Dave Heim 2/15
Chapel was a bast on Thursday! After pledges and announcements, followed by a meaningful time of worship. Pastor Dave Heimen spoke on the topic "Nobody's Perfect". We can try so hard to be good, but, as the Bible says, we can never even come close to the Kingdom of God in works, but only through believing in him. Also, when we start comparing our faith with that of other Christians, that is when we know that we should reposition our attitudes. Pastor Heimen also gave a very interesting visual demonstration.
Chris Conway 2/8
Chapel was incredibly meaningful. Following some exciting announcements and a quiet worship time, Pastor Chris Conway walked onto the stage. Mr. Conway talked about how one’s motivation could change the outcome of something. An example he used was how his intent to find a missing child motivated him to look throughout the whole theme park of 6 Flags. Also, it can be seen when a few players from the Philadelphia Eagles were interviewed about their faith. It was their motivation to draw people to Christianity and make disciples that made them play so well and win the Super Bowl. One’s motivation can change the whole outcome of an event. That motivation should be to benefit the Kingdom of God by making more disciples of all nations.
This week's chapel speaker was Todd Frazier. He spoke about identity. On Wikipedia, identity is described the fact or "truth" of being who or what a person or thing is. One example of this is in the new movie, The Greatest Showman. All of the performers grew up being told that they were not good enough, but P.T. Barnum saw their potential and put them up on a stage. They were able to find their true identity. Our true identity is in God. God made us in his image (Genesis 1:26). We are creating to do good works through him, because faith without works is dead. But what if we fail with what God has called us to do? It's OK to fail, because we are learning from our mistakes and learn what is best for us. Many people that God called to work for him failed, including Moses (Exodus 2:12), King David (2 Samuel 11:15), Peter (Matthew 26: 70-75), and Paul (Acts 9: 1-2). We just have to remember that no matter what, our identity is in Christ even if we fail, mess up, or sin.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Awards Chapel 1/25/2018
Today, Chapel was as exciting as ever. Praise Band gave an enthusiastic start by playing the worship songs Fix My Eyes and Your Love Defends Me. Chapel today was special because it was Awards Chapel. The awards given to students today consisted of the monthly Character Trait Award for the Character Trait of Dependability, the monthly Citizen of the Month Award, the quarterly Christian Service Awards, the AR Awards, and the Bible Awards. Also today, the ACSI Spelling Bee participants were recognized, and the Hockey program was reintroduced to the school. Finally, Mrs. Forrest ran through her weekly announcements. This week, the announcements were Book of the Week, which is A Night Divided, Basketball Games, the Lady Lions versus Papa Lions event, Spirit TIckets, and the long-anticipated Big Draw! Blake Killinger, Sam Hoi, Luke Oury, and Connor Shaw were the Big Draw winners, and they each received the prize of a twenty-five dollar Amazon gift card. Mrs. Forrest also announced the Extreme Games Standings:
- McGee, Wachter, Gray
- Lewis, Haugen
This week in chapel we had special guests from South Korea come and perform for us. They had a choir, jump ropers, drum players, people doing taekwondo, and fan dancers. They did amazing performances as well as talked about how America has helped them throughout war. They were so amazing and I am glad that they got to come and perform for us.
Today was a good chapel day. We had a great worship and Bible awards.The character trait of the month was joy. our speaker was Carl Martinez. He talked about road trips and how our life is a road trip.
Drama Skit Pictures
This week in Chapel our choir and band students performed for us. Some teachers also spoke about their childhood Christmas. We always need to be grateful for what we are giving and not focus on what we want.
Legend of the Candy Cane
This week it was Candy Cane day. Students received candy canes and were told about how we can share Christ through the candy cane.
