Nazareth Protestant Community

March 26th, 2015

Dear friends,

You know how when you make plans that are a long way out and it seems like it's so far away that the day will never arrive? That's how I'm feeling these days. Yes, as of the writing of this I am still pregnant. My due date--a date I've been awaiting for 40 weeks now--is two days away. Time flies when you're having fun! And it slows down when you're waiting for an 8 pound baby to decide it's time to vacate the premises.

But on another level, I also look at the semester and how fast it has gone by. It's nearly April, meaning the year is quickly winding to a whirlwind of a close. Papers, tests, projects, assignments. Stress, anticipation, worry about future plans. It's a pretty anxious time for all of us, I think.

I will simply leave you with these verses that have long given me a sense of peace when it seems like life is moving too fast, or too slow, or not how I planned it would:

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Isaiah 43:1-3

God is with you, my friends, through whatever storm or fire. May the peace of Christ be with you.




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Join us for worship!

Weekly services are held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.

Worship Schedule:

March 29th - Taize

April 5 - Easter with special guest, Mike Mullin (Nadia's husband).

April 12 - worship with special guest, Rev. Alison Schmied

April 19 - worship with special guest, Rev. Alison Schmied

April 26 - Taize

May 3 - Last Protestant worship of the year - a celebration of our Senior(s)!

Taize - This Sunday, March 29th!

We practice the contemplative sung worship tradition of Taize once a month while classes are in session.

This semester we will worship via Taize on:
March 29
April 26

Lent and Holy Week Worship and Events from our Catholic Community

Eucharistic Adoration and Compline
3/26 at 9:00PM

Palm Sunday: 3/29 at 7:00PM
Holy Thursday: 4/2 at 8:00PM
Good Friday: 4/3 at 12:30PM
Easter: Sunday, 4/5 at 7:00PM

Mass with Bishop Clark
Sunday, 4/12 at 7:00PM

All Services are held in Linehan Chapel.

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!

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!

NCF also offers rides to three local churches -- The Father's House, Grace Road, and Victory Baptist. If you are interested in getting a ride to church contact Kelsey Sweet or Meaghan Porter.

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!

Get to Know The Community

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

This week's question: What did you do over spring break?

Fish Fry

Sleep and translate

Played the video games

Papers, sleep, and homework