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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 Speaker: Mark Hoffman

November 04, 2014 November 04, 2014 - November 04, 2014

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Bill Clarkson

November 05, 2014 November 05, 2014 - November 05, 2014

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November 06, 2014 November 06, 2014 - November 06, 2014

Chapel Guest Speaker: Kasey Smith

November 11, 2014 November 11, 2014 - November 11, 2014
Homecoming 1980s Grads
Homecoming at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is always an exciting time. During the week of Oct. 20-25, many alumni were welcomed back to reunite with old friends, peers and professors. The entire campus celebrated their reunion with a series of campus events full of UVF spirit. 
 
The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 20, with a compelling message in chapel from Rev. Joseph Terreri '06. Terreri is currently the senior pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Pottstown, Pa. During his time at UVF, he studied and received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry.
 
The days that followed were filled with various alumni speakers, campus events, and competitions to showcase Patriot pride. Brice Karper ’12 spoke in chapel on Tuesday. The student body and faculty had earnestly prayed for and supported Karper last year after hearing of his tragic car accident. When Karper returned to speak about God’s faithfulness throughout his time of recovery, many were encouraged by the joy of hearing his inspiring testimony and seeing him in good health. Karper thanked the UVF body for their many prayers and letters that were sent to him during his recovery.  
 
Every year, three outstanding alumni are honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. On Thursday, during chapel, President Meyer presented Rev. Tino Cione '86 with one of these awards. Cione is a senior pastor at a multi-cultural ministry in the Washington, D.C., area that is comprised of over 35 nationalities.

On Friday, talented alumni led worship for the official homecoming chapel service. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Darlack '99 and Rev. Jeffrey Ferguson '77 during the service. 
 
Darlack graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education. Darlack is the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the 2014 Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort for the American Theological Library Association.   
 
Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. A few years after graduation, he returned to UVF to serve as Dean of Students in 1986. Ferguson has faithfully served as Lead Pastor at First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, Va. since 1988.

After chapel, alumni enjoyed a tour of the campus, having lunch together and reminiscing with past roommates and professors over coffee. The Class of 1964 was especially overjoyed to celebrate its 50th reunion over dinner that night. In the evening, students and staff met at the gym, fondly referred to as "The Pit," to watch the annual men’s basketball Alumni vs. Patriots game. Both teams went toe-to-toe and although the score was close, the Patriots walked off the court as homecoming champions.  
 
It has been a well-known tradition at UVF to honor the homecoming court after the Alumni vs. Patriots basketball game. However, this year the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to create a new tradition. Instead of the usual homecoming crowning of the king and queen, the faculty department chairs and staff department directors selected three male and three female seniors who exemplified outstanding leadership and service in their time at UVF. Following the nominations, the student body voted for who they wanted to receive the Ashcroft Award: an award named after Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of UVF from 1982-1985. 

This year, the nominees for the Ashcroft Award were Josh Keller, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Seders, Michaela Ball, Kayleigh Smith and Emilee Slingerland. To the crowd’s delight, pastoral ministry major, Benjamin Miller and intercultural studies major, Michaela Ball received the award. 
 
SGA hosted a number of festivities for the student body throughout the week including a pep rally featuring various student performances, a movie night, flag football and a volleyball and board game night. Students also participated in themed dress day competitions to showcase their Patriot pride.

The homecoming celebration at UVF came to a close on Friday night with a festive gathering complete with s’mores, fellowship and warm moments shared around a bonfire. It was truly a special week for alumni, current students and faculty.

 
 
Homecoming 2014 Celebration October 30, 2014
President Meyer
On Sept. 24, 2014, University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer wrote an article for Charisma magazine titled "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." He discussed the power of negative thinking and how saying "no" can be as effective and useful as saying "yes." He wrote on two life scenarios when one should respond negatively. In right vs. wrong situations, it becomes clear when a negative response is necessary. In good/better vs. the best situations, choosing the correct response becomes more challenging. President Meyer discussed how saying "no" to the good possibilities makes room for the great possibilities. In both scenarios, he offered biblical examples, allowing for further insight on how to use the God-given gift of time effectively.

To read the full article, visit charismamag.com

President Meyer and the Power of Negative Thinking October 30, 2014
Brice Karper '12

In 2013, a car on a highway in Maryland turned too quickly to avoid an approaching collision and rolled down an embankment several times until finally crashing. The driver of that car, a recent University of Valley Forge (UVF) graduate, survived and was medevaced to the hospital. The doctors called his survival and recovery miraculous; Brice Karper ‘12 simply attributed it to God.    

