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Chi Alpha Lets Love Lead with Swing Dance Night

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 00:03

The Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship hosted Swing Dance Night in the Marshall University Recreation Center Wednesday to reach out to the Marshall community. Chi Alpha is a growing Christian fellowship in its first year on the Huntington campus and its mission statement is “Let Love Lead”.

Jeremy Dalton, Chi Alpha’s director at Marshall University, said the event was all about reaching out to students on campus and having fun together.

“We’re all about being relational, being real and being a good witness of the gospel. Even if you’re not a Christian we want you,” Dalton said.

Students from other university Chi Alpha chapters are spending their spring breaks at Marshall helping reach out to get more students interested.

Dalton said there are currently 15 members on campus, but there were 20 students who attended last week’s Monday Night Live service.  The service is every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Marcos in the Memorial Student Center basement.

Lauren Johnson, sophomore communication disorders major and president of Chi Alpha at Marshall, said their goal is to reach out to students.

“A lot of ministries and a lot of groups aren’t really getting out there and going after the students,” Johnson said. “They expect students to come to them and sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and come to them. And that’s what we plan to do.”

Swing Dance Night was one of the events Chi Alpha is hosting this week. Chi Alpha will host The World Games, Thursday at 7p.m., in the Don Morris Room in the Student Center.

Johnson said there will be surprises and that she is not sure of every detail of tonight’s event, but it will be exciting. Prizes will be awarded to each member of the first, second and third place teams. Top prize for each first place team member will receive a Google Nexus 7 tablet.  
Members of the Alpha Chi chapter at University of Virginia helped plan this week’s events.   
Lawrencia Butler, University of Virginia freshmen and Chi Alpha member, said serving God is the main goal.

“As long as we’re all pursuing God and his vision — to be more like him and serve him — that’s what really caught my attention,” Butler said.

Sarah Kim and Allie Finn, students from University of Virginia, are spending their spring break at Marshall to share their experience and vision with the future of Chi Alpha.

“We’re here really to serve Marshall Chi Alpha and make them grow as big as we have,” Kim said.

The University of Virginia’s Chi Alpha chapter has over 500 members.

“Our goal isn’t numbers, it’s quality. We want to be able to invest in the people here, rather than just be like, ‘yeah we got 150 people to our event’,” Finn said.

The girls said Chi Alpha is about being real with people and speaking the truth.

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