nice.  He makes all things new and really wants to have our hearts.  Mrs. Bruch taught the students the poem “What Can I Give Him?” by Christina Rossetti to help them remember how important it is to give their hearts to Jesus.  Mrs. Bruch also talked to the students about the things they need to do and the things they want to do.  Wants (playing toys, social media, movies, games, etc.) were represented by a container of salt, and needs (eating, sleeping, going to school, chores, etc.) were represented by a bag of Christmas ornaments.  She first poured the salt in (like when we do just what we want to do) first and then tried to cram all the ornaments (the things we need to do) in and it didn’t work.  Then she pulled out a candle, which represented spending time with Jesus, and that sure didn’t fit at all after the salt and the ornaments were in there!  She told the students that it just doesn’t work to do what we want first and then try fit in Jesus and the things we need to do later.  When she started over and put the candle in first (spending time with Jesus in prayer and His Word right away first thing), then put the ornaments in (the things we need to do), then poured the salt in (the things that we want to do) – it all fit in the same container!  (There was even room leftover!)  When we have our priorities right and Jesus gets our first thoughts and attention, then we can make everything else fit in our day.  We ended our chapel time by singing a few songs with Miss Taylor Campbell leading us on her guitar.

Chapel Challenge:  This is the poem Mrs. Bruch taught in chapel:

“What can I give Him? Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I’d give him a lamb. If I were a wise man, I would do my part.

What can I give him? I give Him my heart.”

Take some time and memorize and review it with your student over the Christmas break.

Prayer Focus: FAMILIES:  Christmas is sometimes a really sad time for people.  They may be far away from family, or they may have had a family member pass away and there is an empty seat at the Christmas dinner table.  Will you take some time this week to pray for families who may be having a hard time this Christmas?  Pray that they can know the love of Jesus even through their grief and sadness.

Bible Reading Challenge:  You still have time to finish reading the book of LUKE in December!  Turn your sheet into Mrs. Johnson when we start school again in January.

** We had a very special treat in chapel last week when the 4th grade students recited Luke 2:1-20 for us.  They did an amazing job and many of the students from the other grades joined in because they had the scripture memorized as well.  It was wonderful and powerful and a blessing to hear!  Great job 4th graders and thank you so much for sharing with us. We are so proud of everyone who memorized Luke 2:1-20.  God’s Word in your heart is a great treasure!

 

 

Chapel Connection – December 14, 2016

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Ephesians 2:8

Miss Heather with Child Evangelism Fellowship spoke to us at chapel today as we had a “Birthday Party for Jesus”.  She first read Ephesians 2:8 with the students and then went through what the verse really means.  She told us that grace is kindness from God that we do not deserve.  We need to be saved from our sins.  Because of sin, we are separate from God and we need grace to bring us back into fellowship and friendship with Him.  Miss Heather told us that faith is belief in something strongly enough to do something with it or about it.  We need faith in Jesus and His saving grace because He is the only one who can save us.  All of this is a gift from God.  It is all free (well, to us it is free, it actually cost Jesus A LOT) and it is for everyone.  Salvation is a gift that God gives because of who He is, not because of anything we could do or because we deserve it at all.  She also read 1 John 4:19 to us to remind us that God loved us first.  He knows everything about us (even the not so great parts) and yet He still offers this gift of salvation to us.  It is amazing. Miss Heather also read us a book with the whole Christmas story in it and highlighted Mary and Joseph’s obedience even though it was going to be hard, the fact that Jesus was willing to be born into a stinky, dirty place instead of a fancy palace, and that God chose to send the good news to the shepherds first, even though the world thought they were nobodies.  This good news and the amazing gift of Jesus really are for everyone!  As chapel ended, the students sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and Mrs. Johnson reminded them that the best gift they could ever give Jesus for His birthday would be their hearts.

Chapel Challenge:

Memorize Ephesians 2:8 as a family.  Take time each day this week to specifically thank God for sending the gift of His Son Jesus to us for our salvation.

Prayer Focus: The Lost

So many people have never heard about the gift of salvation and the truth of Jesus Christ.  Others have heard but have not yet accepted the gift.  Please pray for those you know who need to accept this gift so they can live in heaven for eternity.  Pray that this Christmas season will be the time they accept Jesus into their lives.  Pray for those all around the world who have never heard.  Pray that the truth of Jesus will be made known to them so they can accept His gift. 

