NEWBERRY — “How to use the gifts and talents God has given us to make the world a better place for our neighbor?”
This is the question Newberry College Campus Pastor Ernie Worman brings up to set the goals of Campus Ministry. To him, the answer is simple: practicing charity.
Campus Ministry groups approach the end of the semester trying to do just that.
The Bridge committee, in collaboration with Campus Ministry and E.C.H.O., is collecting small toys, toiletries, and monetary gifts for Operation Christmas Child, according to bridge president Yogi Patel.
Patel says The Bridge and Campus Ministry are accepting food item donations for Thanksgiving baskets to be given out to the local community. The Newberry College Values Based Learning staff will seek student volunteers to help deliver the baskets to families in the community in conjunction with The Living Hope Foundation and Lewis Memorial Methodist Church.
Worman says Campus Ministry is working with Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville to provide 10 or more full Thanksgiving meals to that local community.
Donations to Operation Christmas Child and Thanksgiving food drive can be delivered to room 104 at Holland Hall.
Sarah Livingston, president of C.L.A.Y., says the organization will start a clothing drive on campus this week in order to provide clothing support to the community during Christmas. Students are encouraged to put donations into boxes that will be placed in the dorms and other buildings.
Livingston believes the main goal of the program is not only that of serving, but also that of evangelizing people.
“It is important to take the focus out of ourselves and putting it on God and what He wants us to do,” she says.
A new feature from Campus Ministry this semester is the presentation of short films during Wednesday morning worship services at Wiles Chapel.
Communications student Stephanie Adams says ten students from the Communications 430 class are responsible for preparing the films every week. According to her, the videos comprise themes such as spirituality, faith, hope, and relationship with God.
“The videos make people see clearer and understand better what Pastor Ernie or the guest speaker is talking about,” Adams said.
Worman says the videos are designed to make people think and reflect about their lives.
Other developments this semester include the temporary move of Campus Ministry to Room 104 in Holland Hall while renovations take place at Weber Ministry House.