Merry Christmas! I get to share the events and joy that took place on Alumni weekend. The turnout was great with over 130 Alumni (plus kids) registered. The weather was great, the food excellent, and NBC was so hospitable in welcoming us back. To those who came, I appreciate the support for NBC and apologize that this letter may seem to share what you already know.
To kick Friday off we had NBC’s inflatable games in the gym while everyone was arriving, registering, and socializing. We ended the evening with a time of worship as we sang, shared testimonies, and spent time in prayer together for NBC. Saturday began with a soccer tournament in the morning while many families also enjoyed a campus-wide picture scavenger hunt. The light-bulb craft was a hit and there were some family games in the maintenance shop as well. With afternoon workshops on marriage, theology, fostering&adoption, and workplace ministry, there was opportunity to receive good instruction in practical life areas. The afternoon also hosted the usual coffee house and my person favourite, the silent auction. Later that evening Obah night took us back to the “Wild West” with great food, a pen of farm animals, axe throwing corner. The annual president’s pie challenge took place and the winner was NBC President Wes Dobson who got to pie NBC Student Council President Isaiah Forster. The hockey game followed with an NBC victory, and to close the evening a lively and well attended Improv session had people in stitches. On Sunday, Sam and Pauline Doerksen spoke, reminding and encouraging us through the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19.
On the business side we elected a couple new Alumni Exec in Andrew Gilkinson and Wynona Loseth, who join Brenden Peters, Melanie McArthur and myself as current committee members. I was re-elected for a second two year term as President by default as no other nominees were presented. Jordan Doerksen and Ashley Thiessen finished their terms on the Executives, and I want to thank them for their service and time put in over the past years. For the Alumni Project $10,000 was raised through the auction, president’s challenge, and offering. This will be added to a small previous balance and will go towards replacing NBC’s mini-van for tour teams. We also announced our 2016 Alumni of the year, Barry & Reneil Larson and Kendall & Amanda Buhler. You can find write-ups for their award presentations on the website.
In closing lets remember the NBC students, who are currently writing papers and preparing for finals and NBC staff who will be marking those. Pray for them, and for students as they continue to develop themselves through their time spent at NBC. As Psalms 1:1-2 says, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” With so many options and distractions to chase after nowadays, it’s an honour to see people choose to attend NBC for influence and we can be reminded of an opportunity for us as alumni to be an influence on future generations wherever we are.
Your Alumni President
Past Alumni Weekend Recaps
We had a great turn out this year for Alumni Weekend with good weather that certainly made travel nicer than the year before. I would like to thank all who came to the weekend and and am sincerely appreciative for all who had a hand in making this weekend function. Here is a summary of the weekend which ran November 20-22.
There was no specific overall theme this year, and we aimed for less various activities in the overall schedule in an attempt to make the weekend feel less rushed or busy. Friday evening held some open gym time and free time to visit, while a worship service was the main event including a time of music, prayer, and testimonies.
Saturday saw both the soccer tournament and hockey game take place. In the morning the soccer tournament was won by “The Chiefs” which was an NBC student team. Later in the evening the hockey game was also won by the NBC team 10-6. Saturday morning many people also took part in a Christmas decoration making craft and there was time for board games or visiting throughout the day. This year we had the NBC Student Council (STUCO) run coffee houses throughout the weekend, who did a marvellous job. This gave our Alumni Exec a little less to organize as well as allowing STUCO to make some money towards student body events during the year. We still ran our own coffee house Saturday afternoon in the Ed Centre to coincide with the silent auction. Alumni Rachel Lees, Jeremy Loseth, and Jason Elford ran mini sessions on various topics to close out the afternoon.
During the Reconnect meeting Saturday the alumni projects voted in order were 1) a convection oven 2) 15 passenger van for tour teams 3) washer/dryer sets for the women’s dorm. After the weekend, NBC was informed that it looks like insurance will repair the old van, and we are waiting to see if that means we be able to put most of the money leftover (after purchasing the oven) towards washer/dryer sets. We raised over $8000 from the weekend to go towards these projects. Brenden Peters was voted in as a new Alumni Exec, and Melanie McArthur was re-elected for another 2 year term. Jordan Doerksen, Ashley Thiessen and myself will be finishing up their first terms over this next year.
Obah night this year had a “50’s Diner” theme with burgers, fries and ice cream floats for the meal. Many dressed up and the 50’s theme decorations covering the gym were fantastic! This years participant of the President’s Pie Challenge were Rachel Block (STUCO President), Wes Dobson, and myself. All 3 of us had delightful desserts with both Rachel and Wes making cheese cake, and myself making a brownie cake. After all the tickets were counted Rachel was announced the winner and to everyone’s satisfaction she was able to pie me in the face.
