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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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Classics Chapel

April 20, 2015 April 20, 2015 - April 20, 2015

Community Service Day

April 22, 2015 April 22, 2015 - April 22, 2015

Rev. Shane Wilson

April 23, 2015 April 23, 2015 - April 23, 2015

Music Department Chapel

April 27, 2015 April 27, 2015 - April 27, 2015
And Then There Were None
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) student drama organization, Curtain Call, presents a performance of suspense, mystery and murder in its spring production of Agatha Christie's “And Then There Were None,” opening on April 10, 2015 at 7 pm.

 “And Then There Were None” is an adaptation from the mystery novel written by British crime novelist Agatha Christie (1890–1976) which was first published in 1939. Christie, deemed The Queen of Mystery, remains one of the best-selling novelists in the world with an estimated sale of more than 2 billion copies of her works. The play takes place in the 1940s and tells the story of ten strangers who arrive at a house for dinner, each under their own pretenses, but all revolving around an unrevealed person known as U.N. Owen. Throughout the play, the characters discover that something is terribly amiss as the guests begin to die one by one.

The play is directed by UVF graduate Randy Stegner '14, along with senior Theresa Sanchez, the assistant director. The main cast includes junior Paul Cooper as William Blore, senior Loren Matello as Vera Claythorne, senior Christopher McNaney as Philip Lombard and sophomore Danielle Debley as Judge Wargrave. 

Evening performances of “And Then There Were None” will be presented April 10, 11 and 18 at 7 pm, with a matinee performance on April 19 at 2:30 pm. The performances will be held at The Krempels Theater on the UVF campus in Phoenixville. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the theater doors. 

Murder Mystery Play Opens at UVF March 31, 2015
Kevin Vincent '09
Kevin Vincent ‘09 began his career at The Vanguard Group, Inc. in 2011. He works in the Institutional Participants Services Division as a quality assurance (QA) administrator. Vanguard is one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world, with offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Vanguard serves more than 20 million clients worldwide and manages over $3 trillion in global assets. The company’s retirement plan services received top marks in Boston Research Group surveys by the plan’s sponsors and participants. Vanguard ranks No. 1 in brand loyalty and satisfaction of investment performances. The company was also named among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for five years.   

As a QA administrator, Vincent monitors interactions from the company’s core financing. “I make sure every project meets our expectations in procedures and policies as well as staff-to-client quality relationship skills,” Vincent shared. He provides feedback on all of those interactions for future projects and company training. 

Vincent graduated from the University of Valley Forge (UVF) with a bachelor's degree in business administration. As a freshman, he studied music education and then switched majors to business administration where he found a better fit. As a business student, he wasn't sure where God would lead him, but he felt he was on the right path. After he began his job at Vanguard, the possibilities that a business degree can provide became clear. “As I started diving into the training for my role at Vanguard, I saw how it all became relevant — all the classes in accounting and business management,” he said.

In the future, Vincent hopes to incorporate his educational experiences from UVF into the corporate world of Vanguard. His goal is to move into instructional design, where he would be responsible for creating corporate and higher education training content. "It's kind of the adult version of coming up with lesson plans," he said. Vanguard is an outstanding company where new hires can launch a career. The company trains its employees and hires internally, choosing employees familiar with the brand and culture and teaching them new skills. "One of the things that led me to Vanguard was that they have a very in-depth training philosophy and do all of their training in-house," Vincent said. 

Vincent also shared advice for current UVF students. He encourages students to build relationships with classmates, faculty and staff. He is still in contact with many people from the university who made an impact on his life. He also encourages students to be engaged in their studies and be a part of campus activities and clubs. “You get out what you put in,” Vincent said. “What may seem theoretical at first becomes essential in the workplace.”

The Department of Business at UVF provides a Christian higher education that not only prepares students for their desired vocation but also teaches moral values. With 13 business majors offered, including one online, students are equipped to lead and serve in many business areas, learn how to manage a business environment and even start their own business.
 
Learn more about the UVF business administration program at valleyforge.edu/academics/business-administration.

The Vanguard Opportunity March 31, 2015
David Hertweck
All I really knew is that I wanted to serve the local church,” Hertweck said. As a Bible college graduate who studied music, he never imagined God would lead him to serve the church first as a youth pastor for 12 years, then as the District Youth and Chi Alpha director for the Assemblies of God New York District, as well as serve on the University of Valley Forge (UVF) Board of Trustees. This month, Hertweck published a book based on his youth ministry background titled "Good Kids, Big Events & Matching T-Shirts: Changing the Conversation on Health in Youth Ministry."

"Good Kids" initiates a new conversation on what healthy and successful youth ministry is and offers practical advice on how to obtain it. “[Good Kids] is about the questions that we ask as youth leaders,” Hertweck said. “I looked back in my time as a youth minister and identified three primary metrics that I used.” The three metrics correspond to the title: good kids, big events and matching t-shirts. The good kids section asks about the kids’ behavior, morality and church attendance. The big events section asks if youth ministries and leaders are providing the right experiences for the kids. The matching t-shirts section asks if the kids like each other and get along.

