Author: yikeshadley

Thus Begins the Advent

The first of December marks the beginning of Advent, a season observed by many Christian denominations. Vineyard Community Church in Marietta, Georgia began their celebration of the coming of Jesus with traditions new and old. With their love for this season and the family within their church, VCC filled their graveyard-neighbored strip mall rental with enough Christmas decor to make the place feel like a home.

DSC00297
Renowned worship leader Mike O’Brien belts out an original song written just the night before to honor the coming of Christ and the season of Advent.
DSC00336
Words to a well-loved worship song at VCC appear behind one of the many decorated trees that adorn the sanctuary.
DSC00301
Two members of VCC’s Youth program light the first candle for Advent after reading a short scripture relating to the holy season. One candle will be lit each Sunday until Christmas when the church celebrates the coming of Christ, and the largest and final candle is lit.
DSC00318
After the first candle is lit, the church sits in a meditative quiet before beginning communion. 
DSC00305
Two trees sit along the front of the sanctuary reading “peace” and “joy.” 
DSC00321
After a fairly full Sunday service, only three communion cups remain.
DSC00327
No one is too young to participate, a group of children listens to instructions from children’s minister Gisel Wilson to prepare for their Christmas play.
DSC00332.JPG
The day ends with the youth program writing words of inspiration to get them through their last few weeks of school on their hand-painted wall chalkboard.

Final Projects

_DSC2852
Sophomore English Education major Calia Mayfield views “Poor Possibilities/Rich Realizations,” a photography exhibit, by Joshua McGowan at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art.
DSC_2872
“When you’re close to them, they don’t seem real,” Mayfield says. “Art is scary.”

calia.png

Here’s this

Event photography: Light the Night – Athens

DSC_2283
An inflatable “fight” illuminated the Athens Classic Center Pavilion.
DSC_2307
Attendees lift their lanterns to show their support of curing blood cancer.
DSC_2312
Red lanterns symbolized support, while gold were in remembrance of those who had lost loved ones to blood cancer.
DSC_2269
Piedmont’s “Light the Night” shirts on display throughout the evening.
DSC_2271
Event coordinators and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society members Rebecca Wallace (left) and Jill Nugent (right) are thrilled the see the support shown by Athenians.

Mass Communication Experience Day: Sweatier Than I Expected

DSC_2209
Kristian Williams of Tallulah Falls School and a classmate check out the TV studio.
DSC_2136
Junior Laura Alyssa Plate, Department Chair Joe Dennis, and Daniel Percival watch in delight as the Mass Communication Experience attendees find their seats in the screening room.
DSC_2193
John Dills records Department Chair Joe Dennis’ welcome.
DSC_2160
This mean girl ruins my otherwise awesome shot of high school students smiles and interest in the Mass Comm festivities.
DSC_2241
Students in Dennis’ “Fake News” presentation listen intently.