Summer Ministry Conference
Wednesday and Thursday, All Day
It’s not even the middle of the semester yet, but students will have the chance to start planning for the summer this coming week. Students will be able to explore summer ministry opportunities Monday through Thursday during the Wilds Christian Camp recruitment and the Summer Ministry Conference.
Dr. Bruce McAllister, director of ministerial training and outreach, said the conference gives camps and other summer ministries the opportunity to recruit BJU students early on in the school year. “It helps our students start planning where they’re going to serve next summer,” Dr. McAllister said. Dr. McAllister said working in a summer ministry gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned during the school year. “It’s just a phenomenal opportunity to engage in full-time ministry,” he said.
Junior Christian ministries major Nathaniel Petty-Neal, who was a lifeguard at the Wilds Christian Camp last summer, said working in a summer ministry helped stretch him spiritually. “It’s a wonderful experience not only for your future work in a local church body, but also for right now,” he said.
Nathaniel said summer ministries also help students learn how to talk to others about God and be able to answer questions unsaved co-workers may have for them.
The Wilds Christian Camp will be recruiting Monday and Tuesday, followed by the Summer Ministry Conference Wednesday and Thursday featuring 35 other organizations. Both events will take place in the Riley Reception Room.
Monday – Friday, All Day
Students will be able to help those in need this coming week when the University hosts a blood drive for the Blood Connection Monday through Friday. “It’s a good way to help your community without even leaving campus,” said CSC director Jaimie Wilson, a junior mathematics education major. The Blood Connection buses will be parked outside the Alumni Building from after chapel until at least 6 p.m. All blood donors will receive a free T-shirt for their participation.
Figard Sisters faculty recital
Saturday, 6 p.m., WMC
BJU’s music faculty sister team of Kristin and Tracy Figard will perform a faculty recital in War Memorial Chapel tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The Figards will be using multiple instrument combinations featuring the violin, viola and piano. Miss Kristin Figard, an instructor of violin and viola, said the program will have a variety of genres, and there should be something for everyone. “It’s a fun, varied program,” she said.
This is the second year the Figard sisters have been in Greenville. While Kristin is a full-time faculty member at BJU, Tracy is an adjunct professor who also teaches at Pinner Studios in Greenville.
“There is something different about playing with a family member,” Kristin said. “They think the way you do; they breathe the way you do. Not that we don’t still have to rehearse, but there’s that internal connection that you already think the same way as that person.” Both sisters have been playing professionally for 12 years. Prior to coming to the University, Kristin played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and served as a substitute violist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tracy has played with orchestras in the Chicago area, and both sisters have worked with famed violinist Ilya Kaler.
Monday, 6 p.m., SH
Students will have another opportunity to learn more about serving others through leadership Monday when the counseling peer-to-peer workshop is held at 6 p.m. in Stratton Hall. One final workshop this semester will be offered following this one on Oct. 22.