New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 69

  Michael Austin has been appointed Director of Residence Life, overseeing the residence hall managers and “the overall success and engagement of the residents of the College.” He previously served in various housing positions at Stony Brook University, most notably as student life specialist at Brookhaven Residential Village. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook. ivyland new church 25 th anniversary Alaine York (The Ivyland congregation celebrates the 25 th anniversary and The Rev. Ryan Sandstrom, current pastor in Ivyland) On Sunday, April 29, the Ivyland New Church congregation hosted a special church service, program and lunch to celebrate 25 years in our church building in Ivyland, Pennsylvania. The church building, converted from a pole barn in the early 1990s, was actually dedicated in December 1992, but we opted to wait for warmer (?) weather for the celebration. The day began with a family worship service led by our pastor, the Rev. Ryan Sandstrom, with the theme “Who Are We? Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Your Existence.” His talk focused on building things, how various parts are essential, support one another and fit together to create a strong whole, and how it is of Divine Providence that life should work this way. Following the church service, we enjoyed a program opened by Bishop Brian W. Keith, which included messages from our former pastors.The Rev. Robert S. Jungé, our founding pastor, sent a message read by the Rev. Andrew 245