A year after several surgeries and more than 600 hours of physical therapy, Karper stood on the Flower Chapel stage on Oct. 20, 2014, as a guest speaker during homecoming week, and shared his testimony. The accident, or what Karper jokingly refers to as his “divine delay,” was a major setback for his life plans, as well as one of the most challenging and spiritually growing experiences of his life.

“The accident forced me to slow down and reevaluate,” Karper said. He had the next few months planned and ready in front of him, when suddenly, everything paused. Lying on the hospital bed in pain, Karper felt angry and confused in his heart. He repeatedly asked God, "Why would you let this happen to me now?" In return, God asked Karper questions of His own: "Am I enough for you? Have you become so in love with your dream? Am I still who you are pursuing first and foremost?" Reflecting on where his heart was, Karper realized he had unintentionally begun to put the call above the Caller. “God got me to the point where I wouldn’t know what else to do if He closed that door,” Karper said, “But at the end of it all, I knew I would still have God and we would get through it together.” 

During chapel, Karper held a stack of handwritten cards and letters for the audience to see. The letters were from friends and family, letting him know they were praying for him and supported him. Many of those letters and cards were from the UVF community. When the university learned of Karper’s accident, the campus prayed together for his healing and recovery. Many people visited and called him, demonstrating the comfort of being a member of the body of Christ. 

Karper learned the importance of God’s people when he was a student at Valley Forge. “Who you surround yourself with will impact who you become,” Karper said. “The relationships you build in college will stay with you for the rest of your life.” His family, friends and home church continue to stand by him and encourage him. That encouragement, and God’s faithfulness, helped Karper witness to his doctors, nurses and therapists — people he would have never met if not for the accident. Whether at the hospital or the rehabilitation center, he would let those around him know, in words and actions, that his recovery was a blessing from God. 

Karper shared his time of "faith testing," as he refers to it, as encouragement to the student body. He learned that God will still use people during their trials to bring glory to Himself. UVF is overjoyed by Karper's recovery and the continued friendship he keeps with the university and its alumni — all of which are bonded together by faith and the spiritual connection shared here at Valley Forge


Am I Enough For You? October 30, 2014
Tarragnoli in Zambia
Assistant professor Kathleen Terragnoli knew from a very young age that missionary work would be an important part of her life. Over her 35 years at UVF, she focused on supporting and teaching others as they prepared for their own missionary journeys. When the opportunity for her to serve in Africa on a short-term basis first came in 1996, she seized it with tremendous excitement. Since then, Terragnoli has been on 12 missionary journeys to Africa, visiting the country of Zambia on five separate occasions – the last of which took place this summer, from June 19 to July 11.
 
The first two weeks of her trip were spent in the city of Kabwe, with a team of one South African and 15 American teachers. Together, they trained over 200 Zambian teachers and encouraged faith and spirituality in one another. After observing government, community and private schools, as well as learning about the local culture (something that she encourages all short-term missionaries to practice), the team held over 60 sessions for teachers from all over the country. These sessions helped them develop their natural abilities and approach education with the most effective contemporary techniques.
 
“It’s not that they’re bad teachers, or that they don’t know what they’re doing,” emphasized Terragnoli. Rather, their access to training is limited, giving them less opportunity to reflect and grow with other educators. She also stressed the importance of supporting Africa’s educational infrastructure, which will give young people a means to think critically about issues, come up with creative solutions and prepare them to become productive and contributing members of society.
 
The second half of Terragnoli's missionary journey took place 270 miles down the road, in a southern city of Zambia called Choma. There, she served with UVF alumni Dociah ’95 and Kevin ’94 Friedrich, who founded and direct the Children of the Most High (CMH) Orphanage. Over the course of two weeks, Terragnoli participated in weekend services at the organization’s two pioneer churches, offered communication and teaching lessons to CMH leadership and spent time with the 20 children that live in CMH homes.
 
Terragnoli has been especially touched by the opportunity to see the children of CMH mature in faith. “I have literally watched some of them grow up during my five trips over the past 14 years,” she said.  With that in mind, she wants to convey the gratefulness of the Friedrichs, who are thankful for the financial and prayerful support that has come from the Valley Forge community; she also asks each of us to continue praying for CMH, as they move toward building the Dream Center – a centralized location for the orphanage, which currently operates out of three homes. “Thank you,” she adds, “for your love, support, and most of all — prayers!”

Teaching Teachers in Zambia October 30, 2014