Posted on July 5th, 2006
Homecoming and family weekend at Eastern Mennonite University this fall will include a celebration of the longest-running continuous student organization on campus, the Young People’s Christian Association (YPCA).
The YPCA will mark 85 years of ongoing Christian ministry, service and outreach with a dinner and program at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The program will include music groups associated with the YPCA, reflections from persons involved in YPCA activities over the years, historical photos projected on a large screen and exhibits from area congregations and current YPCA commissions.
According to Hubert R. Pellman’s history of the first 50 years of the school, a faculty committee guided the formation of the YPCA in 1922. “Much of the stimulus for vigorous religious life [on campus] was stimulated by the ‘Y’,” Dr. Pellman wrote. “Students believed in the work of the YPCA and sacrificed in money, time and energy for it” (p. 119).
“The ‘Y’ has been an integral part of the school from its early days on,” noted EMU campus pastor Brian Martin Burkholder, a member of the reunion planning committee. “‘Y’ members have been deeply involved in evangelism, prison ministry, grandparent adoption, alternative spring break service trips and a significant Y-church commission along with other commissions.”
“Many churches in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area were either started by or have been assisted by students who were part of the Y-Church program over the years,” he added.
“We hope that many alumni who were involved with YPCA programs will make plans to attend this year’s homecoming events and take part in a special salute to this significant student organization that remains strong to this day,” Burkholder said.
More information on the YPCA reunion is available by contacting the office of alumni-parent relations at EMU; phone: 540-432-4204 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org