Monday, September 15, 2014

Newflash! Dinner for 8 | Fri 9/19 @ 7:30pm | Various Locations

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This week we are having a special event called "Dinner for 8". We will not be gathering as a whole, but in the assigned dinner groups. If you have signed up, your hosts will contact you regarding meeting location. Contact: Annie Chen

Next week's large group topic "Scholar's Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field" will be led by our very own Hannah Eagleson! More details to come.

Announcements
  • This year's Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12 (Columbus Weekend). EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY 9/19. First-year students also receive half-off. Register here. It's an experience you don't want to miss! If you need financial assistance, please contact Kevin Ford. If you're going, please also fill out our GCF sign-up.
  • Interested in joining a small group? Check out our groups here!
  • Are you a first-year student? Sign up for Thrive - a bi-weekly dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students! Contact: David Kwabi
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join our seekers' group on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Hall 10B. Contact: Sam Perli
  • Come pray with us for GCF, MIT, and more! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am in CFL and Saturdays 10-11am. Contact: Amanda Swenson
  • Love to sing or play an instrument? We are holding informal worship jams throughout the semester. Contact: David Miculescu

Prayer Square

  • Pray for small groups, that as they start they would grow to be communities of encouragement and accountability.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.
Verse of the Week
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
-James 1:5

Monday, September 8, 2014

Newsflash! | Living for Christ in Today's Intellectual Culture | Fri 9/12 @ 7:30 pm | Kresge RRB

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

How should we live as Christians in academia? Professor Ian Hutchinson will be sharing his thoughts and experiences as a Christian professor at MIT. Professor Hutchinson is a Co-Principal on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak Plasma Confinement Project in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He is also an author of Monopolizing Knowledge, a refutation of Scientism, the belief that all real knowledge is science, and a frequent speaker at the Veritas Forum. To guide his talk, add your own questions ahead of time to this Google document. There will also be time for Q&A after the talk.

Topic:         Living for Christ in Today's Intellectual Culture
Speaker:    Professor Ian Hutchinson
Where:
      
Kresge Rehearsal Room B
(W16-030)
When:
         Fri 9/12 @ 7:30 pm
Contact:     Sam Elder

Announcements
  • Next week's Large group (Friday 9/19) will be "Dinner for Eight", where first years and 2+ years can get to know each other in a smaller setting. Sign up via this form by Saturday 9/13. Contact: Annie Chen
  • 2+ years: We really need your help to make "Dinner for Eight" happen (cooking skills is not required)! This is a unique opportunity to meet and serve 1st years. If you already have a team of 2-3 co-hosts, please sign up at the link above. If you are looking for co-hosts, please check out this spreadsheet.
  • Small groups begin this week!* See a list of our current groups. *If you are interested in attending a S-P small group, please indicate your day of week availabilities here so we can arrange/balance the groups.The deadline is this Friday 9/12 at midnight. S-P small groups will begin next week 9/15.
  • IV Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12! Save $10 if you register by Fri 9/19. First-year students also receive half off. Register here.
  • Are you an incoming student? Sign up for Thrive - a bi-weekly dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students! Contact: David Kwabi
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join along with others on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Residence Hall 10B. Dinner is provided and invite your friends! Contact Sam Perli
  • Like to write? We are looking for volunteers to help with Newsflash! Newsflash is the weekly announcements email. Please contact Alice Kao if interested.
  • We try to limit emails on this mailing list to one Newsflash per week. Sign up for the GCF-Fun mailing list to learn about informal or ongoing activities that the community is involved in!

Prayer Square

  • Pray for the MIT community as a whole, that the hope, love, and light of Christ would break through in the midst of recent tragedy.
  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust  to life in graduate school.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.
Verse of the Week
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"
Psalm 143:10

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newsflash! Welcome Dinner | Fri 9/5 @ 7 pm | W20-306

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This Friday, we'll be ushering in the new year with our annual Welcome Dinner! If you're new to MIT, this is a great time to learn about/get plugged into the various ministries at GCF.

Topic:          GCF Welcome Dinner
Where:       Student Center, Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)
When:         Friday 9/5 @ 7pm
Contact:     David Kwabi

Announcements
  • Dessert Socials:  Come meet old and new friends over delicious goodies! This is a great way to meet people in small group.
    • Thu 9/4 | Sidney-Pacific | Seminar Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Tang | 24th Floor Lounge | 8 pm
    • Contact: Nigel Chou
  • Are you an incoming student? Sign up for Thrive - a dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students!
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join along with other seekers on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Residence Hall 10B. Also, invite your friends! Contact Sam Perli for more info.
  • Small groups begin next week! See a list of our current groups.

Prayer Square

  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust quickly to graduate school.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.
Verse of the Week
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GCF Newsflash! Dinner After Activities Midway | Fri 8/29 @ 7pm | Royal East Restaurant

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Summer is ending and a new semester is right around the corner. Join old and new friends for dinner this Friday after Activities Midway!


