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.



Friday Conversation with Drs. Sethupathy & Middleton

Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House are co-sponsoring a Friday conversation concerning theology and science.  Join us at the Chesterton House (115 The Knoll rd) on Friday, September 21st at 5 pm with Dr. Praveen Sethupathy and Dr. Richard Middleton. What better way to engage the historic conversation between science and faith than to feature thoughtful, renowned scholars—one a scientist and the other a theologian. Listen and join in as they discuss and examine the study of genetics and human origins from scientific and theological perspectives, exploring the implications for human identity as the image of God.

Praveen Sethupathy is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. He received his BA degree from Cornell and his PhD in Genomics from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Collins, he moved in 2011 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. In 2017, he returned to Cornell University as an Associate Professor. Praveen has authored over 70 publications, and has served as a reviewer for over 30 different journals. Recent honors include a faculty merit award for outstanding teaching and mentoring. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and three children.

J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, is widely published in religious periodicals and journals and is the author of four books. Special areas of interest include Old Testament theology, Christian worldview, the books of Genesis and Samuel, the doctrine of Creation, and Christianity and postmodern culture. Dr. Middleton served as president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association and additionally serves as an adjunct professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.

Fall Ice Cream Social!

Join us on Monday, September 10th at 7:30pm in Uris 262 for our annual Welcome back Ice Cream Social! We will have ice cream (and a vegan option), toppings, music, games, and entertainment.  Invite as many people as you like, there is no need to RSVP.  We hope we can see you there!

Fall 2018 Bible Study

Join us this semester as we continue our weekly Bible study at a different location.  We will be meeting on Mondays at 7:30 pm in Uris Hall 262.  Over the course of the semester we will be walking our way through 2 Kings as a different member leads study every week.  We hope you can join us!

Buttermilk Falls Hike and Farmers Market

Come join GCF on Saturday, August 25th for a hike at Buttermilk Falls State Park followed by a trip to the Farmers’ Market.  We’ll meet at the parking lot of Anabel Taylor Hall between 9:45-10:00, then carpool to Buttermilk Falls State Park. Let us know if you’d be willing to drive, or if you need picked up elsewhere. The hiking loop takes about 2 hours, depending on how fast people want to go.   Afterwards, we’ll drive over to the Farmer’s Market to refuel.
Feel free to invite others.. The more the merrier! Hope to see you there!

Contact Anna Giesmann at anna.giesmann@gmail.com for more info

Weekly Bible Study!

Please join us at the Chesterton House at 115 The Knoll rd in Ithaca on Mondays at 7:30pm for our weekly Bible study as one of our members leads us through a passage from the Bible.  Contact Dean Da Vee at dad356@cornell.edu for more information.

Fall 2017 Welcome and Update

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 7:30pm – 9:30pm. We usually meet on-campus in Anabel Taylor Hall in the Auditorium on the second floor (same place as the ice cream social!), but just for Labor Day we will meet at the Chesterton House (115 The Knoll, Ithaca, NY 14850). (So, to be clear, meet at the Chesterton House this Monday, September 4, and then meet at Anabel Taylor next Monday, September 11 and every Monday after that.) 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 Exodus 1-20. If you are interested in leading study and/or helping with snacks, please feel free to  email Dean Da Vee (dad356@cornell.edu), our Bible Study Coordinator.

We also have a weekly prayer meeting every Wednesday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in Anabel Taylor Hall, Room B27. Join us in the small room in the basement of Anabel Taylor Hall on Wednesday evenings (if it looks like a former kitchen carpeted over, you are in the right place). Each week we pray through our prayer list in addition to broader themes/people/topics we feel compelled to pray about. If you have any praises or prayer requests you’d like to share, please add them to the prayer list (link in recent listserv email from Sam) and we will pray about them.

In addition to general GCF prayer meeting, there is also an occasional Ladies’ Prayer Night. The first Ladies’ Prayer Night will be held next Thursday, September 7, and there may be food included. More details will come via the listserv next week.

As our name suggests, we are most certainly a fellowship, and with that comes lots of opportunities for social gatherings and fun adventures. This Saturday, September 2, there will be a picnic-esque activity for those that are in town. More details to come via the listserv soon! Also, next Saturday, September 9, 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 Ithaca 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.

Later in the semester, we will have our annual Fall retreat, tentatively planned for October 20-22. 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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