Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEWSFLASH | No Large Group Fri 4/3 | Weekly Prayer STILL ON

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Due to MIT's Spring Break, there will be no Large Group this Friday 3/27. The following Friday 4/3 is Good Friday, so we encourage everyone to attend Good Friday services at your churches (so no Large Group). However, Save the Date for our annual GCF Easter Potluck the evening of Sunday 4/5! Details TBA.


Announcements

  • Weekly Prayer: Come pray for GCF, MIT, friends, family, and more!
    • Monday 12:00-1:00 pm (Prayer Lunch), 500 Technology Sq. (NE47), 2nd Flr small conference room. Contact: Anya (aburkart@mit.edu)
    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, Blg 46, Atrium 3rd Fl. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
    • Friday 9:30-10:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)
    • No prayer on Saturday this week
  • Help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Sign up on this Google form. We currently need volunteers in all of the categories listed there. Contact Sam (same@mit.edu) for more information.

Prayer Square

  • For those traveling for spring break, pray for a safe journey. For everyone, pray that this would be a restful week filled with God's presence.
  • Pray that this season of Lent would be a humbling and refreshing time for everyone, that we would each find time to reflect and do some "spiritual spring cleaning."
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Verse of the Week


May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Romans 15:5-6


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Monday, March 16, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Town Hall Meeting | Fri 3/20 @ 7:00pm | W11 Main Dining Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


This Friday we will be gathering for a Town Hall Meeting. Dinner will be provided, after which we will discuss and develop a shared vision for the fellowship, with a particular emphasis on Large Groups. If you're involved in any aspect of GCF, you're very much invited, as we think about how we can best serve God and this campus together moving forward, and into the next year. This is also an opportunity to share concerns or suggestions, as well as to consider the current leadership needs of GCF. Come join us!


Topic:        Town Hall Meeting

Where:       W11 Main Dining Room

When:         Friday 3/20 @ 7:00pm (dinner provided)

Contact:     Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)



Announcements

  • Weekly Prayer: Come pray for GCF, MIT, friends, family, and more!
    • Monday 12:00-1:00 pm (Prayer Lunch), 500 Technology Sq. (NE47), 2nd Flr small conference room. Contact: Anya (aburkart@mit.edu)
    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, Blg 46, Atrium 3rd Fl. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
    • Friday 9:30-10:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)
    • Saturday 11:00-11:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge. Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)
  • Help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Sign up on this Google form. We currently need volunteers in all of the categories listed there. Contact Sam (same@mit.edu) for more information.

Prayer Square

  • Pray for refreshment and healing on our campus in the aftermath of the recent student deaths.  May we come together as a community and remind each other of God's love.
  • Pray that this season of Lent would be a humbling and refreshing time for everyone, that we would each find time to reflect and do some "spiritual spring cleaning."
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.


Verse of the Week


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

- Joshua 1:9


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Spiritual Depression | Fri 3/13 @ 7:30pm | W11 Main Dining Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Can followers of Christ experience depression or dejection? Surely every human goes through the ups and downs of life, but perhaps Christians don't dialogue enough about this. For this session, Pastor Enoch Liao of Boston Chinese Evangelical Church will share from the Bible about how one experiences the lows of life and how God's grace works in the midst of that.


Topic:        Spiritual Depression

Speaker:     Pastor Enoch Liao

Where:       W11 Main Dining Room

When:         Friday 3/13 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Sam Elder (same@mit.edu)



Announcements

  • Weekly Prayer: Come pray for GCF, MIT, friends, family, and more!
    • Monday 12:00-1:00 pm (Prayer Lunch), 500 Technology Sq. (NE47), 2nd Flr small conference room. Contact: Anya (aburkart@mit.edu)
    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, Blg 46, Atrium 3rd Fl. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
    • Friday 9:30-10:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)
    • Saturday 11:00-11:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge. Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)
  • Help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Sign up on this Google form. We currently need volunteers in all of the categories listed there. Contact Sam (same@mit.edu) for more information.

Prayer Square

  • Pray that this season of Lent would be a humbling and refreshing time for everyone, that we would each find time to reflect and do some "spiritual spring cleaning."
  • Pray that our campus 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 dynamic trio Michelle, Heather, and Stephanie sharing at Sisters' Night


Verse of the Week


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things

-Colossians 3:1-2


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Brothers’ and Sisters’ Nights | Fri 3/6 @ 7:30pm | Multiple locations

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


With the success of the Brothers and Sisters' Nights during IAP, we are hosting another for March where we will gather for an evening of deeper fellowship and mutual encouragement.


Brothers' Night: "Loaded Questions" Dinner Discussion and Games

Come gather for a lively dinner discussion over a catered dinner followed by games. To make for an interesting discussion, submit your loaded questions for the group here ahead of time anonymously. If and when we get tired of the discussion, we will adjourn to some games. We'll order the food around 6:45, so let someone know if you're going to be coming late and want to eat with us..


Where: W11 Small Dining Room

When: Friday 3/6 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm

Contact: Sam Elder (same@mit.edu)


Sisters' Sharing: Being Sisters in Christ

Join us for an evening of fun and sharing from our dynamic trio: Stephanie, Michelle, and Heather! They will share their stories and wisdom about growing together as sisters in Christ, and we will also play the "Roommate Challenge Game".


