Monday, October 23, 2006

New T-shirts

Hey we just got our new shirts in for our student group at CMU. There are some extras available and if enough people want them we might be able to make another order of them.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Gotta Love Global Warming

I mean without it we would not have snow sticking to the ground on October 12th in Michigan. Can't wait to see what warming Earth temperatures will bring us next.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Great new Christmas song

I know it is too early to be listening to Christmas music. We have not even reached Halloween after all. Today, however, one of my favorite artists Brad Paisley released a new Christmas cd.

Listening to Born on Christmas Day it might be one of my new favorite Christmas songs. Amazingly Paisley wrote it when he was only 13. One thing I find great is that it touches on what was expected of the savior and the way that God chose to send him. Plus the way that he uses a recording of when he was 13 mixed with today is pretty cool.

The rest of the CD is great as well if you like country or even just great Christmas music you should check it out.

Brad Paisley- Christmas

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Why Campus Ministry is Important

Here is an article that I wrote for our campus ministry newsletter. Feel free to use it if you would like. If you do and you could let me know as well that would be cool.

Without Campus ministry we lose a very valuable part of the church. To me, campus ministry takes care of the students in college who are often neglected by the church. It gives them a place to continue to grow as students of faith in a Lutheran setting. There are so many organizations that can seem appealing to a student and lead them away from the faith. A Lutheran campus ministry helps to fill that void before that happens.

If we do not work with people when they are younger we lose the opportunity to equip them for leadership in the church. Because they have a place to go in college and continue in the Lutheran faith, they are much more likely to become elders or even consider studying for the office of the holy ministry.

Christ the King Lutheran Chapel has probably been one of the single most important influences in my college life. In the few years that I have been here I can safely say that my faith and knowledge of God has greatly increased. I can also see this in the eyes of my classmates all around me. This is truly what campus ministry is designed to do. Its purpose is to maintain and nurture the faith in Jesus Christ that exists in those who attend. It helps to make sure that that faith is nurtured with solid biblical teaching and worship. There are so many organizations on campus that fail to meet this criteria.

I wish that every college student would have the opportunity to experience what I have at the chapel. Unfortunately, not everyone has this same blessing. I am grateful that the Lord has placed me in such a place where I can learn and grow and not have to leave campus to do so. This place has truly become my home. From the wonderful congregation to the great pastors that we get to work with, it is the best thing that we can offer a college student. In 30 years I probably won't remember anything about some of the classes I am taking, but I guarantee that I will remember the experiences the chapel has created for me in my life and the lives of so many before me. Hopefully, this place will be around for many years for people to come and serve and to help create other opportunities like it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

It has begun....

Well, classes have finally started and I can say that this semester will be great. I know some people in my classes which is something I couldn't say a few years ago. It is nice to be in a major and seeing the same people often.

Tomorrow our stuff for campus ministry will start with our lunch at 12 and then bible study at 9:30. Normally it is student led but our new pastor will be leading it tomorrow. This is the first time that I will have been able to sit in on one of his studies.

In other news my favorite band, Nickel Creek, of all time will be taking a break at the end of 2007. At least the lead singer Chris Thile will be pursuing a solo career so I won't lose them entirely. However, I have recently taken a liking to the bands King Wilkie and Old Crow Medicine Show. If you like bluegrass at all you should take a look at them.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Good Search

One important thing for a college group to survive is money. We are registered on Good It is a search engine which donates a portion of proceeds to a charitable organization of your choice. Each search on the site equates to one cent for the group. That can add up fast. Check it out. Specify Christ the King Lutheran Chapel in Mount Pleasant, MI as the charity if you would.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Back to School...Back to Blogging

So it is back to the old university for me. The summer was good but I am glad that I will be getting back to doing things on a good schedule. It is good also to be back with things like Lutheran Student Fellowship. I love my church here and we even get to have a new pastor this year as well.

Reflecting on the idea of my blog a little over a year ago is something I have thought about. I started writing in order to get my thoughts out there and also receive some feedback. Soon however I was overtaken by the numbers game and lost my focus trying to get more people to visit. My attempt this fall is to get back to the idea of getting my thoughts out there.

On that note I would also like to turn my blog to a certain topic in a way. Campus ministry is something that affects me a lot. I would like to make an effort to show what exactly goes on with our group here at CMU be that by things like posting Bible studies and more photos of what goes on around the church. I think a lot of people get lost in the college years and maybe that is something that needs to be talked about a little more.

So in conclusion my goal is to get back to blogging about things I am thinking as well as turning my efforts to explaining exactly what campus ministry is and possibly working towards being a resource for other campus ministry groups be they LSF or Christ on Campus which our organization is also a part of. Here's to at least a good fall worth of thought provoking blogs.