This was one of the best years for LEAF! We welcomed Julie as LEAF’s campus minister at Elon. We were able to grow together as a community with her and meet her adorable dog Gracie. LEAF gathered for weekly services which strengthened the existing group of students that called LEAF home as well as welcomed incoming freshmen. LEAF took some weekend trips, gave back to the community, enjoyed keeping our tradition alive of baking and handing out cookies for Reading Day, celebrated, gathered at Rev. Courtney’s house, escaped to the mountains for our Spring Retreat, and sent the seniors off into the world with love and prayer as the year came to an end.
This year began with the welcoming of new student leaders and Reverend Courtney, and continued with the reception of new students at the Organization fair. The fall retreat was a blast up in the mountains and the tradition of baking cookies on reading day continued to brighten the days of students sitting in the library in both the fall and spring semesters. Pastor John welcomed the group into his home for meals and socializing near winter break and summer which was a fantastic bonding experience. Reverend Courtney was formally welcomed to Elon in the beginning of the spring semester. LEAF helped put together a Mardis Gras celebration with the Catholic ministry on campus. As the year wound down, the spring retreat brought the group out to the beach for rest and group bonding. It was an exciting year full of new and old traditions working together as one.
LEAF went on its first retreat this past weekend. We traveled to Oak Island and spent 2 nights there. Pastor David led sessions based on the beatitudes. Thankfully, we had great weather the whole time there and were able to spend Saturday lounging at the beach!
For Roots this week, Pastor David and seven students traveled to Loaves and Fishes in Burlington. We packed bags full of food which were to go out to needy families in the area. We had a lot of fun seeing just how much we could pack into our paper bags!
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Just as Pastor Weinbach does every semester during finals, LEAF is invited to the Weinbach home for a dinner party. The food was absolutely delicious and conversation was wonderful.
December 12, 2010
Every reading day, LEAF gets together and bakes cookies to hand out later that night to those studying in the Belk library. Finals are a crazy time, and LEAF tries to help relieve some of that stress.
December 8, 2010
Just to give you an idea, some photos of a typical LEAF Sunday (again provided by our full-time part-time unofficial LEAF photographer, Larry Vellani):