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“You don’t know what you are asking for”

That is a weird answer to prayer, but that was my answer back in May when I was praying about the upcoming semester.

Let me tell you about it.

Each new school year there are struggles unique to that semester, I hope the beginning of this school year will truly be unique.

Fountain Steps Sharpened

The Eboard from left to Right: Nick, Charles, Sarah, Simone, Steph, and Zack

 

The semester was starting and our new executive leadership team (the eboard) was hitting on all cylinders.  Two days before classes started, we had fliers around the campus and emails from new students on our phones.

This is a good start!

The day before school started, things took a slight turn.  Every student group was removed from the student group website.  In itself, not unusual.  The day before classes while freshman are looking for things to do?  Unusual.

When we went to register, three things hit, one after the other:

One of our eboard members needs to step down from official leadership
As a non-registered group, we cannot hang fliers, represent the school, or get meeting rooms
We need to raise over $800 before we have access to a budget and register the group

Tough start.

It seems God teaches us through our lives.  Our first two weeks of lessons during our Wednesday night fellowship meetings on the UAlbany campus were about trusting God, believing that when He says He will provide, He will provide.  How?  I don’t know, but that shouldn’t be my concern, it is His.

We talked Sabbath.  Can we rest one day a week to keep a reminder that our efforts aren’t what changes things, but our partnership with God does, because He is moving.

Sabbath: Can we stop production one day a week to trust that God has given everything we need?  Can we trust Him?

Tough lessons when you need money to go forward.

On the 14th day of class, I get a call from Jeff.

(pleasantries)

Jeff: “Have you been support raising for this $800 yet?”

Me: “No”

Jeff: “Have you spoken with ———- ?”  (Alumni’s name redacted by request!)

Me: “I have sent some emails over the summer”

Jeff:  “Are you waiting on a gift?”

Me: “No”

Jeff: “They gave $5,503.49 this morning”

Me: *Silence*

This is a swing in momentum!

The next day a dedicated member of Impact joined the Eboard.

The next week, we were registered once again as a group.

As of today, we have a meeting being set up for our budget.

“You don’t know what you are asking for”

If God would have revealed to me that we’d be deregistered, need to raise $800, get a new eboard member, and we wouldn’t have meeting rooms, I wouldn’t have believed it.  If He went on to say don’t worry, I will provide for each need and more, I wouldn’t think I was hearing right.  How much?  Really?  That’s crazy talk!

In our times of strife, may we continue to turn to God knowing that He provided in Genesis 1 and continues providing today, in Acts 29.

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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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     The Spring semester is almost over!  We have finished up our weekly Wednesday fellowship meetings and with summer right around the corner, we will be transitioning into our weekly Wednesday bible study for the summer session students!

There is more transition than just the season.  We now have a new executive board!  I am excited for the people who have stepped up to the leadership roles.  Peter Huynh, who is our current VP, will be stepping into the role of President.  New to the Eboard next year will be Kevin Luo as our treasurer and Shelly Zhou as our secretary.  We are still on the hunt for a VP for next year.

On Saturday, our current eboard along with our new additions will be joining together for a picnic and planning meeting to work through the first few months of the next school year.  Please be in prayer for us as we gather and seek how we can be a part of what God is doing on this campus.  We will be planning activities to bond our new students and help us grow as a ministry to this campus of 17,000+ students!

Hikes

Pizza Parties

Special Speakers

Howe Caverns

Corning Tower Observation Deck

USS Slater

Apple Picking

Movies

Bowling

Dinners

Retreats

Hope For The Future

Trash Takedowns

and the list goes on!

This past year has been good and I look forward to the possibilities of what God can and will do next semester!

-Zack

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The fall semester is coming to a close soon and it has been a good semester!  We wanted to focus on personal growth this semester.  We felt kind of like Paul in Romans 10:14-15 

 

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


We wanted to talk about growth but first we wanted to talk about the progression of a Christian from seeker to new believer to mature Christian.  After those three weeks, we spent five weeks looking at Titus 1 and the qualities of an overseer and we looked at these qualities as that of a mature Christian.  We took the five negative qualities and paired them with the good qualities as opposites.


An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—(1)not overbearing, (2)not quick-tempered, (3)not given to drunkenness, (4)not violent, (5)not pursuing dishonest gain.  Rather, he must be (1)hospitable, (2)one who loves what is good, (3)who is self-controlled, (4)upright, (5)holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.


After talking about the need to grow in our faith, we came across a problem.  Here we are teaching rules to follow but we didn’t want to fall into the trap of legalism where the point is to follow these rules.  


We just started a new series last week called “Christianity isn’t what you think…” We began with a discussion about developing a relationship with Jesus and not just following rules but instead, the love of the relationship makes you want to follow Him.

Tonight, we are discussing the church.  What is the church?  Is it Sunday mornings or all week long?  Is it sitting in rows and singing or living in community and sharing meals?  It is acting like everything is ok or being truthful with struggles so you can get help?

Moving forward who knows what is in store for us!  I know I don’t, but I do know that as long as we seek Christ, where ever we end up is where I want to be!

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