HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2010 – The academic year is coming to a close, and the final chapel service of the school year will be held on April 28. Many students ? seniors in particular – will look back on the year and reflect on the many Wednesdays spent in the chapel, keeping themselves grounded with a time for worship and fellowship with not only HPU students, but High Point community members as well.
The final service this year – a special service in honor of this year’s graduating seniors ? the senior members of the Board of Stewards look back on their memorable time spent serving the chapel.
Dale Tonkins, for instance, is a senior who has been involved with the Board of Stewards since he came to HPU. He says the love and support he’s received from not only other board members, but Dr. Hal Warlick, dean of the chapel, and Shannon LeFever, manager of chapel programs, has been outstanding.
“From the prayer requests to the Angel Tree shopping, nothing but great experiences and profound memories come to mind,” says Tonkins, who will reflect on those fond memories this week in particular.
Spencer Hatcher, fellow HPU senior who has been a member of the Board of Stewards all through college, agrees. ?Working for and spending time in the chapel has allowed me to meet and get to know so many great people,? she says. ?I?ve had the opportunity to serve the campus and the High Point community.?
Tonkins notes that services are extremely important to the public because it gives them a chance to worship and fellowship with a variety of people. ?I see several familiar faces from the community on Wednesday nights who look forward to coming to chapel each week ? it?s the highlight of their week,? Tonkins says.
“The services here are so important to the community,” Hatcher adds. Members from the community come to chapel every week ? and it’s so great to get to see them and get to know them.”
Tonkins adds that Dr. Warlick’s sermons and special services, in particular, are what bring the community in for more.
“I think the different guest choirs that come to sing each week, Dr. Warlick’s meaningful messages, and the fellowship time are what draw the community back for more. ? The special services, such as Lessons & Carols, the Martin Luther King Jr. service and more attract many community members.”
The chapel, of course, has a lot more to offer than simply a weekly service.
“One of the best rewards I have received is having the opportunity to shop during the holiday season for children and families who are less fortunate for the Angel Tree program,” Tonkins says. “It’s a great feeling knowing you’re shopping for someone who will truly appreciate it; it?s so fulfilling to do that for someone else.”
The Angel Tree program, sponsored by the Salvation Army, is a program that provides toys, clothing and other gifts for needy area children. The Board of Stewards uses chapel offerings from each fall semester to purchase toys and clothing that are donated to hundreds of children each Christmas – and has done so since 2002.
This spring, the chapel is also involved with Open Door Ministries, a nonprofit organization in High Point that provides help for those in need, including emergency services help, shelter, food, help with funds to pay crucial bills and more. The chapel donates all chapel offerings from the spring semester to this worthy cause.
“The relationships that I have been able to make here at the chapel are ones that I will never forget – they are ones that helped shape my time and my experience at HPU,” Hatcher adds.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.
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