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Kentucky Christian Will Celebrate 100th at Homecoming (Plus News Briefs)

by | 4 September, 2019

Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman

Kentucky Christian University will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during its Fall Homecoming Sept. 27-29. Friday highlights will include soccer matches, a banquet featuring speaker Ernie Perry, and two performances by 64 to Grayson. On Saturday there will be a tailgate and a football game. And Sunday morning worship is set for 10 a.m. Go to kcc.edu to register.

The school was cofounded in 1919 by J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass. The cofounder’s son, J. Lowell Lusby, served as president for 40 years. His book about the school’s founding and history, For the Good of the Cause, is out of print but has been scanned by the Young Library and can be downloaded here. Lowell Lusby’s surviving daughters, Nan Lusby Griffith and Sylvia Lusby Giese, will speak at the library at 1 p.m. Friday as part of the weekend’s events.

By the way, the Fall Homecoming’s theme is also “For the Good of the Cause”; J. W. Lusby inserted that phrase into a classified advertisement seeking a partner in the school venture that was published in Christian Standard on Sept. 7, 1918.

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News Briefs

William Jessup University is celebrating its 80th anniversary this school year and its 15th year at its campus in Rocklin, Calif. The university was founded in 1939 as San Jose Bible College with just 14 students. Its name changed in 1989 to San Jose Christian College and in 2004 to William Jessup University—the same year the campus moved to Rocklin. Roseville Today reports enrollment has grown from 436 students in 2004 to 1,745 students today.

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First Christian Church of Lamar (Mo.) recently hosted a home-cooked meal for scores of carnival workers in town for the Lamar Free Fair. It’s a tradition that goes back more than a decade.

“We want to be good hosts. We want to be hospitable,” lead minister Dru Ashwell said in explaining the origins of the meal to local media. “[We thought,] What’s one thing we could do to let those who are coming to our town know that they are cared for? So we thought we’d serve a meal.”

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Milligan College has selected five ministry leaders to serve as the first coaches for its new Ministry Leadership Program.

The leaders—Rick Rusaw, Melissa Sandel, Mike and Jodi Hickerson, and Austin Gohn—will teach courses at Milligan and host students in their ministry contexts. The program is designed to expose students to hands-on ministry experiences and different ministry contexts.

“The ministers selected to launch this part of our ministry program are overflowing with a love for the church and for students,” program director Ron Kastens said. “Hearing from people in the midst of ministry—the joys and struggles—will be an immeasurable benefit to all of our students preparing for ministry.”

Rusaw, former pastor of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., now leads the new Spire Network. Sandel is director of ministries with West Side Christian Church in Springfield, Ill. The Hickersons lead Mission Church in Ventura, Calif. Gohn serves as young adult minister at Bellevue Christian Church in Pittsburgh.

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Greenford (Ohio) Christian Church will be the site of a memorial honoring veterans of the five branches of the U.S. military—courtesy of a local Eagle Scout project. According to the Salem News, Brogan Fisher will coordinate and engineer the memorial as his Eagle Scout project, which is being funded by a local Elks Lodge. The memorial will have a stone platform surrounding a flagpole and mounted with five plaques representing the military branches.

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The Hills Church in Evansville, Ind., will be opening a second campus at Branchville Correctional Facility this weekend. Brian Janiga will serve as campus pastor. “The most important people to us at The Hills Church are those not here yet,” lead pastor Patrick Garcia said in the Courier & Press. “We will always leverage our resources, influence, and time to introduce as many people to Jesus in the shortest amount of time.”

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The Tender Mercies Diaper Ministry at First Christian Church, West Plains, Mo., will be distributing diapers Saturday. The ministry’s mission is to “help support families in our community by showing compassion, interest and love through the distribution of diapers to those in need.”

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Southeast Christian Church’s La Grange Campus was the site last week of special training to help people spot victims of human trafficking. WDRB said training was hosted by The Samaritan Women and educated dozens of medical professionals about the signs that someone is a victim of sex trafficking.

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