Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman
Milligan College is loosening its alcohol policy for students.
In a letter to the university community, Milligan president Bill Greer announced the campus would remain dry, but “rather than restricting off-campus alcohol consumption among all traditional students, the college’s new policy allows our students to respect state law in terms of the legal age of consuming alcohol.”
Greer wrote that the new policy demonstrates the university’s trust in students and allows them to learn personal responsibility as it pertains to alcohol use.
“I can’t stress enough that the reason behind me recommending this policy change and the board approving it is to demonstrate this level of trust and respect for our students, because our current policy doesn’t do that,” Greer told the Milligan Stampede.
“We are expecting our students to not only abide by state law but also behave in a way that honors Christ in all things, including this.”
The decision was approved by the Milligan board of trustees and goes into effect Aug. 1.
For more information, read the Stampede article: “Milligan Trustees Vote to Change Alcohol Policy.”
First Christian Church in Norfolk, Neb., last week housed about 200 students and staff overnight from nearby Northeast Community College after floodwaters threatened the campus, according to the Kearney Hub. The flooding occurred as the Elkhorn River approached record levels. Among those evacuated to the church were a group of 30 students from Denmark who were visiting Norfolk for the week, according to the Norfolk Daily News.
Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy, Ill., dropped a big donation into the local public schools to help students struggling with anxiety and other emotional needs.
Quincy Public Schools have been transitioning this year because of redistricting due to the addition of new school buildings. The district in February hired six part-time “family liaisons” to help students struggling with the transition. MPCC funded the new positions through a $30,000 gift.
“Our hope was simply that students and families would be supported, specifically in the conversation of emotional wellness,” Tyler Myers, the church’s leadership and preaching team leader, told the Herald-Whig. “This was an opportunity to help students and families not fall through the cracks in the transition.”
Carol Frericks, director of student services for Quincy Public Schools, said the new “family liaisons” will serve to improve learning and communication with families and to improve attendance.
The church raised the additional funds from the congregation through its “Rethink Christmas” campaign.
Pomona (Mo.) Christian Church will host a “Refresh Your Marriage” date night later this month for couples to reconnect and work through their struggles. The seminar will feature Matt Loehr of Dare to Be Different Marriage Mentoring. The date night will include a meal, with proceeds supporting a youth missions trip.
Twin Oaks Christian Church in Woodhaven, Mich., hosted a food drive that gathered 4,787 pounds of food for local pantries. The News-Herald reports the annual “Spring Food Drive Concert” was supported by multiple local organizations and businesses. The need was even greater this year because of the recent government shutdown, which depleted local food pantries.
Summit Christian College, Gering, Neb., has received full accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
The Star-Herald reports the 10-year process for accreditation began just as current president David Parrish was taking the reins of the college in Gering, Neb.
“It means we have the quality education standards our students are looking for, so it helps with recruitment,” Parrish said. “Accreditation also gives graduates more flexibility to pursue further education at schools that require a degree from an accredited college.”
Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, Calif., is hosting The Passion Play for five performances April 7, 12-14. The play, which is in its 27th year, “is considered the last remaining musical production in Southern California that chronicles the last days of Jesus Christ on earth. This annual event has become a local tradition for thousands of Angelinos as they prepare to celebrate Easter.”
Zach Thompson, a senior captain of the Lincoln (Ill.) Christian University men’s basketball team, was honored as the Pete Maravich Award recipient for the National Christian College Athletic Association, Division I. Thompson, 6-foot-4, scored more than 2,150 points during his four-year career. He is a preaching ministry major with a 3.92 GPA.
Blake Walsman of Cincinnati Christian University was a finalist for the award.
Late last week, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a lower federal district court which had ruled against housing allowances for ministers. The appeals found the provision permissible under the First Amendment and well-established legal precedent.
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