It was not only an afternoon of honoring academic achievements, but also reflecting on one's self spirituality. Over 170 persons were in attendance at the third annual baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 18 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The program opened with the song, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God," which was incidentally written by Martin Luther. This was followed by the National Anthem. The prelude was provided by the Newcomerstown High School band, and their director, Joel Hillwig.
The 20 class members in attendance entered single file into the church sanctuary to the tune of their class song, "The Time of Our Life."
St. Paul Pastor Kenneth Hacker opened the program with the call to worship, followed by the invocation.
The Newcomerstown High School choir, led by Director Karen Little, sang the songs, "And Wherever You Go," and "What a Wonderful World."
A scripture from Ecclesiastes was read by senior class member, Kaetlyn Kaylor, and was followed by a piano/ organ duet provided by Jenny Robinson,and Miriam Stein. The duet song was titled, "Praise Him, Praise Him."
St. Paul member Steve Barker led a spiritual hymn titled, "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry."
Class member Kirsti Buss read a passage titled, "Promise Yourself."
William Russell, guest speaker, later provided a spiritual message to the class which was followed by the old-time favorite hymn, "Amazing Grace."
The recognition of the senior class was led by senior class advisor Jason Leggett, as Jim Tufford, representing the Gideon Society provided each class member with a Bible and bookmarker.
The senior recognition portion of the program was then followed by the NHS band playing the Newcomerstown High School Alma Mater.
High School Principal Matt Fockler offered a word of prayer after which the high school choir members sang, "Hallelujah."
The recessional song was titled, "I Sing the Mighty Power of God."
The program and the reception were thoughtfully put together by St. Paul's Stewardship Committee. The reception was held in the church fellowship hall following the program. The committee incorporated the class's colors of orange and black, and displayed the class flower, the blue forget me not.