Our annual ACT UT Christmas Party is December 9 at 7 PM. We call it our "Stephen Did You Know White Elephant Ugly Sweater Crazy Socks Christmas Party!" It is a joyful evening full of laughter!
- Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater (or any ugly sweater) for our Ugly Sweater contest.
- Bring a "White Elephant" Gift for our gift exchange. What is a White Elephant Gift Exchange? Bring a wrapped gift, generally a crazy and cheap gift or a re-gift. One at a time we will open each gift. The next person will be able to either "steal" the previous gift or open a new one! The goal? To walk away with the best present.
- Bring a pair of Crazy Christmas socks to exchange. Fill each sock with a variety of nice gifts. These gifts are real gifts - unlike the white elephant exchange. The socks will go under the tree and we will all pick a pair and open them together.
- PIzza will be served (a very unusual event at our ACT gatherings!). We've heard that there may be five pans of garlic bread as well. Hot chocolate with Saint Paul's Peppermint Stix will also be available for consumption.
- Stephen Did You Know... yes, you are all probably wondering about that... we all are so you aren't alone. We just want to make sure Stephen knows.
Don't miss out on all of the fun!
Our Fall Semester Coin Wars challenge mission giving will go to the people of Haiti. The disaster of Hurrican Matthew continues to reverberate to this day. We have established.
So, what is "Coin Wars?" We have two jars in front of the fireplace. One jar is labeled "Guys" and the other "Girls." Every coin placed in a jar is considered "positive." So, 100 pennies is $1.00. However, if a dollar were placed in a jar, that is considered a negative - so $1 bill equals negative $1.00. In other words, a jar with 100 pennies and a dollar bill in it equals exactly ZERO!
The team (guys or girls) who has the most money after the negative bills are removed will be the winner. In our challenge Help Haiti challenge, the losers will create a scavenger hunt for the winners. The scavenger hunt will be held on one of our Friday night events during Spring Semester.
Once again Haiti is in the midst of a disaster. There are moments we witness when we must act. This is one of those moments. Category 4 storm Hurricane Matthew carved a path of destruction through Haiti killing more than 1,000 people with more than 60,000 people displaced. In all, more than 14 million people are in need of urgent assistance. In addition there are warnings the aftermath could worsen the nation’s cholera epidemic which killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake. The Category 4 storm brought 107 mph (172 km/h) winds, torrential rainfall, and floods to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, wiping out entire villages.
We cannot stand by as an entire country suffers from another devastating, deadly natural disaster. Our belief is that helping end a big problem begins with everyone helping in their own way. It is an awesome responsibility and that is our goal with "Coin Wars." It is the males versus the females as we raise funds to do our part in helping some of the poorest people on earth. We will continue collecting funds through December 9. All funds will go toward relief efforts.
Celebrate the true Gifts of Christmas this season: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace with us Sunday nights at 6:30 PM. But it doesn't have to be just Sunday night! In addition to our worship series, we are providing a daily devotional book titled "The Gifts of Christmas" to go along with the series (pick up your FREE copy under the Christmas tree in the blue room). There are seven readings each week covering each of our weekly themes.
Each week we will focus on one aspect of the advent season. We will light a candle in our advent wreath, sing and worship God together near the crackling fire in the Blue Room at the ACT UT Campus House.
With the Fall Semester schedule, we are celebrating our advent and Christmas services a little early! Follow along in your devotional book and begin each new subject based on our worship theme dates:
- November 13: Hope
- November 20: Love
- November 27: Joy
- December 4: Peace
- December 11: Our Christmas Candlelight Service
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or so the old song goes. Yet we have to admit that it doesn’t always feel that way. We can all rattle off a list of the reasons why we feel a twinge of stress or sadness mixed with happiness or excitement when the carols start playing in every public setting. Hectic schedules, rampant materialism and reminders of personal wounds are just a few of the reasons.
Whether you are the person who is ready to relax and savor the season because you did all your shopping and preparations months ago (not likely) or the person who dreads the busyness, responsibilities or loneliness that steal your joy this time of year (much more likely), the Christmas season offers a unique opportunity to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life. Christmas can still truly give us a taste of the most wonderful time of world history. Jesus—the Messiah, the Savior—came as the light into the darkness and stress and pain of the world—our world. That world then, just like our world now, including our lives, needs the light to illuminate, clarify, guide, and heal. Christ’s coming brings that ultimate light and His peace, joy, and all-consuming love. Those are the true gifts of Christmas. And He is worth celebrating.
Join us for an unforgettable Advent series as we celebrate how Jesus’s birth changed everything and brings us hope, love, joy, and peace even today! Worship with us each Sunday night 6:30 PM at the ACT UT Campus House (2018 Bretton Place, Toledo).
Student Leadership Team (SLT) officer nominations for our new term (Spring 2017 through Fall 2017) begin Sunday, November 27. Office positions include: President, Vice President, Prayer Team and Outreach/Missions Team. Nomination forms will be available at our regular events. Specific officer responsibilities and qualifications are listed on the nomination form. The SLT is responsible for planning all of our events, themes, organization and administration of Active Christians Today UT. Also, University of Toledo regulations require officer positions for all student organizations.
To be nominated for a position, a student must receive at least two nominations for the same position (nomination and second). Nominations may be placed in the drop box in the kitchen. One student cannot nominate someone for multiple positions. Nominations will close on December 2 at 7:30 pm. Scott and Karen will review all nominations and contact those who were nominated. Students may accept or decline their nomination. Once all students have accepted and/or declined their nomination, a ballot will be assembled.
Ballots will be made available for students on December 4. Students will have one week to vote for the leadership team. The deadline to return a ballot is December 9, at the start of the Christmas Party. Once voting is closed, Scott and Karen will tally votes and give their approval to the new leadership team. This leadership team will assume their new SLT officer positions beginning December 11.
You do not have to be an officer to serve on our team! We have many students who are serving but have chosen not to take an officer role. We would love to have you involved!
It is the season of giving and that's what we will do on December 11 and 12. We will pass out several dozen donuts to exam-weary students in the lobby of the library each evening.
If you have an ACT shirt, wear it. However, the goal of the giveaway is NOT to promote ACT. Our goal is to be servants serving together. We will not pass out advertisements, brochures or anything. If someone asks about us, of course we will talk but that is not our main goal.
The giveaway will begin on Sunday night, December 11 immediately after our "Christmas Eve Worship" (that is not on Christmas Eve!). We will pass out donuts until we are done!
We will return on Monday night at around 7 PM to conclude our giveaway with another few dozen donuts.
Come and share the joy of giving with us!
Active Christians Today (ACT) is a campus ministry on the campuses of the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. Since the early 1970's when we were founded until today, we have been focused on bringing the message of Jesus to UT and BG. We are a non-denominational Christian community that encourages and challenges students to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. We have weekly worship services, bible studies, small groups meetings, retreats, cookouts and parties, ministry teams, mission trips, as well as other events throughout the year. We would love to have you join our community of faith!