Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Banquet and Beyound

SO…The end as saddly approached us.  However, the end could not have gone better.  Mary Hulst, our program director, was back for the wrap up.  Her talk “Now What…”  challenged us to take what we have learned here back to Calvin.  To have goals going into the fall semester, to practice our leadership skills for the good of others, to have accountability with one another etc.  And the Bible study did not lack at all either. It was fantastic.  We focused on Psalm 133 and 134:

1 How good and pleasant it is
    when brothers live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
    running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down upon the collar of his robes.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
    For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

1 Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
    who minister by night in the house of the LORD.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
    and praise the LORD.
3 May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth,
    bless you from Zion.

These are Psalms of Celebration! And that is exactly what the Ladership Challenge Institute of Calvin College at Snow Mountain Ranch for the summer of 2007 did. Pictures can speak 1,000 words…right?  That is what they say…

The small group leaders all recieved gifts from those who were in their group. Here is Dan Riemersma recieving his gift

Tony Terpstra recieving his

Molly Fuller recieving hers

Sarah Baker recieving hers

And last but not least Monica Lackman recieving her small group leader gift

Here are the leaders feeling very blessed, happy, and thankful after recieving their gifts.

Posted by Brent Seely on 08/12 at 04:05 PM
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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Preparing

We had the pleasure of welcoming Dale Cooper back for a second week!  He went through his talk “What I want to be when I grow up: Five character qualities of a mature christian leader” and prepared us for the reality of the present and what will come in the future. Even though he said it will be challenging it will also be rewarding beyound measure.  One of his points was “unimpeachable integrity.”  It is hard for us to be what we are on the outside what we are on the inside.  To be authentic.  But like I said it is rewarding. Our Bible study was Psalm 131:

1 My heart is not proud, O LORD,
    my eyes are not haughty;
    I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
    like a weaned child with its mother,
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
    both now and forevermore.

We must prepare ourselves for the Lord, we must have trust in the Lord.  What a great Pslam to read when our trust in the Lord is lacking! What do you hear God saying to you? Listen to him.  We have a God who knows us by name and has our best interest in mind.  We are also preparing for the end of the program.  We have one speaker left tomorrow night and no more after that. Very sad!  As we prepare for the end we look back and remember the great summer we have all had together.  We remember all of the the fun Wednesday activities.  This week was cliff jumping at Radium Hot Springs.  Some photos for your enjoyment:

Some of us at the Saturday night worship service in the campground at SMR

Who does not like to dance?

Posted by Brent Seely on 08/05 at 07:17 PM
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