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Renee DeVault

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February 2, 2016

Theatrical Escapades at MidAmerica

February 2, 2016 | By | One Comment

This has been kind of an insane week for me.

This is mostly because I am now a part of four shows at MNU and all four were a part of my week this week.

  1. Mousetrap

I am super excited for Mousetrap! It is a show written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era London. I play Mollie who owns a guest house with her husband, Giles. The play begins with the opening of their guest house and as the play continues the audience sees how the young couple’s big plans are kind of interrupted by a murder investigation.

It’s an eight person cast which is incredibly fun because we get to know each other but it’s also incredibly difficult because we’re almost all on stage all the time. That means we have to be on our game and completely in control for the whole show.

Some other fun aspects are that Quinn is playing Giles so we get to be a couple on stage. It certainly makes stage kisses less awkward :)

I also get to talk in a British Accent which has been very difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve never had to do an accent for so long so it’s a nice personal challenge.

The show is going to be February 25th through 28th and tickets can be bought online. It would be a great show to go to if you want to have date night, or friend date night, girls night out, or just if you want to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes for a while and try to figure out “who done it.”

Enjoy some pictures that our director, Heather, took without us really realizing what she was doing.

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2. Action Pact Improv Team/ The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes

I have combined these two because they’re pretty much the same thing but also completely not. I am on Action Pact, MNU’s improv team that does improvised shows on campus but I am also on the travel team which does scripted shows as well as improv at churches in the area.

Thursday, we had an improv show on campus, which was incredibly fun. We tried Smith 200 as our venue that evening and it was great to have a larger stage.

Improv can really take you anywhere. At one point I was a chicken, another time I was a drunk alien, and of course, miming that I was giving a bath to Justin Bieber’s Demon pet dog was fun.12605331_1127347973945180_1940716450105923383_o

This is Elisa and Quinn doing a scene together. I honestly do not remember what it was about but this picture says a thousand words about the silliness that happens whenever our improv team gets together.

We also like going out together after shows with any audience members willing to put up with us for any length of time.

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The improvised aspects of Action Pact are incredibly fun. The travel team is also fun, but it’s in a completely different ballgame.

This last Sunday night the travel team hoped in a giant white van and rolled down to Pleasanton, Missouri, a very pleasant town about an hour from MNU.

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They’re silly.

We enjoy singing to the radio loudly on the way to the churches as well as making decisions such as what games we’re going to play (if we need to play games), and where to stop for coffee so we don’t collapse from exhaustion before getting up to perform.

We performed in two services for the church we went to. The first service was in their main sanctuary where we performed “The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes” which is an incredibly fun show.

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There’s like a hundred characters so the six of us play multiple roles. I narrate a large portion of the show but also get to play fun characters such as Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah (yes, the team makes many jokes about that).

After we performed the show we played an improv game for the congregation and talked a little bit about what God is doing in each of our lives and on the MNU campus.

Their “Youth” service ended up being the youth plus the majority of their adults because so many members of their church wanted to see us do more improv. We played about four games with them and had a giant pizza and dessert party.

It’s great to fellowship with so many different people from different churches and share a little bit of joy with them. I never thought about theater as fitting so well into church until joining this team. It has certainly been an incredible experience.

3. Student Directed One Acts (It’s All About Lewis and Any Body for Tea)

Auditions for Student Directed One Acts were on Friday and the cast list came up on Monday.

Basically there are six students who are taking the “Directing and Play Productions” class that MNU offers so each of these six students are directing a one act play. All six plays will be performed in a huge festival that anybody can attend on March 31st and again on April 1st.

Since Quinn recently switched his major to be a Speech and Theater Education major, he is taking the class. I enjoy writing. Quinn needed a funny one act. It was a match made in heaven.

Over winter break I adapted a mini series that I had written into a one act play. I never really expected for the story to see the light of day so I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to get it up on its feet and in front of people.

It’s called “It’s All About Lewis” and it’s a comedy about a talk show host named Lewis Daily and the dysfunctional relationship he has with his show’s producer, Debora.

It was awesome to watch people audition for this show and see my script come to life. I can’t help but think what an incredible opportunity it is to get a little more exposure for my writing.

I auditioned for all of the one act plays and actually got cast surprisingly as Debora. It’s going to be an interesting challenge playing a character that I created. I also got cast in Elisa’s one act which is about a houseful of old women who begin killing each other off in order to get visited by the cute homicide detective who lives next door.

Both shows are going to be incredibly fun.

Auditions were awesome too. It was a whole bunch of cold readings and I got to play about a dozen different characters and watch others do the same. It was probably the most fun experience I have ever had at auditions.

Here are some guys who were giddy and running around being silly at Bell after auditions.

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It’s going to be an awesome semester for theatre at MidAmerica.

