Prayer Retreat

A weekend getaway can be the perfect answer to a stressful semester. But a weekend getaway that includes non-stop prayer and fellowship with other believers is even better.

This weekend, go away with other students from school for the Prayer Retreat, where you will get to experience both of those things and more, to receive a break from school and spend time with the Lord.

Men and Women will go separately to Camp Hawkins in Mt. Airy, Ga, leaving this Friday evening and returning Saturday afternoon.

The weekend will include prayer groups, praise and worship, communion, food, games and more. The idea is to give students a time to get re-focused on the Lord amidst a crazy semester of classes.

The men will be led by Josh Taylor, 2010 TFC graduate and currently a youth pastor in Anderson, SC. They will be doing a study titled “Making the Man”.

The women will do a study called “Women of Purpose”, led by Carolyn Ballard, Director of Paradise Mountain.

There are still beds available at the men’s camp, so sign-ups are still being taken. The women’s sign up list is already full; however names are being taken for a waiting list.

Concert for Compassion

You could hear the rain pounding on the roof of Grace Chapel as the concert got started. The place was full of students from TFC and high schools around town. They were ready for a night of great acoustic music and community worship.

Monday, worship artists Tyrus Morgan and Shaun Groves played a free concert put on by Compassion International, a child sponsoring organization.

First onstage was Morgan, who warmed up the crowd by playing an acoustic version of the hit “I Got a Feelin’” by the Black Eyed Peas. Morgan then opened up the show with a few acoustic worship songs and played a song inspired by his daughter called “Too Tall”.

Finally, after an introduction by Pastor Jeff, Shaun Groves took the stage and got everyone on their feet by singing one his more well-known songs “After the Music Fades.”

“I don’t know any of his music, but I really loved it,” said freshman Liz Hynson.

Groves held the audience captive as he switched back and forth between playing the guitar and piano. He played worship songs, introduced some of his new songs, and sang one song written by his children and dedicated it to a kid present named Joseph.

The highlight of the evening for most was when Shaun Groves called out a student that was asleep in the fourth row. Groves made jokes about it throughout his act, and when the student finally awoke, Groves said, “Well hey there! Did you have a nice nappy-nap?”.

“I was sitting three seats away from him,” a student said, “It was really funny.”

Near the end of Groves’ set he faded into the background as students sang age-old hymns and worshipped God together. He closed the show with a few words about compassion for people in every situation- even the rich, and about the organization Compassion International.

One last chorus at the close of the show, students voices and hearts resonated these words: “So let your name be lifted higher, be lifted higher, be lifted higher.”

Singing and Swinging in the Rain

It didn’t look like a night for wonderful pitching and extra inning heroics when 7:05 p.m. rolled around for the match-up between the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins on Monday night. After over an hour of rain delay, the game got underway at a soggy Turner field.

After a stirring performance of the National Anthem, by our very own TFC men’s choir, the pitching rivalry between Tommy Hanson and Alex Sanabia soon heated up.

For the majority of the game, their arms were the only things that were hot. With only a solo shot home run by Brian McCann in the bottom of the fourth, and a scored run by Mike Stanton of the Marlins, the game was soon tied up and sent into extra innings.

It was cold bats as usual for the Braves until the bottom of the 11th. After putting two runners in scoring position, Omar Infante hammered a ball down the third base line to bring in Nate McLouth for the win.

That evening was a great moment for Atlanta Braves, even if we were underwater.

TFC’s got talent

Don Schaeffer and Brandon Pearce perform at SMF talent show

Saturday night, a large crowd of TFC students gathered together to watch their peers participate in the Student Missionary Fellowship’s (SMF) talent show.  The competition consisted of a wide variety of talent, such as cultural dancing, cooking, singing, acting, and stand-up comedy. “I was pleasantly surprised,” says senior Katie Nossick, “I really didn’t think there was that much talent on our campus.”

 After each competitor introduced their act, the judges deliberated who would win. According to Professor Jason Mehl, one of the judges, the decision was tough. Yet, Dean of Women, Debbie Moore, Professor Joyce Griffin and Mehl awarded Jon Wright runner-up and Hannah Segool and the duo Mang Khang and Judy Xiong with first place to share. Each of the winners received a prize for their hard work and display of confidence and talent.

 The behind the scene effort also helped to make SMF’s talent show successful though. “The [SMF] team as a whole was able to work together in setting up for the talent show,” says SMF fundraising coordinator Rachel Thorpe. Before the event, SMF’s Public Relationist Inna Cubara handled advertising and Prayer Band Leader Yeng Her, Head of SMF’s Interns Caroline Greene and SMF’s President Don Schaeffer kept in touch with the contestants. During the show, Kaelyn Watson, who was a volunteer, graced the stage as the MC, introducing the contestants, while Treasurer of SMF Shelby Hornsby and SMF’s Vice President Courtney Vickers were in charge of selling baked goods.  There was also SMF’s Worship Leader Willis Norman and volunteer Nathan Fitzgerald, who managed the technological equipment. 

 According to Thorpe, whether the efforts were on stage or behind scenes, the talent show was a success! SMF worked as a team to coordinate an event and accomplished getting many TFC students involved. If it was unclear before, TFC can be sure that they’ve got talent!

SMF Talent Show: Be there!

According to Student Missions Fellowship president Don Schaeffer, when a student goes on a mission trip for their senior internship, the cost can be up to thousands of dollars. That is why it is crucial for such organizations like SMF to hold fundraisers for these students and other missionaries on campus.

As one of their fundraisers, SMF is hosting a TFC Talent Show this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Student Lounge. All students and faculty are invited to this event, to see what talent TFC has to offer.

 Admission is free, but members of SMF will be selling baked goods as a way of raising money for their summer mission trips. All of the money earned at the talent show will go into the “internship pot”, which is divided out among the students going on internships as missionaries, based on their involvement in SMF.

“SMF’s main goal is to spread mission’s awareness on campus and to pray for our missionaries,” Schaeffer said. “But this Saturday we wanted to give students an opportunity to be a part of something fun on campus.”

The top three winners of the talent show will receive a medal, along with a free baked good.

The students’ talent will be judged by Dean of Women, Debbie Moore, Professor Griffin and Professor Mehl. So far, students have signed up to perform musical numbers, dramas, cultural dances, and more.

Come support our student missionaries and share in the talent at TFC.