The AO House is jumping into the holiday season with full force. It’s hard to believe that the first-week fun is over, let alone that we are three weeks away from the end of the first semester! Please enjoy this digital photo album as a recap of this year’s activities:
Mid September we had our annual fall retreat, this time taking place at the beautiful Trinity Lutheran Camp on Flathead Lake. Our weekend haven was marked by oceanic-size waves, high wind gusts, fog, and rain. As opposed to dismal, the damp weather helped us all slow down, rest, and recharge from the overflowing energy of AO life and the challenges of being students during the COVID-19 epoch. House parents Deb and Jeff along with board members led thought-provoking conversations ranging from self-identity to friendship and community as reflections of Christ’s love. This year’s crew is brimming with strong-willed, energetic and diverse characters brought together by the common desire for friendship, genuine fun, and a space in which to find both, perhaps this year more than ever.
Retreat gave us an opportunity to look at the year ahead with intent and lay the foundations for where it will go and how we want to live, both as individuals and in relationship with one another.
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As was inevitable with a house of 21 students leading their “normal” ish student lives, we finally had a run-in with the virus. Even with masks, cleaning, distancing and all the precautions taken by people of the world these days, one of our members contracted COVID, sending us into a 14 day shut-down. With the help of incredibly responsive staff and nothing short of a miracle, our ill member recovered well without a single other case cropping up.