MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Churches from across the area will join together Sunday, Jan. 12, for a program to celebrate unity among congregations and help MTSU students in need of emergency financial assistance.
“Building Community: An Event for MTSU,” is set for 6 p.m. at World Outreach Church, located at 1921 New Salem Road.
The event, which is free and open to the public, was organized by a committee of church leaders and coordinated by Elizabeth McPhee, the wife of MTSU President Sidney McPhee.
McPhee said six area pastors will deliver “messages of community” during the program, which will feature Brady Cooper, of New Vision Baptist Church, Allen Jackson, of World Outreach, and Craig Goff, of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, and others.
Jackson said he hopes the event will lead to future cooperation and participation of other churches.
“We are delighted to join together in supporting students,” he said. “MTSU is a valuable part of our community.”
McPhee said she is very grateful that such a broad cross of churches has joined together and looks forward to engaging the audience “in a conversation about the needs of our students.”
The event is part of a larger effort to fulfill the goals of the university-backed Quest for Student Success initiative, which includes providing short-term emergency aid to students who are facing unexpected financial hardships.
McPhee said she hopes the event will raise awareness of how such aid helps some students remain on track to reaching their dreams.
“When Sidney (McPhee) was in graduate school, it was the generosity of friends and fellow church members who often helped us make ends meet,” she said. “We hope this Sunday’s event underscores the benefits of lending a helping hand – and the power that can come from an engaged community.”