Sunday, June 14, 2009
SMR kickoff 2009-Mary Hulst, Adams Falls and Ice Cream
The Calvin LCI program began with a bang this past week. Reverend Mary Hulst, director of the program, opened up the year giving a speech about being intentional this summer. Intentional about what we do, what we say, and what we think. It is easy for us, once we get out in the Rockies, to get caught up in the flow and drift through the summer. Mary told us that we need to be intentional about how we are spending our time and effort. To help us be intentional, she had us come up with personal goals, spiritual goals, and professional goals that we will spend the summer trying to live up to. The personal goals ranged anywhere from how many fourteeners can be done this summer to simply setting aside time to be alone. Spiritual goals often placed emphasis on prayer and devotion with God. Many of us struggled more with making a professional goal. One goal was to meet every patron with a warm smile, while another simply doesn’t want anyone to drown. We will actively work on our individual goals and do what we can to support each other in fulfilling them. Whatever the case, making these goals is one giant leap in living an intentional summer.
After the large group meeting we seperated into our small groups for the first time. Each small group picked a location that fit them best. Groups met anywhere from a deck to around a fire. All of the groups bonded well and had some quality conversations. It is already easy to see the close bonds forming as the small groups knit tighter together.
On Wednesday, we all went out to Adams falls just outside Grand Lake. The hike was short and pleasant. Once we arrived at the falls everyone had a good time taking pictures and doing some minor explorations downstream. After about an hour, we were ready to go back to Grand Lake, where Mary took us all out for ice cream. ButterFinger Explosion, Mocha Almond Fudge, and the classic Mint Chocolate Chip seem to have been the favorites.
It was a perfect start to a promising summer. Everyone is eager to learn from the speakers and grow together spiritually and personally through the small groups. And of course, everyone has one eye open seeking out adventure wherever it may be found in the mountains… everywhere!