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WINTER BLAST FEATURES SNOW FUN AND FAITH

by | Jan 26, 2016

The campus of Bluefield College and its surroundings enjoyed a fresh, young breeze, January 16-17, when more than 550 middle and high school students from four different states blew into town for the 2016 version of BC’s Winter Blast.
View dozens more photos from Winter Blast 2016.

Photos by student marketing associate Sara Van Es.

HUNDREDS OF YOUTH TAKE PART IN THE PRAISE AND WORSHIP SESSIONS LED BY CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN BAND FINDING FAVOUR DURING BLUEFIELD COLLEGE’S 2016 WINTER BLAST.

 

JASON GARRIS, LEAD PASTOR OF HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR BLUEFIELD COLLEGE’S 2016 WINTER BLAST, SHARES HOW GOD IS PROVIDER OF ALL.

 

YOUTH CELEBRATE WINNING THE DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT, ONE OF MANY ENTERTAINING EVENTS THAT MAKE UP BLUEFIELD COLLEGE’S WINTER BLAST.

 

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BLUEFIELD COLLEGE’S WINTER BLAST IS A DAY AT WINTERPLACE SNOW SKIING, TUBING, AND SNOWBOARDING.

 

View dozens more photos from Winter Blast 2016.

Established by Bluefield College in January of 2009 for the purpose of brining youth to campus for a weekend of faith and winter fun, Winter Blast features not only skiing, sledding, tubing and other outdoor snow entertainment, but also an equal emphasis on worship, Christian discourse, and spiritual growth.

 

 

This year’s event featured two worship-filled concerts with the contemporary Christian band Finding Favour, and two very relevant sermon sessions by Jason Garris, lead pastor of Highland Christian Church in Asheville, North Carolina, who spoke about the importance of understanding that God is provider of all.

 

“They (the participants) are getting to hear some really great speakers and bands throughout the weekend,” mentioned admissions counselor Alex Marcus, who helps organize the annual wintry event.

 

Finding Favour kicked off the winter worship weekend with a loud concert that engaged participants in praise. A nationally touring alternative band comprised of four friends, Finding Favour sang a variety of music from its two albums, “Finding Favour EP” and “Reborn.”

 

Day one of Winter Blast concluded with a pizza party, a dodgeball tournament, and several other games that took place in BC’s Dome Gymnasium. The party lasted long into the night with the dodgeball tournament champions being crowned around 11:30 p.m. Alex Gombrowski, who made the last hit for his team to win the championship, shared how happy he was about coming to Winter Blast.

 

“We came here as a church, and we didn’t come to play; we came to win,” said Gombrowski, “and that’s what we did.”

 

Jordan Hardin from Grundy, Virginia, also expressed why he attended Winter Blast. “All my friends were going, and I go to church for youth, so they wanted me to go,” he said. He added that the highlights of the event were “the speaker, the band, and the tubing.”

 

Day two of Winter Blast featured a worship service at 9 a.m., followed by lunch and the fun on the slopes of nearby Winterplace, where the youth spent the day snow skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. With 28 trails and nine lifts on more than 90 acres of skiable terrain, Winterplace serves as the off-campus setting for BC’s Winter Blast. The ski resort features a top elevation of 3,600 feet and a long run of more than a mile, not to mention the largest snowtubing park in the state of West Virginia.

 

“Bluefield College really loves doing this event every year,” said Marcus. “It’s just an honor that we get to do this.”

 

The traditional winter worship adventure at Bluefield College takes place every year the weekend prior to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, visit www.bcwinterblast.com.

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