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Monday, May 27, 2013

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Representative Tom Cotton - Memorial Day - On His Service in the Armed Forces

Tom Cotton recently gave a speech to the student body
at Ecclesia College, Sprindale, Arkansas.

The Veterans Memorial Committee of Garland County will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the the Veterans Memorial at the Transportation Plaza.

The service is open to the public and is a day of remembrance for family and friends of fallen service members.

This year’s keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-District 4.

The Veterans Memorial Committee of Garland County will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the the Veterans Memorial at the Transportation Plaza.

The service is open to the public and is a day of remembrance for family and friends of fallen service members.

This year’s keynote speaker is U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-District 4.

Representative Cotton's Statement for Memorial Day

Cotton Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: 
“Today, we honor those brave Americans who gave what Lincoln called “the last, full measure of devotion” defending our country.  John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Every American who died in our uniform laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom.
“We cannot repay their sacrifices, nor can we fill the emptiness of their loved ones.  But we can honor their memory on this day, and every day.  And we can comfort their loved ones, caring for them and reminding them of the nobility of their loved one’s sacrifices.
“I served in the Army and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Between those tours, I had the honor—a solemn honor—of serving at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.  Our main responsibility was military honors funerals.  But every Memorial Day weekend, The Old Guard walks through the cemetery and places a flag at every gravesite—hundreds of thousands of graves.  These flags are a symbolic reminder that we will never forget the sacrifices of our fallen comrades, nor the cause for which they fought.  On this Memorial Day, let us all join in this memory of our valiant countrymen and celebration of our great country.”

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dr. Rick Grace on Supporting Ecclesia College

Poiema Heinritz and Dr. Rick Grace visited after the May graduation.

Dear EC Faculty & Staff,

As the school year winds down, we have another effort that is just winding up.  And I want to encourage each and every one of you to be part of it.

As you may know, there are many efforts going on now to raise significant funds to substantially upgrade our campus facilities.  This will help us both in the recruiting and retention of our students.

The EC Advisory Council is meeting monthly and is strategizing ways to approach individuals, corporations and foundations for strategic investments in the future of Ecclesia College.  God has already blessed those efforts with the funding of a campus “master plan.” This conceptual rendering will be presented to those we believe God may be calling to partner with this ministry.  Please join in praying for God’s blessing on these efforts!

Also, application has been made to a bonding effort that would allow the College to restructure its debt, saving close to $15,000 per year in interest alone. This is good stewardship and would afford us the opportunity to use those savings more effectively in campus upgrades.

And here is where you come in.  EC still has to raise $92,000 to have adequate cash reserves by May 31st for the bond plan to go forward.  So, on behalf of the Advisory Council, we are asking you to consider an “end of the school year” gift to Ecclesia College to help raise the needed funds.

Click on this link to donate.

Each member of the EC Board of Trustees has already made a gift to this effort.  The Board of Regents is being asked to do the same.  The Advisory Council is challenging its membership to also help lead the way.  Alumni are being contacted.  Now it is time for us, the faculty and staff to do join the effort.

Every gift is important, even if it is only a few dollars!  They will add up and will allow us to demonstrate to the Bonding Company that a high number of our Boards, Councils, Faculty, Staff and Coaches, are “on board” with the commitment to grow this college.

If God leads you to give, here is what we would like you to do.  Go to the EC website and click on the “make a donation” link.  It will take you to a very easy to follow webpage for you to be able to give online.  Under the “category” dropdown menu, click on “General Donation” as these gifts will be counted toward the needed funds.  When you complete your donation, you will be asked to recommend a link to your Facebook page (if you have one) and it will show up on your Facebook homepage (not the amount given, just the link back to the EC online donation page).

To see what it looks like, please check out my Facebook page (Rick L. Grace).  People who see the link just might be nudged by the Holy Spirit to get involved with us. In fact, several thousands of dollars have already been given online in this way!

The time is short but with God’s grace we can get there! Prayerfully consider giving a gift at this time. The future is bright for Ecclesia College as enrollment for the fall is trending upward, and with a successful finding effort, it will be just that much brighter!

Thanks, and may God bless you as you prayerfully seek serve Him!

Dr. Rick L. Grace,

Chairman, Division of Bible & Theology

Faculty Representative to the EC Advisory Council

Family, friends, graduates, and faculty
gathered to celebrate the latest degrees earned.

From Mike Novak:

I Support Ecclesia College!

I want you to know that you WILL make a difference by giving to Ecclesia College. Like a wise business investment, your donation will reap great spiritual rewards in the lives of every student who chooses to attend here. No gift is insignificant...remember the little boy that gave Jesus his two little fishes and five loaves of bread? Thousands of people were blessed that day because of his seemingly insignificant contribution.

