Monday, December 15, 2014

Complete the GCF Survey for a Chance to Win Up to $50!

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


With the hope of better serving you and God through this community, we have created this 20-minute survey to learn about your experience with GCF. Please participate for a chance to win up to $50. If you choose to enter the raffle, your name will not be associated with your survey responses. Thank you in advance for your feedback!


What:        GCF Survey       

Where:       http://tinyurl.com/gcf-survey-2014

Contact:     mit-gcf-survey@mit.edu


Announcements

  • Lunchtime Discussion: Christian Response to Racism. Wed 12/17 @ 12pm in W20-301. GCF is hosting an informal discussion to understand how Christians can respond to racism. Contact: Derek Ham (dham@mit.edu)
  • Our annual spring Mark Manuscript Bible study is back! Come check out the first session on 1/5/15 @ 5pm in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11-080). Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)
  • Friends asking you the "tough" questions? Bring them to the IAP Apologetics Dinners, hosted by IVCF, Cru, and Baptist Ministry at MIT with the Ravi Zacharias New England Fellows. Meets Tues/Thurs during IAP beginning 1/13/15 with dinner @ 6:30pm in W20-308. Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)
  • Enjoyed Large Groups this semester or want to see Large Groups done differently? Contact Sam E (same@mit.edu) to help out next semester. Any level of commitment is ok.
  • Save the Date: Our annual GCF Winter Retreat is February 13-15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend).

Prayer Square

  • Pray for perseverance for everyone with finals coming up in this last stretch of the semester.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester as they tackle new challenges and juggle new responsibilities.
  • Pray for the less fortunate to be able to get out of the cold and see their families; and for us to be generous with our time and resources in others' time of need.
  • Pray for our nation in light of recent events in Ferguson and New York.

Verse of the Week           

For to us a child is born,

   to us a son is given,

   and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 6:9

NEWSFLASH | Complete the GCF Survey for a Chance to Win Up to $100!

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


With the hope of better serving you and God through this community, we have created this 20-minute survey to learn about your experience with GCF. Please participate for a chance to win up to $100. If you choose to enter the raffle, your name will not be associated with your survey responses. Thank you in advance for your feedback!


What:        GCF Survey       

Where:       http://tinyurl.com/gcf-survey-2014

Contact:     mit-gcf-survey@mit.edu


Announcements

  • Lunchtime Discussion: Christian Response to Racism. Wed 12/17 @ 12pm in W20-301. GCF is hosting an informal discussion to understand how Christians can respond to racism. Contact: Derek Ham (dham@mit.edu)
  • Our annual spring Mark Manuscript Bible study is back! Come check out the first session on 1/5/15 @ 5pm in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11-080). Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)
  • Friends asking you the "tough" questions? Bring them to the IAP Apologetics Dinners, hosted by IVCF, Cru, and Baptist Ministry at MIT with the Ravi Zacharias New England Fellows. Meets Tues/Thurs during IAP beginning 1/13/15 with dinner @ 6:30pm in W20-308. Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)
  • Enjoyed Large Groups this semester or want to see Large Groups done differently? Contact Sam E (same@mit.edu) to help out next semester. Any level of commitment is ok.
  • Save the Date: Our annual GCF Winter Retreat is February 13-15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend).

Prayer Square

  • Pray for perseverance for everyone with finals coming up in this last stretch of the semester.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester as they tackle new challenges and juggle new responsibilities.
  • Pray for the less fortunate to be able to get out of the cold and see their families; and for us to be generous with our time and resources in others' time of need.
  • Pray for our nation in light of recent events in Ferguson and New York.

Verse of the Week           

For to us a child is born,

   to us a son is given,

   and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 6:9

Monday, December 8, 2014

NEWSFLASH | Christmas Party and Goodbye to Graduates | Fri 12/12 @ 7 pm | 20 Chimney (W20-306)

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


The semester is quickly ending and Christmas is almost here! This week, we will have our annual Christmas Party and Goodbye to Graduates to celebrate the birth of Christ and our graduating members. We will have delectable offerings, caroling, and a time to appreciate and pray for our graduates.


