Friday, September 24, 2010

Bethany Welcomes New Director of Admissions

Beginning September 27, Earlene Hollihan will assume the role of Bethany’s Director of Admissions, replacing Clay Laughridge, who will be working as President’s Assistant.

Originally from Lewistown, PA, Earlene read The Banner and attended Pinecrest conferences, and for almost 20 years, she dreamed of coming as a student for a season of “going deeper in the Lord.”

Earlene arrived for school in January 2010 and was assigned her work duty, first as Office Assistant and then as Bookstore Manager.

As a student at Bethany, Earlene says that God has enabled her to “be still, become more focused, hear more clearly, and to start stepping out and speaking and doing what I hear Him say with more confidence and clarity.”

Now, she says, accepting the position of Director of Admissions is just “another step in saying, ‘Yes, Lord, I’m available.’”

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

He is Worthy

With the First Quarter in full swing, the campus is beginning to feel more and more like a family. Students are getting to know each other better but most importantly, each student in his or her own way is getting to know the Lord better.

In this morning’s chapel service, the song of the congregation rose together as we sang, “Worthy, Worthy, You are Worthy, Worthy is the Lord” from the song entitled “Alabaster Jar.” We are taking that proclamation into to the streets of the local city of Utica this Saturday.

Bethany’s students will be participating in the festival “Worship in the Parks: A Tribute to Our Creator.” Two worship teams from the school will take part, as well as Third year student Samuel Torres, who will be one of the featured speakers.

As God has brought us together to this school to become a family, we will now go out and tell the local area and the world why He is worthy. This is only the beginning.

- Stephanie Polivka, Third Year student

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Emptied and Filled

Even this early in the year, we are seeing in our students a real love and desire for the Lord. This first week or so as we are getting the students oriented to Bethany, the Lord has already begun to call them to empty themselves of “those things that so easily beset us” and to fill their lives with more of Him.

On August 30, we spoke to the student body in chapel about purity, and it was 2:00 in the afternoon before some of them had finished doing business with God, getting cleansed, forgiven and recommitting themselves to pursuing a holy, upright life before Him. It was wonderful to see their response to Him, and we believe this is only the beginning of what God intends to do in their lives.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WMHR Interview with Jack Picataggi

The Mars Hill Network, a Christian radio station based in Syracuse, New York (WMHR, 102.9 FM), recently interviewed Jack Picataggi about the school and its recent name change.

Picataggi's interview with host Dan Dunn aired at 11:30 a.m. on September 1 on the station's Spotlight program, which highlights ministries, authors and spokespeople from various public and community organizations.

You can listen to the interview at: