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September 16, 2013 / Whitworth University

Called to Serve

Sept. 15-22

For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

This week we pray for…

  • Whitworth’s ongoing commitment to develop and deepen relationships with Presbyterian entities in support of the ministry of the church. President Beck A. Taylor this week will sign functional partnership agreements with the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (Monday), the Northwest Puget Sound Presbytery (Wednesday), and Presbytery of the Inland Northwest (Thursday). The university will host the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest meeting on campus Thursday, culminating with a worship service in the chapel at 2 p.m.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum, which meets Monday at lunchtime. Now in its 19th year, the forum exists to provide grassroots support for faculty scholarship, to serve as a forum for the presentation of research, to grant faculty members an opportunity to educate colleagues and receive feedback regarding research, and to be a place for friendships to begin and flourish. May this be a year of gatherings that strengthen Whitworth’s commitment to faith-learning integration.
  • Community Building Day, Tuesday, when more than 1,000 of our faculty, staff, and students engage in meaningful community service activities throughout the Spokane region. May God bless Spokane through the faithful hearts and hands of the Whitworth community not only this day, but every day throughout this academic year as the university serves our neighbors for the common good.
  • the service-learning fair, Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with local service agencies that assist a variety of populations within Spokane and the surrounding areas. These connections can lead to academic service-learning opportunities, as well as to ongoing group and individual service relationships.
  • Picnic on the Green, the annual luncheon hosted by Beck and Julie Taylor, in conjunction with institutional advancement, to thank faculty and staff donors for their contributions to Whitworth in FY2013.
  • the Search Committee for the position of vice president for finance & administration. The committee is diligently working through the process of selecting the best person to oversee the university’s finances.
  • Initiative 8.2 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan. Please ask that those responsible for “executing an enrollment and financial aid plan that supports Whitworth’s accessibility and economic sustainability while stabilizing undergraduate enrollment at 2,300 students” would be successful in their efforts.

We thank you, Lord, for your call to service modeled through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. You call us to follow Jesus, and you equip us for the challenges we face here in Spokane, in the region, and in the world. We go forth in confidence that you are present with us through your abiding Holy Spirit, whose presence guides us. May we follow Jesus in service, no matter how difficult or costly the task. Amen.

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