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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

There was a recent chapel that I wanted to comment on. Last week was on the topic of “prayer”, and we had one of our adjunct professors, named Kondo Simfukwe, who spoke for two of the days. He is a student favorite, and had some challenging things to say! The one day I was there, his question to the audience was, “Is my prayer life faith-fueled?”
He used the Bible passage of Luke 18. This is where the two main characters are a desperate widow and a wicked judge. I encourage you to look it up sometime and read over these interesting verses! The main thought to the passage was, if this little old lady was able to get the corrupt judge to grant her the request she wanted, how much more would our loving God grant us what we need?!
He gave two principles out of his talk: 1st, God is a loving, generous Father; and 2nd, We are a desperate, needy people. The phrase that he kept saying was, “God’s crazy about me and loves to give me great things!” That was encouraging to hear, and really hit home for me!

PS- on a sidenote, that same day there was a song that we were singing for chapel, and it included this phrase: “Break my heart for what breaks Yours”. Wow, how powerful of a thought is that!

– John Franklin

The Super Bowl

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Just the other day I was talking to a group of students here at Grace. We were talking about some of the Super Bowl parties that took place here on campus, and we were also discussing how the Super Bowl turned out…
I, like many of you, watched the football game last Sunday with some friends. I’m not sure how many of you are Colts or Saints fans, but I was just hoping for an exciting game, and it sure turned out to be! Going back and forth, it was a lot of fun to watch…
But something struck me as I watched! All of these athletes had all the money in the world, all the fame, anything and everything they could ask for. But did they have the Most Important thing, being a personal relationship with Christ?
I thought of Kurt Warner, who is a quarterback on the Cardinals in the NFL. He is an out-spoken Christian, leading Bible Studies and being able to witness to fellow players. There are many opportunities that they have to share the Good News, and each of us do, too! Whether that be at our job, or at school, or wherever we are, the Lord will open up doors of opportunity for us to be an encouragement and a witness to those who desperately need it…
Hope this encourages you today!! God bless~

– John Franklin

Prison Ministry

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Last Tuesday, Grace College had a guest speaker in chapel who graduated from Grace College but in a quite different setting. This chapel was focused on the prison ministry at Grace College where Grace’s professors and faculty help provide a future for incarcerated men and women through the message of Christ and a college education. Although I cannot remember his name, I have the vivid memory of his message. The speaker, in 1997 was driving back with his friend from a Detroit trip. Both were underage and intoxicated. The speaker was driving a truck that eventually ran over a small car on the way into Warsaw. A teen father and a teen mother were in the other car with their baby girl. The speaker was put in the Indiana Correctional Facility for a sentence of 28 years for driving intoxicated and two counts of manslaughter for the death of the mother and father of the baby. Miraculously, the baby survived but had serious injuries to the head.
Years later, this man courageously spoke in our chapel and shared his emotionally message of redemption and forgiveness.He told of how his life has been changed by Christ and the opportunity to receive a college education while in prison. He is no longer incarcerated, but living a redeemed life. This man is now married and has a bachelors degree and a masters degree, but most of all, is forgiven of his past.
The young baby girl, who survived the crash, grew up to be a beautiful young lady who hugged the speaker and forgave him in their first meeting.
The speaker was an average teenager who made some not so wise decisions and suffered the consequences. He was given a hope in Christ and the ability to pursue higher education while in prison. Grace College has hundreds of students incarcerated in Indiana who are given this same hope in Christ and hope for a future through the prison ministry.
When the speaker finished his story, many students were offered the opportunity to pray for the men and women in the prison ministry by taking a small slip of paper with the names of incarcerated students. The students in chapel were so impacted by the speaker’s message and by the transformational work God does in the lives of His children. As a result, all the paper slips ran out and I have no doubt that the prison ministry is bathed with prayer from the students at Grace College.

– Brie Cremean

Westy Masquerade

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Last night was a major success in the lobby of Westminster dorm. Grace had its annual masquerade with fall themed games and activities as well as choreographed dancing! This year, SAB joined with Westminster in bringing a square dance to the outside terrace area of the dorm.
The Students came in an array of costumes such as the H1N1 virus, Yoda, the Sham-wow guy, Salt and Pepper, and two hillbillies who MC-ed the whole event. I was thoroughly impressed by the creativity of the costumes. Also, students participated in games by bowling with pumpkins, fishing for candy brains in jello, eating a doughnut from a string, and dropping chocolate covered marshmallows, which were very entertaining to watch. And while students were standing around socializing, they could grab a cup of hot cider and some cookies to satisfy their appetite.
My favorite part was the line-dancing that took place outside as well as inside. Students channeled their country roots as they listened to a square dance caller and gathered in circles to clap and do-si-do (I have no clue how to spell this). Such favorites as the “Cha-Cha Slide” and the “Cotton Eye Joe” made appearances in the lobby of Westminster too.
It truly was a night to remember as we celebrated the fall together!

– Brie Cremean


Sunday, October 18th, 2009

During missions conference two weeks ago, the Grace student body was given a challange. Last year during missions conference, Grace College raised between six and seven thousand dollars to donate to Feed My Starving Children, an organization that packs and ships food all over the world. My mouth dropped to floor when I heard that this year’s goal was ten thousand dollars; much more than last year. I had my doubts on whether the Grace student body could raise enough. My mouth dropped a second time and almost to the floor when I heard the ending total for the missions week. We gave over fourteen thousand dollars so that our brothers and sisters in Christ could be supported in Cambodia. The money will help start businesses, provide Bibles, and pay a years rent in a ministry facility in this country. All I can say is that I am thoroughly proud of Grace students and their willingness to give. We completed the seemingly impossible challenge with the goal of spreading God’s kingdom!

