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April 14, 2015

NSLC Last Week!

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Hey y’all!

The 2015/2016 ASG Exec Council got back from NSLC on Sunday evening around 7pm, and we had such a blast!

For those of you who didn’t read the last blog, NSLC is an event put on the by the higher education institutions of the USA/Canada region of the Church of the Nazarene. This year was the 50th anniversary of NSLC, so it was held at NSLC’s birthplace, MNU’s sister schools, Olivet Nazarene University.  At the event, we meet with other student governments from the eight other Nazarene liberal arts Universities and Colleges in the USA/Canada region.  We got to meet students and advisors from each of the other schools, and got to share ideas with people at other schools who have the same positions as us at their respective schools.

On the way down to Olivet, we stopped at Charlie Parker’s diner in Springfield , IL for lunch.  There is a food I discovered that is only found in Illinois called the horseshoe. At Charlie Parker’s, I decided to try a buffalo chicken horseshoe, and here’s what it consisted of: two pieces of Texas toast, then a layer of buffalo chicken strips, then the strips are topped of with fries, and cheese sauce is smothered all over it. It was so delicious, but so unhealthy. I couldn’t even eat half of it.

At the event, we did a lot of fun and helpful team-building and connecting activities. There were the following events: musical chairs, dance parties, speakers, group time, a scavenger hunt, dodgeball, blow darts (let’s go Ambrose and MNU), human hungry hungry hippos, a taste of Chicago, an improv team, and LOTS of food.

We all learned a lot about ourselves, and each other last week at Olivet, and I can;t wait to see what’s in store for ASG this next year.  When you get to campus, you definitely have to look into student government, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made here.

Thanks, guys! See you next time!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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April 9, 2015

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Inspiration

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian, German Lutheran pastor, and founding member of the Confessing Church.

You know the classic question, “If you could have coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?” Well, my first choice would be Jesus… and my second choice would be Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

His life inspires me. I could study his writings for hours and hours on end. I could sit here and tell you about his life and try to do it justice with my own words, but I think his writings are inspiring enough without any commentary.

Here are a few of my personal favorite quotes by Bonhoeffer:

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

“The exclusion of the weak and insignificant, the seemingly useless people, from a Christian community may actually mean the exclusion of Christ; in the poor brother Christ is knocking at the door.”

“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.”

“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.”

“It is only because He became like us that we can become like Him.”

If you have never studied his life or read any of his books, I highly recommend you do. Some of his most famous books include The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together.

It’s life changing stuff. You won’t regret it.

-KT

Haley Raydo

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April 7, 2015

It’s Springtime: Life Update

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Hello friends

I have barely made it through my first day back from Easter break.  The fact that I barely made it through today is kind of sad because I haven’t had a full week of school since spring break.  Anyways, let me just say my brain is fried and I am ready for summer-which is actually in just a few short weeks (MNU perks).

Just a few quick life updates:

1. I got a summer internship! This has been by far the most exciting thing in my life the last months or so. I will be working with an organization called MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) as a victim’s advocate. This is something I am incredibly passionate about and I am so blessed to be provided an opportunity to help and to learn. SO keep me in your prayers (as well as the organization and victims) this will be a difficult but inspiring experience I am sure.

2. I got to spend Easter break with my family.  These are my siblings: Kayla and Nate.  The first picture is our annual Easter picture.  Three years running Nate has gotten a hand to the face. The second is Nate exiting our selfie.  But seriously I love these people and I love to spend time with them.

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3.  The weather is beautiful which means campus looks beautiful! The picture above the title is a view looking up at one of the dogwood trees on campus.  This is the weather I have been waiting for!

4.  I am doing well in all of my classes.  Sometimes I forget I am in college mainly to get a degree (I am only being partially sarcastic).  It is just easy to get distracted when you live with your best friends, there are so many fun events, and new opportunities are given.  This semester has been incredibly difficult.  MNU is very blessed to have the professor they have and I say that because they are complete geniuses and I am well– probably not a genius.  So by the grace of God I am doing extremely well– and most importantly I am learning (I felt like my mom as I wrote that).  But truly I am so blessed to be learning.

Anyways.. That’s about it.  A few exciting things, hopefully more to come!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Aaron Merrell

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April 7, 2015

NSLC This Week!

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Hey everyone!

This week, I’m preparing to go to Nazarene Student Leadership Conference, or NSLC. We leave tomorrow, at 6am, and head from here to Bourbonnais, IL to Olivet Nazarene University, who are hosting the event this year.

The schedule involves group sessions focused on leadership, as well as sessions in which we share ideas and information with our counterparts at other Nazarene universities. For instance, I’ll be meeting with the other Directors of Social Life from the other schools.

