Chapel Checkup 11/10/17, Veterans Day Chapel

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13

Matt Pannkuk

By Mr. Matt Pannkuk–Chaplain, Middle School Bible Teacher

11/10/17-Veterans Day Chapel

Last night after the wonderful and enjoyable Celebration 45 Gala, my father and I were stopped by a man in the parking lot.  We chatted for a while, as my father likes to do with new people, and we found out this man’s name was William.  William is homeless and asked for money for a meal.  William is also a veteran.  He is waiting to get into the VA shelter, and until then is at a stricter shelter called St. Paul.

It is sad that so many veterans are in William’s situation.  Let us pray for our veterans tomorrow on Veterans Day, and remember the many needs that are not being addressed for these men and women who have dedicated part of their lives to serve our needs.

Today’s chapel commemorated our veterans.  We started with a processional, where students from grades K-4 held up posters they made in class of each branch’s seal and walked up the aisles followed by veterans from that branch as their theme song played.

Then after the call to worship and singing How Firm a Foundation we have in God, who wins the greatest battles, we heard from three veterans.  5th grade came up with some questions that history teacher and chapel band leader Eric Wildermuth asked our panel of veterans.  We had Russ St. John, the lead pastor of Twin Oaks and a former Navy chaplain; Paul Hutchens, a member of the Air Force near the time of World War II; and Officer Mike Maxwell of the St. Louis County police force, who was an elite instructor of hand to hand combat for the Army.

Please ask your students what they learned from the veterans.  You may want to ask what Officer Maxwell said about his grades in elementary school, and why it matters if you work hard even in Kindergarten!  Or about Mr. Hutchens saying he was the shortest member of the Air Force. Maybe ask what Pastor St. John said about being a military pastor and what he learned about being around people who believe so differently from himself.

May the joy of the LORD be our strength, and let us remember our veterans in prayer this weekend.


Twin Oaks Christian School, a ministry of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church



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