Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Post-it Verses from India & Worship Music Jam | Fri 10/3 @ 7:30 pm | SP Seminar Room (NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION)

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Topic:          Post-it Verses from India; Worship Music Jam

Where:       Sidney Pacific Seminar Room (NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION)

When:         Friday 10/3 @ 7:30 pm


  • Part 1: Come hear alum Alli Hansen share testimonies and "Post-it verses" about her summer research work in Ahmedabad, India!

  • Part 2: We will then have a worship music jam session in the adjacent SP Music Room (you're welcome to bring instruments and songsheets).

  • Dinner with speaker: RSVP here if you would like to enjoy Indian food with Alli before large group, 6:30pm in the SP Seminar Room. (We will order from a nearby restaurant for an estimated cost of $8 per person. Please sign up by Friday 4pm.)

  • Contact: Annie Chen


Announcements

  • Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12 (Columbus Day Weekend). Spots fill up quickly so sign up NOW! First-year students receive half-off. Register here. If you need financial assistance, please contact Kevin Ford.

  • The Gospel Coalition New England conference is coming to Boston this Friday and Saturday. Full-time students, including GCF grad students, can get a 40% discount on the cost of registration by entering the coupon code "TGCNECollege". If you'd like to attend the conference, contact Sam Elder (same@mit.edu) to meet up, sit nearby, and discuss it afterwards.

  • Come pray with us 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

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


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

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Ps 111:2


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Scholar's Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field | Fri 9/26 @ 7:30 pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Ever wonder how your field reflects God? InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network has just launched Scholar's Compass, an online devotional addressing that very question. Featuring a different grad student or professor each week, Scholar's Compass explores how God is present in subjects from physics to archaeology. Hannah Eagleson, editor of the devotional, will lead small and large group discussion of how your own field encourages your faith. Materials include a devotional by physics professor W. Brian Lane and GCF's own J. Nathan Matias.


Topic:         Scholar's Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field

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

When:         Friday 9/26 @ 7:30 pm

Contact:     Hannah Eagleson


Announcements

  • Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12 (Columbus Weekend). EARLY BIRD DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRI 9/26. First-year students receive half-off. Register here. It's an experience you don't want to miss! If you need financial assistance, please contact Kevin Ford. If you're going, please also fill out our GCF sign-up.

  • Come pray with us 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

  • 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.


Community Corner

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Enjoying "Dinner for 8" at the Media Lab 


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One group had fun with "Int'l Talk Like a Pirate Day"!


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

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Scholar’s Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field | Fri 9/26 @ 7:30 pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Ever wonder how your field reflects God? InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network has just launched Scholar's Compass, an online devotional addressing that very question. Featuring a different grad student or professor each week, Scholar's Compass explores how God is present in subjects from physics to archaeology. Hannah Eagleson, editor of the devotional, will lead small and large group discussion of how your own field encourages your faith. Materials include a devotional by physics professor W. Brian Lane and GCF's own J. Nathan Matias.


Topic:         Scholar's Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field

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

When:         Friday 9/26 @ 7:30 pm

Contact:     Hannah Eagleson


Announcements

  • Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12 (Columbus Weekend). EARLY BIRD DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRI 9/26. First-year students receive half-off. Register here. It's an experience you don't want to miss! If you need financial assistance, please contact Kevin Ford. If you're going, please also fill out our GCF sign-up.

  • Come pray with us 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

  • 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.


Community Corner

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Enjoying "Dinner for 8" at the Media Lab 


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One group had fun with "Int'l Talk Like a Pirate Day"!


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

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25

Monday, September 15, 2014

Newflash! Dinner for 8 | Fri 9/19 @ 7:30pm | Various Locations

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This week we are having a special event called "Dinner for 8". We will not be gathering as a whole, but in the assigned dinner groups. If you have signed up, your hosts will contact you regarding meeting location. Contact: Annie Chen

Next week's large group topic "Scholar's Compass Workshop: Finding God in Your Field" will be led by our very own Hannah Eagleson! More details to come.

Announcements
  • This year's Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12 (Columbus Weekend). EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY 9/19. First-year students also receive half-off. Register here. It's an experience you don't want to miss! If you need financial assistance, please contact Kevin Ford. If you're going, please also fill out our GCF sign-up.
  • Interested in joining a small group? Check out our groups here!
  • Are you a first-year student? Sign up for Thrive - a bi-weekly dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students! Contact: David Kwabi
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join our seekers' group on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Hall 10B. Contact: Sam Perli
  • Come pray with us for GCF, MIT, and more! Every Monday 8:30-9:30 am in CFL and Saturdays 10-11am. Contact: Amanda Swenson
  • Love to sing or play an instrument? We are holding informal worship jams throughout the semester. Contact: David Miculescu

Prayer Square

  • Pray for small groups, that as they start 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
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
-James 1:5

Monday, September 8, 2014

Newsflash! | Living for Christ in Today's Intellectual Culture | Fri 9/12 @ 7:30 pm | Kresge RRB

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

How should we live as Christians in academia? Professor Ian Hutchinson will be sharing his thoughts and experiences as a Christian professor at MIT. Professor Hutchinson is a Co-Principal on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak Plasma Confinement Project in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He is also an author of Monopolizing Knowledge, a refutation of Scientism, the belief that all real knowledge is science, and a frequent speaker at the Veritas Forum. To guide his talk, add your own questions ahead of time to this Google document. There will also be time for Q&A after the talk.

