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(The following story was featured on the Oct. 9 PCUSA website and Presbyterian Mission page, written by Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development, Presbyterian Foundation.  It is printed with permission along with his photo.)

 

Mentoring today fills tomorrow’s pulpits—St. Andrews Presbyterian

College Alum Rev. Bobby Musengwa

 

   Growing up in South Africa, Bobby Musengwa couldn’t imagine coming to America to attend seminary. But it was his uncle’s friendship with Heath Rada, who later served as moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014), that brought this possibility to light for him — and the mentoring community of professors, pastors, family and friends reinforced Musengwa’s call.

    Musengwa soon found himself in the U.S., encouraged by his family to leave South Africa amid growing concerns about his safety in apartheid South Africa. He attended and graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and worked at Montreat Conference Center each summer. That’s where he reconnected with Rada, who then invited him to attend the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary).

   “He became a mentor that allowed me to safely explore the journey or the call into ministry,” Musengwa recalled. “I had in my mind that I’m just an educator.”  Musengwa did serve as a Christian educator, but Rada and others encouraged him to pursue ordination as a pastor. “Heath taught me that I could be an educator, a teaching elder even, as a pastor.” Musengwa earned degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He now serves as the “Rev.” of Maximo Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the third church he has served.

    Mentoring for ministry has an increasingly important role in today’s Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Over the past decade, there have been about 500 pastor retirements each year and only 200 ordinations. That trend will continue until mentoring those called to pastoral ministry becomes a priority for Presbyterians.

   Will we have enough pastors to fill the needs of Christ’s future Church? The answer is up to us.  And although some geographical regions have enough pastors now, there are not nearly enough to meet the needs in many other areas.

   Sharon Daloz Parks, a faith development expert and director of Leadership for the New Commons, an organization in Clinton, Washington, that provides consulting services in the areas of leadership and ethics, believes that a mentoring environment and culture are essential for anyone, and especially young adults, to discover their vocation. In her

book “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith,” Parks writes that mentoring environments provide a

“network of belonging … [and] promise a place of nurture for the potential self.”

   Families, churches and even worksites can be mentoring environments, networks of belonging or mentoring communities. A whole community of mentors may already exist with the potential to nurture Christian vocational discernment. That potential is realized when gifts are identified, and intentional discernment of gifts begins. That can start with the mentor or the mentee.

    We are not alone in the church as we discern what God wants us to do with our lives. All that we have, including our lives, is entrusted to the care of the community most often embodied in congregations.

    I’ll never forget a college student in the first congregation I served. He began the process of discerning a call to ministry as what we call an “inquirer” by meeting with me and then our session. Later he would meet with the presbytery. The new inquirer asked the session for their support in finding out how to use his gifts best as a person of faith to make a positive difference in the church and the world. He trusted me, and he trusted them.

    After the meeting, the newly recommended inquirer and I privately debriefed the session meeting in the church parking lot. Feeling truly supported, the inquirer suggested, “Wouldn’t it be great if every youth at our church had the support I am getting?” With a lump in my throat, I managed to whisper back, “Wouldn’t it be great.”

    Our seminaries stand ready to prepare those with gifts for ministry for service in the church. We don’t have to wait to enroll or send someone to seminary to partner with them. The admissions staff serve as gifted members of a discernment team. Don’t wait until you or someone you know is called to seminary to contact one or more admission officers.

[Note:  At the beginning of the Scotland County Highland Games, Oct. 6, Scotland County Commissioner Carol McCall read a letter announcing that St. Andrews Piper and SAU graduate Bill Caudill ‘89 had been awarded North Carolina’s Governor’s honor of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.”  Her letter is printed below.  The photo is of Carol giving the award to Bill.]

 

   It is my honor and privilege to present a very distinguished award today.  Among the honors and awards that the Governor of North Carolina can bestow, none is more valued than “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.”  Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina.

