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2023 Phonathon

With the New Year comes a new semester at AWC. Every spring, we hold our annual phonathon where we try to raise funds to make it possible for students to attend AWC. This year’s Phonathon has been a busy and fun time as students have been calling donors of and preparing letters to send to our support base. The goal for this year is to raise $30,000. Last year our faithful giving family helped us reach a record of funds for a Phonathon, and we are grateful for all of the sacrificial giving of our people. One of our favorite parts of Phonathon is the opportunity to help carry the burdens of our friends across the country. Every Phonathon, students record prayer requests that are mentioned by people who are called and often spend special times of prayer with people who are hurting. Once again, we would like to interact and pray for those who support the mission of AWC: to effectively prepare young people for service to God, His Church, and all with whom they come in contact. Thank you for your giving and your prayers.

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2022 Fall Choir Tour

Fall Choir Tour was a time of celebration with song and music as the AWC Choir traveled to several churches throughout the week, spreading the cheer of the wonderful story of Christ’s birth. The theme of this year’s choir singing is “The King,” and it truly is our desire to portray Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to a lost and dying world. In many of our services, many visitors who maybe would not have otherwise come came to churches to hear the college cantata. Our prayer was that the saints would be encouraged and that the hungry souls would be filled with hope as the Christmas season approaches. Thank God for sending His Son into our dark world so that He could someday enter into our own personal darkness and bring the light of salvation into the night of sin.

Clock Tower Update

Greetings! We are excited to see the progress on the Clock Tower project. Since the renovations to Rhoades Hall, the general area with Rhoades Hall, Sexton Hall, and the Clock Tower has become the central hub of campus. As students head to classes daily, they pass the Clock Tower multiple times in a day, which stands as a beautiful reminder of our heritage as holiness people. The exterior of the tower is nearly complete, and the base has been beautified with some greenery, a convenient cement walkway, and the Contemplation Wall. On the wall are the words: “Hallelujah! I have found Him, whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfied my longings, through His blood I now am saved.” As we approach the Christmas season, we can rejoice because “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”

2022 Thanksgiving Banquet

The Thanksgiving Celebration is a highlight for our students where we gather together to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, to share our blessings, and to worship with music. At the Thanksgiving Celebration, a large number of funded scholarships are given to our students to help them with their school bills, and this encourages needy students in their pursuit of God’s will for their lives. We are grateful for God’s people who make such gifts possible. God has provided so much for us, and we owe Him all the praise.

2022 Harvest Day

Harvest Day 2022 was a special treat! It was wonderful to be able to honor the represented alumni. We were privileged to hear from three of the people represented this year: Rev. Troy Muir, Melody Fair, and Karen Newman. It was a great encouragement to see how God has been working in the lives of these individuals who were in part impacted by Allegheny Wesleyan College. The alumni president, Rev. Douglas Strawn, presented the alumni project, special furniture for Rhoades Hall. The instrumental ensemble and the college choir provided beautiful music for the rest of the service. At the end of the service, we enjoyed the annual tradition: the college and combined academy mass choir!  After the service, the various academic departments showecased their projects and majors, and the participants enjoyed food and fellowship. We are grateful for the extended campus family represented by the body of alumni who help support and encourage the work at AWC, whether through monetary support, food donations, or prayer support.

Library Week and Missions Week

Library Week was filled with activities and contests centered around literature and library materials. This event promoted a better awareness of the tools of the library and information literacy. Our librarian staff work tirelessly to provide the proper resources and assistance to our students and faculty for an improved educational experience.

 

In addition to Library Week, we also had Missions Week, where we kept a focus on the work of God’s Mission in the world. The Sam West family held several services on Wednesday sharing about the work of God through Allegheny Missions in Ghana. We were encouraged to hear of God’s help in children’s services and in the training of national spiritual leaders, who are in turn starting to pass the truth of God’s Word along. Pray that God continues to bless in the work at Buntum, Ghana, and that God helps us to be a useful instrument as He calls, equips, and sends young people into the Harvest field.

2022 Fall Revival

Our hearts were refreshed with the anointed ministry of Rev. Terrence Tiberio in the chapels and evening services. Rev. Tiberio brought messeges from the heart and drew from his experiences in pastoring and working with the International Student Foundation. Given his experience in working with international, he was able to convey simple truths with deep impact. The theme of revival centered around his question to be seriously pondered, “Am I Teachable?” He shared ways that we can be taught of the Holy Spirit through circumstaces, other people, and, most importantly, a close relationship with Jesus. He often said that only two people mattered, “You and Jesus.” We were admonished as a campus body to develop such a beautiful, individual relationship with Jesus that He can lead us in every aspect of life. Truly, the message of Christ is central to all that we believe and hold dear. Our hearts were stirred, and we are continuing in prayer that God would work and lead in the lives of our students. 

2022 Pioneer Rally

We were privileged to have Rev. Daniel Kaufman and Brother Hoff for the college Pioneer Rally Chapel. Rev. Kaufman shared about the work of pioneer churches and of the need for new pastors to fill roles and start new churches. He challenged the young people with examples of individuals who were directed of God to fill in the gap for churches. Brother Hoff then shared how the Lord led him to join Allegheny and take the Cabin Run pioneer church. Our mission remains to provide well-equipped laborers for the work of God’s harvest field. As we labor at AWC, pray for us that God uses the college as part of His desire to “send forth labourers into his harvest.”

2022 Fall Semester Begins!

The Fall 2022 Semester is underway! We are excited to welcome a new, bright-eyed freshman class and all returning students. Freshman Orientation began the weekend before school started to help acclimate the new students to the campus, the faculty and staff, and the basics of college life at AWC. Orientation culminated in a special welcome rally hosted by Student Counsel. The following day, classes commenced for all students. We are glad for the new and fresh start of the semester, and we want to remain conscious of our constant mission to prepare young people for kingdom work. Without the presence of God, all of our efforts are vain. Pray that the wonderful spiritual liberty of the past semester would be seen in the coming days. II Corinthians 3:17 shows that “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” We are seeking God’s face for a revival and spiritual openness across the campus of AWC, and we want all our activities to be an invitation for God’s glory to descend.

2022 Commencement

As we begin this new semester, we are grateful for how the past graduating class is entering into the work of the Lord. Commencement 2022 was a moving commemoration of the accomplishments of AWC’s 15 graduates and a stirring reminder of the urgency of the Great Commission. The class motto was “God’s last command: our first concern,” and it is fitting in light of the mission of AWC to remember that our purpose is to prepare laborers to reach the farthest corners of the earth or the neighborhood next door. A few examples of how our graduates are entering forms of ministry include Jessica Tomek at Northwest Indian Bible School, Madison Calvert at New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School, and Laura Geul at Awake Cafe in Detroit, Michigan.

Thanks are due to all who have invested in the lives of these fine young people and have given them examples of heartfelt ministry. With the many blessings God has given our graduates, we are convinced that God will enable them, in whatever capacity He has called them, to fulfill His great will with a heart full of praise to the Lord.