Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Harbor Islands Cruise | Saturday 8/22 afternoon | RSVP required by 9pm today

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

Join us for a short cruise to Georges Island and a tour of National Historic Landmark Fort Warren. Here's what else you can expect: frisbee, games, scenic walking paths, time to reflect/share about summer adventures, trees (which are good for you, by the way: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/09/scientists-have-discovered-that-living-near-trees-is-good-for-your-health/)

Read more info about Georges Island here: http://www.nps.gov/boha/learn/historyculture/facts-geor.htm


We need to buy ferry tickets to the island, so please RSVP to Kevin (ivcf@mit.edu) by Thursday (today) at 9pm. Tickets will cost $17 for the roundtrip cruise.


Event: Trip to Georges Island

When: Saturday 8/22 (See Where for time)

Where: Georges Island (leave from Kendall Square at 11:15am)

Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Next week will be the last Cinemagogue event in Sidney-Pacific, showing Pixar's Up!

  • Fall 2015 New Student Orientation is coming soon: We'll have dinner after the Activities Midway on 9/4 and our big Welcome Dinner on 9/11, with dessert socials in the dorms in between. If you'd like to help out in any way, e-mail mit-gcf-steer@mit.edu.

  • Please email Erik Johnson (ej17@mit.edu) if you are interested in helping with an MIT Christian Journal to engage the MIT student body in ideas of faith, reason, vocation and spirituality.


Prayer Square

  • Praise that we were lost, but have been found!

  • Pray that this campus would find joy and peace in Christ

  • Pray for new students arriving soon

  • Pray for wisdom for the US as primaries for the Presidential nominees are beginning


Spiritual Encouragement

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:1-7


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Cinemagogue #4: Citizen Kane | Friday 8/7 7.30PM

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This week marks our fourth installment of the Cinemagogue movie and discussion nights, featuring the much-heralded classic, "Citizen Kane." Newspaper magnate Charles Foster Hearst has everything: wealth, influence, possessions and others' affections in abundance. What, then, leads him to die in isolation? What is the meaning of his last word, "rosebud"? And what might this film help us to understand about God and about ourselves? Come find out!


Event: Cinemagogue #4 - Citizen Kane

When: Friday 8/7 7.30PM

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

Contact: LG team (mit-gcf-lg@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Next week, an outdoor screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and then a trip to Georges Island for the following large group


Prayer Square

  • Pray that God would be glorified more on this campus each day

  • Pray for new students arriving soon

  • Pray that we might "rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything giv[ing] thanks"


Encouragement

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEWSFLASH | King Lear on Boston Common | Friday 7/31 8PM

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This week we'll be venturing out to enjoy the company of our friend the Bard, as Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents King Lear on Boston Common. Weighty stuff, but delivered in verse that's irresistible. Consider the great setting of a summer evening and the presence of fellow drama enthusiasts/GCF friends a bonus ; ) http://commshakes.org/about/faq


Event: King Lear

When: Friday 7/31 8PM

Where: Boston Common Park Bandstand (Park St T stop)

Contact: Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • We have two classics on deck for our Movie and Discussion nights: first, Citizen Kane (August 7th) and then we'll go to an outdoor screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark!


Recap

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Sand sculpture festival at Revere Beach, MA


Prayer Square

  • Pray that those facing depression and doubt would find Him sufficient and faithful

  • Pray for Christian faculty and for local church leaders

  • Pray for wisdom and courage to follow Jesus daily


Encouragement

Gratitude - Nichole Nordeman


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Revere Beach Sand Sculpture Festival | Saturday 7/25 1-5PM

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Join us for fellowship and some vitamin D-intake as we take a trip to the Sand Sculpture Festival at America's first public beach! Current forecast for that Saturday is sunny with a high of 82F. The MBTA Blue Line can be taken to Wonderland or Revere Beach stations, but we'll leave as a group from Kendall Square at 1PM for those who want to travel together. See photos from last year: http://reverebeach.com/2014-sand-sculpting-festival-coverage/.


Event: Revere Beach Sand Sculpture Festival

When: Saturday 7/25 1-5PM

Where: Revere Beach, MA

Contact: Linyi Gao (linyigao@mit.edu) and Frank Yaul (frank_y@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Next week: We watch some outdoor theatre together in Boston Common: King Lear!

