Monday, November 9, 2009

Freshman Class "Tunes In"

This weekend, over 120 Gordon College freshmen gathered together in the Ken Olsen Science Center’s MacDonald Auditorium for a class event tailored just for them. The event included fellowship, worship and encouragement from guest speaker, Julie Ray, followed by a night of enthusiastic "Gordon-style" entertainment. Ray, associate dean of Gordon's first-year experience, started the night with a sincere address to students about “Tuning In” to what God wants of them during college. “Your first year in college is important, so tune yourself in to what God wants you to become. Be attentive and do your part.....Lean in, hear it, and look for it.” Ray's own recent struggle and victory over breast cancer served as an illustration for students - emphasizing to wait patiently on God as he unfolds what He has in store for each person. She talked to students about leaving their hands open so God can mature them, especially during challenges and difficulties along the journey.Following Ray’s words, Gordon's worship band transformed the night into a rock-stage to perform U2 covers for the newest members of the Gordon community. The reunion really started to buzz when lead singer Mac Gostow belted a version of “Livin’ on a Prayer” hosting Gordon-relevant lyrics composed by band member Rafaell Rozendo and Freshmen Class President Naamã Mendes. Amidst the set, t-shirts were hurled into the audience by the Freshman class cabinet to top off the night.

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