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January 3, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy New Year!

I trust that your Christmas and New Year observances were filled with much love, joy, and peace. As we work our way back into the swing of things, you perhaps have found yourself pausing to figure out what day it is, or maybe you are finding it hard to write “2017” after practicing “2016” for so long. Instead of settling smoothly back into our daily routine, now is the opportune time to form some new habits. I was challenged this morning as I read leadership guru Tim Elmore’s description of his end-of-year ritual: he sets aside time to review the prior year and then spends half a day writing his “action list” for the coming year. This list features ways in which he plans to grow during the 365 days that together form 2017. His list includes his answers to the following questions:
  1. What are my greatest dreams for 2017? What projects will these dreams require of me? What daily actions must I engage in to fulfill them?

  2. What standards will I live by, throughout the next year:

    • Heath Standards
    • Family Standards
    • Financial Standards
    • Friendship Standards
    • Personal/Spiritual Standards

  3. In what areas of my life do I most want to grow in 2017?
  4. What books will I read this next year to achieve those growth goals?
  5. What mentors will I seek out to achieve those growth goals?
  6. What magazines will I scan and file to achieve those growth goals?
  7. What events will I attend to achieve those growth goals?
  8. What podcasts (audio recordings) will I listen to, to help me grow?
  9. What will I do Monday through Friday to be intentional about my growth?
Perhaps these questions will prompt each of us to devise our own intentional growth plans. May we indeed discover new and productive ways in which to grow together at BMC in 2017!

With our students still away enjoying the break, our activity list this week is shorter than usual. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams take to the road to compete against the College of Coastal Georgia and Brewton Parker on Thursday and Saturday. Pray for their safe travels.

Staff are invited to participate in the next GROW BMC prayer session at 11:00 Wednesday in the auditorium. At noon on Friday Dr. Ronald Meeks will lead the quarterly trustee prayer session, also in the auditorium. Dr. Meeks has planned a time of “upper room” reflections; please plan to participate in either or both of these important gatherings. If you can’t be on campus, please plan to pray where you are.

Have a blessed 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 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM
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December 7, 2016
Greetings to all on this Wednesday of Exam Week!

At this point we are half way through finals. I hope that everyone is faring well and staying on course to finish strong. Drs. Enzor, Mattox, Teague, and I have just returned from the annual SACSCOC conference in Atlanta, where the three of them presented in two different sessions. Their presentations were well received, and they represented Blue Mountain College—as they always do--with excellence. They made this president proud!

Also deserving of recognition is our very own Dr. Lela Hale, who was elected last week as the new Marshall County Superintendent of Education. While we will certainly miss Dr. Hale, who has been in every way an outstanding faculty member, we wish her much success as she provides leadership and encouragement to the faculty and students of the Marshall County school system.

Kudos to our Alumni Director Kayce Bragg and to our Alumni Association President Renelda Pharr Owen for their organization of last weekend’s Topper Fest. Although the weather was somewhat frightful, we still had a good turnout and lots of fun was had by all.

If you have not had the opportunity to do so, please congratulate Miss Johnnie upon the naming of Tyler Gymnasium court in her honor on Saturday. It was a special and unforgettable moment.

I want to offer my appreciation to Dr. Delise Teague for her leadership of our “own a piece of BMC history” project. Delise organized the production and promotion of plaques and nameplates made from the original floor in the gymnasium. Proceeds have gone toward the cost of replacing the floor. The following individuals contributed in significant ways to this project: Connie Newby Davis, Cliffa Foster, Charlette Bain Foster, Vicki Price, Johnnie Armstrong, H.L. Rowen (who made the plaques and nameplates), Bob Hill, Mark & Kellie Fowler, Nancy Byrd, Amy Thurmond, Kayce Bragg, Jody Hill, Emma Ainsworth, Lavon Driskell, Clint Gannon, and Will Kollmeyer. We are grateful for your tireless efforts. You can still support this cause. For more information on how to do so, contact Nancy Grisham.

I close this week’s message with a Christmas prayer for each of our students and their families. May this season’s celebration of our Lord’s nativity be filled with peace, joy, rest, and gratitude for the gift of a Savior. Enjoy your time away and be safe. We look forward to your return in January.



God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Savior,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.







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 December 7, 2016 at 4:16 PM
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November 28, 2016
Good Morning,
I hope everyone enjoyed a spectacular Thanksgiving with ample time to count your blessings as you spent time with family and friends. The fall décor at Armstrong has been packed away for another year and the Christmas decorations (for the most part) are in place awaiting a week of special holiday activities. Larry, Sam, and I look forward to greeting you at the annual Armstrong open house on Friday from 4:30 until 6:30. After stopping by Armstrong, please make plans to attend this year’s Lessons and Carols service at 7:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. Featuring our chorale, hand bell choir, and band, this beautiful service sets a worshipful tone for the advent season.

