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April 21, 2014

Car Problems, Jesus, and Finals

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Hello friends!

So this past weekend was Easter! Most people on campus went home for the holiday, but that wasn’t the case for me. I actually have had some car troubles this past weekend. This was kind of a bummer for me because I would have liked to go home and see my family over the weekend, but I’ve definitely been learning a lot through it. Not having a car has opened my eyes a lot to how much I depend on it. I have had to ask people to drive me places more during this past week than I ever have had to during this past year. I definitely have learned that I need to not take things for granted so easily. Compared to most people in the world, I am extremely fortunate.

I also want to share with you guys what Easter means to me.

Bunnies, and candy, and Easter eggs. :]

No, those are all great things, obviously. Who doesn’t love those things? But the real meaning of Easter rests on the Truth of Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, was crucified, and rose again to show us this indescribable love. I can testify to this in my own life that this is the truth. The cross of Christ has bore my sins and has given me new life in Him. He has not only transformed my life here on earth, but he has also given me eternal life with Him after this earthly life.

I went to a worship service the other night and they played the song “Nothing Holding Me Back” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. If you haven’t heard this song, please go listen to it! What I take from this song is thankfulness and gratefulness for what Jesus has done for us. The chorus says:

Nothing is holding me back from you,

Redeemer of my soul,

now nothing can hold me back from you,

your love will never let me go.

I absolutely love this song because it reminds me of the verse in Romans that says:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39

We are more than conquerors because of what Christ has done for us. What an amazing message that is. This is why I have hope.

This is the reason for the joy in my life.

So I just thought I’d be real with you guys about what I believe and I thought it was fitting to tell you all these things because of the Easter season. :] I hope this gave you some sort of hope or encouragement. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to say anything!

Also, a little about MNU. I went to a baseball game at Graceland in Iowa this weekend and we dominated. So that’s pretty great! I also went to an Easter service on Sunday at Living Hope Church and there were multiple people that attend this church that were baptized at the end of the service. It was a wonderful celebration. :] After church Lisa Downs, who I mentioned in one of my blogs before this, invited some people over for a Easter Sunday lunch. I felt entirely blessed to be able to have these people in my life and spend Easter with them. It also helped that the food was amazing. :] finals week is coming up as well and I can just tell you now, there will be LOTS of coffee runs and late nights.

But I’m ready for it. Bring it on. :]

Have a wonderful Monday my friends,

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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February 7, 2014

Come Clean

February 7, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Okay blogging friends. If you tuned in last week, you probably have a very skeptical view of my buddy Stephen. Normally with friends like Steve, I would just allow you to keep on believing that he is the man that will never trust a fart again.

But now I’m feeling guilty because some of the information was fabricated. tainted. false.

So it’s time for me to come clean. (enjoy the sweet sounds of Eisley while reading.) I’m reposting the story here. Follow my commentary (of my own story) to find out what actually happened on that Tuesday afternoon.

 

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Okay he’s never been in love with me. It’s an on-going joke that for some reason to me never gets old. Sometimes when he asks me a question, like “why can I not do __ the right way?!” My automatic response in the past has been “I don’t know Steve. Maybe it’s because you’re in love with me?” Gets him (ehhh …me) every time.

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

I wouldn’t call it accurate to say “usually” before “delighted.” More accurate would be to say, “Sometimes, the professors are delighted that he actually decided to show up to class.”

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

The above paragraphs contain about 95% truth if the subject matters are reversed. The reality of the situation is that as I shouted “STEPHEN!!” I looked at him like a deer in the headlights. I could not make eye contact. I began talking aimlessly. Nothing mattered in this moment because of a personal matter. Read on:

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

-> A couple days later, I sent a few text messages to Stephen. In the series, I said something to the extent of “Stephen, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry that in the moment your head was in my car the other day, I crapped my pants. I hope you know that I don’t just do this on the reg. I wasn’t feeling well. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

JUDGE ME if it’s what the Lord is calling you to do, blog world! I did it! I crapped my pants in front of a dude. In the United States. Yards from my dorm room. Had I ever done this in Mexico while I was camping and the closest outhouse was a quarter mile from my tent? No. What about on a job site with no running water or usable facility? No. Okay well what about after a hot pepper challenge with my teammate Fernando? NO! It happened on Campus in the luxury of all these amenities!

In my defense, there were a lot of things working against me. I am a vegetarian and there is a lot of fiber in my diet. I hadn’t slept and had a lot of coffee and caffeine: natural laxatives. I had my first ever surgery and it was on my abdomen, so food wasn’t processing correctly…

And as I shouted, “STEPHEN!!” it was just too much pressure on my abdomen.  

