New Traditions: Thanksgiving 2017

Favorite PCC traditions began a week early on campus with festivities like Fine Arts and the annual Turkey Bowl Championship. Students enjoyed an entertaining performance of The Comedy of Errors, and later watched the Beta Psi Jaguars beat the Alpha Chi Hawks to win their first Turkey Bowl. Sunday and Wednesday services preceding Thanksgiving focused on God’s goodness and gave Campus Church the opportunity to reflect together on His blessings.

This year, with an extra day off following the Thanksgiving holiday, more students were able to travel out of town and spend time with friends and family. No distance was too great for juniors Caleb and Noah Brown and their freshmen sister Mollie, who flew all the way home to New Hampshire so their family could be together. Noah said, “The thing I enjoyed most about going home for this Thanksgiving was being able to spend the time with family and childhood friends. My family made this Thanksgiving break special by getting our Christmas tree and decorating it on the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

Jennifer Brown couldn’t have been happier to have her kids home for the holiday. “I especially enjoyed having meals together and sitting around the table just talking, and spending the evenings just sitting and talking about everything going on in their lives. We also planned our outing to cut our Christmas tree so that we could decorate it while everyone was home.”

Students who stayed on campus during the holiday enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday as well as a variety of specially planned activities. Eagles Events Coordinator Phil Hollandsworth said, “We wanted students to feel like PCC is their home away from home during this weekend. This was accomplished by having great food, football showing all weekend, and the Sports Center being open for students to hang out with friends.”

This year, a newly designed Alumni Homecoming was held on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Alumni, along with their families, came back to PCC to relive the best parts of college life all while seeing the different ways that the campus has grown over the years.

Pastor Greg Powell (’00, Youth Ministries) and his wife, Karen (’99, Elementary Education), brought their three children to show them the place where they’d met and attended classes. “We really did have a great time being there and seeing the campus again after about 9 years away. You don’t realize how much college shaped you and what an impact it had on your life, choices, family, priorities, and ministry. The dinner, the behind-the-scenes tour, the free activities in the Sports Center, the basketball game—it was all enjoyable, well done, and very laid back.”

Charlene Bland (’91, Accounting) whose daughter attends PCC, especially loved the Alumni Dinner with the Shoemakers. “I enjoyed learning about how all of the current students are working to serve the Lord in the community and regarding missions,” she said. “To learn that the Missions Run and other outreach opportunities were student led was a blessing. It’s exciting to see the construction in progress and the familiar faces of faculty and staff who I attended PCC with.”

Whether celebrating on campus or several states away, the PCC family had many things to be thankful for this year. Students and staff came back refreshed and ready to finish out the final few weeks of the school year.

Published 12/7/2017