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Joey Alligier

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January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

January 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

Welcome to Life.

Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.

There isn’t one.
(per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)

Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.

As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper.
WHAT TO DO?!?!
Keep calm and be an adult.

My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”

This life is a pool.
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Like, a really big pool.
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Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.

Welcome to life.

Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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January 19, 2014

Make it Like Your Birthday Everyday

January 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

I’d like to start this blog off wishing myself a happy birthday, as it was on Tuesday.And then I’ll wish my birthday twin Will a happy birthday, too.

…And then the same for my bestie Konner whose birthday is today!!

And next but no less important than those above, I’d like to wish my roommate Ashley a happy birthday, because anytime any of her friends have a birthday, she claims it for herself and accepts gifts.

…aaaaaaaaand Finally, I’d like to thank Katy Perry for writing the song “Birthday” which trumps 22 by T-Swift. (go listen)Picture 3

So I turned 22 this week, and it happened to be the first day back to school. This is the first year I’ve been in school for my birthday, to which most would think, that’s a bummer. I’d venture to say quite the opposite. Sure classes started, but the work load isn’t too heavy the first week of school. Everyone is around and hanging out. It has been a week-long party!

This is how it’s gone.

Tuesday morning, I woke up to this sign with a box of donuts and a birthday cup from my roommate Kassidy. She’s so clever! Also, she is officially a high school English teacher in the Independence school district! I’m so proud of her- she got the job and she’s barely started student teaching! When you see her on campus, congratulate her! Also know that she is Miss January in the Athletes of MNU calendar. LOVE HER. IMG_0238

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I went to classes and was pleasantly greeted by my friends and professors wishing me a happy birthday! Then after my last first day of class, Konner and I got our nails done at Lovely Nails in Olathe! They are seriously the nicest ever and do such a great job! Highly recommended. Then, we spent the afternoon together until we went to Korma Sutra, which is my favorite restaurant EVER! Also HIGHLY recommended- Thanks to my roommate amazing roommate Rachel for organizing it!

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Then me and 389 of my closest friends went to a bowling/laser tag/put put place where I successfully scored a 43 in bowling with my bestfriend Emily- yes. that score is between the two of us. yayyy

This ended around Midnight when we all came back to the dorms and ate ice cream cake from Kon-Kon! She got it Dora and Diego for a double birthday party!

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Since then I’ve gone out to lunch with my friend Lauren at Spin Pizza, had Indian food twice more with my sister and parents, and pretty much have been living the birthday diva dream!

I do have to say, the best gift I’ve gotten has to be my new roommate! Kara transferred from Point Loma and was randomly placed in our room. Is it too soon to say that it’s love? Maybe. Does it feel like she’s been here since the beginning? Definitely. This is a picture which I’m sure she appreciates…taken as Konner and I hazed her and her boyfriend Bugs (also transferred- he’s a QB on the football team.)

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Then last night began the celebration of Konner’s 21st Birthday! We started at Holy Land Cafe for a ladies night dinner, then came back to my pad to her presents and candy!

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IMG_8642 IMG_0426This morning we went to an amazing church service at Mission this morning, out to lunch at Salty Iguana, and tonight… who knows?! Sky is the limit with these amazing friends.

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

Britney Lewis

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January 15, 2014

The Perks Of Staying ON Campus

January 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Whilst I was away during winter break, I had a lot of time to myself…like a lot of time.

You know, that’s never a bad thing, but with this spare time I found myself thinking about how much I missed MNU’s campus and how life would be strangely different without it. After all, they do say: You never know what you have until it’s gone. 

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Welp, now that that’s out of the way, I have compiled a list of, what I like to call, The Perks of Staying on campus.

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Number One:

Once you’ve been on campus, there’s no turning back.

Seriously.

MNU is basically your home now–and even home doesn’t compare to campus life. Being pampered from mom and dad just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

The first day back at my parent’s house was the toughest. I literally thought I was going to die of boredom. Here, on campus, there’s always something to do–not to mention, there’s unlimited food.

