College/Missions Ministry - December 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

As we approach the Christmas season, there are definitely a few things that we as a church family can do to make an impact in the college-aged community located in Tech, Grambling, and Delta Community. Here are a few ideas:

  1. As a Sunday School class, put together care packages for students. Include snacks, bookmarks, a hand-written note, or simple tension relievers such as stress-squeeze balls. Let students know your church is praying for them.
  2. Invite a student to share a home-cooked meal with you to get acquainted.
  3. Contact the international student office or ELS Center to see if there are students who won’t be going home for Christmas. Offer hospitality — Christmas dinner, time with a church family — to them.
  4. Host a gathering for your church’s college students who are back home during the Christmas holidays. Let us know if you’d be interested in hosting something.
  5. Wal-Mart gift cards are awesome gifts……with a note.
  6. Invite college-aged people in the community (they are everywhere…..waiters/waitresses, cashiers at stores, gas station attendants, retail stores, etc….) to attend a Christmas event with you and your family.

Thank you for all the love shown to college students during the fall! You have generously opened your arms and homes to dozens of college students. Big Free Lunches have been HUGE!!....and of course the food is amazing! Thank you for being a church who loves college students!

This spring, our college group will be participating in “BEACH REACH” from Feb. 28 – March 6. We’ll be taking a team down to Panama City Beach, FL, to share the gospel with thousands of college students who go there to party. Find out more at http://www.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/BeachReach If you’d like to help (or come along) with our mission trip, please let me know!

We love our church family! Blessed to be doing ministry alongside each one of you!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - November 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Hello Cook Family!! We hope you are doing well today, as you peruse through this month’s Baptist Message. Let me start off by thanking all the Connect group classes who have helped us over the past two months with all our “Welcome Week” activities, as well as Big Free Lunch, “Adopt-a-Student” ministry, BCM “Soul Food” Lunch and mentoring. Students are craving authentic relationships and want older people who will invest in their lives….may these relationships bring both sides closer to the Lord through encouragement, love, and accountability!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the college ministry here at Cook? Let me give a few ministry opportunities that are coming up!

#1) We still have a few students who would like to be “adopted” by a family from Cook. If you’re interested in helping with this awesome ministry, please let Amanda or me know.

#2) On Sunday, November 12, Adult 5 will be hosting our next Big Free Lunch, which is always immediately following our morning worship service in the Cook gym!

#3) This year, during Tech’s Fall Quarter/Thanksgiving break, many of our students will be traveling with the BCM to Houston , to participate in “Mission Houston”, a week of ministry and service. Please be praying for safe travel and as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of Houston. Dates are November 16 – 21.

#4) If you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then “like us” or “follow us” @CookonCampus to keep up with the latest news and updates from our ministry. Help us spread the word when events are happening!

Thanks for being a church family who loves college kids! My prayer is that every student who enters our doors will have someone who knows their name and has given them a hug by the time they leave! I challenge you to learn the name of one new college student this coming Sunday!

Love y’all! Numbers 6:24-26 - “May the Lord bless you and keep you….”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - October 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Howdy church family!! Hope y’all are doing well today! John 15 states, “I am the vine, you are the branches…..” What an awesome word picture which reminds me of two things….first of all, I must be connected to the “vine” (Christ) through my daily reading of the Word, prayer time, and the local church body. And secondly, if I’m going to be a “branch” that reaches out, I’ve got to be doing just that….reaching out! My prayer is that through Christ I am able to reach out because I’m a healthy, growing branch which produces “fruit” as I grow. Let’s aim to be the branches connected to the vine.

As far as college ministry goes….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who helped with all the “Welcome Week” activities (Dog Haul, LUAU, Freshmen Survival, Tailgating, etc..) on La Tech’s campus during the first few weeks of September. At our biggest event (La Tech LUAU), we had an estimated crowd of 1,000 students on the BCM property…connections were made and lives were impacted. So much of our college ministry is dependent upon a church family who is willing to reach out and love on our college kids! One of the things that our adult leadership team attempts to do is connect college with adults and families at Cook which we think would be a good “match.” Sometimes that may be through personalities, or occupations, or maybe spiritual giftedness, but it is our hope that every student who walks in our doors at Cook will be loved on and encouraged on a weekly basis by someone who knows his/her name.

A great way for you to get involved with this is through our “Adopt-a-College-Student” program! What a blessing those families will be to these college students! Hopefully, through a meaningful relationship with these families, our college students will be encouraged to stay faithful to Christ during a time when many students are pulled by the “world” to leave their faith and experiment with many un-godly things and actions. If you’d like to “adopt” a college student, please let Amanda or me know. You can register on our church website www.cookbc.org or thru the church app. Our kickoff luncheon will be on Sunday, October 1. I pray our church family would be a place where college students feel loved and where people know them by name!

