Mid-Winter Shines at YC

Shine Retreat, a mid-winter tradition at York College, was held February 9-10, at the Timberlake Ranch, near Central City. The annual retreat, which was first held in 1998 and now draws more than 130 students, includes speakers, worship time and small group interaction.

Shane Mountjoy, vice president for student development and dean of students, described the event as an opportunity for students to grow closer to each other and to the Lord, and to have a great time away from campus. "Regardless of the weather, it has become an annual favorite for many on campus, allowing members of the YC family to interact in a less formal setting," said Mountjoy. "Tim Lewis, YC campus ministries director, does a great job every year of keeping the event fresh, fun and student-focused."

This year’s theme, Lose It, was highlighted by three keynote presenters, Mark Smesrud '10, Jim Tuttle, and Rusty Ridley '07. All three speakers did an exceptional job as they challenged students to get rid of anything that inhibited their relationship with Christ as well as encouraged them to use their talents and giftedness to His glory and not for self gain.

There were also a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including board games, volleyball, card games, dodgeball, and of course paint ball in the snow. Friday night's talent show was a hit with a distinct panel of judges making the call. Bobby DeHart '95, LaRee Eckman '71, Catherine Seufferlein '85, and Rusty Ridley gave their "expert" critique throughout the production and declared in the end that students Jordan Siebold and Alfred Peters were the co-champions of the night.

Click here for pictures from the weekend.

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