When registration for Trevecca’s third annual Legacy Partners Celebration began at 7:30 AM, on Friday, October 19, church buses and vans soon arrived with groups of senior adults excited about the day. The more than 550 participants represented 16 states and 10 of the 12 districts in the Church of the Nazarene southeast region. This one-day event, planned specifically for senior adults, was a time of inspiration and fellowship, held at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene and on Trevecca’s campus.
In addition to a continental breakfast, lunch, and many opportunities for fellowship, the day’s program included these highlights:
• Alumna Mary Lee Fielder recounted how the dream of her and her siblings to honor their parents, Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Saxon, was realized through the establishment of a scholarship in the parents’ names.
• Trevecca alumna Lena Hegi Welch, dean of Trevecca’s School of Arts and Sciences, explained how Trevecca’s impact on her life had resulted in her own personal Trevecca “legacy”—one which now allows her to influence the lives of Trevecca students.
• The Collingsworth Family presented musical programs throughout the day, segments which included songs by the whole family, violin duets, piano solos—all laced with testimonies of God’s faithfulness to them.
• Members of two sets of triplets—the Sparrows and the Hares and all Trevecca students—told how they sensed God calling them to enroll in Trevecca and how scholarship support had made their attending Trevecca possible.
• Singer, songwriter, author, and ordained minister Kim McLean ’06/MA ’08 recounted how she enrolled in Trevecca at age 41 so that she could learn more about her craft as a musician and how she found her “legacy” as a child of God in the process.
• Awaken, one of Trevecca’s traveling musical ensembles, presented music during the continental breakfast time and opened the morning and afternoon sessions.
Trevecca Legacy Partners ambassadors Drs. Moody and Nina Gunter, chairs of the planning committee for this event, summed up the impact of the day: "The TLP Celebration was a highlight for senior adults in connecting with Trevecca and the students. The entire program of Spirit-anointed music by The Collingsworth Family and the gratitude expressed by students and alumni for scholarship assistance inspired everyone. The food and fellowship were delightful. What a day to be remembered!"
Next year’s Legacy Partners Celebration will feature music by The Hoppers, who have been named Mixed Group of the Year by Singing News Fans 12 times, including 2011. Next year’s event will take place on Friday, October 18, 2013.