Good Morning and Welcome Back! What a delight it was yesterday to witness the joy of friends reunited, the excitement of freshmen finding their way, and the buzz of anticipation that always accompanies the start of a new year! The dedication service in the Modena Lowrey Berry auditorium was a time to express gratitude to the parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have invested their lives in the lives of these students who will now call BMC home. It was also a time of commitment, as students and their families pledged to pray for one another and to support one another in new ways during this new phase in their life journey. Following the service, the Hill was hopping with activity as the residence halls and houses welcomed their new occupants. (Frankly, I’m always astounded by how much “stuff” the average dorm room can hold: recliners, rugs, refrigerators—yes, I did see a recliner!)
We are thankful for God’s blessings on the successful start of the 143rd session of Blue Mountain College; included among those blessings are the contributions of many who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a smooth start. James Lewis set the tone for the year last Thursday evening at the Blue and Gold Dinner. Joey Etheridge and the NMR team worked tirelessly to make the campus ready for the return of students. Stan Irwin did all the many things that we call on Stan regularly to do and even more. A host of alumni baked and distributed cookies to make the welcome to BMC even sweeter; Dot Locke manned the campus store so that parents could stock up on Topper gear. A team from First Baptist of New Albany assisted students with moving into the residence halls. Andrew Harbor challenged us with an inspiring message at the worship service last night.
Our staff has done an amazing job of preparing for this fall, and our faculty continue to invest in academic excellence, particularly through their commitment to the CARE project. Certainly we have much to look forward to as we begin another year at BMC.
Already, the calendar is full; pay close attention to the weekly update that Tommy Peters provides and participate in as many activities as your schedule allows.
Last night’s “wisdom walk” was postponed due to rain; we will try again tonight after the BSU party. This is a tradition we began last year at the Euzelian Gate. We will gather there tonight at 8:00 to enter “to grow in wisdom.”
On a personal note, allow me to thank each of you for your expressions of concern for Sam and for your prayers following his injury at the football game Friday night. He is improving and will go this afternoon for an MRI and consultation with the doctor. Please continue to pray for his recovery.
May God bless each of you today with strength, courage, joy and peace!
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
Posted by Monday Messages on August 17, 2015 at 8:42 AM