Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEWSFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish here.

Announcements
  • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of weekly group discussions for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
Prayer Square
  • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
  • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
Community Corner
Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

All Things Considered
Some resources for Holy Week:
- GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
- READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

Verse of the Week
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
- John 11:25-26

GCF NEWSFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish here.

Announcements
  • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of weekly group discussions for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
Prayer Square
  • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
  • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
Community Corner
Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

All Things Considered
Some resources for Holy Week:
- GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
- READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

Verse of the Week
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
- John 11:25-26

NEWFLASH! Good Friday + Easter Potluck Sunday 4/10 @ 6pm / Tang 24th Floor Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

There is no Large Group due to Good Friday. Instead, consider attending one of the local Good Friday services listed in this spreadsheet. If your church is having a Good Friday service that is not listed, feel free to add it too.

This Sunday 4/20, we will have our annual Easter Potluck, 6pm at Tang 24th Floor Lounge. Bring your friends because there will be plenty of food to go around and plenty of stories to share about God's goodness!  Text Adam Hannon (770-241-9199) to get in. Sign up here to bring a dish.

Announcements
  • This Saturday 4/19, GCF will be volunteering at CASPAR to cook a Easter dinner for the homeless and we need your help! Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Please sign up here. Contact Heather (beem@mit.edu) or Alice (alicekao@mit.edu) for more info.
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of weekly group discussions for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
Prayer Square
  • As we are in the midst of Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
  • Pray for Andy Sun's family and friends as they grieve for a beloved brother, and for the  Christian community to come together to support each other through in times of personal struggle.
Community Corner
Last week we had a great time with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez of Highrock Church as they shared about their romance and marriage and fielded various questions GCFers had. If you missed it, listen to the recording.

All Things Considered
Some resources for Holy Week:
- GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
- READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper

Verse of the Week
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'"
- John 11:25-26

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GCF Newsflash! Romance | Friday 4/11 @ 7:30pm | SP Seminar Room

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

It finally feels like spring!  With the new season comes the air of new possibilities, and perhaps a new view about romance from a Christian perspective.  Can Christians date non-Christians?  How can one prepare oneself for singlehood and/or marriage?  Mickey and Michelle Sanchez, Harvard Intervarsity staff and Highrock staff respectively, will be joining us to address these topics and more!

Submit your questions in advance using this form.

Topic:          Romance with Mickey and Michelle Sanchez
Where:        Sidney Pacific Seminar Room (1st floor, to the right of lobby)
When:         Friday April 11th @ 7:30pm
Contact:      Sam Elder (970-232-5820 if you have trouble getting in)

Announcements
  • The weather's getting warmer, so we're going to play some frisbee!  Come out to Briggs Field on Sunday 4/13 at 2pm for some ultimate fun.  Call Sam E. if you need to find the group.
  • NEXT WEEK: There will be no large group due to Good Friday.  An email will be sent out about services at local churches that day.  Look forward to details about our annual Easter potluck on Sunday 4/20!
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of weekly group discussions for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
Prayer Square
  • As we move into Holy Week, pray that our hearts would be prepared and readied for Easter.  Pray that we would each have an opportunity to invite friends to celebrate with us.
  • Pray for those graduating this semester, that the work of their hands and minds would be blessed and that they would receive the strength and encouragement needed to complete the task.
Community Corner
Instead of our typical large group, many GCFers went to Park Street Church over the weekend to hear from Alister McGrath, Gerald Gabrielse, and others as part of an apologetics conference.  The plenary sessions will soon be made available online.  While we wait, check out Dr. McGrath's previous talks.

All Things Considered
Some resources for Holy Week:
- GO: Midday services at Park Street Church (w/ devotionals posted afterwards)
- READ: Free ebook devotional for each day of the week from John Piper
- LISTEN: An Orthodox podcast and a reflection about Lazarus Saturday (day before Palm Sunday; note that Pascha = Easter)
- LOOK: Pairing art and scriptural reflections

Verse of the Week
"And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!'  And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?'  And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.'”
_ Matthew 21:9-11


For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website:
http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/

Monday, March 17, 2014

GCF Newsflash! Praise and Worship Night | Friday 3/21 @ 7:30pm | Mezz. Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

This Friday will be filled with voices lifted high as we worship our God together as a community.  Come join your fellow brothers and sisters for a praise and worship night you won't want to miss!  There might even be ukelele :)

Topic:          Praise and Worship Night
Where:        W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge, Student Center)
When:         Friday March 21st @ 7:30pm
Contact:      David Miculescu

