Good Friday Service (4/18, 8:00pm)

Good Friday is a day of remembrance when we solemnly reflect on the death of our Savior Jesus on a Roman cross to pay the penalty for our sin. It is a sober reminder of what we did to God before our joyous celebration of what God did for us — resurrect from death and conquer sin and death — on Easter Sunday. Join us for a special Friday Service to reflection on what Jesus has done for us.

We will be meeting at 8pm at 123 Sciences Lecture Hall.

 

Passion Experience Walkthrough (now through Wed, 4/23)

Every year during Passion Week we create a unique museum experience through what happened on the last week before Jesus was crucified on the cross. There are pictures and scenes to help you visually and audibly experience the last days of Jesus. Please sign up to go through this experience. The Passion Experience can be as long as you want it to be (typically 1 hour), and it will end with a time of reflection, prayer and taking of the Lord’s Supper.

Monterey trip recap

Not too long ago IUSM went to Monterey to enjoy the beautiful nature! On, that trip we got to see the “crown jewel” of Monterey, Point Lobos. We didn’t know that rocks and water could look that magnificent! Words cannot do justice, so let me share some pictures that we took at Point Lobos. :)

 

Another group shot, but this time next to some scary looking tree :)

Walking on the trails

Afterwards we also went to the world famous “17 mile drive”. There we saw the famous Lone Cypress. 

Haha, seems like the guys were trying to be the cypress! 

We also spent some time playing frisbee, throwing football on Fanshell outlook, and exploring the amazing rocks and the sea creatures that were in them.

Woo, What did Jarold find?!

Wow, that was a packed day of hanging out with each other and also feeding our eyes and mind with the gorgeous nature that God created! But we were all hungry at the end of day, and we got to feed our stomachs too! We knew exactly where to go, so we went to Santa Clara to get some DELECIOUS KOREAN FOOD!!!!!

Here is a picture of the guys eating nicely decorated shaved ice! Look at the smile that is on their faces, Mmmmmmmmm….you can tell how good the food was, and how happy they were that they could dip their spoons into that shave ice! haha :)

Don’t you wish you were there?!! It won’t be the last time we go there or take other trip to other beautiful place just like Monterey! Come join us next time!!!!!! :)

Recap: Fresh Start Winter Welcome Night

Hello Everyone! Welcome back for your winter break, hope you guys all had a good time, and is ready for this new quarter and new year!

This past Friday, to welcome back all the students and also new friends we had special event “Fresh Start”. It was really good to see many of our old friends and also to meet some new ones! :)

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We all had an awesome time that night, as we started off with some delicious Asian food with plenty to go around, and we watched a skit put on by many of our students. That was an awesome performance, as we also discover some hidden talents in our midst! haha. :D

We really have to recap the skit in couple short sentences because it was not only awesome, but has great meaning and insight to life. The skit is about this young man who tries to spin (handle) the different plates (responsibilities, expectation, and obligations) in his life. As he took on more and more responsibilities he realized that it was getting harder to handle everything and keep everyone happy. (Isn’t that so true to our daily life?) At the end, it was tragic as he dropped all the plates. “crash” “crash” “crash” sound…….

Wait, that would have been a sad note to end the night on right? With that imagery and the sound of those plates crashing still linger in our head, our invited speaker John gave a thought provoking message to challenge us to have a new perspective for this new year. In our busy, and overloaded world, how can we find a sense of peace or rest and how do we properly handle all those tasks and things that we have in our life? John pointed to the Bible, Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The new perspective that we are to have is not to be anxious about our life, trying to handle all the things or obligations in our lives, but to simply trust those things into God’s hand and he will take care of it for you and to put our mind and our life to seek God’s kingdom first. John also shared with us his past experience of how he trusted his life into God’s hand and how God is coming through and taking care of his life better than he ever could. Wow…..something to think about and to reconsider how we view our life, ya?

Alright, with that in mind, let us have a FRESH START for this new year and this new quarter carrying that verse in mind, to seek first the kingdom of God and experience how God will come through! that’s it from me- see you! :)

Recap: Christmas Special Talk and Gift Exchange

Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2013?  Wow, now that finals are over- everyone is looking to relax.  For IUSM and IGSM, we had a special talk on the validity of Christmas.  Our guest speaker- Dr. Kit Ng explained why there is good reason and evidence (historical and archaeological) to believe that the birth of Jesus actually happened.  It was helpful for people to see much historical evidence for this significant story.

After the special talk, we sang some famous Christmas songs like: Joy to the World, and Silent Night.  Then we started on end of year gift exchange!  No gift was safe as teams challenged each other for the chance at some wonderful gifts.

We ended the fun night with a group picture time (and some wacky props).  We hope to see you all next year in 2014!

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Christmas Special Talk (Christmas tree included)

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Nothing like good o’ Christmas songs

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Giant candy cane jousts! They are battling for fabulous gifts!

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IUSM group picture

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IGSM group picture