On Saturday we will celebrate Topper Homecoming and Topper Fest. A host of vendors will have their wares on sale in the SUB from 9:00 until 2:00. This is a great opportunity to cross a number of items off of your gift shopping list. The homecoming court will be presented at 12:30 in the MLB, followed by varsity basketball action against Bethel at 2:00 and 4:00. Come cheer on the Toppers!

Today we welcome special guest Dr. Jim Futral as our chapel speaker; on Friday the Chorale will present their Christmas concert at 10:00.

Tomorrow is an exceptionally busy and special day on campus. A team from McCarty architectural firm, along with a number of our trustees and special friends, will be at BMC to participate in a campus master planning workshop. Workshop participants will spend the day casting a vision for future facilities on our campus, including new residential space and our much-desired math/science facility. Please join me in praying for God’s guidance and blessing on this group of individuals as we seek to GROW BMC in ways that bring Him honor and glory.

As you have probably heard, tomorrow is also Giving Day, a time set aside to refocus our attention on the joy of giving. This day affords a great opportunity to demonstrate your support for Blue Mountain College. A gift of any size makes you a partner in our mission to provide students with a Christ-centered academic experience. Follow us on Facebook all day tomorrow for games, prizes, testimonials, and updates. By “liking” and “sharing” you are helping to tell the BMC story. Thank you in advance for giving and participating. Let’s make that $50,000 goal happen! #growbmcgivingday

On Thursday evening at 9:30 the SBA will host the annual student Christmas party in the SUB. Activities will include my reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This is one of my favorite events of the holiday. I hope to see you there!

There’s no shortage of home basketball action this week, with a host of varsity and junior varsity games each day except Wednesday. Check out our athletic website for details.

A busy week awaits—have a good one!

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 November 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM
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November 14, 2016
Good Morning,
Everyone younger than the age of 68 witnessed last night something never seen in their lifetime—the “Super Moon.” Appearing 14% larger than usual and 30% brighter than usual, last night’s moon was quite a spectacle. Indeed, the heavens do declare the glory of God!

This week before Thanksgiving break will prove to be another busy one. Dr. Kara Blackard blessed us with a word from the Lord in chapel today; on Friday we will participate in our annual Thanksgiving service. Tonight at 6:00 in the MLB the senior class is sponsoring a concert to support Operation Christmas Child. Come out and help pack a shoebox!

On Thursday we will have a group of special guests on campus to participate in the official opening of our fitness trail. I encourage everyone to come to the trail entrance (to the left of the campus store) at 5:30 to express our appreciation to Sheila Grogan of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi for the funding which allowed us to construct the trail. A “chalk walk” will follow, so wear your walking shoes and be prepared to write your favorite scripture somewhere along the trail.

We are so proud of all the students who represented BMC at the NATS regionals at Ouachita Baptist. Drew Warford and William Thompson brought home second and third place in their category. Isaiah Traylor captured third in his category. Great job, gentlemen!

Congratulations to the men’s basketball team for their win over Bryan. All teams are on the road this week except for our men’s JV basketball team. They take on Bethel Tuesday night at 6:00 in Tyler Gymnasium. Saturday our women’s XC team will run in the nationals in Elsah, Illinois. Go, Toppers! Kudos to our bowlers for their win over Alabama—yes, that Alabama! We are still awaiting the final scores for the Spring Hill tournament.

Jody Hill and I will be on the road tomorrow for a meeting with the Hearin Foundation in Jackson; keep us in your prayers.

Students, on Thursday I encourage you to participate in the FAFSA Fiesta beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the SUB. This is a great opportunity to receive assistance in completing this important paperwork. Check this off your list on Thursday. Many thanks to Beverly Hickey, Brad Hill, and Janice Prather for planning this event.

We look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors Sunday at the community-wide Thanksgiving service here on campus in the MLB auditorium (Lowrey) at 2:00.

Faculty and staff, we will gather for our November meeting at 3:30 this afternoon. Among other topics, we will prepare for our upcoming campus master plan workshop on November 29.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

 



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 November 14, 2016 at 2:14 PM
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November 8, 2016
Good Morning,
Finally, Election Day has arrived, and we are now just hours away from the votes being tallied to reveal our new president. I encourage everyone to exercise the privilege that is ours of voting. The polls in Mississippi are open until 7:00 p.m. A government-issued photo ID is required. Please continue to pray about this election and for our nation. Ponder these wise words from Max Lucado: “I have a prediction. I know exactly what Nov. 9 will bring. Another day of God's perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won't on Nov. 9, 2016."

It is Missions Week in chapel; we will look forward to hearing from our students who have served or will be serving as summer missionaries around the world. On Friday we will hear from Jennie Taylor, associate director of the Collegiate Ministry department of the MBC.

Join me this week in celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of our cross country teams. Our men's team took fifth place in the SSAC conference meet, and our women's team brought home first place! This great win earned for them the opportunity to compete in the Nationals on November 19 in Elsah, Illinois. Go, Toppers! I am also happy to announce that Phillip Laney was named SSAC XC coach of the year. Kudos to Coach Laney!