Topic:         Living for Christ in Today's Intellectual Culture
Speaker:    Professor Ian Hutchinson
Where:
      
Kresge Rehearsal Room B
(W16-030)
When:
         Fri 9/12 @ 7:30 pm
Contact:     Sam Elder

Announcements
  • Next week's Large group (Friday 9/19) will be "Dinner for Eight", where first years and 2+ years can get to know each other in a smaller setting. Sign up via this form by Saturday 9/13. Contact: Annie Chen
  • 2+ years: We really need your help to make "Dinner for Eight" happen (cooking skills is not required)! This is a unique opportunity to meet and serve 1st years. If you already have a team of 2-3 co-hosts, please sign up at the link above. If you are looking for co-hosts, please check out this spreadsheet.
  • Small groups begin this week!* See a list of our current groups. *If you are interested in attending a S-P small group, please indicate your day of week availabilities here so we can arrange/balance the groups.The deadline is this Friday 9/12 at midnight. S-P small groups will begin next week 9/15.
  • IV Boston Grad Fall Retreat is Oct 10-12! Save $10 if you register by Fri 9/19. First-year students also receive half off. Register here.
  • Are you an incoming student? Sign up for Thrive - a bi-weekly dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students! Contact: David Kwabi
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join along with others on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Residence Hall 10B. Dinner is provided and invite your friends! Contact Sam Perli
  • Like to write? We are looking for volunteers to help with Newsflash! Newsflash is the weekly announcements email. Please contact Alice Kao if interested.
  • We try to limit emails on this mailing list to one Newsflash per week. Sign up for the GCF-Fun mailing list to learn about informal or ongoing activities that the community is involved in!

Prayer Square

  • Pray for the MIT community as a whole, that the hope, love, and light of Christ would break through in the midst of recent tragedy.
  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust  to life in graduate school.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.
Verse of the Week
"Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"
Psalm 143:10

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Newsflash! Welcome Dinner | Fri 9/5 @ 7 pm | W20-306

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This Friday, we'll be ushering in the new year with our annual Welcome Dinner! If you're new to MIT, this is a great time to learn about/get plugged into the various ministries at GCF.

Topic:          GCF Welcome Dinner
Where:       Student Center, Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)
When:         Friday 9/5 @ 7pm
Contact:     David Kwabi

Announcements
  • Dessert Socials:  Come meet old and new friends over delicious goodies! This is a great way to meet people in small group.
    • Thu 9/4 | Sidney-Pacific | Seminar Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Tang | 24th Floor Lounge | 8 pm
    • Contact: Nigel Chou
  • Are you an incoming student? Sign up for Thrive - a dinner and discussion group with fellow first years tackling faith, academia, and everything in between with older students!
  • If you would like to learn about the Christian faith, come join along with other seekers on Sundays at 7:30 pm, Tang Residence Hall 10B. Also, invite your friends! Contact Sam Perli for more info.
  • Small groups begin next week! See a list of our current groups.

Prayer Square

  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust quickly to graduate school.
  • Pray for GCF that we can better serve and love the graduate student community at MIT.
Verse of the Week
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GCF Newsflash! Dinner After Activities Midway | Fri 8/29 @ 7pm | Royal East Restaurant

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Summer is ending and a new semester is right around the corner. Join old and new friends for dinner this Friday after Activities Midway!


Topic:          GCF Dinner After Activities Midway


Where:        Royal East Restaurant (792 Main St, Cambridge, MA)
When:         Friday 8/29 @ 7pm (meet at Lobby 10 @ 6:30pm)
Contact:     Please RSVP with Gerald Pho (for rough headcount)




Announcements
  • We are looking for Volunteers for New Student Outreach! Whether welcoming new students or helping with set/clean up, your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up via this form.
  • Dessert Socials: Welcome new students and see old friends over delicious goodies next week.
    • Tue 9/2 | Main-Campus | Stata North Court | 4 pm
    • Wed 9/3 | Ashdown | Hulsizer Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Sidney-Pacific | Seminar Room | 8 pm
    • Thu 9/4 | Tang | 24th Floor Lounge | 8 pm
    • Contact: Nigel Chou
  • Enjoy BBQ and fellowship with all of MIT's Christian fellowships at the annual UCO BBQ on Monday 9/1 from 1pm-3pm. Contact: Sam Elder
  • Kick off the new semester with UCO's Reg Day Worship Service! Tuesday 9/2 @ 7:30pm, MIT Chapel
  • Our annual Welcome Dinner will be next Friday 9/5 @ 7 pm. Contact: David Kwabi
  • Small groups will begin the week of 9/8.


Prayer Square

  • Pray for the incoming students that they will feel at home at MIT and adjust quickly to graduate school.
  • Pray for the New Student Outreach events that we can connect with many incoming students.
  • Pray for refreshment, joy, and strength for those who are feeling weary.

Verse of the Week



"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Back-to-school#sthash.FlQMZO0x.dpuf
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight."
-Proverbs 3:5-6