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SUMMER 2023 NEWSLETTER | CHAPTER + ELECTION UPDATES

Hello ladies of Theta Alpha!

We hope you're enjoying your summer season and thank you for your prayerful participation in electing the newest members of our Theta Alpha National Board. Here are a couple updates surrounding our sisterhood!

BETA CHAPTER UPDATES


Congratulations to our recent Spring 2023 Graduates! We are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for each of you.

• Rachel Edwards

• Katelynd Jones

• Kelsey Kilpatrick

• Victoria Lutz

• Megan Stowers


Welcome our new Officers for 2023-2024:

• President: Merritt Reece

• Chaplain: Colleen Martin

• Treasurer: Julia Quinones

• Secretary: Rachel Farmer


Rush Theme:

We are excited to announce our Fall 2023 Rush theme is "Bloom with Theta Alpha". We cannot wait to meet all the girls God has called to Theta Alpha this semester!


Rush Verse:

"Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you."

- Luke 12:27-28


A message from Beta's President:

Hey! My name is Merritt Reece and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as Beta chapter’s president for the 2023-2024 term. I’ve been in Theta Alpha since the Fall of 2020, and my life has been forever changed. Theta Alpha was truly an answer to my prayers because it allowed me to build community with other like-minded Christian women like never before. The way God works is incredible and I’m thankful I get to give back to the community that poured so much into me.


If you’re wondering a little bit about me, I’m a senior at the University of Florida and a pre-med student pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences. I grew up in Panama City Beach, FL and I enjoy going to the beach, reading, and hanging out in cute coffee shops.


I’m very excited for the upcoming semester, and I’m expectant for the ways God will work through Theta Alpha. I pray that our actions, words, and outreach reflect Christ and that our continued service to Him will be fruitful and pleasing in His sight. I hope to see you in the fall!



DELTA CHAPTER UPDATES



Welcome Our New 2023 Officers:

  • Francesca Luca (President)

  • Hannah King (Chaplain)

  • Sarah Jones (Internal Vice President)

  • Caitlyn Smith (External Vice President)

  • Bre Niemeyer (Treasurer)

  • Hannah D'Avanzo (Secretary)


Rush Theme:

We are excited to announce our Fall 2023 Rush theme is "A Match Made in Heaven". We can not wait to see all the girls God has called to Theta Alpha this semester and are looking forward to everything we have planned. Our rush verse is:


"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

-Ephesians 2:8-9


A Message From Delta's President:

Hi! My name is Francesca Luca and I have the privilege of serving as Delta’s President this year. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Theta Alpha has brought me my best friends, built my confidence, and, most importantly, helped strengthen my relationship with God.


Just to tell you a little bit about myself, I’ll be starting my senior year at UCF in the fall and am majoring in psychology. I grew up in South Florida so have always loved the beach! Living in Orlando these past few years has given me the opportunity to visit the Disney parks a lot. I’m sure it’s an unpopular opinion, but Animal Kingdom is my favorite!


Looking ahead, I’m praying that in this next year we continue to fill Theta Alpha with God’s love, peace, and excitement. I’m so grateful to have the support of our alumni. I can’t wait to see you at our events this semester!



UPCOMING DATES

If you plan on attending any of the following events, please contact the respective chapter secretary at least 24 hours prior:

Rachel Farmer - Beta Secretary: ufthetaalphasecretary@gmail.com

Hannah D'Avanzo - Delta Secretary: thetaalphadelta@gmail.com


BETA EVENTS:

  • Thursday, August 24th - Prayer

  • Tuesday, August 29th - Sisterhood

Rush Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 5th - Info Night

  • Wednesday, September 6th - Sisterhood Night

  • Thursday, September 7th - Interview Night

  • Friday, September 8th - Bid Day


DELTA EVENTS:

  • Wednesday, September 6th- Sisterhood (7pm)

  • Wednesday, September 20th- Prayer Night (7pm)

  • Tuesday, September 26th- Sisterhood (7pm)

Rush Schedule:

  • Monday, August 28th- Prayer Night (7pm)

  • Tuesday, August 29th- Info Night

  • Saturday, September 2nd- Bid Day & Inductions

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Beta Chapter:

  • To foster a stronger foundation on God's word

  • Prayers for God's wisdom and guidance to guide our new officers as they fulfill the tasks of their respective roles

  • For our sisters to be a reflection of Christ's amazing love to others

Delta Chapter:

  • That we can stay within our budget and on top of our finances within the year.

  • Relationships and trusting Gods plan in what he has in store for us.

  • Blessing our new officers and their roles for this upcoming school year.

  • Prayers for health, peace, and happiness for our Theta Alpha community.

  • That the Holy Spirit works within our leaders to guide their decision making. Prayers for God’s discernment and guidance.

NATIONAL UPDATES


WELCOME TO OUR NEW NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS:

Chaplain: Adrianna Gunn

Internal Vice President: Sierra Till

Delta Chapter Representative: Emily Nebenfuhr


Below is the election schedule for the position of National Alumnae Chairwoman. Please review and begin prayerfully considering who you may like to nominate for the position:


August 7th: Nominations Open

August 13th: Nominations Close @ 11:59 p.m.

August 14th: Nomination Notifications Sent

August 14-20: Nominations Accepted/Denied by 11:59 p.m.

August 21st: Platforms Live

August 21-27: Voting Is Open

August 31st: Results Are Shared


CHURCH DIRECTORY

Did you know you have 24/7 access to an updated Theta Alpha church directory? Here, any sister logged into their account can visit and contribute. The hope is for those who are comfortable with sharing, to share their home church so sisters are able to learn which churches they may want to visit and who they are able to connect with.


If you already have a home church, add it in! If you're looking for one, peruse and get plugged in!



CALL TO PRAYER:

  • Summit, the Nationals sponsored conference for local and national officers, is to be held on August 11-13. Please be praying for our National officers who will be leading sessions to best equip our local officers both spiritually and tactically for the semesters ahead, and please keep our local officers in your prayers as they receive information and bond as an officer core under Christ.

  • Our Beta Chapter presently has vacant positions for Internal Vice President and External Vice President. Please be praying for our Beta Officer Core as they work together to divide those responsibilities and best fulfill the additional duties while navigating their journey as students. Pray for the hearts of our actives sisters and that the Lord may stir in their hearts and lead them to join their sisters in serving their sisterhood and leading Theta Alpha in the plans the Lord has for them on the University of Florida campus.

  • Recruitment season is in full swing, and our active sisters are working hard to reach the ladies in need of Godly community on their campuses. Please be praying that our sisterhood reach every woman on each campus who needs the type of community we've gotten to experience in Theta Alpha. In addition, if you know any college-aged women who may be interested in Theta Alpha at either UF or UCF, please send their information to (UF) Merrit Reece: ufthetaalphapresident@gmail.com or (UCF) Caitlyn Smith: thetaalphadelta.evp@gmail.com

Involved in a church in the Gainesville or Orlando areas? This is a great time to reach out to your church's Young Adults ministry and share!


 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for Theta Alpha as we hope to extend this opportunity for growth in Christ and sisterhood to young women on our college campuses.


Thank you!



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