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!


https://www.brightsettings.com/BrightIdeas/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/peanuts-thanksgiving.jpeg(credit: Charles Schulz)

  • 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

NEWSFLASH | Faculty Dinner | Fri 11/14 @ 7pm | 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 @ 7pm (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


Sunday, November 2, 2014

NEWSFLASH | Who Are You, Really? | Fri 11/7 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


As many of us look ahead to the future and build hopes and plans for our lives, we often wrestle with questions of identity: Who are we, really? Come hear Pastor Bland Mason of City on a Hill Church speak on this topic through the book of Ephesians. As all MIT students face these questions, this large group will be held jointly with the undergraduate Asian Christian Fellowship (ACF). Come meet fellow believers here at MIT!


Topic:        Who Are You, Really?

Speaker:    Bland Mason, Pastor at City on a Hill Church

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

When:         Friday 11/7 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Sam Elder / Frank Yaul


Announcements

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

  • Save the Date: Next Friday is our Fall Faculty Dinner. Meet Christian faculty members from all departments at MIT over dinner and discussion.


Community Corner

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GCF candlepin bowling last Friday @ Sacco's

Credit: Kevin Ford


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

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

-Genesis 1:27

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Candlepin Bowling at Sacco’s! | Fri 10/31 @ 6:30pm | Meet at Kendall T Stop

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


GCF is going candlepin bowling at Sacco's Bowl Haven this Friday! Candlepin bowling is like regular bowling with narrower pins, so it's harder and everyone looks a little sillier doing it. It's a great bonding time and a perfect event to invite your friends to. To add to the silliness, feel free to dress in costume!


In addition to the bowling, Sacco's also has delicious flatbread pizza! If you want to eat there, meet at the Kendall T stop at 6:30pm. If you want to bowl only, meet at Kendall T stop at 7:30pm, or meet us there at 7pm or 8pm, respectively


What:          Candlepin Bowlin

Cost:           Please bring $12 (lanes & shoes), plus money for T-ride and/or dinner

Where:       Meet at the Kendall T stop to go to Sacco's Bowl Haven (45 Day St, Somerville, MA)

When:         Friday 10/31

Group 1 (dinner) meets 6:30pm

Group 2 (bowling only) meets 7:30 pm

Contact:     Sam Elder (same@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Come pray for GCF, MIT, and more! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (CFL), basement of W11. Contact: Amanda Swenson (aswenson@mit.edu)
  • Next week: We discuss our identity in Christ with Pastor Bland Mason of City on a Hill Church, in a joint large group with the undergraduate Asian Christian Fellowship!
  • Have pictures of GCF events or small group outings? Send them to alicekao@mit.edu to be included in future Newflashes.

Community Corner

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Recently, the Ashdown small group was spotted around town...can you guess where?


Prayer Square

  • Pray for small groups that 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

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

-John 13:34-35

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Alumni Panel | Fri 10/24 @ 7:30pm | W20-491

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Whether you're a first year or a… later year… you may already be bombarded with questions from friends, family, and random strangers about what you will be doing after grad school. Well now it's your turn to ask the questions. Join us as we welcome four alumni members of our GCF community who span the range of post-graduate experience and who have all agreed to answer our toughest questions: Adekunle Adeyemo (McKinsey), Po-Ru Loh (Harvard), Ming-Zher Poh (Cardiio), and Chidube Ezeozue (Google). To help us make the night run smoothly, please fill out the following form with your questions or feel free to come and ask your question in person.


Topic:          Alumni Panel

Where:       Student Center, W20-491 (4th floor of Student Center; there will be signs to direct)

When:         Friday 10/24 @ 8 pm

Contact:     Eric Jones


Announcements

  • Come pray for GCF, MIT, and more! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturday 10-11am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (CFL), basement of W11. Contact: Amanda Swenson
  • It's not too late to join a GCF small group! See this list for a small group near you.
  • Save the date! GCF is going candlepin bowling at Sacco's on Halloween, Oct 31. Bonus points if you wear a costume! Contact: Sam Elder

Prayer Square

  • Pray for small groups that 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.
  • Pray for those suffering from mental health issues and God's light would reach them.

Community Corner

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Our happy "Thrivers" gathered last Saturday to share about "Growing in Grad School". If you're a first-year student who isn't part of Thrive yet, it's not too late to join! Thrive meets bi-weekly for dinner and discussion on topics related to life in grad school. Contact David Kwabi.

Verse of the Week

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power

   and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

   for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

-1 Chronicles 29:11

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Loving and Reaching Out to Our Friends | Fri 10/17 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Hope everyone had an great Columbus Weekend! This week's large group is on evangelism.


How can we share God's love with our friends? Where do we even start? It's so awkward!!! Come hear examples of GCFers reaching out. Learn some conversation starters. Pray together. Leave with a tangible way of showing His love!

Topic:          Loving and Reaching Out to Our Friends

Where:       Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge

When:         Friday 10/17 @ 7:30 pm

Contact:     Heather Beem (beem@mit.edu)



Announcements

  • Come pray for GCF, MIT, and more! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am and Saturdays 10-11am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (CFL), basement of W11. Contact: Amanda Swenson (swenson@mit.edu)

  • Apply for the Harvey Fellows Program! Stipends of $12,000 for Christian graduate students are available from the Mustard Seed Foundation. Applications are due Nov 1.

  • Know a friend who may need help? The phone number for the Grad Resources Crisis Line for classmates who may be at the edge: 1.800.GRAD.HLP (800.472.3457).  This is a free service and does not assume the student calling in is a believer.

  • It's not too late to join a GCF small group! Check out this list for a small group near you.


Community Corner

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GCFers attended the Boston-wide Grad Fall Retreat at Toah Nipi in New Hampshire and enjoyed time with God plus activities such as canoeing and kickball.


Prayer Square

  • Pray for small groups that 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.
  • Pray for those suffering from mental health issues - pray that God's light would reach them.

Verse of the Week

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

-Romans 12:2