Nazareth Protestant Community

November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving is two weeks away! I looked at my calendar today and exclaimed those very words. Once again time is flying by and I find myself rushing to keep up. I’m not ready to be drawn into the hubbub of the holiday season. This year I’m trying to make it a goal to get all of my holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving so that once Advent begins, I can focus on themes of hope and peace, love and joy. It's hard to let Advent be Advent, but I wonder if there are little things we can do to more fully appreciate the depth of meaning that this season brings when we don't let it get taken over by arguments about Starbucks cups and the all-consuming consumerism of the "most wonderful time of the year."

Starting on November 24 at Divine Doughnuts (Tuesdays@9:15 am in GAC 151) we will begin an Advent Bible study. Between the 24th and December 15 we will cover all four weeks of Advent. If you want a way to help you take time to reflect on the darkness and mystery and beauty of this church season, please join us!

And on Sunday, we welcome senior Tom Caraher to the pulpit to reflect on why science and faith matter. He will be exploring the difficult topic of prayer and how science can be an answer to prayer. Don’t miss it!

Upcoming in Worship

Weekly services are held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.
All are welcome. You are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship following the service.
This week, one of our students, Tom Caraher, will be the featured speaker. The topic will be, "Science. Why does it matter?"
Tom is a biology major and is headed to graduate school with a career objective to focus on cancer research. In his leisure he enjoys football, donuts and is a pun-enthusiast

For the upcoming month of November:

11.15 - Guest speaker - Tom Caraher, Senior
11.22 - Guest speaker - Sabrina Squires, Sophomore
11.29 - Taize*

*On the Sunday November 29th , 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 any of these services, please contact Alexis Scangas at:

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Project- Thanksgiving 2015- Assembling Help Needed.

Please inform your friends and classmates about this opportunity to assist this holiday season:

Here at Nazareth, various academic departments, campus groups and individuals committed to sponsoring baskets. If you have already done so, we thank you for your generosity.

Still, there are other ways we need help. At present, we welcome members and friends of the Nazareth community to come this Tuesday the 17th and help sort and pack the basket items before we take them to Dimitri House on Wednesday. Consider taking some time to lend a hand. Refreshments will be served.

Please note the following dates/times:

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 9am until we finish we will be gathering and assembling the baskets. Refreshments will be served. Feel free to arrive later if you need to. Come and go as you please as your schedule allows.

Location: Chapel (GAC)- Beginning at 9am until we are finished.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 will be the basket drop-off date at Dimitri House. We will plan to depart from Naz by 9:30 am.

Any help you are able to provide is very much appreciated!

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 7 people) facing food insecurity to have a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Any questions? Please contact Melanie Jones, Protestant Chaplain's Graduate Assistant at

Divine Doughnuts

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

Joint weekly gathering of the Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities

Weekly Quaker Worship!

Starting TONIGHT (November 12) at 8 pm in the Meditation Room in GAC, all are welcome to join us for Quaker worship.


What happens in Quaker worship—is it really silent?
Quaker worship is based on silent waiting, where we expect to come into the presence of God. In this living silence, we listen for the still, small voice that comes from God through the Inward Light. Worshiping together in silence is a way for a community to be brought together in love and faithfulness.

During silent worship, anyone—adult or child—may feel inspired to give vocal ministry (speak out of the silence). After the person speaks the message, the silence resumes. Such messages may be offered several times during a meeting for worship, or the whole period of worship may be silent. Someone will signal the close of worship by shaking hands with another person, then everyone shakes hands with those seated nearby.

Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration

In honor of the beginning of Quaker Worship this week, I invite you to take a look at this website that features some FAQs about Quakers!

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.

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

Here's the schedule for the semester:

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- Board Games

Each week we ask a question in the sign-in book at worship.

This week's question was:

What is your favorite board game?

Answers given were:
Betrayal of the House on the Hill, Cards Against Humanity, Chess, Clue, Life (most popular answer!), Monopoly, Payday, Scattergories, Taboo and Trivial Pursuit.

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!