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Sydney Jones - January 2021

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Some general plans for the semester...
 -UTC students start their spring semester on January 19. We expect to be in person this semester just like last semester as long as no major changes take place regarding the pandemic.
 -I will continue to lead freshmen girls in Bible study and begin discipleship with them this semester. I am very excited to start discipleship with these girls because I got so much growth and love out of being disciples my freshman year.
 -The staff team is working to have a "more traditional" weekly meeting this semester on Thursdays. Details and logistics are still in the making but our plan is to have smaller groups that meet weekly to worship, listen to a lesson, discuss and grow together.
 -Sewanee students start classes February 1st and we will continue to coach and disciple them weekly via Zoom. 

Winter Conference looks a bit different this year because of COVID. Instead of our usual end of the year, four-day conference in Greensboro, North Carolina,  Cru is offering an online experience for February 5th and 6th. We are sad to have missed the typical excitement of WC ending in the classic New Year's Eve dance party, but are eager to host a weekend for our students to fellowship and learn. Our staff team is working to present the option of gathering as a local movement to watch the conference in one place so students can discuss the content they are hearing, have fun together, and enjoy some aspects of the original WC.

If you are wanting to read more this year, here are a few books I have read and loved! Many of these books were given to me or suggested by friends, family, or coworkers and have helped shape my spiritual growth over the past few years:


  • The Finishers by Roger Hershey and Jason Weimer
  • Go Do Say Give by Keith Bubalo
  • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt


  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for A Creator by Lee Strobel

About God

  • Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller
  • Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Christian Living

  • Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman
  • What are You Waiting For? by Dannah Gresh
  • Flourish by Lydia Brownback
  • The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
  • Leadership as an Identity by Crawford Loritts
  • The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
  • Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven by Rory Noland
  • Corona Virus and Christ by John Piper
  • The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper

Relationships and Emotional Health

  • 7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Allberry
  • The Voice of the Heart by Chip Dodd
  • Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Prayer Requests
 - An in-person semester
 - Planning for summer missions and assignments
 - A smooth transition into the beginning of the semester for students
 - Open hearts and good soil for the Gospel
 - Please text or email me anytime to share your own prayer requests with me. I would love to pray with you over the phone or silently pray for you throughout my day.

9cd1bc1b-09e6-4bef-ba7d-18ab74317750     Happy New Year! I pray that
this year is an opportunity for
us to continue growing and
loving our God in new and
exciting ways. Thank you for
walking with me this year.
Happy 2021!