Monday, March 7, 2011

Interfellowship March Mondo Meeting

Last Friday, we had the very first interfellowship large group meeting, sponsored by PEF, Manna, PFA and AIA.  We've done joint praise and prayers before, and joint worship nights, but as far as I know, this was the first time that the groups actually canceled each of their regular weekly meetings and encouraged everyone to come to the joint meeting instead.  This was all student-led and student-initiated -- it was so cool to see how excited everyone was for this joint meeting!  What a beautiful display of unity!

The whole "Mondo" thing really took off, too.  I'm not sure who first came up with it -- I'm betting it was just a simple alliterative device, calling it the March Mondo Meeting.  But the "Mondo" was off-beat enough to catch people's fancy -- there was so much Facebook chatter about going to Mondo, or being Mondo excited, or just simply the word "Mondo" followed by multiple exclamation points...  :)

All told, there were around 250 people gathered together that night.  And it was so much fun!  The worship sets were led jointly by the worship leaders of the different groups, which led to a wider range of songs and styles than at a normal PEF meeting.  And what a blessing it was for brothers and sisters to be standing and singing together in unity!  The message was delivered by Dr. Greg Waybright, senior pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, former president of Trinity International University, and Jamie Rankin's old college roommate.  :)  He's come to Princeton a number of times in the last few years, and every single time, he remembers specific conversations he's had, and follows up on previous prayer requests -- he's very impressively sincere.  His message that evening was on Christian unity, and he struck just the right encouraging and exhorting notes with us.

I was so thankful to be able to be there.  We had Hilary come over to play with Joshua a little and then put him to bed, so we were both able to be fully present at the meeting, without having to worry at all about our little boy.  :)  And of course, I took tons of photos!

And then just a few photos of the fellowship time afterward, in Murray-Dodge:

And just two more photos, because they're so perfectly hilarious!

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."  --John 17:20-23