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Dr. Barbara C. McMillin
March 1, 2017
Good Morning,
“Play Week” has arrived and I encourage everyone to make plans to take in this very entertaining production. Arsenic and Old Lace opened last night in Garrett Auditorium. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 on Thursday and Friday. Let’s pack the auditorium each night and show the cast and crew our support!

Congratulations are in order for our men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams for having qualified for this week’s SSAC conference tournament. We wish the teams and coaches much success in the opening round of play today. The girls play at 1:30 and the guys at 3:30.

I offer today a special word of thanks to Jean Harrington for her leadership of our staff GROW BMC prayer initiative and to Jessie Jacobs for her leadership of our student GROW BMC initiative. They are directing us to the throne of grace as we seek God’s favor and guidance in growing BMC. Touch base with either of them for more details on how you can be involved.

Speaking of prayer, watching the BMC community join hands and hearts in prayer on Saturday when Justin McClellon injured his ankle during the basketball game was a reminder to me of how special this place is and how blessed I am to serve among such a faithful and loving group. Continue to remember Justin in your prayers; it is a testimony to God’s great goodness and to the power of prayer that Justin’s ankle was dislocated but not broken!

We remain hopeful that we will be playing ball on March 10 at the Sportsplex. As the attached photo attests, the scoreboard is ready to go! Thank you, Stan!







Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on March 1, 2017 at 4:23 PM
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February 20, 2017
Good Morning,

It is a beautiful Monday morning here on the Hill, making for a great start to another busy week at BMC. We look forward to welcoming Gary Linville home as he comes to deliver our chapel address today. On Friday we will welcome B.J. Canup, owner of Tremont Floral in Tremont, Mississippi, as our guest speaker.

Tomorrow Dr. Anthony Bullard and student Page Rowland Thorn will be honored in Jackson as the recipients of this year’s HEADWAE awards. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bullard and Page for this accomplishment.

On Thursday we will welcome several members of our Board of Trustees as well as some special guests to participate in a planning session for our full Board meeting on Friday. We are thankful for each member of our Board and for their service to Blue Mountain College.

Athletic options abound this week; check our website for details on baseball, softball, basketball, and tennis. Saturday marks the final home game of the basketball season. We will honor our seniors at the games in Tyler Gymnasium beginning at 2:00.

Tonight at 5:30 Mary Beth Russell will present her senior worship project in Garrett Auditorium. Friday night at 7:00 William Thompson and Drew Warford will perform their junior voice recital. Our Chorale will be in concert this coming Sunday night at First Baptist, Baldwyn, at 6:00. Please come to as many events as your schedule allows and show these students your support.

Many thanks to the congregation of Carrollton Baptist Church and Pastor Fletcher Moorman for the warm welcome yesterday. It was a delight to be with you, to hear Dr. Thad Moore’s inspiring message, and to fellowship over a delicious meal.

Blessings for a wonderful week,

Dr. Mc

Check out the attached photo! We will be posting Topper runs to this scoreboard soon!





Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on February 20, 2017 at 4:09 PM
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February 6, 2017
Good Morning,
Congratulations to all Patriots fans for an exciting come-back win in last night’s Super Bowl! It was a fun game to watch and a good reminder of the rewards that accompany perseverance and focus.

“Ample” doesn’t begin to describe the opportunities that this week affords the BMC community. Numerous guests will spend time on campus this week, beginning with Dr. Bill Simms in chapel today. The Finance and Administration committee of our Board will be here this afternoon, followed by Maggie Garrett, our guest vocalist, who will perform at 7:00 in Garrett auditorium. This concert is a featured event in our Carter Lectureship series and is open to the public.

Tomorrow we are pleased to host our annual math/science tournament. Please join me in welcoming these students and their teachers to our campus.

A host of faculty from several sister institutions will be here this week and next week to lead academic program review sessions in several of our departments. This week’s guests include faculty from Union University.

On Thursday our Executive Committee will return to campus to make preparations for the full Board meeting on February 24.

Of course, there is no shortage this week of athletic events. JV basketball will be in action in Tyler Gymnasium tomorrow night at 7:00; the varsity teams will be at home on Thursday and on Saturday. Topper tennis begins its season on Friday in Jackson. Best wishes to Coach Creekmore and the team for a great season!

