By guest blogger Brandon Couture ’18
Lent is personally a very large part of my life. Christ suffered and died on the cross. Ever since middle and high school, I have usually given up cookies, cake, candy, etc. When I look back at it now, it seems like I was trying to go on a diet or eat healthier. In college, I have been able to reflect on those choices that I gave up when Lent came around. Lent is not all about giving up something—it is also about working at something. This Lent, I gave up soda because honestly, I am very addicted to it. However, that is not all. I am also working on patience, decreasing the feeling of loneliness, and most importantly, spending more one-on-one time with God. In high school, I usually had the same routine everyday. I went to school, went to classes, did sports, finished homework, and went to bed. I made no time for God in this routine other than in my nightly prayers. Even as a school, I went to church once a month. My faith in high school compared to what it is now is completely different. My faith in college grew through service. My favorite quote is, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Service allowed me to grow as a person, grow in my faith, and reflect constantly. I stress very easily. If my shoe is untied, I will probably stress about it. Whenever this happens, I do something called “butt-prayer.” This is when you go to the chapel and sit on your butt and just think and talk to God. For me personally, this helps me think, along with pouring to God what is on my heart. From this, I know I am never alone and that everything will get better. This Lent, I want to continue to grow stronger in my faith, and to spend more and more one-on-one time with God, whether it be 5 or 30 minutes.
By guest blogger Brandon Couture ’18 Lent is personally a very large part of my life. Christ suffered and died... MORE
Coordinator: Ryan Bonomi (aka Cupcake, Kittens, Squid, Bone Saw, or Nugget) ’16
Major: Finance with an Economics Minor
What is Elderly Outreach?
Elderly outreach is a local service club that enables students to provide friendship and entertainment to residents of local nursing homes. As a member of the club, students will get the opportunity to talk to, make crafts with, and watch performances with the residents of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living Home. It is a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing students to easily connect with residents.
Why did you decide to get involved?
I have been visiting nursing homes my whole life. From the time I was in first grade all the way to high school, I used to join my dad with his high school Christmas club, the Singing Santas, as they performed at nursing homes. We sang a bunch of Christmas songs while we were there and it always brought so much joy to the residents. So when I came to college, Elderly Outreach gave me an opportunity to do this kind of service again and it has been a very rewarding experience for me!
What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Elderly Outreach this year?
The thing I’m looking forward to most would have to be getting to meet so many new people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the residents at Capitol Ridge better. They all have such interesting stories, so it’s a great experience to get to talk with them. Also I’m excited to get to know the other volunteers better. We have a great group of volunteers. They make Elderly Outreach a wonderful time!
We have our Spooktacular Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st
Every Friday in Campus Ministry at 2:45 pm
Coordinator: Ryan Bonomi (aka Cupcake, Kittens, Squid, Bone Saw, or Nugget) ’16 Major: Finance with an Economics Minor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org... MORE