"His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: 'Change your life, God's kingdom is here.'" -- from Matthew 3.
Here we are at the end of a long, busy semester. A little weary, a little tired. Yet, at the end of this semester, through your wonderful generosity, we were able to help many students change their lives for the better. No, there were no profound epiphanies or stories of witness in peoples' lives. There was, however, a profound shift on campus. This past semester, students began to recognize us as a beacon of hope on campus, showing Jesus' love through simple gestures such as a cup of coffee, a smile, and some food to get people through the weekend. Our coffeehouse attendance grew, our student participation grew, and our campus relationships grew. It has been our desire for quite some time to be a safe place of refuge on campus, and we reached the tipping point to achieve that this past semester. It is now time for us to discern how we live into that reality going forward. Your continued support enables us to reach even more students and we want to thank you for allowing us to breathe hope into our students, faculty, and staff.
Grace House Study Hall
It's not glamorous, but it's so helpful to our students (and Kat, who's also taking finals). We will hold study hours at the following times next week:
Sunday, December 8: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday, December 9: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, December 10: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, December 11: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday, December 12: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Drip coffee and some cookies will be available to the anyone in need of a study space.
Our students will be on break starting on December 13 and will return to campus on January 6, 2020.
While our students are gone, Andrew and Kat will be planning the 2020 calendar year and doing some touch-ups in the house.
Trivia Fundraiser Coming in February!
Polish up your trivia skills because we will have a special fundraiser in February! More details to come.
Southeastern Synod Happenings
How You Can Help Our Ministry Right Now
Prayer - First and foremost, prayer is needed in our ministry. If you would like to be a part of our Prayer Team, let KAT know!
House Upkeep - We are always looking for donations of time and talent to help keep our house a space of welcome on campus. We would appreciate short one-time projects, such as weeding, painting, minor home improvements, or simply purchasing house supplies. Let KAT know if you or your group is interested in helping with this part of our ministry.
Food Pantry - We now have a modest food pantry for our students! If you would like to donate non-perishable, non-expired items to our little pantry, please let ANDREW know!
We are always looking to tell people about our ministry! If you know of an opportunity for us to connect with someone interested in the happenings of Grace House, please share this newsletter with them and provide us their contact information. We would love to take them to coffee and tell them more about this beautiful place that is Grace House!
Thank you so much for all you do for our ministry!!!