We have a new Student Leadership Team (SLT) in place! Nominations and final voting took place in December and our new team is ready to serve. Erin Dougherty was re-elected our President. Emily Jackson and Jacob Wenhold will serve as our Vice Presidents. Our Outreach and Missions Team Officers are Olivia Calder and Katie Matousek. Our Prayer Team Officers are Ashlee (Q) Quantic and Xavier Whiting.
Our Student Leadership Team (SLT) continues to look for ways to challenge our students in daily reading and prayer. Through the youversion app, a devotional reading series was selected and many students have joined in. Beginning January 1 we take this to a new level with the reading plan titled the “Essential 100.” The reading plan can be found at youversion.com or on the youversion app! The Essential 100 Challenge provides an overview of the Bible. The plan focuses on 50 Old Testament passages and 50 New Testament passages — The Essential 100 — so one can see the big picture of God's Word, and form a daily Bible reading habit in the process. Essential 100 is an achievable way to have a "through the Bible" experience.
Wednesday nights have been fun as we begin each evening with a free family dinner. Students have helped in the cooking of the meals and we always have a great time of fellowship. Watch for announcements of our upcoming study as we dive into the Word of God every Wednesday!
Our Christmas celebration spread over a few weeks. This included a special Wednesday night Christmas Challenge. Each student was asked a series of multiple choice questions about the Christmas story as presented in Scripture. It was a fascinating exercise to realize much of what we “think” we know about the birth of Jesus is not necessarily based on the Bible! This will be an annual challenge!
Our special events during December included our First Friday Family Film Festival specifically focused on Christmas movies and television specials. It was a packed house (literally) for all of the fun.
Our annual Ugly Sweater Crazy Socks White Elephant Christmas Party was a great success with lots of crazy, Christmas fun. Christmas Pictionary added to a lot of the hilarity!
Our “Coin War: Help Haiti” ladies versus the men competition raised just over $200 to help in the recovery from Hurricane Matthew. The Coin War challenge was won by the guys so our ladies will be creating a special scavenger hunt for one of our spring special events.
What’s happening in January? We have our First Friday Family Film Festival on January 13, Gingerbread House-Making Competition January 20 and Game Night on January 27. Also planned is a trip to a Toledo Walleye Game and more.
Our ladies will begin a new Small Group study on Thursday nights. We are excited to bring in more new leaders as we reach out to new students!
Pray for the university community as everyone moves into the new Spring semester. Challenges await and we are excited to see where God will lead in our campus mission opportunities!