   In 1989, a group in Fayetteville organized the Scottish Heritage Symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the Argyle colony from Scotland in 1739.  Bill Caudill was on that committee and when the committee decided not to commit to the continuation of the symposium, 22-year-old Bill Caudill moved the idea to Laurinburg where it has been an annual event in Scotland County since then.  The symposium is celebrated every year and brings visitors to our county from many states and several foreign nations.

   In 2007 when Red Springs decided to cease holding the Flora McDonald Highland Games, Bill and other citizens initiated the Scotland County Highland Games and Bill chairs the annual event.  No other event attracts more visitors to our area, and our games provide a strong economic impact to the county.

   Bill graduated from St. Andrews University in 1989.  Before he graduated, he was already an award-winning piper.  While in high school he was a member of the Grandfather Mountain Pipe Band and became the college piper at St. Andrews.  He started the St. Andrews Pipe Band.  Upon his graduation in 1989, Bill established the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews and has served as its Director since 1989.  He personally raised the funds to renovate the building in which the Heritage Center is located.

   Bill came to Scotland County from Waxhaw, NC, and essentially never left.  He has helped forge bonds between the college and the community by including community pipers and drummers in the St Andrews Band and by teaching local high school students to play the pipes.

   Bill Caudill has made Laurinburg and Scotland County known nationally for our Scottish heritage and our reverence for that heritage.  He has promoted North Carolina throughout Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries as a place that values its heritage, its culture, and its roots.  Bill always exhibits a healthy respect for others and attempts to be inclusive of all cultures.  His service has strengthened the State of North Carolina by illuminating important aspects of our past and expanding the foundation of our human understanding.

   He is a leader, a coordinator, a perfectionist and most consistently a doer.

   The honoree receives a certificate by which the Governor confers upon the recipient “the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this order among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world.”

 

Here's to the land

0f the long leaf pine

The summer land

Where the sun doth shine

Where the weak grow strong

And the strong grow great.

Here's to "down home"

The Old North State"

 

   Congratulations to my dear friend, Bill Caudill.

 

(By Carol McCall)

Hurricane Michael Update

10 October 2018, 11:06 am Written by
Dear St. Andrews University community,
 
It is hard to believe, given what we have recently endured, that another hurricane is bearing down on the Florida panhandle and will bring more rain to eastern North Carolina. Rest assured, our maintenance staff is preparing for the storm and the administration is closely following the progress of Hurricane Michael. 
 
At this point we are convinced that, while we are likely to experience significant rain and wind Thursday night, there is no imminent danger to our facilities, students, faculty, or staff.  We do not intend to cancel classes, evacuate campus, or make any changes to our normal schedule.
 
We will, however, continue to monitor the progress of the storm and inform every one of any changes in our response to Hurricane Michael.  As a reminder, please make sure you are signed into our Nixel alert system on your cell phone, which will be useful in the event we lose power.  Our highest priority remains, as always, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
 
Sincerely,
Paul Baldasare, President 

   St. Andrews University will be hosting the return of Chinese American Artist and former faculty member Daniel Nie on Oct. 23-24 and holding several workshops for students and faculty on campus.

   Mr. Nie is a St. Andrews University alumnus, class of 1984, who also returned as a faculty member from 1987-1992.  He is a renowned artist living in the Washington D.C. area.

   He is the author of several works, including his novels Building Your Own American Dream: The Lessons I’ve Learned from Coming to America and Thinking Outside the Box: Meaningful Words in Coolligraphy.  His works can be viewed on Amazon.com and Worthpoint.com. 

   "I attended St. Andrews in 1981 after I arrived in the U.S. as a young man from China.  St. Andrews taught me to be an open-minded person, provided me with a solid educational foundation and helped further my studies.  I returned to the university as a faculty member and taught full time in this fine institution for five years. During my time as a professor, I developed a unique visual system called "Coolli" which later became a successful business, both as an art form and a training for creative thinking,"  Mr. Nie said,

   Scotia Village, 2200 Elm. Ave, will host a book signing event for Mr. Nie on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  He will have copies of both his books and art work available for display and sale.  Mr. Nie will talk about his works, give some insights on his creation "Cooligraphy" and share some of his experiences as a Chinese American.

