AMP was HERE and they sure did amplify our Friday night through their incredibly high-energy performance. There really seemed to be no limit to their ability to run and jump across the stage while singing their hearts out for those couple hours-- Much more than just a performance though, we were all so personally encouraged and spurred on by these brothers who have such fervent passion for the Gospel as was evident through their heartfelt words of praise. Each of them also shared their personal testimony of how they came to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and how He radically transformed their lives since then. We were all powerfully impacted by their stories and we praised God together throughout the night. After the show, many of us got a chance to interact with them. It was neat to see that they were not too different from us. They were simply brothers in Christ who love God. We're so thankful and blessed to have AMP with us to rejuvenate us and inspire us to grow in boldness and passion for the Gospel! We look forward to the next time AMP comes to Davis. Hope you’ll be there to meet them!
"I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me an Upperclassman. And when I go to Upperclassmen Discipleship Retreats, I feel His pleasure." --Eric Liddell, his junior year (maybe) Right after Valentine's Day of Compassion, the Koinonia upperclassmen drove to Camp Del Oro to spend the weekend surrounded by God's words and nature. Hard to believe, but for the seniors this will be their last discipleship retreat before they graduate! Just a glimpse of some of the things we did up there: We had fun together, and we heard many challenging messages, such as message on God's holiness and how we need to properly revere him, message on Abraham and Lot and why following God sometimes means choosing second best option the world has to offer us. We studied articles that really address us in growing in our characters. We also had a blast encouraging one another by sharing our favorite hymns/songs around the fireplace. We also had a chance to watch "Chariots of Fire," a story about Eric Liddell, a Christian Olympic runner and a man of conviction. Later, we also learned about the last years of his short life and how he stayed faithful to God to the very end of his days as a missionary to China. This was a perfect prelude to a message about Faithfulness and Suffering. The Juniors ended their time at the retreat with Q&A session with P. Will and Esther, but the Seniors got to stay an extra day! I was not there to witness what events unfolded but I heard they had great time singing songs around the campfire and casting visions for their future: All in all, it was a long weekend well-spent!
Over President's Day weekend some of the Sophomore brother's roughed out the winter cold and went camping! We started out the trip setting up our tents and cooking a hearty dinner. There's no other meal like one cooked over an open fire. And we had some interesting cooking experiments (ask Kevin about the rambo!). We ended the night hanging out by the fire laughing and sharing ghost stories. The next day we got up early to take a 10 mile excursion to Mount Saint Helena, where at the top we had a view of all the surrounding nature and could even see the bay! Lastly, we ended the weekend at an all you can eat hot pot buffet. Hope you can join us for our next camping trip!
In a culture where Valentine's Day is known for celebrating romantic love, we wanted to go out and share the most amazing love, God's love :). Each class fanned out to different sites nearby to emergency shelters and nursing homes to love those who are often neglected by society. We had the privilege of hosting programs at these various sites to get to know these residents through playing games, making crafts, striking up conversations, eating snacks, giving messages, singing songs, etc. Many of us had the precious opportunity to share the gospel with those that we met that night! It was an amazing night as many of us got to experience the truth of 1 John 4, that we are able to love others because Christ first loved us. Hope you can join us next time!
We are thankful for the ways we could all experience God together at the 2014 Davis Winter Retreat! Many people made significant decisions and commitments, praise the Lord! Our guest speaker, Pastor Manny, walked us through the interactions that took place between Peter, one of the apostles, and Jesus. Through these snapshots, we saw a clear portrait of God’s love for us and the gospel through Christ’s grace and mindfulness of Peter, even though Peter doubted and betrayed Jesus. More encouragingly, despite these flaws, upon his confession of Christ and his consistent desire to relate to Jesus, God was able to transform Peter’s life. How much more so our lives? Retreat was also filled with opportunities to build up our knowledge and Christian foundations through workshops such as “Science and Faith,” “Growing your Prayer Life,” “the Case for Resurrection,” and “Worldviews in Media,” as well as a meaningful talk on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. We were also reminded through Pastor Manny’s presentation on revivals that sparked on college campuses that we too are at a critical point at which we can change the world right here on our very own campus. Aggies for Christ!! For those who got to see the Basketball tournament. Which group do you want to see a re-match? Here is a recap video! Winter Retreat 2014 from Gracepoint Davis Church on Vimeo.
Refresh Promo VIdeo from Gracepoint Davis Church on Vimeo. We started off the Winter Quarter with our very own Freshmen hosting the Winter Welcome Night! They all worked really hard from setting up 123 Sci Lec, decorating Sci Lec, making us nice warm Boba drinks, performing a funny skit about "what they are waiting for this year in 2014," a short video that kept us at the edge of our seats, to singing two special songs with one song that left us "refreshed." ;) This got us all ready to hear Pastor Will's thought-provoking message on our recent DT passage in Isaiah 40:21-31 that those who "wait on the Lord" have true peace. Check out some highlights from the night! Good job Freshmen! What are you looking forward to in year 2014?
