Baccalaureate Speaker Asks EHS Students to Consider "Then What?"


Published on May 17 2012 1:41 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp


49 members of the Effingham High School Class of 2012 gathered Wednesday night for the annual Baccalaureate service sponsored by the Effingham Ministerial Alliance.

Jeff Michael of Christ's Church, who has a son in the graduating class, spoke to the students about the events that have happened...some tragic, some funny...since they were born.  He also encouraged the graduates to say "Thank You" to their parents and others who've loved them.

Michael reminded the students of the need to take accountability for their lives, saying that those who've protected them from many events during their formative years won't always be there now.  He suggested that the next 10 years will see the graduates make most of the fundamental choices of their lives.

With that in mind, though, Michael asked the students, "Then what?"  He said the graduates might choose to marry, to get a degree or join the military, to get a great job, but "then what?"  He suggested that God is there to guide them through the "then what" moments.


Van Brooks of New Hope Church welcomed the students and others who gathered.  Shey Schnepper shared Scripture from Hebrews 11 and Jennifer Garland offered the invocation while a band made up of current and former EHS students fronted by Mallory Becker led in a time of worship.