Offering

Let’s have another “bring a dollar” challenge!  If each student brings just one dollar to chapel next week that will be about enough to support Jipson for two months!!!   Please consider bringing just one dollar for our offering next week.  (Jipson is the boy we support through Compassion International.)

Bible Reading Challenge

This month read the book of LUKE.  Turn in your sheet to Mrs. Johnson when we get back from Christmas vacation so you can get your charm.

 

**Chapel is held at 1:00 pm each Tuesday.  Please come join us if you are able.  We would love to worship with you!

(Next week our speaker is coming all the way from Italy!)

 

Chapel Connection – November 30, 2016

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Mr. John Draxton.  He and his wife Katy came to speak to the students about a ministry called International Farmers Organization for Sustainable Development (IFOSuD) that is working to help people in the country of Haiti.  IFOSuD was started when John said yes when he was asked by a young man from Haiti to partner with him to help the people of his country.   IFOSuD teaches farmers how to raise crops to feed their families, as well as evangelizing them so they can know the truth of God’s Word.    IFOSuD has a saying “Plant a seed, grow a nation.” They are planting actual seeds that will grow into food for one of the hemisphere’s poorest nations and they are planting the seeds of God’s Word in the hearts of people and are praying that God will bear much fruit in Haiti to the glory of His name (right now most of the people there do not know Jesus).  Instead of just giving food to the people, they are teaching the people how to grow their own food so they can take care of themselves.  Mr. Draxton was recently in Haiti, and he told the students about the devastation there from Hurricane Matthew.  There are about 800,000 people in the area where he was, and most of them are now without homes and are running out of food because of the hurricane.  The fruit trees and crops have all been destroyed.  This means there are no seeds to plant new crops, and the fruit that they eat and sell to earn money is not there.  It is a very desperate situation.  IFOSuD (and other organizations) are working hard to meet the physical needs of the people of Haiti because they need food to eat, but John also reminded the students that the people of Haiti also need Jesus.   Mr. Draxton read Matthew 9:37 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  He told the kids a bit of his story of going from being a farm kid from ND to helping farmers in Haiti and he challenged the kids to pray and ask God how He wants them to go to work for His harvest.  He reminded the kids that when they make themselves available to what God is doing and obey His leading, they will be part of amazing things for the Kingdom of God.

 Prayer Focus: Our World:  Please take time this week to pray specifically for the people of Haiti.  Please pray that the seeds that are being planted in Haiti will grow – both the seeds for food and the seeds of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus.  Pray that as their physical needs are being met, the people in Haiti will also come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

IFOSuD and Haiti:  For more information on IFOSuD, please find them on Facebook and like their page.  There are stories, pictures, and several ways to get involved with this ministry.  Facts about Haiti: 10 million people live there, ND is 7 times larger than Haiti in land mass, most adults cannot read so they are taught the Bible through stories and pictures, they speak Creole, most families live on $1-$2 per day, and less than half of the children there go to school

Offering:  We will continue to take an offering each week in chapel.  This week about $12 was given in the offering.  This money is used for monthly support as we sponsor Jipson, a young boy who lives in South America.  We sponsor Jipson through Compassion International.  Thank you for your giving each week.

Bible Reading Challenge:  Read the book of LUKE in December!  Turn in your sheet to Mrs. Johnson before school is out for Christmas vacation and you will get your charm for reading the entire book of Luke!

 

Elementary Chapel Connection – November 16, 2016

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5

Mrs. Johnson led chapel yesterday and read from Acts 12. She read the account of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison.  (Please take some time this week to read Acts 12:1-19 as a family.) Mrs. Johnson highlighted several miracles in this story: an angel appeared to Peter, they walked by 16 guards unnoticed, and the gate opened all by itself.   Reading this story is a reminder of how powerful God really is.  She also talked to us about the people who were praying for Peter as he was in prison.  God was answering their prayers even as they were praying, but they didn’t know it until Peter showed up at the door.  (Ask your student what Rhoda did when she saw Peter at the door!)  Mrs. Johnson reminded us that there are people all over this world who are chained up in a kind of prison – they are prisoners to sin.  They do not know Jesus, so they are controlled by sin.  They might not be in literal prison cells and chains, but they are still enslaved to sin and they need Jesus to set them free.  We can pray for those people!  And even though we might not be able to see our prayers being answered right in front of our eyes, we still need to have faith that God is at work breaking chains of sin all over this world as we pray for people to know Him.

