Our Scripture emphasis for chapel this week was from Romans 12:7-8 with the themes of the gifts of teaching and encouragement.
On Monday, we were privileged to have Brenda Yoder from Shipshewana, IN with us. Brenda is a counselor, teacher and parent. She spoke about her journey with mental health issues through high school and young adulthood. Students were given an opportunity to think about their own strengths and also their weaknesses, repurposed as their lesser strengths. It is all a part of who we are, and God accepts us exactly as we are. You can watch Brenda’s chapel here.
Tuesday was our time in small groups. Groups were encouraged to continue the conversation that was introduced in Monday’s chapel.
On Wednesday, we were treated to three skits and a short video showing the ways that we often come short of the ideals to which we aspire. We were encouraged to be genuine in all situations.
Thursday’s chapel was a continuation of working with mental health. Mark Miller talked about how issues with mental health arise when we are unable to engage with the world around us as we would like. Caleb Gingerich shared his personal experience of struggling with depression and anxiety. Mark then wrapped up the chapel with practical ways of working with mental health issues, either within ourselves or with our friends. You can watch their presentation here.
Our chapel week ended with a sneak preview of the upcoming fall IMS concert on Sunday afternoon. The Symphonic Band, Chorale, and Concert Choir all shared selections which will be featured at the concert.