    St. Andrews University is a Branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.  The University's mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core.  Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines.  Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.—30—

SAU WEATHER ALERT

15 September 2018, 10:21 am Written by

9/15/2018   Saturday  10:30 am  

 

UPDATE ON SAU CAMPUS AND CLASS SCHEDULE 

 

Campus sustained minor damage during the storm. Power is on and everyone is doing well. Reopening will be decided later today.

Fallen trees and some wind damage appear to be the major effects from Florence.

The wind speeds have decreased. However, we will continue to experience some wind throughout the day. Expect heavy rain to continue until today and through the night.

The decision on when classes will resume will be made later today.

 

 

 

SAU WEATHER ALERT - Football Team Update

14 September 2018, 10:22 am Written by

9/14/2018   Friday   11:00 am  

 

UPDATE ON SAU FOOTBALL TEAM: 

 

The St. Andrews Football Team will remain in Kentucky after tonight’s game with Georgetown College.

 

The team will travel back to Laurinburg on Saturday after the effects of Hurricane Florence have subsided.

 

As of 9/14/18 at 10:30 AM, SAU still has power.

 

 

SAU WEATHER ALERT

15 September 2018, 3:52 pm Written by

9/15/2018   Saturday  4:00 pm  

 

UPDATE ON CLASS SCHEDULE 

 

IMMEDIATE

 

In light of the continuing impact of Hurricane Florence on road conditions, power outages and flooding throughout southeastern North Carolina and the forecast for continuing rain and high winds at least through Sunday, St. Andrews classes are cancelled for Monday, September 17, 2018,  but will resume Tuesday, September 18, 2018, beginning with all 8 a.m. classes.

Although the St. Andrews campus maintained power and had limited food service during the storm, students should not return to campus until Monday afternoon, September 17, 2018, when all student services will be fully available.  Students are required to check in with their Residence Director when they return to campus so an accurate count of all students can be made.

Student-athletes who have questions about scheduled practices and games next week should contact their respective coaches about schedule changes.

All faculty and staff are expected to return to work on Monday, September 17, 2018, unless weather, safety concerns, or other conflicts prevail.  Staff members with questions about their return to work should contact their supervisor by email or phone. ​

 

 

SAU WEATHER ALERT

16 September 2018, 4:27 pm Written by

9/16/18 Sunday 4:30 PM

 

All Faculty, Staff and Students:
 
Based on the most current weather and road conditions in and around Scotland County and an evaluation of the levels of rain, standing water, and lake conditions on campus, the start of classes now has been postpone until further notice.  All returning students, faculty and staff will be given at least 48-hour notice before classes are scheduled to resume.  The St. Andrews campus continues to have electrical power and internet service as well as food service for those students currently in residence.  All other students should not return to campus until further notice.
 
With the exception of essential staff, all faculty and staff are encouraged to remain at home until further notice.  Staff members with questions or specific concerns should contact their supervisor by email or phone. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SAU WEATHER ALERT

16 September 2018, 10:56 pm Written by

9/16/18 Sunday   11:00 PM

 

Today, Laurinburg and Scotland County experienced significant amounts of rain and some flooding in various parts of our local community.  On the St. Andrews campus Lake Moore overflowed its banks in several low lying areas resulting in water entering the ground floors of the Morgan Jones Science Center, the Belk Student Center and the Morgan Liberal Arts Building.  All residence halls and other academic and athletic buildings remain dry and well above water levels. 

 

However, power was lost to the campus at approximately 5:30pm, but efforts are underway to restore it.  St. Andrews has joined with county officials for the St. Andrews PE Building to be used as an evacuation site for local citizens who are experiencing flood waters in their homes, and the county crews have already set up generators and lights.   

 

All students on campus are safe and dry in their residence halls.  Our food service is set up to feed students and staff tomorrow while we wait for power to be restored.  Another update will be forthcoming tomorrow morning.

 

Paul Baldasare, President