August 1, 2011
Further Up and Further In
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Contributors to this month's
Dear friends and supporters,
Greetings in the Lord, and welcome to University Christian Outreach's
summer semester newsletter. How well I remember my first summer
household! There were morning prayers, Tuesday night prayer meetings
and a Dan Keating Bible Study. Dinners cooked by guys who never cooked
before, chores to do Saturday morning, and hot, humid nights slept on the
floor. There were epic Lord's Days, long conversations after night prayers,
and friendships built to last a lifetime. If I listen closely, I can still hear Ted
Kennedy begging us to take shorter showers and have mercy on the water
bill! After that summer, I decided to commit myself more fully to following
the Lord and being part of UCO.
If you ever lived in summer household, I imagine you could spend more
than a paragraph reliving memories and retelling old stories. This summer,
25 UCO students lived the same experience that changed so many lives
before them. As we know, the impact of this experience can last far longer
Andrew Davignon is the than the heat of summer. As fall approaches, I anticipate eagerly what God
Chapter Director for has in store for our students. Please join us in prayer, as the work He has
UCO-Ann Arbor. begun comes to fruition this academic year.
A Summer to Remember
Anne Lawrence , Washtenaw Community College, Age: 20
I had many wonderful experiences last year in UCO: participating in retreats, prayer
meetings, a women's sharing group, and other women's events. As a freshman
coming into UCO for the first time, I was welcomed with opened arms. I have loved
being part of this community, and the Holy Spirit has really been on the move.
One of the summer opportunities for UCO students is to participate in a men or
women's summer household. This is a chance for students to live, pray and serve
together for six weeks during summer vacation. In our women's household, we
Anne on UCO's Spring Break had prayer four mornings per week, and our evenings were filled with UCO
Mission Trip with a girl from activities, such as hosting our sisters and brothers for dinner, and other special
Agua Prieta, Mexico!
events. (continued on the next page)
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This past spring, when an announcement was made at a prayer meeting, inviting women to join a summer
household, I didn't really think much about it. But when one of the staff members asked me personally if I
was interested, I began mulling the idea over. I wanted to know people in UCO on a deeper level and develop
lasting relationships with other Christians, and it seemed that summer household might a way of achieving
this. After a few weeks, I felt the Lord gently inviting me to be part of this unique time of fellowship, service,
I have loved being part of summer household. The girls in my house inspired me with their love for the Lord
and one another. During these past few weeks, I felt the Lord calling me to a deeper love for my brothers and
sisters. Jesus has also, very lovingly, shown me many of my faults and failings that can be corrected with the
help of His love, grace, and mercy.
Our household had lots of fun as well. Whether it was praying together, cooking, watching movies, or going
for late-night swims on North Campus, there were always some shenanigans taking place at the women's
What's New and Recent Sightings
We have a mailing address and office: 416 E. Huron St. Suite 1A Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Don't worry, 716 Catherine is still used by UCO!)
Spring Break Trip to
Agua Prieta, Mexico
Women's Summer Household
Men's Soccer Tournament
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I Remember When...
Picture courtesy of John Hughes and the men of 205 North Ingalls.
The crew from the 06-07 Ingalls house never missed an
opportunity to wear something ridiculous. The UCO
masquerade was no exception. Who are these masked
men? From left to right: James Munk, Andrew Davignon,
Zach Mabee, Josh Birk, Dallas Burkholder, Jason Tower,
and John Hughes.
We would love to hear from you! If you have a picture and
memory you would be willing to share with us for publishing
in a future newsletter, please write us at email@example.com or
416 E. Huron St. STE 1A Ann Arbor MI, 48104.
Mark Your Calendars: UCO/Dorm District Homecoming 2011
Dear UCO and Dorm District Alumni, Friends, and Family,
You're invited to UCO Homecoming 2011!
UCO's Homecoming will take place the same weekend as U-M's Homecoming Weekend on October 28-29th.
It's a weekend you won't want to miss!
Friday, October 28th
4:00-6:30 p.m. Alumni Happy Hour
Time to reconnect with old friends and meet other UCO Alumni. Campus tours provided by UCO Staff
Saturday. October 29th
9:00 a.m. Tailgate with UCO Alumni before going to the game
12:00 p.m. Michigan vs. Purdue
Purchase tickets to go to the game (make sure you purchase your own tickets) or watch it with us!
5:30 p.m. Celebrate the Lord's Day with current UCO Students and Staff
Includes worship time, formal presentation on UCO, and live entertainment
$100 per couple or $50 per person. All additional proceeds will go to support UCO.
Postcards to RSVP will be coming in the mail soon! Visit our facebook event "UCO Alumni Weekend" or
contact us to see who else is attending. Please email or call with any questions. We look forward to seeing
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This is why ________
UCO currently serves more than 140 students
on the campuses of the University of
Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and
Washtenaw Community Col ege, and we stil
have more work to do.
Our goal is to raise $60,000 by March 2012
July 11, 2011
to sustain and grow the work the Lord has
As I gaze down the dew covered fairway, my golf partners wisely suggest going up one club
or I'll miss the green. I go to my bag and as I face this critical choice of clubs,
my mind goes back to a time over 30 years ago when this same group of
guys offered me a more critical choice - did I want more of Christ in my life?
Unlike my choice of selecting the right club, this critical decision to seek
more of what God had for me as a freshman at the University of Michigan,
had a lasting impact.
This same group of guys, Ross Martin, Fernando Ortiz and Mark Poelman,
continues to offer great advice that has had a profound impact in my life.
From our first meeting at a Christian party in South Quad sponsored by UCO,
to experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit during UCO's Life in the Spirit
Seminars; together we sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron ( Prov.27:17.) It is
through this same group of UCO brothers that we each met our wives, raised our children
together and experienced the brotherly support that is so rare in today's tough competitive
It is their advice that has helped my wife Kristin and I prepare our children to meet the
challenges of the University of Michigan (Michael recently graduated and David will start
classes this fall. Our youngest, John, a high school sophomore, hopes to go to Michigan). It is
for this reason that we eagerly support UCO and pray that its work will have a profound
impact at the University of Michigan and other campuses.
Speaking of iron (that would be a 7-iron) and tough completion, the advice of my golf
partners, although appreciated was ignored and I ended up in the rough - a great lesson
about heeding the advice of your Christian bothers!
Blessings and thanks,
University of Michigan 1978-1982