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


Monday, October 6, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Fall Retreat @ Toah Nipi Oct 10-12: NO GCF LARGE GROUP

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!


Starting this Friday evening, GCF is joining other graduate Christian fellowships in greater Boston for the Fall Retreat, so there will be no large group. Please join us next week for our regular Large Group meeting on evangelism!


Announcements

  • 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'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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Alli shares about her experience in India at last week's Large Group; Worship jam with David M & Tim Yee on piano


Prayer Square

  • 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

For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Romans 12:4-5

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