Monday, March 2, 2009

March Madness

The beginning of March notes the end of regular season basketball and the beginning of March Madness. Last year was our first year at KU and happened to be the first year the Jayhawks won it all, so it was quite the introduction to Lawrence and KU basketball! Below are a few pictures from downtown Lawrence last year after they won the big game. It was quite the party!

This semester we hit the ground running with our 11th annual Jerry Bridges Conference on January 30-31. The KU Navigators hosts Jerry Bridges, beloved Navigator author and speaker, each year for a community conference. In addition to the conference, Jerry blesses our KU student ministry by speaking at our large group Thursday meeting, speaking to our student leaders Friday morning, and speaking to other local ministry staff on Friday. Below is a picture of Jerry speaking to our student leaders early Friday morning.

The community conference is held Friday evening and Saturday morning, and a group of students helped us bake about 50 dozen cookies for the event! Check out the size of that mixing bowl and beater! Our wonderful home church here in Lawrence, Grace Evangelical Presbyterian, serves as the conference site and also lets use their remarkable kitchen for food preparation.

Over Valentine's Day weekend we hosted our student women's retreat at our regional directors' home in Shawnee, KS. It was a wonderful time being together, meeting new students, and discussing the love of God. What more appropriate topic to discuss over Valentine's Day! Below is a picture of some of the women serving fondue on Friday evening. Always a hit!

We just returned from our Laborer's Conference in Maryville, MO this past weekend where student leaders from around the Midwest gathered to hear from former Navigator Collegiate Director on what it means to labor on the college campus and for a lifetime. It was a wonderful time to be with students and learn and grow ourselves.

Thank you for your love and support of our ministry here at KU!