Kudos to our Topper baseball team for being 5-0 with the start of the season. They take to the road tomorrow but will be back at home Friday and Saturday. Please plan to show these athletes your support.

On Friday I will have the opportunity to share some thoughts with you in chapel. I covet your prayers as I prepare for our time together.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength throughout this day and this week.

Dr. Mc



Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18





From: Pam Bowman
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 8:34 AM
To: Barbara McMillin
Subject: RE: Monday Message

Union will be here Thursday, Lee will be here Monday the 13th, and MB will be here Thursday the 16th.


From: Barbara McMillin
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 8:33 AM
To: Pam Bowman
Subject: Monday Message

Are the visitors from Lee, Union, and MB all here this week?



Good Morning,
Congratulations to all Patriots fans for an exciting come-back win in last night’s Super Bowl! It was a fun game to watch and a good reminder of the rewards that accompany perseverance and focus.

“Ample” doesn’t begin to describe the opportunities that this week affords the BMC community. Numerous guests will spend time on campus this week, beginning with Dr. Bill Simms in chapel today. The Finance and Administration committee of our Board will be here this afternoon, followed by Maggie Garrett, our guest vocalist, who will perform at 7:00 in Garrett auditorium. This concert is a featured event in our Carter Lectureship series and is open to the public.

Tomorrow we are pleased to host our annual math/science tournament. Please join me in welcoming these students and their teachers to our campus.

A host of faculty from several sister institutions will be here this week to lead academic program review sessions in several of our departments. We welcome these guests from Union University, Lee University, and Missouri Baptist.

On Thursday our Executive Committee will return to campus to make preparations for the full Board meeting on February 24.

Of course, there is no shortage this week of athletic events. JV basketball will be in action in Tyler Gymnasium tomorrow night at 7:00; the varsity teams will be at home on Thursday and on Saturday. Topper tennis begins its season on Friday in Jackson. Best wishes to Coach Creekmore and the team for a great season!

Kudos to our Topper baseball team for being 5-0 with the start of the season. They take to the road tomorrow but will be back at home Friday and Saturday. Please plan to show these athletes your support.

On Friday I will have the opportunity to share some thoughts with you in chapel. I covet your prayers as I prepare for our time together.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength throughout this day and this week.

Dr. Mc



Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on February 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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January 31, 2017
Greetings on this the last day of January!

With February on the doorstep that means that baseball season arrives this week. Our baseball Toppers hit the road for action on Wednesday and will be in action Friday afternoon at BNA park. While we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to play at BNA, we are getting closer every day to our first true home game at our very own Sportsplex. Pray for plenty of sunshine and favorable conditions for completion of the work so that our Toppers can take the field here on campus as soon as possible.

In the meanwhile, basketball season continues with home games this Thursday night against Faulkner University. Come out and cheer the Toppers on to victory! Our bowlers will be on the road Saturday for their first event this spring.

I too will take to the road (and the air) on Wednesday as I will be traveling to a college in Florida to serve on an NAIA membership evaluation team.

Our thoughts and prayers go out this week to those who have recently lost loved ones. May God give you comfort and peace during these difficult days.


Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18

Posted by Monday Messages on January 31, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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January 27, 2017
Greetings,

This is either a really late Monday Message—or a fairly early one! In any case, I want to share some things with you that I trust are timely for today.

Today’s “Monday Message” pales in comparison this week to another venue that also provides news from BMC. On Tuesday Blue Mountain College was featured in a news article in none other than the Wall Street Journal! Explaining the efforts numerous small private colleges are making to pave the way for students to make seamless transfers from community colleges to four-year institutions, the article, complete with pictures, cites the relationship between BMC and Northeast Mississippi Community College as a partnership that serves students well. If you don’t subscribe to the WSJ, you can locate the article through a search on Facebook. We are thankful for this nation-wide recognition.

