The Fall Semester is Here!
After a summer of support raising, we're back on campus
Welcome to our new updates
So here comes our newest prayer update. The goal: To be easier to read, right in your email (instead of an attached PDF), and media centric. We want you to not only read, but see what we're doing at the U of I.
Please go ahead and forward to a friend, share what we're doing, and continue to pray for us. We thank you for your hearts in this ministry. We'd also love your feedback. Do you like getting updates this way? Let us know with a quick response.
So read on to learn about the exciting things coming up this Fall at the U of I.
Just in the 3 months of summer, we saw enough gifts for me to get a positive account balance, I'm getting closer to full paychecks, and new partners have joined the team. It's truly amazing to see. We're headed into the school year just 4% short of being 100% in support.
This means we'll continue to raise support here and there in gaps during the school year. We wanted to give you an idea of where we're headed too. By the end of the school year, our hope is to be able to put Ashley on insurance with GCM along with myself, so that we can be prepared for transitions in the future.
So you can see, we're hoping to get to 100% as well as have $300 in new partnership by next June.
If you have promised to give a special gift or start a recurring gift (or you feel compelled to do so now), you can do so, by visiting mygcm.org, where you can stop, start, and change your giving at any time.
Welcome Week Prep
This Friday, we'll meet with Connect Group (our student led small groups) leaders to cast vision for the new semester.
Meeting new students on the night before classes last year.
Russ, our newest staff member, and a guy I discipled as a student, taking notes as we plan the month
Just to give you a sense of the scale of how many students we get to interact with. Here's a timelapse video of a ten minute passing period on campus. Now multiply that by 5-10 and you'll get a sense of the number of students on the Quad.
And things just get started with Quad Day. Next week alone, we start our dorm based small groups called Connect Groups, the Adventure Race (our unique scavenger hunt and activity challenge) and a Labor Day volley tournament.
It's an exciting time of the year to kick things off, and we're thankful to have you behind us in it.
Other New Student Month Events
Our Saturday Night worship will start up again after the first full week of classes.
Then, that Monday, Labor Day, we'll have a volleyball tournament and cookout.
About a month and a half into the semester, we'll bring as many new students as we can to get away from campus on our annual Fall Retreat
- For our Connect Group leaders. At the start of each year, we have small groups led by students in the dorms to help new students connect to Illini Life. the Connect Group from our Home Fellowship this semester will be led by two guys named Mark and Drew.
- For our new student outreach. We're trying some new things this semester in connecting with students (including handing out icy pops). Pray with us that it would be fruitful.
- For our Home Fellowship. Ashley and I have been communicating that we believe our Home Fellowship is poised to do some amazing community and outreach. Pray that this would be true this Fall semester.
- For our financial support. With the semester ramping up and busyness taking over, pray that our support level would stay stable and even increase over the coming weeks and months.