The Sunday before Missouri State University resumes classes in the fall, the MSU Pride Band has a busy day. They've just moved in, wrapped up their weeklong band camp, play the New Student Convocation, and perform their annual Concert-on-the-Green. They also are getting ready for classes to start the next day; for many of them, these will be their first classes as a Bear.
Even though they are exhausted and have a lot on their plates, they take the time to come to University Heights Baptist Church that Sunday morning to play in our service and experience a time of worship with us. After the service, we make sure to feed them well.
It has been my privilege to plan Feed the Band for the past five years. I've enjoyed watching the students get to know each other better as they sit around tables and eat the last big meal they'll have before the semester starts. I love seeing our church family pour drinks, hand out cookies, and make the students feel at home.
I'm glad our church family rallies around college students. When students come to our church and are looking for ways to connect, people within our church adopt them as long-lost grandchildren. Our people take students out to dinner and provide home cooked meals; they open their homes up for a free place to do laundry and a quiet place to study; when a student misses church, they check on them to make sure they're okay. Our church loves college students.
This semester we are changing the way we do college Bible study. Instead of the normal 9:15am start time on Sunday mornings, we are going to meet in the Heights after the worship service and provide lunch, then dive into a study of the major themes of the Bible. Andrew Hickman, who runs our tech booth and is a graduate student at Evangel, is excited to lead the study.
Be in prayer for the students. Pray that they will find a place to belong and that they will realize God's calling on their life.