Yesterday we were honored to have Susan Parker on campus. Susan is Congressman Trent Kelly’s Communications Director. The WSJ article will be featured in next week’s email update from Congressman Kelly’s office. You can sign up to receive this update on the Congressman’s website: trentkelly.house.gov
In other news, let me remind everyone that sponsorships are still available for the second annual BMC Scholarship gala featuring Trent Harmon. We are looking forward to this very special event to be held on campus on April 13. Contact Nancy Grisham at 1-662-685-4771 x255 for more information.
We are thankful that Dr. Kenny Digby, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Christian Action Commission, was able to be on campus on Monday to deliver our chapel address. Today we will hear from Wayne Vandiver, Director of the BSU at NEMCC.

I am very pleased to learn of the strong response to the Leora Duce Leadership Initiative on our campus. If you are interested in pursuing the LDLI diploma, please stop by the Alumni office to see Mrs. Lynn Harrison.

I close today by reminding everyone to continue to pray for our sister institution William Carey University. When WCU officials deem it is safe for volunteer assistance, we will certainly organize a group for this purpose. For now, donations of school supplies and laptops are needed. You may drop off supplies in the boxes located in the Admin hallway; computer equipment should be taken to Brett Fowler. I am grateful to Brett for coordinating this effort. Gift cards are also much appreciated and can be left with Tracy Moser at the BSU. #CareyStrong

Barbara C. McMillin
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM
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January 16, 2017
Greetings to each of you on this MLK Day!

To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students, faculty, and staff at Blue Mountain College are spending this day performing acts of service across our campus and across our community. There is much to be learned from Dr. King’s admonitions to his followers, including the instructions “to seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.” May our actions today both illustrate and enhance the legacy of Dr. King.

I am deeply saddened to report this morning the passing of Mr. David Gregory. A member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church team of volunteers who had come to campus to continue their work on the Palmer-Donnell house, Mr. David became ill Saturday evening while staying on campus and passed away late that night having suffered either a stroke or a heart attack. The craftsman responsible for the intricate woodwork adorning the Palmer-Donnell house, Mr. David spent his final days and hours doing what he loved to do: use his skills on mission for Christ. His many contributions to the P-D house will serve as visual reminders of his selfless commitment to service and to the building of God’s Kingdom. We will pass along arrangements when they become available. Please keep Mr. David’s family and his church family in your prayers.

May you find inspiration in the service of others and may others find themselves blessed through your efforts today.

Dr. Mc



Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18

Posted by Monday Messages on January 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM
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January 10, 2017
Greetings!
It is a pleasure on this blustery day to welcome our returning students and to greet the new students who are taking their first courses at BMC. Of course, we are thankful for our devoted faculty and welcome them back from a much-deserved break.

Periodically this spring in the Monday Message I want to highlight books that I have read or that I am currently reading that I consider to be especially thought-provoking and timely. I look forward to conversing with those of you who have an interest in the same works. Of course, I’m always eager to receive recommendations for “good reads,” so don’t hesitate to pass titles along. The work that has captured my attention in recent days is John S. Dickerson’s The Great Evangelical Recession.

Published in 2013, Dickerson’s book examines the status of evangelical Christianity in the United States. The first half of the book describes the number of evangelical Christians in our nation and projects the impact of what Dickerson presents as a surprising decline. According to Dickerson (and substantiated by a number of studies), evangelicals account for 7% of the population. In the second half of the book Dickerson focuses on a series of steps Christian leaders must take to respond to these changing demographics. Among other responses, Dickerson encourages Christians to make a difference for the Kingdom simply by looking for ways to do good and by devoting ourselves to discipleship. Let us do our best to heed this simple admonition in 2017!

As we settle back in to the swing of things this week, I encourage our students to start strong so that you can finish strong. Form good study habits early and avail yourself of the support available in the TLC. Make this your best semester yet!

Keep me in your prayers as I will travel to Jackson Friday for the winter Education Commission meeting at MC. Our basketball teams will be in Hattiesburg Thursday to take on William Carey and in action again on Saturday here at home. Make plans to be at Tyler Gymnasium at 2:00 to cheer on the Toppers!

Have a great week!


Barbara C. McMillin
GROW BMC EXTRA SMALL
President
Blue Mountain College
PO Box 160
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
662.685.4771 Ext. 130

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:18


Posted by Monday Messages on January 10, 2017 at 3:06 PM
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