Hertweck turns these around and develops three new metrics: gospel fluency, Spirit-dependency and biblical community. Gospel fluency asks if the kids fully understand the Gospel and what God did for humanity. Spirit-dependency asks if kids know what it means to be fully dependent on the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life. Biblical community asks what true biblical community looks like in a youth ministry setting. The center of biblical community is not likeability but Jesus Christ. The book is a thought-provoking resource for youth and church leaders. The questions posed will challenge the idea of not only growing youth ministries in size but also in community and spiritual depth. This valuable concept can apply to other ministries within the church as well. "I try to ground the conversation within youth ministry, but people can take the principles and contextualize them into their own ministry setting," Hertweck said. 

Hertweck was the keynote speaker on the March 19 and 20 UVF Breakaway event. Breakaway is a 24-hour UVF experience for high school students. He had the opportunity to connect with students individually and together during the event sessions on Thursday evening and Friday morning. 

As the youth director for the New York District, Hertweck serves all 335 AG churches in the state of New York. He shares his life with the church and youth leaders, providing network opportunities, training and helpful resources. Hertweck explained the vision for the youth ministry in the New York District, which is to help leaders “create and sustain disciple-making environments.” According to the New York District Ministry Center website, “Discipleship is the Spirit-enabled process of moving teenagers from unbelief to belief in the Gospel, in every area of life.” As the Chi Alpha director, Hertweck is focused on launching campus ministries in various colleges and universities throughout New York that are equipped with trained leaders and a healthy replicable model. “What we want to do is build something that will last,” Hertweck said.
 
"Good Kids, Big Events & Matching T-Shirts" is available at major bookseller stores. To read a chapter of the book for free, visit goodkidsthebook.com

Three Metrics of Youth Ministry Leadership March 31, 2015
Behavioral Sciences Phi Alpha
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is pleased to announce the addition of the Phi Beta campus chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society (NHS) of Social Work. Through an initiative led by UVF professor Karin McCadam, Director of Field Placement for the Social Work Program, students are recognized for their excellence in scholarship, which also  highlights the academic rigor of UVF’s nationally accredited social work program (Council on Social Work Education).  

 During an academic chapel service on March 2, 2015, nine students were formally accepted into the distinguished Phi Alpha Honor Society in Social Work. To be considered for induction into the NHS, a student must have an overall  3.0 grade point average (GPA) and  a minimum 3.25 GPA in social work courses. The first UVF Phi Alpha honor students are Jordan Westerman, Chelsea Dudley, Karl Deans Jr., Shannon Wittlinger, Sarah Brugere, Rachel Stormes, Kristina Padilla, Tierney Malone and Sorina Corkey. It should be noted that when a Phi Alpha honor student graduates with a Bachelor of Social Work from UVF, he or she may obtain a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) in one year instead of the standard two years normally required.
 
According to senior Shannon Wittlinger, “Professor McCadam has a strong devotion to the Social Work program. She is committed to the integrity of our program, but also orchestrated the finances and organization for our chapter of Phi Alpha. She encouraged us to form a committee to begin exploring the professional experience component of the chapter.” Wittlinger notes McCadam’s undeniable commitment to her students. “As a senior, it is a joy to be a part of Phi Alpha,” says Wittlinger. “We could not have done it without the support of our staff, professor Remer, Dr. Brown and, of course, professor McCadam.”
 
There are a number of benefits associated with the establishment of a Phi Alpha chapter at UVF. The social work program is now part of an internationally recognized honor society. Membership also promotes a bond among students, connections with social work scholars and provides volunteer, leadership and mentoring opportunities. It also presents a greater value to UVF students’ resumes, their applications for graduate schools, as well as applications for future employment. Additionally, Phi Alpha membership entitles students to apply for additional scholarships and be recognized for various awards. Also, it entitles the chapter to apply for funds that will support various events.

McCadam commented, “We have the best students! They respond positively to working with professors who have had exemplary careers in social work. It is our joy to make social work come alive in the classroom by sharing our experiences and facilitating vibrant discussions. Our students are passionate about becoming the best prepared to begin their professional careers, whether they do so upon graduation or enter graduate school. Induction into the NHS is a well-deserved honor. We are proud of all our students and especially of these who were inducted.”
 
UVF’s social work program is designed to help students reach their full potential by providing opportunities for students to be challenged inside and outside of the classroom. Junior Jordan Westerman explained how membership has enriched her experience as a student. “School has always been a real challenge for me, but being part of the social work program has made me realize my passion. NHS helps students work hard to achieve a great honor that can help them with future goals. I am blessed and honored to be a part of a great team of professors who work hard to make these programs available to us.” 
 
Senior Tierney Malone also expressed her appreciation of the social work professors who have devoted themselves to the advancement of this program and said, “We are a Christian university, which is known for its ministry opportunities and education, but now our institution can also be recognized for its success in producing well-educated social work students who are recognized on an international level.”
 
Debra Brown, D.Min., chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, speaks highly of those enrolled in the program saying, “Jesus was the best social worker. I am excited to see our students answer that call — to commit to not just service, but excellence of service in order that they might serve a hurting world.”  

Phi Alpha Comes to UVF March 31, 2015