Our ACT UT 2021 Winter Retreat was held February 19 through February 21 at Delta Church of Christ
Our theme was "Called: to a life of purpose!" We considered that hearing the call was important but how can we hear the call without recognizing the Voice of God?
We listened for the whisper of God by studying HIs Word and the different ways God speaks to us. We learned that God speaks through seven languages: Scripture, desires, dreams, doors, people, promptings and pain. We prayed, worshipped and sought God's guidance and discernment - and had a lot of fun, too!
We spent Saturday afternoon walking through 19 inches of snow at Oak Openings Metropark as we all took some quiet time to find a "whispering spot" where we could entirely focus on God and what He is trying to tell us.
The weekend closed out Sunday morning as we led worship at Delta Church of Christ. Our students led in music and provided testimonies of their time with ACT and how God had changed their lives through our ministry.
It was a great weekend!
Here is a portion of the Sunday morning worship service where our students shared testimonies about ACT and provided the meditation and reflection on our retreat for the morning:
God truly blessed in so many ways and we thank Delta Church of Christ for their hospitality during the weekend!
Tuesday nights we welcome you to join our Small Group study "Jesus in the Real World."
We meet Tuesdays at 8 PM at the Active Christians Today UT Campus House (2018 Bretton Place Toledo 43606). Each week our group takes a case study and looks at it from a Christian perspective. How does faith play into real world situations? That's the question we attempt to answer each week.
At the core, our goal is to create an opportunity for our students to get connected, study God’s Word, and encourage each other in their walk with Christ.
With "Jesus in the Real World," our case studies take a tough situation and ask us to consider how our faith and Scripture applies. It allows us to use practical examples to build and grow our faith.
If you are interested in taking on one of our case studies, just show up! We would love to meet you and would love to hear your contribution to our weekly discussions.
Whether you're looking to meet others in your own life stage or find someone to be an accountability partner, this is the place to be!
Possible topics include:
What if you received praise for something you felt was a failure? How do you respond?
Your Muslim friend wants to know if they will meet you in heaven.
Is it okay for a church to violate government policy or laws in order to worship together? When is it not?
A singer at your church simply isn't very good. How should the situation be handled?
When is a hug... no longer a hug?
An immigrant family finds shelter in a church. The police ask you to let them in to arrest and deport them. Would you? Should you?
Is it ever okay to follow the spirit of the law over the letter of the law? Why or why not?
Our Spring Semester Bible Study will travel through the book of Romans. We meet at the ACT Campus House at 8 PM on Thursdays. Refreshments and/or a light meal will be provided!
Paul writes about what it means to be truly transformed. We'll study each week the ways we can personally apply Paul's guidance to our lives. Join us each week for "When in Romans!"
Our weekly talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Each focuses on the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity through God's Word.
The most important part of the evening is our discussion. This is your chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic. There's never an obligation to say anything. And there's nothing you can't say! It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
During the year we do topical studies along with in-depth study of Scripture. In every case, we dive into God's Word to discover truths applicable to our world. Our studies have three things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
Every Friday though the Spring 2021 semester we'll be headed out to the "Weaver Family Ranch" (6260 Prov Neap Swan Rd Swanton OH 43558). Join us anytime after 6:30 PM (weather permitting). Rides will be available from the campus house (please wear a mask).
We have two acres of space and a large pole barn so that we are able to follow the state of Ohio coronavirus safety precautions at all times. We will be physically distant but close in the Spirit in the great outdoors!
We will have a variety of food and fun each week including s'mores, hot dogs, pudgie pies, campfires, games, ping pong, movies, music and more!
Bring your own bedding and personal items you might need!
Active Christians Today at the University of Toledo follows the Lucas County regulations regarding Snow Emergency levels. We will update our website and social media as conditions warrant.
During a LEVEL 1, official events will take place but please use caution. During a LEVEL 2, official ACT events will be postponed or canceled. Other factors may affect the final decision. If weather conditions improve during the day and roads are passable, afternoon or evening activies may be resinstated if the Snow Emergency is lifted.
Information regarding the weather situation will be updated here and on our social media outlets.
Please be aware of the official Lucas County Severe Weather levels:
LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
Active Christian Today's 2020 Annual Meeting was live streamed on November 14. This is your opportunity to hear what God is doing through our ministries at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. You will hear testimonies and worship from our students, stories of what is happening, how we are confronting the pandemic and updates on ministry from our leaders. Join us as we celebrate God's faithfulness together!
Please note that this policy is subject to updated safety rules set forth by the University of Toledo and the State of Ohio.
Every participant must do a personal symptom assessment prior to the event. Students will not be allowed to participate if symptomatic (headache, temperature, cough, etc.).
All events will be held outdoors using safe social distancing guidelines.
Sanitizer will be provided and required for use by all participants.
Masks will be required by all participants except when eating.
The number of participants in the event located in close proximity throughout the area will be limited to 10. However, participants may spread out across the area in the general vicinity to achieve proper social distancing.
All participants whether members of Active Christians Today or guests must sign in with contact information.
All food prep will be done wearing gloves and masks. Food will be served using safe social distancing between servers and guests.
All condiments will be provided in self-serve packets. Chips and other sides will be provided in self-serve bags.
Enforcement of the rules will be provided by our students. If participants refuse to follow event policies (refusal to wear a mask, congregating in groups larger than 10, etc.), they will be asked to leave.