Monthly Archives: March 2008

Introducing: Unichurch!

Here is a little clip about Unichurch, our weeking meeting to learn about God, and his word and a time to get together and encourage each other in Christ. If you’re not familiar with Unichurch, have a look.

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Joe-sephine

Well last week the girls had their weekend away to have some fun, learn about God, and get to know each other, but this weekend the guys showed them how it’s meant to be done!

The weekend sent us out to the back blocks of rural New South Wales (well Gundagai anyway) to a local property with 5 star accommodation (a shearing shed) and a whole lot of manly, injury-inducing games. Topic of the weekend was “Under Construction”, and learning how to build our lives on Jesus. The boys got some good building advice with talks from Blyth, Wilson, Chan and Dorman.

Manly challenges kicked off on Friday night with testing of the handpiece and the patience of a couple of mad wethers. Trust in others guidance was involved but Meat Axe found out that sometimes trust is misplaced…

Of course construction was a big part of the weekend and battleships were required for dam wars. The judges are still adjudicating over the winner of the war although the Cement Mixer’s ship proved a little heavy and was a wreck early, and the Loaders found the same fate soon after. The Dump Trucks preferred the safety of shallows to stay afloat and battling, while the Steamrollers showed excellent weaponry from the front of their craft.

Other events included a bruising sixty meter slide, glow stick Soccer, and bridge building. All made for top weekend with boys returning absolutely knackered.

A few boys deserve a mention for some quotable quotes:

  1. Simon: “Ah, I broke a nail”
  2. James: “Hey lets play tunnel ball”
  3. Wilson: “If you’re male and alive…”

Thanks to all the boys who got out there and into the activities to make it such a top weekend. Keep building and don’t miss out on next year!!!

So Until…

  • Markis’s hair grows back
  • The girls realize that No they can’t come on Blokes Bush & Bible Bash
  • Dean realizes that RAAFies can’t fly without airplanes

 Joe-sephine.

Grace: March 11th

What a weekend. I write this at some silly time on Sunday night when I should be sleeping as I’m totally exhausted, but somewhat hyperactive after an awesome time away with the girls from Unichurch. For those who missed it, Girls’ Getaway was a weekend up in Talbingo filled with lots of fun and tons of learning. We studied the book of Ephesians and heard some encouraging talks from Kim, Lisa and Bron. On Saturday night we looked at who God wants us to be, as opposed to what the world says we should be. I’m sure we have all come back with tons to think about, along with great memories…particularly of the ski biscuit!!! 23 of the 24 of us who chose to embark on the biscuiting took some pretty spectacular falls; I know that my flight with Kim will be long cherished. Meg R was the one who managed to master the art of bisuiting, with a zero fall rate. Trish and Kate took some battering on the slippery tarp, while Cat showed some new form of coordination. Tash (“Grandma” Tash) did not understand the concept of defence in hockey as she aided the opposition in scoring their goal – coz Anna was her “buddy”! The girls’ creative skills were put into action as t-shirts were designed and decorated. I loved getting to know all the girls better, especially the first years. It’s great to be “No longer strangers”.

While the girls were off studying God’s Word in such a gorgeous part of His creation, the blokes were back in Wagga. From what I gather they had a great time being domestic… Keith even did his washing. Blokes turn away is next week, so I’m looking forward to hearing what stories they bring back from their time roughing it at the Blyth’s farm.

So until…

  • Blokes Bush and Bible Bash
  • Keith vacuums
  • Penny leaves vet for a career in acting
  • Girls catch up on sleep!

Grace.

Grace: First Week Back at Uni

Welcome back from holidays, trust you’ve had a refreshing summer and are ready for the year ahead! We’ve got some great things planned and I’m pretty excited for 2008.

For those of you who don’t know who CF is, Christian Fellowship is a CSU club for any student who wants to know more about Jesus. Whether you are a Christian or someone interested in what Christianity has to say on different issues, we as a club would like to welcome everyone to come along. Being a part of Christian Fellowship has been one of the most valuable and rewarding (and fun!) things I’ve done since I’ve been at CSU and I really want to encourage you to check it out especially if you are new to uni.

