New $1.1 Million Grant to Help Support Samford’s Center for Worship and the Arts

New $1.1 Million Grant to Help Support Samford’s Center for Worship and the Arts

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Animate is one of the programs at Samford University’s Center for the Worship and the Arts. The five-day worship leadership program is for teenagers and their adult mentors. Animate 2018 is June 25-29 and registration is open, www.samford.edu/go/animate

Samford University has received an additional $1.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to further the work of the Center for Worship and the Arts. Housed in Samford’s School of the Arts, the center is advancing the conversation about teenage worshippers and teenage worship leaders.

The founding director of the Center for Worship and the Arts, Eric Mathis arrived at Samford in 2010. He holds a bachelor of music from Wheaton College, a master of music and master of divinity from Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. “We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for its support of our work and our mission as we equip congregations to build bridges between student ministry and worship ministry,” Mathis said.  “Through programs, research, and scholarship, we are creating a national platform for conversations about the relationship between youth ministry and worship ministry, and we believe this conversation is important for the church and the work of God in the world.” Founded as anima in 2013 with the help of a grant from the Christ Is Our Salvation (C.I.O.S.) Foundation, the program recently revised its name to the Center for Worship and the Arts. Animate, its flagship summer worship leadership program retains its current identity.

The center is celebrating its fifth anniversary and launching several new initiatives thanks to the additional grant, Mathis said. New program highlights are a Worship Leader Boot Camp for teenagers, allowing youth ministers and worship leaders to jump start their fall programming with teenage youth worship leaders; Student Worship Cohorts which will develop a deeper relationship with congregations participating in Animate; Student Worship Innovators which will engage church leaders in creating new resources for student worship; and new writing projects, including a book by Mathis under contract with Baker Academic Publishing. The center continues to provide online resources, an online certificate program with expanded goals and its summer program, Animate.

Other center team members include Tracy Hanrahan, Program Director; Kara Young, Coordinator of Promotion and Engagement; and three Faculty Fellows: Emily Andrews, Instructor of Church Music and Worship Leadership; Joe Cory, Associate Professor of Art; and Chuck Stokes, Associate Professor of Sociology. To learn more about the Center for the Worship and the Arts: cwa@samford.edu, 205-726-4525, @samfordcwa †

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College Choice:  Essential Questions for Christians

College Choice: Essential Questions for Christians

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Dr. Roger Parrott is in his 20th year as President of Belhaven University. He is a third-generation College president, and was one of America’s youngest college presidents first elected at age 34. He earned his Ph.D. from the Univ. of Maryland in Higher Education Administration.

The intense competition for recruiting university students has masked the reality of ever-worsening diluted and polluted values in higher education. The unfortunate result of not knowing the real story is that far too many smart Christians have been duped into making dumb college decisions. Students and families are fooled by name-brand marketing campaigns, as well as the glamor of campus amenities and prestige rankings. Or, too often, Christian families buy the naïve assumption that any school will do, as long as you attend a good Bible study or church near-by.

I’m deeply concerned that smart Christian families are being swayed to follow culture’s value of higher education – Size, Sports, Status, and Sizzle – rather than the Godly criteria that would help students find the school that best matches their needs. In contrast, at Belhaven University, our focus is Character, Curriculum, Caring, and Christ.

The typical criteria of college selection are highly inadequate for Christian families to make a well-informed university decision:

  1. Most families reference US News rankings, but don’t realize those scores are skewed in favor of the type of institutions the editors attended.
  2. All students study the quality of academic programs, but forget to examine as carefully the character of the individual who does the teaching, as well as the curriculum that guides the learning.
  3. Some parents urge students to consider enrolling where they attended a quarter-century ago, but don’t realize that while the university campus may look the same on the outside, the worldview in the classroom has dramatically shifted.
  4. Research tells us too many students make their decision within seven-minutes after they get out of the car for a campus tour, thus, deciding on the appearance of the campus.
  5. Often families base this direction-shaping decision on money. And while that is an important factor, this critical juncture of life is too important to be guided only by the prospect of saving money in the short-term.

While the attractiveness of size, sports, status, and sizzle may appear enticing, Christian families need to weigh the alarming realities of both campus-life and classroom-life at flagship universities before making their decision about which school to attend. Character, curriculum, caring, and Christ won’t be featured on ESPN’s College Game Day, but they will be the priorities giving lasting significance to a university education that effectively prepares students for a life of service and meaning. I have awarded over 10,000 diplomas during my years as a university president and have worked with thousands of families making this critical decision. Learning from their experience, I’ve written a paper outlining better criterion for selecting a school, and I’d like to email a copy of it to you if you’re interested in knowing more:  president@Belhaven.edu

Roger Parrott

President, Belhaven University, www.Belhaven.edu

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Prince of Peace Receives Excellence Award

Prince of Peace Receives Excellence Award

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For the second consecutive year, Hoover’s Prince of Peace Catholic School received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence Award. Only seven other southeastern United States schools have received back-to-back Blue Ribbon awards. Criteria for the award included a survey of the school’s stakeholders (parents, students, faculty, staff and administrators) which showed resounding support for the school’s initiatives and programs. Other categories of criteria that the school successfully met were:  focus and support; school organization and culture; challenging standards and curriculum; active teaching and learning; technology integration; professional community; leadership and educational vitality; school, family and community partnerships; and indicators of success.†

Prince of Peace Catholic School students proudly display the school’s recent recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

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Young Aviator Calendar Supports Scholarship

Young Aviator Calendar Supports Scholarship

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Enjoy keeping up with your engagements in 2018 while supporting The Southern Museum of Flight’s Mary Alice Beatty $5000 scholarship for women pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace technology. This year’s recipient will be chosen January 2018. The Southern Museum of Flight Young Aviator’s Bombshell Calendar features young children as early aviation legends like Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers.  Calendars are available for purchase at www.southernmuseumofflight.org/calendar or in the museum gift shop ($20). Future scholarship applicants may apply for the scholarship starting each September at www.southernmuseumofflight.org.

