Nazareth Protestant Community
January 15, 2015
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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!
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