WHAT'S HAPPENING at Launch!
Below are some of our current “happenings”. Be sure to look at the items further down if there is something for you to sign up for.
THINGS WE DO!
Thursday Nights Together (TNT)-
Thursdays at 7:27pm at 507 Waldron St.
Large Group Worship Time, fun opener, announcements, break out into small groups after large group worship. Once a month, we will stay together as a large group for teaching from a staff or guest speaker.
Sundays at 6pm at 507 Waldron St.
Since the dorms don’t serve dinner on Sunday evenings we have a time together for food and fellowship before the week starts. The meal is provided by local churches and we have a $3 donation that goes to a local non-profit like Lafayette Transitional Housing.
Typically, we try to have events specifically to reach out to students who would not normally come. Some of those events have been things like:
– Free Sno-Cones, welcoming new students during Freshmen orientation on campus
– S’mores for Everyone, an event held at our ministry facility at the end of Freshmen orientation
– Boiler Reach, Free Pancakes homecoming weekend and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who stop to get pancakes
– Train & Engage, practical teaching & training to help students engage with the student body at Purdue and the world for Christ. Afterward, go on campus with a partner to engage.
We hope to provide cultural experiences for international students that are American traditions or just bringing international and domestic students together. Some examples are:
We have a fall festival where we cook over an open fire, carve pumpkins, line dancing and more.
An American Wedding
This is an event where we invite international students to come watch a re-enactment of an American Wedding. The people who are playing the role of the Bride and Groom have already been married and are going through this to allow others to learn.
International Potluck Dinner
Food is a great way to learn about others and their culture. Each person attending is invited to bring a dish of food or non-alcoholic drink from their culture to share with everyone else.
Typically, in late September to mid October we take a weekend to get away from campus with our focus being to help students learn and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus while also bonding with other students.
Spring Break Mission Trips: (example) Beach Reach is one where we take students to Panama City Beach, Florida, for a week of serving fellow students by giving free van rides keeping all spring breakers safe. We also give a free pancake breakfast away in late mornings. We use this to share our faith with those we serve.
We see Spring Break as a great opportunity to use it for the Gospel by serving and sharing. More details to come.
We encourage students to take the time to go on a summer mission trip that could last 2-12 weeks long anywhere in the world that God is calling them. We raise over 6k with events like parking cars for home football games, PNO, Dessert Auction, to help support students to be able to go.
Giving back should be a part of what all people do wherever they live. Since the greater Lafayette is the student’s community, we give them ways they can give back. For example:
A service project held in early November where over 1,500 students go out and serve the elderly and disabled in preparing their yards for winter. This group of students serves over 350 homes in the community on just one Saturday morning.
Parents Night Out
Students take care of children from the community so that the parents can have an evening out. Each student is required to get a background check which can be obtained through the lead campus minister, Ben. This is where parents can be sure their children are taken care of and in safe hands. If you are a parent and want to sign up CLICK HERE.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH LAUNCH:
To become an active member, join a Team. You can attend any event or weekly activity without being an active member, but you will miss out on the best parts of us.
Student leadership is about being a servant leader. Student leadership team is the highest level of involvement below the student paid internship. Student leaders are required to attend weekly leadership meetings, lead teams, and serve in a variety of different ways. It’s a challenge but well worth the sacrifice. If interested, click on the arrow to go to the appropriate application.
The internship is for students who are seeking God about going into full-time vocational ministry. It is not a commitment to it, but an opportunity to learn and ask questions. There are a lot of opportunities for creativity, but it is a job (with required amount of working hours and pay). Applications are due each Spring. It is a 9-12 month commitment. If interested, click on the arrow to go to the appropriate application.
STUDENT TEAMS OF LAUNCH
SMALL GROUPS AT TNT
We have a variety of small groups for every student. We want each student to feel welcome! We care about your spiritual growth, no matter where you are at. We want to assist you to know Jesus more.
Spring 2023 Small Groups
Jesus on Leadership will give you a better understanding of how to be a servant leader by using the best servant leader example, Jesus. You will discover your spiritual gift through an assessment that you will take and how you relate to others through a personality exam. The book has five chapters and will require a short amount of reading five days a week to prepare for our group discussion. This study is a prerequisite to apply for the Launch Student Leadership Team. The second portion of the study is an inductive but quick study of the book of Nehemiah and how we can see lessons on leadership through his experience and writing. The cost for the book is $10.
This small group will go through different doctrines that are core to our Christian faith. We will examine truths of Scripture while understanding heresies. Our desire is that you will be given the tools to have developed your own personal doctrines as you prepare for life in and beyond college.
“Get Out of Your Head” by Jennie Allen is a study of Philippians. Satan wants us to feel overwhelmed. This study focuses on biblical principles that will help you allow God to guide your thoughts and reactions to circumstances. Students can buy study book online. Amazon Link for the book
This group is designed to be a “safe space” for those who are not Christians and those who have questions about their Christian faith.
This group uses a DVD series to examine the lives of specific people mentioned in the Bible. As you examine their lives, then you’ll seek ways to apply their struggles and victories as they follow what God has for them.
“Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table” by Louie Giglio. We have been invited into an intimate relationship with God. According to Psalm 23, He has prepared a table for two and our enemy is not intended to join us. This study will help us know how to resist the enemy so we can enjoy the rest and intimacy God wants us to have.
WE WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW JESUS
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