Student Profiles: Sara

Week two of student profiles is brought to you by Sara. Thanks for reading!

SaraHometown: Mars, PA

Year: Junior

Major: Environmental Engineering

Fun Fact: I graduated from high school a year early.

Why did you decide to live in City House?

I wanted too live together with a group of people who were more devoted to their faith.

What is your favorite part about living in City House?

I enjoy living off campus, but not being too far from Geneva.

Favorite shop or spot in downtown Beaver Falls? And why?

The Salvation Army, because I enjoy serving there on Sundays.

What is one of your best memories from your time living in City House?

Sitting in the living room in the mornings being productive with fellow housemates.

What’s one way you have been challenged through living in the house?

Some weeks there is a huge amount of City House related things to do, so I have been challenged to accomplish everything for the house as well as everything else that is expected of me.

If you knew someone who was thinking about living in City House what would you tell them?

It is a lot of work, but if you truly desire to live in community with other Christians, there is no more rewarding place to live at Geneva.

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Sunday Evening Worship

Students in the City House have been committed to having worship time together on Sunday nights. It has turned into a really wonderful time to be together as a community and worship. Here’s a clip from just this past Sunday.

Student Profiles: Janelle

We are starting a new series of student profiles this semester. First up is Janelle – a two year City House resident. Enjoy!

Janelle

Year: Senior

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Major: Community Development (an independent major)

Why did you decide to live in City House?

My focus was initially on the City of Beaver Falls more than on the house. I have been drawn to Beaver Falls since early in my freshman year. I had gotten to know quite a few people who live downtown, and I wanted to intentionally make Beaver Falls my home through moving downtown. Along the way I have been deeply blessed by the community within the house as well as by the Beaver Falls community.

What is your favorite part about living in City House?

All the great people I get to learn to love: both housemates and neighbors.

Favorite shop or spot in downtown Beaver Falls? And why? 

This and That Downtown: a very cool shop just one block from City House with great second hand and vintage items. I especially love the vintage clothing, and I have bought my Film Fest dresses there for the last three years (for less than $10)!

I also love front porches: our front porch at City House and front porches of our neighbors, especially our neighbors’, Mr. and Mrs. Green, porch. The city equivalent of leaving your dorm door open is sitting out on the front porch. During the warm months the porch is where friends and neighbors meet and greet one another and enjoy each other’s company. To me, it is a place symbolic of openness, acceptance, and hospitality.

What is one of your best memories from your time living in City House? 

My best memories are of the moments doing the little things of everyday life together: walking, talking, doing homework, shopping, cooking, eating, laughing, praying and singing together. The beauty of City House is really in doing life together, not only in the extraordinary moments but also in the simple rhythms of the day-to-day.

What’s one way you have been challenged through living in the house? 

It is a challenge to learn how to love approximately ten people, possibly strangers, well. My first year especially, I remember thinking that we were all so different, and yet these people who I most likely would never have gotten to know had we not lived together became my family. It is a long process that will stretch your ability to listen and your capacity for forgiveness and grace, but it is well worth it.

 If you knew someone who was thinking about living in City House what would you tell them?

Do it!!! City House has been the most transformational experience of my college career. i really can’t say enough about how living in this community has shaped me and taught me so much about what it truly means to love your neighbor and to live in community in all its beauty and its mess. It has been a greater blessing that I could ever have imagined.

Retreat in Aliquippa

Greetings from City House. We hope that 2015 is treating you well so far. We in the house have just returned from a great retreat in Aliquippa, PA. Not only were we able to enjoy some fellowship with one another, but we had the opportunity to spend some time with Joel Repic, pastor at Crestmont Alliance Church and founder of Aliquippa Impact, hearing stories of how God is working in Aliquippa and exploring ways we can be ambassadors for the Kingdom in Beaver Falls.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

Enjoying a delicious dinner at Uncommon Grounds Cafe

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After dinner, we spent some awesome time exploring theology of covenant and kingdom with  Joel. After closing out for the night, the games commenced. I managed to get a few action shots of Ninja in the midst of all the competition.

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That’s all we got. It was a really great weekend. Special thanks to Joel for giving up his time to spend with us. Thanks for reading. Happy new semester everyone!