Every semester seems to have a theme – and the theme that God has been weaving through this fall has been “deep community”. Our events have been good, our numbers have been okay, but the depth of relationships forming between students within small groups and on a one-on-one basis has been unprecedented.
We’re thrilled to see that show itself in things like our annual small group volleyball tournament (pictured above) – we’re even more excited to watch it happening via social media and on campus.
- Leaders like junior Collin J. are setting the example and starting new traditions like “Thursday Lunch” where IV students routinely gather in one of the campus dining halls. You never know exactly who will show up – but you know one thing for sure: people from the InterVarsity community will be there and they will be welcoming, genuine, and intentional.
- Freshmen like Caleb and Grace are following suit and posting online, asking folks to join them in the library for group study sessions (where its debatable how much studying is going on)!
- And best of all, students who felt alone and ousted from their old friend groups are finding a place in IV, and finding Jesus. One woman remembered meeting IV small group leader Maegan in class and ended up getting involved in a small group, coming to fall conference, and making a major recommitment to follow Jesus because of the love of Christ she had experienced so fully through IV. Praise God!!!
Here are a few more photos of the small groups dressed in costume at our volleyball tournament in October:
It was great to see everyone who came into town for Homecoming this year. This is the third year we’ve tailgated and we look forward to many more. Eric and I also got to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Alumni House that will be built between York and Potomac Residence Halls.
Eric has been working with several students to navigate the merging of the CNU Greek InterVarsity chapter with our undergrad chapter. We’re excited to have 2 new fraternity house studies this fall.
We were also blessed to have President Trible and Rosemary come speak to our students about faith and Greek Life. We’re so grateful for their continued support of our ministry and friendship throughout the years!
Additionally, the CNU chapter of Eric’s fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon) celebrated their 10th anniversary in November and Eric was asked to give the invocation at their banquet. He is a founding father (having been in the chapter when it formed in 2004) and we were astonished to see how much the group has grown. It was a fun night, reconnecting with old friends who were also involved with InterVarsity during their time at CNU, and reminded us both of the value of ministry to the Greek community.