Our speaker this year was Tim Johnson who along with his wife Charity came all the way from Salmon Arm, BC. Along with sharing about their ministry with NAIM Tim spoke out of Hebrews 12:1,2 and keeping our eyes focused on Jesus.
It was a privilege to serve with the Exec for planning this weekend, and we are thankful for all the feedback that we have received. I look forward to next year’s Alumni weekend already, and I hope to see even more people make it out next November.
Thanks to all who made the trek through the snow and ice to Nipawin for NBC’s Alumni Weekend 2014! We praise God for the safety of those who were travelling. For those of you who didn’t make it, let me quickly recap the weekend for you. Our theme for the weekend was “Pursue God Above All Else”, and emphasis was put on daily living that is focused on the pursuit of God, and engaging in a deeper relationship with Him.
This year we shuffled the schedule a bit and rather than our usual Friday night soccer, we had a worship and prayer time. We heard great testimonies of God’s work from students, staff, and alumnus while enjoying a time of singing and praying together.
Saturday had a full slate of events including wagon rides, coffee houses, the silent auction, mini golf, and volleyball. Our soccer tournament took place Saturday morning and the Thiessen Alumni Team took first place. In the evening, we were blessed to be able to play hockey in the Centennial Arena in Nipawin (the warm arena!), where the NBC staff/students beat the NBC alumni 7 – 4.
The Obah night theme was ‘Safari’, and the gym was filled with all sorts of interesting animals, tour guides, and other creative costumes! Obah night was capped off by the Presidential Pie Challenge which saw dazzling chocolaty creations from Justine Berlinic (StuCo President), Wes Fehr, and myself. After all the votes were cast, my 4-year long dream of winning the challenge came true as I had the honor of pieing Wes!
The guest speaker, Kevin Derksen (alum 04-06), challenged us Sunday morning to live a life that is continually honoring to God, while the Alumnus of the Year awards were given to Adam and Eleanor Dyck (07-11), and Tiffany Barkman (01-02) in recognition of their dedication to faithful ministry.
Lastly, you now have a new president and some new executive members to serve as your Alumni Executive! Kyle Larson was elected Alumni President, and Melanie McArthur, Jordan Doerksen, and Ashley Thiessen were elected to the executive to join Daniel Thiessen.
It’s been an honor to serve you as your Alumni President, and I look forward to returning to the school many more times in the coming year. I am always amazed and humbled by the work God continues to do through NBC.
In His service,
November 22-24Our theme for the weekend was “Feeding the Sheep” found in John 21:15-19. Fellow alumni were encouraged to serve out of their love for Christ. Gary Sawatzky spoke on this at the Sunday morning service.UrU’s and Praise and Prayer Chapel was combined this year into one event: ReConnect. It was encouraging to hear from other alumni during our open mic session. It was also encouraging to listen to the collective prayer of the people of God, as we offered our requests for each other, and the school, before our High King.It was decided during the UrU’s portion of ReConnect to elect Dan Thiessen, and Heidi Schellenberg as the new members of the alumni exec. For the alumni project, the votes were cast to pursue a new vehicle for the school, and renovate the Evan’s wing on campus.This year was no exception to the number of activities to facilitate connections with fellow alumni. Friday night was indoor soccer and craft making. Saturday we had a coffee house, silent auction, volleyball, and the bookstore open, all before supper. Supper was our famous “Obah Night”. This year we continued the new tradition of having a dessert making contest, the loser getting pied by the winner. Charlotte Thiessen, substituting for Wes Fehr, pied the student body president, Taylor Nickel.
“Salt & Light” Matthew 5:13-16. What a challenging reminder that we are called to live out our faith on a daily basis those around us, to be salt and light to our Christian brothers and sisters as well as to those who have not found Jesus Christ.
This year’s Alumni Weekend had much to offer any in attendance. The completion of the brand new ‘Leppington Student Center’ upstairs in Rempel Auditorium allowed for and resulted in a number of changes to where events/activities were held over the weekend. Friday night’s soccer tourney was won by an Alumni team this year (ending a two year ‘NBC’ run), while upstairs in the Student Center many people enjoyed fellowship and catching up, a snowman making craft, board
games, and coffee/refreshments as the soccer tourney ran its course. It was so nice to have everyone in attendance in the same building for that Friday night!
Saturday morning began again in the Leppington Student Center with a praise n’ prayer time. Two students and two alumni gave testimony, among other things, about where and God has been challenging them to live out their faith, and how they are being stretched and molded. We also spent time singing together led by a simple group of musicians. The U R Us meeting followed where we gave out SIX Alumni Student Bursaries, elected two new Alumni Executive members, and picked some Alumni Projects to raise money towards on the weekend.
