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Attending Chapel, weekdays from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, is key to being an active part of the University of Valley Forge community. Each morning we gather in the Flower Chapel for worship, prayer and meditation on God's word. Chapel services are diverse and intended to help students experience spiritual growth and development. Feel free to explore this page to watch recent broadcasts and encourage family and friends to watch the daily webcasts as well. 

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Chapel Senior Speaker: Natalie Hagen

December 01, 2014 December 01, 2014 - December 01, 2014

Puppet Chapel

December 02, 2014 December 02, 2014 - December 02, 2014

Closing Convocation

December 03, 2014 December 03, 2014 - December 03, 2014

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Don Meyer

January 13, 2015 January 13, 2015 - January 13, 2015
Pilgrim's Future
Dr. Alton Smith '52, a graduate from Eastern Bible Institute (EBI), now University of Valley Forge (UVF), recently published a book titled, "Pilgrim’s Future," in April of 2014. The book borrows the idea of John Bunyan’s "Pilgrim’s Progress" and applies it to the main protagonist, Christian, through a series of events meant to shine light on truths regarding the rapture and eternal life. Just as Bunyan’s work utilized a conversational format to move Christian from place to place and scene to scene, Smith controls the flow of his book in like manner rarely using a narrator to facilitate the flow of the story.
Smith received a bachelor's degree from UVF in ministry and missions. From there, he continued his education, receiving a second bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in community college administration, and a doctorate degree in  accreditation of overseas institutes of post-secondary education. In the missions field, he served as a missionary educator in West Africa, director of Haiti Bible School and president of a four-year institution in Belize. Currently, he is retired form the missions field but continues to use his skills to spread God's Word. 

When asked about his experience at UVF and how it aided him in his life’s endeavors, Smith promptly answered, “UVF instilled in me a faith in God that withstood the onslaughts of secular education and helped me share my faith with the many leaders I taught.” Smith’s experiences in Pennsylvania also left an encouraging imprint in his memory. When asked what his fondest experience at UVF was, he responded by saying, “I witnessed and participated in a move of God that saw incredible waves of the supernatural. It rocked the surrounding community; it changed my life and the lives of everyone who was there. Instructor Walter Beutler was used by God to lead the revival. I was filled with the Holy Spirit during that event.”

"Pilgrim’s Future" begins with the protagonist, Christian, in his everyday setting. He is raptured with two billion other believers and embarks on a journey that simultaneously seeks to educate the reader regarding the truths of the after-life and the end times. Smith draws heavily from the Book of Revelation, and he uses Daniel, a prophet whose writings are often seen as apocalyptic, to be Christian’s heavenly guide. The book ends by returning to the modern day and presenting the reader with the question, “Are you ready?”
It is clear that Smith has a heart dedicated to furthering the church’s knowledge of God and His word. The UVF mission, "to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world," has been fulfilled throughout the course of this alumnus' life. Though UVF was not the sole source of Smith’s education, it is evident that it created in his life a foundation that would have him seek to work for the kingdom of God.

UVF Alumnus Publishes Book November 25, 2014
Before a team can pursue greatness on the court, they must put aside any selfish and self-centered attitudes that can become toxic among team members. Sometimes the best way to overcome self-importance is to put yourself in a humble position where you recognize the needs of those around you. The University of Valley Forge (UVF) men’s basketball team did just that when they went to Hope Rescue Mission in Reading, Pa.
The team set out for a day of volunteering on October 4 with 17 players and three coaches. Upon their arrival, the men were given a quick overview of what Hope Rescue Mission is and who it serves. It is a Christian organization that provides for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of less fortunate men. 
The UVF volunteers were divided into separate groups in an effort to provide as much work and support as possible. Some went to the kitchen to help prepare and serve dinner to the large group of men who receive a meal at the mission every night. Another group cleaned and organized the walk-in freezer and refrigerator and took inventory of supplies. Others used their strength to help dispose of heavy, unused equipment on the property. The largest task involved the inventory, organization and removal of donated furniture from four storage garages. Previously, there was no system in place for the furniture donations that play a large role in the financial support of Hope Rescue Mission. 

In the afternoon, when the tasks were completed, the team socialized with the residents of the mission and watched the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game with them. Through this service experience, the team recognized the blessing God has bestowed on their lives and the need to appreciate the small things that are sometimes taken for granted. The experience also showed the players how to have compassion for the residents, especially when the tour of the facility made the team members aware of the residents’ basic living arrangements. All funding comes through church sponsorships and donations with no support from government entities because the Gospel is communicated openly at Hope Rescue Mission. 
This season, the team plans to further volunteer by finding ways to donate materials and supplies that will assist the residents and aid the operations at the facility. Jon Mack, head coach of the men’s basketball team, stated “As a team, who just shared this experience together, we have an opportunity to act on our compassion for the residents and workers at Hope Rescue Mission … It will be this season’s challenge to demonstrate the word love, the way Christ exemplified it for all mankind.”

