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Apr
23

Freshmen Sisters Zilker Outing

By Angela Wang

This past Saturday, the freshmen sisters had their very own outing! Not to let the brothers have all the fun with their Corpus trip… We started off the morning with a homemade brunch made by the freshmen girls themselves. Using our five different waffle makers, we ate waffles of various shapes and sizes along with the typical American breakfast fixings - sausage, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and fruit. We definitely ate to our heart’s content! After brunch, we were off to Zilker Park! It was a perfect day for kayaking with sunny skies and high of 80! For many of the girls, it was their first time kayaking. As we rowed out to the lake, splash wars ensued… (Some select few of the staff were the main instigators…) We came back very very wet, indeed. But the beautiful view of the Austin skyline and fun fellowship made it all worth it! Can’t end an outing without more food… Off to Sandy’s Frozen Custard! We topped off the afternoon with some satisfying soft-serve cones and burgers. Hope to have more sister outings again in the future! :)

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General Photos Recap

Apr
22

Friday: Wild Wild West + Basketball

By Angela Wang

This past Friday, we had an all-Freshmen bible study at our 405 building. THEME: WILD WILD WEST For dinner, we enjoyed some pulled-pork bbq sandwiches with some coleslaw and an Austin favorite: Torchy's chips and queso. Shortly afterwards, Sheriff Michael and Deputy Jee came lookin' for the new Sheriff who could protect the town. We had some of our freshmen come up to take up that challenge as they practiced their shootin' skills. (We had some interesting sheriff names...) Basically, we had a fun ice-breaker to liven up the mood. :) John then gave us a bible study over wisdom. (Random fact: did you know that sophomore means wise fool?) Where does one find wisdom? From God and His word! The freshmen were challenged to spend their summer gaining that wisdom and trusting in God as a way to get ready for their sophomore year. After bible study, we all had some fun taking goofy pictures at our very own Wild Wild West themed photo booth! For post-bible study activity, we galloped on over to the gym to play some basketball - tournament style! Yes, that's right, even the girls... We ended the night with a bunch of sweat, laughter, and fun!    

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General Recap

Apr
16

Freshman Corpus Christi Getaway

By Al Jin

Saturday, April 16, 2016. This was the day that our freshman brothers went on this legendary trip. We gathered together outside of Jester and embarked on a three and a half hour trip to Corpus Christi. During the car ride, we shared our spiritual background and challenged one another's brains to riddles. The first destination of our trip is Golden Kitchen, a Chinese buffet, to gather nourishment for the exciting activities to come. We gorged ourselves with steaks and sushi... sorry, I meant we were throughly satisfied with our meal. It was a beautiful day - sunshine, breezes, and no rain! Perfect for some football on the beach! Not just normal football, but all terrain football - touch on land, full on tackle in water. There were many brilliant catches and devastating tackles throughout our game. After football, we engaged in our annual Corpus Christi Olympics Games. The event consisted of long jump, triple jump, and good old foot race. While the oldies pulled ahead with their hops for the jump events, the 3 freshman finalist swept the foot races against the 3 fasted oldies. Following the dunking of basically everyone that moved, we got nice and cozy around the roaring campfire. Thanks to the generosity of a passerby, we received a large supply of planks. We could feel the heat from yards away. As the sun started to set, we popped our hobo packs into the mini bonfire and heated up the clam chowder. There were two flavors of the hobo pack - american (sausage, onions, peppers) and korean (pork belly, onions, and tteokbokki). The clam chowder was nothing to brush off either - even after the feast at Golden Kitchen, we almost finished off all the food. We ended this night on the beach with performances - the theme being what we were thankful over the past semester. There were songs, dances, and skits. Mad rhymes and sick beats were dropped. We could see how much God had been at work in our lives throughout the past year. We went back to our hotel - but the night's not over yet! We can't end the Corpus trip without making a stop at the first original Whataburger. And that's exactly what we did! All in all, it was a great time of fellowship and bonding. This is a trip that'll definitely stick in all of our memories. To the freshmen brothers next year - don't miss out on this amazing trip!

