This past Friday, we had our A2F end-of-the-year celebration. Hard to believe we have already come to the end of the school year. This was also our last A2F meeting before we combine with Koinonia, so it was a special night. To make it extra special, we all dressed up like Hawaiians and pretended like we play the ukulele. To go along with the Aloha-theme, we invited a “Hawaiian bouncer” who exhorted us to stick to our Christian commitments in the summer, even when things get difficult. For those of us who have been to Hawaii, we know that one of the quintessential features of Hawaiian culture and lifestyle is “Robot Wars”! So, after Bible study, we formed teams and made “robots” that fought against each other. It was an epic battle that unites the way of the rainbow warrior and the way of the UC Davis engineer. After our mental and physical exertions, we went over to Lem and Karen’s home to chill. We played board games, sang songs around the fire, roasted marshmallows, and shared our fondest A2F memories from the past year… And thus ends our last A2F meeting. But don't be too sad, because the A2F folks you love are still going to be around. :D
The fun-filled weekend continues... On Saturday, A2F went on a trip out to the city by the bay! Our day's adventure began with a leisurely walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. It was such a dazzlingly clear day that we could see the entire Bay Area from where we were! In fact, peering westwards into the vast Pacific Ocean, one can even spot the islands of Japan in the distance. Needless to say, there were tourists everywhere – they were all in SF to catch a glimpse of UC Davis students out of their natural habitat. Up next, our SF insider took us to a secret dessert place at the heart of Russia/Korea town that served fruity indulgences whose sugar content surely exceeded the legal limit for sweets. Good thing we didn't let the nutrition police come with us on this trip! Fresh from our sugar high, we descended upon a very windy Ocean Beach. Immediately, we were met with a barrage of sandy bullets. But we stood our ground, and together we marched against the wind into the vast seashore. To commemorate our brave resistance, we posed for a wallpaper-worthy picture that will certainly strike fear on any who dare oppose us. Afterwards, A2F also had a chance to showcase the finest of our ballistic rocket missiles. It was an exhibition of speed, power, and precision. Here are some shots of the A2F arsenal in action... After the day’s efforts, we traversed the Bay Bridge for our next conquest…the pho restaurant at Ranch 99 in the East Bay! Those Vietnamese rice noodles didn’t stand a chance against the ferocious and hungry A2F militia.... As usual, special thanks to our hardworking photographers, and there are many more pictures on our Flickr site! Please leave your comments!
What an exciting weekend! It all began on Friday night with our A2F Spring Welcome. After a scrumptious dinner, we broke some ice by playing a brand new game called “Vegeta-bowls” (a.k.a “Veggie Head”) where we all transformed into “bowl-heads” and we passed various vegetables from head to head. Sounds silly? It sure is! After digesting our dinner with all those vegetables raining on our heads, we had our Bible study where we got a chance to think about the direction of our lives. Are we like the “Nowhere Man” that the Beatles sang about? Are we letting the “Three Great Pursuits of Man” hinder us from coming to the Great Banquet? And is there something more to our lives than just trying to make it through the day? After Bible study, we had more food and more silly fun…it is time for "Best of the Best" with Nate and Ding (feat. DJ Dea)! While the contestants were strutting their stuff and doing their best to impress, the rest of us enjoyed loads of stomach-twisting laughter at their expense! Check out more pictures from the night on our Flickr site! And please leave your comments!
Deep apologies for the belated (2 weeks late) recap post on one of our most awesome events of the year...Thanksgiving Celebration! The day's festivities started with a message on gratitude... With our hearts filled to the brim with a healthy dose of refreshing thankfulness, we enjoyed some icebreaker games and also had a Thanksgiving feast! Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, candied yams, rice and Singapore noodles...Don't ask why those last 2 items were on the menu of a Thanksgiving meal, but they sure tasted delicious! :D Having stuffed ourselves, some of us were worried we won't be able to pull off the dance moves we had practiced. Fortunately, the A2F performance was the last serving of the day's entertainment, so we had some time to digest our food while we enjoyed the skits and dances by our friends from Koinonia and IGSM. They were hilarious! Before we know it, the time came for our turn on stage, and we did our best to express our gratitude and joy with the song and dance routines that we had practiced for the past few weeks!
Another eventful week at A2F included a make-your-own-pizza night, studying together at Lem and Karen's home, birthday celebrations, intense dance practice sessions, and a Bible study on Jesus' encounter with the Gerasene Demoniac (which included many of us acting out the scene with 5 minutes of preparation time)! Here are some pictures... But the highlight of last week was, of course, the all-Gracepoint Thanksgiving Retreat! We drove down to Alameda where we joined over 1000 other college students from our sister churches in other American universities, and there was even one guy who came all the way from Taiwan to join us. Together, we celebrated God's faithfulness and reflected on the many reasons we have to be grateful, while having a lot of fun and meeting a lot of new friends along the way!
