The past 3 years, we’ve hosted an alumni dinner to give students who have graduated from our ministry a chance to reconnect and meet graduates from other years. The event isn’t formal, but the fellowship is always enlightening, especially when disciples are able to connect with disciples who graduated years apart, yet shared the same common experiences while a part of the Seattle Campus Ministry.
This year it was great watching Adrienne Kishimoto and Jackie Ahrens ( UW and SPU ’11) get to know Casey Scheopflin (UW ’01) and Katie Mitchell (UW ’05), meet for the first time. ”Wow, I didn’t even know they were in campus.” Adrienne confided. “This is great, I feel like I got to know people and see how similar our experiences were. It was really inspiring.”
As people dropped in an out all night, we were treated to seeing campus graduates thriving in all the different ministries in our church, singles, young marrieds and the married with kids ministry, West-side, East-side; they were all happy and faithful. At one point, there were 30 alums in our house and 15 children, or future alums, as I like to call them.
When the evening came to an end, I was exhausted, but moved by the connectivity and beauty of how strong our common bond still is. The only thing that has to change is next year, the event must be held at the Church…15 future alums are a bit too energetic for 1 house!