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Apr
15

Friday: Genesis & G-live

By Angela Wang

This past Friday, Kairos had its cozy home group bible study at the 605 House. Some of our students helped to make a delicious homemade sun-dried tomato pasta with - guess how many bags of cheese? A whopping 8!! Well, for three big aluminum trays worth of pasta, so I guess that makes it a little better... And we can't forget the obligatory salad, of course! After dinner, we jumped right into bible study time as we continued going over Genesis. In small groups, we read Genesis 2 and 3 and looked for various truth claims that were presented in the passages. Whether it be God breathing into us the breath of life - making us both physical and spiritual or how we experience shame and guilt as a result of sin - we saw how many of these truth claims the Bible makes are very consistent with the reality we experience. As we dissected the passage together, we were left off with the understanding that sin has many consequences and many of us were soberly reminded of how that was found to be true in our own lives. After bible study, we watched G-live, a theatrical production that our church put on in 2012 - with its fair share of goofy song and dance and questionable acting. It was a throwback moment for many of the staff members as we were undergrads when we performed in the production. We hope that this year's freshmen can do it next year! Challenge accepted! Quick happy birthday shout-out to our very dear Theresa! :)

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General Recap

Apr
08

Friday: Gym Night

By Al Jin

Last Friday, we had a combined bible study with all the freshman and sophomores. Afterwards, we went St. Paul's Lutheran School for gym night. It was a battle between freshman and sophomores, taking each other on in various challenges. Dodgeball: Normal dodgeball rules with an added twist - instead of sitting out, fallen contestants goes behind the enemy team to bring danger from the back. Needless to say, it was extremely chaotic and fun. Nico and Karis, our church lead John's children, also joined in the fun reinforcing the freshman team. Musical Basketball: Imagine musical chairs, except with cones. And you can only "sit" down once you make a basket. This cycle repeats over and over while the number of cones decreases until it becomes a duel or a team closes out all slots. Braveheart: Our favorite game to end gym nights. This is a mixture between ultimate frisbee and dodgeball. You can't move if you have the ball, but yes pass backs. If you get hit, you sit down (if you hit someone while sitting down, you stand up). At the end of the game, the team with the most people standing wins. After the main events, we had a freshman vs freshman staff dodgeball game, where the staffs barely emerged victorious. It was indeed a night where many memories were made. I hope you'll be able to join us for our next gym night!

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General Recap

Apr
06

Ya'll come back now, ya hear?

By Angela Wang | 1 comment

Nine years ago in 2007, an unassuming couple by the name of Joong and Susanna Lee came to UT Austin to do some super secret spy work. They came, scouting out the campus with the intentions of doing something amazing... No one would've ever imagined what was to become of their fateful visit that year. In short, this couple left Texas with a vision. A vision that encapsulates our church's vision of having an Acts 2 church in every college town. A year later in 2008, we sent our first mission team out to UT Austin to start our church! And in 2013, Pastor Jonathan and Susanna came back to actually lead this church. For the past three years, Pastor Jonathan and Susanna have dedicated their lives to building up this church - ministering to students and young adults alike with their whole-hearted passion to share the gospel to all. This past Sunday was a marker in our church's history where Pastor Jonathan gave his final message. Picking out 10 verses from the Bible, he shared his life journey thus far and how these various verses had ministered to him personally as he went through different chapters of his life. It was an impactful message indeed as this would be the last time many of us would hear him preach as he and Susanna would be heading back to California the very next day. What better way to send off our beloved Pastor and his wife by holding a Texas-sized potluck! Later that night, many of us prepared a scrumptious feast for the Lee family - not lacking some of PJ and Susanna's favorite foods... After filling our stomachs, we watched various performances and videos made by our church members to show our love and appreciation for Pastor Jonathan and Susanna. My personal favorite was 'Susanna-appropriate dance moves', performed by the older sisters. :) It was clear through the night that many of us have been so personally impacted by their love and care for us over the years. After much much laughter, we presented to them our farewell gifts. Pastor Jonathan got his own Stetson cowboy hat!! (Which he wore proudly to the airport the next day.) And we ended the night by praying for them together as a congregation, lifting up a prayer of blessing as they would be heading back to California and starting a new chapter of their lives. The next day, we said our final farewells to PJ and Susanna and sent them off Gracepoint-style! It was a heart-aching time and many tears were shed, indeed. But we know that we will see each other again one day... PJ and Susanna will always hold a special place in our hearts here in Austin and we look forward to what God will continue to do at our Austin church in the upcoming years. Pastor Jonathan and Susanna, you will be missed greatly. Ya'll come back now, ya hear?    

