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    Vespers to share students’ summer ministries via video

    Junior Ben Nicholas and Mr. Christopher Zydowicz compare scripts to prepare for Friday’s Vespers. Photo: Molly Waits

    The university family will come together in the FMA on Friday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. to view this semester’s first Vespers presentation.

    The program, titled “#119,” is a video presentation produced by Mr. Christopher Zydowicz, faculty member in the Division of Communication.

    The title of the Vespers is a mystery. “The reason for the name #119 will be revealed in the Vespers,” Zydowicz said.

    While the meaning behind the name of the program hasn’t been revealed, Zydowicz offered some details of what the program will include: a video presentation consisting of video footage and photographs taken by students during the summer. It includes not only the video presentation, but also a live narrator.

    According to Zydowicz, the program has been created mainly by students. “I’m using bits and pieces of social media in it,” he said. “It’s kind of the idea that the students are forming this Vespers. They’re the ones who went out and got the ‘selfies’ and video clips.”

    The video presentation has two parts and covers the different summer ministries students were involved with this past summer. Their activities range from mission trips amd travels to countries like Scotland, Africa and Australia, to summer camp ministries and summer jobs.

    “All of those things are part of ministry,” Zydowicz said. His goal is to highlight individuals and how they got involved in ministry during the summer. “[That ministry] may be in a big group, [but] still the individual represents the Gospel,” he said.

    The first part of the video presentation shows each individual’s ministry during the summer, while the second part conveys the meaning of the video to the students.

    Benjamin Matthews, a junior computer science major, was involved in getting footage for “#119.” He said he spent time every day taking footage while he was on a mission trip to Scotland.

    Another student, Peter Ralph, a junior business and technology major, was also involved in obtaining footage for the program while he worked at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

    While the video is meant to be fun, the underlying goal of this Vespers is to encourage the student body by showing them how fellow students ministered to others and to remind them that ministry does not end when summer ends. “Ministry begins right here, right now, to those around us,” Zydowicz said.

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