Campus community participates in 5th Annual MLK Community Service Day
January 18, 2009

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Students minister in nursing home MLK 2008
Some 600 Bryan College students, faculty and staff will lay down their books and will spend the day ministering in assisted living centers and providing programs for children, as well as serving in a variety of manual labor projects throughout the local community on Jan. 19, as the college celebrates its 5th Annual Martin Luther King Service Day.

Ben Norquist, assistant director of spiritual formation who is coordinating planning for the event, said the theme this year is “The Least of These.” “Scripture talks about orphans and widows, and we’re trying to figure out who are the orphans and widows among us today. We as a body of Christ are called to be like Christ. He went into the towns and countryside and got into people’s lives.

“We’re trying to pull off an event that is designed to show what service looks like for a lifetime.”

Danielle Rebman, associate for spiritual formation in the Office of Student Life, is directing arrangements for MLK Day. She said some 75 work sites have been identified from Chattanooga to Spring City.

“We have had students sign up according to their areas of interest,” she said. “For example, the baseball team will be working with construction at the youth baseball and softball fields. Computer science students have signed up to work in the IT area, and the Nicaragua Break for Change team will be working with Hispanics in the area. Groups from residence halls, student government and others will be working together.”

Tasks to be tackled include cutting brush, raking leaves, painting, house cleaning and tutoring children, she said.

The day will conclude with dinner and a program presented by the Student Government Association, Miss Rebman said.