There are a few easy ways for you to get in touch with us:

  • We are having a Welcome BBQ tonight (Tuesday 19th) 6pm at the Convention Centre, which is next to dining hall. This is a free BBQ where new students can meet the older students, as well as other new students. See ad for more details.
  • This Friday we have a social event at Shearer’s Pool Hall in town. We will kick off at 7.30pm, this will be a great chance to meet lots of new people and don’t worry if your shooting skills are lacking! (Yes, billiards, not swimming!) Transport will be available from Main and South Campus at 7.15pm. If you need a lift meet at the Accomodation Office on Main or at the bus stop on South.
  • All year round we meet at the Rec Hall on Sunday nights for Unichurch. The Rec Hall is at Berres Elwood oval, on Ag/Residential side of the hill, behind the gym and Butler Halls. Church starts at 7pm and we’d love to meet you there.
  • Another option for those curious about Christianity is to attend CF’s public talks on Wednesday at 3pm near the Mouth Trap. These talks are open to anyone and there will be opportunity to hang around afterwards and meet some people, and even ask the speaker any questions if you like.

So until…

  • Emily starts playing pranks again
  • Natalie cleans her room
  • Mark stops bringing back his mummy’s meals for the term

Grace.

When I Came to Uni…

As I saw the grass slowly turn yellow on my first drive west, along the Hume Highway, I could tell that things were going to change that year. I was starting my first year of a Ba Pharmacy, it was my first time away from home and it was the first time I would have to do my own laundry!

I was officially an adult and ready to begin making the most of my life. But that meant I had to start making decisions like what to eat for dinner, how long to stay out, where to spend my time, and what to do with it. Plus, after growing up in a Christian family, I had to decide where I stood on religion. Up until that point I had half-heartedly dismissed church with excuses I had heard from other people like “God isn’t logical”, “Evolution is true, so religion can’t be true” or “There are so many contradictions in the Bible”.

But I decided, “Okay, I need to make a real evaluation of this. I’ll just try out church for a term, I can leave when I’ve made up my mind.”

I soon got to the end of my first term of Uni. I had gone to church most weekends (it isn’t easy to forget when you live in Butler A, about 10 meters away from where it’s held), and I wasn’t so sure about my dismissal of Christianity. None of my excuses really worked: evolution doesn’t discount the possibility of there being a God, there weren’t any contradictions in the Bible I could find, and God is by far the most logical guy I’ve ever met.

All of their teaching, all of what Christians know about God comes from the Bible, and it actually seemed to be a pretty reliable historical document. There are even non-Christian historians who wrote about the same places and events as can be found in the Bible. Plus, there is a harmony and continuity of the message throughout all 66 books within the Bible. This whole ‘Christianity thing’ that I had grown up with every Sunday morning was starting to seem plausible, and starting to make sense (it only took me 18 years!).

But what really struck me though, one of the biggest things that caused my change of heart was discovering that Christianity is all about a relationship, between each individual and God. We each have a choice, whether we accept what he’s done for us, or to ignore it. Every choice in life has consequences and this one is no exception. My life has changed so much since I made the choice to accept him.

So, as someone who has gotten a lot out of this group, I would like to encourage you to check out Christian Fellowship. Some of you may have only heard about God through a few scripture classes, if that. I also know some of you out there may have grown up in church like I did, and now at uni will have a decision to make. Don’t miss out. Consider coming to church for a little while, without your parents, with people the same age as you. Unichurch has fantastic Bible teaching and maybe you won’t be convinced, but at least you’ll know that you’ve made a proper decision.

(Unichurch is held at 7pm every Sunday in the Rec Hall, behind the pool, next to the oval, about 10m from Butler A, and you can check out our website cfwagga.org.au)

God Bless,

Cam

O-Week Message from Grace

G’day! Welcome to CSU and congratulations on your decision to accept your course offer in Wagga Wagga. We hope that you find your study choice very rewarding and that over these next few years you can take advantage of many great opportunities that student life allows. University is a great place to be, so get involved, meet stacks of people and enjoy your time here while you study.

