Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Chapel!

1st and 2nd graders share things for which they are thankful.
Parents, Grandparents, and friends joined DPCA students and staff earlier today for a fun Thanksgiving chapel followed by the traditional Thanksgiving luncheon meal. 

Chapel opened with our usual pledges to the flags and the Bible, then continued with our weekly offering for World Vision projects.  Following the opening, each elementary class gave brief presentations: things for which the students are thankful, Bible verses, and from 5th and 6th graders, the American's Creed.

5th and 6th grades give the American's Creed
Junior High continued with samples of poetry, Latin work, and a Thanksgiving skit.  Ninth and tenth grade students gave a short presentation about what they are learning in Apologetics class, and then the junior and senior English students did a short scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth.  High school foreign language classes were next: Spanish 1 and 2 recited the Our Father in Spanish; German students presented brief reports on Germany and The Diary of Anne Frank, and did a skit (all in German); and our French students recited several Bible verses in French, including a recitation brought via video from French student Katie Busch, who was unable to be at chapel in person.

Junior high demonstrates Latin skills
Chapel wrapped up with video "trailers" of the two Ekklesia Mountain High courses that our students have completed so far this year, with testimonies about the powerful nature of those courses from Hawk White and Joel Parker. Both Hawk and Joel commented that in addition to being hugely fun, the courses have been instrumental in their personal growth as young men.  (You can read more of Hawk's testimony by clicking here.)

9th and 10th grade Apologetics class
Following chapel the annual Thanksgiving luncheon began. Thanks to Mrs. Tritz, Coach Navarette, the team of junior high students, and a number of other parent volunteers, the whole school and guests enjoyed roast turkey with all the trimmings, and more pie than we could possibly eat!  Special thanks also to Bernadette Navarrette for coordinating turkey roasting, and to Beth Mason, Erik and Venus Phillips, Kandace Alkyre, Milly Austin, and Steve and Cindy Lewis for helping to set up and serve.  Thanks also to all our parents and our friends at St. Rose of Lima and in the community who donated turkeys and so much more. 
Shakespeare can get dramatic!
In the skit, two German foreign-exchange students come to DPCA

Now that we've finished our French Bible verses, what do we do with the mic?
We are deeply grateful to our Lord for our school family and Buena Vista community, for all the blessings we enjoy as Americans, for the joy of learning and growing together at DPCA, for our families and our children.  We wish all our readers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts.  Glory in His holy Name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  Remember the wonders He has done...  1 Chronicles 16: 8-12

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