Hope Your Winter Break is going well! Here are some highlight pictures from this week! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
The pictures are up! Praise God for a wonderful Thanksgiving Retreat and Celebration! I hope you all enjoyed the retreat! It was so encouraging to hear the testimonies of so many different people and amazing to see all the ways that God works through His people to spread the Gospel! PTL! It was also such a fun time of fellowship to work on our TC dance moves/skits. I hope it was a memorable time for all y'all too! I can't wait for next year...any ideas for next year's theme? ;) Also good job everyone for learning all the dance moves in just a few short practices. I think everyone enjoyed the disco ball! :) I hope you're all able to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings in life you've received this Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful time with family and safe travels! See you all soon!
What better way to spend a sunny weekend than to get lost in one of the world's largest corn maze! The freshmen class did precisely that, as each lifegroup went on an outing to the Dixon Corn Maze, where we saw Despicable Me minion pumpkins and countless cornstalks. Once we finished the maze, we cooled down with some delicious ice cream at Fentons Creamery and dinner at various restaurants! Good food, good conversations, and good company.....Until the next lifegroup outing!
New school year. New students. You know what that means right? New Student Welcome Night! We hit the ground running with set-up, decorations, food-prepping, flyering, outreach, etc. -- & before we knew it, it was time to start the night! The night was filled with.. -some rockin' praise, -the hilarious four man skit. Seriously, I don't even know how many times I've seen this, but it somehow gets to me each time. Well, this time, it was probably thanks to the addition of the new and kind-of sick Korean Drama scene.. -a message given by Pastor Will, in which he challenged us to use these four years to seriously consider what is the purpose of our lives -an abundance of orange chicken, chow mein, and more to fill our hungry bellies and accompany our conversations and laughter :) Hope you all enjoyed the night! What was your favorite part? I hafta admit, one of my favorite lines from the night was“Dude, he microwaved my burrito!” :p. Feel free to comment below!
On Saturday, due to some crazy weather, we moved our Ultimate Game Night to the ARC and had a blast! We got to welcome the freshmen with a chill night of board games, pet rocks and boba drinks. We also had our Light Up the Night sports time with basketball, ultimate frisbee and soccer. Here are some pictures!
Right after Summer Session 1 ended, the Seniors went on a SoCal trip to scream their heads off at Magic Mountain, visit the UCLA church and pray for the campus, eat at the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for $9.99, and attend Riverside's SWS (along with the Sophomores.) Some highlights from the trip:
Last weekend, the sophomores developed a craving for an adventure..one that entailed roaming through halls richly filled with artwork, chillin on a beach with warm sunshine and sandy shores, and devouring delicious foods like shaved snow and AYCE korean bbq. So, we packed our bags and hit the road to Socal! Some highlights from the trip: We were thankful to be able to join Gracepoint Riverside's SWS, especially as it was the last time the Gracepoint LA members would be driving down to join their service. As a church, we lifted them up in prayer to send them off to do the good work God has in store for them! We were on the road for a looooong time and probably went to Mcdonalds more than we should've, but what a memorable trip it was! It was an awesome time to see our Socal friends again to just catch up and spend time together :) Hey guys! What was your favorite part of the trip?
We enjoyed the summer heat on 4th of July and took a break from our studies to be a little patriotic with a picnic and sports before watching the fireworks!
"It began with a simple vision: to build a local church modeled after the original. ... Slowly people caught that vision and made it their own. The vision became reality... God said 'You shall be my witnesses in not just in Berkeley but in Davis, Hsinchu, San Francisco, Austin, Riverside, San Diego, Minnesota, and beyond!' And now, it's time to bring it back, to remember, to testify, to fellowship, to praise God for what He has done and to look forward to what's to come." And that is exactly what we did this past week at Berkeley in our newly remodeled Harbor Bay Building. It was such a blessed time as we got to gather together and catch up with each other. Thank you, Berkeley Brothers and Sisters, for hosting us at their various homes and welcoming us so warmly. Pastor Ed gave many challenging messages about what it takes to build God's church based on the Book of Nehemiah. We learned that it can all begin with asking a simple question of "How are you?" And through all of the prayers, the planning and the sacrifices, each of us can respond to God calling to be a kingdom worker. And of course, what's a Rally without awesome praise music! But perhaps the most memorable and impactful part of GSR was when we got to build physical walls with bricks that have our personal free will offerings written on it. There were people who gave up lucrative careers so that they can go on church plants. There were single brothers who bought a minivan so that they can take students on trips. There were married couples who remodeled their home so that they can take in foster kids. There were people who gave up Harvard or Yale so that they can stay at our church and serve. There were people who used their vacation to fly over to Texas to build our Longhorn Lodge and so much more. It serves as a powerful reminder for us all that our church was built upon sacrifices such as these. We went from the oldest to the youngest among us. We praised our Lord Jesus for being the Cornerstone of His church. We thanked the leaders of our church for laying down the foundation. And we were all encouraged to follow their footsteps and to carry on God's legacy to the generations to come. We ended our time together with a commissioning service for the UCLA Church Plant Team. We lifted up our team in prayer along with all the various ministries that God has entrusted to us. Although GSR is over and each of us returned to our different campuses, we have committed to being God's witness and faithfully building the wall of God's kingdom here in Davis.
