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September 26, 2011

Hey to all you blog readers!

Hey to all you blog readers!

Hey to all you blog readers!

This is the first blog of Summit Semester, 2011, and I would like to say that though it may sound cliche, Summit Semester is an AMAZING experience! I had the joy of arriving a day early and getting to know Snow Wolf Lodge and all the staff. Then the friendships began, the first three days we were here we had orientation, which is basically, safety, property tour, get to know you games, laughter and student made/staff approved rules, regulations, and consequences. As Doc says, "ideas have consequences."

Saturday we had our first combined small groups in the afternoon and the girls made name signs for our doors. We also started our "dish pit" duties. My team is Group A, a.k.a. The A-Team. Saturday night a few of us when on a night hike up "Cellphone Hill" and beyond to look out onto the beautiful mountainsides of Colorado. On Sunday, we attended Grace Evangelical Free Church of Pagosa Springs and then to a park where we could either play sports, explore the hot springs, or take a jaunt into town. Sunday afternoon, we returned from our adventure and just hung out in the game room or caught up on much needed sleep. That night, we had our first official small groups, where we all shared our testimonies. 

Monday, we started class, and our first speaker was Mike Mandt. He spoke on the topics of science vs. religion, chance, creation vs. evolution, and his personal favorite, Genesis.  Monday afternoon in between classes, we went for a hike up the hill above the main lodge. There is a cross placed there by the Summit Semester class of '06, so we hiked up to see it and made our own tradition by singing the Doxology when we got there. 

 Semester is such a great experience. You get to further your knowledge in just about any topic, develop and enhance your work ethic, live in beautiful mountains for a long time, have great, cool, fall and winter weather (not like we have in FL at this time), and lastly and most importantly, be around people who share your beliefs, become your great friends, and help further your faith in Christ.

 Well, I'm off to do our first assignment for Dr. Bauman while freezing in the cold weather. Pray for us here that we learn a lot and our brains don't completely explode... just part way.



Devon Parke

Plant City, FL


Devon is interested in history, politics, and missions, and hopes to learn how to better defend her faith during her time here at Summit Semester. She grew up on a strawberry farm, has worked for her US congressman, and plays and teaches the flute. The issue of abortion is one close to her heart; she has volunteered in many pro-life endeavors and is passionate to bring a pro-life message to her culture. She hopes to spend time overseas as part of a missions-building team next year, and then to continue to pursue her education in military history and politics. She loves to dance.

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  • September 27, 2011 // 08:34 am //  # 
    Becky's avatar Becky

    All right! The 2011 blog has begun! I am looking forward to keeping up with you all! :-D

  • September 29, 2011 // 06:53 pm //  # 
    Adam Woodward's avatar Adam Woodward

    Great Blog Devon!
      It’s great to see the legacy of semester continuing after all these years.  I was part of the Semester class in ‘06 who helped put that cross on the hill.  I hope you all have a great time learning and growing as a result of your time at Semester. God bless!

  • September 29, 2011 // 08:17 pm //  # 
    Paul Moores's avatar Paul Moores

    Well, well. Another flock of victims, um, students of Dr. Bauman. Have… Fun.

    Summit Semester 2011?! Are you kidding me? I was just waking up to 1 John… Wasn’t I? Time sure does fly by and I am so blessed to have S2 as a memory. Someday I hope to return.

    A reminder: all this knowledge, all of this work, all of this time can be used for your benefit or it can be wasted. I, unfortunately, didn’t understand and wasted some of it. Don’t do that.

    May the Lord bless Summit Semester 2011.

  • September 29, 2011 // 08:19 pm //  # 
    Adam Woodward's avatar Adam Woodward

    Paul!!! I miss you man, are you coming to the S2 reunion?

  • September 29, 2011 // 08:29 pm //  # 
    Paul Moores's avatar Paul Moores

    Well, I’m seriously contemplating it. We’ve got stories to share and trails to hike. The same problem always arises, however- money. My good friend Bob Dylan says that money doesn’t exist. That’s not working out for me…

  • September 29, 2011 // 08:45 pm //  # 
    Adam Woodward's avatar Adam Woodward

    hahaha, too true.  I’m doing my best to make it out. Tickets to Durango aren’t cheap though.  I’m trying to fly into Denver and carpool down with someone. Maybe you’d be interested?

  • September 29, 2011 // 08:54 pm //  # 
    Paul Moores's avatar Paul Moores

    Possibly, sir. I’d have to figure out prices and time off. We’ll see, eh?

  • October 02, 2011 // 10:14 am //  # 
    Luke LaValley's avatar Luke LaValley

    Is that the same Paul Moores who I knew in Duluth? I didn’t know that you went to semester!

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