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Luncheons & Meetings


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will highlight its forty-fifth anniversary during its June 11 alumni luncheon in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis.

Messengers to the 1957 SBC annual meeting approved the establishment of a seminary in the Midwest that launched Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

"Celebrating 45 Years of Ministry" will be the theme of the Tuesday noon luncheon in room 261 of the Cervantes Convention Center (part of America's Center). Midwestern's president, R. Philip Roberts, will be the keynote speaker.

Alumni of the year honors will be given to William Curp, director of missions for Missouri's Jefferson Baptist Association, and Dewey Hickey, retired director of the readiness team of the church planting group of the North American Mission Board. Honorary alumni honors will be awarded the late missionary Charles Beaty and his wife, Christina. Charles was a student at Midwestern at the time of his death last fall.

Advance tickets are $15; $17 at the seminary's booth in the SBC exhibit hall. The advance ticket price is good through June 7. Reservations may be made by contacting Kathy Harbert at (816) 414-3720 or [email protected] If reserved by June 7, the advance ticket price may be paid at the booth.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary will launch the alumni portion of its "New Horizons: Equipping Leaders to Change the World" campaign during the seminary's annual Alumni & Friends Reunion luncheon meeting June 12 in St. Louis.

To begin at noon, the luncheon will be held in the Cervantes Convention Center at the America's Center on level one in rooms D, E, F, and G.

The meeting also will include the annual "State of the Seminary" address by NOBTS President Chuck Kelley, the faculty's annual presentation of the distinguished alumni awards and keynote speaker Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C.

The New Horizons campaign is NOBTS' fundraising effort to revitalize its campus, provide for a multitude of student needs and continue to carry out its mission to provide Southern Baptists a theological education that will make a difference in the approach ministers use in the revitalization of Southern Baptist churches.

"God has already blessed our campaign through the participation of our faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the seminary," said Jerry Pounds, vice president for development for the seminary. "We look forward to how He will use our alumni in this strategic effort of revitalizing our campus and accomplishing our mission to equip leaders to grow healthy churches."

Tickets for the luncheon, at $10 each before June 1, may be purchased by mail by sending a check payable to NOBTS to Rebecca Caston, Alumni Office, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126. Tickets will be $12 per person after June 1 and may be purchased at the NOBTS booth in the SBC exhibit hall.

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary will host alumni and friends at its national alumni luncheon at noon June 12 at the America's Center in St. Louis to hear seminary President William O. Crews present the seminary's annual report.

The seminary luncheon, held during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, will be in room 220 on level 2 of the America's Center.

Golden Gate alumni and friends may purchase tickets for $10 each by writing the alumni office at 201 Seminary Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Checks should be made payable to GGBTS. For more information, call the alumni office at 1-888-442-8708 or email [email protected]

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will hold its luncheon for alumni and friends at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Cervantes Convention Center, which is located in the America's Center.

Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. will be among the speakers.

The luncheon will take place in rooms 223-226 on level two of the Cervantes Convention Center. Those attending should enter from Washington Avenue and proceed to the second floor.

For information, call 1-800-626-5525, ext. 4143.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host its annual national alumni and friends luncheon June 12 at the Cervantes Convention Center in St. Louis.

President Paige Patterson will preside at the luncheon and award one Southeastern graduate with the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year honor.

The luncheon, to begin at noon Wednesday, will be in the Washington Avenue Complex on the first level. To purchase a ticket at the cost of $12 each, contact Southeastern's alumni office at (919) 863-8203 before May 31.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's National Alumni Luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. June 12 in the America's Center in St. Louis.

SWBTS President Kenneth S. Hemphill will present the seminary's 2002 distinguished alumni awards and the seminary's annual alumni/friends report.

The luncheon, held yearly in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, will be in rooms 240, 241, and 242 on level two of the America's Center.

Alumni and friends of the seminary may purchase tickets for $15 per person by writing to Southwestern's alumni relations office at P.O. Box 22480, Fort Worth, TX 76122-0480. Checks should be made payable to Southwestern Seminary. For more information, call (817) 923-1921, ext. 7260, or e-mail [email protected]

Three FAITH/Sunday School-related Events

Three events are scheduled during the 2002 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting to extend appreciation to FAITH pastors and to give pastors of non-FAITH churches more information about the strategy. The FAITH/Sunday School area of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention will sponsor all three events.

A celebration and thank you reception will be Monday evening, June 10, for all pastors whose churches have participated in the FAITH Sunday School evangelism strategy. The celebration in rooms 240-242, level two, of America's Center in St. Louis will immediately follow the close of the SBC Pastors' Conference.

A new event, a FAITH Force Multipliers' lunch meeting for FAITH-trained pastors, will be Tuesday, June 11, immediately following the morning session of the SBC annual meeting. This free event will be at the Adam's Mark Hotel in sections A-C of the Promenade Ballroom. Shuttle service will be provided. Requests are limited to a total of 500 persons. Major General William G. Boykin, head of the U.S. Army's Special Forces, will be the speaker.

Pastors of non-FAITH churches who want to learn more about how the FAITH/Sunday School evangelism strategy can work in their congregations and help their churches grow are invited to a free FAITH awareness luncheon. Requests are limited to a total of 300 persons for the Tuesday, June 11, event during the convention meeting lunch break in rooms 240-242, level 2, of the America's Center.

While there is no charge for either luncheon, tickets are required for admission. On Sunday, June 9, from 4-9 p.m., tickets will be available at the FAITH information table in the SBC registration area. On Monday, June 11, from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., tickets will be available in the FAITH booth in the exhibit hall.

SBC Wounded Ministers Luncheon

Tickets for the Wounded Ministers lunch on June 10 during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting are available from LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Ministers and their spouses will be guests at the free lunch to learn about the resources LifeWay's Pastoral Care/LeaderCare program offers.

"In the past we have focused the luncheon primarily on ministers who have been wounded," said Dallas Speight, LeaderCare Retreat counselor. "This year we are taking a slightly different approach, with a much broader and updated theme."

"Total Wellness … Total Ministry" will be the focus of this year's luncheon, planned for 11:45 to 1:15 p.m. on June 10 in rooms 222-227, level 2, of the America's Center in St. Louis. Seating is available for 1,000 ministers and spouses. While there is no cost, guests must have a ticket to attend.

The theme is designed to communicate that Pastoral Care/LeaderCare ministries are for pastors and their families in good times as well as times of despair, Speight said. The program will include guest speaker James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay; a video highlighting the services of Pastoral Care; and music by Ken Litton of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

Participants will be eligible for door prizes and receive a CD-ROM detailing the services and ministries provided by Pastoral Care/LeaderCare.

For more information on the ministries provide by Pastoral Care/LeaderCare or to obtain tickets, contact Kay Russell at (615) 251-2173 or by email at [email protected]

Baptist World Alliance Window on the World

The Baptist World Alliance will hold its annual Window on the World Breakfast June 12 in St. Louis.

Reports of Baptist work and concerns across the world will highlight the annual event.

The 7 a.m. Wednesday breakfast will be at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the Baptist World Alliance office, 405 North Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046 or by telephone at (703) 790-8980, ext. 129. Tickets also will be available at the BWA Booth in the SBC exhibit hall, also at a cost of $15, on Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11.

The Criswell College & Alumni Luncheon

The Criswell College & Alumni Luncheon will be Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 12 Noon in the America's Center, Level Two, Room 232. For more information contact Vicki at 800-899-0012

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