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I don’t feel like writing my paper….so I am going to write on here

Thursday night going out to camp Harlow and the campfire was a really great night. There were skits (most of which were kind of inside jokes, so I didn’t totally get them) and songs, and worship. Overall it was really great night! There was this one presentation, it wasn’t really a skit because there wasn’t anyone talking. But it was like a visual representation of sin and the Gospel. A person put a chair with a sign taped to it that read sin. There was music playing and then a girl from the leadership team was up on stage. She would look at the chair and think about it, and then walk away, then look back at it. Finally she went over to and was looking at the chair and finally touched it, just with one finger, but she touched it. And she was stuck, she couldn’t take her finger away from the chair. She tried so hard, but couldn’t. Then her hand got stuck on the chair. After that two girls who seemed to be friends walked up on stage. They waved at her, but she stood in front of the sign that said sin, and tried to act as normal as possible. This process went on, until she was kneeling/sitting on the chair and totally stuck, heartbroken and crying. Then a man came up on stage. Slowly, little by little, he took her hands and legs off the chair. Then he took her place on the chair. Finally he threw the chair off the stage (it was outside, so he threw it onto some dirt) symbolizing the defeat of sin. It was just such a real and beautiful picture of Jesus coming and saving us from sin.

He died so that we could have life.

What a beautiful thing? I can’t think of anything more beautiful and filled with love. So much so that had tears coming down my face by the time he finally tossed the chair off stage. I wish I had taken a video of it so other people could have seen it, but I didn’t so my description will just have to do.

Also Thursday night I met one of Tyler’s friends who is on the leadership team out at Harlow and she is possibly looking for a roommate and a new place to live. So that is really exciting! She seems really nice. Talking with her it was evident that she has a fire and passion for the Lord. It was so awesome and refreshing to talk to another woman that has that fire! It reminded me of friendships from SLO, and that was just really great! Tomorrow I am going to go to the church she normally goes to, and then we are going to have lunch and she is going to come look at the apartment! I am looking forward to checking out another church down here, and hopefully getting closer to finding a home church. One other thing, she is part of a bible study of women who are really getting into the word and talking about what it is saying. I’m pretty excited to go check this out too, probably once I get back from California. But I really want to find a solid group of women to become a part of, because especially at the end of the year I was really coming to realize how important fellowship and community with other sisters in Christ is for my relationship with the Lord and just my life in general!!

These past few days I have been in pseudo-summer. Basically not having class or any commitments, but having school work to do. I think it might be worse than having class because summer is so close, yet so far!! Well now off to make it a little closer and work on my 311 paper

p.s. I fly into California in less than a week! And in less than a week Vince and Angela will be married!! So exciting!!!!

p.p.s. I am wanting some good books to read while on vacation! Any suggestions??? I think Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis will be one, but I have a feeling I am going to finish that and want some others to read! I am open to suggestions!!

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Speed bumps in the road called life

So I have hit another road bump in the journey to find a roommate. The girl who was going to be my roommate didn’t get approved by the rental company, then she did. However, when she came to look at the apartment. I had not even thought about the staircase and getting a bed larger than a twin up the stairs. She is going to buy a new mattresses and wants to get a queen, but a queen seems pretty much impossible to get up the stairs. So, not wanting to wait 2 weeks to see if the mattress movers could maybe get it up the stairs and putting ourselves in a worse situation if it doesn’t, we decided it didn’t seem like it was going to work out. This was pretty frustrating because I am in a brand new apartment and my parents have put down the entire deposit and 1st months rent, so I feel bad for them. But, I know God has a plan and is in control and everything happens for a reason. With that I have started looking for a new roommate, and hopefully I will be able to find one soon! Currently this is my biggest prayer request, that God would provide a roommate and I wouldn’t stress too much about it.

