Bethel to Host SOS Student Weekend

Bethel College will host the SOS (Summer of Service) student weekend for incoming 6th graders to graduating seniors, providing them with campus housing at a reduced cost. Roughly 400 teenagers and volunteers from 25 local church youth groups will participate in the four-day, three-night, service-oriented event from June 14 to 17.

The vision of Summer of Service student weekend is two-fold: to impact the geographic community of Michiana with the love of God and to develop a heightened student-community and attitude of service among participants. Besides taking part in service projects throughout the community, the students will also engage in sessions throughout the weekend, which will offer opportunities for worship, teaching, prayer, group discussion and devotions.

“Our summer team staff gets involved by helping as leadership and driving teams of students to their work space in town,” says Justine Lightfoot, assistant director of special events and conference services. “They have also been wonderful to work with and Bethel loves being a part of this ministry as they impact the community.”

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Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.