Emmaus is excited to announce alumnus Kyle Graw as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season! Kyle graduated with his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry from Emmaus in 2010. He played basketball for the Eagles alongside Athletic Director Luke Wilkerson from 2007-2010. Kyle and his wife Tina have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Laila Rose.
Dr. Dan Smith in Wrap-Up Days devotions
It’s not everyday that you get to participate in a world premiere. Thanks to recent alumnus Aaron Fullan, the Emmaus Ensemble was able to do just that, by performing his choral piece Well Done for the very first time at their Tour Concert in March. Aaron composed Well Done, a 4-part choral piece based on Matthew 25:21 and I Corinthians 15:55, as a memorial to former Emmaus faculty member Dr. Dave Reid, who went home to be with the Lord on January 31, 2012. Dr. Dave, lovingly nicknamed “Dr. Grace” by those who studied with him, was a beloved faculty member at Emmaus for nearly 30 years, teaching Old Testament Survey and Hermeneutics to generations of students.
At the concert, Dr. David MacLeod, friend and colleague of Dr. Reid, gave a stirring tribute to the man he called “a thoroughgoing Bible man.” He said this of his friend: “When I think of Dr. Dave Reid, my spirit is lifted. I thank God for him. And I’m filled with admiration for a man who lived his life to the full, doing business for the Master.”
Aaron also paid tribute to Dr. Reid at the concert. Though he did not know Dr. Reid well, Aaron said of him, “It was very easy to see that he had invested in what is eternal, and that is people.” Aaron’s sole interaction with Dr. Dave was when he spoke his last chapel message at Emmaus, appropriately entitled “Pass the Baton.” It was enough to leave a lasting impression, and stir in him a desire to pay tribute to this honorable man:
“Dr. Dave was a man who lived his life in view of what was to come after; I want to live my life in the same manner. My aim in writing this piece was to pay homage to a man that knew what it meant to live life to the fullest: a life devoted to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All other life goals pale in comparison. To Him be all the glory.”
Ensemble Director Elisa Cooper, who taught and directed Aaron during his four years at Emmaus, was glad to afford Aaron the opportunity of his piece being performed by the Ensemble:
“Aaron was a wonderful student and very talented pianist, but his interest in composing did not surface until near the end of his program. I was very impressed with his first piece written for his senior recital, and when he approached me about composing this piece for the Ensemble, I knew we would get something special. The Ensemble really enjoyed learning and performing Well Done, and we look forward to possibly working with Aaron on some future projects.”
After graduating with a Music Ministry degree in the spring of 2012, Aaron married his longtime girlfriend Tabby Krahling, also an Emmaus alumnus. They now live in Thomson, Illinois, where they both work as baristas at the Heirloom Market & Cafe. Recently, Aaron has been able to utilize his music and drama gifts in the company’s new offshoot: Heirloom Audio. Moving to Thomson has also allowed him to return to his home church, Gateway Bible Chapel in Clinton, IA, where he leads the music ministry.
If you missed hearing the first performance of Aaron’s piece, plan to attend the Spring Concert at Emmaus, when the Ensemble sings Well Done for the final time this year. The event is this Sunday, April 21st at 7:30pm in the beautiful Marble Chapel at Emmaus, and will include performances by all four of Emmaus’s music groups: the Ensemble, Chapel Choir, Men’s Quartet, and the Ladies Trio.
Click here to view a sample of Well Done, in a collage of the music and Dr. Reid’s tribute.
An article was recently published in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald on Jossy Seriphin, a junior at Emmaus. The article was entitled “God is Wonderful” and tells Jossy’s unique story of how and why he came from Haiti to Emmaus.
We are proud of Jossy’s representation of Emmaus and the Lord, and we’re very excited to be a part of his dream to open a Christian school upon returning to Haiti.
Every year, juniors in the Elementary Education program engage in a week-long teaching internship in Tennessee, where they are given the opportunity to spend the week in a classroom, interacting with students and other teachers while teaching a unit they have prepared.
Last Saturday, twelve juniors took off for Tennessee, and today began teaching their units in grades 1, 2, 3 and 6. Susie Henderson, the Elementary Education Program Director, had this to say about the trip:
“One of the unique features of the Elementary Education Program at Emmaus is that our students get into the classroom from year one, and one of the most valuable classroom experiences prior to student teaching is our week-long teaching internship. During spring of their junior year, students spend the first part of the semester learning to develop lesson plans, then travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee where they spend an entire week in a classroom teaching those lessons and learning from a master teacher and room full of “master students” who help them develop their classroom management skills, confidence, ability to adapt lessons, and a whole host of other skills that can only be learned by doing.”
