Fall Roll 2016

A belated recap of our fall adventure.

Over our reading days, CHoosE loaded up into a few cars and headed for our biggest trip yet. We stayed with Melanie Turner’s wonderful family in Darien, Connecticut. (Shoutout to Mr. & Mrs. Turner for their generous hospitality!)

Here’s a run down of the trip: 

Sunday morning, we sang for Norton Presbyterian Church. With a night of awesome rehearsal under our belts, we debuted some of this semester’s new songs for the congregation! We also enjoyed conversations (and donut holes) between services.

After church, we took a train from Darien into the big apple. For many of us, it was our first time in New York City!

We had so much fun seeing the sights (M&M world i’m lookin @ you), filming for our concert video, and just hanging out. We did two street performances, one in Times Square and one in Central Park.

That night, we took the subway to Columbia University, where we met up with two Christian a cappella groups in the city. Columbia’s Jubilation hosted us, and NYU’s SHINE joined for a night of corporate worship, sharing of our music, and talking about the Christian a cappella experience at our respective schools.

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Monday morning we headed to Darien’s food pantry and homeless shelter, Open Doors Shelter. We got a tour of their facility, sang for the lunch crowd, and prayed for some awesome folks.

 

 

 

 

Then we headed to Waveny Care Center, (Melanie’s old place of work!) to sing for the dementia unit and chat with the residents. img_3970

Last but not least, we got the chance to sing for the Darien Young Life Club. We had a blast meeting and singing for the high schoolers in the community.

After all of those gigs we were ready for our concert, and so happy to have spent a long weekend together. Thanks again to all who hosted us, fed us, and prayed for our trip. Thanks to our God who makes all things possible and who blessed us faithfully through our travels!

Check out the concert video to see some more fun moments from the city:

–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1l_oMNOwgw <–

As it says in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden“. We pray for the Kingdom of God to shine brightly in our own city as well as those we visited, and across all the world. We pray that the light of Christ would not be hidden in us; that we would be a city set on a hill.

                                                Here’s to a great fall roll!

NEWBS.

One week ago, we wrapped up our fall 2016 auditions and callbacks. After meeting so many incredible people and hearing lots of great voices, we found them…

The next CHoosE newbs!!

Meet Alexus, Luke, and MinJoo, the newest members of our family.

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If you think they look good, just you wait ’til they SING! Check out their bios under the “current CHoosiEs” tab. They’ll be up soon!

We had such a blast getting to know them better this past week through our “Newb Week” social events. Highlights include ice cream at Arch’s, game night, girls’ and guys’ nights, and our annual scavenger hunt!

 

Summer Retreat 2016!

After a long summer of work, play, and adventure, we were ecstatic to reconvene for music, food, and fellowship. This year’s summer retreat took place at the Ruckle household in Northern Virginia! It was a joyful reunion and restful week of singing new music, worshipping, laughing, and catching up.

We also held elections for new Sub-Exec positions:

Karsten – Outreach Chair and Alumni Chair

Sarah – Concert Chair and Publicity Chair

Laren – Contact Chair (this is an Exec position!)

Mike – Social Chair

We’re refreshed and ready. Here’s to a great semester!

[Spring Concert] CHoosE Turns 21: Water to Wine

Did someone say free a cappella??? That’s right! Come celebrate CHoosE’s 21st birthday with us!

On Friday April 8th, Christian Hoos Exalt will present CHoosE Turns 21: Water to Wine, a transformation-themed concert with Romans 12:2 as our theme verse. The concert will feature music from Lauren Daigle, Hillsong, NEEDTOBREATHE, and other amazing artists.

Who? YOU!
When? Next Friday, April 8th at 8pm.
Where? McLeod Hall.
Price? Absolutely FREE!

Please invite your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

CHoosE Winter Retreat

After taking a month off from school, CHoosE has finally come back together for winter retreat at the Elzinga Family’s lake residence! Over the course of three days, we worked out administrative details, fellowshipped with each other, and above all, worshipped the Lord for what He has done and what is to come. Below are some highlights from the weekend.

IMG_8242Katherine Seidl returns to CHoosE from a semester abroad in New Zealand.

IMG_8320With hours of rehearsal each day, some CHoosiEs began to burn out.

IMG_8484Ready to take on the upcoming semester.

IMG_8500With smiles, laughter, and joy, of course.

IMG_20160116_182034The whole world is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. -Psalm 65:8

To see more photos, check out our Facebook page!