Bluefield College Holds Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week

For the tenth consecutive year, thanks to the generosity of Drs. Gene
and Jane Duremdes of Princeton, West Virginia, Bluefield College will host
its traditional Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, Monday through Friday,
September 24-28.

Featured during this year’s event will be the music ministry of
contemporary praise and worship artists Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn.
Guest speakers for the week will be Mike Baker, pastor of Bluefield
Community Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, and Alan Morris, pastor of
First Baptist Church in Clermont, Georgia.

Recently referred to as “one of Christian music1s finest up-and-coming
artists,” Phillips is a singer/songwriter who reaches people with heartfelt
“melodic folk-pop.” With insightful and moving spiritual depth, her heart
for God and for people is poignantly represented within her music. Her
husband, Gullahorn, is also a Christian music writer. In addition, he lends
his acoustic guitar talents to many of Phillips1 songs.

Christian Emphasis Week will begin Monday, September 24 at 10 a.m. with
a student led worship service in Harman Chapel. Phillips and Gullahorn will
provide music for the opening service. On Tuesday, September 25 at noon,
Phillips and Gullahorn will offer a mini-concert during lunch in BC1s Shott
Hall. Tuesday night at 9 p.m., the duo will meet with students in the
school’s residence halls for devotions and Bible studies.

On Wednesday, September 26 at 10 a.m., Rev. Baker will speak in a
service in Harman Chapel. Phillips and Gullahorn will provide additional
praise and worship music at this time. Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Christian
Emphasis Week activities will move to the school1s weekly Growth and Praise
(GAP) session in the Student Activities Center Annex.

On Thursday, September 27, Phillips will perform as part of Christian
Emphasis Week and BC1s monthly Coffeehouse Series. The Coffeehouse session
will take place in Shott Hall at 9 p.m. Activities will conclude on Friday,
September 28 with a 10 a.m. session in Harman Chapel. Rev. Morris will serve
as guest speaker for the final session, while Phillips and Gullahorn will
lead worship for the day.

Christian Emphasis Week began on the Bluefield College campus in the
fall of 1992, thanks to the “special calling” sensed by Drs. Gene and Jane
Duremdes to “share with the students of Bluefield College some of the
blessings they have received from the Lord.” The week gives students and the
community the opportunity to examine their spiritual lives and challenges
them to seek answers to life-impacting questions.

All programs during the week are free and open to the public. For more
information, call the BC Office of Public Relations at 540-326-4212.

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