Saturday afternoon alumni enjoyed volleyball, the annual silent auction and coffee house (downstairs in the Ed Centre), and a campus wide-game called the Amazing Race! The bookstore was open and for the first year ever we had Alumni specific clothing to sell! Specific childcare/activity rooms for the infant-kindergarten age and Gr1-6 ages kept children busy, entertained, and parents more free to enjoy weekend activities. This year Marion Jean Grant (bcm ministries international) regularly led the Gr1-6 kids in bible specific curriculum.
The dress-up theme for Obah night this year was “Famous Pairs and Trios” which gave result to a number of interesting and unique costumes among the many who dressed for the occasion. Jake Rempel, Mark Leppington, and Wes Fehr (the three most recent Presidents of NBC) played as contestants for ‘Famous players Jeopardy’ where we tested their knowledge on this years Obah night theme. The evening ended with the Presidential pie challenge where alumni voting resulted in NBC student union President Jeremy Fehr winning and getting to pie Alumni Exec President Ryan Jansen (who finished in 3rd), while NBC President Wes Fehr escaped the challenge unscathed by finishing 2nd. Immediately following supper the annual NBC/Alumni hockey game was held in Nipawin with NBC prevailing 6-3 and then those interested in “late night” activities returned to campus for a student talent show held in the Student Center.
Sunday morning was perhaps the biggest highlight of all with the grand opening of the Leppington Student Center. The space was dedicated, and we heard words or prayer from Mark & Joni Leppington, current President Wes Fehr, and former recent NBC Board of Directors Chair Brad Steppan. Jake Rempel (NBI President 1976-1990) then shared the morning sermon with us, again focusing on the theme “Salt & Light” from Matthew 5:13-16.
It was good to see a number of alumni out who haven’t been back to campus for years, and I will remember especially that Sunday morning time together for a long time to come. Thank to all who came out, and for those of you who weren’t able to make it, hopefully this gives you an idea of some of what you missed. As of December 10th, over $11,000 has been raised towards our Alumni Project fund! Praise God for His goodness!
The theme of this year’s Alumni Weekend was “Many Hearts. One Desire.” – this comes out of Romans 15:5,6. Throughout the weekend we focused on this theme, and especially in the Saturday morning Praise ‘n Prayer time and Sunday morning worship service.
Friday night started with board games, visiting, coffee, and the hand-made cardmaking workshop taking place over in the dining hall/student lounge. Over in the gymnasium, for the second year in a row a student team won the opening night indoor soccer tourney. 8 teams took part in the action which was all wrapped up just in time for everyone to take part in the traditional “Ice Cream floats” get-together in the dining hall which ends the evening.
Alumni were invited to meet in the dining hall to begin the day in prayer on Saturday. After breakfast everyone met in the chapel for Praise n’ Prayer and the U R Us meeting. This year we heard two students, Rebecca Dracass and Calvin Nikkel, share what God has been doing in their lives at NBC. Two Alumni, Denise Rice and Reneil Larson also shared about where life has them now and how God is there as they go through whatever ups or downs come along. It was stated that there can be no real way to be fully prepared for what happens in life, but that it is in God we find endurance and hope when the going gets challenging. Matthew Roger led us in music. During the U R Us business meeting we elected Reneil Larson and David Guenther as the new Exec members and it was noted that Jason Elford will be taking over as Alumni Liaison from Jenny Dyck. A big thank you to Jenny Dyck for her 4 years of service on the Exec and to Tim Giesbrecht for his 2 years of service. We also voted on Alumni projects for the year. The top two projects were 1)50 vinyl covered mattresses 2)New windows/doors for campus house #9 (closest house to the gymnasium). If we raise enough we may try and do re-tiling in the Ed Centre which was choice #3. If you’d like more info on any of these projects please call us at NBC. Childcare was provided for the entire morning which was a blessing to many, allowing them to participate fully in the Praise ‘n Prayer time and the U R Us meeting.
Saturday afternoon some braved the cold for the family hike to the point where a toasty fire and hot chocolate awaited, while others played a bit of volleyball before people made their way to the afternoon coffee house and silent auction which have become yearly afternoon fixtures at Alumni Weekend. This year’s silent auction raised over $3500.
The Saturday Obah night supper was back for a 3rd year, and this year’s theme was “Storybook characters come to life”. Robin Hood, Christopher Robin, and Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz) were among many of our evening guests who dressed up. Alumnus Brad Steppan read the children a story before they were dismissed for more children’s activities, while the Alumni finished the evening with a rousing ‘corporate’ game of Disney’s “Scene It” along with a new look “presidential challenge” which saw President Wes Fehr, Alum Pres Ryan Jansen, and Student Council Press Andrew Jenson each try and outdo the other in making the nicest dessert they knew how to. Alumni could vote for the dessert of their choice, and at the end of the evening winner Wes Fehr was able to pie loser Andrew Jenson.