Whether you give to our scholarship fund or a current campus construction project or simply to our general fund, please know that student lives will be impacted by your generosity. And God does not forget your faithfulness to Him as you help fellow believers.

Please know that we also value your prayers as we daily seek God’s face for direction and understanding. Thank you for supporting the ministry of Ecclesia College.


Mike Novak

Director of Financial Development, Ecclesia College

Breanna Lynn Page just graduated summa cum laude
and gave the valedictorian speech.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Graduation Today at Ecclesia College, Springdale, Arkansas.
Part One

Graduation Today at Ecclesia College, Springdale, Arkansas.
Part Two

Dr. Will Fletcher, lawyer and minister, gave the commencement address.

Breanna Lynn Page gave the valedictorian address,
honoring her sainted Phillipino mother.

Cheri Headrick led the choir at commencement.

Dr. Sunny Im accompanied the choir.

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Dr. Robert Headrick, academic dean, gave the invocation.

Graduation from Ecclesia College Today

Registrar Donna Brown has been busy organizing
the graduation while finishing the semester's duties.

The May Blizzard Recital, 2013

Wet snow fell on the day of the May student recital.
Ave Maria.

Sam Kim, from Korea, sang at the recital.

Friday, April 19, 2013

What the Doctor Ordered - A Book of Charts on the Pauline Epistles

Dr. Bob Headrick teaches Biblical studies at Ecclesia College.
He is also a classical guitarist.

I review books for Kregel Academic books, so I receive free copies of their newest publications to review on my blogs.

Dr. Bob Headrick and I were quite impressed with the Kregel charts book on Hebrews. The concept works well with the Pauline epistles as well.

Poiema pointed out her name in the Greek New Testament.

Two students liked the idea of singing NT Greek grammar, so I ordered extra copies for them. Poiema appreciated the pocket NT grammar book. These are all from Kregel as well.

Price: $26.99
ISBN:  978-0-8254-2936-1 
Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul
(Kregel Charts of the Bible)
By author: Lars Kierspel

8.5 x 11 inches 
Kregel Academic


One of the best ways to study a New Testament book is to prepare charts or lists of important words and topics. There is no substitute for studying the text itself without any intervening commentaries.

However, as the topic grows in complexity, it is a godsend to find that someone has done a lot of the difficult work already and produced more than anyone could imagine. This is another good example of that approach.

The first section includes charts on the Roman emperors of the time, political and social order. Additional cultural factors are also listed.

The second section of the book alone is worth the price of the book, because the author deals with more than the Pauline letters. Anything about Paul is worth charting, and so it is done. Here are some examples:
1. Speeches of Paul in Acts.
2. Paul's Miracles.
3. Paul's prayers.
4. Paul's opponents.
5. Paul's suffering.
6. Traditions of Paul's martyrdom.

Third Section
Citations are not easily gathered and sorted. There are many lists of Old Testament quotations and allusions, not to mention intertestmental literature.

Each Pauline letter has a snapshot chart.

Key words for each letter are useful for new and advanced students.

A hapax is a one-time use of a term. One chart lists the hapax legomena in Paul's letters.

The fourth section, on Paul's theology, is just as rich in detailed charts, which organize Christological concepts, soteriology, and many more topics. One phrase is often overlooked, the "faith of Jesus," and that has its own chart.

Students, pastors, professors, and laity will appreciate this volume and use it as a reference and study book. So much is included that individuals will select what is useful for them.

I would not hinder the newest or the most advanced Pauline student from buying this book. It will renew our interest in discovering what the Holy Spirit reveals to us in the text itself.

Lady Royals Softball Team Giving Speeches in English Composition II.
Lydia Lewis - "That Lady I Call Mom" - Coach Samantha Juarez

Kim James, Jessica Williams, Lydia Lewis, Cassie Long, and Victoria Kaiserman
liven up the 9:30 English class.
It's the team spirit of the Lady Royals.

That Lady I Call Mom - by Lydia Lewis

Ecclesia College softball coach Samantha Juarez

You know those people in your life that you automatically look up too and you’re not quite sure why? There’s just something about them that makes you know that they care, and for me that’s my coach, Samantha Juarez, also known as ‘Mom’. Since the day that I gave my verbal commitment to play college softball at Ecclesia, she’s been nothing but helpful and supportive. As a team of all freshman, it takes a lot of patience to coach, and she is always patient. She sacrifices her time and gives so much just so not only I, but a team of eleven girls are taken care of. Mom is the type of lady that wants nothing more but to see you succeed and be the best you can be in all that you do. Whether you’re on the field and she’s yelling “Own it 7!”, or we’re goofing off about music and she says “It’s JT, you have to love him” you know that she cares. Something that stands out to me about Coach Sam is that she is humble; she isn’t overbearing or a high and mighty person like some coaches can be, but rather she takes the time to show us exactly what she wants. 

