Walk in the Light: “LZ 4 Lyfe!”

Their eyes are closed, their heads are bowed, and their hearts are open as they prepare for the ministry that lies before them.

 Around 5:30 every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, a small, but dedicated, group of TFC students prepare to engage the middle and high school students in Toccoa through an outreach ministry of Campus Community Church called LightZone (LZ).

LZ began in the mid 90’s because a need was seen—a need to disciple the teens of Toccoa. These are teens that often come from broken homes and don’t go to church. Therefore, LZ is a place where teens can learn about who God is and what He has done for us in the Person of Jesus Christ. LZ is “loving the kids to Christ by being the Church. In a sense, for them, LZ is church” says Jessica Kerr.

While most aspects of LZ have stayed the same over the years, such as holding high school LZ at the Boys and Girls Club and using a traditional game-to-lesson-to-snack layout, several things have changed recently. For one, long standing disciples, Caleb Fox and Amber Davies, have passed on the torch. Secondly, the Boys and Girls club is no longer an option for high school. It is now being held at the KOG.

 Overall, despite all the changes, the Lord has provided immensely through finances and by bringing His servants to do His will, which has been a desperate prayer request among the LZ staff. God is also planting seeds and softening the kid’s hearts through us. For example, although many teens stopped going to LZ because of pressure from their peers, they still came for Bible study (deeper discipleship).

 True Christians are being born! The staff hopes that someday the teens that learned about Christ in LZ would give back by sharing in the ministry themselves.

What the staff has to say about LZ:

“LZ as a whole is a really difficult ministry. It’s not for the faint of heart. It can be very discouraging because there is so little visible fruit. But the little bits of fruit–like when the teens illustrate that they are connecting with us and listening by asking us questions–makes it worth it.” -Jessica Kerr

“It’s challenging, but you love it.” -Shannon White

“LZ is solely the most demanding ministry I have ever been a part of in my life. A lot of times I feel as though I am not getting anywhere with them. But I have to say that few people on this earth tug at my heart like these kids do—to the point where I honestly just can’t give up.”
Anonymous

Please keep LZ in your prayers. Things to pray for:
–God’s will to be done
–Christ to be seen, heard, and felt in us His representatives
–Sensitivity to the Spirit
–The softening of the kid’s hearts, an openness to hear the Truth
–That they would be able to see God move
–The fulfillment/progress toward accomplishing their goals: to give hope to the hopeless, plant seeds, reach out to every teen, and intentionally build relationships.

Writing, art, and music with the Epicentre

The Epicentre is a publication of student works, designed and published by students.

These works can include pretty much anything…but there is a specific list: poetry, short stories/short fiction works such as character sketches, song lyrics and/or sheet music, creative nonfiction articles, short excerpts from novels, excerpts of scripts (plays), and artwork (includes photography/pictures of works not on paper, like sculptures; sketches/drawings in mediums such as pencil, pen, oils, etc…and paintings/pictures of paintings).

Here is a little historical background on the Epicentre:

The magazine started out rather well with a full staff, annual (and sometimes bi-annual) publications, plans for the future, and odd traditions like always putting *a goondiwindi production* on the back of magazines. Previous editions of the Epicentre are displayed in the library. For the most part, things have remained the same, including the goodiwindi tradition that Chief Editor Lynanne Rueda, has decided to keep despite not knowing what goondiwindi is supposed to imply.

Sadly, the once over-flowing abundance of staff members is no longer existent with the Epicentre. While the Epicentre has not fared so well during the past few years due to a general lack of participation, the magazine is still running and looking forward to publishing this year’s edition during the first week or two of next semester (fall). Students can submit work(s) they would like published in the magazine, then the material submitted will be reviewed by the entire staff and accepted based on the Epicentre Forum.

Get involved soon because there isn’t much time left. Submissions need to be in by April 15th. Keep in mind that staff members are always welcome.

On a final note, if anyone is interested in purchasing last year’s magazine there are still copies available. Contact Lynanne at lynannerueda@tfc.edu if you’re interested.

24/7 Prayer stresses freedom and joy

I always find myself looking forward to 24/7 because it is a special time that has been set aside to intentionally seek the Father—one full week of unbroken prayer. One of the cool things about 24/7 is that it is part of a nationwide picture—campuses across the nation are involved. Each campus chooses a week or two of the year to pray for 24 hours each day with the hope of “achieving” an entire year of unbroken prayer.