Picture the disciples—troubled, knowing the Lord was going away—and really having an uncertain future. Thomas said, “We don’t know the way.”
Of course, the claim of the Lord is so impactful—“I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
In John 14, Jesus comforted his disciples in three ways that comfort us today as well.
- He said, “Let not your heart be troubled… I go to prepare a place for you” (vs. 1-2). There is a place for you! Easter fills us with hope because there is a place for us. Goodness and mercy are our escorts and will push us into the Father’s house someday soon. There is no better place than the Father’s house.
- Jesus also said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). The peace of God in our lives is related to the presence of God in our lives. This reminds us of the high priestly blessing in Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” God’s blessing ultimately leads to Shalom. For troubled hearts, and because he lives, we can know Shalom and all the peace his presence brings.
- In verse 19, the Lord said, “Because I live, you will live also.” Let not our hearts be troubled! We rest our hearts in the power of his resurrected life. His resurrection is documented in history. Death is not the end of things, just a passing over. It is true today that we have life in Christ, but also for all of our days. When we step over the threshold into heaven we will know that. He is the one who gives life like no other.
Together we can rejoice in the resurrection, and together we can sing, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow… Because He lives, all fear is gone… Because I know He holds the future… and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
Dr. William J. Moore
Emmaus Bible College
*Because He Lives © 1971 William J. Gaither, Inc
Listen to Dean Glock’s recent chapel message from 2 Timothy 2, where he encouraged faculty, staff, and students to ”Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.”
Discover Emmaus Weekend, April 5-6, is only two weeks away! From Friday morning to Saturday lunch, prospective students from all over the country will sit in on engaging classes, talk with faculty about our programs, and stay Friday night in the dorms with current students. After classes on Friday, prospective students will join the Emmaus community as we cheer on the Dubuque Fighting Saints in their last home hockey game of the season! This spring’s Discover Emmaus Weekend promises to be a fantastic event for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, designed to give prospective students a taste of what their lives could be like as Emmaus students. Space is limited, so encourage your youth to register today!
Visit www.emmaus.edu/dew to register online.
Dubuque, Iowa – Emmaus Bible College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. It is the 6th consecutive year that Emmaus has received this honor.
“Service is central to the mission of Emmaus Bible College, and we believe strongly in preparing our graduates as servant-leaders in their churches, ministries, workplaces, and communities,” said Lisa Beatty, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for the sixth consecutive year, and we owe much of it to our committed students, faculty, and staff. They put legs to their learning and serve the Dubuque and surrounding communities with energy and passion.”
Every full time student at Emmaus participates in the for-credit Servant-Leader Training (SLT) program, providing a minimum of thirty hours of service each semester. Students regularly exceed this requirement, averaging forty to forty-five hours of service per student per semester in recent years. Examples of Servant-Leader Training activities include visiting retirement communities, tutoring, working in elementary classrooms, serving in prison ministries, and assisting in after-school clubs. On Service Day every fall, faculty, staff, and students work together to complete service projects in the community. Emmaus serves an average of fifteen venues annually, including the YMCA camp, local schools, the local pregnancy center, a women’s shelter, and Dubuque Leisure Services. Organizations express gratitude for the service provided by the Emmaus community and continue to request these services. Community members frequently contact Emmaus to request student assistance for service projects due to their appreciation of the services students have provided in the past.
“Congratulations to Emmaus Bible College, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information about the Emmaus Bible College community service efforts can be found at www.emmaus.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
It’s a new day! And we have new insights on current events, Israel, and prophecy. Join The Friends of Israel for a Day in the Prophetic Word in Dubuque, Iowa! The conference will include a continental breakfast, messages on Bible prophecy and events taking place in America, Israel, and around the world; lunch; and a concluding session featuring “Hot Button Issues.”
- Speakers include Jim Showers, Steve Herzig, Jon Glock, Jack Fish
- Registration and seating begin at 8:30 a.m.
- Sessions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Cost: $25 per person (includes registration, sessions, and lunch)
Registration and payment are due Monday, April 8 (please download the registration form at the link below). For more information, or to make your reservations by telephone, call The Friends of Israel at 800–257–7843, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) and ask for Lisa Grosso.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
Emmaus Bible College
2570 Asbury Road
Dubuque, IA 52001