We continued with our "Encounters with Jesus" Bible study series this week where we looked at the surprising conversation that Nicodemus had with Jesus. Why would Nicodemus, who is known as "Israel's teacher", approach Jesus? It turns out that even though Nicodemus had achieved everything he worked for, there was still a nagging feeling that Jesus knew something he didn't. After Thursday's Bible study, we gathered together on Friday night to practice dance moves for Thanksgiving Celebration! In case you haven't heard, Thanksgiving Celebration is coming up in 2 weeks and it is a time when we feast on scrumptious food and celebrate God's faithfulness through various skits and dances. This year, A2F will be doing STOMP and Hip Hop dancing! While some of us were clapping, slapping and snapping away at our STOMP routine, the rest of us were getting headaches trying to learn hip hop dance moves... Ever wished you had the chance to express yourself through elegant body movements? Ever wished you could try out dance moves for the first time without feeling insecure? Ever wished you had friends who are experts who would patiently teach you? Ever wish you could form a dance crew with your friends? Ever wished this fantasy dance crew you are a part of has a cool name like "A2F"? Well, my friends, your dreams has become a reality this Thanksgiving season... We hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we enjoyed practicing all those dance moves. Join us again for this week's practice! Meanwhile, there are more fun pictures on the A2F Flickr site!
A full recap is forthcoming, but while we wait, here are some pictrues to remind us of the incredibly entertaining time we had together last night! These pictures on our Facebook Photo Album And more pictures will be posted here once our photographers get around to processing them. Meanwhile, please share with us your favorite memories from last night!
As always, we had our TNT (Thursday Night Time) Bible Study on Thursday where we began a new Bible study series called "Encounters with Jesus". This week, we looked at the time when Jesus turned water into wine, and we examined how various characters (Mary, the servants, and the wedding planner) encountered Jesus. Suppose you are an ice cream connoisseur, and you enjoy eating ice cream in bulk, and you like to do so with a bunch of like-minded friends; then obviously, the best thing you could have done with your time last Friday night would be to join A2F at Fentons Creamery in Vacaville! Did you know that ice cream is good for you? Alright, maybe not always. And so perhaps you can't go wrong with some measure of moderation. But holding back is not easy when the mounds of ice cream are so pleasing to the eye... At A2F, you can always chill and be yourself and not worry about the popularity contest, because there is really no point trying to compete against one who is so naturally sweet and cool… After enjoying all that incredibly delicious ice cream, we all contentedly drove back to Davis... Do check out other pictures on the Flickr site. And please remember to leave your comments!
This past Friday was quite special. Pastor Ed and Kelly from Gracepoint Berkeley came to visit, and we had a combined A2F and Koinonia Bible study. During the Bible study, Pastor Ed exhorted us to make the most of our UC Davis education, i.e., take the tractor driving class (ABT 49; 2 units P/NP; usually offered during Spring quarter), which is not offered anywhere else! But more importantly, from Luke 14, we learned that God is inviting us to a great banquet, and it would be a tragedy if good things in our lives end up causing us to miss out. Not only did we have special guests on Friday, we also celebrated Esther's 40th Birthday! For those new to our group, Esther is Pastor Will's wife, and they are the dynamic duo that leads our Gracepoint Davis church. 607 was turned into a banquet hall where we enjoyed desserts and group games and one another's jolly presence. And if that wasn't enough, some of us got to express our words of appreciation and thanks to Esther through some riveting song and dance. On Saturday morning, to prevent the sugars consumed the night before from turning into undesirable layers of stored energy on our belly, we decided to play some basketball and ultimate Frisbee. And as a reward for our quality workout, we headed to a good ol' American restaurant, where we treated ourselves to some "quality we can taste". Check out more pictures of the combined Bible study and Esther's 40th birthday celebrations! And please leave your comments!
