Church and student collaborate for back to school service


In collaboration with the bishop of Campus Community Worship Center in Ruston, and guest speaker Student Government Association President Jonathan Allen held a “Back to School Bash” on Sunday, offered raffle prizes and scholarship giveaways for students. 

The CCWC provided transportation, funds for the raffle prizes and scholarships for the students that attended the service. One student from each class received a $100 scholarship to go toward their tuition and the raffle prizes consisted of one full body massage, $100 gift card, $50 gas card and $25 Applebee’s gift card.  The winners of the scholarship giveaways were senior Stephanie Norris, junior Brittany Buggs, sophomore Ebony Wilson and freshman Corey Carroll.

As a token of appreciation the SGA class presidents, Allen and the Royal Court each received a gift from the church. 

 “In order for us to get there we first need to master the four basics,” Allen said. The four basics are: God gives formality to chaos; God gives finality to confusion; you posses your championship; and you have power over creation.

“I truly felt that Minister Allen spoke to all the college students and gave a good word today,” said first time guest Chandler Thomas. The sophomore enjoyed the service and plans to continue coming back to Campus Community.

A member of the church’s choir since 2007, Tacorey Johnson enjoyed listening to Allen’s message. “He did an awesome job relaying his message,” said Johnson. 

After the service homemade food and drinks were provided for the SGA members. Members of the church who provided and cooked the food were Shrell Thomas, Pam Braggs, Peaches Robinson and Priscilla Potter. Some of the dishes served were barbecue chicken, baked beans, potato salad and banana pudding. 

Bishop A. Bryan Smith plans to continue collaborating with Allen for future events and is attending the iLead Summit in late September. The iLead Summit is a leadership workshop. He also hopes to feature student services. CCWC has Bible study Tuesday at 7 p.m. and church service every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.