There are other events, like a dodgeball tournament, and spirit events that we’ll be participating in as well, not to mention a day in Chicago on our last day there.

Be on the lookout for an update next time on how it goes!

-Aaron

Mariah McCommon

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April 5, 2015

What Easter Means to Me

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Hi y’all.

To wrap up Easter weekend, I’m going to share how mine went!

It was crazy busy as always. On Friday night, my roommate and I went back to my home town for an annual play at my home church. I was in it until I was 17 and the rest of my family is still in it, so naturally I had to go see them! The Passion Play is a big hit and I couldn’t miss it, even though it meant two trips home in one weekend. The play is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ highlighting the important moments in His life. I was also excited to bring my roommate home for the first time to show her my world. Here are some photos!

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My sister gave her testimony in front of a ton of people! Im so proud of her!

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My mommy!

My mom!

So happy to see him again

So happy to see him again

After the play, I went back home in order to work Saturday morning, then afterwards, I went with my roomie and my Drexel buddies to Drexel church to do some cleanup work. We mainly scraped paint, polished the pews, set out Easter eggs, and had a fantastic time. We got a lot of work done in a short amount of time cause we worked really hard! It was nice to see some improvements too since there hasn’t been any in a long time. It was also great because it was all done in preparation for our Sunday service.
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For Easter Sunday today, we woke up real early for the Drexel community sunrise service. As cold as it was, we kept the service short with some worship songs and a small devotion. God knew about our service and painted a breathtaking sunrise. I wasn’t able to catch the full beauty on camera but I tried! After the sunrise service, we had our normal gathering of our own back at our church. We had so much fun with it.
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Drexel has become home to me. It’s a small town with that perfect home-town feel. I absolutely adore it. It’s been a tremendous blessing to me and my growth this semester. We are continuing next semester and hopefully recruiting incoming freshman ministry majors — and others who are interested. It’s a real encouragement to the community of Drexel and even to the MNU community!

Easter is important to me because of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to be thankful for all He’s done, spend time with family, and of course eat food. (: In the midst of everything going on, knowing Christ is risen from the dead gives me hope each and every day.

Thanks guys!

Katie Linsey

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April 3, 2015

Instagram-aholic

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So, if you know me at all, you know that I love social media. I love the idea that I can keep in touch with people and see what is happening in people’s lives even when I don’t have time to constantly reach out to them personally. It’s a pretty neat-o thing. My favorite form of social media is Instagram, because, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It really is a hobby of mine.

I’ve been pretty busy this week, so I haven’t had a lot of time to think about a blogging topic. I thought I’d post photos from some of my all time favorite Instagram posts for y’all to see… so, in a way you can thank me for the little amount of reading this time. 😉 I’ll be sure to make up for it next week!

Here are a few of my favorite Insta photos:

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-KT

Luther Okeyo

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April 1, 2015

The Track Season is Underway!!!

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Well the track season is here and the HCA (Heritage Christian Academy, in case you didn’t know) Track & Field Team has been working hard getting ready for the upcoming season. We have about 40 kids running track this year and in the few weeks I have been able to work with them, I’ve seen amazing growth and last Thursday we had our first meet… The Sherwood Invitational which was in Creighton, Missouri and there were 6 other schools competing with us as well.

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The Varsity Squad (high school) did great. You could tell that we still had some work to do, but overall Coach and I saw some great potential and you already know that I’ll get them ready for the next meet.

You know what… I just realized that I haven’t even  told you guys anything about these guys. I will but first… I gotta be honest,coaching these has been such a blessing. It is awesome that I am able to pass on the little that I know about track to these kids. They are everything a coach would want in athletes. they work hard, they listen (well most of the time), they want to get better and are always willing to learn. Despite all these positives, there is one big negative, (well it wouldn’t be as fun if it was good all the time) they do whine a lot but what do you expect from and I’m willing to put up with whining like it but  if they are going to give me their all when it comes time to compete.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, Heritage Christian Head Track Coach Christen Moore.  I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul ( I know the picture doesn't look

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, the Heritage Christian Head Track & Field Coach, Christen Moore. I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul (I know the picture doesn’t show it but she really one of the kindest people I have ever met.) She has two kids who also run track for Heritage Christian and they are studs by the way, but they are in middle school and their first meet isn’t for another week. She is a nurse and and she teaches a class for other upcoming prospective nurses how to pass their nursing exams. Oh yea she also runs MARATHONS! Yea… I’m not kidding… marathons and she is going to be running at the Boston Marathon this year!

