Faculty and Staff met together for two special worship services Monday and Tuesday, August 25 and 26, in the Ralph Coupland Choral Rehearsal Room in West Hall. "Getting a new academic year started can be an extremely busy and stressful time," said President Mark Haynal. "When we face challenges, the best thing we can do is take time together to worship, pray, and sing a hymn or two." (The full text of Haynal's welcome can be read here.)
Ron Sydenham, senior pastor of the College Heights SDA Church spoke Monday morning on the assurance God provides that we are saved. Tuesday morning Honey Todd, pastor of the Mountain View SDA Church in Calgary used the story of Jesus healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda to illustrate God's desire to give us wellness.
|Pastor Ron Sydenham|
|Pastor Honey Todd|
In addition to singing hymns, faculty and staff enjoyed a special musical meditation each morning. Professor Debra Bakland played a piano piece by Mozart on Monday and Professor Cristian Neacsu played a violin piece by Bach on Tuesday.
Following faculty/staff worship, the faculty took part in presentations and activities that focused on wellness. Most of Tuesday was spent at Foothills Camp enjoying the ropes challenge. For aerial video shot by CUC's new drone, please see the video clip at the end of this post.
|As Dr. Laurence Wong prepares to demonstrate his considerable rope challenge skills, his colleagues (below), ready their cameras to record the historic event.|