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Students connect with Christ in young, modern setting
Jessica Huebert
Antelope Staff
Photo by Jessica Huebert
Mallory Mawby, a senior business management major from Kearney, belts out a high note while leading worship music at Overflow.
Photo by Jessica Huebert
Matt Demoret (front) and Jim Russell, members of the official Overflow band "Sundberg" pump up the crowd while performing a new song. Overflow meets on Sunday nights at 7 at the Kearney eFree Church, 4010 7th Ave.

Are you gellin’?

How about, are you flowin’? “Overflowin’” that is.

What’s with the name, you ask? Imagine a full cup of water, so full that it begins to spill over onto everything around it. The idea of all that bubbling energy forms the basis for “Overflow,” a college and 20-something ministry at the Kearney Evangelical Free Church on Sunday nights.

Matt Demoret, a senior exercise science major from Scottsbluff, said “The name represents the love that God has for us and how it spills out onto others.” Demoret is the leader of “Sundberg,” the official Overflow band. You might think all church bands are quiet and soft, but Sundberg rocks the house every week of the school year with booming sounds, lights and crowds of over 100 young adults.

“Overflow is something different,” Demoret said. “It’s not the traditional church scene that someone might picture in their head. It’s something our generation can identify with and is by far the best experience of worship and connecting with Christ that I’ve had. The mission of Overflow is to “connect, build and release.”

“Our desire is to see people connect with Christ and others, build their relationships with Christ and be released each week knowing the beauty of the Lord,” Pastor Kevin Andres said. Andres delivers the message each week. “I really enjoy being involved in a ministry with young adults and getting to know them,” he said. “We would love to have any and all come enjoy the music, fellowship—and of course the free dinner.”

Did I mention there’s food? Well there is, and lots of it.

“I love being able to have a delicious meal with my friends every week,” Jenny Dietz, an undecided sophomore from Kearney, said. “I look forward to every Sunday night. It’s definitely a high point in my week, just to forget about the worries and stresses of daily life and have time with God."

If you’re looking for other ways to get involved, the leadership team at Overflow has you covered. Retreats and mission trips are offered every couple of months for those who are interested. Last year, groups went on a winter getaway to Colorado and a mission trip to Galveston, Texas, just to name a few.

“The retreats are awesome,” said Jim Russell, a junior music business major from Kearney. I’ve formed some of my best friendships through Overflow and retreats. That’s one of the great things about this group, you can just go right up and talk to anyone, even if you don’t know them."

Maybe huge groups of people aren’t your thing. There are also chances to get involved in a number of “small groups” through Overflow. “That’s why I love Overflow,” said Holly Krahulik, a senior elementary education major from Loup City. “There are so many things that you can get involved in where you can have fun, make friends and strengthen your relationship with Christ.”

To get your flow on, head over to the Kearney eFree Church, 4010 7th Ave., on Sunday nights at 7 p.m., or visit www.myoverflow.com for more information.  

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