Spiritual Emphasis Week Update:  *199 food items collected for the Salvation Army *31 shoeboxes packed for Operation Christmas Child * students read the Bible for 2000 minutes *students memorized Psalm 23, Psalm 121, Psalm 100, Psalm 126, and Galatians 5:22-23

Let’s take time to give Jesus a whole lot of praise of all of that!!  Please keep reading your Bible, memorizing scripture, and looking for ways to help others.  Even though Spiritual Emphasis week is over, these are all things that we should have as part of our lives every day.  (PS – Search for “shoebox stories” online to read testimonies of children who have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. It will encourage your heart to read them!)

Prayer Focus: Law Enforcement:  Please take time this week to pray for the men and women who are in law enforcement.  Pray for wisdom, their safety, peace of mind, that they can rest, that they find healthy ways to handle the many stresses in their jobs, and that they will not grow weary in doing good.  Specifically pray for the officers dealing with the DAPL incidents.  Pray for a speedy and peaceful end to that situation.  Pray for peace for their family members.

Offering:  We will continue to take an offering each week in chapel.  This money will be used for monthly support as we sponsor Jipson, a young boy who lives in South America.  We sponsor Jipson through Compassion International.  Thank you for your giving each week.   

Bible Reading Challenge:  This month we are challenging each student to read the book of ACTS.  It is an exciting book full of stories of Paul’s adventures, the early church, and many miracles.  Keep reading or start the challenge today…there is still plenty of time to read Acts in November!  (One easy way to do this is to listen to an audio Bible while you are riding in your vehicle or doing your chores around the house.)

**Chapel time for next week has been changed due to a special Family Thanksgiving Chapel.  It will be held on Tuesday, November 22 at 1:15 pm in the gym.  All family members (siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousins…anyone and everyone!) are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The elementary students will be performing a couple of Thanksgiving songs, and for one of them they will be using sign language along with their voices. (Thank you, Mrs. Lee!)  They do a great job and would love to have you there to hear them!

 

 

Chapel Connection – November 2, 2016

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

Mrs. Johnson spoke to us at chapel yesterday about ways we can emphasize our spiritual lives and grow in our devotion to Jesus.  When she asked the students for ideas and examples, they had some great ones.  They said read the Bible, pray, memorize God’s Word.  (Smart kids!!)  During Spiritual Emphasis Week next week, each of these will be addressed by a special Bible reading challenge, Bible memory challenge, and a day of prayer at the school.  Then Mrs. Johnson added one more way – helping others and giving.  When she asked how that helps us grow closer to Jesus, one student answered that we are supposed to look and live like Jesus and a life of giving and helping is how He lived.  Another student answered that the Bible commands us to give to those in need.  (See… SMART KIDS!)  Mrs. Johnson told us about several opportunities that they will be having next week to give to those in need.  During Spiritual Emphasis Week we will be collecting food for the Salvation Army food pantry, collecting a special offering for Jipson, making encouraging posters for law enforcement officers, and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. (A separate note will be going home with details of all the activities of Spiritual Emphasis Week.)   Mrs. Johnson ended chapel by playing a song that talks about how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and show His love to others.  The words of the chorus are “If you’re looking for ways to be like Jesus/ How you can live so people are blessed/It’s not about thinking less of yourself/It’s all about thinking of yourself less.   There are several things planned next week that will give the students many opportunities to think more of others and think of themselves less.  Please be in prayer for the students that God will prepare their hearts for all of the events and activities of Spiritual Emphasis Week and that they will draw closer to Him during the week.

Chapel Challenge:  Read Matthew 25:31-46 as a family.  Pray and ask Jesus who of “the least of these” He wants you to help.  When He shows you or an opportunity comes up, be obedient and help.

Prayer Focus: Our Country:  Please be in prayer for our country and the elections this week.  Thank God that He is always in control.  Pray that Christians will pray and ask God who He wants them to vote for.  Pray that leaders and candidates alike will come to know Jesus.  Pray for a move of God over our country. 

