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April 3, 2014

Campus ministry set to celebrate 70 years of work

TERRE HAUTE — A giant banner in front of United Campus Ministries Center proclaims its 70th anniversary with the theme “Continuing the Journey.”

A “Moveable Feast” of celebration is planned for April 27, the Sunday after Easter.

This is the 70th year since the multi-denominational center was founded near the Indiana State University campus. It serves students at ISU, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Ivy Tech Community College. Following its mission, UCM also reaches out to faculty and staff in each campus abnd into the greater Terre Haute community.

The celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. with a service in Centenary United Methodist Church, 301 N. Seventh St. Centenary’s minister, the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore, a UMC board member, will welcome worshippers.

 The Rev. Dr. Brian K. White of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Carmel, will deliver the keynote sermon. White formerly served on the UCM board, when he was minister of the Methodist Temple in Terre Haute.

The next stop in the moveable feast will be a reception in the UCM Center, 321 N. Seventh St. Students will direct guests to appetizer tables on both floors of the center. Guests will be encouraged to wander through the area where students come to study, to ask questions, to eat together and to relax in their home-away-from-home gathering spot.

By 5:15, the feast will move again to cap the celebration at “A Very Special Dinner.” This catered festive event, accommodating 100 persons, will be in the Great Room of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 215 N. Seventh St. A reservation for the dinner is $70 per person, of which $50 is tax-deductible.

After dinner, a brief program titled “Looking Backward, Looking Ahead” will feature center vignettes by former students and others. Reservations for the dinner should be made by April 17, either by mail to UCM, 321 N. Seventh St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or by phone at 812-232-0186. Later reservations will be taken should places be available.

In the “Looking Ahead” area, the center is continuing to carry out its mission under strong board leadership, its leaders said in a press release. A search is under way for a new half-time director.

Many churches in the greater Wabash Valley area are designating April 27 as Campus Ministries Sunday. Contributions from churches, dinner-goers and persons who are unable to attend the dinner will help undergird the continuing journey.

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