Jeux sans frontieres

We hopped from topic to topic at small group last night with no course charted, discussing games, then feminism, a long conversation about movies followed by consideration of radical Islam. It was great just to sit and talk; it’s for those kind of nights that I keep attending. Prayer was meaningful as well, and the Spirit was there in a powerful way. I’m glad we’ve got the ministry going, and that it will keep going through the holidays.

Christmas break has traditionally been the loneliest time for me during the school year. We finish the semester and all of the students leave campus. All of the college ministries shut down for a month. In previous years, I had attended a church further away than my current one, and the person I rode with would be gone. I’d be cloistered in my apartment (particularly during the week we have off because the university is closed) and become increasingly depressed and lonely until, finally, the semester would begin anew in the middle of January and I could start breathing again. It would take weeks to throw off the shadows I’d accumulated and finally be able to socialize normally… but this year should be different.

Having our college ministry based at an actual church, we can keep doing things throughout the holidays. There will be Christmas caroling and tree decorating. We’re going to keep having small group (except for two Mondays that fall on the holidays themselves). And now, church is in walking distance, so at the very least there is a place to go once a week.

And there’s April. This season is going to be very good indeed.

In other news, there are two articles to which I might draw your attention. The first is inconsequential except for the fact that it’s the first story I have submitted to Slashdot that has been accepted. I just thought that was kind of cool. The second is one I actually enjoyed reading yesterday. It details the motivations of a bird lover named Jim Stevenson, who shot several feral cats that were preying on endangered species of birds. He was arrested and went to court over killing the cats, and the detailed article explores both his side and the side of the cat lovers/defenders. The article is so good that I’ll probably buy the writer’s book when it comes out in February.

I hope you all have a fantastic day, my friends. The last FnC of the year is tonight, so you should consider stopping by. (It’s in the student lounge, bottom floor of First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, at 8 p.m as always.) Thursday night is Final’s Shindig, and you may have already received an invitation from me on Facebook. Abracadabras (there’s no “The” in front of their name, for whatever reason) are playing, and they always put on a good show, so I highly recommend coming at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

And if you’re looking for somewhere during the four weeks we’re out of school, there are guys and girls small groups, or just random hanging out in coffee shops talking about whatever comes up. Or sitting together and reading, or maybe writing poetry. Or playing video games. There’s no reason this winter break should be lonely for you, so reach out and find some people to spend time with. I might even have time to hang out with people 🙂 (April reminded me last night that, once Tuesday night FnC ends for the semester, it’ll free up several hours a week for me. More socializing time!)

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