Offering:  Thank you for continuing to give to Jipson, the boy we sponsor through Compassion International.  This week’s offering was $37.60.  Next week we will be having a special offering to send to Jipson for a Christmas gift.  Our goal is to be able to send him $75 for Christmas.  If every student brings just a dollar to chapel next Tuesday, we can reach our goal.   

Bible Reading Challenge:  Congratulations to all those who finished the October Proverbs Bible reading challenge!  The book to read for November is ACTS.  It is the 5th book of the New Testament and it is really exciting and interesting to read.  There are 28 chapters, so even if you read just one chapter a day you can easily finish this challenge this month.

**Chapel time for next week has been changed due to Spiritual Emphasis Week.  Elementary chapel will be held on Thursday at 1:00 pm.  This will be a special time of reciting the verses the students memorized during the week and a time to pray over the food, posters, shoeboxes, and offering for Jipson.  Please join us!

 

 

Chapel Connection – October 26, 2016

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. …” Hebrews 11:6

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Pastor Michael Calhoun.  Pastor Calhoun talked to us about faith.  He taught us that faith means believing.  He told us that everyone in the room had faith, and he proved it by showing that we were all sitting on chairs.  We had faith that the chair would hold us.  He reminded us that we exercise faith every time we flip a light switch on.  We believe the light will come on when we do that.  Then Pastor Calhoun reminded us of the verse in Hebrews that tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith.  But God isn’t so much interested in if we have faith in a chair or electricity.  He wants us to have faith in HIM.  Pastor Calhoun reminded us that being obedient to our parents, getting good grades, and making sure we go to church won’t give us eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  They are good things to do, but there is more to salvation than doing good things.  The only way to heaven is a relationship with Jesus as we put our faith in HIM ALONE.  Pastor Calhoun prayed with the students and encouraged them to talk to a teacher or another trusted adult if they want to learn more about putting their faith in Jesus Christ.  As he closed, Pastor Calhoun reminded the students that it isn’t enough to just think and know that the chair will hold then.  It isn’t enough to talk about how the chair could hold them.  It isn’t enough to look at the chair.  In order for the chair to be of any good to someone, the person has to actually sit in it.  It is the same with Jesus.  We can talk about Him and look at Him and know that we should put our faith in Him.  But until we take that step and put our faith IN HIM and give our lives to Him, it is just like looking at the chair without sitting down in it.

Chapel Challenge:  Spend some quiet time alone with Jesus every day this week.  Read your Bible, pray, sing songs to Him.  Take time to sit and listen to Him as well.  He loves when you talk to Him, and he also loves when you are quiet and listen for His voice.

Prayer Focus: The Lost:  Yesterday at chapel, Mrs. Johnson took the cross out of the prayer reminder bag.  The cross reminds us that everyone needs their sins forgiven by the blood that Jesus shed when He died on the cross.  Please pray for people who do not  know this truth yet.  Pray for people around the world, in our town, in your neighborhood, and in your own family.  Pray for people to have sensitive hearts to Jesus and that they would answer His call to them. 

OfferingThank you for your generous giving for Jipson!  This week our offering was $32.56.  Please keep bringing offering each week so we can help support Jipson through Compassion International. 

Bible Reading Challenge:  October is almost over.  Please finish reading Proverbs and return your sheet (signed by an adult!) to Mrs. Johnson on or before November 1.  Open your Bibles and read! Put in your ear buds and listen to an audio Bible!

Parents are welcome to attend chapel with their students!  It is a blessing to hear children sing and pray.  And we have wonderful speakers that speak truth to adults and students alike.  Chapel is held every Tuesday at 1:00.

