February 6, 2019

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My very first week in Blacksburg as a Freshman at Virginia Tech was overwhelming to say the least. I felt isolated and alone, even as one of 20,000 students here at Tech. I knew that I needed to a place of peace. I decided that I would try to go to church the following Sunday. I searched online, and Blacksburg Presbyterian Church was the first result. I followed google maps and walked to BPC from my dorm on campus. I walked in the side door of the fellowship hall, and someone, who had seen the look of confusion on my face, graciously ushered me to the Ukirk table outside the sanctuary without me even asking. That was the exact moment Ukirk started to shape my college life. Since that first Sunday morning, I have experienced unforgettable Tuesday nights, wonderful weekends away at Alta Mons, Montreat, and Massanetta, and countless other beautiful moments every day of the week.

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UKirk Weekly Gathering

UKirk Weekly Gathering

I have found that most college students live their lives week by week. Each week we have assignments due, homework to finish, quizzes to take, and studying for exams to complete. From time to time the “to do” list for each week can be overwhelming no matter if you are a freshman or graduate. But, for students in Ukirk we have a place of peace. Cooper House is our sanctuary. When we are all gathered, we create this holy place, specifically for us to be together. Our “to do” lists seem to melt away as we laugh, joke, eat, and pray for two short hours on Tuesday nights. At the end of our time together we discuss the concerns that weigh on our hearts, and together we celebrate the joys in our lives. Each Tuesday night, we all take one step together, down our walks with Christ.

Ukirk is a family, those who come for the food each Tuesday, stay for the people they meet. We become a community of friends that inspires hope and trust, builds our faith, and promotes positivity.

Thank you for all your support,

Catherine Long

VT Class of 2021

Business Information Technology Major

Scripture Readings for February 10, 2019
5th Sunday After Epiphany
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13)
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11