Nazareth Protestant Community

October 8, 2015

This week we are pleased to welcome Katie O'Hern, Minister for Mission and Discipleship at Asbury First United Methodist Church. Katie will be leading us in a reflection on the question of "Why does food matter?"

"Katie received her MDiv and MA in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was the recipient of the Raymond Irving Lindquist Fellowship for the Parish Ministry. She holds a BS in Elementary & Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, and is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland. Katie enjoys cooking and canning, spending time outdoors, and playing board games."

We all know that food matters. It's kind of a big deal. But food can be complicated too. It can be joyful and celebratory like meals shared with friends and at weddings. Food can be complex or simple, comforting or challenging. Jesus shared many meals with people during his life. And he lifted up simple elements like bread and wine as symbols of his extraordinary love for us. I hope that you'll join us on Sunday as we reflect on the power and spirituality of food.

October in Worship

Weekly services are held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.
All are welcome. You are welcome to food and fellowship following the service.

For vespers this weekend:
October 11th, 2015- Why does food matter?

Guest speaker, Katie O'Hern, Minister for Discipleship and Mission at Asbury First United Methodist Church

For the remainder of the month:

October 18th, 2015- Why does vocation matter?
October 25th, 2015- Taize Worship

On October 25th, we will worship via the contemplative sung practice of Taizé. All are invited to join us for this candlelit evening of song, scripture, and silence. if you are interested in assisting with the music in this service, please contact Alexis Scangas at:

Divine Doughnuts

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

Joint weekly gathering of the Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities

Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration

A little article on the spirituality of food to get you thinking. What do you think of the author's rules for food?

I'm Not Racist...Am I?

Take 12 real teens from New York City of varying ethnicities and engage them in a one year committment to explore racism, White privilege and other social issues with each other. I'm Not Racist...Am I? is documentary that generates emotions and challenges thinking. The youth are engaged in thinking both critically and reflectively while building bonds with each other.

You are invited to attend the screening of this powerful documentary followed by a facilitated discussion.

October 28, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm in A-14 (Arts Center)

This event is sponsored by Academic Affairs, Athletics, Campus Life, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Spirituality, Institute for Pluralism, and Student Development.

Clairvaux Farms Spring Break Service Retreat- Interest Meeting!

Are you considering having a volunteer experience this Spring Break at Clairvaux Farms?
Or, maybe you just have questions or are curious.

Attend one of the upcoming interest meeting:
Monday, October 12th in GAC 151 at 8:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Tuesday, October 13th in GAC 151 at 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • or Sunday, October 18th in GAC 151 at 8:00 PM
  • 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.

    Annual Thanksgiving Basket Project- Thanksgiving 2015- Help Needed

    Every year we work with Dimitri House in the City of Rochester to provide Thanksgiving Baskets for families in the Rochester area. Dimitri House was established in 19 and is committed to serving people in need and providing them resources. The sponsored baskets contain all the ingredients for a family (often ranging from 2 to 5 people) facing food insecurity to have a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

    Here at Nazareth, various academic departments, campus groups and individuals commit to sponsoring baskets. Whether you are able to sponsor a basket or not, we need your help/skills to aid in sorting items, assembling the baskets and delivering them to Dimitri House on the dates below:

    Please note the following dates:
    Thursday, November 19th, 2015- Thanksgiving Basket assembling day
    Location TBA- Likely to be the Linehan Chapel
    Friday, November 20th, 2015- Thanksgiving Basket delivery day.

    Please consider assisting in any way possible in this effort. For information, or to sign up to help, contact Melanie Jones, Protestant Chaplain's Graduate Assistant at In 2014. with the campus community united, we were able to sponsor 35 baskets. Together let's make it happen for 2015.

    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 (, Claire Sobraske (, or Laura Mater ( if you'd like more information!

    Here's the schedule for the semester:

    10/14 Bible Study

    10/21 Bible Study

    10/28 Cafe Night at Colie's

    11/4 Bible Study

    11/11 Café Night at Colie's

    11/18 Bible Study

    12/2 Social night! Trivia at Applebee's - meet at 8:30 pm

    12/9 Christmas Party - cookie decorating!

    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.

    This week's question was:

    Where was the farthest you have (or someday will travel)

    Some of the answers given were- India, Italy(Venice), Spain, Ireland and Milwaukee, WI

    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!