So here's a summary of the exciting things we did this past fall:
1) Back-2-School BBQ Bash: OU ACF had our annual bbq to welcome back the students from summer vacation. In addition to Darrin's island bbq recipe and other delicious treats, we also had fun playing games, including volleyball, sack races, three legged races, etc..
2) ACF Spiritual Fall Retreat: This year OU ACF hosted a fall spiritual retreat for our students... A time to detach from our "lives" and reflect on God's presence in our past, present, and future. Although small in number, we enjoyed quiet time and fellowship with one another.
3) ENGAGE Conference: This quarter, Ohio Conference sponsored a state-wide conference for all the ACF chapters around Ohio. Represented by different schools, including Ashland University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Wright State University, and University of Akron, students and chaplains enjoyed a weekend of fellowship, community service, praise & worship, and workshops. Over the three day conference, we focused on how students in ACF could Engage God, themselves, and their campuses. For pictures, visit the Ohio Conference ACF Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195172500573592/
4) ACF Fall Festival: In celebration of fall, OU ACF hosted our first "Fall Festival" :) It was quite the night to remember with people decked out in their "cowboy" outfits, an early Thanksgiving meal, a sing-along to classic hymns and country folk songs, and some contra dancing! A great event with over forty people in attendance!
5) Angel Tree Service Project: What a better way to finish the quarter and year off than with serving others. A group of students and chaplains from Ohio University, Wright State University, and Ohio State University drove down to Maryland and participated in the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree project, a project which serves over 2,500 families during the Christmas season, providing Christmas gifts for children, who normally, would be unable to receive gifts due to financial hardships. In addition to sorting and organizing gifts at the Salvation Army warehouse (over 3,000 gifts!), we also volunteered our time to the Filipino Capitol SDA church in which we assisted in painting three of their church rooms. What a blessing it was to serve! Check out the Ohio Conference Facebook group for pictures of this event. https://www.facebook.com/groups/195172500573592/
And, that's a wrap! Hopefully, we'll be better of keeping you informed about the happenings of winter quarter. Happy New Year everyone! May this year be full of great memories and happiness, but most of all, full of God's presence in your lives :)