Announcements
  • NEXT WEEK: There is no scheduled large group because of spring break.  Enjoy!  If you're around campus, feel free to plan your own activities and email GCF-Fun.
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is a series of bi-weekly group discussions.  It's a great opportunity for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God.  If you or a friend are interested, please contact Sam Perli.
  • Park Street Church is hosting "Faith in a Secular City," an apologetics conference on Saturday April 5th.  Come be equipped on how to interact with skeptics and seekers on questions of faith!  British apologist Alister McGrath and physicist Dr. Gerald Gabrielse will be speaking, among other guests.  For schedule and to register (only required for seminars; plenaries are FREE), visit the website.
Prayer Square
  • Pray for safety for those traveling over spring break.
  • Pray that during the Lenten season, we would draw closer to God and align our hearts and wills with His.
  • In the ongoing case on the freedom for students to innovate (learn more here and here), pray for the students who are currently being subpoenaed, for whom this can't be an easy situation.  Pray also for the MIT administration as they put together plans for the creation of student legal services.
  • Pray for the continued investigation of the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared one week ago.  Pray that the victims' families will have comfort and closure.
Community Corner
Last week, Justin Ruddy of CityLife Church came to speak on the difficult and often-controversial topic of hell: a "life or death and life after death question."  He comprehensively addressed the topic - in the little time he had! - by going over what the Bible has to say about hell, how church doctrine has developed over time, and what we as Christians can do today in light of society's perception of hell.  Check out the recording of his talk here.

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Plus, it was Pi Day!  (Photo courtesy of McCormick Hall)

All Things Considered
Making space in our lives during Lent  |  The difference between mastery and perfection, a blank slate and failure  |  Increasing our will power while understanding our brains (neuroscientists, weigh in!)

Verse of the Week
"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
     let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
     that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
     you cover him with favor as with a shield."
_ Psalm 5:11-12


For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website:
http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GCF Newsflash! HELL? | Friday 3/14 @7:30pm | Mezz Lounge

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

What do the Old and New Testaments have to say about the topic of God's judgment and the doctrine of hell? Has the Christian tradition faithfully preserved the Biblical perspective? How can modern day Christians make sense of this difficult doctrine? And (how) should it be utilized in apologetic/evangelistic conversations? Join us for a cordial discussion of this thorny theological issue with speaker Justin Ruddy from CityLife Church. 

Topic:            Hell?
Where:         W20-307 (Student Center Mezz. Lounge)
When:           Friday, March 3/14 @ 7:30pm | Dinner with Justin Ruddy at 6pm (Meet at Kendall; RSVP with Eric)
Contact:       Eric Jones


Announcements
  • Park Street Church is hosting an apologetics conference "Faith in a Secular City" from April 5-7. Come to be equipped on how to interact with skeptics and seekers about questions of faith.  Register online here.
  • GIG (Groups Investigating God) is beginning! GIG is a series of bi-weekly group discussions relating to questions of faith etc, and a great opportunity for non-Christian/seeker friends to learn more about God. If you are interested, please contact Sam Perli .There will be a kick-off dinner this Sunday March 16 from 7-8pm in Tang Hall 10B.

Prayer Square
  • Pray for opportunities to start spiritual conversations with friends and colleagues after the Veritas Forum
  • Pray for daily joy and strength in our classes, research, thesis.
  • Pray for Hadi Kasab's family and friends, that they may receive comfort through this difficult time
  • Pray for the families of the victims on the Malaysia Airlines flight that suddenly disappeared

Community Corner


This year's Veritas was full of laughs as speakers George Varghese and Hari Balakrishnan shared their journeys and lessons learned through entrepreneurship, academia, and personal perspectives.  George structured his presentation around the idea that life is an adventure meant to be lived out equally in the intellectual, entrepreneurial, and spiritual realms. Hari, meanwhile, gave a thorough overview of his research in network building while emphasizing how valuable skills like listening and focusing on the work have been in his career and life.
  Thanks Sam E. and everyone else who was involved for all your hard work!


Verse of the Week

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deut 7:9 
 
For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website: http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GCF Newsflash! March 7 | Veritas Forum and Dinner @ 6pm

Welcome to the MIT Graduate Christian Fellowship!

It's that exciting time of year again and the Veritas Forum is here! Some of your very own GCF'ers are heavily involved in organizing one of the largest student-led events at MIT. The theme is "What Drives You" with an entrepreneurship edge to it. Looking forward to it! Show some love for the event by RSVP'in on Facebook.

Before Veritas, Annie is organizing a Pre-Veritas Dinner at 6pm! Yum.

What:            Pre-Veritas Dinner and Veritas Fourm
Where:         Dinner at W20-307 (student center) | Veritas Forum at 10-250
When:           Friday, March 7th | Dinner at 6pm, Veritas Forum at 7:30pm
Contact:       Sam ElderKeith Leung and Annie Chen

Announcements
  • We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the Veritas Forum! Check out this Google Doc to see how you can help!
  • If you are interested in discussing GCF vision and direction next year, and brainstorm ways to deal with challenges, come to the dinner Peng is hosting this Sunday March 9th 6:30pm-8:30pm at SP 3rd floor kitchen.
Prayer Square
  • Pray for peace to prevail in Ukraine.
  • Pray for the volunteers and leaders of the Veritas forum - for God to provide energy and focus to those working on the event.
Community Corner

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Bad ideas turn out to be fun...most of the time. GCF Winter Retreat 2014 @ Toah Nipi. Nice photo, Charis!

Verse of the Week
"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men."
_ Proverbs 22:29


    For Other Good News and Updates, Visit the GCF Website: http://web.mit.edu/mitgcf/www/