Nazareth Protestant Community

January 15, 2015

I can't believe we're almost done with the first week of the spring semester! Time races on. As I mentioned last week, there are so many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to fill your time with awesome spiritual opportunities to grow in your own sense of faith, learn about other faiths, and get to know some new people! Whether it be at an Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration event or at a TED talk or at worship, there is no shortage of ways for you to be engaged in opportunities for social and spiritual experiences.

On another note, I don't know how many of you are "New Year's Resolution" type of people. I spent a number of years trying to keep resolutions. I can't say I was ever even remotely successful. Given that we are already half way through January, if you did make a resolution, I hope you're still hanging in there. And if you've already given up, know that you're in good company.

The concept of the New Year's Resolution is a good one. I think it's wise for us to constantly look for ways to better ourselves. It just depends on what motivates you. I'm not terribly motivated by the start of a New Year. But I am motivated by every day moments that remind me of the need for faith, kindness, compassion, and charity.

The apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:17, "whatever you do, in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." This verse is kind of like the idea of What Would Jesus Do? without needing to ask the awkward questions of whether Jesus would wear underwear and shower daily. While I might not have a New Year's Resolution this year, I can at least pray that each day I would try to think about what it means to do everything in the name of Jesus--what it means for how I spend my time, how I speak to others, what I post on Facebook or Twitter. And as I consider what it means to do everything in the name of Jesus, to also remember to give thanks to God each day. There is power in the life lived with an attitude of thankfulness.

I pray that whatever you want 2015 to be like for you, that you would find ways to accomplish those goals. And if you don't accomplish them, to remember the grace of God and that sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference.


Clairvaux Service Retreat Interest Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 12:15-1pm

GAC 151 - Community Room

Want to learn more about this year's Clairvaux Trip? Join us at 12:15 for a quick meeting to talk through the itinerary, fill out applications, and ask any questions you might have!

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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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Thursday, January 15, 12:10pm – MLK Birthday Party (Sorelles)

Saturday January 17, 8:30am - 12:30pm – Service Day: “King for a Day” (Downtown Rochester)

Monday, January 19, 11:30am – MLK Commemoration: “Revolutionary Love” (Linehan Chapel)

Monday, January 19, 6:30pm – Intercollegiate Event: “MLK Co-Exist Dinner” (Saint John Fisher College)

Thursday, January 22, time TBA - Movie Night: “Selma “ (Pittsford Plaza Cinema)

Friday, January 23, 2:00 – 5:00pm – Service Day: “Equality Through Education” (Nazareth Campus)

Tuesday, January 27, 12:10pm - Dine and Dialogue: “What MLK Means To Us” (Medaille Formal Lounge)

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00pm – Musical Celebration: “Kim & Reggie Harris” (Linehan Chapel)

Join us for worship!

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

Taize services

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:
January 25
February 22
March 29
April 26

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!

Check back here soon for this semester's schedule.

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.

Question of the week: What are you looking forward to?

Independent Study

Spring Break

Palm Trees


Not Winter

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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!