  • And the winner for the next movie in our Cinemagogue movie is Citizen Kane, by a very close vote! We'll watch it together on August 7th.


Recap

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Pre-term retreat at Singing Hills in NH : )


Prayer Square

  • Pray for incoming students to find a home here and for opportunities for us to welcome and encourage them

  • Pray for healing and forgiveness in Tennessee, and for the Lord's kingdom to come

  • Pray that we would keep our eyes on Jesus each day and every season


Encouragement

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NEWSFLASH | No LG This Friday | GCF Leadership Retreat | Singing Hills

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


No large group gathering this week because of GCF leadership retreat. Registration is closed. If you have registered, you should receive a separate email on travel arrangement. Contact Gerald Pho at gho@mit.edu or the leadership team mit-gcf-steer@mit.edu for information.


Event:        GCF Leadership Retreat

When:         Friday-Sunday July 10-12

Where:        Singing Hills

Contact:     Steer team (mit-gcf-steer@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Next week: The next Cinemagogue movie in our series will be The Princess Bride! We will watch it together on Friday, July 17th.

  • Help us decide which social activities we should do the rest of the summer! Vote here as soon as possible: https://goo.gl/6BBDSP


Spiritual Encouragement


When I was much younger, I wanted to lead because it is a power to change things to my own selfish liking.


However, after becoming a Christian, I quickly recognize that the bible paints a very different picture of true leaders. Jesus, when asked "Are you the King of the Jews?" replied, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world."


What does it really mean to be a leader to you?


"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Mark 10:45


Prayer Square


Please pray for the leaders in GCF, for a fruitful and blessed time at the retreat. Pray for wisdom and direction for the GCF leaders.


Pray for the US and world leaders.


"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

1 Timothy 2:1-4



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEWSFLASH | No LG This Friday | July 4th Fireworks Viewing Party | Charles River

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Come celebrate Independence Day with us! We will not be meeting on July 3rd due to the holiday weekend. On July 4th, we will have a fireworks viewing party camping out along the Cambridge side of the Charles River.


So we know how much space to claim, please let us know here if you're coming: https://goo.gl/n11tQl. Also, let us know there if you're available earlier in the day to help stake out the area.


Event:        Fireworks! see http://www.july4th.org/Celebrate_on_the_Esplanade/FAQs

When:         Saturday 7/4, 8:30pm (concert) or 10:30pm (fireworks)

Where:        Charles River, near 88 Memorial Drive. Look for Kevin Ford!

Contact:     LG team (mit-gcf-lg@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Next week: The GCF leadership retreat will be Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, at Singing Hills. Register here by this Friday 7/3: https://goo.gl/0vlZvx

  • The next Cinemagogue movie in our series will be The Princess Bride! We will watch it together on Friday, July 17th.

  • Help us decide which social activities we should do the rest of the summer! Vote here as soon as possible: https://goo.gl/6BBDSP


Spiritual Encouragement

Let's think about what freedom means for us!

"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1



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Monday, May 18, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Middlesex Fells Hiking Trip | Friday 5/22 @ 9:30AM | Meet at Kendall T

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Celebrate the end of finals with a hike in Middlesex Fells, just north of Cambridge. We'll take the T to Oak Grove, then hike the Cross Fells Trail and stop in the middle for a picnic. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring lunch/snacks, sunscreen, water, and money for the T!


Event:        Middlesex Fells Hiking Trip

When:         Meet at Kendall Square Friday 5/22 @ 9:30am. We plan to be back by 3pm.

Contact:    Ariel (arielc@mit.edu) and Frank (frank_y@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Large Groups will meet over the summer! Details will be announced at the Summer Kickoff BBQ, which is tentatively scheduled for June 6th. Stay tuned!


Prayer Square

  • Pray for our graduates that God will open doors for jobs and other new opportunities.
  • Pray that God will call forth new leaders to serve within GCF for 2015-16 year.
  • Pray for spiritual refreshment and renewed hunger to seek God over summer.
  • Pray that MIT would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Community Corner


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Our awesome 2015 graduates (and ice cream cake from Tosci's)!


Spiritual Encouragement


"I Won't Forget" by Anthony Evans (on Psalm 103): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbBrw0StZj0

(courtesy of David K.)


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