From:                              Trinity Christian College Offices [bounceback1-15131135-64257795@ms1.targetx.com] on behalf of Trinity Christian College Offices [alumni@trnty.edu]

Sent:                               Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:01 AM

To:                                   tcc_alumni

Subject:                          Trinity Christian College Alumni Newsletter---12/16/08

 


December 16, 2008

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

With students back home for Christmas break, things are so quiet around here you can practically hear the snow falling around us. I hope that you have been blessed by the holiday season so far; with the best yet to come! As we navigate through this busy time of parties, gatherings, and shopping for gifts, it is easy to make idols of the things around us. Whether it is possessions, finding the perfect gift, vacations, portraying the right image, or having a more functional family, idols are so very attractive. After all, everyone is doing it and idolatry often feels more practical because these idols give us something in return for our "faithfulness." This struggle goes back to the time of the Israelites who were tempted to worship physical idols and other gods because they promised something physically tangible in return, such as more wealth or a better crop.
Meanwhile, Christ asks for our faithfulness simply out of gratitude. It is often hard to see the bigger picture of salvation and God's larger story when we have immediate needs and are tempted to look to daily idols to meet those needs. Here's to celebrating a Christmas season that is focused on that which is Godly. Consider these verses from Habakkuk and Luke:

"Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak."
Habakkuk 2:17-19 NIV

"The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight."
Luke 16:14-16 NIV

Blessings,

Travis Bandstra '06
Director of Alumni Relations

ALUMNI NEWS

GO FISH IN CONCERT - GET A DISCOUNT AND SUPPORT THE ALUMNI OFFICE
If you or someone you know is planning on attending the upcoming Go Fish concert here at Trinity on 12/20 or in Holland, MI on 12/19, you can receive an exclusive alumni discount of $1 off the ticket price by entering the promo code "TCC" when purchasing on-line. In addition to your discount, $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the TCC Alumni Office for both the Michigan and Illinois dates. Visit www.gofishguys.com for ticket info. This is great way for TCC Alumni who live in either IL or MI to attend the concert and support the college; we would love to see you there!

HOMECOMING 2009 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Save the date for February 6-7 to be here at Trinity for Homecoming 2009. The lineup of events has been released and includes many opportunities to visit the new Art & Communications Center. For a weekend schedule, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/homecoming

PURCHASE A COMMEMORATIVE BRICK-DEADLINE APPROACHING
Now is the time to reserve an engraved brick for you as an alum, or any friend or family member. Each brick is then laid in the chapel courtyard in time for the May graduation. In order to place your order for this year and ensure placement by graduation, order by 1/16/09.
To request a brick, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/give/brick/

CAMPUS NEWS

BECOME A TRINITY FACEBOOK FAN
Become a Trinity Facebook fan for another great way to keep up to date on the latest Trinity happenings and show your support for the college. Click the link below to become a fan:
www.facebook.com/pages/Palos-Heights-IL/Trinity-Christian-College/14976193879

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF PROFESSOR AND STUDENT
Dr. Dan Diephouse, professor of English emeritus, and senior James Kauzlaric of Joliet, Illinois, are currently exhibiting their photography at MD Gallery in Mokena, Illinois. For more, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/120308/

CHICAGO PROVIDES EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
On November 21, Dr. Sherry Barnes, associate professor of communication arts, gave students from her public relations class the opportunity to venture to downtown Chicago to meet and speak with professionals in the public relations field. For more story and a photo gallery visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/120808/

OPENINGS - NEW LITERARY AND VISUAL ARTS MAGAZINE
Students at Trinity recently shared their work with the College community through the new literary and visual arts magazine 'Openings'. The magazine is a collection of poems, essays, and photographs submitted by Trinity students and alumni. For more, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/120908/
For a printed copy of the Openings magazine, contact the alumni office at alumni@trnty.edu.

"HEAR OUR PRAYER" TRINITY GOSPEL CHOIR PERFORMS
Trinity's Gospel Choir lifted their voices in song to worship and honor the Lord at their annual fall concert entitled "Hear Our Prayer" on November 22 in the Ozinga Chapel. For more, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/120908a/

WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER NATALIE BUIKEMA NAMED CHAMPION OF CHARACTER
A testament to the caliber of women on the team-the first in Trinity's history to reach the national championship-player Natalie Buikema '09 of Brookfield, Wisconsin, was announced as a recipient of the Brine Method Champions of Character scholarship. For more, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/121108/

CHRISTMASTIDE CONCERT 2008
The annual Christmastide concert December 6 welcomed more than 600 visitors to the Ozinga Chapel for this year's program of congregational singing, a variety of global Christmas tunes, and performances by Trinity Christian College student ensembles and groups. For more info and photo gallery, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/121508/

UPCOMING EVENTS

GO FISH IN CONCERT—CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, will be the last stop on Go Fish’s Christmas With A Capital 'C' Tour on Saturday, December 20, at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel. Great harmonies, direct lyrics, inspiring messages-rolled up into a dynamic presentation that makes an impact and creates memories for countless families across the country. For ticket information, call 616.667.2900. To find out more about Go Fish, visit www.gofishguys.com.

AUTHOR OF 'THE SHACK' TO SPEAK AT TRINITY
Mark your calendars: William Paul Young, author of The Shack, will be speaking at Trinity on February 17 at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel. Admission is free but tickets are required for entrance. Call 708-597-3000 to reserve tickets.

TO VIEW ALL CAMPUS EVENTS, VISIT THE NEW ONLINE CALENDAR
tcc.trnty.edu/calendar/

SPORTS NEWS

WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT RUN ENDS
The women's soccer team's pursuit for a NAIA national title ended with loss in the semifinal round. The No. 10 Trolls put forth a valiant effort, but could not pull off the upset against No. 3 Lee University (TN). After trailing 0-3 in the first half the team fought back to a final score of 2-3. The team ended the season with a final 23-2 record, the best ever in the program's history. For more info, visit: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Tournament-Run-Ends.html

TROLLS TOP NAIA LIST FOR SCHOLAR ATHLETES
Recently, when the fall sports post-season honors were released twenty Trinity athletes received scholar-athletes recognition. The women's volleyball team led the pack of academic achievement with seven players being named 2008 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes. Of the 135 schools represented in the NAIA scholar-athlete list, Trinity topped the chart with the most recipients. For a full list of recipients, visit: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Athletes-Honored-for-Academic-Achievement.html

TRINITY MEN DEFEAT CALVIN COLLEGE
In front a packed house the Trolls came up with a big win over Calvin College (MI). Trinity took control of the scoreboard midway through the second period to post a 73-65 victory. The win is only the second time in 13 meetings between these two schools that the Trolls have defeated the Knights. The last victory was back in the 1972-73 season. For more, visit: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Trinity-Defeats-Calvin.html

LADY TROLLS HOST TROLL CLASSIC
The Trolls opened the Troll Classic on a good note as they posted a 78-64 win over Roberts Wesleyan University (NY). The next day, Trinity found No. 15 Indiana Wesleyan University too tough to defeat. In the second day of the Troll Classic, Trinity suffered a 34-56 loss to the Wildcats. The team is now 3-10 for the season with one game left before the semester break. For more info, visit:
athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Trinity-Loses-to-Indiana-Wesleyan.html and also
athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Trolls-Start-Tournament-on-Positive-Note.html

TO KEEP UP ON ALL TROLL SPORTS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR SEASONS, visit the athletics website at: athletics.trnty.edu/

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

For more info on this position and other job opportunities at Trinity Christian College, see our Web site at: tcc.trnty.edu/jobopenings

 

Contact: Trinity Christian College Alumni, 6601 W College Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463


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