Convocation Chapel marks beginning of academic year

A special Convocation Chapel marked the opening of a new academic year at BBC&S. The August 27 program was held in the Phelps Student Center.

President Jim Jeffery's challenge, "Climbing Higher by Keeping Your Grip," focused faculty, staff, and students on 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul's last letter, written during Nero's persecution of Christians in Rome.

BBC&SThe themes of the book, he said, "encourage us to continue to climb upward in trusting Christ without losing our grip on confidence, faithfulness, truth, and perseverance."

"It is not self-confidence," he said. "It is confidence in our heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit."

The book of 2 Timothy will serve as a theme for President Jeffery's weekly chapel messages through the year.

Held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, this year's event marked the 81st Convocation.

Convocation Chapel, other messages from President Jeffery, and messages from additional chapel speakers throughout the year, are posted online at www.bbc.edu/chapel. The August 27 message will be posted soon.

A special morning
BBC Professor Dr. William Higley 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," "Holding Fast the Faithful Word," and "How Great Thou Art." BBS Dean Dr. Mike Stallard led a Scripture reading in 2 Timothy 1:1-14. The benediction was given by BBC Professor Sherrie Holloway.

Convocation also featured BBC&S' academic mace, a traditional symbol of authority and integrity carried in formal processions first introduced in 2010. It was carried by Vice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle.

The wooden mace was a gift from Dr. Russell Kooy of Jacksonville, OR, a retired surgeon who designed and crafted the mace himself and donated the piece.

Read more about the mace here.

"I'm very, very thankful for our faculty," Dr. Lytle said. "The faculty who teach you really are the curriculum."

BBC&SGreat events ahead
The fall semester includes many exciting events on the BBC&S campus.

The $5.6 million Kempton Athletic Center will be dedicated on Saturday, October 13. The facility includes a running track, climbing wall, and a range of other facilities.

The dedication will be held during the annual "Celebration on the Summit," October 8-13. The event includes the annual Bible Conference, Alumni Day, and Homecoming & Family Day. Events scheduled during the week include a special fireworks display, and a event with entertainer Kerri Pomarolli.

Read more about "Celebration on the Summit" and get ticket information at www.bbc.edu/celebration.

Also taking place this fall is the BBC production of "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, October 18-20. Other events include Community Appreciation Day and the Growing Leaders Conference.

For more details on selected campus events, go to www.bbc.edu/events.

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To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 8/27/2012 11:29:49 AM