Milligan Freshman Honored for Volunteerism (Plus News Briefs)
Milligan Freshman Honored for Volunteerism (Plus News Briefs)

Compiled by Chris Moon

Milligan College freshman Chase McGlamery won a big award for his service to his community and church. McGlamery received the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award; he was one of 108 honorees this year.

Chase McGlamery

McGlamery completed more than 300 hours of community service during 2018, even while acclimating himself to life at Milligan, where he is majoring in communications. In total, he completed more than 1,000 hours of community service during high school. He began volunteering at age 8. Much of his work has involved technology.

“Since I was in elementary school, teachers would ask me to help them fix their computer,” he said. “Assisting organizations with technology has been a great way to invest in my community.”

McGlamery also volunteers with the praise team at First Christian Church in Mountain City, Tenn. He assists with the sound system, which he helped design when the church building was being constructed two years ago.

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Owensboro (Ky.) Christian Church is offering a special way for students to acquire dresses for prom.

The church is partnering with Cinderella’s Closet, a provider of formal wear to girls in western Kentucky, the Owensboro Times reports. Together, they will offer dresses to 120 girls in need.

The church is collecting donations of gently used dresses, jewelry, and shoes. The items will be given away March 15 and 16, when more than 100 volunteers will help staff an event where girls can come select dresses and accessories.

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“Connecting Ministry: Bringing Generations Together” is the topic of a CHURCHconnect gathering from 9 a.m. to noon March 23 at Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, Mich. Chris Carter and Jake Howard, both of whom serve with Northpointe Community Church in Dewitt, Mich., will be the resource speakers. Cost is $15 for individuals (which includes lunch), $60 for groups. Learn more at glcc.edu.

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Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman performed Sunday at Central Christian Church in Mount Vernon, Ill. According to The Southern, it was part of Chapman’s “SCC Solo” tour, which features Chapman with his guitar, singing some of his most popular songs from the past 30 years.

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First Christian Church in Mountain City, Tenn., and Seymour Heights Christian Church in Seymour, Tenn., served as shelters for people affected by recent flooding. Residents of northeast Tennessee had to grapple with floodwaters following heavy rains that closed roads and forced some evacuations, according to media reports. The athletic fields at Milligan College also were underwater during the flooding.

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A member and occasional song leader of a church of Christ in Jacksonville, Fla., caused all four judges to turn their chairs—that’s a good thing—on a recent episode of The Voice. Matthew Johnson of Northside Church of Christ performed a rendition of “I Smile,” the Christian Chronicle reported.

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A guitarist with the praise band at Greenford (Ohio) Christian Church received a teacher-of-the-month award from the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Jonathan Linko is a music, band, and choir teacher in the local school district. He also is a professional saxophone player and plays the guitar and bass at GCC, which has campuses in Greenford and Austintown, Ohio.

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Matt Thomason, of First Church in Owasso, Okla., recently completed a week serving as chaplain to the Oklahoma State Senate. His duties included opening the Senate’s floor sessions with prayer and giving a devotional on the last day of the legislative week, according to the Owasso Reporter.

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Scammers are using deceptive texts and emails to impersonate pastors and trick churchgoers out of hundreds of dollars in communities across the nation, according to a story in the Christian Post. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a consumer alert Friday telling of people impersonating pastors and priests. The con involves contacting church members, asking them to buy gift cards to benefit a charitable cause, and then requesting the access codes to those cards.

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Send news items to cs@christianstandardmedia.com.

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