Since 1974, The Guild of HBU has been dedicated to serving and furthering the goals of the University. The Guild raises funds in order to offer scholarships to worthy recipients.
Guild President Ruth Alford welcomed attendees for the 2017 Guild Annual Christmas Luncheon, held December 1 at the River Oaks Country Club. The luncheon has become the traditional start to the Christmas season, she said, and an event which many cherish. This year’s luncheon scholarship recipient was Dr. Dawn Wilson of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
Special guest Laura Shook, a founding pastor of Community of Faith, and the author of “Forever Hope” and “Prayers for My Children,” served as the keynote speaker. Congruous with The Guild’s mission of offering hope and opportunities, Shook encouraged attendees to embrace hope in their own lives and then to share it with others.
Shook drew from her experience of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, as well as the people she met and the lessons she learned along the way. “Today matters – God wants to use you today. Every encounter, person and delay in your schedule has been ordained for a purpose,” she said. “People matter. And faith matters. I realized even when it was just Him and me, He was enough.”