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Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo
Cursillo – “Cursillo de Christiandad” – is defined as a short course in Christianity. It is a three day spiritual retreat in learning about God’s love and Christ’s will for us. Cursillo provides a foundation for both individual and community spiritual growth. It is an opportunity for Christians who want to “step up” their relationship with Christ and to have a greater impact on their environments in response to God’s call beginning with a 3-Day Weekend where grace, spiritual growth, and community are combined in a fun and energetic way and continuing for a lifetime.
The weekend includes chapel each day, communion, small group discussions, sharing, music, singing, laughter, and prayer. Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo (GPC) weekends are held twice a year at the very comfortable Pinnacle Retreat Center in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Clayton, Georgia.
We invite all Presbyterians to join us this spring, April 16-19, or in the fall, October 29-November1. The cost is only $100 per person all inclusive.
Creation Care Sermon Prize
Winner receives a cash prize and preaches the sermon at the Earth Day Chapel on Tuesday, April 14.
Sermons should address the intersections of the Bible, the Church, and environmental concerns (e.g. sustainability, resilience, water, land, energy, climate change, food, communicable disease).
The award is open to current students in Columbia's MDiv, MATS, MAPT, and ThM programs. Submit printed manuscripts to Ann Clay Adams without names; however she must know the author.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
SCC Elections. Please note the following dates for SCC elections:
- March 20 (tomorrow): Nominations for SCC (Pres, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) positions due.
- March 23-27: Voting on SCC positions.
- March 27: Nominations for Middler and Senior class officers (Pres, Rep, 2 Nominating Committee members for each class) due.
- March 30-April 3: Voting on class officers. If needed, run-offs will be, April 13-14.
- April 16: last SCC meeting of the year (which both outgoing and incoming members will attend).
CTS Consignment Sale
Instead of doing a sale or an informal give-away, we decided a "virtual" shop for people to look at and claim/buy items on a continuous basis. We have created the CTS Consignment Sale Facebook page! This will function as a forum for students, faculty, and staff as well as others in our extended CTS community to claim free items or buy some items at a discounted price.
Clothes Closet Closed
Please be advised that the Clothes Closet is now closed until Monday Mar 23 as the volunteers transition from fall/winter to spring/summer seasons.
Explorations (I-520) in Summer 2016. The Office of Contextual Education is currently assessing needs/interest in an Explorations placement that would be offered in an extended, part-time format with limited evening and weekend hours. Explorations has been offered in this way before for those with full-time jobs and parenting responsibilities that make it difficult for them to participate in the usual, full-time immersion format for this course.
Summer term 2016 is the likely time for this course. Eligible students for the part-time Explorations placement will have completed (by the beginning of summer term 2016) 27-36 credit hours and are likely anticipating a May, 2017 graduation date.
If you are interested in participating in (or learning more about) this option for Explorations, please contact Kim Clayton (ClaytonK@ctsnet.edu )by March 18, 2015.
Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship
Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015;
Who should apply: Japanese/Japanese-American seminarians;
Criteria: students in MDIV program or other ministerial preparation programs; and students considering ordination to pastor or missionary service to Japanese American churches
For more information see JAUC website: http://www.jauc.org;Questions: contact Japanese American United Church at: email@example.com or call 212.242.9444.
February Winner of the Fitness Challenge.
The NRH Gym Fitness Challenge February Raffle winner is Matt Whittington! He won a $25 gift card to Farm Burger. Congratulations Matt! Didn't win last month? Never you fear, there is still one more monthly drawing as well as the grand prize drawing for a Garmin Vivofit to one lucky gymgoer at the end of the semester. Good luck to everyone this month!
Wanted: TA's for Language Courses
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR A LANGUAGE COURSE? Did you do well in a biblical language course and—even more important—did you enjoy it? Are you willing to share your skill and enthusiasm with students who are just embarking on the seas of Greek or Hebrew grammar? Do you want to test the waters of your own ability to teach or the possibility that you might pursue further study in Old or New Testament? The Bible Area is currently welcoming letters of application for teaching assistantships for B021 Essentials of Greek, summer 2015, and for B222 Introductory Biblical Hebrew, fall 2015. The positions entail the following responsibilities:
Greek (summer term, July 6 – August 14, 2015)
- Regular attendance and participation. Class meets five days a week, three hours a day (9:00 a.m. to noon), for eight weeks. One half of each day is spent in plenary and one half in precepts, with a break in the middle.
- Primary teaching responsibility for one small group of 10-12 students. This includes daily review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading, as well as supervised grading of quizzes and exams.
- Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the New Testament together.
Hebrew (fall semester, 2015)
- Regular attendance and participation in plenary sections.
- Primary teaching responsibility for two (2) small groups of 8-10 students, both of which meet twice a week. This includes review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading.
- Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the Old Testament together.
Please let us know of your interest in serving in this important capacity by writing a letter that includes the following: a brief statement about your interest in teaching Greek or Hebrew, a list of the Hebrew, Greek, and exegetical courses you have taken, and any other information you consider pertinent. Please have the letter in Bill Brown’s box (#54F) or email (Brownb@ctsnet.edu) no later than noon on March 13. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Brown or any other member of the Bible Area.
Lent is Coming!
Ash Wed, Feb 18: Second Annual Community Day. The goal of the day is to join together in hopes of becoming more like the beloved community of Jesus Christ. The day is being planned and led by your Community Life and Discrimination & Inclusiveness committee. Please be sure to make your reservation today!
Prayer Stations. In the SPACE (Campbell 214) February 18-27, except the afternoon of February 22. Directions for the stations will be printed in booklets that you can take home to use throughout the season. Find more on Facebook!
Spiritual Practices on the SPACE blog. Be on the lookout for thoughts on a different spiritual practice each Sunday during Lent. Visit the blog here!