But I’m not the only one who looks forward to 24/7. Sophomore Natalie Hawkins, who has now been involved with 24/7 Prayer four semesters, expressed “I’d like to have it more often; I love it. It’s one of my favorite times in the semester!” The nearly filled sign up sheets also attest to people’s sentiments about 24/7 which took place this past week.

The theme this semester was freedom and joy, hopefully with the result of a pure heart. Although people didn’t need to pray just for those things—people could pray for personal issues, friends, working out things with God, etc.—prayers for freedom and joy were encouraged. Those who took the time to set up 24/7 felt as though this theme was particularly relevant to our campus in reflection of the freedom and joy being poured out by the student body from healing (last semester’s theme).

In this time, the Lord glorified himself in his revelations, his joy, his healing and his freedom. He also blessed the school with the privilege of seeing him glorified through others. The willingness of students to go out of their dorms in the early hours of morning (2-5am) to spend time with God in the prayer tent, for example, was a blessing in its simple beauty.

Of course, the opportunity to glorify the Lord in prayer is here all the time. We just need to seize it. As Hawkins put it, “Just because we don’t have 24/7 all the time doesn’t mean that we can’t still have 24/7 prayer.”

Challenges and Schedules

It’s official: Intramural Volleyball is back! According to Tim Cooper, a player on The Unknown, the season has gone well since its official start up on February 9th. It seems that this year has been more challenging than last; there have been a lot of really close games. This makes sense when there are teams like Colossus and Akatsuki out there; virtually every male on Colossus is 6’4” or over, and the players on Akatsuki really know how to handle a volleyball. Thankfully other teams have skills up their sleeves as well and can take the heat!

Sadly, there is one issue that has been detrimental to the season: scheduling conflicts. In some cases, it has caused teams to forfeit because of not having enough members to fulfill the required slot of 6. There have been some exceptions to this where teams have played with only 5 members and won over a team with 6. As Tim Cooper puts it, “It’s still possible to win—just more of a challenge.”

Overall, the 40+ games that have been played so far have been enjoyable. Cooper notes, “People are having fun, which is the main thing. Everyone has a good spirit.”

The Toccoalympic Games

The Winter Olympic Games are here, and Fant decided to get psyched up and ready for the events by hosting their own version, appropriately labeled the Toccoalympics. “Originally we were going to watch Cool Runnings and then watch the opening ceremony, but we thought it’d be too much tv,” Ginelle Gordon explained. “So we just decided on being competitive and active instead!”

The idea seemed to be a hit with so many girls participating in the games and showing team support—as Jamaica (First Floor), Norway (Second Floor), and Djibuti (Third Floor) will tell you. Some went all out, dressing up in their country’s color (“team uniforms”), creating slogans, and even making flags. Miranda Cooper designed and constructed the medals—saran-wrapped cardboard with ribbon—and the impressive Torch using her craft skills. 

The Toccoalympics had 4 games on the line-up: Wacky Wrestling (“It’s an indoor winter event!” defended Gordon), Broom Hockey, Cross-Country Skiing, and Figure Skating. Initially, bobsledding was also considered as a possibility. The plan was to put a cardboard box onto a skateboard, have people climb in, and steer as they sped down a hill. “Bobsledding was vetoed, sadly. I can’t imagine why,” Gordon stated humorously after her explanation of “the plan.”

Wacky Wrestling involved two intense rounds in which players attempted to rip each of the four pieces of paper taped to their opponents back off. The second round began after two minutes were up. This round was more challenging because competitors had to stay inside the “circle of death.” The event was so intense that only Meghan Pasquariello and Ginelle Gordon made it into the second round. Gordon comments about her victory over Pasquariello with a laugh, “I was just surprised that I beat Meghan. She’s a beast.”

The next event, Broom Hockey, was by far the most dangerous. The first broom broke within 30 seconds, and not a single broom was left intact by the championship game. Second floor came in first in this event with Third floor in second and first floor in third.  Next on the line up was Cross-Country Skiing. In this event competitors used ropes to lift up planks of wood beneath their feet. This was particularly challenging because competitors had to work in synch with their teammates and attempt to outrace their opponents. Finally the Figure Skating competition finished the Games with Aly Whipple and Carrie Lyman (First floor) taking the gold. Congratulations to everyone involved—it was a great turn out!

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