Jan 30, 2007

An eventful spring: A foward glance to the activities and concerts in store for this semester

by Kristi Kirkland
The spring semester is off to a busy start. Amidst the anxiety of settling back into classes, homework and dorm life, students can look forward to some exciting happenings on the Liberty University campus. Students will have no trouble finding things to do in their free time with the line-up of activities that Student Life and other offices have planned.

Student Life Worker Mike Sanders said the most highly anticipated activity they will host this semester is the spring Coffeehouse that will be held on Feb. 16. Students will have a chance to be involved by displaying their talent on stage at this “Primetime Coffeehouse,” which will have a TV theme. Auditions for a slot in the show will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 as well as Feb. 5-7. A highlight of the evening line-up will be a performance by special guest and rap artist KJ-52. Sanders said he expects the Coffeehouse to be the most well-attended of all events this semester.
KJ-52 will also perform for February’s College for a Weekend concert.

On Feb. 10, the Love4Life Conference will take place at Thomas Road Baptist Church. This one-day event will be held to honor National Marriage Day and is supported by Focus on the Family, the Institute for Marriage, the American Association of Christian Counselors and others. The conference will include speakers such as author and speaker Dr. Gary Smalley and authors Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, as well as the musical talent of artists Matthew West and Michael O’Brien. Married couples and single individuals alike can attend, and Liberty students can purchase tickets at a discounted price of $10.

Later in the semester, students can anticipate the third annual Spring Festival. This event will be held in the courtyard, and Sanders says it is similar to the block party, only smaller. There will be a music program for the event as well as games and a variety of booths and vendors.

TobyMac’s Portable Sounds Tour will make a stop at Liberty on April 14, which is during the second College for a Weekend. Sanders said other bands such as Building 429 and Family Force 5 will also perform during the concert.

In addition, TRBC will host a Michael W. Smith concert on May 11.

Student Life will host smaller events throughout the semester including open-mic nights each month, a jazz night and performances by local bands. As the weather gets warmer they will also host outdoor activities such as day hikes. Day trips will also be planned for later in the semester.

Liberty students also have the unique opportunity to serve the community of Lynchburg through Cam-pusServe, which meets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Director Paul Atkinson said, “CampusServe is a ministry for every single person on campus — students, staff and faculty — and it seeks to provide practical opportunities to physically show and tell about the love of Christ.”

For students interested in being involved in missions this semester, Light Ministries will be taking students on a variety of trips in the U.S. and around the world including the Czech Republic, Southeast Asia and Daytona Beach, Fla. These trips will take place during spring break and in May. “We’re reaching out to nonbelievers through obeying the Great Commission,” said Light Ministries Office Manager Misty Miller, “but we also get to work with national believers and experience worship in a different way.”

For more information regarding activities, check the LU Splash Page for updates.

Contact Kristi Kirkland at kmkirkland@liberty.edu.

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