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Friday nights we welcome you to join our Small Group study "Jesus in the Real World."
We meet Fridays at 6:30 PM at the Active Christians Today UT Campus House (2018 Bretton Place Toledo 43606). Each week our group takes a case study and looks at it from a Christian perspective. How does faith play into real world situations? That's the question we attempt to answer each week.
At the core, our goal is to create an opportunity for our students to get connected, study God’s Word, and encourage each other in their walk with Christ.
With "Jesus in the Real World," our case studies take a tough situation and ask us to consider how our faith and Scripture applies. It allows us to use practical examples to build and grow our faith.
If you are interested in taking on one of our case studies, just show up! We would love to meet you and would love to hear your contribution to our weekly discussions.
Whether you're looking to meet others in your own life stage or find someone to be an accountability partner, this is the place to be!
Possible topics include:
What if you received praise for something you felt was a failure? How do you respond?
Your Muslim friend wants to know if they will meet you in heaven.
Is it okay for a church to violate government policy or laws in order to worship together? When is it not?
A singer at your church simply isn't very good. How should the situation be handled?
When is a hug... no longer a hug?
An immigrant family finds shelter in a church. The police ask you to let them in to arrest and deport them. Would you? Should you?
Is it ever okay to follow the spirit of the law over the letter of the law? Why or why not?
Thanksgiving comes to Active Christians Today on Friday, November 12. We meet at 6 PM for a FULL Thanksgiving Dinner at the ACT UT Campus House (2018 Bretton Place Toledo 43606).
Our menu includes turkey, traditional bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and apple pie.
We will sing Thanksgiving Carols around our faux fire, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, share our blessings and spend time in prayer and thanksgiving.
In addition, we will also add to our handprint wall in the basement. If you haven't added a hand print before, now is your chance!
Following our Thanksgiving celebration we will immediately move to Christmas! We'll set up our Christmas trees and decorate the campus house for the holiday season.
Plan now to be a part as we get set to celebrate the holiday season in style!
Join us on November 6, 2021 for the 21st Annual Barn Jam! The Weaver Family opens their property to this annual celebration filled with fun!
Barn Jam is our family friendly gathering which has been described as a "wedding reception without the wedding and the fancy clothes." It is a potluck so bring a dish to share! It includes so much more including a campfire, indoor snow storm, dancing, giant chess, ping pong, hayrides and so much more.
You might want to also bring a blanket for the hayrides!
Come and join us for a great time of fun and fellowship! Again, it's a potluck - so bring a dish to share!
The barn and the tent are heated - we are on whether it is rain, snow or moonlight!
Barn Jam is always a lot of fun and we would love to have you join us this year! Don't miss out on the fun and we'll see you in November!
Join us for our Harvest Party at the Weaver Ranch at 7:30 right after Jesus in the Real World! This is going to be a fun celebration of God’s Harvest.
For those who do not have a ride, transportation will be available from the ACT UT House (2018 Bretton Place Toledo OH 43606).
We will have pumpkin carving, you can make your own apple cider and more.
Costumes are encouraged (though not required). Those who do wear costumes will be entered into our costume contest. We'll vote on the most creative, least recognizable, best five minute throw together and the one requiring the most explanation.
We'll have the fire going out front (weather permitting) - perfect for s'mores and hot dogs along with great music inside. So, come join us for our pumpkin palooza and celebrate the harvest with us!
Join us every Wednesday evening at 5:30 for our FREE dinner followed by Bible Study at 7 PM. Our Fall Semester Bible Study will take us to the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah. RE:build. RE:new. RE:store. It's all about the "RE's"!
The one theme that clearly emerges from the study of these books is that GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES! We will see that God often uses people and events that no one would expect. Sometimes, the person that God uses may not even realize they are a part of God's plan. Could that be us? Could God use us this way?
When we are open to hearing God and seeing Him at work, we can thrive in Him! RE:build. RE:new. RE:store.
Our weekly studies are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Each focuses on the big issues around faith and to unpack what it means to grow as a Believer and learn the basics of Christianity through ALL of God's Word.
The most important part of the evening is our discussion. This is your chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic. There's never an obligation to say anything. And there's nothing you can't say! It's an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.
During the year we do topical studies along with in-depth study of Scripture. In every case, we dive into God's Word to discover truths applicable to our world. Our studies have three things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
Remembering Dave Warner
My heart is heavy with the passing of my friend Dave Warner. I had the joy and honor of serving with him for the first year on staff with Active Christians Today. From our first church visit together (pictured here), ACT Fall Retreat, Christmas parties, Winter Retreat to the Chivalry Dinner and everything in between, I had the opportunity to marvel at this man who was truly a servant leader.
His joy and passion consumed him and I saw his love of student ministry expressed in everything he did.
I suppose my greatest joy was spending a week on the mission field with him along with a group of wonderful students. I got to see him in action as he shared the gospel, sat with children and... sat with me by the fire in the evening talking theology and the future of Active Christians Today. We laughed at the foibles of ministry, the joys and the sorrows. It was a time I will treasure forever.
What I didn’t know until later was truly how much he loved to serve and how much potential he saw in campus ministry. While working at the ACT University of Toledo campus house I found a letter he wrote that expressed this in no uncertain terms. In it he said, “I believe with all of my heart that campus ministry plays a very significant role in the future of the church. Our future business leaders, educators, government leaders and politicians, media types, mothers and fathers, and future church leaders will come out of our universities. The potential of sending international students back into the cultures of countries closed to Christianity as missionaries is enormous.” It is obvious how much he valued the ministry that together with our students still reaches the world every day.
I admit I am greatly saddened to see him leave the earthly realm. However, my faith tells me I will get to strike up a conversation with him again. That brings me great joy.
Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Well done. Love ya, Dave!
Campus Pastor, ACT UToledo
Active Christians Today (ACT) is a community whose foundation is Christ. Our purpose is to help people establish and develop a relationship with Christ and become productive leaders in God's family. How do we do that? Our students share a little bit about what ACT means to them:
Our ACT UT 2021 Winter Retreat was held February 19 through February 21 at Delta Church of Christ
Our theme was "Called: to a life of purpose!" We considered that hearing the call was important but how can we hear the call without recognizing the Voice of God?
We listened for the whisper of God by studying HIs Word and the different ways God speaks to us. We learned that God speaks through seven languages: Scripture, desires, dreams, doors, people, promptings and pain. We prayed, worshipped and sought God's guidance and discernment - and had a lot of fun, too!
We spent Saturday afternoon walking through 19 inches of snow at Oak Openings Metropark as we all took some quiet time to find a "whispering spot" where we could entirely focus on God and what He is trying to tell us.
The weekend closed out Sunday morning as we led worship at Delta Church of Christ. Our students led in music and provided testimonies of their time with ACT and how God had changed their lives through our ministry.
It was a great weekend!
Here is a portion of the Sunday morning worship service where our students shared testimonies about ACT and provided the meditation and reflection on our retreat for the morning:
God truly blessed in so many ways and we thank Delta Church of Christ for their hospitality during the weekend!