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Active Christians Today UToledo and Bowling Green State University joined together for a wonderful weekend retreat hosted by Delta Church of Christ. We closed out the weekend together with Delta's congregation and celebrated new life in Christ with three baptisms as our students led worship in song, testimonies and Word. What a close to the weekend!
Remembering Dave Warner
My heart is heavy with the passing of my friend Dave Warner. I had the joy and honor of serving with him for the first year on staff with Active Christians Today. From our first church visit together (pictured here), ACT Fall Retreat, Christmas parties, Winter Retreat to the Chivalry Dinner and everything in between, I had the opportunity to marvel at this man who was truly a servant leader.
His joy and passion consumed him and I saw his love of student ministry expressed in everything he did.
I suppose my greatest joy was spending a week on the mission field with him along with a group of wonderful students. I got to see him in action as he shared the gospel, sat with children and... sat with me by the fire in the evening talking theology and the future of Active Christians Today. We laughed at the foibles of ministry, the joys and the sorrows. It was a time I will treasure forever.
What I didn’t know until later was truly how much he loved to serve and how much potential he saw in campus ministry. While working at the ACT University of Toledo campus house I found a letter he wrote that expressed this in no uncertain terms. In it he said, “I believe with all of my heart that campus ministry plays a very significant role in the future of the church. Our future business leaders, educators, government leaders and politicians, media types, mothers and fathers, and future church leaders will come out of our universities. The potential of sending international students back into the cultures of countries closed to Christianity as missionaries is enormous.” It is obvious how much he valued the ministry that together with our students still reaches the world every day.
I admit I am greatly saddened to see him leave the earthly realm. However, my faith tells me I will get to strike up a conversation with him again. That brings me great joy.
Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Well done. Love ya, Dave!
Campus Pastor, ACT UToledo
Active Christians Today (ACT) is a community whose foundation is Christ. Our purpose is to help people establish and develop a relationship with Christ and become productive leaders in God's family. How do we do that? Our students share a little bit about what ACT means to them:
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!
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!
Worship Encounter Kids Edition ~ June 28, 2020.
Something a little different this edition! The Weaver family has been involved in a "virtual mission trip" during the final week of June so all week so there hasn't been time to prepare a regular worship service for Active Christians Today. Instead, ACT UT Campus Pastor Scott's kids decided to record their own version of our weekly Worship Encounter time together. So, enjoy some time with Dawson, Kerrigan and the Skit Guys for our Worship Encounter this week. And huge thanks to them for giving their dad a much-needed break this week! Enjoy! And please ignore the ice cream maker mixing in the background...
Worship Encounter Replay ~ Good News on Father's Day June 21, 2020.
Worship Encounter Replay ~ Good News June 14, 2020.