May 20, 2021

I know transitions can be tough for many friendsyou might be one of those friends who has expressed this to me, before, during, or after a transition.

Transitions are filled with day-to-day uncertainties, shifts in schedule and rhythm, adjustments in relationships, hopes and disappointments. Even though the heat of summer is settling on New Haven, in transitions I sometimes feel the mentality of a snowstorm: head down, dig my heels in, focus on just the next step.

But transitions have become sweeter over time as they are opportunities, perhaps, to reflect. In my 20's, my favorite thing about my birthday was that I would steal away a few hours to sit in a coffee shop and journal. Though seasons of my 20's were really tough at times, I think of birthdays with fondness, as celebrations of what God was doing all around me and in me.  

So I offer a few reflection questions for this season. To invite you from a snowstorm mentality to take a few breaths from a mountain vista perspective, even as you continue into summer plans.

This is of course not an exhaustive list of questions. And also, not all of us are built for quiet and introspective reflection. If you need a friend to ask you these questions, call one up. Sometimes I need to talk it out with friends, mostly because I'm afraid of unpacking a box that I can't face alone. But I love when friends listen, like they're sitting with me on a bench looking at the box spilled before us. They'll speak true things about what I'm likely to miss or forget, true things that I want to deny, true things about myself and my Heavenly Father and His goodness. With such grace and comfort.


1. What are 3 things you're grateful to God for from this past year?

2. List some of your feelings today. What are you doing in response to those feelings? What does it look like to bring those thoughts and feelings and talk to God about them? 

3. What has God been growing in you recently? What might God be inviting you to pursue as continued growth this summer?

4. In Colossians 1, Paul talks about "pleasing the Lord", and when he talks about knowledge of God's "will", the word for will can also be translated "desire" or "pleasure". It reminds me that thinking about God's will isn't just a plan, but knowing what delights God. From whatever passage of Scripture you read for quiet time today, is there anything that speaks to what God desires in his people? How can you pursue that today?


For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:9-12)


And dear friends, please feel free to reach out to staff this summer. I know many of you will plug in with local communities, and that's super important. But know that staff is here, praying and desiring to encourage and support, even from afar. Whether you know us personally or not, we'd be happy to talk as we're able: Alex, Chris, Morgan, Sang, or myself. Happy Summer!

Lara

Hope Podcast
virtual on Zoom

I (Andrew Richards) want to introduce y'all to - The Hope Project Podcast.  Made by the Good News Team and fellow YSCers, it is trying to illuminate other Yalies' perspectives on the topic of hope. Through a series of short interviews, they give honest thoughts about hope in the context of social justice, community, etc. We plan to release episodes weekly. Episode 1 is out. If you have questions about hope, the gospel, or just want to support YSCers, please take a sneak peek here:

Follow us for part 1 here:
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7L8iFYCnf8
@hopeprojectyale on FB 
@hopeprojectysc on Instagram

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hYFodGKPQHT8mdyKfOIzw (full ep)
Apple Podcast (Hope Project)

K.I.T. (Keep in Touch) this Summer over Do.Stuff
do.stuff@mailman.yale.edu

As the school year comes to a close, there might mixed feelings heading into the summerthe excitement of taking a break from classes, joy of seeing old friends, comfort of spending time with at home with your favorite bowl of cereal, or maybe you’re nervous about starting a summer internship, worried about taking a two month hiatus from community and relationships that you’ve formed this year.

Wherever you are heading into summer, we want this to continue to be a community where we can love and support each other, and spur one another on towards deeper intimacy with Christ. Whether you're at home or in a new place, we want to make spaces to intentionally stay connected as a community. Though we are eager to resume in-person ministry in the fall, virtual spaces are still a great way fellowship and keep growing in faith. 

Feel free to use YSC's do.stuff to organize hangouts, reading groups, game nights, cooking lessons, prayer meetings, worship sessions, or even just to share photos from your day, prayer requests, or quotes from a good book! If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the body of Christ is resilient and God can still use these virtual spaces to do his work and deepen relationships. If you are not on the do.stuff and would like to be, please email christopher.y.kim@yale.edu

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Summer in New Haven
Sign up on this google form or email Sang.Yun@yale.edu

Whether you’ll be here for summer school, research, work or just because you miss New Haven, we look forward to having you around. We will have Tuesday Bible studies, preceded by optional dinner together. Additionally, Adam Zhang and Sarah Guan will spearhead ways to intentionally know and serve New Haven as we seek to love the people of the city. 

All this will kick off with a cookout on Friday, June 11. 

Email sang.yun@yale.edu if you’ll be around, even if it’s just a portion of the summer, so we can keep you posted on all the on-goings. (If you already filled out Adam and Sarah’s google form, no need to email Sang.) 
August Pre-Semester Retreat
Friday, August 27-Monday, August 30
Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/yscaugust2021


As we look toward the fall semester, our initial priority is to provide the space and time for us to reconnect as a community and enter the school year with collective spiritual vision. To this end, we have begun planning an extended retreat right before dorms open. 

If the Yale schedule remains as announced, staff will be ready to receive you in New Haven on Fri, Aug 27, and transport everyone to a nearby retreat center. All day Friday will simply be a time to be with one another
games, walks, movie nights, late-night convos. Starting on Saturday, we’ll discuss and prepare for the year ahead. We will wrap up and bring you back to campus on Monday morning (Aug 30). 

We are so excited at the prospect of being in person and walking together as a community next year. 

Here is an initial RSVP form (with FAQs that might help)
we know you might not know your August plans yet, but we wanted to get as much info to you as you book flights and plan travel back to New Haven.

We also know the FAQs won't answer for every person's situation, so if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to contact lara.takasugi@yale.edu
Welcome Cards to Connect
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If you aren't already receiving this Ebody or do.stuff emails, but would like to so that you can know the up-to-date happenings of YSC, fill out this welcome card!

Additionally, if you haven't received information about small groups, or would like to connect with an upperclassman to talk about YSC or meet with someone to talk about what it means to know God, we also invite you to fill out this welcome card and someone will contact you! 

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