 

 

Chapel Connection – October 19, 2016

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

We were so excited to see Miss Vivian at chapel yesterday!  It is always a treat when she comes to see us and share Jesus.  You don’ t have to spend very much time with Miss Vivian to know that Jesus is her most special friend and to know that she loves to share His good news with the people she sees.  Miss Vivian introduced us to a man in the Bible who is tucked away in the book of 1 Chronicles.  The Bible doesn’t tell us much about him, other than that his name was Jabez, he was an honorable man, he prayed to God, and God granted his request.  Miss Vivian challenged the students to read and think about this prayer.  She taught us about this simple four-line prayer and how much is packed into the few words.  She reminded us that life with God is exciting and that it is an adventure.  And she encouraged the students to talk to God to get to know Him better.  She told the kids to pray and ask God to bless them, and that they will know  they are in His will.  She encouraged them to pray that God would enlarge their territory, but not with land or other material stuff – that God would enlarge their hearts to look beyond themselves to the needs of others.  She told them about the line in Jabez’s prayer that says “Let your hand me with me” and said that could mean God’s hand of protection, guidance, or strength.  And finally, she talked about the part of the prayer that asks that Jabez would be kept from harm and evil.  Miss Vivian reminded us that it is often too easy to slip into the bad or evil things of this world – disobedience, lying, looking at things we shouldn’t, just to name a few.  All of those things cause pain.  We need to pray that God would give us strength to follow Him and not turn to evil.  Miss Vivian also gave each class a special treat to eat as they read the prayer with their class.  Ask your student what the candy was and what it represented in the Bible.

Chapel Challenge

Look up the Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) and read it out loud.  Think about what the words mean.  Pray the prayer.  Either use the words that Jabez said or use your own words.  Ask God to keep you in His blessing.  Ask Him to enlarge your mind to think of others and how you can help them or pray for them.  Ask for His hand of protection and leading and strength on you.  Ask that He would keep you from evil.

(And maybe say a prayer for Miss Vivian.  She told us that she prays for the students of WTCS, so let’s take a few moments to pray for her as well this week!)

Prayer Focus: Families

This week, take some time to pray for families.  Pray for your own family.  Pray that God will be the center of your home, pray for strength for parents, pray for health, and for anyone who does not know Jesus to come to know Him. Please pray for families who are hurting.  Pray for provision of jobs, food, health, and that they will seek God.  Pray for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Offering

Thank you for your generous giving for Jipson!  This week our offering was $30.82.  Please keep bringing offering each week so we can help him and his family.  It costs $38 per month to support him and extra money is given to Jipson for birthday and Christmas gifts.

Bible Reading Challenge

Open your Bibles and keep reading!  Put in your ear buds and start listening to an audio Bible!  There is still plenty of time to get into the book of PROVERBS during October.  The sheets for Proverbs will be due to Mrs. Johnson on or before Tuesday, November 1.  Keep reading!

 

Parents are welcome to attend chapel with their students!  It is a blessing to hear children sing and pray.  And we have wonderful speakers that speak truth to adults and students alike.  Chapel is held every Tuesday at 1:00.

 

 

 

Chapel Connection – October 12, 2016

O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” 1 Kings 18:37

Our chapel service yesterday was led by Pastor Dan Dangerfield.  He began by telling the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  (Please take some time this week to read this story in 1 Kings 18:16-39.  It is an amazing account of God’s power.)  Pastor Dan reminded us that Elijah prayed for fire to consume the sacrifice because he wanted the people of Israel to know that God is the one true God.  He also told us about some people groups around the world who need to know that God is the one true God.  There are so many people all over the world who are not following Jesus because they have never had the opportunity to hear about Him.  They are following a false god because they have no one to tell them about the One True God.  They are following a lie, just like the prophets of Baal in the story from 1 Kings, because they do not know the truth.  We do know the truth of Jesus, so we need to help these people all over the world learn about the truth of Jesus.  One of the ways we can do that is by praying.  Pastor Dan taught us that our prayers are like drops of water in a bucket.  Our job is to keep filling the buckets with prayers.  Sometimes the bucket is almost full when we start praying and it just takes a little time to fill it to overflowing and getting an answer.  Sometimes the bucket is empty and our prayers start the filling process and we have to pray for a long time before we see any answers.   We do not know how our prayers will be answered, we do not know when our prayers will be answered, but those things aren’t up to us.  Our job is to simply keep filling the buckets by continuing in prayer and trusting that God knows how and when to answer.

Chapel Challenge  

Pour drops in a bucket!  Please pray this week for nations of the world who need Jesus.  Pastor Dan talked about three different people groups who have little to no access to the gospel. (He even brought in the flags from each of these countries.)  Your student will be bringing home a half sheet of paper with information about these people groups.  Please post is somewhere that you will see every day and remember to pray for these people to come to know Jesus.

