31 Oct Homecoming 2019 Highlights
Yet another UVF Homecoming is in the books and here are some of the highlights:
As we celebrated the Lord’s faithfulness over the years, we were blessed at the 80th Anniversary Banquet on Thursday evening, Oct. 17th by the outstanding ministry of four of our current students – Kareem Headley (violin solo), Shania Lawrence (vocal solo), Abigail Kauffman (vocal solo), and Hope Steinbach (piano solo).
With the theme of “Generations” for Homecoming 2019, it was especially meaningful for William and Cinda Kauffman (1971) to be with their granddaughter Abigail (who will graduate in May) as she led worship and ministered in song at the banquet. President Kim shared about the work that the Lord is doing in and through our student body, and we closed with a powerful time of prayer for him and his family and the university.
On Friday morning, Heritage Hall resounded with joy and laughter as many of our UVF Alumni family returned to our campus. The day began in Homecoming Chapel with passionate worship led by a team of alumni consisting of Kaitlyn (2013) & Vic (2014) Davi, Dom Centeno (2017), Dan Derosiers (2005), Brian & Victoria Lee (2007), and Dan Marcelin (2015). Our Concert Choir was joined by some alumni to sing our alma mater, “Valley Forge, Dear Valley Forge” and an upbeat version of “Psalm 24.”
Rev. Joe Butler (2004) was the recipient of our Distinguished Alumni Service Award this year, and he spoke about how the Lord used the difficult situation of his son’s disability to lead him in the path of his calling and the founding Ability Tree, a ministry that comes alongside and supports families affected by disabilities. Chapel closed with our beloved tradition of alumni praying for our seniors and giving them their alumni blankets.
Throughout the day, alumni fellowshipped during the Alumni Luncheon and at various Decade Reunions at restaurants in Phoenixville. Homecoming closed with a Worship & Prayer Celebration on Friday evening with Pneuma, one of UVF’s traveling ministry teams leading in worship, and a time of focused, specific prayer for our students and university.
Article written by Alumni President Kim Keinath