Lipscomb University’s Summer Celebration kicks off July 5-8, offering a wide range of free sessions and activities for the entire family, including several practical programs offered nationwide that participants would normally pay to attend.
“Life in the Spirit … A Study of Ephesians” is the theme for the four-day Summer Celebration which features more than 60 speakers and nearly 140 sessions for adults, including three mini-seminars – No Debt No Sweat, Marriage Matters and Making the Pieces Fit – that often cost churches hundreds of dollars to offer to their members.
While the parents are busy in sessions, Lipscomb will offer a full program for both teens and children, as well as various family activities such as a one-act play, inflatable games and special worship sessions. All events for the annual celebration, traditionally held around the July Fourth weekend, will be located at the Lipscomb campus on Granny White Pike in Nashville.
If just one July 4th celebration isn’t enough for you, then Lipscomb invites the community out on Friday, July 7, for a picnic and inflatable games at 5 p.m.; a keynote address by David Fleer of Rochester Hills, Mich., at 7 p.m.; ice cream, fireworks and live entertainment beginning at 8:30 p.m.; and an outdoor devotional at 10 p.m.
For those traveling to Nashville for Summer Celebration, Lipscomb is offering on-campus housing for a one-time $45 fee and several local hotels are offering discounted rates to participants
All sessions are free and open to the public, although dinners and special events may require admission fees. For a complete schedule of events and locations, visit http://summercelebration.lipscomb.edu.
Among the great deals participants will find at Summer Celebration is No Debt No Sweat, a nationwide program created by Nashvillian Steve Diggs to teach “how to use God’s money in God’s way.” Topics include how to avoid arguments about money, developing emergency funds, dealing with insurance issues, how to save for college and what to do if you lose a job.
Many churches across the nation purchase Marriage Matters CDs or DVDs because program creators Jerry and Lynn Jones are already booked through 2009 to conduct this popular marriage seminar. But at Summer Celebration, couples can participate in an abridged version of the course – focusing on unrealistic expectations and affair-proofing your marriage – conducted by the Joneses in person.
Experienced grief counselor Bill McDonald will offer his two-part series Making the Pieces Fit, to help those who are grieving and to equip those who minister to the grieving, and Dave Morgan, a therapist in Lipscomb University’s counseling center, will offer The Tie That Binds, a program to strengthen engaged couples’ relationships through discussion sessions and personality testing. The Tie That Binds is being offered at a discounted rate of $10. Advance registration is required for this mini-seminar, which has limited availability.
In addition to the special mini-seminars, the annual slate of diverse and entertaining speakers will be offered throughout the four days. Authors and speakers such as Joe Beam and Lee Camp, Nashville; Jeff Walling, Charlotte, N.C.; Don McLaughlin, Atlanta, Ga.; and Randy Harris, Abilene, Texas; will offer their spiritual insight, and Keith Lancaster, Madison; Ken Young, Franklin; and Brandon Scott Thomas, Nashville; will lead worship sessions.
Summer Celebration opens at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, in Allen Arena with a special dinner featuring speaker Walling, minister at Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, N.C., and followed at 7 p.m. by a keynote address from Randy Lowry, president of Lipscomb University.
For more information on Summer Celebration events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615.386.7653.