The first night on the ski trip we experienced the hospitality of two of our own LCM members. They allowed us to spend the weekend in their family homes. Despite being separated in two groups we were able to have a great time playing board games and cards. Saturday morning we all went to sugar mountain and skied until lunchtime when we all came back for lunch. Some of the better skiers went back out for the rest of the day, while the rest of us took a break and played more boards games and played in the snow. Sunday the two groups come together for a church service led by PC before the trip home.
In January the LCM Leadership team met to plan for the spring 2018 semester. During this meeting we had new leaders join us for the first time, taking over the positions. We met out at the Clemson University Outdoor labs and began the training, and planning for the spring. We also did an outdoor team building course. We did exercises on this course that developed communication, trust, and helpfulness. We had a great time, and set the foundation for a great semester.
On December 29, a group of students from SC met in Clemson to make the trek to Chicago, IL for the annual gathering of the Lutheran Student Movement. After two days of traveling, the group arrived at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and were quickly greeted by groups from all over the country! The next few days were packed with fun activities, workshops, and worship. The focus of speakers and workshops ranged from topics such as racial injustice, to outdoor ministry. The theme of the gathering was our Dis/Comforting God. Students were exposed to the ways in which God comforts us as his children, but also the ways in which He pushes us to make an impact on the world. This was an excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual development, and we can't wait to go back next year!