2016: A Year for the Books
The last year of ministry at the Lutheran Student Center has been full of abundance in more ways than one.
If 2016 was a year for the books, we have a feeling that 2017 will be an even bigger year for the books! In 2016 we had the most students engaged in Bible Study in over five years, have had the opportunity to connect with students, faculty and staff at WSU and the surrounding community as we embark towards our big plans for the future, and have worked towards growing our staff to meet our goals for the future!
Below are some highlights of our ministry over the past year!
- Our new student organization, Anchored, officially launched after weeks of planning, praying, and preparation! Anchored made their debut on campus at Springfest in the Heskett Center.
- Our website got a face lift and became mobile-friendly.
- We continued to plan the future of our ministry at the LSC, including our research of a coffee shop outreach ministry and how that would work here at the LSC.
- One of our very own, Tim, was voted homecoming king at WSU!
- We launched a monthly Women’s Bible Study, that held their first meeting on a Friday night in Mead’s Corner coffee shop, as they were bustling and hustling around. We rotate where we meet, occasionally at local coffee shops and bakeries or individual homes.
- The big room at the LSC (commonly known as the dining room) received a fresh coat of paint, along with the kitchen.
- Paige took a trip to the Campus Ministry Leadership Conference in Cedar Lake, Indiana, with hopes of exploring bringing a conference of the same sorts to the local-region for our college students and leaders to benefit from! It was a great experience.
- 4 students and two adults joined over 40 other individuals mostly from
Kansas on a house building mission trip in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico! They were able to build one full house, lay the foundations for another house, and a community building! Also, the group enjoyed time at the beach and in
- Students attended the After Dark concert at Koch Arena featuring Tedashii and Drew and Ellie Holcomb!
- We launched a new monthly program called Theology on Tap, led by the local pastors and leaders around the circuit! Our Director, Dr. John Tape led the first discussion at River City Brewing Co. over a topic of “Spiritual vs. Religious”. We had a great time and met some great new people. Theology on Tap has been a great way to meet new people and learn from our local Pastor’s and church leaders!
- A group of about 8 volunteers got together at the LSC to serve and help clean up our yard for LOVE Wichita. It was greatly needed and appreciated!
- A group of students volunteered at the WSU food pantry.
- A committee was formed to research and plan a coffee shop at the LSC more in depth.
- One student from the LSC attended a servant event trip to LVR in Colorado!
We hosted the Local LCMS pastors for their Winkel meeting, with Dr. Gene Veith as a special guest!
- We welcomed Susie Olson to the center as a volunteer to teach English as a Second Language. She held an open house this month to advertise her first course!
- Paige took a trip to St. Louis to meet with the Lutheran Campus Mission Association board, of which she is now a board member!
- By popular demand, Theology on Tap continued over the summer and we had the opportunity to meet many new students that were home form the summer who study at universities away from home.
- English as a Second Language courses kicked off and it was quite the summer program. God did some amazing things through this program, opening doors for the Gospel to be shared, volunteers to be lights in the lives of the students, their families and frequent trips to the nearby Fairmount Park with the little kids to play in the water, swing on the swing set, and cool off with popsicles. It was everything we didn’t expect, but in the best way!
- Our Summer Bible Study kicked off and met for 4 weeks. We studied the book of Philippians and had a great time with new friends. The LWML ladies of Risen Savior provided our first meal for us!
- We had a Welcome Back BBQ to kick off the new school year! We played a great game of volleyball and found out that we have some pretty great volleyball players in our group.
- The leaders of Anchored took a retreat to the Edgington’s Farm with Dr. Tape and Paige and Cooper Edgington to do some planning for the upcoming semester.
- Anchored set up a booth to promote their group and the LSC, but unfortunately we got rained out after 30 minutes!
- We met with a representative from Lutheran Church Extension Fund about how they could help us with our future plans to open a coffee shop as an outreach ministry of the Lutheran Student Center.
- Our LSC Board of Directors took a field trip to Reverie Coffee Roasters to learn more about their business and how they could help us with our coffee shop. We are thankful for Andy at Reverie and his knowledge and resources.
- Our Thursday night Bible Study resumed, and we began talking about dreams and goals with Mark Batterson’s book and study “If.” We have some big goals and dreams at the LSC for the future!
- We held another Volleyball game night at the LSC! Great times had by all!
- Students participated in WU’s Big Event for Service!
- Students got together at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Wichita to help load supplies into a semi-truck for Lutheran World Relief. What a great service opportunity!
- We were invited to Risen Savior’s Chili-Cook Off! We had a booth promoting our ministry and made some great chili and cornbread. Unfortunately we were not the winners of the contest. Maybe next year!
- A new Bible Study for Indian Students launched on Saturday mornings. They meet weekly and it is led byDr. Tape.
- Paige and Sara went on campus to Senior Days in the RSC and promoted the ministry of the LSC to potential incoming freshmen for next year! We met great students and parents and hope to see many of them at the LSC next year!
- The LSC was represented by several students and our staff at the Reformation Festival held at Grace Lutheran Church.
- We interviewed three architects regarding our plans for the coffee shop and remodeling the LSC. Initial drawings of the coffee shop remodel were presented by our architect of choice.
- We were blessed with a visit from Rev. Marcus Zill, the leader of our National LCMS Campus Ministry office, LCMSU! It was a blessing to sit down with Marcus and share with him about our ministry and our plans for the future.
- The students donated money, shopped for supplies, and packed 60 boxes Operation Christmas Child. We recently found out that the boxes we packed were shipped to children in Mexico!
- The students helped to set up the Main Room at the Hyatt Regency for the High School Kansas District Youth Gathering. They also prepared for and helped with the service project for that event, which was a door-to-door food drive to benefit Grace Lutheran Food Pantry and a His Merciful Hands ministry at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Over 2,000 items were collected for these ministries! Thanks be to God!
- The students and Paige set up a table on campus and conducted a survey to help us with our coffee shop plans. We had some great conversations with students, faculty, and staff who are excited for our coffee shop!
- We held several meetings with officials from WSU and the community over the past few months regarding our plans for our coffee shop. These meetings have been fruitful and have connected us to many resources that have been very helpful.
Thank you so much for your support of the LSC! We ask that you please pray for us in the upcoming year that we are able to reach more college students than ever with the love of Jesus in 2017 than ever!
Finally, our ministry is not possible without you. If you would like to support our ministry through financial contribution, please click here to be directed to our donation page. Thank you!
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