True Holiness Saints Center will hold its annual College Day at 11 a.m. Aug. 24. All college students are invited.
Church administrator Shawanna Rodgers said, "We started College Day a little over a decade ago. It’s a place for the college students to connect with the church family, to connect with mentors who will help them make good decisions both educationally and morally, to connect with different individuals in their city.
"We do it to connect them with a home away from home within the church, but also to connect them with other college students. It’s a time for them to meet and greet community stakeholders."
The worship service will feature energetic music led by the church’s collegiate choir, Judah Chorale, and by the Inter-Denominational Christian Council. A special guest will be Steven "Spud" Howard, a Black Entertainment Network’s Sunday Best Top 20 Finalist.
Rodgers said, "(Students) can expect a relevant word. Pastor Maltbia’s annual address is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve student success."
Lunch will be provided, and a vendor fair will provide students with the opportunity to learn about student organizations. A time of "meet and greet" will introduce students to individuals such as college representatives, city representatives and law enforcement.
Rodgers said, "We have anywhere from 350 to 500 every year. I think our largest one has been 475, and that’s not including our staff here."
She added, "The reaction is positive. For many it has been a life-changing experience. We hear it is exactly what they needed to start their year off right. We hear from parents too that they needed this to put them in the right frame of mind as far as their focus. It’s one of those things that helps you take responsibility for our choices, knowing that for every action is a reaction, and you want to choose those that have a positive reaction."
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