December 13, 2020 — Black College Fund/Third Sunday of Advent

A Moment for Mission

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Chri     st Jesus.” —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, CEB

One of United Methodism’s historically Black colleges and universities, Rust College is a co-educational, senior liberal arts institution founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of The Methodist Episcopal Church. The Holly Springs, Mississippi, college offers quality programs in business, education, humanities, science and math and social sciences to prepare students for global leadership and service.

Karvis Jones, a 2003 Rust graduate, was a production assistant for the Braves LIVE Pregame and Postgame show on FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Southeast. His team won an Emmy for Sports Program - Live for Hank Aaron Weekend at the 2020 Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta. This was Karvis’ first Emmy nomination in his career.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my work by my peers in the television industry,” Jones said. “Growing up in Holly Springs, I was a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves and enjoyed reading magazine articles on Hank Aaron in my spare time. I never thought in a million years that I would one day work behind the scenes for one of the most popular teams in major league baseball and that my name would be associated with an Emmy Award.”

“The entire Bearcat family is extremely proud of alumnus Karvis Jones for this achievement,” said Dr. Ivy R. Taylor, president of Rust College. “This is evidence of the excellent preparation Karvis received in our Mass Communications Department.”

We support Rust and 11 other HBCUs through the Black College Fund.

—Adapted from Rust College Facebook page and website

Offertory Prayer
Loving God, may we rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in every situation. You are so generous to us; remind us to share through our church. In your name, we pray. Amen.

Newsletter Nugget
Four students at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, were recently named Clare Boothe Luce Scholars. The women—Trinity Dean, Elana Edusei, Jazmin T. Jones and Brittany Lowe—will receive the prestigious scholarships to cover full tuition, housing and books for their senior year. The scholarships are funded by a grant award from the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), of the Henry Luce Foundation.

“I am extremely proud of the students selected to serve as Boothe Luce Scholars by this nationally recognized program,” said Clark Atlanta president George T. French Jr. They “represent the caliber of students attending Clark Atlanta University, and I am convinced without doubt that they will continue to make us Panther Proud.” 
Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, Clark Atlanta University offers 40 areas of study at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It is one of United Methodism’s 11 historically Black colleges and universities supported by the Black College Fund.

—Adapted from “Clark Atlanta University Students Selected to Serve as 2020 Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM Scholars,” Clark Atlanta University website, September 3, 2020