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Second Annual Feast & Fund Auction Success!

Second Annual Feast & Fund Auction Success!

“First item up: 4 tickets to the May 5 Sporting KC game! We’ll start the bidding at $150!”

And with those words, the Feast & Fund Live Auction took off like a shot! Ringmen circled the crowd of 173 people as hands shot up, bidder numbers were called, and people laughed as our beloved guests animatedly vied for the items they desired.  The familiar rhythmic auctioneer chant swirled around the Student Life Center for a little over an hour until $65,046 was raised to buy the Calvary University students the much-needed appliances and furniture for the Kansas City dorm!

The Calvary University administrative staff and business partners worked tirelessly to make the second annual Feast & Fund Auction a fun-filled evening for all and by God’s strength and grace, the night was a success! Postponing once to allow us to bid farewell to the nasty winter weather proved to be a blessing as more attendees were able to make the “snow date.”

The doors opened at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 29, to allow our attendees to look over the 49 silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm. The smoked BBQ brisket dinner put together by our own David Allen, with sides provided by Jack Stack’s, was a huge hit as there wasn’t a single scrap of leftovers.

Our generous gold sponsors Bill & Debi Keeney of KW Realty Southland Partners, Heritage Companies, and Pickett Insurance were recognized before the live auction began. These businesses partner with Calvary for many events,  have done so for many years, and Calvary appreciates the way they continue to support our students.

The live auction featured 22 items and included things like autographed sports memorabilia, processed meat, firearms, exotic trips, and student-made goods.  During the Fund-A-Need segment, attendees gave generously and raised $18,860 which has been matched by a generous donor!

Calvary University wants to thank everyone who came out to support this event or gave in absentia. Your heart for the students is so appreciated and treasured. Keep your eyes open for upcoming information on the 2020 Feast & Fund Auction!

Music Department Remembers Alumna

Music Department Remembers Alumna

Reed Music Room

Miss Dorothy Reed attended Kansas City Bible College in 1947. Now in the presence of the Lord (read obituary here), she leaves a legacy to Calvary through the Reed Music Room. The room is being dedicated to her memory this month in the East Education Hall at Calvary University.

Her friends report that Dorothy was not one to call attention to herself, but had a wonderful life of service and accomplishment. She was a charter member of Village Bible Church in Salina, Kansas, and sang in the Bethany Messiah Oratorio Society for 45 years. Friends reported her beautiful voice was broadcast many times on a radio program and even at Carnegie Hall.

Naming a music room after her is a fitting tribute to her memory. Dorothy donated blood to the Red Cross and volunteered at the Salina Senior Center until she moved to Plainville, KS. Dorothy is survived by her lifelong friend, Elsie Richmond of Plainville, KS, and many nieces and nephews.

Anyone wishing to participate in CU’s memorial program should contact the Advancement Department for details.

Christmas Devotionals: Day 17- Christmas, Julie Andrews, Awesome Parents, & Joy to the World

Christmas Devotionals: Day 17- Christmas, Julie Andrews, Awesome Parents, & Joy to the World

Christmas, Julie Andrews, Awesome Parents, and Joy to the World

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” (Luke 2:10)

 

 

 

Sitting at my desk, writing thoughtfully, with Christmas music in the background, I was able to focus on the writing until Julie Andrews’ “Joy to the World”: “Joy to the…Joy to the…Joy to the…Joy to the….” I had stopped writing, was listening, and my mind was a million miles away (note to self: stop with the tunes when writing). As far back in my childhood as I can remember, my brother and I woke up to Andrews’ “Joy to the World” every Christmas morning. It was our official wake up call—Christmas had begun because Julie Andrews said so, and my parents had given her permission to say it.

“Joy to the World” is much more than a Christmas hymn—it’s celebrating the promised kingdom of God coming to earth (cf. 2 Sam 7) when the Messiah King will sit on a literal earthly throne. But for me, the song is also a reminder of how two parents taught their children about the Source of authentic joy: true joy is found in Him.

“Joy to the…Joy to the…Joy to the…Joy to the…” Those echoes remind me of the vital principles my parents instilled in me from my youth. The same exhortations that Paul shared with the Philippians (“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice,” 4:4), and that Nehemiah shared with his people (“the joy of the Lord is your strength,” 8:10).

I can’t hear Joy to the World without remembering those Christmas mornings when we would read Luke 2, thank the Lord for His kindness to us, and then spend time together sharing gifts. Thank you, Dad and Mom, and Merry Christmas.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare Him room….”

Song’s over for now…back to writing…Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Dr. Christopher Cone, President

Christmas Devotionals: Day 16- Check This Out!

Christmas Devotionals: Day 16- Check This Out!

Check This Out!

“But as he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him . . .” (Matthew 1:20)

 

 

 

The Christmas season is a wondrous time of year! Yet, perhaps this season you are not as festive or joyous as others because you are wondering how God is going to show up and reveal His saving power over a difficult situation in your life.

Let it be noted that before the splendor and beauty of the birth of Jesus occurred, it started out as a major crisis for Joseph. Matthew 1:18-19 begins the Christmas narrative with a young couple engaged to be married. But something terrible from Joseph’s perspective happened—Mary was pregnant and he was not the father!

As Joseph was devising a plan that could avert this crisis, something amazing happened. Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But as he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for H will save His people from their sins.’”

Notice the word behold. Matthew uses this particle as an indicator that something big is about to happen. It’s Matthew’s way of saying, “Check this out! You’re not going to believe what happens next!”

The event, that at first seemed so tragic to Joseph, was the Creator coming into the world to save the world from its sins! God was working through Joseph’s crisis for His purposes.

No matter how difficult your circumstances are this Christmas, seek the Lord and trust in His saving power. And when God shows up in an amazing way, may you begin your testimony of His working in your life with, “Check this out! You’re not going to believe how God showed up! It was amazing because He is amazing!”

 

Ian Bacon, Superintendent of Calvary University Academy (CO)

Christmas Devotionals: Day 15- A Change of Heart

Christmas Devotionals: Day 15- A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)

 

 

 

Christmas is our chance to move closer to those in crisis, not further away. A time to notice those who are normally ignored.

Leah, a manager in a marketing and sales firm, passed a homeless shelter on her way to work but always ignored the building and the people standing outside of it. “If they can stand outside and ask for food or money, then they should be able to stand in the unemployment line!”

One day as Leah was driving to work, her car quit—right in front of the homeless shelter! She got out and looked under the hood. A man walked up to her and asked if everything was okay. “No, thanks. I just need to call AAA for assistance” she said and began to use her cell phone only to discover she had no reception. “This has to be one of the worst days of my life!” she thought. The man asked if he could look under the hood; “Sure, be my guest.”

The man found the problem and the engine was soon running. Feeling very thankful, Leah asked the man his name. “Phil,” he responded. He went on to say that he had been homeless for several months and had been unable to find work or a place to live.

Leah asked if he fixed cars for a living; he replied that fixing cars was a hobby—he had a business degree in Marketing. (Leah was shocked!) Phil went on to say that he had been searching for donors for the homeless shelter—along with a job in marketing.

As Phil turned to walk back to the shelter, Leah called out, “I have a proposition: if you come and work for me in marketing, I’ll make sure that our company becomes a regular donor for the homeless shelter.”

Phil shook Leah’s hand, “Ma’am, you have a deal, this is the best Christmas gift ever.” Leah said to Phil, “And you helped me.” Leah’s whole outlook had changed, she asked God to forgive her for her judgmental attitude.

 

Dr. Germaine Washington, Chair Business Administration Department