Nazareth Protestant Community
September 24, 2015
I am so excited that this Sunday at Protestant Worship will be our first Taizé service of the semester. If you haven't experienced a Taizé service before, I highly recommend you join us on Sunday at 8:30 pm. We will sing, pray, and meditate together in the beauty of the candlelit chapel. These services are always refreshing to me in a way that I can't quite explain. I leave feeling peaceful, relaxed, and as if I have taken time to dwell in the presence of God.
Taizé is named for a community in France that was founded in 1940. Brother Roger settled in Taizé (a small town near the demarcation line between northern and southern France) and purchased some uninhabited buildings. The initial use for that space was to house refugees--many of which were Jewish. When French authorities found out about what they were doing, they were advised to leave. Brother Roger returned several years later and opened up the grounds to care for orphaned children and German prisoners of war. Gradually, other men came to join the community and made a lifelong commitment to a life of simplicity and celibacy.
As the years went on, more brothers joined the community and more and more people began to make pilgrimages to the Taizé Community in fulfillment of Brother Roger's long held sense of calling. Today, Taizé is a truly ecumenical community with brothers from both Catholic and Protestant traditions serving all over the world. Their aims are to promote the ideals of peace and unity that are bedrocks of the Taizé community.
In recent years, thousands of young people have begun to make the journey to Taizé where they are welcomed and invited to worship and be in dialogue with people who represent numerous backgrounds. Young people from countries at war with one another sit together at meals and kneel together in worship. The Taizé Community sings primarily in Latin and French as a means of uniting people of many languages in one common one.
This is just a little bit of information about what Taizé is and where it originated. I sincerely hope you'll join us on Sunday as we lift our voices --and several different musical instruments via our Taizé ensemble--together in worship of God and in the true spirit of peace and ecumenism of Taizé.
Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration
Spring Break service retreat to Clairvaux Farm! March 6-12, 2016
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 email@example.com 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)
Here's the schedule for the semester:
9/30 Cafe Night at Colie's
10/7 Bible Study
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"NCF is a community that welcomes and supports one another by modeling Christ in service to others."
Fall Ecumenical Retreat 2015!
Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4pm to Sunday, Oct. 4th, 3pm
231 Monastery Rd
Pine City, NY
Meet new people ~ Get off campus ~ Enjoy home cooked food ~ Meet Real Live Monks! ~ Chase some sheep ~ Spend time outdoors ~ Discover more about yourself and God
Cost ONLY $15.00 (scholarships available if needed)
To RSVP, respond to this e-mail or on the list next to Jamie’s office, GAC 162.
Note: We will leave campus at 4:00pm on Friday and return by noon on Sunday.
You can bring homework with you! Space is limited and will fill up fast!!!
Get to know the community!
This week's question was:
Best thing about fall?
Dallas Cowboys football
leaves, wind, temperature
apples, crisp air
ecumenical retreat (x2)
leaves, apples, pumpkins