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03Dec 14

A Lament for Ferguson

In the first week after the decision by a grand jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of Michael Brown I struggled to sort through my reaction and think of what to say in response. Pastor Erica, my wife and co-pastor, wisely suggested that we orient our first worship service after the verdict around lament. The act of prayerful lament is very fitting during Advent. In Advent we call out from the darkness of our current situation and hold onto hope that Christ is coming to break into our world with light and grace. So on Sunday, November 30, 2014 I shared these words as a personal lament for Ferguson. They do not reflect an official position of Pres House or represent all of the opinions of our diverse community. They are my own words of sadness, anger, confession...and ultimately hope. - Pastor Mark (You can listen to…

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28Oct 14

A Thankful Update from Hannah in Zambia

Dear Pres House, Dear, dear friends! I think of you often as I picture what stage of the year you are encountering, from kick-off to midterms to Fall Retreat. My YAV coordinator recently asked me about a moment I’ve experience God lately, and what came to mind was that I recently downloaded the Pres House worship playlist (aka 10,000 Reasons, Beautiful Things, etc) and it was in those moments, listening to those songs which made me feel so complete, with my feet both back home and Zambia, that God was most clear to me. Two months ago to this day I left on this journey to Zambia, leaving with your thoughts, prayers, and financial support. Since then each day has been full—full of new people who morphed into family and friends; full of eye-opening, earth-shattering realities about poverty and the systems of the world; full of nshima—Zambian food; full of…

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25Aug 14

Young Adult Volunteer – Hannah in Zambia!

In just a couple of days, Pres House alum Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey will be arriving in Lusaka, Zambia to begin a year of service through the Young Adult Volunteer program of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. We at Pres House are excited to be supporting her through prayer and finances as Hannah embarks on this journey. We invite you to follow Hannah's journey through her blog. And hey, maybe you want to consider becoming a Young Adult Volunteer in the near future too!

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18Aug 14

What Romans 16 has to do with Ferguson, MO – Listening to the Voices of the Stranger

This sermon is simply an arrow to the words of others; the narratives which have unfolded from Ferguson are largely divided along racial lines. Now is the time to listen to the voices which are often marginalized and dismissed. A list of the articles which I passed around on 8/17/14 is listed below; scroll down to the bottom to find them. I will continue to add more as I become aware of them. --E. Liu Romans 16:1-16 - Listening to the Voices of the Stranger (Preached at Pres House on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Rev. Erica Liu) I had been looking forward to preaching on this last chapter of Romans and I had a plan. We've spent the entire summer working our way through this dense and often esoteric treatise and I was looking forward to getting to the end of this letter because instead of theological arguments, we are surprised…

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12May 14

Eating Strategies for Exam Time!

Eating Strategies for Exam Time! If you are like most students, exam time eating often sends you into a de-energizing spiral. Your nutrition becomes a nightmare as you take in your quota of ‘junk’ food during midterms and finals. Getting control of your eating during these stressful times is possible.   Nutrition tips to keep you alert while studying Eat small, frequent meals to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. Now’s the time to have easy, convenient meal-type foods on hand. Avoid living entirely on snack foods as they usually won’t energize you as much as a real meal. This is the time for frozen entrees, bean soups, peanut butter and cold cut sandwiches, ready - to-eat tuna and chicken salads and other convenient foods. Avoid sweets and sugary foods.  If you crave sweets, consider a high protein nutrition bar instead of a candy bar. Choose one that has  15 grams of protein, such as Balance Bar®, Ironman PR® or any that says “40-30-30”*…

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04Mar 14

Tell it like it is – Ash Wednesday and Lent

We are entering the time of year when a lot of folks on campus are looking for jobs. Seniors are looking for work out in the real world as you approach the end of your years of college. And others of you are looking for summer jobs to help you save a little to pay the bills or get some experience on your resume. As you look for a job you will almost certainly have to go to at least one interview. Despite the fact that interviews have been proven to not be the most effective predictors of success in the workplace, almost every employer out there will conduct interviews of potential candidates. Resumes, applications, and interviews are stress-inducing prospects for most people. You have to put yourself out there and make the case for why you should be chosen among the hundreds or thousands of other people also looking…

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27Feb 14

Recent Alumni Survey Summary

Here is a brief overview of the Recent Alumni Survey. We have included the top three percentages in each area along with some quotes from each area.  Many thanks to the alumni that participated in the survey. When did you graduate/leave UW-Madison? 25% graduated in 2013 18.75% graduated in 2010 18.75% graduated in 2008 What is one (or more) of your favorite memories of your time as a student at UW-Madison? “Going to Devil’s Lake for the first time with other first year grad students.” “Break With A Purpose, Fall Retreat.” “All the time I spent at Pres House.” What aspects of being a student at UW-Madison did you learn the most from? The top three reasons given in average were: 56.25% - Involvement at Pres House 37.50% - Leadership Opportunities 18.75%  - Living on your own for the first time How were you involved at Pres House? 100% -Worship…

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19Jan 14

Hi recent alumni!

To all recent alum: Hello from Pres House! It is hard to believe, but almost 10 years have passed since Erica and I started as pastors at Pres House and the "modern era" of ministry began here. We are reaching out to alumni who were involved at Pres House in the past decade in order to stay connected with you. You were an instrumental part of rebuilding Pres House and helping the ministry get to where it is today. We are contacting you for two reasons: 1. We want to hear back from you. What have you been doing since leaving campus? What could Pres House have done to better prepare you for living, working, and following God after leaving campus? How would you like to stay connected to Pres House in the future? Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey with your thoughts. 2. We want to…

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