We have been informed that some students who attended CHIC were diagnosed with H1N1 flu after they returned home. Though we do not know how they contracted the flu, we do want you to be aware so that you can identify symptoms, should they occur, and obtain appropriate treatment. If you become aware of CHIC participants who are diagnosed with this flu strain, please email Christian Formation immediately.
We’ve been getting a bunch of questions, so here are some answers:
Lots of videos will be available for free download in about two weeks. We’re giving the video crew, who worked rather non-stop during CHIC, a short break, and then they’ll be adding proper credits to the end of all the clips. I’ll post these as soon as I get them.
Live CHIC music will be available from iTunes in October. The timing on that is beyond our control, so learn the chords and lyrics until then.
Leftovers from the CHIC bookstore are being inventoried and will soon be available for order from the online Covenant Bookstore. Early next week for that.
Also, many, many more pictures will be rolling out in the days ahead, so keep checking back.
More photos and videos will be coming soon, but there is an additional lag time as we move out of our offices and journey home. So keep checking back in the weeks and months ahead.
It has been such a blessing for me to be able to keep you all updated on everything that has happened at CHIC. Being able to write and reflect on focus groups and main stage services also allowed me to begin becoming undone. This week has truly been an amazing one!
It is my hope that through our posts, families and parents have been able to feel a part of this week, future CHIC students have become pumped for their experience in three years and that current CHIC students can have something to help them remember this phenomenal week.
As Pastor Judy Peterson closed the service last night she said, “this week, you have been undone so that you can undo the undone work in the world.” It is my prayer that as we all return to our everyday lives we be ready to tackle this undone world together!!!
It has truly been an honor to serve as one of your CHIC writers this week. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to witness God’s amazing work at CHIC and through His strength give all of you at home a mere glimpse of what was what He was up to.
Matt Lundgren, leader of the CHIC worship band, shared this verse with us at the end of Main Stage last night, and I would like to leave you with these final words.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
For His Glory,
As thunderous rain clouds and torrential rain delayed and threatened the success of the two evening options last night, both events continued and without a single flaw. The third and final Battle of the Bands contestant, Kingdom, performed on the CHIC side-stage at the Block Party. Their set included all original songs that required a lot of crowd participation, which they graciously received. “It’s amazing. It’s the coolest thing ever” said band member Jon Arthur of Rhode Island. “We are all really good friends and we’re always at each others’ houses, so it’s just fun to be on stage together having a great time.” Following Kingdom’s performance set, the Christian rock duo, Lost and Found, took the stage.
On a different part of campus, Native Alaskan heritage was celebrated at The Gathering in an event entitled, Agaayutim Inui which translates into ‘God’s People’. Refreshments were served as CHIC participants from churches in Alaska shared with us cultural games, and educated us on the different roles that men and women play in the Alaskan culture. Students from the Alaskan youth group demonstrated the Alaskan Olympic sports of ‘seal hopping’ and ‘high kicking’. The two students were state contenders in both of these sports.
This year CHIC participants have been given an awesome opportunity to pre-screen, FOR FREE, the movie, To Save A Life, scheduled to open in select theaters all over the country in January 2010. To Save A Life is an indie movie about the real-life challenges teens face and the consequences of their choices. After a childhood friend makes a tragic move, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others. Director Jim Britts said that once the movie is released, he hopes that thousands of churches see the movie and that youth are moved to change their lives so that they reflect God more. He hopes that through this, more people will come to Christ.
Who are you when nobody is watching? Who OWNS your faith? If you were questioned in a court of law, would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a RADICAL FOLLOWER of Christ? These are some of the questions and issues that are being discussed in the Focus Group, Don’t get voted off the Island! Radical Discipleship to Reach Others, led by Keith Hamilton.
Keith currently serves as the President of Alaska Christian College(ACC) located in Soldonta, AK., and during this Focus Group he speaks of what it means to be a radical follower of Christ. Keith defines Radical Discipleship as becoming a FULLY committed follower of Jesus Christ. He goes on to tell, through a witty personal story where his response to someone was, “If going to church makes you a Christian, then going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger”, that being fully committed to Christ means more than being confirmed as a pre-teen, or attending CHIC as a teenager.
Keith emphasizes that before we reach out to others and are able to love them appropriately, we have to become radically committed to Christ for ourselves. So what does being radically committed to Christ look like? Using Acts 20:7-11, the story of Eutychus and Paul, Keith illustrates how we have to be prepared to do radical things in ourselves. In doing this, we can in return, be radical for others just as Paul was radical for Eutychus as he went down to the ground, fell upon and embraced Eutychus.
Most importantly, Keith informs us that we need to OWN our faith and be solid and strong in it. It is our responsibility to carry our faith and to have continuity in our actions. It is our responsibility to be RADICAL for Christ.
If heading out on excursions, get your lunches early (opens for you at 11:45am) at either of the lunch spots.
Feed My Starving Children: All remaining spots have been filled. Thanks!
If you would like to pray or be prayed for at any time during the week, come to the prayer room located in University Center Alumni Room. Members of the prayer team, who have been praying for CHIC for many months already, will be available to pray with you and for you.
PSW Conference is gathering the Youth Workers and Youth Pastors at the HUB from 3:00 – 4:30 Come and join them for some refreshments and fellowship time.
Tonight’s “Gathering” at the Black Cultural Center from 6:30-8
La Fiesta de la Alegría (Joyfest) Hispanic celebration with Mexican appetizers.
ALL are welcome to join the celebration, regardless of your own ethnic background. Another “Gathering” on Wednesday, too.
The Skate Park is happening! You NEED a helmet to skate there….they are available for rent at the park….$2.00!
We have a special leaders area located at The Hub. We’ve added a special element for you: Appreciation Cards! Yep, we know you love to write to your students and leaders that have come to CHIC…we have a TON of leader appreciation cards just for you to write up. Enjoy! The leader appreciation area is located in the main level of the Aquatic Area.