The other day I was sitting with a friend and he made a comment that has stuck with me ever since. We were talking about Chi Alpha at UVA and all the technology and what not that it took for the Unplugged Room to happen the other night and he said something to the extent of without you and the fair one we would have been up a creek without a paddle.
What should someone’s reaction be in that moment?
Tonight is the beginning of a new era in Chi Alpha at the University of Virginia history!
We are going to have two simultaneous services happening in Newcomb Hall. Due to the growth in our fellowship, we no longer fit in one room! It truly is an exciting time as we try and stay on top of the “s curve” of our fellowship. I’ve always heard that necessity is the mother of creativity and we have gotten creative.
We have decided to create two unique experiences on Monday Night. Downstairs in the theater will be the traditional Monday Night Live experience. Live band, live announcements, live testimony, live preaching. The theater holds around 350 seats, so it should be a packed and exciting atmosphere!
At the same exact time, up three floors we will be having Chi Alpha Unplugged. This is designed to be a more low key, Spirit driven, high pastoral experience. We will have a live band (though they would be a little more unplugged than the electric guitar driven band downstairs), live announcements, more worship or prayer time, and then the message will be simulcasted live. We’ll just pipe it in from downstairs and into the room.
One thing we’ve noticed as we’ve grown over the years is that we’ve had less opportunity to pray with students in the Monday Night Live setting. This change will allow us to meet that felt need that we have and hopefully be able to better minister to students in their felt needs.
Honestly, I’m not near as nervous about the first MNL of the semester as I typically am. What I feel this semester is more of an excitement of what is coming. An excitement for what could be possible if we continue down this path. It’s exciting to see the opportunities that God is opening for us and what could be coming down the road.
Who knows, maybe one day we’ll meet in all the rooms in Newcomb.
In order to finish out my Winter Reading List, I read Seth Godin’s Linchpin on the plane to and from World Mission Summit. Godin is a leadership and marketing guru of sorts. I was excited to read this book because it’s my first exposure to him and it’s outside of the realm of typical books I read.
Well, today I am wearing those jeans. The pair of jeans that every guy has. I’m not sure if every girl has a pair or not, but I do know that every guy has a pair of these jeans. I have to think ahead of time about these jeans so not to wear them at the inopportune time. That could be really embarrassing. So, what type of jeans are these?
No, these aren’t my jeans. I don’t wear size 6 shoes like this guy.