Topic:          GCF Dinner After Activities Midway


Where:        Royal East Restaurant (792 Main St, Cambridge, MA)
When:         Friday 8/29 @ 7pm (meet at Lobby 10 @ 6:30pm)
Contact:     Please RSVP with Gerald Pho (for rough headcount)




Announcements
  • We are looking for Volunteers for New Student Outreach! Whether welcoming new students or helping with set/clean up, your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up via this form.
  • Dessert Socials: Welcome new students and see old friends over delicious goodies next week.
    • Tue 9/2 | Main-Campus | Stata North Court | 4 pm
    • Wed 9/3 | Ashdown | Hulsizer Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Sidney-Pacific | Seminar Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Tang | 24th Floor Lounge | 8 pm
    • Contact: Nigel Chou
  • Enjoy BBQ and fellowship with all of MIT's Christian fellowships at the annual UCO BBQ on Monday 9/1 from 1pm-3pm. Contact: Sam Elder
  • Kick off the new semester with UCO's Reg Day Worship Service! Tuesday 9/2 @ 7:30pm, MIT Chapel
  • Our annual Welcome Dinner will be next Friday 9/5 @ 7 pm. Contact: David Kwabi
  • Small groups will begin the week of 9/8.


Prayer Square

  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust quickly to graduate school.
  • Pray for the New Student Outreach events that we can connect with many incoming students.
  • Pray for refreshment, joy, and strength for those who are feeling weary.

Verse of the Week



"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Back-to-school#sthash.FlQMZO0x.dpuf
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight."
-Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GCF Newsflash! Goodbye to Graduates | Fri. 5/16 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

It's almost the end of the semester!  For many, that means finishing classes and transitioning into summer internships, vacations, and more lab -- but for some, this means a farewell to MIT.  This Friday is our last official large group of the semester, and we will be celebrating and saying goodbye to GCFers who will be graduating and moving on in the world.  Come to hear these brothers and sisters share wisdom from their time at MIT and to prayerfully send them off!

If you are graduating sometime in 2014 and haven't yet contacted Kevin, send him an email as soon as possible.

Topic:          Goodbye to Graduates
Where:        Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)
When:         Friday May 16th @ 7:30pm
Contact:     Kevin Ford

Announcements
  • UCO Praise Night is this Thursday 5/15 from 8-9:30pm in the Student Center, Room 407.  Come join fellow believers across campus for this great time of communal worship!  To volunteer or for more info, contact Mark Ku.

  • The GCF Vision/Leadership Discussion dinner will be on Friday 5/30 from 7-9pm in the Sidney-Pacific 3rd fl. kitchen.  We will discuss this past year and gather thoughts on GCF's direction in the coming year.  We will also ask for help in specific leadership roles.  Please attend to learn more and/or if you are interested in serving as: president, treasurer, large group coordinator, webmaster, newsflash/communications, Thrive, retreat helper, worship/AV helper -- or in other ways you see your gifts contributing to edifying others in the fellowship.  All are welcome!  Email Peng if you can attend.

  • Are you interested in learning more about other religions in a group with other MIT students?  The Addir Fellows Program is a year-long interfaith discussion setting, bringing together people of all faiths.  They are looking for more applicants for next year.  Contact Sam Elder for more.

  • GCF will not have regular large groups over the summer. Instead, there will be various smaller-scale summer groups and sporadic social events. We'll send more information about those opportunities soon, but think about whether you'd be interested in organizing a gathering/outing.
Prayer Square
  • Praise for God's provision and blessings as this semester comes to a close!  He has been faithful.
  • Pray for all who are finishing papers, studio projects, theses, and more -- that they would remain close to Jesus in the midst of the pressure and deadlines.
  • Pray for those who are making plans for the summer, that God would give wisdom and discernment and that these plans would be ultimately glorifying to Him.
Community Corner
Last week, we had Mardi Keyes of L'Abri fellowship with us to discuss the role of women in leadership.  What became apparent was the influence of historical gender biases on translations of the Bible.  We looked in particular at 1 Timothy 2, which contains vague and indefinite phrasing when compared to the original Greek with regards to the roles of women in the church.

If you missed last week's talk, you can find the recording here.


Verse of the Week
"[God] made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.  He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.  You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip."
_ Psalm 18:32-26


For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website:
http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Newsflash! Women in Leadership | Friday 5/9 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!
Christians with a high view of Biblical authority differ on whether or not women should be leaders in the Church. This is an important question for Christians to grapple with, as it has profound consequences for Church life.  It is also a crucial "apologetics" issue, as many men and women who perceive the Church to be a sexist institution, reject the Christian faith without even examining its claims.  We will be examining Biblical teaching on this controversial issue with speaker Mardi Keyes. Mardi and her husband Dick Keyes are founders of the L'Abri Fellowship branch in Massachusetts. Read her bio here.
Topic:         Should Women be Leaders in the Church?

