Happy New Year!! The semester came to a smooth close and now we're gearing up for the spring. We started off the new year with a staff retreat where I caught this picture of the sunset. This horizon perfectly captures the peace I feel leaving last year and walking into 2020. I'm hopeful and excited as I look ahead, but December had great moments to end 2019.
When I last sent out my blog, we were kicking off our Keep FOCUS Growing campaign on Giving Tuesday. Our goal was $36,000 to match that same pledged amount. With students, our goal was $5,000 to match. We ended up raising more than $10,000 over our original goal! Thank you for your prayers and contributions. As I learn about all of the expenses needed to keep a non-profit ministry going, I'm consistently blown away by the generosity of our supporters. So thank you thank you THANK YOU!
Before finals week, we invited students on each campus to write Christmas cards to children in the hospital. Here are some thoughtful students at Preston Ridge giving time and creativity to cards, hoping to put a smile on a child's face.
Our Collin College Christmas party was a fort competition! Every core (small group) had to come up with their own fort idea and make it in the first hour of the party. Then we sang Christmas carols and played games. My core came up with the idea of "The Lit Tent" and brought tons of different kinds of lights to make it glow. We had fun brainstorming and laughing together in our efforts. There were so many great ideas - Charlie Brown, an igloo, Frozen, the list goes on.
|Core at our Christmas party|
Back L to R: Alexis, Kortny, me, Sophie, Caricia
Front L to R: Angelina, Grace
|ALL of the apprentices! Back L to R: Mark, Hannah, Ashley, Hanna, Cort|
Front L to R: Maria, Adriana, Kylie, Austin, Josh, Erin, Me
|Just another picture with the apprentices because this is more like us than the first one|
|My family minus my parents|
- For our staff to have discernment from the Lord as we make plans for this semester
- For our students whose break is coming to a close - rest, purposeful time with people
- Winter Camp is January 17-20: please pray for all of our speakers, safe travels, students to see God's love
Thank you for your prayers and encouragements!
Love you all,