Finally, the semester culminated with the Commencement exercises, where six students received four Bachelors of Arts (Nick Gullatt, Evan Letonek, Stephanie Neely, and Lee Pears), one Associate of Arts (Charity Letonek), and a Bible Certificate (Ardith Senych). The Commencement speaker was Rev. David Kaufman from Tioga Louisiana, and his admonition centered on the necessary relationship with God and courage to stand for His truth. We are grateful for God’s working in the lives of our graduates and their heart for God and His ministry. Let us continue to pray for them that they grow in grace and serve effectively in the calling which God has given them.
Thursday we were honored to participate in the Salem National Day of Prayer observance held in the Salem Memorial Building. The AWC ensemble, the two PR groups, a couple faculty members, and President Hardy had some part in the community event. It was wonderful to represent our movement and its heritage of prayer in such a dark day. We hope that our ministry had an impact on the people of Salem, and we were blessed to pray alongside fellow community members for the restoration of our nation in all respects. May the prayers that we pray not stop after a single day dedicated for prayer, but let our prayers continue in daily and fervent consistency for our nation.
Get-Acquainted Days started on Thursday afternoon and lasted clear through Friday. A significant number of energetic young people were mingling with students and participating in activities together. We were excited to see so many prospective students considering AWC for their college experience. They were introduced to the various programs offered: Pastoral Ministries, Cross-Cultural Missions, Music Ministry, and Elementary Education, along with other course route combinations. The theme of Get-Acquainted Days was Pillars. The visiting youth were challenged to take the necessary steps of preparation in order to be a pillar in God’s kingdom. They were encouraged to seek God’s will for Bible college and to place Him first in their lives. In the closing rally of the event, President Hardy gave a stirring admonition for the young people to make choices that will enable them to be strong spiritual pillars in the lives of others. After the rally, everyone enjoyed further activities together, and the event finally came to a close. God blessed us during Get-Acquainted Days 2021 with many students filling out applications to come in the fall semester. We are excited to be a part of the plan of God for guiding young people to serve God to the best of their capacity!
This week we were excited to have our seniors present their senior presentations for Faith and Contemporary Issues! We are proud of Evan Letonek, Lee Pears, Nick Gullat, and Stephanie Neely for this milestone in their lives, and we pray that they will be able to apply what they have learned here at AWC to successfully find and do the will of God.
This week the AWC choir and PR groups had the opportunity to travel to IHC in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The PR groups had the opportunity to sing in the Bible Study and in Time of Discovery for the youth. The choir sang several songs in the Tuesday evening service. It was convenient being a short walk away from the hotel the choir occupied. The convention, led by Reverend James Plank, had the theme, “When He Is Come.” This phrase alludes to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and the messages at the convention were focused on the beauty, power, and necessity of the Holy Spirit. IHC was a great opportunity for our young people to meet other young people of the Holiness movement and to sense the working of God throughout our nation. We were proud to represent the mission of our college to train young people for kingdom work. By seeking the fresh help of the Holy Spirit and maintaining fellowship one with another, we can gain the power and resources necessary to reach the lost in our world. Thank the Lord for all the people who are devoted to seeing the furtherance of His kingdom.
This week the Allegheny Ministerial Convention held at the Canton First Church. The AWC choir was privileged to sing at the Wednesday afternoon and evening sessions. In addition, the elementary education students were able to provide services for the children. The students came and drank in the practical spiritual admonition given at the convention. Topics varied widely and included church shooter awareness, the fruits and gifts of the Spirit, and the need for intentional reading and study of not only God’s Word but also books on various issues relating to the principles in God’s Word. The information given at the convention was pertinent to the issues our churches are facing. Young and elderly alike gained new insight into the work of ministry. We are thankful for the refreshing nature of the Ministerial Convention in these times of turmoil and difficulty.
On Thursday, we held our annual Appreciation Banquet in honor of those who have sacrificed of their time and money to see the cause of Allegheny Wesleyan College go forward. We enjoyed delicious food, and the D. R. Kaufman Building was decorated beautifully for the occasion. It truly was a blessing to have ample space to hold the banquet. The evening was filled with beautiful orchestra music, stirring testimonies of students and teachers alike, and singing that was appropriate for the occasion. We were sad to hear that Rev. Rodger Stearns is taking a well-deserved retirement from teaching, and we appreciate his passion for his students and for the Word of God. Over $70,000 in scholarship monies was given to needy and deserving students. The Lord has truly blessed us beyond measure, and we are grateful to the individuals who have given of their hard-earned resources to help in the lives of young people. As a matter of fact, a good number of the students that received the scholarships are first-generation Christians, thanks to the grace of God. In light of God’s blessings to AWC, we will go on to give back to Him and His work here so that our students may, in turn, bless others around them.