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Hundreds of Youth Enjoy BC Winter Blast
Three hundred sixty-two middle and high school students and their respective church youth group leaders took part in Bluefield College’s annual Winter Blast, January 13-14.

Hundreds of Youth Enjoy BC Winter Blast

By Student Marketing Associate Mikaela Hurst | January 19, 2018 | RSS

Three hundred sixty-two middle and high school students and their respective church youth group leaders took part in Bluefield College’s annual Winter Blast, January 13-14.

A total of seven churches attended the weekend retreat, from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The group of Southeastern youth spent their time in a weekend of faith and fun, which featured skiing, sledding, tubing and other winter entertainment at nearby Winterplace Ski Resort and an equal dose of worship, Christian discourse, and spiritual growth.

The Winter Blast weekend featured two worship sessions in BC’s Harman Chapel where students enjoyed concerts by the seven-member band Young Hearts from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and heard sermons shared by Steven Usry, lead pastor of Sugarloaf United Methodist Church in Duluth, Georgia.

“I really liked his message, and I felt like it spoke to a lot of people, including myself,” said Gracie Sommer from Statesboro, Georgia. “It was about freedom and how God helps us let go of our past, our present, and tomorrow.”

Ursy is a church planter, executive coach, and serves in leadership with several boards for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Young Hearts were making their second straight annual appearance at BC’s Winter Blast. They have also appeared on national television’s “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” and performed for numerous conferences and music festivals.

Day one of the weekend retreat ended with a competitive dodgeball tournament, other games and a pizza party in the Dome Gymnasium, all starting with an impromptu singing by the students of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“It was quite interesting to observe how everyone united as one to sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ even though all the youth groups did not know each other,” said BC Student Ambassador Dagoberto Acevedo. “I couldn’t see one single person that was not being patriotic that night.”

Day two featured a morning worship service, followed by lunch and a day of skiing on the slopes at Winterplace, the off-campus setting for BC’s Winter Blast. With a top elevation of 3,600 feet and a long run of more than a mile, Winterplace has the largest snow tubing park in the state of West Virginia.

“This is my first year as the coordinator of Winter Blast, so I was really excited to be a part of the event,” said Jordan Dillon, BC’s campus visit and enrollment coordinator. “I couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of the Admissions staff, our Student Ambassadors, VP of Enrollment Michael White, and President David Olive.”

Dillion mentioned that BC has hosted Winter Blast since 2009 and plans on continuing to do so for years to come because it allows students from across the region to see what Bluefield College has to offer. The winter weekend retreat takes place at BC every year on the weekend prior to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, visit bcwinterblast.com.

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