IUSM Spring Retreat Recap

Our first ever IUSM Spring Retreat was a packed weekend filled with thought provoking messages on the Bible, and also fun time hanging out with each other.

We started off by welcoming everyone back from spring break, and we heard a very eye-opening message from our retreat speaker Pastor Will. He talked about a life of getting straight A’s in school, at our job, in marriage, and different areas of life. But is that kind of life satisfying? Is that kind of life fulfilling? Can we bring all our riches here into the grave with us? Can we escape death?  He challenged us to be rich toward God and seek God, and that is the wise way to live.

In the subsequent messages, Pastor Will continued to point out the truth of how we all live in a broken world where things are not how it is suppose to be like. The world is broken is because we rejected our relationship with God, and since that point our relationship with God is broken, our relationship with each other is broken, and we all will face death. But the story doesn’t end there.  The is a good news is that God sent his Son to restore our relationship with Him and now we are able to have a relationship with God when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior!!  What a great news that the creator of universe wants to have a relationship with us!!!

ok, let me also share with you some pictures of other fun and awesome things that we did as well.

Here is a picture of us hearing a bible study from Pastor Will, and laughing at his funny jokes!


WHO can PICK up that cup on one leg?!


Thank you food team for all the delicious food!


Interesting picture that we took along the trail that we hiked.


haha, album cover picture, everyone looks at different place


Our singers leading us on camp fire songs!


Picture of everyone 🙂 Thank you Pastor Will for all those messages!


Join us next time! 🙂

IUSM Genesis, 7:30pm, May 16

We will be continuing in our study of the book of Genesis that we started in Fall quarter. Join us as we move onto Genesis 4 to see some of the consequences of the Fall.

We will provide rides outside the ARC (or off campus) at 7:00pm.

Feel free to invite your International friends to join us!

Location: 3414 Koso St., Davis [Map]


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! 🙂

2014-01-10 IGSM IUSM Fresh Start

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. 😀

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: Thanksgiving Service & Celebration

We had a wonderful time at the special Thanksgiving service at Gracepoint Davis Church this past Sunday.

Many sharings from our Gracepoint Church members (around the world) with expressions of praise to God.
The orchestra playing beautiful music.

We started off with off a very inspiring video and heard testimony sharing from Gracepoint members, and then Pastor Will gave a very powerful message reminding us our indebtedness to people and to God as none of us got here on our own. We are where we are because of God and others’ involvement.

The praise band playing uplifting songs.
Pastor Will delivers a message on Thanksgiving.

Afterwards we had a very challenging message, we feasted! There were so much delicious food (turkey, corn, ham, mash potatoes with gravy, and RICE!) and the desert mmmmm…the delicious pumpkin pie with whip cream…yes, the food was awesome!

The winning turkey!
Lots of traditional Thanksgiving food!

But that was not it, IUSM along with other groups at Gracepoint Church put on various dance performances and skits, and people had really really really fun time dancing together and laughing. Man, that was alot fun celebrating thanksgiving together! Hey, if you miss it this year, too bad. But NEXT year, put it on your calendar and JOIN US!!!!

The freshmen sang to “God’s Great Dance Floor” with a real disco ball.
Here’s our IGSM & IUSM skit. Mark played Albert in the skit, but sometimes he forgot who he was.
We’re worth more than gold… because of God.
How Great is Our God. Not only in Chinese, but one day in all the languages of the world.
Sophomores: Don’t be an ungrateful Kaiju!
Upperclassmen: There’s much to be thankful for.
Praxis: It’s not a dream, it’s the abundant “Praxis” life.

IGSM & IUSM Group Picture – Happy Thanksgiving!


Enjoy many more photos from our Thanksgiving Celebration here.

Please write a comment here about your most favorite moment!