It took awhile before I could tune back into a slow-pace lifestyle. There was a point where Netflix and Tumblr wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.

Number Two:

Remember how I mentioned the unlimited food thing?….Well, I’m not kidding.

Even when Campus Center is closed–It’s open from 7am-7pm–there’s always an alternate option.

We have a coffee shop named Dewy’s, located inside of the campus library; open from 7am to 9pm. Dewy’s is basically a Starbucks on crack, and they are quite famous for their frozen drinks, muffins, and donuts!

Then, there’s Land Cafe, located inside of Land Gym.

Land Cafe would compare to the average Buffalo Wild Wings (Er, well, not really…) But they’re open from 9pm-11pm.

At Land you can find warm foods like: pizza, wings, bosco stix, pretzels…and much more.

Literally, the possibilities are endless….and very delicious!

Lastly, there’s the good old Applebee’s.

Yup, I said it, Applebee’s.

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Applebee’s isn’t exactly on campus, but it’s three minutes away. My friends and I call it, “The campus away from campus” because, for the most part, there probably won’t be a day that you don’t see a familiar face from MNU there.

I choose to add Applebee’s to the list because of the good deals. Although it cost money, it’s worth it.

After nine, all of the appetizer’s on the Applebee’s menu are half-price.

AND, there’s a promo that anyone can sign up for called PERKS. Basically, with one of these codes, you’re getting five dollars off any menu price.

If you play your cards right, you’ll never have to pay for a full meal at all.

Number Three:

If not all, most of your friends are on campus.

I mean, Skype doesn’t even cut it.

And forget about texting.

Nothing compares to that face to face interaction you have with all your besties.

If anything, besides the food, the one thing I missed were my buddies. It’s crazy, but the people at MNU become your sidekicks. You’ll do anything and everything with them, and that time that you spend together creates a bond that will transfer past your college years.

I don’t know where I’d be without my friends. That’s why I always say: If you’re going to come to MNU, get INVOLVED.

I’m serious; it’s so worth it.

That’s all for this week, folks!

I hope you enjoyed the perks!

Keep it real.

Stay clean.

See ya next week!

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Britney Lewis

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December 17, 2013

This Has Nothing To Do With The Holidays…

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

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 It has taken me awhile to find the perfect topic to blog about since the holidays have taken over, and after a week of thinking about it, I’ve decided to bring in the christian aspects of MNU–because really, that’s what MNU is all about.

My favorite part about MidAmerica is how the community challenges you, and makes you think–especially when it comes to where you stand with Christ.

Sometimes you don’t know where you stand–literally–and you find yourself falling. If anything, I know what it’s like to forget where you belong among many others who believe in the same God that you believe in.

But trust me, DON’T BE FRIGHTENED, dear.

Ha, I know it can be scary, but that is why there are so many people on campus who are literally here to help you.

And if you do feel like you’re going to lose your place, don’t be afraid to find someone to mentor you. There are plenty of people whose lives you’d want to immaculate crawling across the campus grounds. There are small groups, chaplains, resident educators, saints (not kidding), a college youth group, also known as Kairos, residential assistants, and possibly even you roommate!

So, I hope you enjoyed the video, and I pray that you decide to not only get involved with the campus community, but that you get involved with spiritual life as well.

As always,

Peace and Love

Joey Alligier

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December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

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

Mario Flores

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December 6, 2013

Just 2 weeks left!!

December 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

So if you’re Jelly that I’m watching The Wolverine and you’re may not, I don’t blame you. It’s rather Leegit :P the_wolverine-HD

 

SO to make up for not having any pictures of Jamie and I from last blog that I shared the exciting news of us being a couple, here are 3 pictures of us:

So here's Jamie and I's first pic together :-)

Here’s Jamie and I’s first pic together :-) It was in the 20s Fahrenheit that day!!

 

Here was our 2nd xD

Here was our 2nd pic taken after church inside Campus Center xD

And here is her new profile pic:D

And here is her new profile pic:D

In other news, the high today was 20 degrees. This snow from Thursday is easily still seen around campus!