Why did I tell him? Because I thought for sure he knew! And I interpreted his silence as assumption. Assumption that this is a regular thing in my life. At least by telling him myself, I could control the message that was sent. (Public Relations class came in handy.) I could let him know this was a one-time thing. And you know why I’m feeling so guilty? Because as students have asked him about this situation, he has gone along with it to protect my pride. EVEN AFTER I THROUGH HIM UNDER THE BUS.

And now the entire world knows about my bowel issues. If you would like to join with me and prove that this happens to everyone at some point or another, post your story below! We can laugh about it together and rise against the judgers who claim this has never happened to them!  We can start judging them for lying!

Hopefully I didn’t lose any of my followers for this… Oh well. That’s me.

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Allegra Vieux

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January 29, 2014

The day I lost my dignity

January 29, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

Hello my blogging friends,

Last week, the blogging team was given a challenge. This challenge was to share a moment of vulnerability to enhance reading experience. You’ll have to let me know if this works in the comment section.

Without further adieu, I present

The Day I Lost My Dignity: A story of fear, heartache, and embarrassment.

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell. Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6You may remember around this time last year, I posted a Vlog featuring an “interview” with Steve. If not, I’ll give you the gist on what kind of guy he is.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

I wasn’t embarrassed by this moment of Stephen’s weirdness until THIS MOMENT. If he wouldn’t have texted me, I would have gone on with my life as normal, but instead, I had my most embarrassing moment in Dewey’s Book and Bean, getting a text that my friend Stephen, soiled his linens, right in front of me, on a Tuesday afternoon.

Over and Out!

 

 

Joey Alligier

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January 16, 2014

Grounded

January 16, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans
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It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.

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I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.

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I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Heather Engle

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January 13, 2014

Goodbye to christmas break, hello to a new semester!

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Hello Blog World. :]

This break has been pretty wonderful. Not having to worry about homework, writing papers, or waking up from a nap to get to class on time has been very nice! Spending time to just rest, especially in the Lord, has been amazing as well. It was nice to have so much time on my hands to be able to read the word and seek God without any distractions surrounding me. Other than spending Christmas day in Austin, Texas, I did some more things over this break that I want to share with you guys!

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I went to an antique store with some of my friends over the break and this is just an example of the cute things that were in this place. My friends and I agreed though that a lot of the things in there, we could make ourselves. But it was still a fun time looking around and gathering craft ideas!

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This is my super pretty friend Lauren. :] She was looking for the book “The Hobbit” and we ended up getting caught up in how great it was to be surrounded by so many books. So here she is. Being all cute and stuff.

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This is my friend Zack Manuel! He recorded a CD and had his CD release show at one of our local coffee shops on the last weekend I was in town. This was his CD table where he was selling them for $1, and I definitely bought one. I would go check his music out on ITunes, and buy his CD!
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This is kind of blurry, but here is a picture of him performing! There were so many people there that I kept getting pushed into the corner of the room! It was pretty awesome!

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To end an awesome break, I got to make some baby sugar cookies with my little sisters and decorate them (kind of) for valentines day! Well, that’s the theme we were trying to go for. It was super cute watching them decorate and I always enjoy spending time with my wonderful family. :]

Well guys, here’s to a new year full of all new activities and adventures. I cannot wait to start another semester here at MNU and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m ready to see how God is going to work and move on this campus, and how he is going to send us out into this world to spread his marvelous light. :]

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. I’ve been reading this awesome book called “Love does” if you haven’t heard of it, go to a bookstore and buy it! It does a wonderful job of showing really what love is supposed to look like. Real love, the love that comes from being sacrificial like Jesus when he died on the cross for us. I’ve also been listening to some great bands such as “Gungor” and “Young Oceans” Check all of those out if you haven’ already!

Heather Engle

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January 1, 2014

an airplane to Austin, and an Artshow

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Hey Friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, but don’t worry, I haven’t just been sitting around doing nothing for  a couple of weeks. I want to show you guys what I did for Christmas this year! And it wasn’t exactly a white Christmas…

So this year was the first time I went somewhere out of my home state for Christmas. I went to Austin, Texas! This is where my mom is currently located, so my brother and I took a plane to Austin and celebrated Christmas with her, just the three of us.

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Here’s a picture of the beautiful sunrise I saw on the plane on the way to Texas. :] I thoroughly enjoy riding in airplanes because it reminds me of how big my God is, and how small I really am. It also lets me basically ride on a cloud…which is pretty awesome. :]

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This was the outside of a Pizza place we went to! Downtown Austin has so much character and there are so many things to do down there!

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This is the view of my moms apartment right when you walk in. I love it so much because the windows are huge, and it has a beautiful view of the apartments courtyard!

