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The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

John 1:35-39, NRSV

Last Wednesday NC State University and Meredith College students headed back to the classroom. Some knew where they were headed; others tried to look like they did. Here at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Raleigh, we celebrated the first day of classes with a cookout and conversation. New and returning students got to know each other over dinner and then we gathered for a devotion.

Jesus asks a lot of questions. And at LCM-Raleigh we have a lot of questions. And we seek to foster a faith community that explores questions in relation to who God calls us to be as disciples. Students took time to consider how they would respond to Jesus today if he asked them, “What are you looking for?”. Students interpreted the question and replied individually on index cards. In small groups, they shared what they are looking for at LCM-Raleigh.

Hold us in your prayers this week. Ask the Holy One to form LCM as a faith community where students can come and see Christ active in their lives.

God’s peace,

Jennifer

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Calling all Wake County college and university students! Drop by the Student Center tonight from 7-9pm for an ice cream extravaganza. Meet returning LCM students and new ones. Bring a friend, your roomie, a stranger, and yourself! See you soon!


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I’m a native Floridian and snow amazes me. Each North Carolina winter, on the few days when ice flakes dance from the clouds to the ground, I gaze in amazement. The beauty astounds me. I struggle to comprehend this simple weather phenomenon. The snow is expected; yet, it remains unexpected. It doesn’t quite make sense to me.

So you can imagine the cartwheels and somersaults I did on the summer solstice when my toes felt the cold crystals cover them. Unexpected. Sure, I was traveling up a windy mountain road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yes, I watched the temperature drop on the car thermometer as the road ascended. From an intellectual perspective, I understood what was going on. It was expected. But my whole being found the experience rather unbelievable, rather unexpected. Snow on the summer solstice. That’s just not supposed to happen.

But it does. And it did. A bit like God’s love. A bit like the Holy One’s grace. It doesn’t make sense. It’s expected and yet, unexpected. And often we experience it in the most peculiar places. Where have you experienced our unexpected Redeemer?

Afternoon thunderstorms, evening lightning bugs, and watermelon dinners all point to summer in Raleigh. And while many college students leave campus to work, travel, or relax, Lutheran Campus Ministry stays here. We welcome new students at orientation and gather for dinner with old students. We update our website (cough, cough) and we plan for the academic year ahead.

Starting school here in the fall? Sending a student our way? Send an email to lcmraleigh<at>gmail<dot>com so we can connect.