General Interest Items – March 28, 2013

Posted on Mar 24 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Free Answers in Genesis Conference – Northern Virginia – April 5-7
2.2 U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon – Washington, D.C. – April 28-May 2
2.3 Article – “What Do Employers Really Want from College Grads?”

 

2.1 Free Answers in Genesis Conference – Northern Virginia – April 5-7

Centreville Baptist Church
15100 Lee Highway
Centreville, VA

Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, 2013. General Sessions are Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday evening. Student Sessions are at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday (split into Sunday sessions for younger and older students). The event is free–spread the word!

Ken Ham and creation geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling will be offering a variety of sessions that will help you defend the Christian faith, answer the critics, train your family, and preach the gospel in a secular world.

To reach public school, Christian school, and homeschooled students, the weekend includes special Student Sessions for both grades K-5 and grades 6-12. There will also be a variety of general sessions for all. (Younger children are welcome at the general sessions if accompanied by a parent; a nursery is available, as well as limited, free childcare to age four.)

View the complete conference schedule and download a conference brochure at the first website. If you’re planning to come from far away and will need a hotel, check out the list of local accommodations at the second website. (Local hotels may have filled because of the Cherry Blossom Festival; act now to find any remaining rooms.)

www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/event/Centreville2013

www.cbcva.org/aig

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2.2 U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon – Washington, D.C. – April 28-May 2

Lower West Terrace, U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol Complex
Washington, DC

Sunday, April 28, from 6 p.m. through Thursday, May 2, at noon.

Announcing the 24th year that God’s Word will be read aloud–in its entirety and without comment–from the steps of the U.S. Capitol in the 2013 U.S. Capitol Bible-Reading Marathon! The organizers are now taking reservations for reading times from Sunday evening, April 28 (after 8 p.m.) through Thursday, May 2 (before 9 a.m.). Consider coming up to our nation’s capital to read or to stand prayerfully by in silent support of the influence of the Bible in the life of the United States.

The Capitol Police are processing the read-a-thon’s permit application for the above dates. Congress is considering their request to waive the 24-hour rule to allow the event as a continuous, five-day marathon. Please pray for that waiver to come through.

For more information or to reserve a time slot, contact Terry Shaffer Hall at 202-441-6455 or dcbiblemarathon@gmail.com. (At the time of this writing, the group has no current website; however, they are seeking a volunteer web designer.)

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2.3 Article – “What Do Employers Really Want from College Grads?”

In a nationwide survey of employers, “a third said colleges are doing a ‘fair’ to ‘poor’ job of producing ‘successful employees.’ Despite persistently high unemployment, more than half of the employers said they had trouble finding qualified candidates for job openings.”

Employers gave concrete examples of shortcomings, such as grads need to “work on their interviewing skills.” Criticism that is more ambiguous stated that graduates need to “know how to communicate effectively.” Employers said grads “have trouble adapting, problem solving, and making decisions.” Internships were touted as powerful positives. Read more in the article and discuss it with your older students.

www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/education/what-do-employers-really-want-college-grads

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