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Operation Spread Christmas Joy

The concept of giving is emphasized a lot throughout the holidays, yet often there is an idea of giving with the expectation of receiving something in return. One of the most life-altering lessons that I have ever learned was how to prioritize blessing others and expect nothing in return.

The stickers that adorned each box of cinnamon rolls that we shared during the holidays to bless others, changed designs on a yearly basis – courtesy of my mom and aunt’s world-renowned graphic design skills. In this one from 2017, they went for a festive polka dot combination. Photo by Lori Tippett

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Movie this Holiday Season?

The winter weather is a great time to get together with family and friends to pop in your favorite Christmas movie. With so many holiday movies to choose from, the Christmas classic “Elf” is a must-watch for sure. Additionally, there are many other Christmas movies that are at the top of the MBU community’s favorites. 

Watching Christmas movies is always a fun activity to do over the holidays. “Elf” is a great movie to consider this season if you are looking for a silly, comedic and heart-warming movie. The original 2003 motion picture “Elf” was created into a musical in 2010 by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. I acquired this “Elf” the musical snow globe after seeing the performance in December of 2017 with my dad. This snow globe is special to me because not only do I collect them but it is adorned in “Elf” my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Photo by Jessica Kunkel

Celebrating Christmas at MBU – 2022

With winter fast approaching and the air becoming crisper, jingle bells whisper in the wind as vibrant red and green colors begin to appear, meaning it must be getting close to Christmas time. This holiday season, MBU has put on a variety of activities and events throughout December leading up to Christmas break. Students had a blast participating in all the fun activities. Students who are a part of MBU’s Opinion Writing class also shared their favorite winter season foods as they look forward to spending time with friends and family during Christmas.

Every Christmas season, MBU’s Hanging of the Green takes place on the Quad. Each attendee is given a candle, which signifies the light of Jesus being born into the world and serves as a reminder for members of the MBU community to continue to “shine on” during the holidays as we are always reminded of the light of God that shines through us each day. All photos by Jessica Kunkel

Vacation Bible School Isn’t Just For Kids

Vacation Bible School is a week-long summer program that allows children of all backgrounds to have the opportunity to gather together, have fun, and learn about Jesus. Though the concept sounds like something that would mainly have influence over children, being involved in the program presents a unique opportunity for all ages to grow their faiths and be encouraged by one another.

One of the exciting aspects of VBS week is the end-of-the-week showcase in which the kids are able to perform the choreographed dances that they learned in music class throughout the week. In 2019, the theme of the year was sports, which allowed the children to create a performance in which they simulated the crowd of a sporting event. Photo by Alexa Tippett

Why Iranians are Protesting

The death of Mahsa Amini in September 2022 sparked worldwide protests in support of Iranian women’s rights and protestors’ rights, as well as global condemnation of Iran’s actions against its citizens.

Protests, such as this one in Stockholm, Sweden, have been held worldwide recently in solidarity with Iranians who are protesting against their national government. Photo courtesy of Artin Bakhan

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*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
   
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