Saturday, November 30, 2013

Art Class at PIU

SAMSUNG            Art is an important partSAMSUNG            of the Liberal Studies program at PIU. We serve a God who created so much beauty and order in the universe it is important that we are able to express it (and God’s perspective on the negative side of living in this fallen world)SAMSUNG            in art and music. We have several talented students and we are thankful that Mr. Cepeda came to us as an adjunct faculty member to teach the class for us. I had the opportunity to walk through the class Tuesday night and see a little bit of what they are doing. I was impressed.

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Students hard at work on their projects

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Some of the artwork

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Joyful Noise Music Festival

SAMSUNG            The Joyful Noise Music Festival last Sunday night was a tremendous blessing to me, the entire PIU family and to churches represented by the Guam Ministerial Association. With the tragedy we have been facing, it was so good for all of us, students, staff and faculty, to get out and be blessed by our brothers and sisters in the Guam church community. As one PIU student SAMSUNG            put it, “We Micronesians sing to each other when we need comfort. Tonight we need to let someone sing to us.” It was a blessing to hear 600 people singing praises in Chamorro, Korean, Chinese, Chuukese, Palauan, Tagalog, Spanish, Marshallese, and, even, English. And then we got pie and ice cream! Thank you GMA and Guam church community for a wonderful evening. Thank you Abundant Life Church for hosting and thank you Samantha for organizing the event. A wonderful night!

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The PIU students were dressed and ready to sing

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Our friends at the Guam Lutheran Church got us started off. Note Samantha and Mike in the group here.

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Chalan I Saina lifted up their praises in the Chamorro language

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We were blessed by Acts 2 Church, Mike’s reading of Psalm 33 and a very encouraging solo

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Miracle Assembly provided an a cappella number, followed by a prayer from Pastor John Oh

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The First Church of God group had singers of all ages

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After a song by the Palauan Evangelical Church worship team, PIU student Jee read a Psalm. Note that she is prepared for the snow. Winking smile

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Castle Zion Church performed a Korean song in both Korean and English followed by an upbeat song by the Marshallese.

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PIU students followed with a Chuukese song. On the left Alvin, who wrote the song, explains the meaning and, on the right, Samantha directs

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(Left) Pastor Tom Van Engen lifts up PIU in prayer. PIU student Mason Red performs his original poem “Grammys.”

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Faith Church changed things up a bit by performing a traditional Christmas song

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Then the Bayview worship team rocked the house

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Our hosts Abundant Life Church reminded us, “How Great Is Our God!”

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Pastor Albert of ALC closed our service in prayer and we took a picture with several of the pastors who were there.

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The evening ended with pie and ice cream, a time to enjoy fellowship with good friends and play with the grandchildren.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fall Alumni Fellowship

SAMSUNG            A week ago on Saturday we enjoyed an evening of SAMSUNG            fellowship with our PIU alumni. We had alumni from the MIBS, PIBC and the more recent PIU grads. It was a fun night getting caught up with them, seeing their children, eating together and joining together for worship. I am hoping in the future we can do more than one of these each year.

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The flags represented the many home countries of our alumni

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Babies and Friends

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Some good conversation

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Alumni Coordinator, Billy Edwin, was the MC. Dr. Bill Wood, Bible teacher and former president of the school was our keynote speaker

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We had testimonies from Merong and Doug.

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