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Don’t Lose Your Spot on the Spiritual Life Fall Retreat

September 07, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Secure your spot now for the Spiritual Life Fall Retreat. With only 170 spots available, the September 24 – 26 retreat at UCYC in Prescott, Ariz., is a hot ticket.

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New Day and Time for Chapel’s Uplifting Message

August 27, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

A few changes are in the works for Chapel this semester. The weekly event has changed its day, time and location. What remains is the same simple, uplifting message directed at campus students, faculty and staff. The new time for Chapel is every Monday at 10:45 a.m. in Antelope Gym. The series will launch with new University Pastor Tim Griffin and feature guest speakers every week until December. Videos of each Chapel presentation are available at the Spiritual Life web site following the event.

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New GCU Pastor Trades Racetrack for Life on Campus

August 24, 2010 / by / 4 Comments

Tim Griffin begins his role as the new GCU Campus Pastor after 10 years as Chaplain for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His goal to be “consistently available” is evident as he moves his family on to campus, making sure he is always available to GCU students.

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A New Approach to Missions with GCU Global Outreach

August 16, 2010 / by / 6 Comments

The GCU missions program is set to expand with a new vision for Global Outreach. Jacob Page, GCU Global Outreach Director, is leading the charge to create a passion and awareness in students that will stay with them long after graduation.

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GCU Students Blog Their Mission Experiences

May 10, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Several Grand Canyon University students have taken the opportunity this summer to serve on overseas missions. Last week, missionary teams left for the Dominican Republic and Germany, with more teams leaving for Honduras and Guatemala soon. GCU Spiritual Development Director Joe Brooks is leading the team in Germany. Brooks created a blog at http://joebrooksmissions.wordpress.com/ to chronicle his team’s experience in Germany.  He has posted team introductions, photos, videos and more. GCU nursing student and missions coordinator Nicole Hill is part of the team in the Dominican Republic. She started a blog at http://nicolemissions.blogspot.com/ with photos and updates. Follow the missions’ blogs and check back here at Herd on Campus for updates on GCU students in the mission field this summer. Learn more about mission opportunities for both campus and online students at the Spiritual Life page at my.gcu.edu.

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Students Prepare for Summer Missions

March 11, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

As summer approaches and students prepare to return home, get jobs or do whatever it is that college students do in the summer, several GCU students will put their personal ambitions on hold and commit themselves to a mission. The following students have signed up for mission opportunities in Kenya, the Dominican Republic and Germany.  Beth Nowatzki Junior – Nursing Ever since I served in Kenya in June 2008, God has placed a huge desire in my heart to help His children in need, especially in a medical sense. Adequate medical care and disease education are far too limited to people in Third World countries. I am a nursing student, so I feel it’s important to reach out to these people, provide the best care possible and equip them with the tools and resources to stay healthy. And while providing this much-needed care, people can be introduced to the ultimate healer, Jesus Christ. I am thrilled to be used by God and to be able to share His love with those in the Dominican Republic this summer. Our team will care for their physical and spiritual wounds.      Karissa Kelsey Junior – Athletic Training My inspiration for this trip began while […]

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Art Students Host Photo Gallery to Support GCU Missions

December 08, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

“Introduction to Digital Photography” students are continuing to host a photo gallery through December 18 in the Student Union, displaying some of their Fall Semester projects. Select photos will be offered for sale, with proceeds to benefit GCU missions in 2010. “It’s really a win-win situation,” comments partipant Mychal Hammonds, a Junior. “We’re able to market ourselves as student photographers while benefiting local and international mission’s teams and charities.” Visit the gallery in the Student Union and donate today! To purchase a photograph or donate to GCU missions, visit Terri Faust in the Spiritual Life Office. For more information about photography opportunities at GCU, contact Cheryl Christensen at cchristensen@gcu.edu.

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The Season of Advent Celebration

November 24, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ‘coming.’ Advent begins the church year, starting four Sundays before Christmas.

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Fall Festival Celebrates the Spirit of the Season

November 02, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s annual fall festival brings together local businesses, churches and the community with staff and faculty of the University in an annual event that celebrates the spirit of the season. Last year the event was attended by more than 4,000 people from the surrounding community. Featuring food and drink, live entertainment, carnival games and inflatable rides, the event is completely staffed by GCU personnel. More than 50 booths include bobbing for apples, bowling, bean bag toss, duck pond, soccer kick, rocket launchers, fish pond and dunk tank. Nearly 5,000 people once again attended the GCU Community Fall Festival on October 29. This year, employees and on-campus students collected 2.5 tons of candy and gave it all away over the 3 hours of the festival! Student groups and outside organizations hosted 54 games booths, including Rock Band, tennis and soccer, face painting and numerous carnival games. Fourteen food booths served up hamburgers, chili dogs, tostadas and lemonade to hungry visitors. Twelve inflatable bouncies were a popular attraction and had waiting lines all evening long. Various entertainers featured all evening including the Mariachi band, Native American hop dancers, Christian comedians and magicians.

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Online student connects on Germany mission trip

September 25, 2009 / by / 4 Comments

By Katie Woods, Graduate Student in Addiction Counseling As an online student, I was looking for a way to make a stronger connection with my school and peers who attended GCU. I had no real way to go about this since I do not live in the Phoenix area, or so I thought! Over Christmas break, I received an email about the mission trips planned for the spring and summer of 2009, and wondered if this was my opportunity. I called the Office of Spiritual Life and found out that online students were eligible to go on these mission trips. I was excited to begin making the connections I had been seeking. Once it all started to come together, I felt nervous. Not only am I a graduate student, but I wondered if I was going to be a lot older than the rest of the team. This is when I decided to stop worrying because I knew God would bring together the perfect group of people for the Germany mission. It could not have been a more perfect fit. This trip has given me the friendships and connections I was seeking. I have not only made strong connections with […]

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