We were missing a couple people from our varsity squad due to other commitments and I’ll introduce you to them later but here are the members of the Heritage Christian Varsity Squad:

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer. Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4x100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn't look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can't hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer.

Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4×100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn’t look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can’t hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Ross on the left and Mathew on the right, both of these guys run track last year for HCA as well. Ross is a guy with a lot of potential, during the meet coach and I figured out that his best race is the 800 (2 laps around the track as fast as you can… yea I know it sounds terrible.) But he also ran the 400, was apart of the 4×100 relay team, and he threw discuss. This guy is just a jack of all trades. Mathew reminds me a lot of myself, he runs basically the same events that I did and he has the same body type as me. (Unfortunately he isn’t as funny as I am, but I’m nowhere near a survivalist like he is. I’m pretty sure if there was a zombie apocalypse or something this guy would know what to do.) Mathew came in second in high jump, but he also ran the 1600, 800 (he actually beat Ross… I smell a rivalry brewing!), and was apart of the 4×100 relay.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka "elbows" and Bonnie aka "cheeks". Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn't be apart of the meet.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka “elbows” and Bonnie aka “cheeks”. Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn’t be apart of the meet. All 4 members of the squad are all cheerleaders for HCA.

The squad is inseparable. You should’ve seen them when they all got together on Friday after the meet. It was ridiculous it was the twins were gone for like a month or something but they were really only gone like 5 days. I guess now I know the meaning of true friendship. They do everything together at practice and I mean EVERYTHING! They warm up together, run together, they all talk at the same time and can still carry a conversation, they even laugh at the same things, I’m always amazed at how in synch they all are. Anyway, Katie ran the 100, 200, 400, and threw the shot put. I call her elbows because when she ran she never moved them, to be honest it was really weird. In practice I kept screaming elbows at her so she would move her elbows and pretty soon the name just stuck as her nickname. If you’ve been paying attention you probably already guessed that Bonnie ran the EXACT same races that elbows did. I call her cheeks because she reminds of Alexis Pacheco who plays softball for MNU, who I sometimes baby cheeks, because her brother Kyle who used to attend MNU and I played football with… his nickname was cheeks. So now the nickname is going around.

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn't anybody to pose for a picture with her eveyrbody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn’t anybody to pose for a picture with her everybody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Kelly is everything in a track runner I wish I was in high school. She is a leader, she always wants to learn more, she is constantly asking questions in order to get better. All while publicly stating that she HATES track, as matter of fact she DESPISES it. It’s amazing that she never ran track before. She won her heat in the 100 (and it wasn’t even close). She ran the 100, 200, she long jumped, and threw shot put. I called her Machine Guy Kelly cause she is rapid fire in everything she does. I’m so excited to watch her run this season.

Our next meet is actually tomorrow (aka Thursday, April 2) in Ottawa, Kansas for the Ottawa Invitational. I am not going to that meet, I’m staying behind to train the middle school kids. I’m bummed I can’t go but I get to run practice my way this time and I can’t wait to run these kids into the ground… Hahaha just kidding… or am I?

Oh yea… Happy April Fools Day.

Samantha Moore

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April 1, 2015

Be: Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women

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Really sad I did not team up with KT this week, fellow blogger, for my blog post. If you haven’t seen our blog from last week you definitely need to check it out, http://www.mnu.edu/mnublogs/senior-segment/. BUT, I do have a lot to say this week as I am gearing up to leave this school in 32 short days… 32 PEOPLE. Is this even real?

I have recently come into contact with a few things going through my mind that have starting hitting the surface in my life. Leaving school I have a great job set up as an Executive Team Leader at Target on the management track, I hope to be on Forbes 100 most powerful women in the World some day. I have been thinking a lot about what this new job will look like for me and what store I will be placed in to start off after my 5 weeks of training. And it occurred to me, it’s not in my control. Target was wanting to send me a little far outside my comfort zone about an hour and a half way and I found myself stuck with this decision of what should I answer. I wish it were as easy as letting someone make my decisions for me. I was worried and stressing over what I tell them, because if I told them yes I would have to immediately live in a state and a city I was unfamiliar with, on my own, paying rent for a apartment right out of college. I think sometimes we are tested on how faithful we will be when tough questions are thrown our way that all affect our future. This answer was clear and it should have been the moment it was presented to me, but I think sometimes we question things because we are challenging ourselves. So many people are afraid of the what ifs and not enough interested in how this will help me grow. We as Christians are challenged daily with the question of what if, but it is what we do with our what ifs that define who we are.

