About 50 Wayland Baptist University students gathered at a vacant lot in Seth Ward, a low socio-economic community on the northeast edge of Plainview, on a recent Saturday morning to spend the day cleaning the area. Some involved in the service project were part of an orientation class required of all new students at the university, and several small chapel groups that are meeting this semester at Wayland joined in the project. Donnie Brown with Wayland’s office of spiritual development said the student-led initiative involving the chapel groups are benefitting several groups and organizations in the community. Chapel groups are assisting with food drives to benefit the Faith in Sharing House, working with organizations such as the Rainbow Room, Salvation Army and Crisis Center, and raising awareness about human trafficking.
Hardin-Simmons University will hold a chapel service at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 marking the death of former HSU student Jonathan Price. On Oct. 3, Price was shot and killed by a Wolfe City police officer when Price reportedly was trying to intervene in a dispute and de-escalate a disturbance at a convenience store. The officer, Shuan Lucas, was charged with murder. Lucas is white; Price was African American. Price was a business student and football player at HSU in 2008. “Many remember Jonathan’s spirit and character. He will not be forgotten, nor will the tragic events and choices surrounding his death,” said HSU President Eric Bruntmyer. “At next Tuesday’s chapel, we are going to take time to remember Jonathan. Local leaders and professors will join in the discussion of Jonathan’s life and death as we consider how to help prevent other senseless deaths.” To view the livestreamed service, click here.
East Texas Baptist University seniors Emily Jones from Beaumont and Mylan Shed from Teague received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award during chapel on Oct. 5. Award recipients are selected for consistently displaying Christian servant leadership on campus and in the community. Fellow students, professors and other members of the ETBU campus community submit nominations. Shed, who has served as vice president of the Student Government Association, has participated in the Black Student Association, Cultural Outreach Ministries, the Joyful Praise choir and dance ministry, and the Student Foundation. He also has been a Tiger Camp leader and Thrive mentor. Jones, who has served as president of the South Foundation, has been involved in Leadership Fellows and worked as a resident assistant, Tiger Camp leader and Titus ministries leader. She also volunteers in the community through service in Marshall public schools, teaches Sunday school at Mobberly Baptist Church and leads a Life Group at New Beginnings Baptist Church.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held its annual ring ceremony Oct. 2. Senior students graduating in either December or next May were invited to participate in the campus tradition. This year’s event was socially distanced and held outdoors in front of Luther Memorial. UMHB will host an online Sader Day event for prospective students on Oct. 12. In the past, Sader Day events have given students the chance to experience a sample of college life, including attending class and participating in student events. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sader Days are being delivered entirely online. The event includes a virtual tour of campus, an overview of the financial aid process and a primer on all of the traditions students can look forward to after becoming Crusaders. To register for Online Sader Day, click here.
Buckner Children and Family Services received a $620,000 grant to expand and support foster care and adoption services in Tarrant County. The two-year grant from the Rees-Jones Foundation will enable Buckner to renovate office and training space inside University Baptist Church in Fort Worth and fund local foster care and adoption case workers. Renovation of the third-floor church space, scheduled to begin in mid-October, will include a visitation room for biological parents to see their children who are in the state’s custody. “The Rees-Jones Foundation grant gives Buckner the opportunity to meet the significant need for kinship homes and therapeutic services to children in North Texas,” said Andi Harrison, Buckner regional director of foster care and adoption in North Texas. “Buckner facilitated 38 adoptions and impacted more than 200 lives through foster care placements in the Dallas area in 2018 and 2019 combined. The generosity of The Rees-Jones Foundation and University Baptist Church allows Buckner to increase these numbers by providing necessary services to Fort Worth and the surrounding Tarrant County community in an even larger capacity.” In Tarrant County, Buckner will work directly with Our Community Our Kids, which contracted with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to expand community-based care in the region, assuming case management responsibilities from Child Protective Services.