Convocation Chapel marks new academic year

Convocation Chapel marks new academic year

Convocation Chapel marked the opening of a new academic year at BBC&S. The August 25 program was held in the Recreation Center.

President Jeffery's challenge message, "Joseph: A Fruitful Branch by the Well of God's Presence," focused faculty, staff, and students on the faithfulness and character displayed in the life of Joseph. This will also be the focal point of President Jeffery's chapel series this year, with messages presented most Fridays.
"God is faithful," he said. "God's faithfulness means he is trustworthy, dependable, and keeps his promises because he is unchanging in his character and commitments. You can trust a known God for an unknown future."

Held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, this year's event marked the 83nd Convocation.

Convocation Chapel, other messages from President Jeffery, and messages from additional chapel speakers throughout the year, are posted online at The Convocation message will be posted soon.

A Special Morning
BBS Assistant Professor Dr. Kenneth Gardoski opened the chapel and the school year with an invocation. Dr. David Harris led those in attendance in the hymns "My Hope is in the Lord" and "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery." BBC Associate Professor Susan Cagley led a Scripture reading in Psalm 105:1:24.

Following the message a benediction was given by Associate Professor Darryl J. Meekins, during which faculty members encircled the student body for prayer.

BBC&SVice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle, who carried BBC&S' academic mace in the formal processional, offered welcoming remarks to those in attendance. He pointed students to the values and mentoring they'll receive over the course of their year as well as their careers.

See photos from the morning event here. For more details on selected campus events, go to

Looking ahead
Many exciting events are planned for the fall semester on campus.

Celebration on the Summit, October 6 - 11, will bring alumni, parents, and others to campus for Bible Conference, Alumni Day, and Homecoming & Family Day.

Read more about "Celebration on the Summit" at

Also taking place this fall is the BBC production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," October 23-25. Other events include Community Appreciation Day and Feed the Fire Youth Conference.

For more details on selected campus events, go to

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Posted on: 8/25/2014 4:37:10 PM

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