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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Presbyterian Student Fellowship at ETSU Starts Sunday!


Classes begin in a couple of weeks at East Tennessee State University. Campus ministries are starting as well including the Presbyterian Student Fellowship.

Since our director, Jim Kirkpatrick retired, our presbytery has had to make do. The
presbytery decided it didn't have the money to continue funding the position.

What do you do when you have no money?





You ask volunteers who look like this to mold young minds.








Um, yeah, that would be me. Homely, but scrappy.

We are one of the most scrappy ministries on campus. We are not well-funded or super-hip like all the big fancy campus ministries, but...


We have a house!

That's cool!

1412 College Heights Road.


We have a blog!

We are on Facebook!

We send out slick e-mails. Do subscribe.

We have food.

Every Tuesday night, we have a meal at seven p.m. followed by a program. We bring in guests. Check the blog for some programs we put together last semester.

Possibilities for this Fall include an International Peacemaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as one of our local friends, Lynnea Hunter, who has been a YAV (Young Adult Volunteer) with the PCUSA this past year in Belfast.

Students will pick the programs.

In fact, we will do that this Sunday, August 22nd at 5 p.m. at the campus house.

Planning is open to all ETSU students interested in Presbyterian Student Fellowship. I'll provide pizza and we will brainstorm our programs for the Fall semester and include other fun things and service stuff too!

Bring your ideas! We are here for you, the students.

We are a place you can hang out, do laundry, use the computer, find friends and a home away from home.

Most importantly, we accept everyone.







Even people who look like this.










We are inclusive. Everyone is in the circle. You don't have to be Presbyterian or even religious. We are big on questions not answers.

Sometimes you need a friend to lean on. I am available by appointment (Facebook or e-mail) for counseling or conversation at the campus house, Earth Fare, or other coffee shop.

Here is the calendar:

Sunday August 22nd, 5 pm. Semester Planning. All students are welcome. We are at the ground floor. We will figure out who is who and what we want to do.

Thursday, August 26th, Move-In Day, 7:30 am - 1 pm. The deal here is that we wear our PSF t-shirts and help folks move in to the residence halls.

Sunday, August 29th, 6-8 pm, Open House. We need something big for this. Ideas? Well, then, come on the 22nd and help us plan.

Tuesday, August 31st, 7-9 pm, First Night. We have a meal and a welcome to start the semester.

Curious?

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