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/

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    NEWSFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

    Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

    There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

    This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish here.

    Announcements
    • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
    • 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.
    Prayer Square
    • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
    • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
    • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
    Community Corner
    Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

    All Things Considered
    Some resources for Holy Week:
    - GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
    - READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

    Verse of the Week
    "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
    - John 11:25-26

    GCF NEWSFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

    Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

    There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

    This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish here.

    Announcements
    • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
    • 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.
    Prayer Square
    • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
    • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
    • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
    Community Corner
    Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

    All Things Considered
    Some resources for Holy Week:
    - GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
    - READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

    Verse of the Week
    "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
    - John 11:25-26

    NEWFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

    Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

    There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

    This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish.

    Announcements
    • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
    • 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.
    Prayer Square
    • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
    • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
    • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
    Community Corner
    Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

    All Things Considered
    Some resources for Holy Week:
    - GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
    - READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

    Verse of the Week
    "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
    - John 11:25-26

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    GCF Newsflash! Romance | Friday 4/11 @ 7:30pm | SP Seminar Room

    Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

    It finally feels like spring!  With the new season comes the air of new possibilities, and perhaps a new view about romance from a Christian perspective.  Can Christians date non-Christians?  How can one prepare oneself for singlehood and/or marriage?  Mickey and Michelle Sanchez, Harvard Intervarsity staff and Highrock staff respectively, will be joining us to address these topics and more!

    Submit your questions in advance using this form.

    Topic:          Romance with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez
    Where:        Sidney Pacific Seminar Room (1st floor, to the right of lobby)
    When:         Friday April 11th @ 7:30pm
    Contact:      Sam Elder (970-232-5820 if you have trouble getting in)

    Announcements
    • The weather's getting warmer, so we're going to play some frisbee!  Come out to Briggs Field on Sunday 4/13 at 2pm for some ultimate fun.  Call Sam E. if you need to find the group.
    • NEXT WEEK: There will be no large group due to Good Friday.  An email will be sent out about services at local churches that day.  Look forward to details about our annual Easter potluck on Sunday 4/20!
    • 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.
    Prayer Square
    • As we move into Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
    • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
    Community Corner
    Instead of our typical large group, many GCFers went to Park Street Church over the weekend to hear from Alister McGrath, Gerald Gabrielse, and others as part of an apologetics conference.  The plenary sessions will soon be made available online.  While we wait, check out Dr. McGrath's previous talks.

    All Things Considered
    Some resources for Holy Week:
    - GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
    - READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper
    - LISTEN: An Orthodox podcast and a reflection about Lazarus Saturday (day before Palm Sunday; note that Pascha = Easter)
    - LOOK: Pairing art and scriptural reflections

    Verse of the Week
    "And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!'  And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?'  And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.'”
    _ Matthew 21:9-11


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