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The first day we got there we went to this art Bizarre that had booths of artists work that you could walk around, look at and purchase if you wanted! :] I also found this there…

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This lamp is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. :] sorry for another thing about clouds, I just had to share this one. :]

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 While we were in Austin, we also got a chance to climb a mountain! It was absolutely beautiful up there and the temperature was just perfect!

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To end an awesome week in Austin, my brother, mom and I went to see this great Christmas lightshow! There were tons of people there and I guess the people that put it on do this show annually! It was so popular it made it on the news! I have a video of it above, so check it out!

Well friends, that’s all from me for now. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas like I did!

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Joey Alligier

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December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

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Christmas break:
No school
Family time
Friends galore
Getting swole’
Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits

I guess this time of year isn’t that bad.
Despite the wretched cold…. 

From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.

We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out. 

I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)

“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”

Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:

1) Food, food, food. 
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.

2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.

3) MORE FOOD. 
Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.

4) Give more than you get. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.

In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.

*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
Be available

Any questions, feel free to ask!
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Keep on and keep God friends,

Joey

Heather Engle

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December 9, 2013

Santa, Snow, and Studying

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Hello friends :]

So, right now I am currently at Starbucks.. drinking coffee.. and studying for the 4 finals, added on with 3 unit tests that I have.

 In college, for me at least, coffee shops and MNU’s library are two of my favorite places to be. Lately, I have spent a lot of my time at both of these places. For me today, Starbucks has taken a little bit of the stress off of the insane amount of information I have to cram into my brain this week. So thank you Starbucks!

Also, this is maybe one of the only places that I get wifi…so that’s cool.

This past week/weekend was just full of everything Christmas! Let me show you guys some pictures:

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SANTA! He came to the Merc! If you don’t know what the Merc is, it’s our merchandise store located in our Campus Center.

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On this past Thursday night, my friend Jazmine and I had a movie night and we made coffee in our room! It might have been a slight mistake though because it was around 10:00 p.m. when we made it. Lets just say that I was up pretty late that night. But it was delicious, so it was definitely worth it! This isn’t really Christmassy, but I thought i’d share with you guys my coffee masterpiece.

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This is a picture from our Freshman Christmas sweater party! I came a little late so I missed out on the dance party, which was really upsetting, but other than that it was a wonderful time! There was hot cocoa, egg nog, snacks, and our MNU improv team (Action Pact) came and did an improv show for us!2013-12-07 00.52.50 Okay, I know what you’re thinking.. “Who is this super attractive lady with a Rudolf nose coming out of her mouth?” Well my friends, this is my RA Faith Koker. She is the bomb. I mean just look at her. :]

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To start the Christmas season off right, some of my friends and I decided to watch Elf this weekend! I think I have maybe seen this movie 15 times, but it never ever gets old. :]

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MNU also got some snow this weekend! It was a really light snow so we barely got any at all, but it was still snow! Which makes it feel even more like Christmas! I also took this picture in our piano rooms and I thought it really captured just how beautiful they are. Well, I think they’re beautiful at least. I do find myself spending a lot of my time in here as well as in the library and Starbucks. :] You can also kind of see the little bit of snow we got on top of the roof of my dorm outside the window.

Well guys, I don’t know about you, but I am ready to be done with this week, not just because it’s finals week, but because that means next week is the start of Christmas break! It’s going to be wonderful having a whole month off to see my family and friends again. I will definitely miss my MNU family though.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Heather Engle

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December 2, 2013

Breaks are nice

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Hello Friends!

This past week was our Thanksgiving break! I got the chance to go home and eat some delicious home cooked meals, catch up with some pretty cool friends, and spend time with my lovely family! My sisters were even waiting for me when I came home, which is pretty awesome to come home to! Here are some pictures to show you guys the things I did this past week!

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One great thing I got to do was go see Catching Fire! The movie was pretty amazing. I really wish I would have read the books though because I heard from multiple people that if you read them the movie would make a lot more sense. But other than that, I still thought it was amazing. Also, I want to be Katniss when I grow up.

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Thanksgiving day was also pretty wonderful. We picked up on playing the card game Nertz this year in my family, and it. was. intense. That game can get super crazy, but it’s really fun at the same time. I had a blast playing it with them, and it was double awesome because I got to drink some hot apple cider, which is always wonderful. I was in heaven.

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Saturday night my friends Zack and Sydney played music and sang at a coffee shop in Hutchinson, KS. I had the privilege of going with them and be serenaded by their angelic voices. It was also a super cool coffee shop with twinkly lights and amazing coffee! I maybe bought 2 cups of coffee..in the time span of 2 hours.. and I’m not ashamed.

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This is the view of the coffee shop on the inside.

