Nazareth Protestant Community
November 13, 2014
There are many ways to observe the Advent season that officially begins on November 30. Advent calendars, decorations, Advent hymns and scriptures, lights, and presents. Yesterday, I stumbled on to a different kind of Advent Calendar. It begins on November 15 (Saturday!) and goes all of the way through Epiphany (the 12 days after Christmas). The whole point of this Advent calendar is to inspire ways to bring joy to your life and to the lives of others. If you're looking for a way to move through Advent this year that's a little different, check this out from Susan Forshey at contemplativecottage.com:
I hope that as you prepare for the Advent season, that you can find ways to embrace hope, peace, love, and joy.
Taize Service - Next week! November 23rd
Sunday, November 23rd will be the next Taize Service.
"Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence." from Understanding Taize Worship
Taize offers worshippers an opportunity for silent reflection on scripture and prayer through music and intercession. It comes out of a religious community in Taize, France that was formed by Brother Roger Schutz in 1940. To this day, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimage to the Taize community to participate in its worship and service.
All are invited for this evening of music and prayer!
Thanksgiving Basket Project
Every year Nazareth College, through the Center for Spirituality, partners with Demitri House to help provide Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets to families in need. This year we hope to create 35 baskets.
Food collection is from Monday, November 3rd - Wednesday, November 19th at 5 pm.
Here is how you can help.
• Create a food basket with your department, floor, team, or club for a specific family. To register for a family and receive a suggested food list please email Katharine Stich at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Collect food items and donate them at the Center for Spirituality Office in GAC #153
• Stop by Campus Safety to participate in the Food for Fines program.
• Help organize food into baskets in Linehan Chapel on Thursday, November 20th from 8-11 am
• Help deliver the baskets on Friday, November 21st from 9-12.
• Certified drivers are needed on the 21st!
• Make a monetary donation. Send checks made out to "Nazareth College" to the Center for Spirituality (CFS) department. Write "Thanksgiving Baskets" on the checks. All money received will be used to purchase food items to complete the baskets.
Clairvaux Service Retreat
You are invited to spend your spring break with fellow Naz students along with children and families who have been affected by homelessness. We will take the week to work with Deep Roots and the people they serve as we learn more about poverty and homelessness and the ways in which we can make a true difference. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve and to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, then we hope you will consider joining us in March!
"Deep Roots works with children and their families, who are disconnected through homelessness or other similar marginalization: connecting hearts. Our program will challenge children to envision a brighter future, to sustain healthy relationships and to navigate a course towards personal and social responsibility through better life experiences, with mentors, providing healthy life-models for all future relationships."
Contact Nadia Mullin at email@example.com for more information.
Applications are available from Nadia or Ruth on the 1st floor of GAC.
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality
An Opportunity for Prayer
Sacred Space is a website that leads you through daily reflection and prayer. It is written and hosted by the Irish Jesuits and offers Scripture and guided prayer for each day. Check it out!
Naz Christian Fellowship! Wednesdays at 9pm!
11/19 - 'Just Dance' (stay tuned for more details!)
11/26 - no school
12/3 - cafe night at Colie's
12/10 - off (finals week)
Local Church Connections
Get to Know The Community
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?