KISSIMMEE –  This year’s Senior Saints in the SONshine happened on March 10-12. Senior Saints is a three-day retreat for seniors who want to come to the Florida campus of Johnson University to learn about the college and be refreshed through the teaching of God’s Word.

The theme for this year’s Senior Saints was “A Return to Mayberry”. Faculty, staff, and attendees dressed up as their favorite character from The Andy Griffith Show and answered trivia about the small town of Mayberry.

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This year’s Senior Saints in the SONshine featured special entertainment by students, a faculty and staff string band, and Betty Gray of “Encourage Me Ministries,” a nationally known inspirational speaker, dramatist, and musician.

The featured speaker this year was Jim Book, senior minister at First Christian Church of Kissimmee and member of the Board of Trustees of Johnson University.

Seniors were able to attend workshops by Johnson University Florida professors, such as Dr. Eubanks and many others. Along with this, the participants were also able to tour the campus of Johnson University Florida.

On Friday afternoon, the attendees were able to choose from a variety of excursions such as golf with Dr. Eubanks, ladies’ tea with Mrs. Eubanks, antique shopping, minor league baseball, airboat rides, and fishing.

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One of the highlights of this year’s Senior Saints in the SONshine was the Cookies and Conversation night on Friday during which the seniors were able to fellowship and talk with students.

Seth McManus, a sophomore at Johnson University Florida, had this to say about the Cookies and Conversation night, “I loved spending time with people that have such an interest, stake, and concern in my future ministry. Enjoying Cookies and Conversation reminded me that my time at Johnson is not just about my classmates and professors, but hundreds of people over decades have poured into the educational experience and ministry training that I receive every day.”

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Next year’s Senior Saints in the SONshine will be March 23-25, 2017 with the theme “Winning at the Game of LIFE,” featuring Bob Russell as the guest speaker and Dr. David Eubanks as the Bible Study leader.

Posted by Christian Arnold

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