Saturday night featured the annual Alumni/student hockey game with the Alumni coming out on top this year 10-4. Following that was a well attended student talent show, which showcased a wide array of ability, both serious and less serious.
The weekend was capped off with a Sunday morning worship service. A 2011 Alumni of the Year plaque was presented to Peter and Linda Enns. Wes Fehr gave a NBC update, while Jason Elford introduced himself in his new staff position in Alumni Relations. Charles Audette (staff/faculty 1995-2008) spoke to us using various bible passages (incl. Rom 15:5,6) as he made note of our theme “Many Hearts. One Desire” and that our own flesh is what often fights against us the strongest (“If our God is for us, then who can stand against us?”)
Thank you for so many of you who came out. The strong momentum of recent Alumni Weekends is continuing. For this year’s Alumni Project we raised about $9,000 during the weekend. An additional $4,500 has come in since then. What an INCREDIBLE blessing to NBC. I am blessed beyond measure even as I write this. Thank you. Thank you. Look for updates and pictures in the Alumni Projects pages NBC begins to take on these projects over the next couple months.
This year’s theme was “To God be the Glory”. All throughout the weekend, held November 19-21, we were blessed and challenged with the thought of giving God the glory, especially during Praise n’ Prayer time and the Sunday morning service.
Friday night began with a change – an NBC team came away victorious in the indoor soccer tourney, a first since 2004. Over at the dining hall, many Alumni enjoyed another rendition of the yearly card making workshop, while others enjoyed games and visiting before mostly everyone finished their evenings by partaking in the favorite annual Alumni Weekend staple – ice cream floats!!!
In response to your weekend evaluation forms from 2009, additional amounts of childcare were added throughout the weekend. This allowed many parents to enjoy a few events they may not have otherwise enjoyed in the same way. After breakfast we gathered in the chapel for a time of singing and sharing. We heard 3 powerful testimonies of God working in people’s lives – 2 from students and 1 from an Alumnus. We gave God glory for these testimonies and responded to Him in song. Finishing the gathering with the song “You are my All in All”, we sang the last chorus a cappella which was a beautiful ending. Following Praise n’ Prayer, we held our yearly U R Us business meeting. We elected a new Alumni President this year, Ryan Jansen (along with two new Exec members), to the current Alumni Exec. We also voted on two new Alumni Projects and were reminded of ways we as Alumni could get involved with the Alumni Association and make an impact at NBC. To close the meeting down this year, NBC finance director Kendall Dyck announced the winner of the last annual Presidential Challenge between NBC President Wes Fehr and NBC Alumni President Jason Elford. In a close battle Jason managed to squeeze by Wes to even up the 4 year series at 2 a piece. As a result, Wes was to receive a pie in the face from Jason. But in a surprise outburst of interest from those in attendance, an additional $60 was raised as a couple people in attendance wished to donate extra for the chance to pie Wes themselves. Jason agreed to let someone else pie Wes, and student Jenny Spofford came up to deliver the blow! Between the presidential challenge, silent auction, and offerings during the weekend, $11,165 came in towards this year’s Alumni Projects.
Saturday afternoon saw a number of activities including the silent auction and the ever-popular coffee house, and also included a family hike to the point, where there was a nice fire, hot chocolate, and smores awaiting any who would brave the cold. Volleyball was quite popular this year, but the real apex of the day was the second annual Obah night held in the gymnasium. This year we dressed up for a Hillbilly Christmas, and enjoyed a special hillbilly band, spam carving along with other ‘hillbilly activities’, and some great possum stew, biscuits, and puddin’ for desert. A great time was held by all!
The yearly Alumni/NBC hockey challenge followed supper, and like most recent years, the NBC team came away with the victory, defending what has become a recent dominance in this game. For those who wished to stay out a little later, there was a late-nite movie shown this year, Amazing Grace.(www.amazinggracemovie.com)
Sunday morning we announced the Alumnus of the year for 2009, Ken and Lina Yadlowsky, and the Alumnus of the year for 2010, Ray and Esther Larson. We gave glory to God for how He has blessed the school through the servant attitudes of so many Alumni over the years. Guest speaker Tim Field (Alum ’96) brought us a message with references in Isaiah and other parts of the Old Testament, as we were reminded of God’s greatness and how we need to rely on Him.
Over 200 people took a part in the weekend, including some whom haven’t been back to NBC for years, joining many ofus who are out nearly every fall. What a great weekend together and a great time of giving glory to God!