Nazareth Protestant Community

January 16, 2016

One week through the semester and how are you feeling? Overwhelmed, excited, bored, stressed? Like it's all going to go by way too fast? Like it's going to drag by and never end? For me, January tends to feel like the beginning of a marathon. I don't feel this way about other parts of the year. Something about the cold, the dark, and coming off of the excitement of the holiday season. It feels like a long, slow march toward spring.

Inevitably, January also tends to get me thinking more about the changes I want to make in my life. And until this week I hadn't ever really thought about the fact that the majority of these changes all seem to relate to how I spend my time. I want to put my smart phone down more. I want to read more. I want to work out more. I want to be more present in my work and with my family and friends. All good things. And in one way or another, they have to do with how I use my time and where my brain is at any given moment.

This week in worship we will be talking about time. Why does it matter? What are we supposed to do with it? What does a faithful use of time look like? I don't have it all figured out just yet. I still spend too much time on my phone and choose to binge watch TV shows when I could be reading or doing something else that might have some greater benefit to my life. And those things aren't bad in and of themselves. They have a place in our lives. It's about figuring out how to take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of others and this world entrusted to our care.

Have a great weekend, dear friends. May it be time well spent.



Upcoming in Worship

Weekly vespers for Spring Semester 2016 will continue to be held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.

Upcoming Vespers

January 17th- Why does time matter? Rev. Nadia Mullin, preaching.
January 24th- Christian Unity Sunday pulpit exchange, with special guest, Catholic Chaplain, Jamie Fazio.
January 31st- Taize

All are welcome. Food and fellowship will follow worship.

MLK commemoration and celebration

Commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. King

On Monday, January 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. the campus community will gather in the Callahan Theater in the Arts Center for the annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


This year's commemoration will focus on the theme "Darkness cannot overcome darkness, only light can do that. Hatred cannot overcome hatred, only love can do that."

The annual Dr. King service features student speakers and singers who will help us reflect on this timely theme. President Daan Braveman will be our featured speaker this year. All are welcome to this dynamic and inspirational tribute to Dr. King, at a time when his message is more critical than ever. A lunch reception will follow in the Arts Center Lobby.

A Birthday Party for Dr. King ~ with plenty of birthday cake ~ will take place this Friday, January 15th (King's actual birthday) from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel Foyer.

Divine Doughnuts

Tuesdays @ 9:15AM in GAC 151
Coffee. Sprinkles.Prayer.

Join us for the first weekly gathering of the semester Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities of the Spring 2016 semester. The next Divine Doughnuts will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

If you have not had a chance to attend, take advantage of this sweet opportunity this year.

Weekly Quaker Worship!

Thursdays at 8 pm in the Meditation Room in GAC. All are welcome to join us for Quaker worship.

Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration

A fascinating article about how a sense of awe can impact our sense of time and what we choose to do with it. From Psychology Today.

Spring Break service retreat to Clairvaux Farm! March 6-12, 2016

You are invited to be a part of the Center for Spirituality's 22nd annual service retreat to Clairvaux Farm in Earleville, MD.

Who will we be serving? Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm is a community that aims to serve children and families affected by homelessness and poverty. They provide transitional housing, educational opportunities, and spiritual support to families in need.

What will we be doing? We will provide support by completing necessary construction and clean-up projects and interacting with Clairvaux residents. We also take a day to explore Washington D.C. and meet with representatives from the National Coalition for the Homelessness.

If you are looking for a way to engage your faith and serve in the spirit of Christ over this spring break, I encourage to come and by and pick up an application at GAC 164 or to email to get an electronic application. This is a life changing opportunity to serve others and live in community for a week.

Naz Christian Fellowship (NCF)

Throughout the semester there are multiple opportunities to explore your faith. If you're looking for Bible Study, fellowship, music, food, and more, NCF is the place to be! Contact Ceara Curry (, Meaghan Porter (, or Claire Sobraske ( if you'd like more information!

Stay tuned for information about NCF activities for the Spring 2016 semester!

NCF also offers rides to three local churches. If you are interested in getting a ride to church contact Nadia at

"NCF is a community that welcomes and supports one another by modeling Christ in service to others."

Question of the week-

Each week we ask a question in the sign-in book at worship.

January 10th's question was:

What was the best part of break?

Answers given were:




Family & friends

Local Church Connections

If you are interested in attending worship at a local church and don't know where to start, contact Nadia (

About Us

Nazareth Protestant Community is part of the Center for Spirituality and is an open and welcoming community made up of students reflecting a variety of religious traditions and backgrounds. We worship weekly, host an annual service trip, enjoy fellowship events together, and seek to serve both our Nazareth and larger community. Come and check us out!