 Victoria and Lydia.

So many times it’s easy to think of a role model as someone who is perfect; who never has problems and simply had a cake walk of a life. We view them as this flawless person that never has to work hard because it comes natural; well for mom, it couldn’t be any different.

Mom grew up in Tucson, Arizona a big city of around 500,000 people. She grew up with one sister, Jordan, who is 5 years younger than her. She is 21 now and is attending the Arizona school of Art and Design where she majors in Photography.

Her parents are MaryAnn and John Juarez who divorced when she was 5 years old. While living with her mom and sister growing up, her mom went back to school to become a nurse. While doing this she held a full time job; needless to say Sam had to help with her little sister.

Lydia and Cassie.

Even though her parents were divorced, they maintained a healthy relationship for the sake of Sam and Jordan; but they still hard had to learn how to split time between mom and dad. Just like in any divorce situation, holidays are split; her and her sister always spent Christmas Eve at her dad’s and Christmas at her mom’s. She didn’t come from a rich background; “My dad is a General Manager for a tire store in Tucson called Jack Furrier’s Tire and Care. My mom has goals of becoming the COO (Chief of Operations) of Nursing at a hospital. In June of 2011 she took a job at the Salem Hospital in Oregon to be the Director of Nursing.” Her mom is the picture of hard work. 

“The most inspirational person for me is my mom. She worked hard my entire childhood to get to where she is now. To know the sacrifices it took for her to be a full time mom, work a full time job, and get her nursing degree and to be in the position she is now is amazing to me. “

Victoria, Jessica, Lydia, and Cassie.

She graduated High school in 2005 from Sahuaro High School, where her graduating class was around 500 kids. “I played basketball and softball all 4 years. I only played basketball because my friends played and it kept me in shape for softball.” She attended college and played softball at Midamerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas where she double majored in Athletic Training and Sports management. “I was recruited to play at other colleges all around the country but my goal was to major in Athletic Training and so I made sure I was able to pick a school that I would be able to do that.”

Her favorite sport to work with in school was football. “It was more exciting to be a part of and there were better injuries.” Sam became interested in Athletic Training when she was in high school due to a sports medicine class that she attended her junior and senior year. Her athletic trainer in high school had Sam and other students shadow her and that’s when she really became interested by the profession. Upon graduating college in 2009, she was hired as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 2010. “I worked on my Masters in Educational Leadership and was working in the Athletic Training room and that year I was able to work with the Men’s soccer team, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball team.”

Mom first played t-ball when she was about six or seven years old, and her softball career started when she was eight years old as a rec league player. At age eleven, Sam was picked to be on the All-star team for the league. “We went to Nationals that year in San Diego, California and we finished 9th out of 100 teams.” The coach for that all-star team started a club team with the same kids called Impulse; Sam went on to play for him until she was eighteen.

Impulse traveled all over the country: California, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, and Oklahoma. “His name was Pete Nielson, he was the best coach I ever had.” He has two daughters that played softball for Marshall University.

“College was really busy for me. Being an Athletic training major I had to have 1200 clinical hours completed by the time I graduated. Very hard to do while playing a sport. During fall semester, I was a full time athletic training student and during spring I was all softball. Still during fall I had to do softball workouts with the team. Most my days would start at 5 am. I would have softball weights and conditioning till 7am, go to class from 8-10, work in the training room till 11, go to class till 1, then to back to the training room to get ready for practices for whatever sport I was covering at the time. Since I wouldn’t be able to go to softball practice for the fall I would do individual workouts with my head coach a couple times during the week. On top of all that, I worked at Starbucks to pay for house rent. My favorite memory from college was my senior year we had senior day and my dad flew in for the game. I didn’t hit any homeruns my senior year until senior day. Having my dad there to see it was probably the best thing ever. I signed the ball and gave it to him.”

After it’s all said and done, mom isn’t just a superhero coach; she’s just a young woman living life. She loves to go fishing, being out on the lake, and watching NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. “I’m so busy every day I just want to do things that involve me sitting and not having to do nothing.”

Coach Sam is a chill, fun, yet serious, hard working woman who pushes her team to be the best that they possibly can be. She, like her mom, works hard and expects others to do the same. I really look up to Mom on and off the field, she will never know what she means to me, but the next three years here will be a lot easier knowing I can look up so someone like Coach Sam.

Victoria and Jessica.