In 1966 Mary Alice Beatty began the aviation collection at Samford University which would develop into the Southern Museum of Flight. With Ms. Beatty’s daughter, Mary Alice Beatty Carmichael, the museum seeks to galvanize her family’s aviation legacy and financially support the achievements of women in aviation and aerospace. The museum is located in East Lake, two blocks from the Birmingham International Airport, at 4343 73rd Street North, 35206 and is dedicated to investigating, preserving, and promoting the rich stories of Southern Aviation and to providing exciting, interactive educational programming for people of all ages. Through collaborative partnerships with the community, the Southern Museum of Flight provides a continuum of exhibitions, displays, and educational services with a sincere devotion to cultural and historical literacy. †

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Visit from Big AL

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The University of Alabama mascot, Big Al, made a special appearance at Our Lady of Sorrows School (OLS) on “Claim Your Colors” spirit day. Big Al roamed the halls and visited with students. The “Claim Your Colors Spirit Day” is offered each year as an auction item at the OLS PTO Benefit Night. This school year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The evening proceeds support the school in achieving its initiatives.

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A ‘Grand Day’ for OLS Students & Guests

A ‘Grand Day’ for OLS Students & Guests

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5th grader, Ava Mize, enjoys her grandmother’s visit during Grandpals Day at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School.

Students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (OLS) recently enjoyed Grandpals Day with their special guests. The PTO hosted the event inviting the grandparents or grand-pals of the children. Students and visitors participated in a beautiful Mass prepared by the fourth grade and celebrated by OLS Pastor Monsignor Muller. A small reception at the school followed the liturgy at the church, as well as an opportunity for visitors to tour the classrooms. †

 

 

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Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers

These eight graders at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School Students have been chosen as Peer Helpers for this school year. The students were selected based on grade point average, teacher recommendations, answers to questionnaires and individual interviews. They will act as ambassadors for the school by helping to host special school events and assisting fellow students with reading, writing skills, math facts, and art projects.

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$500 College Scholarship Opportunity

$500 College Scholarship Opportunity

$500 College Scholarship Opportunity from Birmingham Christian Family Magazine

Birmingham Christian Family will provide a $500 scholarship to a graduating 2018 senior high school student. Recipient may apply the $500 scholarship to education at any college or university.

Here’s How It Works:

Must be a high school senior living in Alabama who is graduating in the spring of 2018 and planning to attend college fall 2018. Tell us in 400 words or less,

“How will you use your college education to better live out your Christian faith in your community?”

SUBMIT ESSAY TO: bcfscholarship@gmail.com

Include: Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, High School and Graduation Date

Finalists may also be asked to submit high school transcript and ACT score.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ESSAY: January 31, 2018

The winning essay will be published in the March Issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine.

Special Thanks to our sponsor, Belhaven University!

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Paws-itively Training & Puppy Kindergarten!

Paws-itively Training & Puppy Kindergarten!

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Well-socialized and well-trained pets are happy pets and happy pets mean happy owners! Helping your pet learn proper behaviors and reactions to certain events helps them become a successful member of your family.

Spending time training, exercising and socializing your dog or cat is one of the most important gifts you can give to your furry family member and will help you form a strong bond together. Using positive reinforcement like praising, giving treats and positive attention will help your pet learn the good behavior and discourage undesired behavior. Starting early as a puppy or kitten or soon after you adopt is best, but training can be applied to pets of all ages. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Valleydale Animal Clinic offers ongoing personal dog training sessions and hosts group classes with our American Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer. Starting Sunday, October 1 through Sunday, October 22, you and your dog (over 5 months) can participate in our Paws-itively Training Course. In this 4-week class, you and your dogs will learn the foundations of basic obedience including “sit/down/stay/come” and proper leash walking, as well as “drop it”, “leave it” and “take it” and other ways to help your dog become a successful member of your family.

Have a puppy? On Thursday, October 5 through Thursday, October 26, bring your dog 5 months and younger to our “Puppy Kindergarten”!  It’s an opportunity for you and your puppy to learn proper socialization with other pets, crate training and house training, how to discourage puppy biting and recommendations on nail trims, baths and an introduction to grooming.

Both courses are $100 each and include materials. They are based on a positive method of training using a clicker and reward system. All dogs must be up to date on age appropriate vaccinations. Registration is required. Call 991-5416.  For more information visit www.valleydaleanimalclinic.com.

Jeff Falone, DVM 

Valleydale Animal Clinic

205-991-5416

www.valleydaleanimalclinic.com

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