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Family Weekend Schedule

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Friday, October 19

Check-in/Information

9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. | Community Life Center (CLC) Lobby, Level 1

Stop by to pick up your name tags, tickets for the weekend, and a schedule of events.

Bethel Campus Store

9 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed during Chapel) | Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Stop by and enjoy a special 20% Family Weekend discount on Bethel apparel!  

Chapel with Your Student

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Attend Chapel with your student and hear a message from Mark and Jan Foreman, co-authors of Never Say No. Mark is also the author of Wholly Jesus and lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California. Jan is a gifted teacher and artist who facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children, both locally and in developing countries.

Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 3

Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s buffet-style dining. Special Family Weekend lunch price: $8.75/adult; $4.25/child (ages 4-11). Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Parent Enrichment Seminar: Empowering the Next Generation

1:30–3 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 2

Hear from the Foremans as they share practical advice for instilling wonder in a media-saturated culture, cultivating specific gifts, and balancing structure with individual choice. Mark and Jan believe the purpose of parents is the same as their child’s, especially as they embark on their college journey: to live creatively beyond themselves, bringing the love, beauty and nature of God to this world. Let the adventure begin. This seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Register today!

BUILD Program Family Dinner

5:30–7:30 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Welcome to the Bethel community! Receive BUILD Program updates and reconnect with students in the BUILD Program. This family dinner is for students and families currently enrolled in the BUILD program. The dinner is free. Register today!

Volleyball vs. University of St. Thomas

7 p.m. | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Cheer on the Royals as they face the Tommies! Purchase tickets at the door. Visit the Bethel Athletics website for more information.

Jazz Orchestras Fall Concert

7:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Relax with the stellar sounds of jazz classics presented by the 11:15 and 5:40 Jazz Orchestras, Jason Harms, director. Free – no tickets required.

Family Weekend Social

8:30–10 p.m. | Royal Grounds, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

This one's on us – enjoy refreshments and dessert in the Commons with your student following your evening activities.

Saturday, October 20

Check-in/Information

8 a.m.–noon | Community Life Center (CLC) Lobby, Level 1

Stop by to pick up your name tags, tickets for the weekend, and schedule of events.

Prayer Breakfast

8–9:45 a.m. | The Underground, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

President Jay Barnes and his wife Barb invite you to join other parents and families in worship, fellowship, and mutual encouragement, followed by a time of prayer. We will pray for Bethel students, employees, and families. A hearty breakfast will be served. Cost: $15/person (not included in student meal plan). Don't forget to register!

Bethel Campus Store

10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Stop by and enjoy a special 20% Family Weekend discount on Bethel apparel!

Session: Living in the Now; Preparing for the Future

10:15–11 a.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

The college years can be a time when students need to both think about and work for their current courses and take steps to prepare for the future. Learn about ways you can help your student be successful this semester, as well as about steps they can take during each of their years at Bethel to prepare them for the future.

Session: Supporting Your Student's Mental Health

10:15–11 a.m. | BC468, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

College is a time of adventure, connection, and growth, but also a time of transitions and often significant stress. National studies show that mental health struggles among college students are increasing. Find out about help and care at Bethel, what signs or symptoms to look for, and how to support your student.

Session: Study Abroad Overview

11:15 a.m.–noon | The Underground, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Bethel offers more than 30 semester and interim study abroad opportunities. Vincent Peters, Associate Dean of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies, will discuss the rationale for study abroad at Bethel and how it is academically integrated; the various study abroad program options available; financial aid, health, safety and security matter; the important role played by parents in helping students to plan their study abroad experience; and success stories from Bethel study abroad participants.

Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 3

Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s buffet-style dining. Special Family Weekend lunch price: $8.75/adult; $4.25/child (age 4–11). Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Football Game vs. Concordia College

1 p.m. | Royal Stadium

Cheer on the Royals as they face Concordia College! Purchase tickets at the gate at the special Family Weekend price of $3/ticket (free for children 5 and under). Visit the Bethel Athletics website for more information.

Women’s Soccer Game vs. Carleton College

1 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Royals as they face Carleton! Free – no tickets required. Visit the Bethel Athletics website for more information.

Men’s Soccer Game vs. Carleton College

3:30 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Royals as they face Carleton! Free – no tickets required. Visit the Bethel Athletics website for more information.

Pietas Honors Program Induction Ceremony

46 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 2

This special program is for students in the Honors Program and their guests. The event is by invitation only.

Cookies & Canvas

7 p.m. | The Underground, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Students and Families: Come out to The Underground to enjoy cookies and coffee while painting your own canvas. The instructor will teach this class using a step-by-step method, allowing everyone to bring out their inner Picasso! All skill levels welcome. Cost: $5/person, registration required. (Spots are limited). Register today!

Choral Ensembles Concert

7:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

The Bethel Choir, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Festival Choir will present a fall choral concert and hymn sing. Free – no tickets required.

Sunday, October 21

Student-led Vespers Service

8 and 10 p.m. | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Experience this special time of worship that has grown from a small residence hall gathering to a weekly service drawing thousands of young people from across the Twin Cities.