University is a very unique time of life that allows you incredible freedom and independence, especially if this is your first time living away from home. You will have time to learn about all sorts of different things, you’ll meet people from all kinds of different backgrounds, and be exposed to ideas that you would probably never otherwise consider. Unique friendships are founded as we go through this “transition” phase – a phase where we learn to get by on not enough sleep, and even less money!

Christian Fellowship is a CSU club for any student who wants to know more about the Bible, and in particular, Jesus. We are a group of students who think that it’s great to be Christians and we want to give every student at university the opportunity to thoughtfully consider who Jesus really is. Whether you are a Christian or someone interested in what Christianity has to say on different issues, we as a club would like to welcome everyone to come along and get to know more.

There are a few easy ways for you to get in touch with us:

  • All year round we meet at the Rec Hall on Sunday nights for Unichurch (with the exception of exam times when we move to the Convention Centre). The Rec Hall is at Berres Elwood oval, on Ag/Residential side of the hill, behind the gym and Butler Halls. Church starts at 7pm and we’d love to meet you there.
  • Next week we are having a Welcome BBQ Tuesday 19th (1st week of classes) 6.30pm at the Convention Centre (which is next to dining hall – there is a flier in your showbag with some more info). This is a BBQ where new students can meet the older students, as well as other new students.
  • Another option for those curious about Christianity is to attend CF’s public talks on Wednesdays, the 20/2, 27/2 and 5/3, near the Mouth Trap. These talks are open to anyone and there will be opportunity to hang around afterwards and meet some people, and even ask the speaker, Richard Wilson, any questions if you like.

Looking forward to hopefully meeting you in the year to come.

Well,…time for you to go and explore uni – Enjoy O Week and welcome to Wagga!

 

 

CF Ministry Training Courses Begin!

As you may have heard, there are going to be training courses this week:

Apologetics: defending the Bible

2 Ways 2 Live: explaining the Bible

World Views: contrasting other beliefs to the Bible

These will all be great courses. from experience, Apologetics is handy for answering those questions that come up so often in conversation and on TV, or in conversation about what’s on TV. For both you and the people you know. And 2 Ways 2 Live is something that you’ll keep with you forever, a clear, concise explanation of the the Gospel and it’s message. I haven’t done the World’s Views, so I guess I’ll find out if that’s good or not! hehe.

They run on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm just outside Wal Fife, out the front, near the Mouthtrap (in different rooms to where the Public talks were held). There’s usually a recognisable bunch of us standing around chatting beforehand. Everyone’s welcome to come, chat, learn about God’s word and stay for a bit of afternoon tea.

Website of the Month

Hey Guys and Gals, it was pointed out to me that the “resources for growing Christians” were a little out of date. So, now I bring you: WEBSITE OF THE MONTH!!! (yay!). Each month I will hunt down a good quality Christian Website that is useful, informative, encouraging or maybe just funny. So here it goes:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH!!!

So, you’re looking for a particular verse? Wanting to find out how it’s translated in over 50 versions of the Bible? Looking for a clear, Biblical Explanation of a particular passage? Well, here’s a great place to look: www.biblegateway.com I’ve personally used this website countless times, to help prepare for Bible Studies, to help understand passages that I just did get when I first heard it, or to find an obscure verse that I heard mid-sermon and forgot to note down.

For example: I want to find that passage in the King James Version that uses the word “Stinketh” I simply type it into the search bar, select King James Version from the drop bar menu, and click “search the Bible”. And vuala! John 11:39 “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.” and we also find out that there is a passage in Isaiah that uses it too regarding fish that dieth for thirst.

So, as you can see, this is a valuable, yet invaluable source for any Christian. A great way to search through the Bible and discover God’s word.

So, until next time, keep reading.