After a busy and sometimes stressful semester, winter break is always a much-needed time to wind down, get rest, and spend time with family, friends, and the Lord. It’s great to unplug and spend time by yourself, reflecting on the school year and learning from your experiences, but if you’re missing the AIV family a little, we have some awesome new initiatives to stay connected and provide accountability for one another so that your spiritual journey doesn’t plateau while your work does!
We’ll be reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, one of Lewis’s fictional fantasy novels, about a man’s journey through heaven and hell. Within the story, Lewis does a keen job reflecting on human nature and how the choices we make impact who we become. Whether you are looking to think a bit, just want to read a good story, or are getting bored over break, join us in reading through The Great Divorce and participating in our weekly Skype discussions, which will be coordinated through this Facebook page!
If arts and photography are more your thing, look into our photo challenge! There will be a specific theme each week, during which we encourage you to post related pictures. We’re hoping that this will be a way to keep in touch and see how each others’ breaks are going, despite time and distance. If you would like to participate, join this Facebook page!
Each week, a playlist of worship music will be compiled and shared for you to listen to. Whether it’s spending time with Jesus in the morning or on a commute, worship music can be a huge reminder of truth throughout the day. Look out for the playlists on the main Facebook page!
Wishing the chapter a great rest of the break, in continued celebration of our Savior, and a happy new year!! See you on the flip side~
Registration for Fall Retreat is now open! This year, we will be returning to our 2013 location, Camp Dixie, in Fayetteville, NC where a wonderful time of bonding, worship, and outdoor adventure await! This is the only retreat of the year that is for just Duke’s IV chapter, so come out to better get to know and grow in Christ with your fellow brothers and sisters. Sign up here!
We are less than a week away before our new first years officially move in and Orientation Week begins! While you’re soaking in those last few rays of sunshine and sleeping in as much as possible, we also hope you’re getting excited for the school year! Below is the tentative schedule for all of our kick-off activities, so make sure you’re in the loop, and feel free to stop by at any/all the events we have throughout the week!
***Updated on 8/19***
1. Casual O-Week Events
Ice Cream Floats – August 19th: 10pm Wednesday @ East Campus Backyard Quad.
Religious Life Open House – August 20th: 12pm Thursday @ Chapel Quad.
More Ice Cream – August 20th: 9pm Thursday @ the steps of Lilly Library.
Cosmic Cantina Run – August 21st: 11pm Friday @ Cosmic Cantina, meet on steps of Lilly Library.
Come out for free food and time to casually mingle with other first years and even some upperclassmen! These gatherings are informal, and there is no obligation to stay for the entire time. We would love to see you there!
August 23rd: 4pm on Sunday @ Von Canon (below McDonald’s in the BC).
Class of 2019, this is for you! Come join us for dinner and fellowship to learn more about who we are! We will be doing introductions, and you’ll be able to mingle with one another and meet your future small group leaders. This is a great chance to meet other first-years as well as upperclass students. We are excited to get to know you!
3. First Large Group
August 27th: 7:30pm on Thursday @ White Lecture Hall, East Campus.
Mark your calendars for the biggest event of the first week of class — first large group of the year! Start off the semester with a bang :) We’ll be kicking off the new year with a brand new series and announcing AfterHours. Don’t miss it!
4. New Student Outreach
Off-Campus Dinner – August 25th: 6pm Tuesday @ Bali Hai, meet on Lilly Library steps.
Off-Campus Dinner – August 26th: 5:45pm Wednesday @ Torerro’s, meet on White Lecture Hall steps.
Student Activities Fair – August 28th: 4pm Friday @ East Campus Quad.
Kick-Off BBQ – August 29th: 4pm Saturday @ West Campus.
Upperclass Dinners – September 9th: 5pm Wednesday @ Marketplace.
Afterhours – Fridays, Time/Place TBD.
Upperclass students, get excited to meet the Class of 2019! There is a whole string of events ready for you to welcome the incoming first-years and help them during this transition period. All upperclass students are encouraged to come to FreshStart to meet the first-years! Stay tuned for updated events, and check out a tentative list above!
5. Small Groups
Small groups will be starting back up soon! Whether you’re an upperclassmen or a first year, we hope you can join us for these weekly gatherings where we connect and share with one another. Locations and times will be announced soon.
7. Stay connected!
Keep praying for the new school year, and we will see you soon :)
This year is an exciting one because it is host to Urbana 15! Urbana is a huge student missions conference (over 16,000 people) that is put on by InterVarsity once every 3 years. Wondering why you should attend? Here are a few reasons. Many who have gone from our chapter in years past have all said that Urbana was a life changing experience. Definitely consider going and pray about this opportunity as this doesn’t happen every year! Urbana 15 will be from December 27-31, with early-bird pricing until June 30th. If you register by June 30th, scholarships are available by contacting James Ho (email@example.com). You can register for Urbana here.
Rockbridge registration has begun! Rockbridge is the regional end-of-the-year retreat where you’ll spend time relaxing in the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains and meeting people from other chapters while reflecting over the year, worshiping, and engaging in awesome activities! Every year, we have students who are so positively convicted and changed in their walk with God from this retreat that we highly encourage you to experience this retreat for yourself! The retreat runs from May 3rd through May 8th, and the early bird cost is $320 until March 27th, which includes all housing, food, etc. After that, the fee is $350 until April 10th, and $380 until the retreat. Sign up or get more information at www.gotorockbridge.com! There is plenty of financial help available (just ask early!), which can be obtained by contacting James Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org). Go and be blessed!
Join InterVarsity for our annual spring retreat with students from North Carolina and South Carolina in a weekend filled with worship, prayer, clarity, training, direction, and fun! Spring Conference will be from February 13th to 15th, 2015. There are six tracks you can choose from, and you can learn more about what Spring Conference has to offer and register here! Register early (before 1/26/15) for the early bird price of $90.
Wishing our chapter a wonderful and restful winter break, as well as a blessed Christmas holiday! With the extra time away from school to sleep in, pick up old hobbies, and hang out with loved ones, we encourage you to take some of that time for yourself to reflect about this past semester. What have you learned? How are you feeling? What was satisfying about the past few months, and what wasn’t? Vision Team has put together this document with some questions to ponder upon, and vlogs about some topics and experiences. Check back to this post, as it will be updated with each new video!
Part I by Angela
Part II by Grace
Part III by Zhihao
Part IV by Jason
Part V by Matthew
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Duke InterVarsity!
Registration is now open for Fall Retreat 2014! This is the only retreat during the year that involves only our chapter, so it’s a great way to get to know others in IV at Duke and bond together as a cohesive group!The theme this year is “Called out… We don’t get it…” We will be looking into the life of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first followers, and see what Jesus is inviting us into in terms of our relationship with Him, and what it looks like to follow and walk with Him intimately. Sign up here and join us as we watch God move in amazing ways!
Our first-years and IV leadership had a wonderfully blessed time at New Student Retreat at Kure Beach! Enjoy this beautiful picture taken from the beach house by one of our freshmen small group leaders, Danielle Kwon.
Things can get pretty busy at Duke, so here’s a handy calendar to have around to keep up to date with all the events we have happening during the next month or so. Click the picture to view in full screen (and better resolution)!
You can also sync your Google calendar with our events calendar for your convenience!