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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Monday, May 11, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Good-bye to Graduates | Fri 5/15 @ 7:30 pm | W11 Dining Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Summer is just right around the corner and this Friday is our last official large group of the semester! We will honor and celebrate many dear GCFers who are graduating and moving on in the world. Come hear our brothers and sisters share wisdom from their time at MIT and prayerfully send them off!


Event:        Goodbye to Graduates

Where:       W-11 Dining Room

When:         Friday 5/15 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • UCO Praise Night is Thursday 5/14 @ 8pm in W20-407. A wonderful semesterly opportunity to worship with the wider MIT community.
  • Interested in serving on leadership next year? Our Vision/Leadership Transition meeting is this Thursday 5/14, 6:00-8:00pm in SP Seminar Room. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)
  • 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 11:00am-12:00pm, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)

Prayer Square

  • Pray for all who are finishing papers, projects, theses, and more -- that they would remain close to Jesus in the midst of the pressure and deadlines.
  • Pray for those who are making plans for the summer, that God would give wisdom and discernment and that these plans would be ultimately glorifying to Him.
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Spiritual Encouragement


Vapor - A Meditation on Ecclesiastes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOH6qYTOo0c


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NEWSFLASH | Is True Justice Possible? | 5/8 @ 7:30 pm | W11 Dining Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

What makes a law just? Why do all social systems have flaws, and perfect justice seem so difficult to achieve? Does our inability to achieve a perfectly just social order, regardless of the legal system, reflect upon a deeper truth, the sinful nature of human beings? Please join us as we hear Professor David Skeel, professor of Corporate Law at UPenn, discuss how the Christian worldview offers an explanation for the existence of social injustice.


Topic:        Is True Justice Possible?

Speaker:     David Skeel

Where:       W-11 Dining Room

When:         Friday 5/8 @ 7:30pm

Contact:     Kevin Ford (ivcf@mit.edu)


Announcements

  • If you're graduating this spring/summer, please let Kevin know ASAP (ivcf@mit.edu)! Our Goodbye to Graduates celebration is next Friday 5/15!
  • 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 11:00am-12:00pm, Christian Fellowship Lounge (W11 Basement) Contact: David (dkwabi@mit.edu)
  • Next Thursday: UCO Praise Night 5/14, location TBD. Come worship with the wider MIT community!
  • Next Friday: Goodbye to Graduates 5/15! Come celebrate our graduating members together. As always you can find info about our upcoming Large Groups on our website and Google Calendar.
  • Interested in serving on leadership next year? Please plan to attend our Vision/Leadership Transition meeting -- input your availability using this doodle. Contact: Gerald (gpho@mit.edu)

Prayer Square

  • Pray for all who are finishing papers, projects, theses, and more -- that they would remain close to Jesus in the midst of the pressure and deadlines.
  • Pray for those who are making plans for the summer, that God would give wisdom and discernment and that these plans would be ultimately glorifying to Him.
  • Pray that our campus would open up to God's word and influence. Pray that His love would be tangibly felt in every corner.

Spiritual Encouragement


Ten Propositions on Prayer: http://www.faith-theology.com/2006/02/ten-propositions-on-prayer.html


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