At the end of the evening, those who wish to stay can participate in our annual white elephant gift exchange. Please bring a $5-10 wrapped gift to participate. Feel free to invite friends to join, and wearing festive holiday attire is encouraged!


Event: Christmas Party and Goodbye to Graduates

Where:    Student Center, 20 Chimneys (W20-306)

When:      Friday 12/12 @ 7pm (dinner), 7:30pm (caroling, goodbye), 8:45pm (gift exchange)

Contact: Gerald Pho (gpho@mit.edu) / Alice Kao (alicekao@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Want to see God move at MIT? Come pray with us! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11 am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (basement of W11). Contact: Amanda Swenson (aswenson@mit.edu)

  • Enjoyed Large Groups this semester? Or want to see Large Groups done differently? Contact Sam E (same@mit.edu) to help out next semester. Any level of commitment is ok.

  • This Friday will be the last official large group meeting of the year! Stay tuned for more large group fun during IAP 2015!


Community Corner


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A snapshot from last year's Christmas Party gift exchange


Prayer Square

  • Pray for perseverance for everyone with finals, projects, and studio reviews coming up in this last stretch of the semester.

  • Pray for those graduating this semester as they tackle new challenges and juggle new responsibilities.

  • Pray for the less fortunate to be able to get out of the cold and see their families; and for us to be generous with our time and resources in others' time of need.

  • Pray for our nation in light of recent events in Ferguson and New York.


Verse of the Week

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 ESV)

Monday, December 1, 2014

NEWSFLASH | In the Storm | Fri 12/5 @ 7:30 pm | 20 Chimneys (W20-306)

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

What does hardship look like, right in the middle of it? Where is God in all of it? This week, Pastor Larry Kim of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC) will be sharing from his personal experience of losing his son four years ago and the spiritual journey that he embarked upon to find his way forward.


Topic:        In the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

Speaker:    Pastor Larry Kim

Where:       Student Center, 20 Chimneys (W20-306)

When:         Friday 12/5 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Sam Elder


Announcements

  • Want to see God move at MIT? Come pray with us! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11 am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (basement of W11). Contact: Amanda Swenson
  • Graduating this semester? At the end of every semester, we like to honor our graduating members, so please let Kevin Ford know asap.
  • NEXT WEEK:  Our last Large Group is the Christmas/Goodbye-to-Graduates Party!

Community Corner


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GCFers and friends gathered for scrumptious Thanksgiving celebrations at S-P and Tang

(credit: Jingzhi; Soyoung)


Prayer Square

  • Pray for strength for those burdened with work, stressed with deadlines, quals, or adviser expectations.
  • Pray for opportunities to give a defense to people who ask us for a reason for the hope that is in us, and to do it with gentleness and respect.
  • Pray for healing for those who are sick in and outside our fellowship.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.

Verse of the Week           

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

James 1:2-3

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEWSFLASH | Thanksgiving Potluck | Thurs 11/27 @ 1pm | Sidney-Pacific and Tang Halls

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so come celebrate with GCF! There will be 2 locations: Sidney-Pacific Tang Hall. Sign up to bring a dish and invite your friends! Please note there will be no large group on Friday.


What:        GCF Thanksgiving Potluck

Where:       Location 1: Sidney-Pacific, Seminar Room

                   Location 2: Tang Hall, Apartment 10B

When:         Thursday 11/27, 1-4pm

Contact:     Jingzhi An jzan@mit.edu (Sidney-Pacific), Sam Perli sperli@mit.edu (Tang Hall)


Announcements

  • Want to see God move at MIT? Come pray with us! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11 am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (basement of W11). Contact: Amanda Swenson (aswenson@mit.edu)
  • Next week: Pastor Larry Kim of CCFC will be coming and sharing how God taught him about love through loss.
  • Graduating this semester? At the end of every semester, we like to honor our graduating members, so let Kevin Ford know. (ivcf@mit.edu)
  • Haven't explored Boston yet? Join Kevin Ford on his "Le Grand Tour of Boston" on Saturday 11/29 (10am-5pm) to learn about Boston's history, culture, art, and architecture. RSVP via ivcf@mit.edu.

