Pirates of Penzance at Wheaton College

What an amazing opportunity from Wheaton College just for homeschoolers. Check this out and be sure to share this event information with others! Spread the word. 🙂

We’d like to share a special invitation to the homeschooling community to attend a preview of “The Pirates of Penzance” at pre-performance prices.

Wheaton College’s Opera Music Theater will perform popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera January 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. the dress rehearsal is open to our homeschooling friends at the half price cost of $5 a ticket.

All performances, directed by Andy Mangin, will take place in Pierce Memorial Chapel, located on the southeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets in Wheaton. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  For more information, call the Conservatory of Music at 630.752.5098.


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Advent service for children at Wheaton College

Children’s Worship: Interactive Advent Meditations Saturday

December 15, 2012, 10 – 11am

Location: Billy Graham Museum Rotunda

The Billy Graham Center Museum at Wheaton College is hosting a series of one-hour worship services designed to engage children with the wonder and anticipation of the Advent season. Through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials, visitors of all ages are invited to explore stories from the Bible about the birth of Jesus. Participants will have opportunity to respond to the presentations with simple arts and crafts, prayer, journaling, reading, visual arts, and hands-on materials for retelling their own story.

Services will be held Saturday December 15 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday December 16 at 4 p.m. The events are free and open to the public and take place in the Billy Graham Center Museum Rotunda area. Stories in the same weekend are identical. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Billy Graham Center Museum, located at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton, offers free parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 630.752.5909.

ICHE Mother Daughter Day


Mother Daughter Day

January 26, 2013

Save the date!

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Valerie Elliot Shepard will be the speaker for the ICHE Mother Daughter Day on January 26, 2013.

Meet Valerie:

Born February 27th, 1955 in Shell Mera, Ecuador, Valerie was the only daughter of missionary parents, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot. They were missionaries to the Quichua Indians of the Amazon jungle. In 1956, while attempting to reach the Waodani Indians (a primitive and savage stone-age tribe) with 4 other missionaries, Jim was speared to death in January of 1956. Elisabeth and Valerie continued to live with the Quichuas until miraculously they were invited to live with the Waodani tribe that had killed Jim. They lived with these Indians for 2 years in safety and contentment, as Elisabeth and another missionary, Rachel Saint learned to speak the language and translated the story of Jesus to them. Most of them accepted the truth and said they would not kill anymore, and have not since that time.

Elisabeth decided in 1963 to move to the States in order for Valerie to receive an American education, and they lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 1968, Elisabeth married Addison Leitch, a professor of theology and Presbyterian minister. Valerie attended and graduated from Wheaton College in 1976 with a BA in English Literature. She married Walter Shepard shortly after that and moved to live with him in Louisiana.

Valerie has spent 36 years being a pastor’s wife, raising 8 children, homeschooling, and teaching Bible studies.

Valerie and Walter’s ministry has been one of hospitality, leading prayer meetings, and learning to live in God’s grace with joy. She has spoken at many retreats for women and has shared some of the radio ministry, called “Gateway to Joy,” with her mother, on Back to the Bible Broadcasting Network. Valerie loves to teach, and was part of the team with her husband in Kinshasa. Walter and Valerie’s desire, ever since they were first married, was to go to the mission field, and Africa was always part of that dream. God opened the door for them to move to Kinshasa, DRC, in August, 2005, and they stayed until June 2008. Because of health reasons, they decided not to go back, but God moved them into a different American mission field- planting a church!

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Biblically themed art created with Japanese methods

The Biblical narrative depicted through traditional Japanese printmaking techniques.


Website: http://www.wheaton.edu/bgcmuseum/Exhibits/Sacred-Arts-Gallery

The Billy Graham Center Museum at Wheaton College presents “Beauty Given by Grace”, a brand new traveling exhibition of Japanese printmaker Sadao Watanabe. Composed of private collections, this exhibition brings together for the first time 50 of the artist’s original stencil prints, calendars, and cards. This special collection of work on biblical themes presents a Japanese artist of critical acclaim, profound originality, and relentless spiritual dedication. The BGC Museum serves proudly as the inaugural venue for this premier exhibit, on display from October 8, 2012 through March 24, 2013.

Sadao Watanabe (1913–1996) converted from Buddhism to Christianity at 17 years old. He expressed stories of his new faith with indigenous Japanese language and style, depicting biblical themes in an East Asian cultural milieu and using a traditional folk art of hand-cut-stencil dyeing, called “katazome”. The luminous works of Sadao Watanabe impart a unique visual legacy to contemporary sacred art. Well regarded in his homeland and in leading art institutions worldwide, Watanabe’s work was created to communicate biblical truth to his culture, be enjoyed by common people, and displayed in ordinary settings.

