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Today's weather forecast: sunny and mid-80s. Beautiful day! Walking through the parks this morning, I was thinking about all the things you can do on a day like today within just a one-hour radius of Waynesburg University. So many options!


Below are the top five places to be around Waynesburg when the weather's nice. Freshmen, take note!



5. On a riverside trail. Whether you prefer to walk, run or bike, there are plenty of trails nearby that gently wind along a scenic waterway. The Greene River Trail starts at Green Cove and follows Ten Mile Creek for a bit before coming alongside the Monongahela River. The trail includes a section that runs through Rices Landing, where a few local places afford the opportunity for a brief respite and quick bite to eat. Chances to enjoy the waterfront views also follow the mighty Mon south into West Virginia, where multiple trails exist in and around the Morgantown area. For maps or more information on some of these trails, try this link: http://www.montrails.org/maps.shtml.


4. Exploring the town of Waynesburg. Spend your morning perusing High Street, maybe stopping by Waynesburg Press for a refreshing iced latte. (View the Waynesburg Press menu here: http://www.waynesburgpress.com/.) Then, when afternoon comes and it starts to heat up, head over to the Alpha Aquatic Center—more commonly known as the Waynesburg Waterpark—and hit the pool!


3. Pittsburgh. Located just an hour north of Waynesburg, America's most livable city (according to forbes.com) provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy a nice day. Ride the incline up to scenic Mount Washington; dine al fresco downtown in Market Square (Primanti's recommended); or if you're lucky, catch a Pirates game at PNC Park, considered one of Major League Baseball's best stadiums. (And the Buccos are still in that playoff race, too! …knock on wood.) Check out http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/ to find out what's happening dahntahn (For you out-of-towners, that's Pittsburghese for downtown.) this weekend.


Whitewater rafting2. Coopers Rock or the Laurel Highlands. You can go south or east, and either way, you'll run into the Appalachian Mountains. Head south on Interstate-79, then hit I-68, and take that to Coopers Rock State Forest. There, you'll find some great views and an awesome spot to hike, boulder and rock climb. Travel east instead, and you'll hit the Laurel Highlands. Eight state parks, an amusement/water park and even famous architecture are just a sampling of what the area has to offer. Explore it further by clicking here: http://www.laurelhighlands.org/index.asp.



1. On campus at Waynesburg University! That's right; the best place to enjoy the nice weather is right on campus! Find some shade and study up, throw the Frisbee around Johnson Commons, play some music on the steps of Roberts Chapel, and the list goes on. No link here; just find some friends, get out there, and enjoy!



Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.


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About the Holy Spirit…making the life of a Jesus-follower joyously risky! This week in chapel, Rev. Wilson challenged us to consider carefully our identity in Jesus Christ. Preaching on Acts 4, Rev. Wilson reminded us of Peter's and John's Spirit-induced boldness. Having witnessed the cross, the resurrection, the ascension, and having been set on fire by the Spirit, how could they do otherwise than proclaim boldly of the power by which the broken are healed.


Once again, to pray, “Come Holy Spirit,” is risky business – the powers and patterns of this world, including those who claim to speak for the religious establishment (see Acts 4:5-7, rulers, elders, scribes, High Priest, etc.), take not kindly to the unpredictable and uncontrollable Spirit who heals, and transforms and convicts and makes new. Consider these passages that capture the flow of the book of Acts – commonly known as the Acts of the Apostles, but more aptly characterized as the Acts of the Holy Spirit! What might it look like for this same Spirit to be set loose on our University? (To be continued!)
Tom

Acts 1:1-11
Acts 2:1-13
Acts 2:29-47
Acts 4:23-37
Acts 5:1-11
Acts 6:8-15
Acts 7:48-8:1



Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


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Waynesburg University stands on the core values of faith, service and learning. Each day, students are taught how to integrate these passions into their lives and become committed to higher purposes. For senior communication major Greg Reinhart, his understanding and application of the three core values developed during his travels to Arizona and California.


The North Royalton, Ohio, native traveled three times to the West Coast as a Waynesburg University student seeking to further two of his passions—service and learning. At the end of his freshman year, he joined the Tuba City, Ariz., mission trip to assist with a local school in a Navajo community.


“Arizona holds a very special place in my heart,” Greg said. “Having the chance to reach across the nation and help with the Navajo reservation changed my perspective on service. I learned that service changes you as a person.”


