Food, faith and fellowship at C.N. Jenkins
C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church welcomed close to 150 college students Sunday for food and fellowship.
Celebrating its annual College Sunday, the church was visited by members of Johnson C. Smith University’s football and volleyball teams and UNC Charlotte’s gospel choir, Voices of Eden.
College Sunday is sponsored by C.N. Jenkins’ college ministry. Associate Pastor Eustacia Moffett Marshall (photo below), who heads youth and young adult ministries, said the purpose is to connect students to Christ, to each other, and to the church.
Marshall delivered the morning message, preaching about the importance of work and the need to resist idleness. She even quoted the old Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song, “Wake Up Everybody,” encouraging the students to live productive lives and to use what God has given them.
The Voices of Eden rendered music for the service, something they’ve done at past College Sundays, as well during revivals and other church events.
UNCC choir members Latoya Peguese and Harry Gilliard said the message hit home.
The JCSU football team often worships at C. N. Jenkins. Markus Gray, a senior tight end from Newberry, S.C., said the messages are always beneficial to him.
“She (Marshall) is aware of what we as students go through, and she relates the word to what we go through in everyday life,” he said.
After the service, the students were served spaghetti with a side salad and dessert.
Gray, a 6-footer who tips the scales at 230, devoured the first serving and was last seen searching for a second plate.
The students were served by members of the West Charlotte High School men’s basketball team, whose head coach is a member at C. N. Jenkins.
During the dinner, students had opportunities to win prizes in a game called “C. N. Jenkins Trivia.” For example, students were asked to give the full name of the church and to name at least one song rendered during worship.
Marshall said Sunday’s turnout was one of the largest yet.
“Every year it gets larger,” she said.
The church’s next college celebration will in the spring, Marshall said.
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