Anyway, onto other things in life. Tuesday I went to a college group called Collegiate Christian Fellowship (or CCF) that is through the First Baptist Church here in Eugene. During the summer they have dinner before worship and the message which was nice. I got to meet people which was really great. One of the girls I met is a Sociology major as well, so that was really cool! They have a bible study tonight so I think I am going to go check that out. It was nice that as soon as I got there people introduced themselves and were very friendly. I think because no one recognized me they knew I was new. I don’t know how many times though I told people I’m a transfer student this is my first term this is why I am transferring…I think it was around 15 times. I think this will be a good place to build community. This summer they are going through Colossians, which should be interesting and hopefully very insightful. It is a lot smaller than Crusade, but I think that will be nice and make it easier to get to know people. But I will probably check out Crusade in the fall just to see what it is like here at the very least.

Next on the list of things to update about: school. My classes so far have been going really well. I’m done with the first week and there are three left for these classes. My Sociology class has been really interesting and somewhat confusing and challenging. Yesterday we talked about the “I” and “Me” and how we internalize the social interactions we learn as a young child. Mead’s theory about the social self was the basis for the discussion. Also how we have different “Me”s for different situations. For instance, you have a “Student Me” and a “Son or Daughter Me” and sometimes these are different and bring out different characteristics. The “I” then is free and creative and can pull out different “Me”s in different social circumstances. Where it gets a little trippy is when you start talking about the I that sees the “I” and “Me”. I won’t go into that because, honestly I don’t know how to describe it. But on the whole the class is really interesting!

Also I am becoming more familiar with campus and can mostly find my way without using a map! Don’t ask me for a tour of campus or directions though, I’m not there yet. The weather here is finally like summer weather, which has made the transition nice. I think it has actually been warmer here than in SLO the past few days. I have been walking to campus because I don’t have a bike yet so I have really been able to take in the warm weather (it is about a 15-20 minute walk from my apartment to campus) and actually I am sitting outside the library right now typing this, it is going to be a very nice evening/walk home. Speaking of the Library, which is named Knight Library reminds me of a comment someone made Tuesday night that UofO is Knight University. Referring to Phil Knight the Nike CEO. It is funny to look around campus and see how many building bear his name, but I guess when you have billionaire alumni who wants to see the university flourish that is what happens!

Anyway I guess I will wrap it up. I miss you all!! So much that sometimes on campus I will be like oh that reminds me of so and so from Poly or actually think it is a person from SLO until I remember wait I am in Oregon that is impossible. Maybe this is a sign I am loosing it, but either way I miss everyone lots. I know it will get easier especially once I get plugged into a group of friends.

Ok now I am really going to wrap it up! I hope you enjoy your weekend wherever you are!!

First day at UofO

So a lot has happened since I last posted! I am pretty much all moved in to my apartment, but still have to unpack my room and move my desk down. Other then that all moved in! It was weird and kind of creepy sleeping alone in my apartment last night. I think I will like it once my apartment-mate moves in. Which hopefully will be in the next few days!

This morning was orientation, which thankfully was short!! I also felt proud of myself because I pretty much knew everything the lady talked about because I had found the information already. I think that is a good thing because eventually I want to do what she is doing! So I am all registered for classes for the first 4 week term. I have MUS 125 Understanding Music from 12-2 today and then SOC 301 American Society from 2-4. Hopefully these will be good classes!! If not I guess I will be done with them in 4 weeks so they will be over quick!

It is really strange walking around on campus. I had to ask for directions a few times when getting to the building where they had the orientation because I didn’t have a map. Despite coming down here for marching band every year and just visiting Eugene I have no clue where I am going. (Probably should have taken a campus tour at some point, oh well) So I am just walking around with my handy map trying not to look too lost! I am actually in the EMU (the equivalent of the UU) and I must say they do not have very many comfy couches/chairs, much less any by plug ins for my lap top. But oh well.

It still hasn’t sunk in that I go here yet. Maybe it will once I actually go to class. Although, you would think it would have sunk in when I signed my lease, or moved in, or went to orientation; but, it hasn’t yet. I was walking here from the Oregon Hall (where I had orientation) and a man came up to me and introduced himself and told me about a ministry he is running down here. Which was cool. I think it was God’s way of reassuring me that I will find community here. There is a college group that meets on Tuesday so I thought I would check that out. I am not going to be down here for a Sunday for a while, so I guess finding a church here will have to wait until then, but they will still be here so that is ok.

Anyway this is really long and I need to get lunch before my noon class, so I am going to wrap it up. Hopefully I can find someplace to get lunch!

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