Thanks for being a great church who loves on college students! Let me know if you’re interested in helping! Love y’all!

Numbers 6:24-26 “May the Lord bless you and keep you…..”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

P.S. October 8 will be our next “Big Free Lunch” and will be hosted by Adult 4 Connect Groups.

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College/Missions Ministry - August 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

COLLEGE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL TIPS: Get Connected To a Church! If you go away to college, don’t leave church behind! God speaks to us through the church. Casually attending church in college will result in four years of missing out on what God wants to say to us.

Looking for a church away at college? Finding a new church at college isn’t always easy—especially if you have grown up in one church. Being part of a College Ministry is important, so here are a few tips for you, whether you’re staying in the Ruston area for school or going away to another place. We hope these five tips will help you get settled into a church soon.

  1. Don’t be a sleepy head!
    First, you have to go. You’re not going to find a church home if you don’t ever look, so it is important to go the first week. Sure, you’re tired. Moving in is a pain, however nurturing your relationship with Christ is critical, so get up and go. The people you meet the first week of school will often become your friends for the whole year.
  2. It’s going to feel different than your Youth Ministry
    Remember it’s not the Youth Ministry. When you are in a youth ministry you will know everyone. College Ministries are always a mix: folks who grew up in the church, folks who attend a local school and are regular, plus a rotating mix of members and guests who change every week. It’s normal that getting to know College Ministry folks can be harder because there are so many different people. That leads to the next point….
  3. You can’t make true friends with one visit!
    It takes time to get to know folks. Good friendships and feelings of acceptance don’t happen overnight. Think about it: you don’t move into the dorm expecting to become best friends with your roommate by nightfall. Yes, it should be easier to make friends at church, but you have to give it time.
  4. Only show up on Sundays and you will never get to know the church!
    Get involved. It is easy to take the back seat in a College Ministry. You are just there for a few years, semesters or maybe just the summer. Why should you get involved if you are going to be leaving soon? Simply put, being an active part of everything will help you spiritually and socially. Take part on Sunday morning, mid-week Bible studies and social events so the church can minister to you.
  5. Look for a place where college students matter.
    Look for a church that ministers to you! Churches don’t have to have a huge program for college students. Look for a church that seems to care about you. Ask friends about good churches in the area, talk to Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM/BSU), or simply browse the internet. Everyone has an off-day, so don’t write off a church on the first visit because it didn’t seem like home.

Hey, Cook Baptist Church family…..the University/Beyond department is looking for families who would be interested in “adopting” a college student….maybe just a phone call or text every week to check on them, or inviting them over to do laundry or eat a meal with your family once a month, or even taking them to eat lunch with you after church on Sundays. Anything to make our students feel more at home while they are studying in Ruston! Thankful for a church who loves college students!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - July 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

FIVE WAYS TO THRIVE IN COLLEGE

  1. THE FIRST THREE WEEKS SET THE PATTERN
    What you do the first three weeks of the fall semester usually determines what you will do the entire first year of college. Get into a regular schedule of classes, study, recreation, and rest. Balance is important. Many fall behind during the period and never recover or they establish habits that are harmful to a successful college career.
  2. CHOOSE FRIENDS BY YOUR PRIORITIES
    Choose friends by your priorities, not your priorities by your friends. In the rush to make friends, many freshmen fall into the trap of connecting with the first group of people they meet and become involved in things they would never have decided to do on their own. Decide what is important to you. What are your values and priorities? Find and choose friends who share and will encourage you in these values and priorities.
  3. GO TO COLLEGE EMOTIONALLY
    Many freshmen do not have a good experience because they are not there emotionally. Don’t hang around your high school or plan your schedule around your former high school’s events. There is more to being a college student than taking classes. Find ways to be a part of campus life.
  4. BECOME PART OF A GROUP
    Studies and surveys indicate that the happiest and most successful students are those who are involved with a campus group. Campus Christian organizations offer a wide variety of activities like intramurals, lunch meetings, large group events, and small sharing groups. Involvement is voluntary and does not require membership.
  5. IT’S OK TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR (or not have one)
    Many freshmen jump into a major not suited for them and get behind by taking classes in that major instead of the basics. Your freshman year is designed to be a time of adjusting to what college is all about and discovering interests and abilities while taking basic requirement courses. On average, college students change majors three to four times. Don’t hesitate to change should you decide you are in the wrong area.

While in Ruston, we want you to grow in your faith as well as become a well-rounded, productive citizen who learns responsibility and what it means to be part of the Body of Christ aka the “Church”. We want you to feel welcome and part of our church family from the moment you walk in the doors for the first time! If there’s anything we can do to help you in anyway (prayer, physical needs, counseling, etc….) please let us know!

We love you!

Cook Baptist Church family…..thanks for all you do to invest in the lives of young adults in Ruston!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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