By Lily Cheng | 2 comments
Dear a2f 2012-2013 Council, We want to thank each of you for your hard work throughout this school year! For those of you who don’t know, our current 2012-2013 council – which not only represents a2f in inter-fellowship events such as Unity in Christ, but also bands our fellowship together by handling logistics like room reservations, budget assembly, and flyering organization – includes seniors Hernan Kim , Daniel Lee, Yinyin Wang, and Michell Miu. As students part of a2f, we have directly reaped the rewards of your diligence, faithfulness, and commitment; therefore, we hope to follow in your footsteps to honor your original commitment to us by “[becoming] all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). The 2013-2014 council – Daniel Wu, Johnson Pau, Sharon Tung, Charissa Wan, and Lily Cheng – is excited to serve a2f, but has big shoes to fill. They will follow in your footsteps (in their big shoes, ha ha), just you wait! Love, acts2fellowship
By Joseph Wan
Hello everyone! There are some exciting (and sad) transitions happening to a2f in the next few weeks. Due to the demands of different needs in a2f and its sister fellowships, especially with the upcoming UCLA church plant in the Fall, there will be staff and students changes. Here is a rundown of some of the changes to look out for: 1. a2f//ONE and a2f//TWO will be combining back into one fellowship. This will be a great chance for the freshmen from each half to get to know each other. For the rest of us, it's bound to be a big, happy reunion! 2. Richard and Jeanne Tay will be leading a contingent of juniors to join [make]new fellowship. We'll miss their presence, but we send them off hoping they will be a great blessing to our sister fellowship. Will and Andrea Sam from ISF (International Student Fellowship) will be joining a2f! 3. Eugene and Cynthia Peng will be moving to IUSM (International Undergraduate Student Ministry). We believe they will transition quickly, especially Eugene whose Taiwanese identity will be put to good use. Hopefully he gets along well with the mainlanders! 4. There are also plenty of internal staff changes happening to fill in the need as we send out a team of our staff to help start the UCLA church plant this fall. We're looking forward to all the ways God will be using all the changes to further showering his blessings on us. Even though we'll be missing those leaving us, we'll continue to keep in contact with them and pray for them!
By Joseph Wan | 2 comments
a2f//ONE headed up to Yosemite for a weekend of fun this past week. As they hiked the trails, they walked the paths blazed by many before them... and posed for pictures in the same places. Speaking of old pictures, try and guess the identity of the person on the left! Just try! For more throwback pictures, click this LINK to see the rest on our a2fBerkeley Tumblr page!
By Joseph Wan
Hello everyone, Welcome back from Spring Break! Though it might be a late welcome back as we know many of you are already back in the thick of midterms. This Spring Break, A2F One and A2F Two went on various exciting trips up and down the coast. a2f/ONE Sophomore Bros - Three-day, two-night trip to Brosemite! Hiking through the beautiful Yosemite forests, scaling high peaks, striking various poses along the way, and enjoying our luxurious Yosemite house! For the full Brosemite adventure, look through the Flickr collection here: LINK a2f/ONE Sophomore Sisters: Day trip to Monterey! Visited scenic Carmel-by-the-Sea, chilled at the beach playing football, and ate delicious clam chowder. For the full Monterey adventure, look through the Flickr collection here: LINK a2f/TWO Junior Bros - Three-day, two-night trip to Oregon! Driving up and up through NorCal and Oregon, lodging in a snow-surrounded cabin, eating monstrous amounts of meat, snowshoeing above Crater Lake, and crawling into the depths of the Lava Beds cave system! For the full Oregon adventure, look through the Flickr collection here: LINK Photo teasers: a2f/ONE Sophomore Bros a2f/ONE Sophomore Sisters a2f/TWO Junior Bros
By Joseph Wan | 1 comment
On Easter Sunday last week, a2f/TWO enjoyed home-made desserts at Kenny and Jiseon Choi's house in Alameda. It was a dessert potluck of sorts. We couldn't resist sharing this cute confection created by juniors Zhiriong Gong and Johnson Pau: Minion Cupcakes!
By Lily Cheng | 1 comment
On Valentine’s Day, our church visited elderly and convalescent homes in small groups for our Valentine’s Day of Compassion. Our tradition of visiting these homes began in 2006 when we decided that, instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with merely chocolates and flowers, we wanted to celebrate God’s love and spend time with the elderly. After arriving at the elderly homes, we first spent time getting to know the residents personally. Many of us had meaningful conversations with them, receiving the privilege of hearing about their pasts, hopes, families, spiritual lives, and lives. While some of our staff or upperclassmen gave messages about Christ’s love for us on the cross, others visited the individual rooms to get to know and sing to other residents. We were reminded of Christ’s love for each of us and also experienced the joy of obeying God’s call for us to love. Both the urgency of receiving forgiveness from Christ and God’s incredible redemption over our broken lives became clear to us through this opportunity to love. And now, even as it is no longer Valentine’s Day, we strive to reflect God’s faithfulness in our lives as well as God’s love for us. If you have any experiences or stories that touched you, please share them here so we could all share in the excitement of hearing of God’s faithfulness!
By Joseph Wan
Tune in to the Official ‘Unofficial’ A2F Tumblr and check out some of the admittedly awesome and undoubtedly crazy things we do during the week. Whether it’s the delicious (and often unhealthy) food we cook up, the wacky events we hold after Bible Study, or the important and meaningful events we’ve been so blessed to share, our Tumblr is just another place to memorialize the life we live together in our Acts 2 community. But don’t just keep up to date with the weekly shenanigans, come on in and join in the fun!
By Joseph Wan
Happy Lunar New Years! Two weeks late, but it’s the thought that counts, right? To all of you who were fortunate enough to go home last weekend, welcome back and we hope you had a great time! Those of us still here in Berkeley had our own Lunar New Years celebrations. That’s right. You guessed it. Dumpling making party! After devouring round after round of dumplings, we relaxed with some games and simple lounging around. All would agree it was a food-filled, fun-filled, and relaxing end to the lunar year. Happy Lunar New Years to everyone and we’re looking forward to another great year together!
By Lily Cheng
Last Friday, we had our a2f/TWO Spring Welcome Night, themed “Doors.” After having dinner together, we started off our night with a “Soularium” activity, where we each personally selected a photo that best answered the question, “What do you envision for your future?” “Soularium” opened up the door for Kenny’s message on, well, doors. Kenny depicted our constant pursuit of the purpose of life as analogous to constantly searching for the right door – we test out the waters with doors that lead to different paths, yet we are simply searching for the door that leads to a purposeful life worth living. After he gave his own testimony of being dissatisfied with a life devoted to academic success, and later finding his purpose in God’s call for him, he urged us to think about the urgency of life and the reality that we cannot forever sample little bits of each door. We wrapped up the night with an intense competition of balance, civil-engineering skills, “strength,” and ESP. In a glorious battle of incredible dignity, some of the brothers even had balloons taped onto them as “muscles” and fought it out with one another by destroying one another’s muscles. What a night! – a profound message, truth spoken (those rolled up newspaper balls hurled at one another), practical academic training (Casey putting those civil engineering skills to good use), and bonding with one another.