Where: SP Owu Room

When: Friday 3/6 @ 7:30pm-9pm

Contact: Annie Chen (anniecia@mit.edu)

RSVP to Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) so we can provide a sign-in list to SP front desk ("maybe" is ok).


Announcements

  • Weekly Prayer: Come pray with us for GCF, MIT, friends, family, and more!

    • Monday 12:00-1:00 pm (Prayer Lunch), 500 Technology Sq. (NE47), 2nd Flr small conference room. Contact: Anya (aburkart@mit.edu)

    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, Blg 46, Atrium 3rd Fl. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)

    • Friday 9:30-10:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)

    • Saturday 11:00-11:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge. Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)

  • Volunteer to help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Sign up on this Google form if you can help out! We currently need volunteers in all of the categories listed there. Talk to Sam Elder (same@mit.edu) for more information.



Prayer Square

  • Pray that this season of Lent would be a humbling and refreshing time for everyone, that we would each find time to reflect and do some "spiritual spring cleaning."

  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.


Verse of the Week


I lift up my eyes to the hills.

   From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

   who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;

   he who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel

   will neither slumber nor sleep.

- Psalm 121:1-4


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Monday, February 23, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Cross Conference Simulcast | Fri 2/27 @ 7pm | W11-190 Dining Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


This Friday we have a unique opportunity to join students around the world by participating in CROSS 2015: Undaunted -- a Live simulcast conference about Global Missions. The topic follows nicely with our retreat theme of Faith and Doubt, as we will explore the source of our confidence in God and the gospel, despite discouragement, darkness, and suffering. Conferences like Cross or Urbana normally cost $$, but this week we get to participate for free!


Join us at 6:30pm for informal fellowship, and 7pm for the streamed event - including worship, a talk by John Piper, and a panel session. We will officially end at 9:30, but will continue to stream the Simulcast for those who wish to stay to the end.


Topic:        CROSS 2015: Undaunted (Live Simulcast)

Speakers:  John Piper, David Platt, others (more info here)

Where:      W11 Dining Room (W11-190)

When:         Friday 2/27 @ 7:00pm

(bring your own dinner for fellowship at 6:30pm)

Contact:     Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • Come pray with us for GCF, MIT and more!
    • Monday 12-1 pm (Prayer Lunch), 500 Technology Square (NE47), 2nd Flr small conference room. Contact: Anya (aburkart@mit.edu)
    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, BCS atrium (Blg 46, 3rd Fl). Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
    • Friday 9:30-10:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)
    • Saturday 11:00-11:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge. Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)
  • Volunteer to help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Talk to Sam Elder (same@mit.edu) for more information.
  • NEXT WEEK: With the success of Brothers and Sisters' Gatherings during IAP, we are planning another one for March! Details TBA.

Prayer Square

  • Pray for the start of the semester, that this would be a new beginning for those who have been exhausted, frustrated, hurting, or in need of inspiration.
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Verse of the Week           

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

-Romans 8:26



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Monday, February 16, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Exciting Announcements Within | Large Group Canceled

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Plans for this week's large group speaker fell through, so unfortunately we will not have large group this week. Stay warm everyone and enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities!



Announcements

  • Come pray with us for GCF, MIT and more! 
    • Tuesday 12:30-1:00pm, BCS atrium (3F of building 46). Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
    • Friday 9:30-10:30am Christian Fellowship Lounge/CFL (basement of W11) Contact: Amanda (aswenson@mit.edu)
    • Saturday 11:00-11:30am, Christian Fellowship Lounge. Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)
  • Volunteer to help make the Veritas Forum at MIT happen this April! Contact Sam Elder (same@mit.edu) for more information.


Community Corner


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Nathan Rittenhouse speaks about faith and doubt at the GCF mini-retreat

Image Credit: Ian L.



Prayer Square

  • Pray for the start of the semester, that this would be a new beginning for those who have been exhausted, frustrated, hurting, or in need of inspiration.
  • Pray for our fellowship and the coming retreat, that God would speak and unite our community as we explore issues of faith and doubt.
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.


Verse of the Week           


And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion
-Exodus 32:19

Monday, February 9, 2015

NEWSFLASH | GCF Winter Retreat | Toah Nipi | NO LARGE GROUP

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


This coming weekend (2/13-2/15) GCF will be away in the snowy mountains seeking refreshment in God and learning about how to follow Christ in the midst of doubt, so there will be no regular Large Group. Large Group will resume the following week.



Announcements

  • Come pray with us for GCF, MIT and more! Every Friday 9:30-10:30am in the Christian Fellowship Lounge (basement of W11). Contact: Amanda Swenson (aswenson@mit.edu)

Community Corner

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Last Saturday, the GCF small groups faced off in a friendly cook-off to the theme "Re-creating Daniel's Table". Each team made a scrumptious meal fit for a king and alternative dishes that Daniel and his friends ate instead. King Nebu also made an appearance! More photos here.

Photo credits: Ian L.


Prayer Square

  • Pray for the start of the semester, that this would be a new beginning for those who have been exhausted, frustrated, hurting, or in need of inspiration.
  • Pray for our fellowship and the coming retreat, that God would speak and unite our community as we explore issues of faith and doubt.
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Verse of the Week           


I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

- Psalm 18:1-2


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