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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - September 28, 2016

As a college freshman who was raised in the church, I was eager to find a campus ministry that would nourish my soul. Early in my first term, I met some people who were engaged in an active ministry that was doing fun things (like playing capture the flag in the sculpture garden) and doing Bible study. The ladies I spent time with were friendly and kind and invited me to do intentional and intensive Bible studies with them. It all seemed good, at first. We studied John chapter 1. We spent meals together. and we hung out when they brought me a jamba juice to the dorms. But there was also something out of sorts. As a college freshman, I couldn't quite figure out what it was, but I knew my spirit was unsettled. I had another friend who was from Ghana and he too was unsettled and we would talk about our experiences and try and figure out what wasn't quite right. In a 2 on 1 Bible study, the ladies told me that I could help "save" my family, which was odd since a) they didn't know anything about my family (other than that they weren't part of their church) and b) I had a brother who was a pastor and a sister in seminary...I wasn't quite sure how they needed saving.

Eventually, though I couldn't name it all specifically, I decided it simply wasn't the group for me and I would need to look elsewhere. They were not happy when I told them and after a couple attempts to get me to go back, they stopped talking to me all together.

After that, I visited around to other groups (probably at least 9) before finding a group that was more solid and where I was more comfortable. Separate from that time of worship and Bible study, I took classes on Judaism and World Religions and asked lots of questions about what I actually believed.

Which is the long way of saying that finding a good place to explore and grow in faith while in college can be challenging! So, as a ministry on campus, we want to be a safe place for students to come where they can ask questions and explore the Christian faith, as well as trust the teachings that we offer and the fellowship they encounter. We are seeking to shape such a ministry on Thursday nights during our time at the Campus Christian Center (now simply called "The Center"). We share a home cooked meal and then have some conversation around issues and questions of faith. We have a diverse group who self-identify in all kinds of ways. It's interesting, challenging, and inspiring all at the same time!

As we shape, invite, and seek to grow this ministry, I would invite you to participate in any of the following ways:

Pray for the UofI and all the students and specifically those who are responding to our invitation
Consider helping with a Thursday night meal (we serve 5-8 hearty eaters)
Consider making a finger food platter or cookie tray for midterm week (October 14th)
Consider making a pot of soup (vegetarian or meat) for a Monday soup meal
Join us for time together to get to know the students and listen to what they are dealing with

We are grateful to have a regular space on campus and for the ways God is present in our conversations and we look forward to what the rest of the school year will bring.

If you would like to help in any of these ways, please contact me for details.

In Christ,

Pastor Debbie


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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - September 22, 2016

At my second church, they had a tradition of doing family camp over labor day weekend. Since it was a church thing, I went that first summer (and each one after). We had spent July and August together in worship, but I remember being struck by the thought when I saw them in jeans and sweatshirts, playing games, and sitting around the campfire, "They're real people, who are so much more than what I see on Sunday morning." I was clearly a bit naive, but I've also found that it's easy for any of us to only see people for who we know on Sunday mornings and not know their real selves.

I've had lots of grocery store encounters where a parishioner doesn't recognize me because I'm shopping in sweats instead of a robe and stole. :)

Which is the long way of saying, it's important that we make time to be with our church family in fun and casual ways, to get to know each other as "real" people.

Rick and I want to reiterate our invitation for you to come to the parsonage (2214 Henry Ct, behind AB McDonald) this Sunday from 4-7pm for a potluck, softball, yard games, the bounce house, and casual fellowship. We'll be BBQing burgers and hot dogs and would love for you to bring a dish to share.

Please feel free to bring your family or invite a friend. You don't need to RSVP to come, but if you can send a quick note if you're coming and/or what you might bring it'll help us plan.

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie


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