Have We Got Old News for you!
Congratulations to Dave & Beccy Robinson who got married in Boston on the 7th August.
CarolBash '98 - Annual get together to sing songs and celebrate. [POSTER].
On Sunday Steve Lucas was baptised at Duke Street Baptist church. It was a moving occasion, and you can read his testimony here.
Congratulations to Karen and Steve who officially got engaged on Monday. Karen and Steve started going out on the 12th June, and Steve first asked Karen to marry him soon after! She finally said yes last week, and is now proudly sporting an amethyst and diamond ring.
The Houseparty in Aylsham, Norfolk, was a big success this weekend. Without a speaker, a lot of prayer went into the preparation of the weekend, which focused on Bible study and Spiritual Warfare. Thanks to all involved, especially Stuart Richard and David; Steve and Nick for leading Worship, and Corina for organising the wonderful food.
The Quiz Night attracted 50 people. Chocolate prizes were given to the winners, who beat the competition with their knowledge of music, famous faces, films, and their dexterity in the silly games. [POSTERS]
The fireworks in Castle park were better than ever this year - thanks to everyone who came, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. All enquiries by international students as to why we burn people on bonfires in the UK should be directed to Katie or Tim, both history students. :-)
The Minutes of the Open Committee meeting, held on the Houseparty in June, are now on line here.
Breakthrough, the CU newsletter, is out now. It contains full details of the meal on Thursday, committee contact details, forthcoming events, Houseparty info, prayer info, and lots more, including a fascinating interview with the president! If you haven't got a copy, email us, and we'll put a copy in your pigeon hole.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Richard Potter (our prayer secretary) and Liz (Woodham) who were married today in Broadstairs, Kent. They are currently on their honeymoon somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales.
St John's Church caught fire on the Sunday of week 10. No-one was hurt, and the building is structurally sound. Services have now returned to the church, but Generation Y returns after the summer in Highwoods Community Centre.
The House party went well. Depending on who you are, that might be an understatement! Personally, I learnt to trust God more through the experience. Our thanks to the worship band, joined by Karen's brother Rob on drums, and Nick on piano. Our thanks to Beccy for cooking such lovely meals - you'll be missed girl! Our thanks to Simon Coleman for speaking so well, and letting God speak through him. And our thanks and praise and lives to God, who did it all really - future committees take note - you don't need to worry, because the most important things are out of your hands.
Star Trek is obviously a subject close to the hearts of many CU members. On Tuesday, Russell presented "The Gospel according to Star Trek." Watching an episode where Warf confronts his Klingon beliefs, we looked at the stages he went through, reasons to believe, and the whole subject of determining if a belief is credible or not. An interesting and original evening - I hope both the non-trekkies, and none CU members who came enjoyed it.
The All Change event was designed to raise awareness of the work done by Tearfund. Many members of the CU and committee were seen to stand up and make complete fools of themselves whilst putting accross a serious point. Everyone involved really enjoyed themselves, and we'd like to thank everyone who came. Cash donations on the night totalled £13.67, with most people taking the form to send cheques directly to Tearfund.
Viz-a-Viz took over the LCR Monday night, for a multimedia presentation called The Agony and the Ecstasy. Christianity was put on trial in a mock courtroom with the audience as the jury. A variety of video clips illustrated contemporary attitudes to "religion", from Mr Bean in church, to Phil Collins declaring Jesus He Knows Me. Dennis ("It's so nice to see so many, erm, chairs here tonight!") spoke about the relevence and reality of being a Christian today, and everyone, Christian or non Christian, was left with something to think about. Thanks to all who came, and especially those who helped carry Viz-a-viz's equipment between the LCR and their van.
Friday night was quite a night for the CU. The half night of prayer started at 10pm, and continued until 3am! It included African style worship, and prayer for Belarus. Meanwhile, in the party room, DJ Scott Blackwell of N-Soul records, USA, and support DJs Tim messenger, Woody and Andy Brown, played a night of Christian dance music to an apreciative crowd. Thanks to Steve Huxford for organising this event.
This weekend, the committee went away "Leader's 98", an event organised by UCCF that should make us better at our jobs! It was a chance to meet with other CU committees in the region, pool ideas, learn from each other's mistakes, study 2 Corinthians and confidence/competence, join together in some serious worship (Berkeley led) and play some very silly games!
Things are happening to CU worship! Several talented people from the CU have got together to form a worship band, which will be debuting this Tuesday. Please come along to show your support, and with a heart ready to really worship God. If you feel you could contribute to the worship group in any way please contact Steve Sumpter, our worship co-ordinator. And please support all involved in prayer.
Cars. There's now only two (out of seven) cars owned by CU members which haven't crashed recently! Miraculously, no-one's been hurt in all these accidents. Please pray about the whole situation.
The CU Herald makes its return, in a weekly email format. If you want to be added to, or removed from the mailing list, please email me. Suggestions, ideas, and notices for future issues are welcome.
The CCF late bar, with band BURN and the Grill a Christian happened in level 2 this Monday. We had some deep questions, answered by two local church leaders and our very own Suzanne Potter. BURN have offered to play for a CU event some time in the future.
At the AGM on Tuesday, you ellected a new committee. They are David Robinson (President), Stuart Wilkinson (Vice President), Simon James (Secretary), Emma Taylor (Treasurer), Becky Skinner (Small Groups) and Katie Shore (International). The committee page has been updated, and a new one with photos and more contact information is in preparation.
The Late Bar Monday was a great success. Around 130 people packed level 2 while BEEHIVE played their set 11-12. Playing predominantly their own tunes, and a few classics, they were the very definition of funky. The rest of the night, music was in the hands of U.R.E.'s Andy Brown. Afterwards, the DJ commented "This has got to be the strangest gig of my life - I've got half the C.U. dancing to Drum and Bass!" A great night - thanks to all who supported it.
Chua, who some of you may have met at CCF last year, is now a Dad, and has sent us some pictures of his son, Joel.
Congratulations to Richard and Liz, who got engaged on New Year's Day. They've been going out for over three years, since week 9 in their first term at Essex. Their Wedding is planned for the 10th October.
Congratulations to Abigail and Colin aswell. They've been going out for 18 months, since Abigail met Colin Kruger at her home church, when he came to university. Colin's at Surrey University, in his fourth year of a Chemical and Bio-process Engineering MEng. He popped the question just before Christmas, and they're to be married in Guildford on 26th June 1999, just after they both graduate.