IFCA International members gathered in South Bend, Indiana, this week for their annual convention. “Centered on the Gospel” was the theme, and participants could attend seminars, network, and encourage one another in the ministry. Randy and Ruth Grimm and Skip and Ginger Hessel represented Calvary with a display table and a reception on Wednesday. Alumni and friends of Calvary enjoyed fellowship and heard updates on how God is working and blessing this school.
Executive Vice President Randy Grimm and Chief Development Officer Skip Hessel at the Calvary display table Photo by: Steve Wong
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Alumni and friends of Calvary gathered at a reception on Wednesday night.
Calvary representatives also attended the IFCA Youth Convention in West Virginia.
Calvary has dreamed of a new dining hall for years now. On Monday, January 8, 2018, those dreams came to fruition!
On September 8, 2016, Calvary acquired the building which was formerly Turner’s German-American Hall. It is located just south of Calvary’s softball field near Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. The main goal was to remodel the space and move the dining hall to this new location.
The Student Life Center (new dining hall)
Joe’s Kitchen Opens for Business
While there are still a few tasks to accomplish before the remodeling project can be called “complete,” we were able to pass inspections and receive permission to begin serving meals when the students returned to campus for the new semester. On Wednesday, we had Chapel in the new dining hall and took time to praise and thank God for this building. Randy Grimm announced that the kitchen will be named “Joe’s Kitchen” in honor of Joe Dapra, who is faithfully serving as Director of Food Services for the twentieth school year. We look forward to many more chocolate chip cookies, eggs made to order, and Taco Tuesdays in this new facility!
We took time to praise and thank God for this building during Chapel on Wednesday.
Randy Grimm presented Joe Dapra, our Director of Food Services, with a mock-up of the sign that will designate “Joe’s Kitchen.”
Since the equipment for the serving line has not arrived yet, students served themselves on Wednesday.
You Can Help
Besides the modern kitchen and spacious eating area, we are also excited about the potential for hosting special events in this building. This year’s Alumni Phone-a-thon will fund the purchase of a sound system, multimedia screen, and projector to be used at these events. If you are interested in contributing to this project, click here.
Coach Ashley Spicer, Paige Specht, Alyssa Splitter, Tasha Krahn, C.J. Lewallen, Kristen Jolly, Kaela Gingrich, Tori Stahr, Arianna Erixson, and Alyssa Krestan sang during the service.
Last Sunday our women’s volleyball team and Zeb Green, a member of the men’s basketball team, traveled to Graham Union Church in northwest Missouri to take part in the morning service. They were invited by Randy Grimm, Calvary’s Chief Operating Officer, who is also the pastor of the church. The team sang a few worship songs just like they do before and after their matches. Zeb and each of the ladies shared how they came to attend Calvary and what they like about the school. Though Graham Union Church is small in numbers, they are generous supporters of Calvary. For several years, they have provided scholarships for students, and they enjoy getting to meet students and hear how God is working.
During the last week of June, several Calvary staff and faculty traveled to the IFCA International Convention in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was a good time of fellowship, encouragement, and messages on the topic of “Always Reforming.” Dr. Bitner gave a seminar on church security issues, and he, Dr. Hessel, Ginger Hessel, Randy Grimm, and Ruth Grimm represented Calvary throughout the week at our display table. On Wednesday evening there was a gathering for Calvary alumni and friends with more than 35 in attendance. Dr. Cone spoke at the first General Session and then spent the rest of the week as the main speaker for the IFCA Youth Convention in Upland, Indiana.
Dr. Bitner (center) shared with Calvary alumni and friends during a gathering at the IFCA International Convention.