Nazareth Protestant Community

February 10th, 2016

Greetings friends!

Today marks the beginning of 40 day (or 6 week) period of Lent--a season set aside for focusing on repentance, faithfulness, mortality, and new life, Christians around the world commemorate today--Ash Wednesday--through attending a worship service of penitence and receiving the sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads. We remember that from dust we were formed and that to dust we will return. I love what Lutheran pastor and author, Nadia Bolz-Weber has to say about Ash Wednesday:

"If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of God: That we are God’s, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life. That where two or more are gathered, Christ is with us. These promises outlast our earthly bodies and the limits of time. (Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People)"

We have several opportunities to gather for worship, fellowship, and service this week beginning with tonight's ecumenical Ash Wednesday service (see more details below).

On Thursday we will meet at 1 pm in my office to assemble Easter Baskets for local students in need.

On Sunday we will be worshiping TWICE! In honor of Siblings Weekend, we will be worshiping at 9:30 am in Linehan Chapel. The theme will be "Why does Lent matter?" We will also hold our usual worship service at 8:30 pm featuring guest pastor and speaker, Rev. Katie Styrt. Katie will be speaking to us about why sex and sexuality matter.

Hope to see you at some point this week!


Upcoming in Worship

Weekly vespers for Spring Semester 2016 will continue to be held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.

Upcoming Vespers

Sunday February 14 at 9:30 am -- Why does Lent Matter? (Siblings Weekend service)

Sunday February 14 at 8:30 pm -- Why does sex/sexuality matter? with guest preacher, Rev. Katie Styrt.

February 21 -- Why do emotions matter? with student guest preacher, Junior, Kira Duffy.

February 28 -- Taize

All are welcome. Food and fellowship will follow worship.

Divine Doughnuts

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

Join us for our weekly gathering with Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities. The next Divine Doughnuts will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

If you have not had a chance to attend, take advantage of this sweet opportunity this year.

Weekly Quaker Worship!

Tuesdays at 8 pm in the Meditation Room in GAC. All are welcome to join us for Quaker worship.

Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration

Starting each day with a few minutes in prayer and meditation on God's word can transform our day-to-day perspective and align our hearts with God's will for our lives. This 30 day devotional available for free on the YouVersion Bible app is full of timeless truths from scripture as taught by Oswald Chambers. Why not challenge yourself to spending time with God each day with this 30 day devotional!

Ash Wednesday Services

This Wednesday, 2/10, marks the beginning of the Lenten Season for Christians around the world. The Season of Lent, a forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting, begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes with the celebration of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday (April 5).

For those who are interested in commemorating Ash Wednesday on campus, there will be two services in the Linehan Chapel this Wednesday, February 10:

12:30 pm Catholic Mass

7:00 pm Ecumenical Ash Service

(Catholics and Protestants together)

Keeping Hope in the Desert: What Our Brothers and Sisters in Iraq Can Teach Us

Presentation by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

February 11, 2016, 7 p.m.

Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center

Stay tuned for more information via email!

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

The next NCF meeting will be Wednesday, February 10th at 8:45 pm.

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

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

Last week's question was:

Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?

Answers given were:

Broncos- 2 votes

Panthers- 0 votes

Indifferent- 2

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!