Prayer Focus: Military 

If you are using your prayer reminder bag, please take out the soldier this week.  Pray for the men and women in our military.  Thank God for their willingness to serve, ask for their protection and for wisdom for the military leaders.  Pray for peace and provision for their families.

PRAISE REPORT  Thank you all for praying for Mrs. Ingraham’s grandson, Baby Carter.  He now weighs 4 lbs 14 oz and is healthy and home with his mommy and daddy!  If you think of it, thank Jesus for protecting Baby Carter and helping him grow.  Thank Jesus for all the doctors and nurses who took care of him.

Offering 

Thank you for giving for Jipson!  This week our offering was $47.38!  Please continue to share so we can continue to support Jipson.  Remember what Pastor Dan said?  Bring a dollar.  Just one dollar.  If you don’t have one, ask your parents for an extra chore to do so you can earn a dollar for Jipson.

Bible Reading Challenge 

Open your Bibles and keep reading!  Put in your ear buds and start listening to an audio Bible!  There is still plenty of time to get into the book of PROVERBS during October.

 

 

Chapel Connection – October 5, 2016

And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Mrs. Rebekah Crosby.  The lesson was about three words: Hear, Listen, and Obey.  We discussed and demonstrated the difference between hearing and listening.  We hear so many things every day, just because our ears work and there are sounds all around us.  Then when we looked at what it means to listen, we realized that you can hear by accident, but you have to listen on purpose.  Listening means paying attention.  Then we talked about obeying.  If we don’t obey what we hear, it doesn’t even really matter that we listened.  During chapel, Mrs. Crosby read the third chapter of 1 Samuel.  Samuel heard the Lord the first three times, but he didn’t recognize His voice.  After he went to Eli three times, Eli realized the Lord was speaking to Samuel and told Samuel how to answer.  It was after Samuel said he was listening that God spoke.  But the story didn’t end there.  The next step was for Samuel to obey what God had told him to do.  (And it wasn’t a very fun thing.)  But he did it anyway and was very blessed.  God desires that we are near Him in school, at church, with our families, and reading our Bibles so we can hear him.  We then have to make up our minds to listen to His words and then follow through by obeying what He says.  It may be to do something, it may be to stop doing something, or it may be just to be still, keep listening, wait with Him, and trust Him.

Chapel Challenge (This one is for the PARENTS!)

Yesterday in chapel, the students sang the song “Come to Me” by The Brentwood Kids Music Club Ktunes Praise Scripture Songs for Kids.  The chorus is straight from scripture and they sing Jesus’ words from Matthew 19:14 – “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them.  For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”   (To hear a room full of children singing those words is a powerful thing for sure.)  The challenge for this week comes from the first verse to the song.

Can you please help me now?

Show me how to pray

Eyes are closed, bowing down

Teach me what to say

You’re leading me to know Him

Because you believe

This week, pray out loud with your kids every day.  Lead your kids into His presence. Let’s be very purposeful this week about teaching our kids how to pray. It is easy to feel inadequate in this, but remember how big God is.  He’ll fill in the gaps where we fall short.  He simply desires obedience.

Prayer Focus: Law Enforcement Officers 

As you are praying this week, take some time to lift up law enforcement officials.  Pray for wisdom and safety.  Please pray for their protection, pray against anxiety, and pray for rest and peace.  Also pray for their families to trust God while their loved ones are out on duty.

Offering 

This week’s offering was $6.  That is the most we have received all year.  Thank you for giving.  If each family would bring in even just 50 cents, we could raise way more than $6 next week.  Please consider giving for Jipson.

Bible Reading Challenge

Mrs. Johnson had 16 students turn in their sheets for reading the book of Mark in September.  Good job!  Thank you for accepting the challenge.  This week, a white paper went home with October’s challenge – PROVERBS.  Open your Bible and start reading! (Or find an app and listen to Proverbs via an audio Bible… that counts too!)