Here are the Final Times for Run 4 Missions. Congrats to all those who ran! Final Times Bib # 0:40:23 172 0:47:34 195 0:49:16 131 0:52:09 174,163 0:52:53 165 0:53:09 160 0:53:29 157 0:54:02 176,180 0:54:03 167 0:54:45 154 0:55:07 192,186 0:55:32 168 0:55:41 199 0:55:50 101 0:55:52 129,559,152,133,134,000 0:55:58 147,585,130 0:56:03 200 0:56:37 173 0:57:34 113 0:57:51 118,135,114,568,105 0:57:56 190 0:58:38 119,111 0:58:48 115 0:58:48 578 0:59:07 146 0:59:28 158 1:00:30 547,581 1:02:08 570,197,125 1:02:18 177,182,104 1:03:55 196 1:03:59 166 1:04:55 110 1:06:06 106 1:06:19 549 1:06:32 572,138 1:06:49 KJ 1:07:05 155 1:07:24 188,144 1:08:38 124,116 1:09:30 191 1:11:11 120,128 1:12:50 148 1:13:00 558 1:13:02 554 1:13:19 117,123 1:13:37 139,141 1:13:58 552,586,551 1:14:03 514 1:14:20 112,121,198 1:14:43 588,589 1:14:56 545,102 1:15:19 175,193,194 1:16:02 579,122,553 1:16:09 582 1:16:15 178 1:16:19 540 1:16:22 183.543 1:16:37 583 1:16:39 542 1:17:08 580 1:17:09 555 1:17:56 571.189 1:18:09 107,103,169 1:19:20 132 1:20:21 185 1:21:30 127 1:23:56 170 1:25:00 503 1:25:08 509 1:25:09 546 1:25:10 145 1:25:11 507 1:25:14 109,573,181 1:28:01 544,587 1:28:13 557 1:28:22 164 1:29:36 556,575 1:32:05 550,143,142 1:33:57 513 1:34:44 152,184 1:35:07 510 1:35:11 564 1:35:14 161,574 1:35:22 151,149 1:35:25 584 1:35:31 162,150 1:35:43 140,187 1:36:33 181 1:38:10 504,560,523 1:38:11 137,136 1:38:20 108 1:39:44 512 1:43:27 541 1:46:17 511,171 1:51:03 502 1:51:04 508,501 1:51:10 539
The Juniors went on a Camping Trip to Yosemite this past Memorial Day weekend. We had to delay our trip to early Saturday morning due to heavy traffic. So, we hit the road bright and early Saturday morning. This trip was very memorable as it felt like we were heading out on a quest you would see in Lord of the Rings. We hiked through all terrains: dirt, mud, rocks, water, snow, and high elevation! It surely was about the journey and destination, as the view of Cathedral Lake was b-e-a-UTIFUL. We had our Sunday message at Tenaya Lake where Gary challeneged us to be that body of Christ as we'll be Seniors next year. Check out our epic trip: http://www.flickr.com/photos/koinoniadavis/8862758245/
This past Memorial day weekend, the sophomore embarked on an epic Camping trip to Sardine Lake for a two night trip. We had a great time hiking a 5 mile trail that lead us to a beautiful lake called "Deer Lake" where we had lunch and a bible study. On our hike there was still snow, so we even had a snowball fight! We had two nights of campfire time where we sang a variety of songs including the blues "country" style, ate lots of yummy food like banana-boats, hobos, smores, and ramen, and told some scary and funny stories! We also spent some time at beautiful Sardine lake where we went fishing, blew up a raft so that we could go out on the lake, and had some more spontaneous praise times. We also ended our last day at Sardine lake where Lem gave a challenging Sunday Service message. We then headed down the mountain for some All you can eat Mongolian BBQ! It was a great way to end the trip and a great trip to wrap up the school year. Stay tuned for more camping trips to come in the summer if you missed this one
Last Sunday, we were able to celebrate eight of our brothers & sisters baptism at Harper Jr. High. We had baptism candidates from all four classes! Our sisters: Angelica (Soph), Mindy (Jr), and Anna (Jr) shared their testimony with us on how God has been pursuing them all along in their lives. Here are some pics from this joyous day! Praise God for his faithfulness!
This past weekend the sophomores went up to the Sierra’s for the Sophomore Discipleship Retreat. We had a really good time not only talking about real community, but experiencing it as we centered ourselves around God’s word. The time together this past weekend was short, but it was powerful reminder that God is at work and has amazingly chosen the church, and through ordinary people, wants to do extraordinary things. We came down from the mountain refreshed and encouraged as we were able to see just a little more clearly what a great blessing it is to be part of such a rich community.