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.
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!
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