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     Yesterday was our first meeting of the school year!  What at first meeting it was!  Our planned lesson spoke about giving to God what is God’s.  If Caesar’s belongings are his because his image is on it, then we are God’s because we are made in His image!  “Will you give yourself to God this semester for His purpose?”

Even better was the unplanned lesson that God had for us!

It started in the God Watch part of our meeting.  What’s a God Watch?  It is a time to share how you see God moving in your life.  It can be answered prayer, and incident that only God can do. It can be seeing God’s perfect timing or seeing how God has lined things up in your life!
Shelly, our new President of Impact at UAlbany, shared how she had said something hurtful to someone 2-3 years ago and it has been on her heart to make amends with them.  The temptation to send a Facebook message was there, but she wanted to speak face to face.  Yesterday, they crossed paths.  The other girl tried to cover her face and remain hidden in the crowd, but Shelly saw her and made the effort to speak with her.  Small talk ensued, and Shelly brought it around to apologizing for her words, and that she never meant it in a way that would hurt like it did.  Her friend had been carrying this hurt for years, and through seeking forgiveness, the burden was lifted from both Shelly and her friend.
This God watch of saying how God lined this up to happen and that Shelly’s heart was ready to apologize and this person was there to accept it opened up another person to talk about a relationship they reconciled.
And another.

And another.

The theme of broken relationships came up.

Something we can all relate to.  There always seems like there will be more time to fix a relationship.  There is always tomorrow or next week, or next time, or year.  What was shared, was that there isn’t always tomorrow.  People move out of our lives and the chance is gone.  People pass away and we are left with a sadness that we never repaired that relationship or built it to what we thought it should be.  It was a great night and an unexpected lesson.  In a group where most people don’t know each other, these people were opening up faults and being honest and sharing what forgiveness really looks like in their lives.
It was a good day to be on campus!
-Zack
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This coming Wednesday is the first move in day for UAlbany!!!

The Summer is almost officially over!!!

Right now, across the region, state, country, and world, people are packing suitcases, boxes, minivans, and stomachs for what is going to be their first time at UAlbany!

What will my roommate be like?

What if classes are too hard?

When is all that construction going to be done?

What will my new life look like with all new people surrounding me?

This Wednesday, the beginning of a new chapter of life will be starting for the freshman who are moving into the tower!  This first day, only the freshman towers are open, and this year there is only one, since the Mohawk tower is under construction (a 2 year complete gut and remodel).  On Thursday, Thousands of other freshman make it to campus and on Friday EVERYONE ELSE!!!

The calm summer is about to be replaced by confused students, lost, looking for classes and figuring out new friendships.

Among all of this IMPACT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is starting back up!

Every Wednesday that classes are in session, we hold our weekly meetings of fellowship, food, and scripture.

I know I am looking forward to it and hearing the response of our student leaders, I am excited for what God can do with a willing heart!

If you are a student:

Join us on August 28th at 8:08pm in the Campus Center Room 375!

If you are not a student email us to see how you can get involved:

getinvolved@impactalbany.com

EVERYONE: LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/IMPACTALBANY

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