Welcome back to a new semester and new year!
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Join us this Friday for our first official large group of the new semester as we dive into a new series titled Jesus Wept.
Stephanie Chang, former AIV staff member and UM alumna, will be speaking to us on God’s emotions, our emotions, and the linkage between them. Our emotions are a reflection of God’s emotions which is why we should acknowledge the importance of our emotions and express them in a healthy, Godly way, even when the world tells us otherwise.
Invite your friends too- post-large group will be class time!
If you haven’t yet gotten plugged into one of our community groups, please join our Facebook groups and/contact a leader to get involved! Community groups are the heart of our chapter. They are a place for everyone, regardless of spiritual background, to learn more about Christianity and build fun community that loves and cares for one another and campus. This semester, we are studying scripture from the book of Revelation.
- Fireside CG: Tue., 7-9 pm@Fireside Café: Johnny Fan
- Markley CG: Tue., 7-9 pm@Markley Hall: Harrison Feng
- Central CG: Tue., 7:30-9:30 pm @East Quad 1512: Mark Hwang & Rachel Liu
- North Campus CG: Wed., 7-9 pm @Bursley Hall: Amy Zhou
- Hill CG: Thu., 8:00-10:00 pm@Alice Lloyd Hall: Mira Kinebuchi
- South Asian Interest: please contact Melody Zhang
JOKE BREAK: Who was the greatest investor in the Bible? Noah: He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Our relationship with God is and should be measured by so much more than our mere attendance at large groups, community groups, and church – God wants us to to know Him personally: “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)
If you don’t already read the Bible regularly, check out the Bible Project’s 2017 reading plan that several people in the chapter are following. You can also browse through the wealth of topical plans from the Bible app.
Or, if you have questions about faith, explore them- here is a list of all the different faith-related books people in AIV have. Feel free to ask to borrow a book or invite a few friends to read with you!
Two great articles on the significance of Sabbath: Keeping the Sabbath: A Day of Worship, Celebration, and Rest & Why Keeping a Sabbath Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
Ministering Across Cultures (MAC): Jan. 20-22 & Jan. 28
MAC is an InterVarsity training designed to help participants become more effective in their witness and ministry to others — especially in the context of cultural differences. The training will provide both principles and practical help in understanding, relating to and ministering to others. Cost: $80
It is one of the most fun, intensive, and instructive training opportunities that IV has to offer! MAC will be valuable preparation for anyone interested in:
- ministering to roommates, friends, parents
- building cross-cultural relationships
- moving cross-culturally in missions (short- or long-term)
- reaching out to international students
- reaching out to an unreached group on campus
Contact our staff worker, Oliver Lam, if you are interested or have questions!
Enjoy Mickey Hua’s Draw My Life from Praise & Testimony Night last semester. Testimonies are so important in encouraging others’ walks with Christ as well as showing God at work. If you ever want to write or share your own story for AIV to share with our student members and alumni, just let anyone on Vision Team know!
AIV is a para-church ministry, which essentially means that we are not a church- our students attend various churches on campus. We coordinate rides to Knox Presbyterian Church and Grace Ann Arbor; here is also a list of other churches in the Ann Arbor area.
“BE JOYFUL IN HOPE, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, FAITHFUL IN PRAYER.” –ROMANS 12:12
Look out for more information about prayer meetings and ministry this semester at Large Group this Friday and in next week’s announcements!