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Annual Spring Retreat brought youth to Johnson once again

KNOXVILLE— During the weekend of April 12-14, churches from all over the country came together for another yearly weekend of Spring Retreat at Johnson University.

This is a time when churches bring both middle and high school students. Johnson students host them in their very own rooms for a couple of nights, while some groups stayed in additional dorm housing.

This event began Thursday night and ran all the way through Saturday evening when the final worship event took place.

Terrence Talley spoke Saturday. He left listeners with the theme of forgiveness and not living with the labels that others may place on them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the different organizations as well as the students to get involved with the community outside of the Johnson bubble. Many get involved to help volunteer and lead students including Resident Assistants and members of Student Government Association. They encouraged students to better help understand that they are not alone in this life when they live a life committed to Christ.

The weekend finished out with a worship night that also served as a chapel makeup for JUTN students.

A senior in high school, who was a part of the spring retreat, won a preaching contest and had the opportunity to speak in front of all of the churches and college students who attended the worship night. This was a great way for the students as well as the parents and faculty to spend time in the presence of God before returning to the regular routine of school and work during the spring time.

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Royals fall in Oakland City doubledeader

KNOXVILLE —The Johnson University baseball team hosted Oakland City with a double header March 26 at 4 p.m. at Ridley Helton Field.

The first game was a battle with both teams scoring two runs in different innings, but the Royals fell short of a run finishing with a score of 5-4.

Johnson took an early 2-0 lead, but Oakland came back and tied the score at 2-2. The Royals would later make two more runs.

Oakland struck again in the top of the 7th and made the score 5-4. In the bottom of the 7th, which would be the final inning due to the double header, Johnson came close to loading up the bases. However, Oakland would take Game 1 with a 5-4 final score.

Oakland went on to take game 2 as well with a final score of 11-2.

The Royals will travel to Pippa Passes, Ky. on Saturday, March 30th. They will face off against the Eagles in another double header starting at 1 p.m.

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Senior Sermon Spotlight: Jacob Leimeister

KNOXVILLE     Senior sermons are held throughout each Fall and Spring semester for chapel services. This gives the seniors a chance to demonstrate their spiritual gifts and share a message from God’s word.

The first senior sermon of the Spring semester will feature Jacob Leimeister,as he delivers his senior sermon before graduating this May. It can be a daunting task to prepare to speak in front of a crowd like those who attend Chapel in the Phillips-Welshimer gym every Tuesday and Thursday. He talks about his feelings as time approaches closer to that 9 a.m. starting time on Jan. 31.

“This is a big opportunity to preach in front of a whole bunch of people,” Leimeister said.

With the campus community along with those who watch the livestream elsewhere, this serves as a great way for the speaker to make a positive impact on a larger scale. A person giving a senior sermon has the opportunity to use this opportunity to gain experience as a preacher as they transition into the careers that God calls them to pursue.

Jacob has been interacting with others that serve as mentors, so that he correctly interprets Luke 5:1-11 in order to create the sermon in which he will be preaching.

Jacob’s senior sermon will be held this Thursday during the 9 a.m. chapel service located in the gym of the Phillips-Welshimer building.

 

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When you crave Chick-fil-A, but it’s a Sunday

It’s that time again. When hunger strikes, what do you do? You drive to Chick-fil-A because it’s close to Johnson, only to find out that it is Sunday! Where else should one go other than Chick-fil-A itself to find out the underlying motivations involving the closing of this fast food business every Sunday?

Ty Asbury, a manager for the Chick-fil-A located on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville, graduated from Johnson in 2016. He gave the story behind this hunger panging decision to close Chick-fil-A on Sundays.

Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A incorporation, created a unique restaurant atmosphere that would soon set a higher standard of fast food service in America.

“In 1946 it was Truett’s first restaurant that first opened,” Asbury said. “He had experience with other restaurants that were open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.”

“He believed that it was important to set aside a day for his employees. If they so choose to go have a place for worship, they could get some rest.”

With a Christian background, Truett makes sure to keep a mindset of putting others first rather than the financial benefits of staying open an extra day.

Ty explained what these financial benefits actually included. “It almost doesn’t make sense how Chick-fil-A is so profitable missing a whole day, but again, as a company, they are so keen to take care of us as employees because we turn around and do the same thing to our guests.” He goes on to say that “You do things that are deeper than just the business aspect.”

Taking a day off each week seems like a smart way to keep productivity up. Once you give employees a chance to spend time with family and simply rest, they are able to spend the rest of the week happily catering to the customers on a higher level.

Rest has the ability to help employees put more energy into what they do and make the atmosphere positive place customers want to be a part of as they eat their food.

Rest also helps workers have a positive attitude, allowing them to feel motivated to serve customers with a smile.

Having a day off once a week for honoring the Sabbath might have a bigger impact than what you think. Ty discussed his thoughts on what makes taking Sunday off so effectively.

“The first thing that comes to mind is definitely rest…always having that guaranteed day where you can just turn inward and focus on yourself a bit and recharge those batteries because we are pouring out on people for 6 other days a week. Not everybody works six straight days, but it can take its toll,” Asbury said.

If the workers have that day off to recharge and have that opportunity to spend time at a place of worship with others, they will have more energy in helping the customer the best way possible to a point where it is truly their pleasure to serve the customer.

“We are here to serve others, we are here to glorify God through the little things,” Asbury said.