I also still await the day when I can have another dream come true…

I mean I have experienced a white Xmas before, but that was when my age was still in the single digits! (9 years young)

Heather Engle

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December 2, 2013

Breaks are nice

December 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

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 :]

Haley Raydo

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November 23, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season… So Let’s Be Thankful!

November 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s another great day to write a blog and share with you my thoughts!  The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about thankfulness.  It makes sense considering we are approaching Thanksgiving (which by the way is my favorite holiday!).

I was listening to a sermon at my church a few weeks ago about this idea of thankfulness.  It’s funny how often we use words on a regular basis, but never really dive down deep and figure out what they really mean.  My pastor talked about the difference between gratitude and thankfulness, thankfulness being something more than just a feeling.  “Gratitude is like wrapping a present, but never giving it.”

This has been a new revelation for me these past weeks.  Thankfulness is gratitude expressed. How often do I feel gratitude for what people do for me, but never show it?  I would say a lot, and the difference between the two is significant.

My pastor challenged us to write three things down we were thankful for each day of the week, and to share them with one another.  I thought it was such a great challenge that I thought some of you guys would consider trying it!  The importance of writing it down and sharing it is important because it takes it a step further than just thinking about it in your head.  It requires action.  If you find yourself writing a person’s name down, share it with them!  If you find yourself writing about food and shelter, volunteer and bless those who don’t have those accommodations!  The easy part is thinking of them and feeling gratitude, but let’s take it a step further and be thankful!

These are the three things I wrote for today!

1.  New Experiences! My MNU family!

I have been so thankful for this new stage of my life.  Meeting new friends, learning new things in new ways, and being apart of a new community!

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2.  My Brother and Sister!

They are such a support for me, and I love them very much! Plus they are just really cute ;)

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3.  The Month of November

November is my favorite month of the year! We have a 9-1 Chiefs team, we have a Jayhawk team that beat Duke last week, we have the Missions Conference at my church (my aunt and uncle are missionaries and I get to see them!), we have pretty fall trees at the beginning of the month, we have Christmas music at the end of the month, and we have Thanksgiving!! What else could be better?

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That’s my blog for the week!  Accept the challenge I give if you are so brave… Oh and if you are looking for a church in the area, check out Cross Points Church in Shawnee!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Mario Flores

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November 23, 2013

MNU Vball beat Baker! Catching Fire was pretty leegit & Jamie Furnas You’re Amazing

November 23, 2013 | By | No Comments

So last week you got to see our MNU Soccer team’s video, here’s our Volleyball team’s video:

Now’s here are the highlights from the HAAC tournament Final versus Baker: If you see in the first few seconds I guy with curly hair and dancing with crazy legs, that’s Luke Letsinger one of our Student Chaplains. Then to the side am I with my friend Nathan in red pants and a beanie:

I forgot to mention that Wednesday at Kairos (the Wednesday evening chapel for college students at College Church of the Nazarene) we helped package about 160 Thanksgiving meals-made possible by the generosity of the people at College Church of the Nazarene.

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

 

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it's called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it’s called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here's a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

Here’s a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

 

Philosophy Class is one of my faves:

 

Some of my friends in Philosophy class. #beaniesfuhdayz

Some of my friends in Philosophy class from left to right: Phillip Prado, Chelsea Amos, and Jordan Case. #beaniesfuhdayz

After watching the Hunger Games: Catching Fire…..

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This is from the opening scene of the flick

This is from the opening scene of the flick

…… My friend and resident on my hall, Aaron Smith did something I applauded him for:

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater!

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater! Also in this photo montage is another good friend of mine Charles Feller!

And here’s a photo of Her:

Since we don't have any pics together, I figured  using her current profile pic would be okay.

Since we don’t have any pics together, I figured using her current profile pic would be okay :D

She is madly in love with Jesus, intelligent and witty, funny and silly, confident yet humble, and she is obviously beautiful: I’m clearly a SPOILEDLY blessed man.