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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

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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:

Provided Funding

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

The Edge

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.

Relative Caregiver Program

Rhea Medical Center

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

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)

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  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

Corinne Livesay or Bethany Smith for information about the schedule, volunteering, or donating goods or services

Eric McEachron for information about All-College Service Day