The 2022 Baccalaureate Service began with music from the youth orchestra playing “Lord, I Need You.” Erik Calhoun read Proverbs 3:1-9, before leading the congregation in prayer. As the service progressed, the graduates presented the music selections and testimonies. Jaewon Yune played an impressive violin arrangement of “I Will Sing,” accompanied by his mother, Sungun. After a time of congregational singing, Sara Buliga testified. Then Victoria Heintz and Franchesca Mom sang, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Franchesca testified about going to a Christian school, but still needing to make her own choice to serve the Lord. When she was thirteen years old, she committed her life to Him.
Victoria Heintz, who graduated from Concordia University St. Paul, was the keynote speaker. She spoke of how God has led her through the big decisions she has faced so far. Those included the choices about whom to marry, what career to pursue, and whether or not to serve the Lord. Victoria’s path to becoming a nurse was not without obstacles, but the Lord smoothed the way. Through it all, she has relied on God and the peace He gives.
Erik Calhoun then introduced each graduate, reading their academic accomplishments and plans for the future. There were nine high school graduates. They are planning to continue their education at a variety of institutions, with interests ranging from law enforcement to health care to computer security. There were three with college degrees: Devin Hoskin, an Associate of Biology; Victoria Heintz, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Payton Lee, a Bachelor of Science in Business Leadership and Management with a dual major in Human Resources.
The evening concluded with a time of fellowship over a variety of delicious pie selections in the Fellowship Lodge.