 

 

Chapel Connection – October 5, 2016

And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Mrs. Rebekah Crosby.  The lesson was about three words: Hear, Listen, and Obey.  We discussed and demonstrated the difference between hearing and listening.  We hear so many things every day, just because our ears work and there are sounds all around us.  Then when we looked at what it means to listen, we realized that you can hear by accident, but you have to listen on purpose.  Listening means paying attention.  Then we talked about obeying.  If we don’t obey what we hear, it doesn’t even really matter that we listened.  During chapel, Mrs. Crosby read the third chapter of 1 Samuel.  Samuel heard the Lord the first three times, but he didn’t recognize His voice.  After he went to Eli three times, Eli realized the Lord was speaking to Samuel and told Samuel how to answer.  It was after Samuel said he was listening that God spoke.  But the story didn’t end there.  The next step was for Samuel to obey what God had told him to do.  (And it wasn’t a very fun thing.)  But he did it anyway and was very blessed.  God desires that we are near Him in school, at church, with our families, and reading our Bibles so we can hear him.  We then have to make up our minds to listen to His words and then follow through by obeying what He says.  It may be to do something, it may be to stop doing something, or it may be just to be still, keep listening, wait with Him, and trust Him.

Chapel Challenge (This one is for the PARENTS!)

Yesterday in chapel, the students sang the song “Come to Me” by The Brentwood Kids Music Club Ktunes Praise Scripture Songs for Kids.  The chorus is straight from scripture and they sing Jesus’ words from Matthew 19:14 – “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them.  For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”   (To hear a room full of children singing those words is a powerful thing for sure.)  The challenge for this week comes from the first verse to the song.

Can you please help me now?

Show me how to pray

Eyes are closed, bowing down

Teach me what to say

You’re leading me to know Him

Because you believe

This week, pray out loud with your kids every day.  Lead your kids into His presence. Let’s be very purposeful this week about teaching our kids how to pray. It is easy to feel inadequate in this, but remember how big God is.  He’ll fill in the gaps where we fall short.  He simply desires obedience.

 

Prayer Focus: Law Enforcement Officers

As you are praying this week, take some time to lift up law enforcement officials.  Pray for wisdom and safety.  Please pray for their protection, pray against anxiety, and pray for rest and peace.  Also pray for their families to trust God while their loved ones are out on duty.

 

 

Offering

This week’s offering was $6.  That is the most we have received all year.  Thank you for giving.  If each family would bring in even just 50 cents, we could raise way more than $6 next week.  Please consider giving for Jipson.

 

Bible Reading Challenge

Mrs. Johnson had 16 students turn in their sheets for reading the book of Mark in September.  Good job!  Thank you for accepting the challenge.  This week, a white paper went home with October’s challenge – PROVERBS.  Open your Bible and start reading! (Or find an app and listen to Proverbs via an audio Bible… that counts too!)

 

Chapel Connection – September 28, 2016 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”   Ephesians 4:32 

Our chapel speaker yesterday was Miss Hannah Crawford.  She is in 10th grade and has a heart for Jesus and loves sharing with kids.  Miss Hannah spoke to the students about forgiveness.  The main point she really wanted them to learn from the lesson was “God forgave me so I will forgive others.”  Miss Hannah did some pretty fancy tricks with a rope – she even cut it in half and made it back to a whole rope again! She reminded the students that forgiveness does the same thing; it mends relationships and hearts.  She read the story of the runaway son to the students. (Please take time to read this as a family sometime this week.  It is found in Luke 15:11-32.)  She had the students do actions every time she read the words “son” and “father” – ask your student what they were!  She also taught them the word “forgive” in sign language.  Ask your student how to say it!  After she read the story, Miss Hannah took out her rope again.  She talked about bad things that people might say or do to us, and with each example she tied a knot in the rope.  But once she gave the rope a big tug, all of those knots came out.  It is the same way with forgiveness.  It gets some of the knots out of our lives. 

Chapel ChallengeIs there someone you need to forgive?  If there is, go to that person and offer your forgiveness, maybe even if they haven’t said they are sorry.  Wow, that is hard.  Forgiveness often times requires a lot of prayer.   (Remember, forgiving someone doesn’t mean that what they did or said was ok or right.  It means you are choosing not to hold on to it and letting it grow into bitterness.) 

Prayer Focus: Our nationWe took time yesterday in chapel to pray for our nation and government leaders.  This week, please pray for those in authority over us and for the upcoming elections. 

