Nazareth Protestant Community

November 13, 2014

Advent is probably my favorite season of the church. I love the Christmas lights and the carols. I love the opportunities it brings to be with family and friends. But more than that I love the themes of Advent: waiting, hoping, peace, expectation, joy. The rest of the world always seems to want to say, "Hurry up!" when Advent begins. But the true spirit of Advent says, "Slow down. Wait. Hope."

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

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

• 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 for more information.

Applications are available from Nadia or Ruth on the 1st floor of GAC.

Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality

Come and Worship!

Need a break from the craziness of college life? Need a chance to unplug and feed your spirit? Join us for worship on Sunday night as we continue our journey through the Gospel of Mark!

8:30 pm
Linehan Chapel
All are welcome!

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!

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 Kelsey Sweet if you'd like more information! Here's the fall schedule (subject to change):

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

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

Get to Know The Community

Every week during service we ask those in attendance to sign in. This allows us to make sure that everyone can receive this wonderful newsletter. Along with your email, we ask a fun question of the week.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Whoopi Goldberg

Julie Andrews

Tom Diller

Francis Collins

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!