It’s been a great start to the year, but the best news is there’s still lots of awesome opportunities to come!
Check out the calendar page for info about volunteering, trampoline park, pumpkin carving and more!
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.
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):
Here are some photos from a couple of weeks back, courtesy of our trigger-happy Faculty Advisor, Larry Vellani (his Flickr site seems to have multiple thousands of photos!) We had lots of students sign up and met many interesting folks, so the afternoon was a definite success! We still have a gazillion LEAF magnets left over, though, so ask and you shall receive! 🙂
This is our new website for LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends) a religious life organization at Elon University in North Carolina. We are a young organization (this is only our third year!) but this is also our first year as an officially approved campus organization. We started off only a short time ago, but we are continuing to grow as an organization and as a family!
LEAF is an organization based out of the Lutheran and Episcopalian traditions, but we invite individuals of any denomination, faith, or no faith at all to be a part (hence the “Friends!”) We hold a weekly service in Holt Chapel @ 5pm on South Campus every Sunday, followed by food and fellowship after the service (with home-cooked meals provided by local churches). We have recently welcomed Pastor David Olson to our family, a Lutheran minister who is now serving as LEAF’s part-time pastor/chaplain. David leads us in worship each Sunday and will soon have an office in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. We are excited to have David join our community as LEAF continues to grow.
LEAF also endeavors to serve as positive force in campus life and the local community. Now that we are an official organization we hope this role will continue to develop as we serve alongside the Truitt Center and other religious life organizations on campus, assist the local community through service work, and ultimately participate in mission trips and other long-term pursuits.
We have a long way to go, but we are excited about what the future holds. We hope you will join us on our journey. Peace!