August 31,2018 – ConnectFEST is a FREE community event for the whole family, connecting local communities together from KC, Grandview, Raymore and Belton. Local music talent, inflatables, food trucks, carnival games, face painting, FIREWORKS and a whole lot more.
Calvary University’s first annual Connect Fest is a free admission festival for the surrounding Belton, Raymore, and greater Kansas City Communities. Come and join us for carnival games, inflatables, music by local artists, vendors, food trucks, fireworks, and more! Connect Fest will be held on the campus of Calvary University.
Parking is free and will be east of the Calvary Campus on Norton Avenue. Shuttle service will be available.
Back in March, our Feast and Fund Auction raised money for new mattresses for our dorm. On Tuesday, July 17, the mattresses arrived! Faculty, staff, and volunteers worked hard to haul out the old mattresses and move in the new ones. Alumnus Stephen Buller brought a group from a youth camp to help for the day. Part of the day’s work was also to bring some furniture from the old dorms over to the current dorm, because we have more students coming to use it!
Randy Grimm and Dr. Bitner added another old mattress to the stack.
We are so grateful for each person at the auction who helped to fund this need. The dorm students will benefit greatly!
On Thursday, Calvary hosted a luncheon meeting of the Cass County Coalition of Chambers. It was held in our Student Life Center (new dining hall), and we received many compliments on the facility. Our own Joe Dapra prepared the delicious meal, and Dr. Cone was the main speaker at the event. He shared “Seven Tools to Enhance Your Industry” which included engagement opportunities between Calvary and our surrounding communities. 75 people attended the meeting representing businesses in Belton, Raymore, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Harrisonville, and other parts of Cass County.
Friday, June 1 was plenty warm at 95 degrees, but the 17th annual Calvary Classic saw plenty of fellowship and lots of water consumed by the 95 participating golfers. Our deep appreciation goes out to each of the main sponsors, each hole sponsor, and for all the individual golfers who participated in the tournament. We are humbled to report that our tournament raised $25,620- $2,933.15 more than last year’s tournament!
Comments such as, “This continues to be the best tournament I play in all year”; “I participate in this tournament because I know it is helping to educate students, and to me, that is a worthy cause”; and “I don’t know how you do it, but each tournament is better than the last, it is so well organized,” warm our hearts as we endeavor to host events that our constituents can enjoy that benefit our students with the funds raised. 1190 bottles of water were donated by Hy-Vee, Arvest Bank provided candy and encouraging smiles, and Allen’s Electric donated all the soda pop for the tournament. Of course, Raymore Steak and Shake providing the energy for our golfing with a wonderful burger/chili lunch and Price Chopper provided the fried chicken dinner that topped off our day. Our total revenue was $25,620 and our total expenses were $4,532.86, leaving us a net return of $21,087.14. All of this was possible because of our main sponsorships, Northland Sonic, Heritage Benefits, MidAmericCare, and United Heating and Cooling. They deserve a big “thank you!”
We hope to see you next year, at the 18th annual Calvary Classic on June 7, 2019. Invite your friends and family to come and enjoy a great day of fellowship, food, and fun, all for the good cause of helping to defray the cost of education for Calvary University students.
Last Friday 30 men and women took part in Calvary’s third annual Clay Shoot Benefit. It was a windy day at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas, but the Lord gave us pleasant temperatures and no precipitation. I even heard that the wind made for a nice excuse if a participant happened to miss a shot! Bushnell sponsored the event, and the team they fielded took first place. The team from Olathe Bible Church came in second place. Besides those teams, we also gave prizes to the top two shooters, the two shooters who made the most consecutive shots, and the shooter who needed the most encouragement. Due to the generosity of many companies and individuals, we were also able to hand out dozens of door prizes. All proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships.
The Olathe Bible Church team which took second place
Ray Zuercher and Sterling Smith, the top shooters for the day
Last Thursday nearly 200 people gathered at the Memorial Station in Belton for Calvary’s annual President’s Dinner. We enjoyed delicious prime rib from Silber Spoons Catering to celebrate our eighty-fifth anniversary. We also listened to the Chorale sing two songs and watched a presentation about Calvary’s history. In his Presidential Address, Dr. Cone looked back to the founding of Kansas City Bible Institute and a quote from Dr. Walter Wilson which referenced Luke 14:28. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.” Dr. Wilson saw KCBI as a tower, and Dr. Cone reminded us that the tower is not finished yet. There are still more men and women to train for the Lord’s service.
Dr. Cone gave the Presidential Address.
The evening’s offering went toward student scholarships. We were blessed to hear testimonies from three students while sixteen others assisted the caterer with set-up, serving, and clean-up. Randy Grimm presented the Hand-in-Hand award to Calvary alumni Dr. Mark and Brenda Pearson because of the financial support they have provided for many students over the years.
Randy Grimm presented the Hand-in-Hand award to Dr. Mark and Brenda Pearson.