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THE SEMESTERS END

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THE SEMESTERS END The first semester of the 2023-2024 year has come to an end, and what a fun semester it has been! As our students prepared themselves for finals and the end of their semester, I was delighted to get to spend another holiday season serving the students at UTD.  The Polar Express This year's Christmas party was such a blast! Our theme for our party this year was the iconic Polar Express. We had so much fun decorating the church to look like the train station and the train itself. I was given the honor of playing the role of the train conductor and dawned on my best impression of Tom Hanks. While these events are super fun, it is always a great reminder that these parties make memories for our students and really help them connect with each other. Deerfield Lights While this last month of ministry was short due to Christmas, was still a great opportunity to invite our students who stay in town to spend their holiday with their friends. I started taking students on a

A THANKFUL MONTH

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  A Thankful Month November was another great month of getting to do ministry at UTD! As we get closer to the end of this semester, it has been so neat to get to look back to just a couple months ago and see how far our ministry has come. We have gotten to welcome in so many new students and had the chance to watch them create new relationships with each other and see their relationship with Jesus grow.  Pizza Theology Every semester we host an event called Pizza Theology. For two, two-hour sessions, our students get to engage with college-level theology topics. This past month we invited a world-renowned seminary professor, Ian Proven, to speak on his book "Cuckoos in Our Nest". The book talks about important topics surrounding what it means to be human and made in the image of God. It was so awesome to have such an intelligent man share his words of wisdom with all of our students across our campuses. Thank You I continue to reflect every month as I write these blogs on jus

FLYING THROUGH OCTOBER

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  Flying Through October This month of ministry has already gone by so quickly. I can hardly believe that we only have a few weeks left until the end of the Fall 2023 semester. It continues to be extremely encouraging to see how God has been working through our ministry and through our students. Outreach You may be aware that this year we have been placing greater importance on our outreach events and evangelism. As part of the outreach team, I've gotten the chance to participate in some really neat opportunities to share the gospel with students at UTD. One of the most impactful events was one in which we cleaned student's shoes for free. We took our inspiration from the story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. We explained the story to students while washing their shoes and had really good conversations about what they thought about the story. Another event we put on was using AI to capture an image of heaven based on the descriptions of what students thought heaven

THINGS COOL DOWN

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  THINGS COOL DOWN September was a really fun month of ministry and still very packed with lots of things to do! From yard signs to Fall Retreat and an exciting core, there was a lot to love about September.  The Sayings of Jesus This year we started a sermon series called, "Listening Carefully to Jesus". In this series, we would be taking the teachings of Jesus and talking about them with our students. One of the promotions behind this series was our Jesus saying yard signs. We selected 66 sayings from the Gospel of Matthew from Jesus and I designed and created 33 yard signs to post around campus. Our goal was to get the words of Jesus in front of people, and boy did we! They got a lot of attention, so much so that a large majority of them went missing a week after they were put out. Thankfully they were recovered! Fall Retreat Every year we host a 22-hour retreat for our students to take time to be with God and the larger community. This year we had over 120 students come a

2023 START!

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  Between Two Worlds The 2023-24 school year of ministry has started off with a bang! August was a wonderful month of welcoming new freshmen and students to UTD and getting to hear their stories. Even more exciting is the overflow of attendance in our Welcome Week events and our first three weeks of Friday Night Fellowship gatherings. God is working once again on our campus this year and I am overjoyed to be a part of it! Welcome Week Every year the Focus ministry spends the first two weeks of school welcoming and inviting new students into the community. I had the pleasure of meeting so many new faces and hearing their stories. This year felt like a massive overflow of interest in Jesus and joining a Christian community. Our Core Facilitators (small group leaders) did an amazing job with all of the students who were ready and eager to join the community.  Friday Night Fellowship  Our Friday nights have been filled with excitement since the beginning of the school year! Our Friday Nigh

SUMMER WRAP UP

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 Summer Wrap Up The summer is coming to an end and the 23-24 school year is on the horizon. I'm really excited for this next year because it comes with a whole new set of roles and responsibilities as a first-year staff member with FOCUS. I've recently joined our Campus Admin Team as the team member for UTD and I'm ready to see what the year will bring in this new role. I'm happy that the new role will not decrease my time ministering to students. I'm very eager to lead another small group this year, either alone or with another student, as well as supervising a few of our small group leaders.  Praying For The Year I'd like to ask all of you to join me in prayer for this coming school year. Pray that the students at UTD would be open and willing to know and follow Jesus. Pray that students who are lonely and in need of friendship would find it this school year. Pray that our students would be led by the Spirit this year and that they would find peace in their di