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Annual gatherings welcome alumni home

Kennedy Home and Mills Home “brothers and sisters,” as they affectionately refer to one another, reunited for their annual Homecomings.

Alumni gathered at Kennedy Home in Kinston the weekend of June 1 and at Mills Home in Thomasville the weekend of August 3. Current staff members at both of Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) two oldest locations make preparations alongside the Alumni Associations to ensure the weekends are memorable.

For alumni, Kennedy Home and Mills Home provided meaningful family relationships.

“These holy grounds will always be home to them, and we would not have it any other way,” said BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell.

Blackwell spoke briefly during the worship service at Mills Home on Sunday, August 5 sharing an acrostic he created for the word “alumni.”

“The ‘A’ stands for ‘awesome and amazing. Put the two together and that makes a new word –– ‘awesomazing,’” Blackwell explained coining the new word.

“‘L’ means ‘love and laughter.’ ‘U’ is for ‘understanding and unique’ while ‘M’ stands for ‘majestic and marvelous,’” he stated. “‘N’ is for ‘nice and nimble’ and ‘I’ means ‘interesting and integrity.’”

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