Circle City goes purple during General Assembly 2013
Posted: Jun 26, 2013
Thousands of General Assembly visitors stopped by Olivet's booth in the exhibition hall.
All Things New and The Narrow rocked with more than 500 youth during Jam Fest at the Artsgarden.
The Olivetians performed during the Thursday evening worship service.
At the conclusion of the luncheon on Sunday, Dr. Bowling invited Orpheus alumni to join current choir members in singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."
Olivet Nazarene University had a strong presence at the 28th General Assembly and Conventions for the Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis this week. Olivetians from near and far gathered for what many have affectionately come to know as a “grand family reunion.”
Thousands of visitors stopped by the Olivet booths in the exhibit hall June 19-24. Clad with ONU t-shirts, shopping bags, backpacks and lanyards, they helped transform the Circle City into a sea of purple throughout the week’s events.
More than 1,000 individuals gathered for a morning of worship, celebration and dreaming during the Alumni and Friends breakfast on Saturday, June 22, within the Grand Ball Room at the J.W. Marriott. Following beautiful performances from Olivet’s Department of Music, Dr. Bowling cast a vision for the ministry of Olivet in the upcoming decade.
“These priorities and initiatives define an ambitious future for Olivet as a top-tier Christian university recognized for quality academics, a vibrant student development program, a rich spiritual life, strong financial management, innovative programs and meaningful traditions housed on a beautiful and functional campus,” said Dr. Bowling.
“More than a plan,” he continued, “the vision sets forth a call to action to all who believe that higher education should have a higher purpose.”
Meanwhile, the youngest members of the Olivet family enjoyed breakfast, games and arts and crafts with their favorite furry friend, Toby the Tiger.
Filling the air throughout General Assembly were musical offerings from the ONU community. Olivet’s instrumental ensembles, choirs and ministry teams performed for crowds at numerous venues, including the Indianapolis Convention Center, the Artsgarden at the Circle Center Mall, and the Indiana Historical Society.
The Olivetians were featured during the evening worship service on Thursday, and then again on Friday, at the request of General Superintendent J.K. Warrick. Olivet's mass choir also performed an Ovid Young arrangement of "Deeper Than the Stain Has Gone" during the Friday service. On Saturday, a crowd of 500-plus, mostly youth, came out to worship with All Things New and The Narrow during “Jam Fest” at the Artsgarden. In one of the more poignant moments of the week, Orpheus alumni joined with current members of the choir to sing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” during Sunday lunch at the Historical Society.
For the Olivet community, General Assembly was a special time of reunion, rejuvenation and revival. The connections and memories made will have a lasting impact on us all as we move into the future.