If you are wondering what I told Target, I told them I did not think it was best for me to be so far away from home right now. I also think many college graduates think they need to be on their own and make their own decisions right off the bat coming out of college without their parents help. I think without my parents I would drown. They really do know what is best even if it feels like they are not on your side sometimes. I am thankful for parents who put my best interest in front of their own and are willing to give me a reality check sometimes when I need it.

I am excited to start my new journey in 32 days… 32 PEOPLE! As my time is closing here at MNU, every day I try to remember something great I received from going to this school. It is my own version of 30 days of thanks for MNU being shown to me and shaping me. This was one of my thanks I give to MNU for allowing me to know that it is okay to sometimes question and challenge our own thought process and decisions making, if we didn’t we wouldn’t grow into the people we were meant to be.

 

Food for thought, catch you later kittens!

-S

Haley Raydo

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March 30, 2015

Afternoon Thoughts

March 30, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends

Although I am just now sitting down to write this (9:43 pm) I had some incredible thoughts that took place this afternoon… Well at least some were incredible.

There is something about a nice sunny afternoon that just gets me thinking.  The boys I nanny sleeping, the wind is light, and I just sit and take a deep breath.  After some extended deep-thinking/worrying-about-the-future morning, the sun and a place to just sit in the calm is perfect.  Every once in awhile an image of my Cognitive Neuropsychology textbook will pop into my head, reminding me of my very important exam.  I could very well be in denial, but there is something refreshing letting my mind relax.

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As I reflect I recall the verses in Psalms 37 “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust in him and we do this: He will make your righteous reward like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”  What does it mean to take delight in Him?  To enjoy His presence, to believe and trust Him, to love Him, and to choose Him.  I think it is great to serve a God who longs to give me the desires of my heart.  That doesn’t mean he gives me whatever I want.  It means if I desire Him than I desire things that are godly and pleasing. And he longs to give those to me.  My passions and dreams are included.  What a promise to make us righteous, bright and shining like this afternoon sun.  After a morning of worry, a reassurance to trust and commit in the afternoon.  

I reflect, find the image of my Cognitive Neuropsychology book reappear and quickly exit my thoughts, and then shortly reminded of reality as cries from a cute baby boy exclaim his nap time must be over.  I rush to greet the cries so to not wake up the toddler asleep upstairs.  I look at this baby boy and smile to know that this boy is a part of God’s creation and is loved deeply by the Creator.  How cool to know that God has a plan and a purpose, even for a boy that just is beginning his life.

 

Then the reflecting time is over as toddler marches down the stairs.  Greeted by a “Hi Hay-ey” (he can not say his L’s) and a cute little smile before the demanding of Mickey Mouse.  Then my day is in full on rush of homework and worrying once again.

The point?  Take time to reflect.  Take time to breathe.  Take time to delight.  Take time to find the joy of Christ.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Mariah McCommon

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March 29, 2015

Home Away From Home

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Hey guys!

It was Palm Sunday today and that means it’s a week before Easter! :) I love Easter time. It means more good food, family time, and of course celebrating the resurrection of the One True King. I’m excited to go home, but I’m also excited for Easter Sunday at Drexel! We’re leaving campus around 5:45 in the a.m. to be there for the sunrise service at 7a.m. I might die. It will be completely worth it, though. The entire church community in Drexel is meeting at the community center for the service. After it, we get pancakes! 😀  Then we have our own service back at our church.

As excited as I am for it, I’m also a bit sad. I don’t like to admit it, but I’m a very sensitive person. Easter means the school year is about over. I cannot grasp the time that has gone by between graduating senior year of high school to now: almost ending my freshman year of college. The memories I have had and the friends I’ve made mean the world to me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything. I’ve figured out that the key to surviving college is knowing what truly matters. I wake up each day and remember the positive things in my life and work towards better things to come. I know college will rush past me before I even realize it, but I look forward to the future. I have big plans, big goals, and massive dreams.

Whenever I have a bad day I focus on the dreams that I have to travel the world. That mere thought can get me through any day. I’m already planning a trip to the east coast over Winter Break. It’s hard to think about that far ahead at times because I want to focus on what’s right in front of me too. This is my family here. The thought of leaving them breaks my heart each time I think about it: which is often. For four months, I’m not able to see the faces of people I see everyday. Summer was different in high school because everyone still lived close to each other. I was taken back when I realized college isn’t that way. People live EVERYWHERE. I mean, even in Europe. I’m happy to know the people I do and couldn’t imagine my life without them.

My Drexel family is very important to me. Next year I may not have the chance to be there every Sunday, but I’m hoping with a little convincing I’ll still be able to be a leader. It seriously has been the opportunity of a lifetime for a Ministry major.

That’s all I really have for this week. Bless you in this upcoming one!