“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.
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!
Due to the forecast of more winter weather, the Feast & Fund Auction has been postponed until March 29. We hope our supporters will be able to change their plans or make new plans to attend on this date. Click here to sign up.
March is a very busy month for Calvary. The Theatre Department will be presenting Newsies seven times over the next two weekends. Click here to purchase tickets. We also have Calvary Days, our campus preview event, coming up next weekend. Click here for more information.
In the midst of all this activity, Cycle 4 will be ending, and a new cycle will be beginning. Shortly after that is Spring Break which coincides with the Chorale Tour. Click here to see the Chorale’s schedule which includes stops in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.
The end of March brings the new auction date and a recital by senior Cherrish Palmer. Would you pray that the weather has no further impact on any of these events? We thank the Lord for each of the students, faculty, and staff who make these events happen. Would you pray for health and energy to abound? Finally, we hope you’ll consider attending one or more of the upcoming events!
On February 8, Christian leaders and Calvary students gathered for a one-day conference focused on creation. Dr. Baurain taught the first session, and Dr. Cone spoke on how to use the truth about creation in evangelism and discipleship. Dr. Gromacki’s lesson on why believing in a literal Adam matters doubled as Chapel for the students. After lunch, Dr. Dodds addressed the theological significance of creation. Dr. Boyd taught the final session of the day. He is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Creation Studies here at Calvary. It is our prayer that all of the attendees came away with an understanding of the importance of the literal, six-day creation.
The first place team (from left: John Oglesby, Cory Trowbridge, Lance Rensberger, and Dr. Bitner) received their trophies from Dr. Hessel (back).
The 2018 Clay Shoot Benefit was held on October 20 at Powder Creek Shooting Park. This was our fourth annual event, and God once again provided wonderful weather. Eight teams comprised of 38 individuals participated in the sporting clays competition. This year the winning team included three Calvary alumni and our Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Teddy Bitner. Dr. Bitner also won the prizes for best individual shooter and most consecutive hits. We want to express our appreciation to our sponsors – MidAmericare & Patmos Healthcare, Bushnell, and CZ-USA. All proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships.
Three members of Team Wright: (from left) Scott Wright, Josiah Wright, and Rob Jordon
Last Thursday almost 200 people joined us for the annual President’s Dinner. The theme for the evening was “Celebrating God’s Blessing!” After dinner the program began with two songs by the Chorale.
The Calvary Chorale sang Kum Ba Yah.
Then we presented Hand in Hand Awards to Bill and Debi Keeney and Graham Union Church for their tremendous support of Calvary.
Bill Keeney (left) accepts the Hand in Hand Award from Randy Grimm.
Representatives of Graham Union Church
Dr. Cone announced two recent, huge blessings. First, we have 401 students enrolled in classes right now! Second, Calvary has been approved to offer a PhD in Bible and Theology launching in January 2019. Following Dr. Cone we heard testimonies from three students as well as reports about God’s blessings in the Athletic Department, Colorado Innovation Center, and Kansas City campus buildings.
Student Tori Stahr gave a testimony.
The evening concluded with the first performance of Calvary’s new music group, lux voces. We are thankful for each person who came to celebrate with us and for the students who served in various capacities throughout the event.
Sarah Bourdess, graduate student, played Sonata Op. 109 in E Major.
Last Friday Calvary dedicated the grand piano and piano microphone which will be used for chapel services, concerts, and recitals in Liberty Chapel. Through this Dedication Concert we acknowledged the generosity of Mrs. Inci Bashar, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Winkley, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kelly, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Silvers. We are extremely grateful for their gifting of this instrument, and we look forward to using it for God’s glory for years to come. Praise the Lord for His provision!
The concert consisted of performances by Un Chong Christopher, Sarah Bourdess, and Dr. Mark Strozier. Mrs. Christopher, an Associate Professor of Music here at Calvary, played two solo piano pieces as well as accompanying Dr. Strozier and playing a duet with Sarah Bourdess. Dr. Mark Strozier played three flute pieces. Sarah Bourdess is one of our graduate students, and she played a solo and a duet on this special gift.
Dr. Mark Strozier played Cantabile et Presto accompanied by Un Chong Christopher.