by Maria Espinoza
San Antonio — Shouts of “Paletas! Come get a paleta!” were heard from the front porch of the Church of Christ Student Center on August 27-28. Volunteers called San Antonio College students over for the frozen Mexican dessert on a stick, and many came in during lunch. These days marked the beginning of the school year at SAC.
The downtown Bible Chair across from the campus was revitalized ten years ago. Since then, the student body has counted on a welcome meal during the first week. This year, it came courtesy of volunteers from the Alamo City, Dellcrest, Laurel Street, MacArthur Park, Northeast, and Northside churches of Christ.
The first lunches for the “Welcome Back to School” on the first Monday and Tuesday included 900 links of grilled smoked Kiolbassa sausages, 800 Missions tortillas, 3 roasters filled with green beans, 17 salad and tomato containers, desserts, and 700 paletas. In addition to the food served, booklets on Biblical studies, Bibles, and New Testaments were distributed to the students.
The weekly Thursday luncheons for 2018-2019 began at the center on August 30. These meals provide nourishment for the college students as well as other guests from the surrounding community. The food service begins at noon and goes until the food runs out.
While the students enjoy the meal, a devotional is presented, usually from a member of the host congregation. Congregations participating in these Thursday luncheons are Sunset Ridge, Northeast, Dellcrest, Alamo City, Laurel Street, Pleasanton, and Northside.
There are some open Thursday luncheon dates still available for this school year. If you or your congregation would like to host one, you can call the student center at 210-736-6750.
The goal of the COCSC is to provide quality Biblical education and spiritual growth opportunities for SAC students and community members. With the on-site staffing, the center offers a place for students to interact with young men and women whose values are directed toward Christ.
That is the kind of connection that will sustain them for life. The guidance will enable students to make positive contributions to society and to the cause of Christ. The center offers a variety of Bible studies, training programs, and skills for life and godliness. For more information on the activities or how to get involved at the student center, call Director Mark Forster at 210-736-6750.
by Maria Espinoza