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New club looks to ‘renew’ La Verne

Renew club members sing during the first meeting of the Christian group earlier this month in the downstairs room of the University Chapel. Renew is an outreach Christian club affiliated with Revive Church in Claremont. Renew not only offers a safe haven for students with similar values and views but also focuses on academic excellence and offers tutoring for all students,  according to club members. The club holds weekly meetings Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. / photo by Pablo Cabrera

Renew club members sing during the first meeting of the Christian group earlier this month in the downstairs room of the University Chapel. Renew is an outreach Christian club affiliated with Revive Church in Claremont. Renew not only offers a safe haven for students with similar values and views but also focuses on academic excellence and offers tutoring for all students,  according to club members. The club holds weekly meetings Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. / photo by Pablo Cabrera

Amber J. Guadez
Staff Writer

Renew, a new Christian club, is ready to spread the “good word” to the University of La Verne.

“Our main purpose is to outreach and renew the campus for Christ,” said Renew’s president Lauren Heminger, a senior liberal arts major.

Heminger said she and her fellow officers understand the countless trials and tribulations students go through in college.

Because of this, she said, they want to lend a helping hand in any way possible leading to Renew’s first semester this fall.

She said Renew is on campus to listen and spread God’s word, and they also support academic achievement.

The club offers tutoring to all students along with rides if necessary.

Membership to the club is not a requirement to receive these services, she said.

“We’re here to serve the campus, and also love and encourage students,” Heminger said.

Renew’s first meeting was held Sept. 6 in the campus chapel.

Students interested in learning more about the club’s agenda filled the Chapel.

They began with coffee and brownies, then a lesson was taught by Kevin Macwan, a senior from UC Riverside majoring in economics.

Despite the fact that Macwan is not a student at La Verne, he wanted to help the club with outreach.

“What I do is teach the bible and am here to help,” Macwan said.

Macwan is the college group leader for Revive Church in Claremont.

That is where he met Heminger and became involved with ULV’s Christian community.

Both Heminger and Macwan, along with other members of Revive say they hope to serve the community through the University.

“Our goal is to … engage the campus,” Macwan said.

The club is currently making plans to serve the University and charitable organizations by giving free food to those in need.

They also plan to reach out internationally and provide relief to orphanages in Mexico.

“We want to create a safe environment for everyone and be a sort of family and support for others,” Heminger said.

The club wants to break down barriers and stereotypical perceptions people may have about Christians, its leaders said.

The University of La Verne was founded in 1891 by members of the Church of the Brethren.

Renew members said they hope to restore the school’s roots in Christianity.

“They want to spread the word without force and are very open-minded, welcoming and well-rounded,” Christina Her­nan­dez, senior history major, said. “Sounds like a cool club.”

Renew meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

For more information visit the club’s Facebook group, facebook.com/renewministry, or email Heminger at lauren.heminger@laverne.edu.

Amber J. Guadez can be reached at amber.guadez@laverne.edu.

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