By KAYLON BRADFORD
SPECIAL TO THE LOG CABIN
Several hundred worshippers gathered Sunday at True Holiness Saints Center during its annual college day.
This event’s message was, "What would Jesus do?"
During the fall and springs semesters of each year, True Holiness Saints Center, led by Senior Pastor E.C Maltbia, hosts a college day for students in the community. Each college day service offers a fun and spirit-filled praise and worship experience, student reflections, greetings from community leaders and a message from Maltbia.
Students of the church and the Interdenominational Christian Council, a registered University of Central Arkansas student organization founded in 1995 by Maltbia, led the service.
Ashton Williams, a senior at UCA, was the mistress of ceremony for the spring college day. UCA’s Judah Chorale led praise and worship, and college life reflections came from UCA sophomore Kiera Ester and UCA junior Catherine Miller. In addition, the program consisted of the invocation from Adrienne Dawson and scripture reading from Morgan Williams. Maltbia gave the annual address.
During the college life reflections, Ester, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. talked about her experience of getting active in the community and the positive impact it had on her life. She encouraged college students to get active, while Miller reminded all the students that "A blessing delayed, is not a blessing denied." The address from Pastor Maltbia was entitled "What Would Jesus Do," and he challenged student to consider three things: "Would Jesus say the things I’m saying?" "Would Jesus choose the friends I have?" and "Would Jesus behave the way I behave?"
The True Holiness Community Partnership Scholarship also was awarded to Ranee Davis. The $1,000 scholarship was made available through community partners including the True Holiness Saints Center, Larry Billings of Conway Roller Rink, and Tim and Gena Ester of Ester Properties.
Davis is a senior at the UCA and is majoring in biology with a cumulative 3.8 grade point average.
"I was so shocked when they called my name, but I was so excited. I don’t have a full ride at UCA so I depend primarily on financial aid and privately funded scholarships. I have managed to be successful from encouragement and support from my parents, drive and a good circle of influence." Davis said. This was the second consecutive year the scholarship was awarded.
Among all the students and community members, there were several dignitaries present, including Sen. Gilbert Baker, Speaker of the House Robbie Wills, Rep. Linda Tyler and Hendrix College President Dr. Tim Cloyd.
The annual college day was co-sponsored by Wills and Baker. Baker and Wills gave final remarks and closed out the THSC annual college day.