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Partners, April 2013


CARE MINISTRY

CHRISTIAN CARE CENTERS


GUNTER, Texas —  Christian Care Centers Inc. has set the closure of the 66-year-old Hilltop Haven, which serves more than 100 senior residents, for March 16.
In making the recent announcement, Phil Elmore, president and CEO of Christian Care Centers, promised to work with residents’ relatives to find suitable placements for loved ones.
“Competition and convenience have challenged our ministry for years,” Elmore said. “Consistent underfunding of Medicaid, our primary service option, and an overwhelming reduction in Medicare payments have made it impossible to continue with this ministry at Hilltop Haven.”
For more information, see www.cccinc.net.
CHRISTIAN MEDIA
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN
EASTLAKE, Colo.
—  The Rocky Mountain Christian newspaper dedicated its February edition to one of its editors, Jack W. Carter, who died Jan. 29. Carter, 82, was a longtime minister and Christian writer.
“His efforts with this paper and countless other endeavors in the brotherhood make this small tribute a worthy endeavor of its own,” the paper said in a front-page note introducing three pieces reflecting on Carter’s legacy.
A memorial service for Carter was conducted Feb. 2 at the Bear Valley Church of Christ in Denver. For more information, see rmcnews.site.aplus.net.
HIGHER EDUCATION

ROCHESTER COLLEGE
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.
— Once known as Michigan Christian College, Rochester College is again contemplating a new name. President Rubel Shelly is seeking feedback on the advisability of changing the name to Rochester University.
Shelly said recruiters have had to spend too much time explaining that Rochester College is a four-year, degree-granting institution and not a two-year community college.
For more information, see www.rc.edu.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.
Lipscomb University general counsel Phil Ellenburg has been named president of Middle Tennessee Christian School.
Founded in 1962, Middle Tennessee Christian is associated with Churches of Christ and serves 672 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
“You never know what God has planned for us,” Ellenburg said. “This is a very unique opportunity to help build on the great foundation already in place at MTCS. It was clear that God opened a door that we needed to walk through.”
Ellenburg said he plans to spend time “watching, listening and learning” as he  begins work in April.
For more information, see www.mtcscougars.org.

MEDICAL MISSIONS

MISION PARA CRISTO
JINOTEGA, Nicaragua
— The cost of health-care is going up in this Central American nation — even for medical missions.
“This year we have seen a 50 percent increase in medicine needed for our full-time clinic,” said Benny Baker, executive director of Mision Para Cristo, a church-supported ministry whose clinic serves more than 700 patients a month.
The ministry seeks additional funds to cover the rising costs.
Despite the obstacles, the ministry is developing a specialty medical clinic to provide the people of Nicaragua access to pain management, ophthalmology and advanced physical therapy.
For more information, wee www.misionparacristo.com.
SCOUTING
CHURCHES OF CHRIST FOR SCOUTING
ABILENE, Texas
— The board of trustees of Churches of Christ for Scouting is opposing the potential removal of the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusion of gay members and leaders.
Steve Leddy, national chairman of Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting, sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America national executive committee.
“Our deep belief in the Bible as God’s word is a central, defining tenet of our faith,” Leddy wrote in the letter. “The Bible tells us that homosexuality is a sin. We love all people, but we hate sin, and integrating those with a sinful lifestyle would be an ethical and moral compromise against our faith.”
Churches of Christ sponsor more than 500 Boy Scout groups serving more than 15,000 young people, according to Leddy.
SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — “My best friend,” Gavin Kuykendall calls Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden.
A heart for children, Weeden is raising money to help children such as Gavin, a 6-year-old born with a rare congenital heart disease.
Gavin, whose family attends the Broken Arrow Church of Christ in Oklahoma, joined Weeden at a news conference at Oklahoma Christian University. Weeden came to Oklahoma Christian to speak at the university’s recent Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, attended by nearly 600 people.
CARE MINISTRY

CHRISTIAN CARE CENTERS


GUNTER, Texas —  Christian Care Centers Inc. has set the closure of the 66-year-old Hilltop Haven, which serves more than 100 senior residents, for March 16.
In making the recent announcement, Phil Elmore, president and CEO of Christian Care Centers, promised to work with residents’ relatives to find suitable placements for loved ones.
“Competition and convenience have challenged our ministry for years,” Elmore said. “Consistent underfunding of Medicaid, our primary service option, and an overwhelming reduction in Medicare payments have made it impossible to continue with this ministry at Hilltop Haven.”
For more information, see www.cccinc.net.
CHRISTIAN MEDIA
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN
EASTLAKE, Colo.
—  The Rocky Mountain Christian newspaper dedicated its February edition to one of its editors, Jack W. Carter, who died Jan. 29. Carter, 82, was a longtime minister and Christian writer.
“His efforts with this paper and countless other endeavors in the brotherhood make this small tribute a worthy endeavor of its own,” the paper said in a front-page note introducing three pieces reflecting on Carter’s legacy.
A memorial service for Carter was conducted Feb. 2 at the Bear Valley Church of Christ in Denver. For more information, see rmcnews.site.aplus.net.
HIGHER EDUCATION

ROCHESTER COLLEGE
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.
— Once known as Michigan Christian College, Rochester College is again contemplating a new name. President Rubel Shelly is seeking feedback on the advisability of changing the name to Rochester University.
Shelly said recruiters have had to spend too much time explaining that Rochester College is a four-year, degree-granting institution and not a two-year community college.
For more information, see www.rc.edu.
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.
Lipscomb University general counsel Phil Ellenburg has been named president of Middle Tennessee Christian School.
Founded in 1962, Middle Tennessee Christian is associated with Churches of Christ and serves 672 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
“You never know what God has planned for us,” Ellenburg said. “This is a very unique opportunity to help build on the great foundation already in place at MTCS. It was clear that God opened a door that we needed to walk through.”
Ellenburg said he plans to spend time “watching, listening and learning” as he  begins work in April.
For more information, see www.mtcscougars.org.

MEDICAL MISSIONS

MISION PARA CRISTO
JINOTEGA, Nicaragua
— The cost of health-care is going up in this Central American nation — even for medical missions.
“This year we have seen a 50 percent increase in medicine needed for our full-time clinic,” said Benny Baker, executive director of Mision Para Cristo, a church-supported ministry whose clinic serves more than 700 patients a month.
The ministry seeks additional funds to cover the rising costs.
Despite the obstacles, the ministry is developing a specialty medical clinic to provide the people of Nicaragua access to pain management, ophthalmology and advanced physical therapy.
For more information, wee www.misionparacristo.com.
SCOUTING
CHURCHES OF CHRIST FOR SCOUTING
ABILENE, Texas
— The board of trustees of Churches of Christ for Scouting is opposing the potential removal of the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusion of gay members and leaders.
Steve Leddy, national chairman of Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting, sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America national executive committee.
“Our deep belief in the Bible as God’s word is a central, defining tenet of our faith,” Leddy wrote in the letter. “The Bible tells us that homosexuality is a sin. We love all people, but we hate sin, and integrating those with a sinful lifestyle would be an ethical and moral compromise against our faith.”
Churches of Christ sponsor more than 500 Boy Scout groups serving more than 15,000 young people, according to Leddy.
SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — “My best friend,” Gavin Kuykendall calls Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden.
A heart for children, Weeden is raising money to help children such as Gavin, a 6-year-old born with a rare congenital heart disease.
Gavin, whose family attends the Broken Arrow Church of Christ in Oklahoma, joined Weeden at a news conference at Oklahoma Christian University. Weeden came to Oklahoma Christian to speak at the university’s recent Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, attended by nearly 600 people.

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