I just enjoy the opportunity to be able to serve God through my love of theatre as well as build some great relationships with people from all different walks of life and who are studying in all sorts of different areas. Theatre brings people together and when we get together in joy to celebrate God and the opportunities he’s given us, we bring people joy and show off his amazing creativity.

Isaac Walker

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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing.  I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping.  For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people.  I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold.  It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big.  Not as many people are there selling their goods.  It was definitely still worth the trip though.  We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness.  From there we walked over to the market.  Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought.  I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea!  We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries.  They were ‘fracking’ delicious.  I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS!  I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens.  Don’t ask why.  That’s a long story for another time.  Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
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This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

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I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”.  V means very.  As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!

Katie Linsey

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December 16, 2015

My Favorite Memories From This Semester

December 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

As the semester comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my favorite memories of sophomore year so far.

The first thing that comes to mind is the trip I took to Colorado over fall break. I went with my friend Christen and we stayed with an amazing family while we were there. Christen and I explored Colorado Springs, hung out with horses, watched some Royals baseball, and went to New Life Church.

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Speaking of Royals baseball, another one of my favorite memories is when the Royal’s won the World Series… and every game leading up to that. My friends and I changed the building “Metz” to “Royalz” during the postseason, which was a fun prank that even landed me some extra credit in a class. 😉

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Another memory that I definitely won’t forget is the semester long project I had to do in Promotion Management. I was paired with Britney, Brandon, and Kacie. We had to create an Integrated Marketing Communications plan for the MNU Admissions Department. Specifically, we re-designed SCOUT. After that project, I was offered an internship with the Admissions Department to help launch the new SCOUT idea and also help plan other events.

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This semester, I joined the newspaper editorial staff as Video Editor. I will always remember my time with the people who have become some of my closest friends this semester: Morgan, Sydney, Wyatt, Josh, and Robbie. I will also remember when I showed up to the first meeting, not knowing anyone, and the first thing the editor-in-chief said to me was, “You post too many selfies on your Facebook with Sonic cups.” I’m gonna miss ya, dad.

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Photo courtesy of Joshua Brisco

Relating to newspaper, I enjoyed Josh Meme Thursdays, because that meant I had an excuse to find a strange picture of Josh and post it on his timeline.

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The sweetest memories I’ll have from this semester are the ones that I shared with my suite mates in Spindle 306. We did a lot of weird things this semester… like buy a Ken doll and name him Chad. And buy a furreal friend cat since we can’t have a real one (his name is Murray… yes, after Chad Michael Murray). We also drink sparkling grape juice out of wine glasses while watching One Tree Hill. And ride Razor scooters around the parking lot at midnight. We love big blankets, Chick-fil-a, HGTV, and each other.

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So, that’s my semester in a nutshell. I’ve been blessed with incredible co-workers, professors, roommates, and friends. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities that MNU has provided me.

Here’s to hoping next semester is even better. :)

-KT

 

Renee DeVault

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November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

November 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

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My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

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This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!

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Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.

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We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Katie Linsey

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October 29, 2015

Colorado – A place for new perspective

October 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Over Fall Break, I went on a last minute road trip with my friend Christen to Divide, Colorado. We stayed with some amazing people, probably the most hospitable people I know, and had a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

I knew that I needed an extended Sabbath time to pray about some things and take a break from school, so I made sure to use my time in Colorado wisely.

On Friday morning, Christen and I went to Golden Bell Camp and hung out with some horses. That was really the first time I spent time with a horse. It was incredible, to say the least.

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On Friday night, of course, we watched the Royals WIN with the family we were staying with.

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On Saturday, I had the day to myself to spend some time with Jesus in Colorado Springs. I went to my favorite spot in Garden of the Gods and journaled/prayed for awhile. When I was there, a random man (who was with his family) sat by me and randomly started telling me about God and how He loves me so much. It was crazy, because it was exactly what I needed to hear, and he didn’t even know that I was a follower of Jesus.

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On Saturday night, I went to a dinner at Golden Bell that was over a campfire. Super cool.

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On Sunday, right before we left for Kansas, we stopped in Colorado Springs to go to New Life Church (one of my favorite churches ever). I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Colorado on a Sunday.

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Ever since I came back to that trip, I’ve had a refreshed spirit and a new perspective in aspects of my life. I highly suggest making time for life-giving experiences such as this one.

-KT

Isaac Walker

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October 26, 2015

Fall Break Hiking Trip

October 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

You may have noticed that I did not post on my normal day. Over the fall break weekend I went on a hiking and backpacking trip in Arkansas with Kairos.  Kairos is the college age ministry group that meets at College Church of the Nazarene. They normally take a trip every school break.  They go backpacking during fall break, skiing over winter break, backpacking again over spring break, and white water rafting over summer vacation.