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General Recap

Apr
01

Friday: Homegroup Hangout

By Al Jin

This past Friday, Kairos had our monthly home group bible study. We started the night off with a delicious roast pork and salad dinner. Everyone throughly enjoyed the menu. Before the message, we had an ice breaker game - find someone near you who can make origami and make something. Incredibly, none of the groups ended up making the same thing; we had frogs, cranes, boxes, and abstract art. Boy were we creative with simply just a sheet of paper. We studied Genesis 1, the creation account. We saw different portrait of God, one of which was his creativity. He created everything from his original design and had great appreciation for beauty. He is powerful, having command over all things with his word and able to bring things into existence from nothing. He is intentional - preparing everything needed to sustain his greatest creation, man. After the message we had extended hangout time. We baked cookies from scratch, jousting tournament, and board games. We ended the night with a game of Lightning which was won by Iris, beating Theresa and Jee! We hope you could join us next time!

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Mar
31

Passion Week

By Angela Wang

Did you know that Passion Week in the Christian calendar comes from the Latin word passio, which means suffering? This past week, those of us in Kairos commemorated the last week of Jesus' life as we got to spend extended time thinking about what Jesus did for us on the Cross. One could describe the mood as somber and reflective... Many of us went through the Passion Experience, a 4D interactive walk-through experience that our church set up in our 405 building. Through it, we got to catch a glimpse of Jesus' last week on earth and immersed ourselves into his story as we were able see ourselves in the various characters who put Jesus on the Cross. As Good Friday came around, we gathered together on campus to have a special Good Friday service where we watched the Passion of the Christ movie. Pastor Jonathan gave a message over what the Cross shows about us and we also got to watch a video that our Berkeley church made over the ripple effects of sin. Many of us were impacted by the message as we reflected over the consequences of our own personal sin. Yet, we saw how God took the initiative to reason with us, as it says in Isaiah 1:18, and actually cleanse us from our sins.  Easter Sunday took on a brighter note as we all came together once again to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. With the room adorned with colorful flowers and lights, we sang songs of praise and worship and also got the special treat of listening to our own orchestra perform! Pastor Jonathan, who was dressed (as he described) like an Easter egg, gave a victorious message over how because Jesus lives, we’re able to claim various truths. Because He lives, we can trust in Jesus’ words of promise! Because He lives, there is life after death! Because He lives, He is with us to the end of the age! And more... Finally, we celebrated with a delicious Easter feast - with unlimited bulgogi and an assortment of salads and fruits that our post-college folks made. What a way to end the weekend! :)

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Mar
31

Eisenhower State Park Camping Trip

By Al Jin

What's a good way to end Spring Break? You guessed it (probably from the title), CAMPING!!! Kairos packed up our bags and drove up to Eisenhower State Park for a 2 day camping trip. We left Austin Thursday night in several groups. One group took a detour to pick up some friends joining us from Plano while another hauled up our pontoon boat. Tents, sleeping bags, campfire. Check. Pot of boiling water, instant ramen cups, and a time of catching up with friends we haven't seen in awhile. Check. After the reunion, we called it a night to gather up energy for the excitement in stored for the following day. The menu for breakfast was... breakfast tacos. Knowing that it might rain, the brothers made quick work of setting up the fire and getting down to the cooking. Kevin was the main chef over potatoes while Daniel handled the eggs, mastering the art of the "one handed egg crack" along the way. While they were cooking, others set up the tables and canopy, which came timely as it started to rain minutes after it was set up. A little bit of rain isn't going to stop breakfast! We set up breakfast and had a wonderful meal. But it kept raining and raining. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. Except in our case, we ate some lemons (and lots of meat) at Jin's Korean BBQ for lunch... Not the typical camping trip lunch, but no one is complaining about the delicious all you can eat BBQ. Afterwards, we went to H-Mart (Korean Market) next door to get some snack and drinks to wait for the rain to stop. Remember the boat I mentioned earlier? Yea, it's time we took it out onto the waters. The waves were rough and water got everywhere, but it only added to the experience of fishing in open waters on a boat. We had a lot of fun, but unfortunately, it was late so we didn't stay long enough to catch any fish. We ended the night with campfire songs and sharing, admiring the beauty of nature that God had created. It was an amazing 2 day trip and we wish you could join us next time!    

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