Thanks to those who participated in Tuesday's Thanksgiving service and meal in the Student Commons. The food was delicious, the company was great (of course, it's you guys!), and the prayers reminded us of God's presence in times of thanksgiving and of sorrow. We ended our dinner with communion, passing the bread and cup for one another. Sweet.
We raised $190 for the Student Emergency Fund during the service. Thanks for your generous contributions! We all know how life can throw curve balls our way. This money is there to help you when you need it. The Student Senate has allocated funds (which come from your student fees) to replenish this program. Your donations this week are an added boost! Please speak with Judy Deere or any of your student senate members to learn more.
I praised our worship team in this space last week, and neglected to mention Chelsea Frieze! Thank you, Chelsea, for bringing your energies to the community in the form of chapel worship.
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all get some sort of break, even in the midst of this busy time.
Grace and peace,
Primo is Coming!
Here’s a picture of the last IRU library display for the semester. It features books relevant to Native American Religious Traditions. Books pictured here are available for checkout. Watch for more displays of IRU sessions in the future!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Library! Our hours this week will be Monday and Tuesday 8-5pm. After Thanksgiving, our hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8-5pm and Tuesday, Thursday 8-8pm until the end of the semester. You can always check our hours on the website.
This holiday season, the library is giving the Phillips Community something special: a new online public access catalog! Primo will be replacing WebVoyáge. Stay tuned for the unwrapping and more information!
Want or Need?
Recently I enjoyed a conversation with a church member about learning what it is we need versus what we want. The discussion centered around how God meets our needs often not as we desire or want, but by actually providing what we “need.” She laughed remembering how her children would then ask her in certain situations, “Is that what you need, or is it something you want?” Children always remember the lessons for us.
What I need this holiday season is to know the world is still full of the hope needed for change to happen for inclusivity, compassion, and justice. Even more so I want to believe the church is still full of such hope. Remember the conversation, about what I want and need . . . I do want hope and I think God is going to provide this “want” because evidence happens every so often.
The slightest effort makes a difference. At the beginning of the month my local church was having a discussion about how to feed families this Thanksgiving through our food pantry. We wished more could be done than our regular pantry but we’re low on food and volunteers – it seemed a little disappointing. Last week I received an email from the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, who was seeking sites to hand out prepared dinners for families the day before Thanksgiving. Our church now has the opportunity to offer 75 meals to needy families, we are so excited!
Unseen at this point in your life is what you will become as a result of your seminary experience. Right now you are probably more interested in how you will get those final papers completed, while meeting obligations elsewhere in your life. What I want for you to know is the magical unknown of the future of your ministry is what gives me hope. It’s the same creative energy working within my small church trying to offer hope to a world suffering. When we “want” more for others somehow their “need” is met. You are being prepared for someone’s need, perhaps someone who does not have a voice, or their family is struggling. Don’t underestimate the power of the unseen working now within you. I pray you and your family enjoy this holiday season, many blessings!
Chapel Worship Review: Your Comments Wanted!
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, immediately following our midday chapel service, the Phillips Worship Committee invites faculty, staff and students to a noontime discussion regarding seminary worship. We will be reviewing the recommendations put forward in a series of forums held a couple of years ago in order to assess our progress in implementing those ideas. All are welcome!
From the Registrar
November 23-27 – Thanksgiving recess
December 4 – Last day to request an incomplete
December 11 – Last day of the fall semester