Fall 2019 Info and Welcome!

Welcome to GCF!

Whether you’re new to GCF and trying to figure us out, or you’re a seasoned regular and you know the drill, we are excited to have you with us as we embark on another year of learning and growth through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and social activities.

Bible study is the core of what we do at GCF. We have Bible study every Monday from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. We usually meet on-campus in Anabel Taylor Hall in the auditorium. At Bible study, we usually mingle, sing worship songs, break into small groups for study, gather prayer requests, and close with announcements, snacks, and more mingling. This fall we will be studying 1 Corinthians. If you are interested in leading study and/or helping with snacks, please feel free to  email Sharon Lampman (sharon.lampman11@houghton.edu), our Bible Study Coordinator.

We also have a weekly prayer/fellowship meetings for Guys and Gals. Ladies’ meet every other Wednesday from 7:30 pm – 9 pm to drink tea, fellowship, and pray. We pray through any prayer requests from the group as well as broader themes/people/topics we feel compelled to pray about. Email Haley Rylander (hrr53@cornell.edu) for more information. Guys meet on Thursdays from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. Typically we read through a book together then meet to discuss the chapters read, pray, and fellowship. Email David Limbaugh (dglimbau@buffalo.edu) for more details.

As our name suggests, we are most certainly a fellowship, and with that comes lots of opportunities for social gatherings and fun adventures. Also, next Saturday, September 14 there will be an outing to the Ithaca Farmers Market where we hang out and eat things we find at the Farmers Market. If you are new to Ithaca, the Farmers Market is a very Ithacan institution, and sure to be a treat. Come with petty cash and an empty stomach, and you’ll leave with no cash and a happy stomach. More details will be sent out to the listserv as the date approaches!

Later in the semester, we will have our annual Fall retreat, tentatively planned for October 18-20. We don’t yet have everything planned for retreat, and if you are interested in helping to plan retreat, we would greatly appreciate your help! We usually leave on a Friday around dinner time, get to Cortland Bible Camp Friday night, and stay until Sunday lunch. If you are new and/or uncertain about committing to a weekend retreat with us, don’t worry! We plan it for later in the semester intentionally so that you have an opportunity to get to know us better before committing. Please contact cornellgcf@gmail.com for more information or to join the planning committee.

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

For more information, contact us at cornellgcf@gmail.com.

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Ice Cream Social on September 6!

Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship invites all graduate students and young professionals to an Ice Cream Social on September 6th! We will meet at 5:30pm in the “One World Room” in Anabel Taylor Hall. There will be music, fun, and ice cream! Check the facebook page “Cornell GCF 2019-20,” or email Sara Beth (sbl84@cornell.edu) for more information.

New officer team

We are excited to announce the new GCF officer team for the 2019-2020 academic year:

President: Dean Da Vee

Vice President: Sara Beth Leach Cebry

Treasurer: Austin Han

Bible Study Coordinator: Sharon Lampman

Social Events Coordinator: Haley Rylander

Prayer and Outreach Coordinator: Rebecca Gerdes

Round Table with Warren Kinghorn

Join us on Friday, May 3rd at 7 PM in the Upson Lounge for a round table with Professor Warren Kinghorn titled: ‘It’s Good that You Exist:’ On Being Loved by God in a World Marked by Shame.

Shame is universal in human life and deeply felt by many who study and work in modern universities. Though there are many ways that humans compensate for shame — including doubling down on our work, isolating ourselves, numbing ourselves, or deflecting blame — shame is best addressed in the context of loving, attuned relationships that make it possible to be vulnerable and secure at the same time. For Christians, this starts with the good news that the deepest truth about who we are is that we are known and loved by God. We’ll explore three ways in which we are known and loved by God: as part of God’s good creation, as those who are made in the image of God, and as those who are invited into the life of Jesus, and held securely there in God’s life. We’ll then talk about the difference that this makes for navigating modern university life.

Food will be provided during the round table.

Speaker Night

Please join us for our first Guest Speaker night of the year, with Praveen Sethupathy.  Praveen is a Cornell Faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and will speak about being a Christian in a highly secular academic environment.  The speaker night will be in Uris 262 at 7:30 PM  and will be in place of our regular Bible Study.  Pizza dinner will be provided.

Fall Retreat

We will be holding our Annual Fall retreat in Cortland, NY from Friday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st.  This will be an event that you won’t want to miss, and will include a speaker, activities, and events all designed to challenge ourselves to grow in Christ and become more like him.  The start time for the event is 6pm on Friday, but many people arrive before and after that time, so don’t fret if you have a later commitment on Friday evening! The retreat will continue until Sunday around noon.  We will be carpooling to the location, so don’t hesitate to reach out to leadership if you’d like a ride.  The cost of the retreat is $58 per person and includes shared cabin accommodations and all meals. A separate room with a single full size bed is also available for married couples at a total cost of $121 for two people.  If you’d like more information or are interested in going, please contact Anna Giesmann at anna.giesmann@gmail.com.