Our first week's theme was focused on spiritual formation and community. As our own SAUP family was beginning to open up and entering into this family together, we learned about what an others-centered/serving/encouraging community looked like with God at the center of it all. We also explored how God made us into vessels meant to carry out His purposes for the Kingdom through spiritual formation. This transformation is a lifelong journey that begins with spiritual disciplines and is most effective within a community through encouragement and prayer. Although we may be broken as individuals, God repurposes us through His transformative spirit and empowers us through the support from our community. With that theme, our SAUP group has now become family, all unique and adopted by Christ, and together we are continuing our spiritual journey, supporting and praying for each other.