GRACEVILLE (BCF)—During the fall semester at The Baptist College of Florida, First Lady Ruth Ann Kinchen hosts a scholarship auction in her home to raise money for tuition to assist female students in attending school. Begun several years ago as a special form of financial aid for student wives, this particular scholarship fund has now become a source of help for any female students who need some extra help in order to attend classes. This year’s auction, held Oct. 15, was a huge success with over $6500 raised in support of scholarships.
Welcomed at the door by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, faculty and their spouses gathered for what has been described by many of the faculty as one of their favorite events of the year. In addition to raising money for a needed cause, invited guests enjoy homemade goodies provided by Ms. Ruth Ann, as well as the fellowship and treasures obtained from the auction. Homemade cakes and cookies, handcrafted quilt items, and an antique clock were just a few of the items that caught the attention of guests this year.
At the end of the evening when all of the money was collected and the last check was written, the true winners were the students who will benefit from the proceeds obtained from the auction. More often than not, the reason many students are unable to continue their education is a lack of financial resources. The BCF First Lady makes it a priority each year through hosting the scholarship auction and making crockpots full of homemade chili for the Heritage Festival to raise money to help those students who need assistance with tuition.
According to the BCF President: “If we are not careful, even at a Christian college, students can fall between the cracks and no one ever knows their real needs. At BCF all of our faculty and staff are focused on doing whatever they can whenever a special student need arises. It is our aim and prayer that no one suffers in silence and has a need that is unmet. The cost of attendance at BCF is among the very lowest of any Baptist college in America. Still, we want to help in every way possible to relieve the burden on students and their families. Nobody does that better than our First Lady. I am grateful for and proud of her efforts on behalf of our students.”
TALLAHASSEE (FBC)—Over 275 men were in attendance when BCF’s president, Thomas A. Kinchen, delivered a powerful message of faith, strength and hope at the annual “Men’s Steak Out” at Immanuel Baptist Church in Tallahassee.
Each year the men only event includes a steak dinner and an inspiring guest speaker. And, according to Immanuel Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rich Kincl, Kinchen hit a homerun as this year’s guest speaker.
The men of the church were asked to invite their coworkers, associates, and unchurched friends to come enjoy a nice steak dinner and in the process they would hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Kinchen addressed the group of men championing the need for salvation and encouraging them to be strong leaders in their families and within their church.
“Dr. Kinchen was phenomenal. Our men are still talking about it,” said Kincl who has served as pastor at Immanuel since 1996 and is currently leading an integrity Bible study for the men in his church. For more information on upcoming events at Immanuel Baptist Church, visit their website at immanuelonline.com.
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Social media sites were filled with BCF students posting pictures of the limited edition incentive t-shirts they received from giving blood in October as part of an Oct. 15-16 blood drive at the campus Wellness Center. The attractive t-shirts were of a cartoonish looking zombie stating, “Save the Humans, Donate Blood.”
Record numbers participated as the Southeastern Community Blood Center (SCBC) bus from Marianna accommodated students, faculty, and staff who donated more than 60 units of blood. That made the drive a “huge success and a tremendous blessing,” college officials said, according to SCBC—and will help those who find themselves in need of blood.
Several BCF students were first time participants, while others were repeat donors who never miss an opportunity to participate and make a difference in someone’s life.
“It’s important to give blood because it can save lives,” said BCF student Katie Davis.
For more information on upcoming blood drives or other special events held on the BCF campus, call 800-328-2660 x460.
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