Wow, can't believe Easter is already over and now we're heading into the last few weeks of instructions. Just another week and then it's Dead Week, Finals, and then Summer Break!
Speaking of summer, Koinonia is sending out various teams to other countries to participate in our Summer Projects. The different teams will be doing fundraisers on campus and at our Koin events, so if you see them you can support them by giving them a friendly wave, or even better, supporting them by buying whatever they're selling.
But most importantly of all, please support all the teams with prayer.
ACTS 2017 started off our Spring Break with a whirlwind of activity. Berkeley hosted students from Seattle, Davis, Riverside, Cal Poly Pomona, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, LA, San Diego, Austin, Minnesota! It was a blast meeting everyone and sharing stories about how God found us and saved us into this huge family of God.
We all got trained up in various classes, ranging from how to hold Gospel Conversations, to Servanthood, to the stories of famous missionaries, apologetics, church history, spiritual disciplines, and more!
We also got the great experience of hearing the testimonies of many of the Gracepoint Pastors and full-time staff who are part of our church planting movement. And we ended with a chance to pray for and bless those who volunteered to plant churches on the East Coast. Praise God for how God has transformed them and used them! We look forward to seeing how God will use them in the future years!
A week before Spring Break, the Koin Sophomores trekked out to the great wilderness of Yosemite. Okay, well they stayed at Yosemite House, so maybe it wasn't that much of a wilderness experience.
But the hike to Vernal Falls Yosemite was a tough one. The Sophs took the John Muir trail, which meant switchback after switchback, snow, and... the pictures explain it all.
Chapel Time, a time to come, praise, reflect, pray, and listen to a short devotional. For those who attend, it definitely offers a peace from the business of the day as they connect with God. It is kind of like a brief interlude to the midterms, papers, projects, and more that seem to always demand attention.
This semester we have been offering Chapel Times on Monday and Wednesday nights at 10:00pm at DL. All are welcome to attend. Stop by if you're interested!
This last weekend, November, 11th-13th, we attended our annual Thanksgiving Retreat. Often times we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget about all that God has done. That is what made this weekend so special. We got to slow down, watch recap videos, hear messages, and be reminded of how God has been active in our lives this past year.
Check out pictures from the retreat below.
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What better way to unwind and reset from midterm season than a weekend getaway to the beach?
On the weekend of October 28-29, our sophomore class took a step back from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area to head south to Monterey Bay (the other bay area!) for a fun weekend of sightseeing and fellowship. They stayed at one of our ministry homes, called Monterey House, located not too far from Seventeen Mile Drive, one of the gems of California. As great as the sights were though, it was the fellowship that happened indoors that stole the show! Upon arriving at the house, one of the sophomores exclaimed, "This place is a freaking mansion!" And another one of the sophomores commented that playing board games with each other and even slicing squashes with each other was his favorite part of the trip. And furthermore, there was a birthday celebration over the weekend as well! All in all, a fun getaway weekend indeed!
What can be better than a potluck, carving pumpkins, and a PUMPKIN LAUNCHING TREBUCHET?
I don’t think much can either. On Saturday, October 29th, our Koin Freshmen got to visit our Harbor Bay campus (HB for short) for a potluck, pumpkin carving, sports, and an insane pumpkin launching time. Though the home built trebuchet didn’t launch as far as it was designed, some projectiles still went up to 40 feet!
About the event, one frosh exclaimed, “A pumpkin actually broke the trebuchet’s platform on the last launch! The expression on Roy’s face was priceless!”
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Last Friday, Koinonia went on a video and photo scavenger hunt around campus after bible study. Some of the topics included: "Take a picture next to a monster or campus" or "Strike up your favorite boy band pose". Here are some of the highlights of the night!