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Get your Briercrest merch online! | Briercrest Connections - Issue #7

Briercrest Connections
Welcome to the November edition of Briercrest Connections! We’re excited to share updates from campus and beyond this month.
In this edition:
  • Update your Briercrest merch with our online pop-up store!
  • Discipleship highlights from Semester 1, despite restrictions
  • On-campus volleyball league gives high school students a chance to play
  • Alumni updates from Caronport, Peace River, and Nebraska
  • An update from our Keeping the Faith campaign
Thanks for clicking and for sharing all your stories with us so far! We hope you enjoy this edition of Briercrest Connections.

Briercrest Merch Pop-Up Shop | Fall 2020
Briercrest Merch Pop-Up Shop | Fall 2020
What’s the state of your Briercrest gear? If you’re like many alumni, that holey old BBI t-shirt might be due for a refresh.
After hearing from many off-campus friends looking for updated merch, we are so excited to announce that our first-ever online pop-up store launches this week! You can get some new and classic Briercrest merchandise online until November 30th.
Head to to see what’s in stock.
P.S. If you have classic Briercrest merch that you’re still wearing, we’d love to see a picture. You can attach photos to our Alumni Update Form, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t want a feature in an upcoming newsletter. If you get new merch, send us a photo of that, too!
This session, we’ve had especially encouraging feedback from our Student Development staff, who work closely with our high school and college students. Allow us to share some highlights:
Students are reporting that they feel at “home” and that Briercrest is a “safe space” to recover and regain focus after a challenging summer.
Despite restrictions that keep students from visiting other dorms, we’ve seen strong community forged within each dorm hall. Mel Hill, Residence Director of Bergren and Sundbo dorms, commented:
“The forced hall cohorts have created a unique opportunity for deep, rich community. We’re seeing students openly confess their struggles and build supports. Where once sin and addictions, and the ensuing shame, were kept in darkness and created barriers in relationships, God has brought them into the light and into compassionate, loving small hall communities. We’re seeing God work through all our students to build up the body of Christ in a way we haven’t experienced in my time on staff.
God has been prompting many students to respond to Him in new ways this year. Some highlights include a number of students getting baptized, as well as four students giving their lives to Jesus! Praise God!
While in the College we have been able to have our usual daily in-person chapels all year, Briercrest Christian Academy has only recently been cleared to meet for chapel in the Hildebrand. We’re excited for the unity that this is sure to foster in our student body. Read that update below!
BCA Returns to In-person Chapels
We’ll try to get through this whole feature without making one “serving on the court/serving in the community” pun.
Running a volleyball skills camp and mini league has allowed our athletes to engage our community.
Running a volleyball skills camp and mini league has allowed our athletes to engage our community.
With no inter-school high school volleyball on the horizon, we opened up our gym for high school mini-leagues and a skills camp this fall!
Both the league and camp filled up in days. Some of the athletes registered live up to two hours away and are driving to Caronport weekly for a chance to play. 
Briercrest coaches and athletes have teamed up to provide these safe competition and training opportunities for grades 9–12. Coach Nolan Weinmaster of Briercrest Women’s Volleyball said, 
“It’s a really good opportunity for our players to pass on their knowledge of things they’ve learned and mentor some young [players] as well.”
Sports camps have always been a key ministry for Briercrest Athletics, so even with this year’s limitations, we’re happy to be able to share what we have with our neighbours. (P.S. Basketball coming soon!)
Read the full feature in Discover Moose Jaw at the link below!
Briercrest Hosting High School-Aged Volleyball Mini-League, Camp This Month -
The legacy of Darcy Haugan, late head coach of the Humboldt Broncos and Briercrest Clippers alumnus, continues to be remembered and honoured.
Last month, the Darcy Haugan Memorial Statue was unveiled in front of the Baytex Energy Centre in Peace River, Alberta, Haugan’s hometown.
The statue honours Haugan’s time coaching in that community and stands as a reminder of the core covenant values that Darcy Haugan modelled and encouraged in his players.
John Bechtold, who coached Darcy at Briercrest from 1998–2000, remembered that these values ultimately stemmed from Darcy’s faith.
“He loved hockey, but just like his covenant spoke of, it was more than hockey: it was about caring for people and loving people. I really believe it was because of his relationship with Jesus Christ.
At the October 2018 alumni weekend, Briercrest Athletics retired Haugan’s number 22 jersey. It was an opportunity for alumni, former teammates, and current players alike to honour Darcy’s legacy and the time he and his wife, Christina, spent at Briercrest. You can read both stories below.
Briercrest remembers Darcy Haugan
Brandy Magnus (nee Pederson) graduated from Caronport High School (now Briercrest Christian Academy) as the class valedictorian. After high school she attended the University of Regina where she graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Engineering, Environmental Systems. In 2011, she attained her Professional Engineering designation while working at Mosaic Potash. ⁠
Brandy and her husband, Todd, live in Caronport where they are raising their four sons to follow Jesus. Throughout their time here, they have invested heavily in their community. ⁠Brandy served on Caronport’s Town Council for a four year term, where she took on the responsibility of capital projects. Currently, she co-owns and operates a hotel. ⁠
Brandy has served as a board member with Briercrest College and Seminary and Briercrest Christian Academy since the fall of 2018. Thank you for your service, Brandy!
Dale Ribble graduated from Briercrest Bible Institute ⁠in ⁠1973. He and his wife Caroline live in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they have pastored for the last 23 years. They have 5 children and 21 grandchildren.
⁠Dale recently began an exciting ministry with Lancaster County Corrections as an Associate Chaplain! Here’s what he said: ⁠
“God has an amazing way of leading if we’re willing to listen. He opened wide a door of ministry for me there. I spend 4 hours each afternoon ministering to the inmates.” ⁠
Thank you for sharing your testimony with us, Dale!
If you recently watched The Social Dilemma and want to talk, have we got a course for you!
Our resident theologian of technology, Dr. Joel Houston, has taken his Theology of Technology seminary course and condensed it down into eight thought-provoking, highly practical online lessons designed to help you think about how technology fits (or doesn’t fit) in the life of faith.
This is the first of a series of courses for Christian leaders seeking to enhance their influence their spheres.
Theology and Technology Mini Course
We are one year into an $8.9 million campaign to make Christian education more affordable for Christian young adults. To date, we have raised $4.1 million dollars towards this goal. Thanks be to God!
Since we launched the campaign, God has continued bringing faithful partners to support His mission here at Briercrest. We are so thankful!
This topic is near and dear to our hearts, and we wanted to share the campaign video produced this summer that captures the vision. Check it out below!
Keeping the Faith: The Fight for Tomorrow's Church
Thank you!
We have heard from dozens of alumni around the world and we love hearing your stories. Do you want to keep up with your fellow Briercrest Alumni? Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram for a regular Thursday #AlumniOfBriercrest Spotlight.
Have a story about what God has been doing in your ministry, life, or hometown? We want to hear about it! Use the form below to update us. A few times a month, we feature alumni stories and updates on our social media feeds and some become blog features, and we may just tell yours!
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