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Happy Thursday,

I hope you had a good 4th of July and are enjoying your summer. It’s hard to believe it is July already. This is the month the big move is happening. There is a lot to highlight this month, but today we want to focus on the coffee shop, Common Grounds.

First – Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to serve in Common Grounds once or twice a month. We primarily are looking for people to serve in the afternoons, 2:45-5:00 pm. This time slot will not only provide the opportunity to serve coffee and snacks to students after school, but also to spend time and build community with students after hours. However, if morning works better for you, we can use your help then as well. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Gina Gaich at or Anita Beezhold at

Second – Menu
The Common Grounds committee has been hard at work planning the menu for the coffee shop. They surveyed the students and offered a blind taste test. Coffee, iced coffee, and healthy (and unhealthy) options for snacks will be available. We are even hoping to offer wraps and parfaits. There will be no vending machines at the new campus so we are trying to fill that gap through Common Grounds. They are putting the final touches on the regular menu but will also offer seasonal options throughout the year. (I mean, what is October without a pumpkin spice latte?)

Third – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Common Grounds will be open during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 20 at 8:00 am. A generous donor has agreed to cover the cost for all attendees to try a cup of coffee at the event. This is a great opportunity to sample what Common Grounds will have to offer.

Finally – Community
As much as I love coffee, the most exciting part of Common Grounds is the community it will create. It is a place for students, staff and the community to enjoy. It is a place to get coffee and food. However, more than that, it is a place where God’s children can gather, look at each in the eye and talk about life. It is my prayer that it will be a place where the love of Jesus can be seen.

Lance is a 1995 graduate of Illiana. He is currently the Vision Director and Director of Spiritual Development at Illiana. He and his wife have two daughters who attend Crown Point Christian School. They live in St. John, IN, and are members of Faith Church.
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