The varsity women’s basketball will be in action tonight at Tyler gym at 6:00, taking on Williams Baptist. Make plans to come out and cheer the Toppers on before settling in to watch the election results. Both varsity teams will be on the road Friday; our Topper bowlers will participate in the Spring Hill tournament in Mobile over the weekend. We appreciate the great crowd that came out last night to cheer on the JV basketball teams; these Topper teams return to the hardwood next week with the men at home on the 15th and the women traveling to West Memphis on the 18th.

I am looking forward to addressing Union County’s Retired Education Personnel at 10:00 on Thursday and then traveling on to the University of Mississippi to represent the College at Dr. Jeffrey Vitter’s investiture as Chancellor. Blue Mountain College extends congratulations to Chancellor Vitter, to his family, and to the Ole Miss community.

Friday we will welcome numerous prospective students and their families to campus for the final fall preview day. Let’s roll out the red carpet and make these special guests feel very welcome.

Only 13 class days left before exams—students, stay focused and plan to finish well!


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 November 8, 2016 at 2:13 PM
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October 24, 2016
Good Morning,
I begin this week’s Monday Message with a reflection on last night’s time of praise and worship led by the combined choirs of BMC, First Baptist Ripley, First Baptist New Albany, Hillcrest, and West Jackson Street of Tupelo: what an amazing evening! God’s presence was evident as the choirs and the instrumentalists sang and played with one purpose and one purpose only—to lift high the name of our Lord. It was an unforgettable service. I am looking forward with great anticipation to hearing these choirs at the Mississippi Baptist Convention next week.

Many thanks to Bro. Kerry Peden and the congregation of Salem Baptist Church in Golden for the warm welcome yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet you and to share the story of God’s work on our campus.

Tomorrow evening at 7:00 in the MLB auditorium in Lowrey classical pianist Mark Valenti will be our special guest. This event is free and open to the public; we hope you will make plans to be on campus to hear this very gifted performer.

Our JV basketball teams are in action this week, with road trips on Tuesday and on Thursday. To show our support for these athletes we will observe Topper Day on Tuesday. Topper gear with jeans or khakis will be the attire for the day for faculty, staff, and students, so head to the JAG (Johnnie Armstrong Gallery) if you need to update your Topper wardrobe. The teams will be departing for Martin Methodist at 12:30; let’s gather in the Stevens parking lot at 12:20 to give them a warm send off.

Good luck to our Topper basketball teams and to our Topper bowlers, who will be in action this weekend at the Hammer Lions Classic.

I’m pleased to report that the lights are up and brightening the path for those who want to enjoy an evening walk on the fitness trail. We are thankful for the support of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi to make this happen. Karate classes begin tonight through our Blue Motion program. Contact Rebecca Parker for more information.

Congratulations to the new members of Kappa Delta Pi; their initiation is this Thursday at 3:30 in the auditorium.

Remember to set your alarm to wake you up early on Wednesday; the BSU will lead our campus-wise prayer time at 7:30 in the auditorium.

Have a blessed and productive 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 October 24, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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October 17, 2016
Good Morning!
I hope that each of you enjoyed a restful and pleasant fall break. We are thankful for the much-needed rain that fell on the Hill on Friday and also for the abundant sunshine that followed over the weekend.

We begin this week on a sad note as we reflect on the passing of Mrs. Faye Sanders on October 13. A woman of wisdom, vision, and faith, Mrs. Faye touched my life through her intercessory prayers for me, for my family, and for the work and future of Blue Mountain College. She ran this race of life with endurance, eyes focused on Jesus, and was no doubt greeted in her eternal home with the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” Please continue to lift the Sanders family up in prayer.

Keep me in your prayers this week as I have several opportunities to share the GROW BMC story of God’s blessings on BMC. I’ll be sharing at the Union County Associational meeting at First Baptist, New Albany, tomorrow night and at the Pontotoc Associational meeting on Thursday morning.

Set your alarm early on Wednesday so you can participate in the campus-wide prayer time in the MLB auditorium at 7:30. We will be led by members of the SBA.

On Friday we will host special guests on our campus as the members of the Education Commission of the Mississippi Baptist Convention will convene their fall meeting here at BMC.

Our golf team is in action today and tomorrow in Jackson, Tennessee, at the Union invitational tournament. The men’s JV basketball teams are on the road on Tuesday and Thursday, and the bowlers will take to the lanes in Savannah on Saturday.

I extend to each of you a special invitation to participate this coming Sunday evening in a joint worship service here on campus beginning at 6:00 in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium. Our BMC Chorale will join the choirs from First Baptist Ripley, First Baptist New Albany, Hillcrest, and West Jackson Street, Tupelo to lead us in song and in praise.

In closing, I share with you this pic of the progress at the Sportsplex. Looking good!






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 October 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM
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