OfferingMrs. Johnson read us a letter from Jipson, a boy who lives in Ecuador.  WTCS sponsors him through Compassion International.  Each week in chapel there is a basket for offering that goes to Jipson.  Please consider sending offering with your student to help Jipson.

Bible Reading ChallengeYou have a few days left to finish reading Mark.  Please bring your yellow sheets (signed by a parent!) to Mrs. Johnson no later than Monday, Oct 3 to receive your charm. 

 

 

 

 

Chapel Connection – September 21, 2016

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers and sisters this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:9-12

Yesterday we heard from Pastor Nathan Keller.  He shared many thoughts with us about words, our tongues, and how we use those things.  He first had two volunteers come forward and asked them to pretend they had just finished playing tag on a hot day and were so ready for a cool drink of water.  Then he gave them a drink — but there was a big problem with the water.  It was SALTY.  Gross.  Neither of the students liked that very much.  Then he read James 3:9-12 with the students and reminded them that their mouths were created to praise God, not to curse men.  He talked about saying mean things, lying, and other ways our mouths can get us into trouble and he challenged the students to really think about what they are saying and asked them to pray about how to use their mouths to praise God.  Then he had two students race to see who could empty a toothpaste tube faster.  The next race was to get the toothpaste back into the tube.  But of course that was impossible for either team.  Pastor Keller reminded the kids that once words have come out of their mouths, it is impossible to put them back in.  We can ask forgiveness and make things right after unkind words have been spoken, but we can’t put them back in again or unsay them.

Chapel Challenge: This week when you are brushing your teeth, pray about the words you speak. (Do the praying in your mind because if you try talk while you brush your teeth it will be hard to do and make a mess!).  Ask God to help you praise His name.  Ask God to help you speak truthful, helpful, and kind words.

 Prayer Focus: Our World Each student was given an “Adventures in Prayer Kids World Prayer Map” at chapel yesterday.  Please take some time to look it over.  This week, pray for people all over the world who need to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 

Reminders:

*Offering for Jipson

*Bible Reading Challenge – book of Mark

*Family members are welcome to join us for chapel!  Tuesdays from 1:00-1:45

 

 

 

 

Chapel Connection – September 14, 2016

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Psalm 116:1-2

We had our first regular chapel service of the year yesterday. Mrs. Johnson led us in singing, reading from Psalm 119 and in a lesson about prayer. She gave each student a “Prayer Reminder Bag” and encouraged the kids to keep it in a place where they will see it when they pray. (Maybe you could keep it near your bed if you pray at night or by the kitchen table if mealtime is when your family prays together.)

Each bag included 6 items to be reminders of people to pray for. The cross reminds us to pray for those who need salvation. The flag is a reminder to pray for our country, the president, and other government leaders. There is a police badge sticker so we remember to pray for law enforcement officers, other first responders, and their families. A little heart is a reminder to pray for those we love – our friends and family. The army figurine helps us remember to pray for our military personnel and their families. And the Frisbee with the picture of the world reminds us to pray for people all around the globe who need Jesus and those who are being persecuted for their faith.

Prayer is simply talking to God, and it is an amazing privilege. As you use the Prayer Reminders to ask requests of God, also take time to listen. Prayer is a conversation and you shouldn’t do all the talking. Listen for ways God is speaking to your heart.

*The challenge to read a book of the Bible each month is back again this year! The book for September is MARK. There is only half of the month left, but Mark is only 16 chapters. You can do it! Finish Mark by the end of the month, have a parent sign the yellow sheet, turn it in to Mrs. Johnson and receive a charm and necklace or keychain!

*Each of the students was given a tiny little heart to remind them to pray for baby Carter. Carter is the grandson of Mrs. Ingraham, our kindergarten teacher, and he is just a tiny little guy. He must have been really excited to see the world because he was born 84 days early! He is in the hospital and needs prayers to grow up big and strong. Will you take a few moments this week to pray for baby Carter?

*Each week we will take an offering for Jipson. Jipson is a boy who lives in South America and we support him through Compassion International. Please consider bringing your extra change or a dollar bill each week to bless Jipson.

* Elementary chapel is held from 1:00-1:40 each Tuesday. Family members are welcome to attend.


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