Over fall break 22 MNU and JCCC students went to Arkansas and hiked the Ozark Highland Trails. We also peaked  Whiterock Mountain.  I really didn’t know a whole lot of the students that went on the trip, but by the end of the trip, I would consider everyone that went on the trip a friend of mine.  We had some crazy, fun experiences that brought us close.  I took a few pictures that kind of tell the story of our trip.

 

 

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Just got on the trail.

Just got on the trail.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

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Found a small waterfall in the distance.

Found a small waterfall in the distance.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

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High up on a cliff.

High up on a cliff.

 

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

Sadly these pictures cannot do the beauty of the trip the justice it deserves.  Just know the trip was amazing.  I think everyone should go on at least one trip during their time here at MNU.  The trips are for everyone.  You don’t have to be an expert hiker to go on these.  Believe me, because I am not an expert.  I don’t even have all the equipment.  You can borrow whatever you need from friends.  I will definitely be going on more trips with Kairos in the future.

Until next time friends!

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Aaron Merrell

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April 7, 2015

NSLC This Week!

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

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

Aaron Merrell

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March 23, 2015

Spring Break Forever

March 23, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Okay, spring break was amazing.

Last Thursday, the squad (Ana, Rico, Annie and I), flew to Florida.  We had an awesome time, and unfortunately, we get to go back to school tomorrow. Yay 8AMs. These photos are just a taste of the fun we had there, from the beach to the awesome food and different restaurants we visited, we made some great memories. Watching sunsets on the water, visiting the Botanical Gardens, and even having an allergic reaction to jerk chicken were even better with these awesome people.

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Mariah McCommon

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March 22, 2015

Divide, CO ~ 2.0

March 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello again!

After the trip to Colorado, it has been nice to relax for a bit before starting back up in school. We worked incredibly hard both days of work. We specifically focused on improving parts of Golden Bell Camp.

The first day we got to tear down parts of walls, clear out an old storage room, paint the game room black (it’s going to look like a mine!), and the group I was in painted some more in a staff house after lunch. We worked about 7-8 hour days which honestly wasn’t too bad. Once I started working, I didn’t want to stop! After lunch the group in the picture above and a couple more ladies started on a rough looking building. Some of the Golden Bell staff stay in this house and after many years, it was time to be renovated a little bit! The house was first an old trailer that was fixed up a long time ago. By the time we got there, it was in need of a LOT of heavy duty cleaning. DSC_0891

When we got there, it was colder inside the building than it was outside because there is absolutely no heating system in there at all. We were bummed about that, but we didn’t let it bother us too much. With the group we had, we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the small amount of time we had. If we finished a task, we would immediately look for more: that’s just how motivated we were! You’ll also be happy to know that we only saw one spider and thank The Lord it was a tiny one. DSC_0872

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“they see me rollin…they hatin”

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Our work continued in that house on the second day as well. We did the same stuff: painting, spackling, wiping down floors, and having fun! We played music to pump us up and even though we were doing the same thing all day, we made the most of it by laughing and staying positive.

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The amazing Heather with her mighty weapon!

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Laura was having fun with paint…

I’m proud to say that the was the screwdriver master. I unscrewed lights and plug in/light switch covers from every room. It was AWESOME. I really don’t know why it made me so happy, but it’s the little things in life right? Whenever I heard my name, I was there with the screwdriver!DSC_0969
Though the work at Golden Bell doesn’t seem like much from the outside, it needed to be done and we were happy to be a part of it. I know the campers and staff will appreciate the improvements. We weren’t able to finish our projects, but more teams will make the final touches before the campers arrive in the summer. I’m excited to see what the future holds at the camp and what God has in store. Camp is a place where many teens accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The director of the camp never turns away a young teen wanting to go to camp. He desires for those kids to leave camp and be transformed by Christ’s love. It is absolutely amazing to be a part of that ministry.


We were blessed with another tourist day to explore the wonderful city of Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods was the highlight of the day. It is a random red rock formation in the middle of the mountains and what’s even better… it was free. Here are some pictures to show all the fun!

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As you can see, we enjoyed our time in Colorado no matter what we were doing. As a future missionary, traveling and doing God’s work excites me more than a child on Christmas morning. I encourage anyone who hasn’t been on a mission trip to take the opportunity! You won’t regret it!

Have a great week!

Mariah McCommon

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March 17, 2015

Divide, CO

March 17, 2015 | By | One Comment

Hi y’all!

Like I said last week I’m currently in Colorado!!! Yes, that means the beautiful mountains. I can see Pike’s Peak from the window. We left yesterday morning and 9 hours later arrived at our destination! It’s absolutely marvelous out here and I’m excited to share so many pictures. We haven’t started our mission work yet, so we’ve been enjoying a little vaca/tour time before working tomorrow. Next week I’ll post specifically on the mission work and how God is moving here at Golden Bell, but this is a fun-picture post. I hope you enjoy the photos! :)

Breckenrigde, Colorado!

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The amazing squad people talk about for “squad goals”

There will be more next post! Thanks! :)