Spring break is just around the corner- good luck to you all with your midterms, projects, and papers. This time in the semester, compounded with other stress and the lack of sun, often is really difficult: please, seek out help if you need it, and reach out to anyone; we are all here for one another.
These announcements are a bit word-heavy, but we encourage you to read all the way to the end and to be praying that for yourselves. We love you all so much and hope you all have a wonderful night tonight, a great rest of the week, and a fantastic, restful spring break.
There will be no large group this week due to spring break, so we will see each other again on Friday, March 10, where we will be starting a new series:
No Fake IDs Allowed: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”.
Our identities shape how we think, how we behave, how we view the world, and ultimately determine our purpose. God has created each of us uniquely and perfectly in his image. This is why we should embrace our different identities and seek joy and redemption through it.
If you have been blessed in any way by your Community Group leader and/or through Large Group, or if you are interested in growing in your faith through the realm of leadership and service, consider applying. Leadership and mission is really God’s grace for us- God not only lets us join with Him in His restoration of creation, but God empowers us to do so, so that through mission, we see and understand more of who our creator is.
Even if you aren’t sure, have hesitations, or are nervous, we encourage you to fill it out anyway! It’s due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
This application is not binding, meaning that you are not committing to any leadership position just by filling it out, and at anytime, you can decline to continue in the process. Do not hesitate at all to reach out to any leader or staff with questions or concerns. We are more than happy to share our own experiences about how serving on leadership has blessed us both individually and corporately.
Sign up to volunteer with AIV at DP Day (happening Saturday, April 1, from 8 am to 5 pm): be sure to mark “With my student organization, fraternity, sorority, residence hall or company.” for the question “I am signing up to volunteer,’ and then select “Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.”
“Detroit Partnership Day is the largest day of service learning at the University of Michigan! DP Day volunteers will work alongside Detroiters and fellow U of M students on a variety of tasks. The event is a chance to learn about the city, have fun and make a difference. DP Day is as much about exposing students to the great organizations and people in the city as much as it is about the work.”
We firmly believe that a life following Christ is also a life of service for others out of the love that God first showed us. So many places in scripture, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, declare God’s heart for all his people:
“I, the Lord, command you to do what is just and right. Protect the person who is being cheated from the one who is cheating him. Do not ill-treat or oppress foreigners, orphans, or widows; and do not kill innocent people in this holy place.” – Jeremiah 22:3
Contact Grace Wan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any trouble registering or any other questions or concerns.
Reminder that 40 Days of Prayer, an event on our campus hosted by University Lutheran Chapel (home to Common Cup) is going on. For the next few weeks, people and students from different ministries in our community go to the prayer room to pray for things happening in our world, nation, and campus; they are open 24/7!
Thank you for reading the announcements all the way through. As you leave for spring break, whether you are staying in Ann Arbor or are travelling, here is some encouragement from Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus. We are praying the words of this epistle for all of you individually and for all of us as a chapter:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever we* speak, words may be given us so that we will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which we are an ambassador in chains. Pray that we may declare it fearlessly, as we should.”
*reworded the “I’s” to “we’s”
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.