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Prayerful protest at Abilene Christian University


As chapel attendees filed out of Moody Coliseum, the students lined up across the lawn gathered many curious glances, the student newspaper The Optimist reported. Donning red paint to represent blood and holding signs promoting peace, students silently urged others to make a difference in global violence, the newspaper said. “We are doing this as a genuine way to seek peace, and see how we can truly love our brothers,” junior Elena Stephenson told The Optimist.
BIBLE CAMPS
LAKE CISCO CHRISTIAN CAMP
CISCO, Texas
— The Friends of LCCC are asking for camp alumni to send pictures and stories of the camp. These will be used to promote the camp on a new Web site and raise awareness of financial needs, organizer Mike Frantz said.
“We are looking for anything from all sessions of camps, retreats and reunions from the past 48 years,” Frantz said.
Pictures and stories can be mailed to: Cisco Church of Christ, P.O. Box 629, Cisco, TX 76437. The e-mail address is [email protected] The phone number is (254) 442-1450.
CAMPUS MINISTRIES
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
— Robert M. Randolph, senior minister of the Brookline church and a 1962 graduate of Abilene Christian University, was officially installed recently as MIT’s first chaplain.
MIT officials said the appointment underscored the role of religious life at the institute. Randolph is the grandson of the late E.W. McMillan, former chairman of ACU’s Bible department and minister of the College church in the 1930s.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
OXFORD, Miss.
— Church is the “No. 1 thing to bring people to God and the No. 1 thing to turn them away!”
That was one of hundreds of responses the Rebels for Christ ministry got recently when members approached students on campus and asked them “What do you think of Jesus?” and “What do you think of the church?”
Among students interviewed were Christians, Muslims and agnostics, member Luke Duncan said. The students posted a video of responses on YouTube.com. To view it, search for “Jesus and the church,” including the quote marks.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHRIST’S HAVEN FOR CHILDREN
KELLER, Texas
— Hundreds gathered recently on the 156-acre campus to hear officials announce plans for a $5.1 million facility expansion. The “Care Enough to Grow” campaign will raise money to build a children’s enrichment center and three new group homes, executive director Kelly Moore said.
CHILDREN’S HOME OF LUBBOCK
LUBBOCK, Texas
— About 300 people attended an Oct. 11 banquet honoring Floyd Stumbo, president emeritus, for 50 years of work with boys and girls at the home. A check for more than $162,000 was presented to create the Floyd and Pat Stumbo Endowment to benefit children in the future. “This was contributed by friends, former students, employees and others who know and appreciate Floyd,” said Lynn Harms, president.
HIGHER EDUCATION
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ABILENE, Texas
— Mario and Hermila De La Garza of Denton, Texas, were honored recently as ACU Parents of the Year.
Their daughter, Angie, who will graduate in May with a degree in family studies, nominated them.
“My father has been a minister for almost 40 years, and my mother is a pioneer for Hispanic women in the Churches of Christ,” said Angie, one of three De La Garza children to attend ACU. “Their faith and service have spilled over to their children, as well.”

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
— Lipscomb announced recently that it has signed on with e2Campus to provide a text message notification system for students, faculty and staff in case of an emergency.
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
MALIBU, Calif.
— The Pepperdine School of Public Policy celebrated its 10th anniversary Oct. 2 with guest speaker Jeb Bush, former Florida governor. The anniversary dinner celebrated the accomplishments of the last decade and articulated the school’s intent and aspirations for the future, which will include the Jack Kemp Institute for Political Economy.

YORK COLLEGE
YORK, Neb.
— A donor who asked to remain anonymous has pledged a $1.5 million challenge gift to York, President Wayne Baker announced recently.

K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
ALABAMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MONTGOMERY, Ala.
— In an effort to increase patriotism, the academy invited members of the armed forces to speak in chapel during October. Marine Lt. Col. Eric B. Garretty, the first speaker, related spiritual values of the Christian walk to military values and talked about heroes who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.

MIDLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
MIDLAND, Texas
— The school honored John Connor Brown, a 13-year-old student killed in a Memorial Day automobile crash, by naming its junior high after him.
 
“Once again, we are overwhelmed with the love of our school and church families,” his mother, Lee Ann Brown, wrote on the family’s online Caring Bridge page.
SPORTS
A shot at the big time

VIENNA, W.Va.
—  The basketball program at Ohio Valley University doesn’t usually draw a whole lot of attention.
As The Associated Press noted, the Division II Fighting Scots play for a Christian university with just 560 students. It’s not a top-tier team in the West Virginia Conference, and hasn’t won a title since joining the league in 1999.
But the tiny program will get its shot at the big time.
Ohio Valley is one of 16 teams invited to play in the prestigious 2K Sports College Hoops Classic this month. Connecticut, Kentucky, Memphis and Oklahoma will serve as the four regional hosts for the tournament. If Ohio Valley were to win in the first round, it could face UConn’s Jim Calhoun in a nationally televised game.
“This will be one of life’s most memorable moments for me and my players,” coach Bill McGee said of competing in the tournament.

  • Feedback
    Their energies could be better directed by visiting veterans hospitals or helping in the rehabilitation of those injured soldiers returning from combat. As Christian citizens, we should appreciate the price of our peace and safety in this secular nation–paid for by people who serve in the military.
    Nora Vincent
    Main Street Church of Christ in Dallas
    Carrollton, TX
    US
    March, 12 2011

    As I read the article about the college students donning red paint and holding signs promoting prace many thoughts ran through my mind. Let me just mention one of them. These students and all other Americans owe a tremendous debt to those who have gone before them willing to seek and perserve peace and freedom by sacrificing their very lives to protect this country. Remember Christ lived in an extremely violent time and place and yet he and the first century Christians truly loved their brothers and all humans. Jesus is the King of Peace but human leaders often do not identify with him and his cause. As his followers it is important for us to learn that we can obey him in a violent and non-peaceful world.
    Billy Ray Harper
    Bishop church of Christ
    San Antonio, TX
    USA
    September, 7 2009

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