CBS Tales: Part Three — Recreation

I recently came home after experiencing 3rd term at Calvary Bible School. This is my attempt to publicly review those good times. Enjoy the ride!

One day, we went to a local park to hang out, eat pizza, and celebrate Stephen’s birthday. Unfortunately, the weather was pretty drizzly and cold, which made our activities a little bit more complicated. But thankfully, Christy and I rescued the day with our Bag of Fun. We went and got the Party at Walmart, and brought It to a pavilion and had a blast there. There were some people who still chose to play Ultimate Frisbee or Soccer, but we all got together under the pavilion for lunch.



Remember how it was a rainy day? So when we got back to CBS, since we were wet anyway, we jumped into the rushing creek and played a few games of Creek Volleyball!


We had a lot of snow early on in the term, and after class one particularly snowy day, a snowball fight ensued!





One free Saturday, nearly all the student body jumped onto four pontoons and cruised around a lake.




This was what happened at lunch. Photo credits to Jonny Yoder!


Other after school activities included Double Dutch, kayaking, going to the bluffs, lots of volleyball, and Scum, just to name a few.




Even though this doesn’t do everything justice, I hope you enjoyed peeking into our fun times at CBS!


CBS Tales: Part Three – CW Term Project

For weeks at CBS, I thought about this idea. Over and over it went in my head, till it was scattered beyond recognition. But it had become too precious to me to simply throw away, so I sat down with Microsoft Word, and we worked it out. Holding a printed sheet of paper with this overwhelming project was too much, and I lost it. I was completely unprepared for the feelings of inadequacy that washed over me right then. To Jesus I cried, or rather whispered, ‘Lord, is it worth it?’

In tones of tenderness, He spoke those words I needed to hear, revealing my need for help.

So that morning, during first period, I searched the CBS campus to find Mrs. Glick. I finally found her with her mug in the dining room, her coffee shop getaway. She listened, understood, and prescribed. That day, she shared my needs with the Christian Womanhood class It was simple. I wanted to do a photo essay about Biblical women set at CBS. I needed someone to be the main model for me, to help set up and tear down the shots, to help coordinate with other characters, and to give guidance and anchorage to my ideas.

I kept my head down and eyes averted, not wanting to see the looks of skepticism and doubt I expected, not wanting to see the reluctant hand raise. But I risked a glance at one of my friends, and to my shock, a hand shot up as soon as Janelle was finished talking. This hand was eager, fingers stretched, and arm fully extended!

Such was the beginning of my delightful partnership with a girl from Indiana named Juli Mast. The next chance we got, we sat down and worked out the details of each shot, getting a rough idea into our heads about what this might end up looking like. She gave amazing advice and insight, and her ideas were brilliant. She was as fully on board with the project as I was, and there had been no need for coaxing or convincing. With the fresh wind she brought, we were ready to get this show on the road!

It was difficult figuring out when to work together and when to focus on the other log term projects we both had going. We worked during study hall and before supper; during off periods and during lunch. We had to coordinate with the other participants, and plan each unique shot. It was a lot of work! But I believe the end result was entirely worth all the effort and pains it cost.

So without further ado, here’s Juli Mast’s and my Christian Womanhood term project:

CBS Tales: Part Two — Chorus

I recently came home after experiencing 3rd term at Calvary Bible School. This is my attempt to publicly review those good times. Enjoy the ride!


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And we’re back with another CBS Tale! Today I will tell you about the 45 minute time-period known as Chorus.

Our director was Wendell Glick from Ontario, Canada. Mr. Glick has been studying Choral Composition for a number of years now, and so we were blessed to be able to sing some of his original songs. He had a way of pulling out the best of his singers — things we didn’t even think we could do! But the scary pieces of sheet music he gave us at the beginning soon became beloved parts of our days.


The theme he chose for our repertoire was rest. Our third song was probably the lynchpin of our lineup: it was called Come, Bring Your Burdens to God. It emphasized how Jesus will never become weary of us coming to Him with our burdens. Other songs talked about Matthew 11:28-30, and another song was Mr. Glick’s arrangement of one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems called, Out in the Fields With God. I would have to be very hard pressed to pick a favorite!

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We gave three programs. The first one was at a local prison in Calico Rock. It was a great opportunity to minister to people who likely do not receive a lot of outside encouragement! One of the best things about that program for me wa that I recognized some of the men from last year. And they recognized us! At the end of our program, as they filed out, we sang Bambelela, and some of them were singing along! The second program was at a ‘Spirit-filled church’, also in Calico Rock, called Soul’s Harbor. It was a tiny building, and it felt like we took up half the room! This was also where we were live-streamed, and apparently were watched by ‘millions around the world’, as the pastor claimed. The third program was at Calico Rock First Baptist Church, where visiting Mennonites made up half the audience! We had wonderful times of ministry everywhere we went.

Mr. Glick also has a big heart for Beachy youth, and involved himself with a lot of our activities! He even tried his best to learn to Double Dutch…

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Lastly, shout out to our Infamous Back Row! We had some lively, hilarious times.

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