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Christian universities to collect hurricane relief funds at volleyball game

To provide relief for the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and uphold the “Oklahoma Standard,” Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and Southwestern Christian University out of Bethany are partnering with the Sooner Athletic Conference to collect donations for storm victims.

 Both of the universities’ volleyball teams were originally slated to play in Houston this weekend for a tournament. Because of the devastation in the city and surrounding communities, the tournament has been canceled.

Now, MACU and SCU will square off in a non-conference volleyball contest at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in the Gaulke Activity Center on the campus of Mid-America Christian University, 3500 SW 119.

Admission will be free, but the schools will ask for monetary donations at the door.

 “As Christian Institutions we are committed to using sports to show the love of Christ whenever we can. Knowing the devastation that is plaguing southeastern Texas right now, this seemed like a great way for us to put our faith into action and help those who are hurting because of this storm,” said Mike Freeman, MACU volleyball head coach.

All donations will be sent to Parkgate Community Church in Pasadena, Texas, a southern suburb of Houston. The church has initiated a disaster relief fund for affected members of their congregation as well as the community at large. The worship minister at Parkgate, Kenneth Spiller, is a MACU alum.

 Of the effort to help, MACU Athletic Director Marcus Moeller said “We are proud to have so many of our alumni using their vocation to serve Christ and His people. Kenneth Spiller is someone we’re very proud of, and I am ecstatic to be able to help Parkgate Community Church in their efforts to raise funds to support and serve their local community. We urge you to come out Friday night and donate to such a great cause.”

 

For more information about Parkgate Community Church’s relief efforts or to make a donation, go to www.parkgate.church/harvey.

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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