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.
We were off to an early start this past Saturday to explore all that Picnic Day to offer. We were feeling pretty hungry and wanted breakfast, so we decided to give cow milking a try. Bring your own cereal ;) Haha just kidding. We all got just a few squirts at most. Probably not the ideal form of milk to eat your cereal with anyway.. Some us learned (or, tried to learn) how to throw a lasso to catch things. It looks relatively easy, but really, it’s a lot more tough than it looks. Some people caught bulls.. While others caught people… Since our originally planned breakfast plan didn’t really follow through, we had our fill at the DC where there was an abundance of cereal and milk among other delicious foods. We also got to watch our very own Isabella perform with her Gospel Choir! Afterwards, we craved dessert and so we made our way over to grab free samples of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Mmm, delicious :) We roamed around for a bit and made our way to the Arboretum to sit, relax, and watch Battle of the Bands. What was your favorite part about Picnic Day? :)
Last weekend, the Upperclassmen (Juniors & Seniors) went on a retreat to Dutch Flat and had the opportunity not only to relax, throw some laughs around but also, view our lives as what its called to be, ministers. Here is a glimpse of the monument we built as a reminder of the many commitments, reflections we made during this blessed time. Everyone went out to search for the flattest rock after minutes of scouring, each upperclassmen and class-lead were able to place a stone gradually and eventually as each cornerstone was combined, our monument was complete. After a long day of hiking and eating, the senior brothers relaxed around the campfire. As the retreat was coming to an end, the sisters recounted their favorite moments they experienced during retreat, like hearing a duet of “Peter, Peter” by Kevin & Gina Han. The three days went by so quickly and although we went back to our lives filled with commitments, academics we will always hold onto the image of building our lives within a community. It truly was such a joyous time.
This Friday, we (the sophomore class) had the wonderful opportunity to host Bible Study! Kenny training Greg and Marvin on how to use the awesome new soundboard! Our very own sophomore band, woohoo! And here's Lem giving us a message on Abram and Lot, reminding us that our choices really do matter. Afterwards, we headed to the deathstar. There we split into 3 teams and had some epic laser tag battles. Here are two brave soldiers in a possibly staged photo... .... while another group played king kong shower, bamboo (below), and pterodactyl! And what would a weekend be without a beautiful trip to Sac by the river: You can vote for what was more awesome... late night laser tag at the deathstar OR spending a beautiful Saturday morning by the Sac river! Hope to see you next week!
Before the busyness of the new quarter began to settle in, the frosh went to Sierra Lodge for a short and sweet getaway! It was a bit too cold for kayaking (sorry, false advertising), but it's okay because we had plenty of fun regardless :) We warmed up to each other with a unique icebreaker that involved a lot of acting, laughing, dancing, dancing, and..did I mention dancing? And then we called it a night. ... Just kidding. The night was still young! We migrated over to the gazebo to toast up some marshmallows and sing some songs. There's nothing quite like fillin your belly with banana boats, cup ramen, and s'mores at 1 AM in the morning.. We did called it a night (eventually), and woke up to go on an incredibly strenuous hike...probably equivalent to the distance between Tercero and the ARC. Yes, obviously, very strenuous :p That eventually turned into climbing up rocks and doing whatever we could to avoid falling into the water. Most of us succeeded, with the exception of a few unfortunate brothers :p. Ah, what a fun way to start off the quarter! If you weren't able to come, hope you can join us next time :)
What a joyous day it was as we celebrated Easter together! It was a precious time to commemorate Jesus' resurrection and power over sin and death. We had a special service where we were able to personally experience that indeed, God reigns victorious over the sin in our very own lives. Throughout the entire service—the praise, the video, the skit, the special song, and the message—one question was proposed and answered. “When was God at His best?” He wasn't at His best when He spoke creation into being, as amazing as that was. God is at His best as our Savior..when He saves us from our lives of sin to transform! It was a powerful experience to hear from our very own brothers and sisters about how God found them in their lives of sin and rescued them. I'm sure for many of us, as we heard their stories, we were reminded of our own stories and how God faithfully pursued us and redeemed us. Although it can become difficult to deal with the whispers of our past, we were exhorted to remember that God's Word has the final say over all of Satan's accusations. Jesus' resurrection covers all of our sins and failures and gives the promise of forgiveness of hope of a new, transformed life in Him. Knowing all of this, of course we're drawn to rejoice and celebrate! And what better way to continue to celebrate then with some good food and fellowship? Desserts brought to you by our very own brothers and sisters! (and Safeway and Trader Joes..)
This past Friday, Men of Gracepoint -from young, still-undeclared college freshmen to not-so-young, Advil-touting Praxis brothers- assembled together for what appears to be the beginning of an exciting tradition - Gracepoint Davis Men's night! We’ve heard that Brothers’ fellowship + Burger Dinner + Bible Study + Basketball tournament = Awesomeness to the fourth power, so we set out to prove the truthfulness of this theory. We met at Davis Senior High gym for an awesome time of bonding and fellowship with one another. The night began with awesome dinner, which for lack of better words shall be called "pulled pork hamburger." Imagine if in the future, when mankind's biotechnology prowess has advanced to such level that we manage to crossbreed cows and pigs and sweet, tangy bbq sauce. And hamburger buns. That's pretty much what we had for our dinner. Moo-oink- licious! Then we went inside for a time of challenging Bible study by Pastor Will. We learned how today's culture of adult-escence has caused such a demise of men and we learned what it means to be a man from Bible's perspective. It's pretty eye opening as we learned all these statistics and observations that should really wake us up and cause us to take action. Pastor Will challenged us with 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Act like men! Afterwards, ushered by our own Brian "Oh No You Din'" Din and John "J-Lin" Lin, we kicked off our basketball tournament! We broke off into groups by class to see who will emerge victorious among the classes. Everyone from all skill level participated and fought for the glory and honor of their class. Alas, there can only be one winner of the night's tournament. After an intense and hard-fought battle, the Freshmen class reps defeated the post-grad representative in the final round and emerged victorious! The victory was handsomely rewarded, not only with some shiny trophy, but also with a dinner at a local all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant! Congratulations to the winners! Finally, to end the night we had some super sweet dessert, aptly named "upside down cake" because it turned upside down whatever calorie deficit we might have accomplished during the basketball tournament into a guaranteed surplus of calorie. What a way to wrap up the night! I'm looking forward to more of these times of brothers’ fellowship... Huge thanks to Praxis brothers who put in a lot of work to make the first Gracepoint Men's Night happen!
This week we had a special guest speaker--Pastor Will! Who gave a message about faith and obedience, reminding us that our relationship with God is based on trust. Afterwards the soph bros went to Sierra Lodge and had "healthy snacks" made of meat. While the sisters had "healthy snacks" made of fondue! And on Sunday, since Praxis was at the Praxis Retreat, some sophomores had the chance to go to help out with Elderly Care Ministry at the ACC Nursing Home normally served by Praxis. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, and thanks to those who had the courage to be on stage and share in the skit, praise, or message. Please join us tomorrow (3/8) for bros night and Sister's night. You definitely don't want to miss it!