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This is my friend Sydney. Not only does she have an amazing voice, she does some pretty awesome artwork too! :] She is lovely.

Well this is all I have for you guys this week. It was wonderful to be on break, but I always love coming home to MNU. It has definitely captured a place in my heart already. :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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November 13, 2013

Mission Impossible

November 13, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Hello Blog World.

This video is part of the worship service at my church on Sunday. Funny story about that.

So I guess you could say I’m the type of person that likes new things. I like trying/starting new things, and it doesn’t take much for me to get really EXCITED. I enjoy looking for new music, activities, playing new games, going new places, etc. And on the contrary, I get really bored with the same things over and over. I get bored easily and withdraw most often. I lose interest and move on to something… well.. new.

Last year in chapel, a guy came and spoke about Moses and his staff. He talked about how Moses, somewhere along the lines, acquired his staff, and no matter what situation Moses was in, God used the staff to help him lead the Israelites. He related the staff to our degrees. The main idea was that we could all be church planters regardless of our degrees, and we could all go into ministry and yada yada.

Then he said the words “We’ll have free pizza in the Tipping Point tonight and talk more about…” and I pretty much didn’t listen after that because I was so there. (in addition to new things, I really like free things.)

So I go to this meeting to hear about what the church planting process looks like from the ground up, because it has always interested me. Side note-I helped with a church plant on the plaza not too long ago, and it was really cool to see it come together. We met in the movie theater to attract people who were looking for a more casual worship experience and hopefully bring in some who weren’t comfortable walking into a church building. So I’m at this meeting enjoying new people and eating pizza that I didn’t pay for, and then like 5 guys who were all planting churches in the area talked about their vision for their individual plants, and proceeded to try and recruit us MNU students to help them out.

Okay so I’ll admit that I wasn’t super interested. I had just gotten settled into a church in Olathe and was making connections and really felt like I was in the right place. Our worship was awesome, our preaching was out of this world, and people were going down to the altar in masses of like 17 every week. I was cool with it. Also, it was a big congregation so I didn’t really have to be involved, although I was going to Bible study and giving and all that jazz. The point of this is, as soon as we were dismissed I tried to bolt out of that place because I didn’t want to lose my life to promoting a new church especially knowing how much school work I had to do.

Then, to my dismay, this dude Jonathan stopped me and started asking me about my life.

If you don’t know me, I’m a talker. and because I like meeting new people and new things, I became a little intrigued.  He said, “My hope is that we’ll be meeting in the movie theater in Overland Park at 135th and Antioch.” 2 things about this jumped out: 1. My Aunt and Uncle live 10 blocks north of that theater and 2. I helped plant a church once in a movie theater. So he gave me his business card, told me to email him because he wanted to talk about marketing ideas with me. So I gave him a fake smile and nod and told him I’d be in touch. he he he

Yeah okay so he somehow remembered my name and found me because I got an email from a professor asking if it was okay for him to give my email to this guy. Dang. I was like, “okay yeah I guess…”

So then after approximately 16 emails (I made it nearly impossible for him to get a hold of me,) I finally responded and he took me to Starbucks. We talked about social media and analytical junk that I won’t bore you with, then he asked me to meet every week. I was like, uhhh peace out. (Actually I probably went one or two more times for the free Starbucks and then told him I was busy.)

Since we’re being honest, I was getting a little interested, but not enough to exert much effort. Well this Jonathan dude exerted a lot of effort and sent me an email for kick-off Sunday with the order of service and a list of who was working where.

and….

there…

was…

my…

name.

I was like, dang. This poor guy doesn’t get it. I guess I’ll show up this week, help with Audio/Visual, and then let him down gently. Because at least this way, I can say I tried and it just wasn’t for me.

So 9 months later I still go to this church and it’s not because I don’t have the heart to tell this guy that I’m not interested. I guess you could say I fell in love? It ended up that this church was like, designed for me. I still help with A/V and want to be even more involved. Turns out, this Jonathan guy can bring the word like nobody’s business. Then there’s Hurley and Tim: They are real musicians who have real musician friends who they bring with them to lead worship every week. Translation: It’s always different! This week, Hurls brought her rapper friend Rye-On and he free-styled  during the set. It was incredible.

So in the spirit of new and free, I have to give a shameless plug for Tim Cone, who also leads us in worship at Mission Church.

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If you go to spacesuitmusic.com you get his new album for free. I don’t promote things that suck, so you should probably just go do it. It’s amazing and I’ve had it on repeat all day. I’ll make it even easier for you: Follow this link! NEW FREE MUSIC FROM TIM CONE

aaaaaanndd if you’re ever in the area, I would definitely recommend Mission Church KC. Never a dull moment!

Over and Outtt!