Back to NewsOctober 10, 2011
Bible College News: Old Fashion Facebook
Coined by Dean of Students, David Childs, the phrase "Old Fashioned Facebook" captured the essence of Appalachian Bible College’s 2011 Alumni Homecoming. The weekend was a time for alumni of all ages to share publicly and privately how God has worked in their lives. The fellowship time on Thursday as well as meals and casual activities on Friday allowed alumni to meet new acquaintances and catch up with old ones.
On Thursday evening, alumni gathered with ABC staff for a time of song, testimonies, prayer, and fellowship around the Word. The evening was not entirely serious, however, as alumni and staff played "ABC's $100,000 Pyramid," hosted by none other than ABC's own "Click Dark" (the "long lost cousin" of Dick Clark, portrayed by Vice President for Business Ken Lilly). The challenging questions covered various aspects of campus life and events.
Friday’s activities included a special prayer breakfast for students and alumni hosted by the Student Council as well as a special service entitled “Praise and Adoration for Thy Word.” At the praise service, members of ABC’s campus family, alumni, and guests testified as to how their love for God’s Word has molded and shaped their ministry, their training of servants, or their preparation for ministry. In addition, The Carpenter Family Renewal Ministry, consisting of alumnus Scott Carpenter and his family, shared special music.
The Celebration Dinner on Friday night included delicious food, encouraging music, enriching fellowship, and a challenge from the Bible. It was also an opportunity to honor various alumni and staff who have been examples of the kind of servants ABC is preparing to send out. Awards were given to Joe and Judy Greathouse (Diakonos Award), Dr. Dan and Shirley Carfrey (Servants of the Year), Scott Carpenter (Alumnus of the Year) and Sharon Stephenson (Honorary Alumnus).
This year's guest speaker was Dr. John Greening, National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches(GARBC). As Dr. Greening preached, it was obvious that this year's theme from Psalm 119:97, "Servants Who Love Thy Word,” was more than just a sermon topic; it was a passion of his heart.
Dr. Greening challenged his listeners to examine how much they really loved God's Word and if this love was being lived out in their daily lives. Thursday evening, Dr. Greening contrasted the depths of feeling expressed through a traditional Valentine's card to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43, her famous love poem to her husband. His question to his audience was: do we have a superficial love for God's Word or do we have the same passion expressed by the Psalmist in Psalm 119? In Friday morning's chapel message from II Timothy 2:15, Dr. Greening exhorted the gathering to handle carefully that which we profess to love.
While the adults gathered with Dr. Greening, the children and teens participated in their own classes. The children enjoyed crafts and games as well as lessons on the life of Elijah, encouraging the kids to “Take a Stand for God.” The teens had the opportunity to try some of the Alpine Adventure activities like the Adventure Swing, the High Ropes Course, the Rappelling Tower, and the Climbing Wall; they also had special time around God’s Word culminating in a bonfire at the Outdoor Chapel.
ABC’s 2011 Homecoming was a unique time of praise to our God for His written revelation. It is our prayer that it fulfilled ABC's continued commitment to "educate and equip servants" long after they have dispersed into the harvest fields of the world.