The journey to fulfill his service goals continued with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities' (CCCU) Los Angeles Film Study Program, where Greg spent the fall semester of his junior year. His experiences in this program, offered through CCCU's Best Semester, taught him about the passion and drive needed to succeed in the film making industry.


“What I took away from the program is that you have to believe in yourself before others start to believe in you,” Greg said. “This starts with preparation, dedication and enthusiasm in my own ability to make a difference in a professional field.”


Greg's time in Los Angeles and at Waynesburg University created a balanced education and a diverse learning experience. Between classes and hands-on experiences, he received the close and personal attention that has enabled him to grow in his field. In Los Angeles, he developed contacts with students and professionals from across the nation and put his education to practice.


Following in the footsteps of communication students that came before him, Greg knew he wanted to complete a documentary. Before taking on such a large project, he knew it had to become much more than fulfilling an academic dream.


With this in mind, he decided to return to Tuba City and highlight an area unknown to many.


“I wanted people who did not go on the trip to know and understand the Navajo community that existed in northeastern Arizona,” Greg said. “More importantly, I wanted to convey that you don't have to travel outside of the country to make a difference.”


Since establishing a partnership with the Tuba City Boarding School in 2007, Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, has led the trip for six years with Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education.


Hardie believes Greg to be a personification of the mission of Waynesburg University.


“Greg is an excellent example of a servant leader,” Hardie said. “He pours his heart into all that he does and utilizes his blessings to their fullest potential. He has the amazing ability to link his faith with his major while serving others.”


At times, Greg was challenged by the project because its success was dependent on his self-motivation and development. Successfully combining both, he was able to complete a successful project and give the voiceless a chance to speak and be heard.


“The mission trip documentary was my biggest lesson in learning how to integrate faith, service and learning in my area of study and through my own effort,” Greg said. “Being a communication major, we are taught to centralize and focus a message for a prospective audience, and my faith taught me how to connect my studies.”


Despite the challenges, Greg's hard work resulted in an exceptional documentary, which was shown in the University's Goodwin Performing Arts Center during the spring semester.


“It was right on and accurate,” Pazzynski said. “It was artistic and informative while accurately capturing the essence of the mission trip.”


Throughout his travels, Greg learned that God is faithful on his journey, wherever it takes him. Whether he is at home or jet setting across the country, God is there guiding him. Knowing that God is using him to fulfill a need, he applies Ruth 1:16 to his life: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.'"


It's this mentality that drives Greg to continue serving and trusting God.


Waynesburg University has given me a chance to stretch my learning to an extreme by allowing me to participate on campus, in Arizona and Los Angeles,” Greg said. “There are many miles between those three areas, and I've traveled them within a couple of years. Yet, every single mile was worth the lessons and experiences I've gained because of the leader God requires me to be.”


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Some of you know the name of Fr. Pat Reardon, Pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He spoke at chapel several years back. In a recent pondering, Fr. Pat reflects on the prayer, offered by countless believers on a daily basis, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Fr. Pat suggests that this prayer is much riskier than our relatively domesticated view of the Holy Spirit would suggest. To pray, “Come, Holy Spirit,” is to invoke the presence of the living God – the risen Jesus Christ. Such a prayer engages the one who offers up this plea with the false gods of any age: this prayer serves as the ground of binding and loosing in truth and grace! In that (S)pirit, I offer the following readings for the coming week. Read and pray these passages at your own risk!
Tom

Genesis 1:1-2:7
Exodus 3:1-14
Judges 13:21-14:7
Isaiah 6:1-13 & 61:1-11
Mark 1:9-13
John 16:1-15
Acts 4:23-37

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Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


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The last post included some readings from the Gospels that provided clues to reading the Gospels: summaries of the plot line, hints at the author's purpose for writing, Jesus' summary of his own teaching, etc. I want to continue in that same vein with some key passages from the Epistles – letters written by Paul, Peter, James, John and others. As with the previous post, read these passages with the following questions in mind:



  • How does this passage sum up the basic message of the Gospel?

  • What connections with the Gospel story, as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, do you recognize in the passage at hand?

  • How is the promise of the Gospel bound with the words of the Old Testament?

  • How does the definition of proper belief for a Christian as suggested by this passage relate to behavior and how Christians ought to live?

Peace,
Tom

Romans 1:1-17
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Hebrews 1:1-2:4
James 2:8-26
1 Peter 1:3-16
2 Peter 3:8-13
1 John 2:28-3:18




Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.



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