Men's Basketball at Hope Rescue Mission November 25, 2014
You Are Holy EP Cover
University of Valley Forge (UVF) music ministry teams Chosen and Pneuma undertook one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks in music: writing, recording and producing an album of original music. This year, Chosen and Pneuma, guided by Lee Bilotta, assistant professor and Department of Digital Media Communications chair, recorded an EP album titled “You Are Holy.” This is the first recorded EP of original material in the history of the ministry teams, which began recording in 1999. 
Previously, the teams recorded other musicians’ worship songs — old and new, popular and unknown — to create cover albums but the idea of creating original material was always there. However, tight scheduling and the time constraints of an academic schedule made it challenging for students to commit time in the studio. “Each year, the unique characteristics and giftings of each team member would bring a unique sound,” Bilotta said, “That’s what we were trying to accomplish and capture and provide — a tool for people to worship with.”
“You Are Holy” is Bilotta’s 16th album project since his arrival to UVF in 1998. This year, with an exceptionally creative and entrepreneurial group of student musicians, engineers and producers, Bilotta cleared the way to record original songs. The members of Chosen and Pneuma were ecstatic about the opportunity. Bilotta rearranged the practice and recording schedules to provide the teams with more experience playing together and to create their unique sound. In response, the teams committed their time and creativity to write and compose their best work possible. “The students were passionate about doing it,” Bilotta said. “They had the gifts, material and passion to follow through with an arduous process.”
The songwriting process began with the team members submitting personal writings. Next, Bilotta invited accomplished songwriter and worship leader Dan Macaulay to coach the students in songwriting. Junior Kaitlyn Faraghan was one of the main songwriters. She was excited to share songs about “experiences of our time at UVF and what is happening in our community,” she said in a phone interview. Chosen and Pneuma debuted their original songs during their 2014 summer tour in the Northeast. They visited many churches and youth camps where they led worship and spent time with youth. The songs were well received at the camps, and the ministry teams heard campers singing their songs after worship. The teams also performed their original songs the first week of the semester at UVF during chapel.
The EP is comprised of five original tracks: “Awake,” “Be Exalted,” “Great God,” “Sanctified,” and the title song, “You Are Holy.” The contain messages about salvation, freedom from sin and praising God. The 22-minute-long track list is a step forward for the ministry and the team members who gained first-hand experience in creating their own material. 
This EP release is only the beginning for Chosen and Pneuma’s original material. “So far, it has been an extremely successful project. It has been inspiring for everyone involved, and it is a project we are very proud of,” Bilotta said. In spring 2015, Chosen and Pneuma will return to the studio and complete the “You Are Holy” album for future release. 
“You Are Holy” is available for preview and purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Chosen and Pneuma Release EP of Original Work November 25, 2014
It is with a heavy heart that the University of Valley Forge (UVF) remembers one of its many beloved students. Former student, Jehu Wilson, entered heaven on October 28 at the young age of 22. Wilson attended UVF during the 2011–2012 academic year and participated on the men’s soccer team during the fall of 2011. He is the son of Henri and Masnoh Wilson as well as the brother to Janday, Henri Sr. and Samuel.
Wilson first arrived on campus as a high school soccer player from Christian Heritage in Trumball, Conn., for a UVF soccer camp. Andy Patton '90 led Wilson’s high school team and played an integral part of his decision to come to UVF. Coach Jon Mack reflected on the memory saying, “They scrimmaged with our kids, stayed in the dorms, and even had dinner in the commons with them. There was a bond forming and Jehu was a part of that.” 
Two years later, Wilson enrolled at UVF. He quickly joined the men’s soccer team, where he found supportive teammates, friends and leaders. He came to UVF with a known medical disorder. Unfortunately, he could not return after the 2011–2012 academic year due to the progression of his disorder, which eventually led to his death. “We knew how skilled he was, and we knew the risks involved. I commend him and his family for trying it. To have the courage to come and work hard as a student-athlete here is inspiring," Mack said. "It’s an example to all of us. When God calls us to different places — even if it means stepping out of our comfort zone, like Jehu — we can step out in faith.”

One evening that fall, the men's soccer team played against Williamson Trade School. The game was tied in double overtime with only five seconds left. The ball crossed to Wilson, who using his signature touches around the opposing defenders, scored his first collegiate goal and ended the game with two assists. His teammates mobbed him in celebration and after the game coach Dylan Flickinger asked him how he felt about the experience. "Even in one of his most brilliant soccer moments, Jehu was talking about the pass from his teammate that led to the goal," Flickinger said. "I remember Jehu most for his kind-hearted personality and humbleness, and that moment is a striking example of the kind of soccer player and person that Jehu was." 
Wilson’s condition affected his social abilities, so he often isolated himself from others. However, the soccer team at UVF is where he found true friendships.  One of Wilson’s fellow teammates, Juan Delcid '13, remembers his athletic giftedness, humor and encouraging attitude. During a devastating team loss, Delcid recalled a conversation in which Wilson lifted his spirits. 

"I was sitting with my head down when he said, ‘I know you’re mad. I know you’re sad, but I want you to pick your head up. You’re our leader, so I don’t want to see you with your head down.  I want to encourage you. Pick yourself up, but pick me up also, and I’ll follow you.’” Delcid reflected on this moment saying, “Jehu was always encouraging us (his teammates) when we should have been the ones encouraging him.”
Wilson also lifted the spirits of his UVF soccer teammates with his humor. During a team photo, he jokingly kneeled down and cupped his face in his hands as he smiled at the camera. With no prior football experience, he participated in the annual Patriot Bowl football game, where he successfully scored a touchdown but kept on running, not knowing when to stop. The team roared with laughter as he continued to sprint farther and farther. 

Wilson’s former teammates have been reconnecting with each other since his recent death. Delcid announced, “I hope his family knows that the whole UVF team — his past coaches, teammates and leaders — are praying for them.” Wilson left a lasting impact on his friends here at UVF by being a humble, kind-hearted, and encouraging person, even while facing overwhelmingly difficult odds.

Tribute to Former Student Jehu Wilson November 25, 2014