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Homecoming 2013

by Office of Marketing | November 05, 2013
Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomed back over 250 alumni and friends during Homecoming Week, October 21-26. Along with current students, faculty and staff, they celebrated the College's 75th Anniversary, participating in events that included special Chapel services with honored speakers and alumni, the traditional Alumni v. Patriots basketball game, a 5K run/walk and class reunions.
 
In Chapel on Monday, October 21, alumnus Rev. Bob Sharpe '91 of Worship Church led in praise with his congregation’s worship team before offering a powerful sermon about worship and wisdom. The following day, President Meyer led the service in a FaceTime chat with one of America’s true heroes – alumnus Timothy Maracle ’97, a U.S. Army Chaplain who is stationed overseas. On Wednesday, two alumni worship leaders, Brian Lee ‘07 and Josh Shaffer ’11, came back to campus to lead a special all-worship chapel.
 
VFCC was especially honored to have Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God (AG), speak at chapel on Thursday. Dr. Wood presented Dr. Meyer with a plaque from the General Council of the Assemblies of God to commemorate the College's 75th Anniversary. 
On Friday, at the official 2013 Homecoming Chapel service, the Alumni Worship Team led worship and former Concert Choir members joined the current choir for two special songs. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented two Distinguished Young Alumni Awards, one to Joe Butler ’04 and one to Chris '08 and Mandy (Davidson) '07 Morante. Also presented were two Distinguished Alumni Service Awards that went to Omar Beiler and Gayle Brostowski '85. Dr. Anthony Palma '47 served as the alumni speaker, offering reflection and encouragement during the service. After chapel, alumni from the classes of 1949-2013 reminisced over lunch and coffee and celebrated special reunion years. 

A number of student activities were also intertwined throughout the week, including a Ping Pong Tournament, Improv Show and other student performances. In addition, students participated in themed dress days, showing school spirit with sports attire, formal wear, class colors, crazy socks and Patriot memorabilia.
 
Festivities continued Friday night, with the opening showing of Curtain Call's latest performance, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," in Krempels Theater. Afterward, crowds moved across the street to The Pit, where the 2013 Men’s Basketball team took on a squad of alumni players, including graduates from 2007-2013. Students, staff and alumni continued the celebration Friday night with a bonfire on campus.

The 75th Anniversary celebration concluded on Saturday. That morning, over 40 alumni, students and staff participated in the first Homecoming 5K Run/Walk for Scholarships, with all proceeds benefitting the General Scholarship Fund. The run was a huge success and VFCC anticipates making it an annual Homecoming tradition. To cap off the week-long Homecoming celebration, alumni gathered for a brunch with professors and the day ended with a VFCC Family Celebration, which included food, fellowship and alumni giveaways.
 
Thank you to the entire VFCC family for making this the greatest Homecoming celebration yet. It truly was a “Happy 75th Year Anniversary!"

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