From Parent Council


One of the things I like about George Fox is the very intentional emphasis on community. Community is an essential part of our growth and development as people and as Christ followers. Not only is that sense of community extended to students, faculty and staff, it is offered to us as parents as well. One of the places we can experience the community of the university is the Parents Day of Prayer on March 13, 2010.

A day of prayer might sound intimidating if you have never tried it. Let me share what is planned. First of all, it is not a day of prayer but a morning of prayer from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be plenty of time left in the day to visit with your student(s). Second, a day of prayer does not mean spending the whole time with “every head bowed, every eye closed.”

The Parents Day of Prayer is a time to come together as a community and listen to what God has to say to us. That happens in a variety of ways. We will listen to God and each other through music led by students and a Scripture reflection from Campus Pastor Sarah Baldwin. We will share a little of our stories and give thanks to God for what he is doing. Prayer will be active as we walk around the campus and pray for what goes on in each building. We might need to warm up as we come back inside, but our hearts will be warmed as we continue to pray together and then conclude with students praying for parents.

I hope you can join us in Newberg on March 13. However, if distance makes a Newberg trip impractical, there are seven off-campus locations scattered throughout Oregon and Washington with an additional one in California. If none of those locations are close enough, you are encouraged to have your own prayer time for George Fox. We will even send you a list of prayer requests if you would like.

Whether you come to Newberg or one of the off-campus locations, I hope you can be a part of the community that comes together to hear what God has to say to us on March 13.

Winslow Thurston,
George Fox University Parent Council