– Brie Cremean

Missions Week

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

This past week on campus our focus has been missions. It has been an amazing and encouraging past couple of days 🙂 Anywhere from chapel, to growth groups, to lunch in Alpha there have been missionaries from all over the world flooding our school. We had the vice-president of World Vision come and speak to us during chapel and his message was revolutionary. Not only did he encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and spread the message, we had over 40 missionaries and mission groups that we could look into achieving this goal! It was so cool to hear their stories, two missionaries came to each individual growth groups and we got to know them and how they got to where they are today. Also our chaplain, Scott Feather, encouraged us as a family to help our Christian families around the world and raise 10,000 dollars for relief efforts in Cambodia. And do you know what? We raised over 11,000 dollars! How cool is that? We came together as a family and helped out our brothers and sisters in Christ who are hurting. That’s just how awesome our campus is! 🙂

– Jaimie

Dressing Some Fools

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

So, the cabaret is over and life can get back to normal. It’s back to homework, and meetings, and slaving away over a hot laptop. The show went fantastically though, and I couldn’t be more proud of the result. We had great music, a great cast, great audiences; what more could a director ask for? Aside from fame, fortune, and her own personal pool boy.

My life will now be taken over by costuming the fall play, Neil Simon’s Fools. The play is about a small Russian village that is cursed with stupidity. A teacher comes to the town, falls in love with a girl and discovers he must break the curse or become stupid himself. Publishing companies should definitely recruit me to write play summaries. I just made that show sound even more enticing, if that’s even possible. I might just be a summary writing prodigy. Anyhow, the costuming is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get started.

The other main project that should be consuming my life, when I am responsible enough to work on it, is writing the winter show. I will be student directing the winter play at Grace and I’m planning something a little different than years past. I am writing my own comedy sketch show, much like you would see at The Second City or Saturday Night Live. It’s a tall order, but I think I can handle it. I have a handful of sketches already written that at least make my mother laugh. I suppose that’s a start.

I have quite a bit of work to get done, so I will sign off for today, but not without leaving you with some grand nugget of wisdom. Maybe I’ll make that my new thing. I have many of them. Here goes…

When your day is looking dismal and hopeless, remember, it’s already tomorrow in Australia…and if that doesn’t help than suck it up and eat some chocolate. You’ll be fine.

Have a lovely day. Keep on truckin’!

– Christi “the” Mann

You Can Lead A Reader To A Blog…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

This week has been absolutely insane trying to prepare for opening night of the cabaret. Luckily, I have discovered that if you sleep less at night, it’s like gaining hours in the day. Feel free to use that tidbit to enrich your life. If it ends up destroying it, don’t blame me. I can lead a reader to my blog, but I can’t make him copy my shennanigans.

The show is looking so amazing and I’m extremely proud to be able to call myself the director. I’m still nervous about everything coming together in such a short time, but I’m sure my gang of performers can pull it out. A gang of performers? Hmmmm…I like it. Instead of doing drive-bys and bustin’ caps, we’ll do dance-bys and sing for elderly people and orphans. Less tough, but more fun.

I best be off. I have a humor column to write, cabaret rehearsal to direct, and that pile of homework isn’t going to do itself. If it did, my life would be a lot easier; but it would be really weird and I would have to assume there were demons or fairies in my room. Wow. Maybe this “not sleeping to gain hours” thing is starting to catch up with me. Have a lovely day! Keep on truckin’!

– Christi “the” Mann


Thursday, September 17th, 2009

So tonight, I am totally pumped because we are going to campout on Warsaw’s courthouse yard. We are taking a stand for awareness about homelessness. Legislators are trying to pass an order for Warsaw to build homeless shelters and so we are camping out so that Warsaw sees that we as a school care about our community. We as Christians are called to love those that our less fortunate then us and so we are doing our part in taking part of this awareness stand!

What are you doing in your community for those who are less fortunate?

Take a stand. Make a difference. Be as Christ be.

– Jaimie

Life Is A Cabaret!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Ahhhhh…It’s finally starting to feel like fall…and then winter…and then summer for about two hours…and then spring later in the evening. Oh, Indiana. I shall never understand your weather. Now, a few weeks into the year, it seems as if I’m finally finding my stride. I’m getting to class on time, paying attention, and sometimes I even do homework. The days are quickly getting busier though.

This year, I’m directing the second annual cabaret at Grace. It’s a collection of show tunes from a variety of musicals to fit this year’s theme, “From Shows You Will Never See At Grace.” The shows were chosen for a variety of reasons, such as content, language, technical difficulty, and ethnicity. (“Ethnicity” referring to not having enough *ahem* “diversity” to pull off a show, like “Hairspray,” “The Color Purple,” or “West Side Story.” ) The songs themselves, however, are pieces that should be well received by a Grace audience. I’m working with an amazing cast of Brice Williams, David Lepor, Elly Roseberry, Bekah Porterfield, QueenEtta (Peaches) Sharkey, and the beautiful and talented Marlene on piano. I’m so excited about the show, and I know it will all come together. Please come see the show in the Little Theatre September 25-26 at 7 and 11 p.m. both nights. Please pardon my absolutely shameless plug.

Well, I have much to do and much less time to do it in, so this will have to be a shorter update. I guess I really only had time to promote my show for my own selfish gain. I think it makes up for it if I take a moment to wish you a very lovely day. Enjoy the summery weather…for the moment. Keep on truckin’!

– Christi “the” Mann