Belhaven Students Celebrate Annual MLK Day of Service

The motto of Belhaven University is “To Serve, Not to Be Served,” and for over 10 years, students, staff and faculty at Belhaven have participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day.

This year, over 300 students volunteered at charitable organizations around Jackson. Athletic teams, student organizations, residence hall groups and groups of friends took their day off of class to serve the community.

“The campus-wide MLK Service Day is a great way for the Belhaven University community to come together to serve those around us, said, JoBeth Petty Murphree, Director of Student Leadership. “Serving others was at the core of all that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did in his lifetime and is a significant part of the legacy he left us.  This day is set aside to honor him and help others!”

One of the organizations that Belhaven students served on Monday was the Spencer Perkins Center, an outreach effort of the John M. Perkins Foundation. The center is committed to the development of inner city youth, community development, and teaching and training opportunities.

Minister and Civil rights pioneer John M. Perkins is pictured above with a group of Belhaven students. One of the organizations that Belhaven students served on Monday was the Spencer Perkins Center, an outreach effort of the John M. Perkins Foundation. The center is committed to the development of inner city youth, community development, and teaching and training opportunities.

John M. Perkins serves on the Belhaven University Board of Advisors, and has received an honorary doctorate from Belhaven to celebrate his civil rights work. Fellow CCCU member Seattle Pacific University recently opened the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training and Community Development, and Christian band Switchfoot released the song “The Sound (John Perkins’ Blues).”

Other Jackson-area organizations such as Mission First, We Will Go, Habitat for Humanity, as well as area churches received volunteers from Belhaven this year.

Spring Chapel Schedule Set

As the spring semester is getting started, its time to take a look at the upcoming Chapel schedule, which begins Tuesday, January 20. Chapel takes place from 9:35-10:25 am and from 11:00 -11:50 am on Tuesdays, and is required of traditional undergraduate students.

Throughout the semester, Dr. Roger Parrott will teach a series entitled Unexpected Encounters with Jesus, which takes a look at the Gospel of Luke. The series begins with the semester’s first scheduled chapel this Tuesday.

On February 10, Ms. Tiffany Dawn, a songwriter, speak and author from New York will speak regarding her book, “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” and its ministry. Dawn’s book is a series of twelve “coffee dates” in which she shares her journey into confidence.

Two prominent pastors will also join us for chapel this spring. On February 17, Dr. Lon Allison, Pastor of Teaching and Outreach at Wheaton Bible Church in Chicago will speak, and on March 17, Rev. David Strain, Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson will lead chapel.

On March 24, we will celebrate Missions Emphasis Week and hear from Mr. Jeff Shaw. Shaw is affiliated with the Out of Darkness Anti-trafficking Ministry in Atlanta. The mission of the ministry is to reach, rescue and restore all victims of commercial sex exploitation, so that the glory of God may be known.

On April 7, Mr. Sunny Park, CEO of Atlanta-based General Building Maintenance, Inc., will speak to students at chapel, and we will close the semester on April 14 with the Arts Festival of Worship, led by our talented student artists.

For a full schedule, visit the Belhaven University Chapel page. For parents, alumni and friends interested in Chapel, audio and video recordings of most chapel services  are available on the Chapel Blog. Follow Belhaven University on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates when each chapel service is posted.