Tag Archive: chapel

Aug 01

Prayer requests from our children

For our last chapel gathering in July, we covered the BIG question: “How do I communicate with God?” The children were engrossed in the retelling of the story of Gideon, and how God called and worked with the reluctant hero of faith. God called Gideon a “Mighty Warrior” while he was still a meek and …

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May 10

Punishment… or the grace of God? a story from chapel service

a child draws a picture of a traumatic event

Maybe you are familiar with the story of Cain and Abel? It’s hard to think of a Bible story that has more potential triggers for retraumatization or difficult feelings for children from hard places and circumstances than this story of jealousy, murder, and judgment! As the story goes, the first family is living out its …

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Apr 25

Celebrating the Passover at Intermountain Residential by Jim Nallick, Jewish Mentor

Here at Intermountain’s Residential Campus in Helena, we are blessed to have a number of Jewish children ably taught and guided in their continued faith formation by our Jewish Educators, Janet Tatz and Jim Nallick. The following is a report from Jim Nallick on this year’s celebration: On April 18th, we gathered at fellowship to …

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Feb 26

Intermountain Residential Kids’ “Lord’s Prayer”

The Intermountain Children's version of the Lord's Prayer

In a previous post, I explained that this fall I worked with the children on understanding and interpreting the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer, or “Our Father,” posed many interesting opportunities to discuss themes that each and ever one of us struggle with. It was a challenge preparing a lesson for children with emotional disturbance …

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Jan 30

Teaching the Lord’s Prayer in chapel, an opportunity to practice trauma-informed ministry

Last fall, I decided that it would be a good idea to work with the children to know and understand some of the prayers that they had likely heard or would hear in the context of their church attendance in the future. It is always interesting to prepare a lesson for children with emotional disturbance …

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Jan 17

Updated pictures from Van Orsdel Commons build!

view looking north, Van Orsdel Commons interior

While it’s cold outside, Golden Eagle Construction is making the most of the bad weather by working inside. The old Bridger cottage is beginning to take on a new shape as you can see from the pictures below. Thank you for your support and prayers throughout the fundraising process, and we hope you share in …

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Dec 22

Do you hear what I hear? The sounds of demolition!

This month Intermountain Residential in Helena begins the demolition phase of old Bridger Cottage into the new Van Orsdel Commons. With guidance by SMA Architects and the expertise of Golden Eagle Construction, the transformation of one of our older residential cottages on the Helena campus has begun in earnest. Van Orsdel Commons will house chapel …

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Nov 08

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association supports the chapel effort!

doris

At the invitation of Doris Davis, an Intermountain volunteer, Chaplain Chris spoke November 8th to Helena’s local NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) Association at their monthly luncheon, hosted by Plymouth Congregational Church. Many of the retirees had known of Intermountain’s work, but appreciated getting a better picture of the scope of services and …

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Oct 20

One girl’s mask – from a lesson at chapel

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” –1 Samuel 16:7 Every October, I have an excellent opportunity to talk with the kids in chapel about the masks we wear and how God sees through it all and sees who we are underneath the façade. The lesson usually goes something …

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Apr 21

#TBT: “Throwback Thursday,” Thoughts on Transformation from our kids

Thoughts on Transformation

[This post from one year ago is SO good, I thought it was worth bringing it back for a “Throwback Thursday!” –Chris.] “One transformation I have seen in my life is that I don’t feel so negative about myself, but I would still like God to transform the way I treat others. I feel like …

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