Then Jesus turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” Luke 14:12-14 (NLT)
In response to Joni Eareckson Tada’s Luke 14 Mandate challenge to our campus community in April 2013, Bryan has held two Luke 14 events–the first during the October 8, 2013, All-College Service Day; and the second was held on April 7, 2016, and is discussed below.
Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill provides a wonderful opportunity for us to live out Bryan’s mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Bryan hosted its second Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill event on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Our special guests were students from Rhea County Public Schools’ Comprehensive Developmental Class Program representing these schools:
- Spring City Elementary (Pre K)
- Graysville Elementary (Pre-K)
- Rhea Central Elementary (K-5)
- Rhea County Middle (6-8)
- Rhea County High (9-12)
In addition to the students from the CDC Program, teachers, teaching assistants, parents, and bus drivers also joined us for the Fun Day on the Hill.
Parents enjoyed their own program, Restoration, Relaxation, and Renewal, while their children participated in the carnival and fun outdoor games.
Thank you to our 2016 Event Sponsors who made this event possible:
City of Dayton Utilities Grant Program
Hiwassee Packaging, Inc., Dayton
Project Hometown Help | Middle Tennessee Natural Gas
Mike & Sharon Talbert, Houston, Texas
Volunteer Energy Cooperative Grant
Donated Goods & Services for the Carnival and the Parent Program
Darlene Bruehl, Face Painting by Gran “D”
Debbie Daily, Brittany Grant, and Angela Starkey of Graceworks Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Juanita Duong, Dayton, TN
Karen Levengood, Initials Inc.
Rachel McEachron, Jamberry Nails
Peter McKechnie, Joni and Friends Knoxville
Elizabeth Walton and Jen McNally, Joni and Friends Family Retreat
Mitch Gravitte, Marvel Ministries
Stacey Gates, Mary Kay Consultant
Tina Smith, Mary Kay Consultant
Bradley Moore, McDonald’s Restaurant, Dayton, TN
Jody Bauer, The Palms Therapeutic Massage Center
Stephanie Snyder and Nicole Perkins, Platinum Salon & Spa
Caleb Gravitte, Red Balloon Co.
David Nicholson, Riplaces
Rachelle, Cracchiolo, Teacher Created Materials
Brian Jones, Tennessee Screen Print Blue Ridge Sportswear
Dr. Kevin Moore, Tennessee Valley Clinic of Chiropractic
George Thacker, County Commissioner
Christine Ralph, United Way of Rhea County
Wendy’s Restaurant, Dayton, TN
Shawn and Denise Wolf, Myersville, Maryland
Carly McAuley, Young Living
Information for Volunteers
Volunteer Assignments (click here)
Online Training for All Volunteers
- Disability Etiquette Brochure. This resource provides valuable information and tips on how to value, include, and support people with disabilities.
- Talking about Disability Brochure. This resource is intended as a guide to using descriptive language when talking to or about people with disabilities.
Volunteer and Guest Student Program Schedule
|7:00 – 7:30||Breakfast for Luke 14 Volunteers||Dining Hall|
|7:30||ALL volunteers check in for the day by securing name tags||Library 1st floor|
|7:45 – 8:20||ALL volunteers attend training session conducted by Peter McKechnie (Joni and Friends Knoxville Area Director)||Library 2nd Floor|
|8:30 – 9:00||Community Service Send-Off Program for entire campus||Dining Hall|
|9:00 – 9:15||Buddies secure book bags for their student guests in the gym lobbies. Upstairs for Grades 6-12 guest students and Other Guests; Downstairs lobby for Pre-K through Grade 5 guest students.||Gym Lobbies|
|9:15||All Buddies and volunteers not otherwise occupied (Carnival Attendants should be at their booths), please be in place ready for the BIG WELCOME as buses arrive to drop off students, teachers, and teaching assistants from five schools. This is where guest students will be paired up with their Buddies.||Lower Gym Parking Lot|
|9:30 – 10:45||Carnival Booths (Buddy-Student photos taken at first booth)||Gymnasium|
|10:45 – 11:30||Outdoor Fun Games||Dorm Quad|
|11:30 – 12:45||Program, Lunch, and Activities (for students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and guests)||Dining Hall|
|12:45 – 1:00||Student and Buddy photographs distributed, teachers secure gift bags and books, buses loaded and depart|
Parent Program Schedule (Restoration, Relaxation, and Renewal)
Click here for directions to campus.
|9:30 – 10:15||Get Acquainted Coffee – receive name tags and gift bags; information, activity, and pampering booths open (pampering includes chair and hand massages, manicures, paraffin wax and Mary Kay satin hands treatments, and more)||Library 2nd Floor (Building #4 on campus map)|
|10:15 – 10:25||Welcome and Information about Joni and Friends Family Camp at Fort Bluff Camp – Peter McKechnie & Elizabeth Walton|
|10:25 – 11:00||Speaker and Q & A Session – Denise Wolf|
|11:00 – 11:30||Pamper and Information Booths reopen|
|11:30 – 12:45||Program, Lunch, and Activities||Dining Hall (Building #2 on campus map)|
|12:45 – 1:00||Student and Buddy photographs distributed, buses loaded and depart. Available option: students may leave with their parents|
Contact a Member of the Leadership Team if You Have Questions
David Holcomb for information about becoming a funding sponsor for the next Luke 14 event