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Alumna Celebrates 102nd Birthday During BPC’s Chapel Service

Whipple Family
Brewton-Parker alumnus Camella “Mell” Whipple (’30) of Vidalia (front), the daughter of former BPC president Albert Gates, who was president from 1922-1941, celebrated her 102nd birthday during BPC’s Sept. 24 chapel service. Here she poses outside Saliba Chapel with her family (left to right): nephew-in-law Julian Deal, nieces Frances Deal and Peggy Gates, and daughter Annette Ewing.

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON— BPC alumna Camella “Mell” Whipple (’30) of Vidalia charmed Brewton-Parker students with her witty and frank responses during a Q&A session at BPC’s Sept.24 chapel service, which was designed to celebrate her 102nd birthday. After being handed a bouquet of red roses, Whipple listened as the entire chapel congregation sang “Happy Birthday, Mrs. Mell.” Outside, a specially prepared birthday cake awaited students and faculty, while students took pictures with Whipple and her family.

Mel Whipple

Camella “Mell” Whipple answers questions from the students about her experiences at BPC. Mell was a special guest at the Sept. 24 chapel service, where part of the service honored her 102nd birthday.

Dr. Tim Searcy spoke during part of the chapel service on “Beware of Posers.” His message was based around Matthew 7:15-29. “First,” he said, “We need to understand what a “poser” is.” A poser, according to the internet, is a person who claims to be something they are not. Searcy started his message with a list of how to identify a poser: somebody who changes their likes to fit in with others, who tries to fulfill stereotypes, who claims to love something that they know very little about, or who seeks attention, are all signs of a poser.

Searcy then launched into the spiritual side of his message by telling the chapel congregation, “Posers in life can be amusing. Religious posers, however, are dangerous.”  For his second point, Searcy informed his listeners that you can identify religious posers by their fruit.

Dr. Tim Searcy

“I think we need to identify the fruits of the flesh, because our world is quickly losing sight of them,” Dr. Tim Searcy said during the Sept. 24 chapel service. (Photos by Lauren Moye)

“I think we need to identify the fruits of the flesh, because our world is quickly losing sight of them,” Searcy said. He directed students to peruse Galatians 5:19-24 for a list of characteristics of both religious posers and Christians. For his last two points, Searcy said that religious posers will not be allowed into heaven and that they need to be real as Christians. He concluded his sermon by saying, “If you build your life on authenticity, on building that relationship with Jesus, you are no longer a poser.”

Voices of Truth led worship. Chapel services are open to the public and are every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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October 7, 2013 9:39 AM