Info on planning your visit:

Regular Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Closed Thanksgiving Day and
between Christmas & New Years.

Admission Fee

No admission charge

Suggested donation:
Adults, $4
Senior Citizens/Students $3
Children (12 and under) $1
Families $10

Fox Valley area Homeschool Choir

This past Fall, 20 students participated in the kick-off semester of the Fox Valley Homeschool Choir under the direction of Marketo Griffin and Hannah Gerrity.  There were Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses all lifting their voices in praise to the Lord culminating in a wonderful Christmas Concert!

The second semester of the Fox Valley Homeschool Choir will begin Jan 23rd (Jan 16th for new members) with a Spring Concert scheduled for late April.


New Member Start Date: Monday, January 16, 2012

Rehearsal Dates: Mondays, January 23, 2012 – April 23, 2012 (No rehearsal on 2/20, 3/26, 4/9).

Time: 3:00-4:15pm

Place: Union Congregational Church Sanctuary

405 West State Street, North Aurora, IL


Student Ages: Ages 14-18 may join without audition **

Ages 12-13 must audition to join **

Cost: $75 for 1st child, $35 for 2nd child, $20 for 3rd child (and beyond)J

Registration: Now through January 30, 2012

To register please email the Director, Marketo Griffin @ lessons@marketochristine.com

** Marketo will listen to all new students privately for part assignments (SATB)

About the Director:

Marketo heard the Lord’s call into music and ministry over five years ago while working as a civilian air traffic controller on a remote airfield in the Kuwait desert! She entered Wheaton College just over a year later and recently finished her studies with a Bachelor Degree of Music in Voice Performance.  At Wheaton College, she served as Honors Conductor of the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Director of the Wheaton College WOW Worship Team, and Honors Conductor of the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale.   Marketo is currently serving as the A Cappella Ensemble Director at DuPage AME Church and as the Coordinator of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton.

About the Assistant Director/Accompanist:

Hannah Gerrity will be serving as the Assistant Director and the Accompanist.  She graduated from Wheaton College in May with a BS in Voice Performance.  While she was a student at Wheaton College, she served as Honors Conductor and President of the Wheaton College Concert Choir. She is also a very gifted pianist and accompanist.  Hannah is passionate about choral singing, homeschooling and loving Jesus with all her heart!

Summer classes on Religion in Wheaton

Three week courses in Philosophy of Religion as well as the History of Christian Thought are available this summer in Wheaton. The classes are geared toward high-schoolers  whether they have no experience in philosophy or theology or if they already have some experience:

Philosophy of Religion and History of Christian Thought

Schedule (each session is a complete course)

Philosophy of Religion
Session 1
June 14th – July 2nd, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 10am-12noon
Session 2
July 12th – July 30th, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 7pm-9pm
Topics of study will include:
The existence of God, free will, and the problem of evil

History of Christian Thought
Session 1
June 14th – July 2nd, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 7pm-9pm
Session 2
July 12th – July 30th, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 10am-12noon
Authors we will read and study include:
Jerome, Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas,
Martin Luther, Jonathon Edwards, and Shane Claiborne

A small amount of reading will be expected in preparation for each class meeting.

Age Group: High school age students are the primary audience. Middle school age students may be accepted if the parents believe that their child displays a high level of intellectual maturity. People beyond the normal high school age are also welcome.

Class Location
Wheaton College Buswell Library
Wheaton, IL

$250 per person per course if $50 deposit received by May 1st
$300 per person per course if signed up after May 1st
$25/hour for one-on-one mentoring
To Sign Up:
Call or email the teacher at the contact information listed below.
A $50 non-refundable deposit per person per class is due by May 1st to secure $250 price (other $200 due at first class).
Sign-ups after May 1st are accepted, and a full $300 payment will be due at the first class.
One-on-One Mentoring:
One-on-one mentoring is also available at a rate of $25/hour. The curriculum can be the same as the regular classes or can be adjusted to fit the interests of the student. The length and frequency of the meetings can be whatever is desired or can be whatever is needed to accomplish the student’s goals.

Contact Information for Sign-up or Questions:
(541) 517-1811 (feel free to leave a message if I don’t answer)
125 W Union Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187

About the teacher:
My name is Brantly Millegan. My beautiful wife Krista and I were married last summer and are expecting our
first child at the end of May.
This May I will be graduating from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
I was a Teacher’s Assistant for three semesters in the Philosophy department. For two of those semesters I was a
Teacher’s Assistant for the longest standing full professor in the Philosophy department and current department chair. I was a Research Assistant for that same professor for one semester and aided him in editing and researching two books he was writing.

I have filled in for a Philosophy professor in his absence several times and taught college philosophy classes.
I also have a great deal of experience working with high school and middle school age students. I was a paid intern under the high school pastor of First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) for two summers.