While Methodist is on Spring Break, the campus was far from quiet this weekend. On Friday evening the Friends of Music presented “Expressions of Love” featuring the talented Cantate Chamber Choir, conducted by Stephan Barnicle, in Hensdale Chapel. Then on Saturday there was first the 65th Annual Camellia Show in the lobby of Reeves Auditorium, displaying some of the most lovely flowers I have ever seen. In the afternoon, there was joyous music courtesy of the NC United Methodist Handbell Festival in the Riddle Center with guest conductor Michael Mazzatenta, featuring ringers from a dozen churches.
On Sunday, members of the Administrative Cabinet, led by Gene Clayton, hiked through the woods of MU. It was a lovely afternoon for a nature walk, until the thunderstorms came! One of Methodist’s real assets is the acreage that surrounds the campus, providing lovely hiking trails and scenes that remind you of the mountains of western North Carolina. We are blessed to have such a wonderful place to learn, work, and play.
I could not have planned a better end to my first week at Methodist, and I am excited about all that is happening and that is possible in the future. With the many talented people and the beauty of our surroundings, we have much for which to be thankful.