After last week's grand escapade to San Francisco, we thought staying in Davis for this week might be a good idea. But who would have thought we could still have so much fun right here next to the cows. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. This week's adventure started where it always starts: 1150 Hart Hall, which is where we have our TNT Bible Study! This week, the night started with some tasty orange chicken, and we sat in circles asking the freshmen how they destroyed their first midterms. After dinner, Lem got us thinking with the question: why am I doing so many things? Sometimes, we feel like we're trying so hard to not fall off the treadmill of life, and yet we don't even know how and why we got on this machine in the first place! Sadly, there is no way out of this predicament - unless we understand that we are the workmanship of a sovereign Creator who made us for a purpose... The next day, on Friday night, after eating dinner by smaller groups, we came together to play basketball (and Ultimate Frisbee) at the Dairy Field Courts. While we were running around breaking each other's ankles, our bovine friends (who, by the smell of it, were only a stone's throw away) were cheering us on from their barns just behind the fence. For many of us, the night proved to be a time for some much needed exercise. Our huffing and puffing, and our sweat-soaked shirts weren't a pretty sight. Fortunately, the group picture was taken from far enough away that we actually look unfazed by the night's rigors... Even though the limits of our physical endurance were tested, we had loads of fun! Believe it or not, many of us played another round of basketball after the group pic, and even after that, many of us didn't want to leave. If that's you, perhaps perusing more pictures on our Flickr albums (TNT and Hoops) can serve as consolation for now...until we meet again at our next A2F event!
Apologies to all who have been holding their breaths waiting for a recap of last week's events. We were waiting for all the photos from the SF trip to be uploaded. As of now, we are still waiting. (No pressure on our already busy and stressed out photographers. :D ) In any case, as usual, there's never a dull moment with A2F. Following our TNT Bible study on Thursday, we had HOTspot on Friday (by the way, H*O*T stands for Hang-Out Time) where we divided into two groups. One group had a lot of fun catching up with homework and reading, while those of us who were less fortunate had to play board games during this time. But no worries, we all got to see each other at the end of the night when we celebrated James and Patrick's birthdays... The following morning, we woke up bright and early, and we made sure to wear some flowers in our hair, because we're going to San Francisco! Realizing that we were in the middle of fleet week and the Blue Angels are in town, we decided to BART into SF. But not before we enjoyed some delicious dim sum in the East Bay! Some of us had chicken feet for the very first time. Yummy. And with our stomachs filled, we eagerly hopped on to the BART and headed to San Francisco... While most of us Davis folks are used to being surrounded by cows and other barn animals, we were quite surprised to be enveloped by crowds of people everywhere we went on the streets of San Francisco. Something tells us the Blue Angels are in town! After swimming through the seemingly endless crowd, we eventually made our way to Pier 39, where we enjoyed some good ol' American snacks while angels were flying around above us. We have a tradition of taking pictures with funny hats at the funny hat store whenever we are at Pier 39. And this year, this proud tradition continues with some new and enthusiastic models... (click on picture below to view Beth's facebook photo album of our trip) More pictures from the SF trip are forthcoming. We are all anxiously waiting to see pictures of the Blue Angels, various people eating chicken feet for the first time, Karen Tam sleeping on the BART, and David Lee dressed as the Queen of Hearts from Wonderland! Watch this space. Meanwhile, please leave us your comments...
As always, our evening started with delicious food…but lest you think this was just another one of those free dinners you get at campus events, David Lee and crew made sure that the ambience for the night’s dinner time was set exactly right. To go with the day’s menu (lasagna), the Hart Hall courtyard was magically transformed into a quixotic Venetian portico – replete with beautiful mood lights and marble tiles. Subsequently, we sat in circles speaking Italian… After dinner, we went into Hart Hall room 1150 for our Bible Study. But since there were many new friends joining us, we decided to play an icebreaker game called “Explosive Introductions”. We got to know about one another’s academic interests, hobbies, superpowers, etc. while racing to cause balloonic explosions with our lungs! Chaos and massive destruction ensued… Ever wondered why we call our Bible Studies “TNT”? Well, TNT stands for “Thursday Night Time”, and we thought the explosive nature of the resulting acronym suits us well. And we sure had a blast this week! Our hearts were racing, our blood vessels were pumping, and our lungs were gasping for oxygen. But it was all worth it! We discovered that no one among us had superpowers, nor were there anyone who had a pet giraffe at home. Well, it didn’t hurt to ask. After much ice had been broken, we were finally ready to study the Bible together. Continuing the “Why am I…” Bible study series, Lem talked to us about the universal feeling of envy. After pointing out the undeniable fact that we are all different, Lem showed us, through the story of Cain and Abel, how envy is actually rooted in pride – a pride that dares to question the God who made us different from one another… Through this short time, we learned a lot about ourselves and what the Bible has to say about the human condition. Along the way, we met a lot of new (and old) friends, and we had a lot of fun together! So don’t miss out next week. Same time. Same place. Same TNT! Be sure to check out more pictures on our Flickr site, and as always, we love to hear your comments!