Message Recap


Professor Troy Van Voorhis came to speak last week, challenging our understanding of how God is "awesome." Instead of merely "very good," he helped us see the ways in which God is to be feared and revered, and together we explored how that should change how we talk about God.


Prayer Square

  • Pray that everyone can receive good rest over the Thanksgiving holiday and safe travels for those visiting family.
  • Pray for strength for those burdened with work, stressed with deadlines, quals, or adviser expectations.
  • Pray for opportunities to give a defense to people who ask us for a reason for the hope that is in us, and to do it with gentleness and respect.
  • Pray for healing for those who are sick in and outside our fellowship.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.

Verse of the Week

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
-2 Corinthians 4:15-16

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEWSFLASH | Isn’t God Awesome? | Fri 11/21 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

God is awesome.  We all know it. We sing songs about it. We read it.  But does it actually matter to our lives? Do we think about God's awesomeness on a day to day basis? Does it impact the way we do our work? And most importantly: does awesomeness actually mean what we think it means?


Topic:        Isn't God Awesome?

Speaker:     Professor Troy Van Voorhis

Where:       Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)

When:         Friday 11/21 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Sam Elder (same@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Our annual GCF Thanksgiving Potluck is on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 11/27, starting at 1pm! (not Friday 11/28 as previously listed). There will be 2 locations: Sidney-Pacific Owu Room and Tang Hall. Sign up to bring a dish and invite your friends to come celebrate with us!


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  • Want to see God move at MIT? Come pray with us! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11 am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge, basement of W11. Contact: Amanda Swenson (aswenson@mit.edu)


Community Corner

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Enjoying good company and discussion during last Friday's Faculty Dinner


Prayer Square

  • Pray for strength for those burdened with work, stressed with deadlines, quals, or adviser expectations.

  • Pray for opportunities to give a defense to people who ask us for a reason for the hope that is in us, and to do it with gentleness and respect.

  • Pray for healing for those who are sick in and outside our fellowship.

  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.


Verse of the Week

But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me,

And my Lord has forgotten me."

"Can a woman forget her nursing child,

And not have compassion on the son of her womb?

Surely they may forget,

Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

Your walls are continually before Me.

Is 49.14-16


Monday, November 10, 2014

NEWSFLASH | Faculty Dinner | Fri 11/14 @ 6:30pm | Sidney-Pacific Seminar Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Our semi-annual Faculty Dinner is here again! Don't miss out this great opportunity to meet the Christian faculty at MIT, soak up wisdom, and share encouraging stories with each other. All are welcomed, so please feel free to invite your labmates, classmates, and friends.


Topic:        Faculty Dinner

Where:       Sidney-Pacific Seminar Room (NW-86)

When:         Friday 11/14 @ 6:30pm (NOTE EARLIER START)

Contact:     Sam Elder


Announcements

  • Want to see God move at MIT? Come PRAY! Every Monday 8:30-9:30am and Saturday 10-11am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge, basement of W11. Contact: Amanda Swenson
  • Save the Date: The annual GCF Thanksgiving Potluck is on Friday November 28. More details to come in the following weeks.

Message Recap

During last Friday's Large Group, Pastor Bland Mason from City on a Hill Church spoke to GCF and ACF (Asian Christian Fellowship) about where Christ's followers should put their identity, self-worth, and sense of purpose. Especially in this busy season of school, it was good to be reminded of our identity as disciples of Christ, saved and redeemed. To read more on this topic, check out John Piper's post. (Thanks Frank for the recap!)


Prayer Square

  • Pray that we will find and root our identities in Christ.
  • Pray for spiritual refreshment and joy for those who are feeling weary and burdened.
  • Pray for small groups that they will 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

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

-2 Peter 3:9