Chapel, December 6, 2017: Awards Chapel, Pastor Andy Smith
Today, Chapel was fun as always. Like usual, The praise band started the assembly by singing Joy To The World, Old Church Choir, and O Praise The Name. Then came pledges and announcements. Our reps Jake Fritz and Brynn Beachamp did a spectacular job at leading pledges, and Mrs. Forrest went through announcements with great passion. Awards followed afterwards. As students strided on stage with joy for awards such as Student of the Month for Integrity, Citizen of the Month, and Robotics, proud parents took pictures downstage. Our speaker today was Pastor Andy Smith, who is like dear family to Friends Christian Middle School. He spoke about making history. He started his message off with listing people that made history by taking small steps: Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. Also, the example of Daniel was used. Daniel took a small step when he asked the king if he could try eating vegetables and healthy foods, instead of eating the king’s heavy, meaty foods. As a result, he helped a plethora of Jews be able to eat their own traditional food. In the same way, we can make history if we start by taking small steps. God enables us to do this because we were created to make history. Not only should we make history, but we do it out of conviction rather than compromise, due to the truth that conviction is greater than compromise. We should also be obedient to our parents, teachers, authorities, and most ultimately, God. Obedience paves the way for opportunity, so we need to start obeying God now! Chapel was concluded with a meaningful prayer led by Mrs. Gray
Mrs. Swift spoke today in Chapel about her trip to India. She had been praying to go to India for five years and finally God called her to go. All of the offering that we collect from our classes were used to build desks in the school they visited. The school was full of kids called deletes. Deletes are people who are considered lower than life. Even though they are considered broken on earth, in God's eyes they are beautiful. Mrs. Swift and her team did so much with so little and it impacted those kids deeply.
Chapel today was incredibly heart-touching and thankful. Chapel started off with a skit with the theme of four preschoolers each having their own ideas as of to how to pray. Each one then carried their idea out to their friend who had the responsibility of praying over their snack. Mrs. Forrest then went through announcements. As chapel proceeded, tears started to roll down the eyes of students, staff, and parents alike. Students read letters of Thanksgiving to their friends, teachers, and family. The receivers smiled in content. Each letter contained a meaningful message about how thankful the writers truly were. Both 5th and 6th Grade also created their own indivisualized Thanksgiving videos. This chapel truly portrayed thanks, ultimately to the Lord, of all the blessings He has poured into each of our lives. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This Thursday at chapel Mr. Kempton spoke. He talked about the movie "Miracle." He talked about the team in the movie and how they did not want to play on the same tam. But in the end They came together and learn to become and act like a team. In the end They ended up winning the gold medal. Then he asked us what team are we playing on.
This week in Chapel, our speaker was Patrick Thayer, a police officer. Mr. Thayer taught our school to stay in focus during life. We should have values and goals. Demonstrating loyalty, building confidence, and developing our faith in God is also a vital part of our lives. Mr. Thayer ended his presentation with the statement that leaders must be loyal, and leaders must be flexible. Chapel this week also contained worship through songs led by the Praise Band, pledges led by the ASB, and announcements led by Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Gray. As it was the end of the month, Big Draw was once again held. This time, the grand prize was the reward of being able to receive one free item from the Student Store every single day in the month! After Chapel, the whole school headed over to the gym to pray over and send off our Containers of Hope backpacks. Mrs. Forrest had prearranged the backpacks in an orderly and artsy fashion, and she spoke powerful and meaningful words over them. Auntie Jana also spoke truth over the backpacks. After both Mrs. Forrest and Auntie Jana had made a conclusion to their speeches, Auntie Jana's wife, Uncle Todd, prayed a powerful prayer. As the whole Friends Christian School, teachers, administrators, and students joined as one school body under Christ and lifted their hands over the backpack, Uncle Todd asked the Lord to bless the backpacks and grant them a safe journey to Liberia. As this assembly ended, each student grabbed a backpack, walked through the doors of the gym, and handed the backpack to a Varsity football player, as they loaded the backpacks onto the truck destined for the airport. Chapel today could not have been more meaningful and different.
This week, Ricky Williams was our chapel speaker. His message was talking about the only way up is down. Before we can be the best, we must know how it feels to be at the bottom. It is a counterintuitive idea, meaning that it doesn’t make sense to us at first. One example is that we want to be the best, not the humblest. In Matthew it says, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” We need to live by this verse everyday. We shouldn’t be competing against each other, instead we should be competing for each other. The takeaway this week was to RISE UP!
Containers of Hope
This Thursday in chapel Todd Perkins talked about encouragement. He said that many people in the bible were encouragers. Then he told a great story in the bible about how Barnabas, Paul and John Mark went on a trip and in the middle of the trip John just left and abandoned them. Later, Barnabas and Paul went on another trip and Barnabas wanted to bring John with them, but Paul didn’t want him to go. Barnabas encouraged him to go with them. That’s how we should act each and every day. If you have friends that are discouraged encourage them and build them up.