To kickoff the school year, we had our first A2F Bible Study for the quarter. After a burritos dinner and some icebreaker games, the seniors continued the night's program with a skit that depicted the frustrations of wearing different masks in our attempt to fit in… Contrary to what some of you may have mistakenly thought, David was not wearing a mask during the skit (Daryl was); David really is that dashing in real life! Following the skit, Lem talked to us about the reasons why we inadvertently put on masks, and how this very human tendency points to our fundamental longing for unconditional love. Curious to hear more? Join us every Thursdays as we continue to discover how the Bible is relevant to our lives as college students! After the Bible study, many of us put on blindfolds and entrusted the direction of our lives to friends who led us into a bloody battle with other blind swordsmen and swordswomen. A great time was had by all! To be in the middle of campus in the dark of the night – and blindfolded – sure is a scary feeling. Especially if you get the strange feeling that your watching friends are enjoying a laugh at your expense… As usual, there are more exciting pictures on our Flickr site! Please leave us your comments...
Life is a journey – sometimes a treacherous one – and it is no fun to walk this journey alone, especially while in college. And that’s why we have Lifegroups! Without further ado, we launched Lifegroups this week with our A2F Lifegroup Kickoff where we experienced firsthand what Lifegroups are all about through some amusing activities. But of course, no A2F event is complete without some scrumptious food… After a game of Pictionary, we also got to know one another’s interesting backgrounds through drawing pictures that represent something from our past. We found out that many of us were involved in sports, or have travelled extensively during our childhood, or were nerds in high school, etc. Guess what's her story? And so that’s a little taste of what Lifegroups are about... in a cozy, small-group setting, we get to know one another better, scream together through the roller-coasters of college life, and make life-long friendships. It’s not too late to sign up! Hope to see you at our next Lifegroup meeting... Special thanks once again to our photographers! And you can find more pictures on our Flickr site.
First Saturday of the quarter; not much school work to do (yet); feeling like hanging out with cool friends; beautiful weather...What better way to spend the day than being at the A2F picnic at the arboretum? We began the morning with some Ultimate Frisbee, which served as an appetizer for the day's excitement. After running around and generating some healthy perspiration, our reward was some juicy Kielbasa sausages and homemade chili for lunch! We filled our stomachs to contentment at Wyatt Deck, which is a rustic hang-out spot under Redwood trees in the middle of the Arboretum. After lunch, we went back to the field for more sporting action. We played "Wild Turkey", which is dodgeball without the boundary line in the middle, and we used big exercise balls to peg each other! After the surreal sight of exercise balls flying in all directions, we were curious to find out which pair of us can throw/catch water balloons from the farthest distance. Needless to say, many of us got wet when the water balloon exploded on us as we attempted to catch it. Guess who the winner is? Obviously not this guy... In the tradition of victorious sports teams, we decided to pour out our love for our beloved "coach" at the end of the sports time... And the perfect finale on a hot day...shaved ice! Glistening condensed milk over a mount of multi-colored syrup-drenched shaved ice, with mochi, jelly, fresh fruit, and sweet red bean as toppings. It doesn't get any better than this. Many of us had multiple helpings! Why wouldn't we? Alas, all good things must come to an end. We reluctantly said our goodbyes, but we still had time for one last group picture... There are more pictures on the A2F Flickr site. Do check those out! And please leave your comments...
New Student Welcome Night 2011...we met so many new friends! And what a program! Games, videos, skits, music, and an arrow-to-the-heart exhortation from Pastor William that impacted many of us. Definitely a night to remember! Click on the picture below to view more pictures from an awesome night! What's your personal favorite part of the night? Please leave comments...
We had a blast at Angel Island this past Saturday! Check it out... And let's not forget our epic volleyball game! Thanks once again to our hardworking photographers for capturing the memories of this past weekend. And there are, as usual, more pics on our Flickr site. Please leave your comments...
Hi everyone, Hope you guys had fun at the acts2fellowship Open House, here is a picture we took from last night. Be sure to come back next Thursday for part 3 of the "Finding Faith Through Films" series.
Hope school is going well for you guys. The photos from New Student Welcome Night finally came in as well as some photos from last Saturday's Frosh Outing. This Friday is our first ever acts2fellowship Open House, we will be continuing our Finding Faith Through Films series, the movies we will be looking at this week is "Finding Nemo" and "UP", come join us! Here are some photos from New Student Welcome Night and Frosh Outing: You can find the more pictures on our Photos/Videos page
Here are some pictures from our past two welcome events. If you couldn’t make it out to these, don’t worry–the best is yet to come. We’ve still got our sports night and New Student Welcome Night!