Speaker:    Mardi Keyes

Where:       W20-307 Mezzanine Lounge
When:         7:30pm
Contact:     EricJones

Pre-Large Group Dinner: We will also have dinner beforehand with Mardi and Dick Keyes. Meet at Cosi, 6 PM. Let
Kevin know if you'll join.

https://owa.exchange.mit.edu/owa/?ae=Item&a=New&t=IPM.Note&email=mailto%3aejjones%40mit.edu
Announcements

  • NEXT WEEK! If you are possibly graduating some time this year (2014), please e-mail Kevin. We'll be holding a GOODBYE TO GRADUATES large group on 5/16 that we hope you can make!
    • GCF is hosting an END-OF-YEAR VISION/DISCUSSION DINNER to reflect on how the fellowship has been this past year, and discuss visions for next year. The fellowship also needs new leaders for the roles of president, treasurer, web master, newsflash, and Thrive helpers. If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, or if you have thoughts about vision, please complete this doodle.
    • UCO PRAISE NIGHT is happening on the last day of class, May 15, from 8-9:30pm at the Student Center Room 407. For more information please contact Mark Ku.
    • Are you interested in learning more about other religions in a group discussion with other MIT students? The ADDIR FELLOWS PROGRAM is a year-long interfaith discussion setting, bringing together people of all of the religions that are represented here at MIT. They are looking for more applicants for next year! Contact Sam Elder for more information.
    Prayer Square
    • Pray that as the semester is wrapping up, God would grant us enough stamina and peace to deal with the stress from school, and to stay close to Him in all circumstances.
    • Pray for those who are making plans for the summer, that God would bless each and every one of these plans and make them edifying to His people and glorifying to His name.
    Verse of the Week
    I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
        where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord,
        the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Psalm 121:1-2

    For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website: 
    http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    GCF Newsflash! Is the Bible trustworthy? | Fri. 4/25 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

    Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

    For this week's large group, we are addressing your most burning question of the semester: is the Bible infallible and trustworthy?  To help us wrestle with this topic and more, Dr. Gordon Hugenberger, senior minister at Park Street Church, will be here for a discussion and Q&A session.  He will be focusing on the historical accuracy of the Bible as a starting point.  Bring your questions for what will surely be a lively conversation!

    Topic:          Is the Bible Trustworthy? Q&A with Gordon Hugenberger
    Where:        Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)
    When:         Friday April 25th @ 7:30pm
    Contact:     Lyndon Zhang and Sam Elder

    Announcements
    • TODAY: The MIT Chaplains are co-sponsoring an event @ 6:30pm called "Breaking Silence: A Community Response to Sexual Assault @ MIT."  It will be held in PDRs 1 and 2 (2nd floor, Student Center).  Dinner will be provided, and RSVPs are encouraged here.
    • GCF has a team in MIT's intramural ultimate frisbee!  We have two games this weekend, on Friday at 6pm (before large group) and Saturday at 2pm, both on Briggs Field.  We could use some more players! E-mail Sam E if you're interested in playing.
    • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of weekly group discussions for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
    • NEXT WEEK: Our spring Faculty Dinner is coming up next Friday, so start thinking about inviting your friends to come.
    • SAVE THE DATE: If you are possibly graduating some time this year (2014), please e-mail Kevin. We'll be holding a Goodbye to Graduates large group on 5/16 that we hope you can make!
    • SAVE THE DATE: This semester's UCO Praise Night will be held on Thursday 5/15.  More details to come.
    • GCF will not have regular large groups over the summer. Instead, we're opening the door to various smaller-scale summer groups and sporadic social events. We'll send more information about those opportunities later, but think about whether you'd be interested in organizing a gathering or outing.
    Prayer Square
    • Praise for a great Easter weekend celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
    • Praise that the Boston Marathon was secure and celebratory.
    • Pray for those graduating at the end of this term and in the upcoming months, that they would have extra strength, wisdom, and perseverance to finish the race well.
    • Pray for those with on-going and recently discovered health issues, whether family, friends, or yourselves.  Pray that they will tangibly receive an abundance of God's healing, mercy, and grace.
    Community Corner
    He is risen!  The GCF family celebrated together at our annual Easter Potluck this past Sunday.  The 24th floor of Tang was full of conversation and abundant food generously prepared by many hands.  Afterwards, some continued the party with Dance Central, with many a dance superstar emerging from the ranks :)


    Special thanks to Adam H for coordinating and setting up the potluck!
    Photos taken by Annie C, Adam H, and Alice K.

    A group of GCFers also cooked and served a delicious meal to our homeless neighbors at CASPAR last Saturday:


    Thanks to Alice K and Heather B for coordinating this effort of love and service.
    Photo taken by Alice K.

    Verse of the Week
    "For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe."
    _ 1 Timothy 4:10


    For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website:
    http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/