Archive | May, 2011

No Longer Alone, Women!

20 May

I’m thrilled to announce to the Vision 16 community that Sarah Mazzoncini will be joining us in a women’s support role for this upcoming year!  Ladies, you’re a lucky lot.

Since the transition away from having a men’s and women’s house manager two years ago, the women have been without a staff person to care for them specifically and help maximize the Vision 16 experience.  In many ways this responsibility has fallen heavily on the shoulders of the women’s house presidents, leaving them alone and carrying a heavy burden.  This year we began exploring the possibility of bringing on a female part-time to work specifically with the women; not long after deciding to create the position did Sarah come to the forefront of our minds as the perfect fit.

Sarah previously lived in the Vision houses while attending UW, and after graduating worked as the Women’s House Manager.  She knows Vision 16 inside and out, and has a deep love for college women that is evident in the way she has committed to the U District community.  Sarah recently finished her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific, where she learned many practical skills that apply directly to working with students.

In her own words:

When did you live in V16? Which house?  I moved in as a freshman in 2003.  SoHo freshman year and NoHo sophomore year.  Then I lived in the 5-0 house junior year after studying in Cadiz.  It was such a joy to see the community from so many perspectives.

Describe your previous role as Women’s House Manager.  Offer relational support to 48 undergraduate women as they navigate through their college years.  Provide administration services for Vision 16 through the planning of events, rent management and student housing application process.
What excites you about working with the women?  I believe that every woman as an innate desire to love and to be loved.  Each of us has a unique story that has shaped our definition of what love is.  Some of these stories are really tough.  Through my work with women my hope is to help them see that they are first and foremost God’s beloved.  When women are able to believe this they are able to experience life to the fullest and offer the love they receive from God to others.  It is beautiful and such a joy for me to be a part of this process!

If you could have coffee with anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be (can’t say Jesus)?  That’s easy.  Hands down I’d pick Zack Mazzoncini.  He is the love of my life and my best friend.  His encouragement and support has helped me to live into the woman God created me to be.  The way he cares for others is contagious and he constantly challenges me to see the world through God’s eyes, not my own.

Freedom From Negative Body Image, TONIGHT!

17 May

Hey Ladies, this one is for you (sorry fellas!).

Tonight, Calvin Lounge (UPC) @ 7pm.  You won’t want to miss it!  Click HERE for more info.

Meet the New House Presidents!

6 May

The past two weeks have been full with the selection process for the new presidents, and after lots of conversations, much thinking, and certainly prayer, we’ve come to a decision!  Meet the House Presidents for next year:

Amy Grimm (Trio)–Bellevue, WA.  Interaction Design

What excites you most about being House President?  What most excites me is simply the opportunity to invest in 15 incredible women of God.  I am so grateful to be surrounded by women who are also striving to live out their walk with God and am encouraged and challenged daily by living with them.  I love that I get to laugh, talk, lead, and walk alongside them.

Leadership in one word: moreofHimlessofme

Favorite Book: This sounds like the cheesiest book (don’t judge me), but it’s called, “Let Me Be a Woman” by Elisabeth Elliott.  She is totally my hero and I must have read the book about five times this year. Ladies, this one’s for you!

Celebrity Crush: Michael Buble.  Hands down.  How can you resist the smooth voice and deep brown eyes? And he is hilarious, which I found out going to his concert. 😀

Lauren Facchini (SoHo)–Everett, WA.  Biology (Physiology)

What excites you most about being House President?  Having an opportunity to represent an amazing organization and being able to share our vision with the surrounding community, and of course, our new members next year.

Leadership in one word: Integrity

Favorite Book: “Angela’s Ashes”, by Frank McCourt

Celebrity Crush: Penn Badgley 🙂

Edee O’Connor (NoHo)–Tacoma, WA. Secondary Education, Language Arts

What excites you most about being House President?  I’m so excited for another year at the Noho and being a part of leadership in the houses. Mostly, I think being house president will allow me to really invest in a community I believe in.

Leadership in one word: Service

Favorite Book: I mean, besides the Bible? Hands down: The Phantom Tollbooth. Read it.

Celebrity Crush: Real talk, I’d have to say, Dick Van Dyke (when he was young)

Andrew Perkins (Ave House)–Bellevue, WA.  Public Heath & Pre-Med

What excites you most about being House President?  Living in this amazing house and community for one more year!  Walking with others while attempting to discern what it means to be a follower of Christ, and trying to show this through the way we live our lives.  I am incredibly excited for what the Lord has in store for Vision 16 this coming year and into the future, because it is truly a one of a kind opportunity!

Leadership in one word: Self-Sacrificing

Favorite Book: “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien

Celebrity Crush: Jennifer Aniston (in her younger years of course!)

Luke French (Ave House)–Redmond, WA.  Mechanical Engineering

What excites you most about being House President?  What excites me about being House President is that God is using this house to do a tremendous work in the lives of the guys who live here, by sanctifying them into his Holy people. We move into this house as boys, and we leave as men of God. I can’t express in sentences how much this house has changed my life! The intimate relationships I have grown here are beyond price and beyond my vocabulary. I have one year left, and I want to give this place everything I got. One year! And then college is over for me. I want to give back as much as I can in that short amount of time.

Leadership in one word: Influence

Favorite Book: “Mere Christianity,” CS Lewis

Celebrity Crush: Well duh, its gotta be Tim Tebow! GO BRONCOS!

There they are, full of vision, passion, and anticipation for what will be a great year of service, leadership, growth, and unkown.  Come along side me in prayer for these five as they step into the role that they’ve been called to.

The Complexity of Food

3 May

Food is something that we all interact with on a daily basis; yet for something as basic and fundamental to our existence as  our relationship with food, it is incredibly complex.  The way we choose to eat and view food speaks volumes to how we view ourselves and our bodies, as well as how we interact with God.  The bible is chocked full of stories of God relating to His people through food:  his provision of manna and quail in the wilderness, the gift of food in the Garden of Eden, not to mention the litany of Jesus’ parables painted with an agricultural backdrop.  Our understanding of food and how we interact with it are not simply physical; they are incredibly spiritual and are intimately related to our identities.

It may be no surprise that our view of food can quickly become twisted, and when twisted, the way we see ourselves and our bodies is quickly compromised as well.  I’m in the middle of a book that has opened my eyes to the difficulties of a warped view of food and self, and it highlights how a twisted understanding can look very similar to being in an unhealthy and abusive relationship.

So what are we to do?

Julie Church (a registered dietitian and effective communicator) will be giving a seminar entitled “Intuitive Eating: Freedom from Dieting and Hating Your Body,”  next Tuesday, May 10, 7pm @ Geneva Hall (UPC); it will be a great place to receive solid teaching about how to understand food and our bodies.  Check out the Facebook event page: Intuitive Eating.  The event is for women only; but guys, don’t think that you’re off the hook when it comes to interacting with food!