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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!
Clothes Closet Spring Hours Updated
Clothes Closet Hours Updated. We are still packed with clothes in almost every size. We have received quite a few plus size clothes lately, so you can pass on the word.
- Monday 10:00 am-12 noon, 3:00-8:30 pm
- Wednesday 10:00 am-12 noon
- Thursday 1:30-6:30 pm
- Friday 8:00 am-12 noon
- Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
HSHC Events During Lent
Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church invites you to join us for the following events:
1. Team “Fruit & Vegetable Tracking” Challenge! Tired of giving up chocolate for Lent? Want a more fruitful way of observing the season? Consider participating in this 40-day challenge. Here is how it works:
- Register to participate by Tuesday, Feb. 17th. You can do this by e-mailing Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by signing up via one of the clipboards located in Student Services, outside the NRH gym, or outside the HSHC office (#207 Richards Center).
- Everyone will be randomly placed in teams of four.
- Each week during Lent, everyone will keep track of their fruit and vegetable consumption via the tracking forms e-mailed to you by Karen.
- The team that has the best average* during Lent wins a prize!
Why are we doing this? Because most people in the United States do not meet the minimum daily requirements of fruit and vegetable consumption. Adult daily intake should be between 7-11 servings based on age and activity level. However, adults are currently consuming approximately 1 serving of fruit and 1.5 servings of vegetables a day. (More info: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/State-Indicator-Report-Fruits-Vegetables-2013.pdf)
* Since we don’t want to promote overconsumption, everyone will be given a target number based on age and activity level. Plus, everyone will be able to earn extra points for consuming local and in-season produce.
2. Experience the Participatory Stations of the Cross (starting next to the stairs leading up to the library).
The Stations of the Cross is an ancient Christian devotional practice, dating in some form back to the 4th century, and is commonly observed by Christians throughout the world, particularly during Lent.
As you follow the stations, you will find many familiar elements: Bible readings, prayer, and the opportunity for reflection. In addition, you will also be invited to participate in stretching and strengthening exercises, which are provided at each station.
Our hope and our prayer is that, as you move through these stations, using your mind, body, and soul, you will gain deeper insight into this familiar story.
If you have any questions and/or would like more information, please contact Karen Webster via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (470-228-1682).
Blessings for a meaningful Lent!
Spring Phonathon Teams Forming Now!
Cheer for your Atlanta Hawks; practice for the upcoming Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in March; celebrate the coming of Spring “sometime” this year; and more importantly come sign up for the spring 2015 phonathon. Each year, Columbia students call alumni/ae and past donors to encourage support for the Columbia Annual Fund. This is a great way to get to know Columbia alums and donors. And to top it all off, the “touchdown club” leaders (members of your friendly Annual Fund staff and team mascot) will provide energetic snacks; award coveted prizes; and pay a great hourly rate. For more information, please call or e-mail Pam Cottrell at 404-687-4588 or CottrellP@CTSnet.edu or Sandra Taylor at 404-687-4698 or TaylorS@CTSnet.edu. Phonathon dates are Mondays-Thursdays, March 2-12, 6:45-9:00 p.m. We want to recruit you for our winning team!
Student Preaching Weekend
Randy Calvo, Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, has received a request from our CTS alum, the Rev. Andy Gans, pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL (St. Augustine Presbytery) to visit with his and several other nearby Presbyterian congregations the weekend of March 14 & 15. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for you that also puts a face on Columbia Seminary for folks on the pew.
We'll drive from CTS to our host church on Saturday, March 14, enjoy dinner with the folks there and get you to your assigned destination. We'll leave Sunday afternoon after lunch and arrive back on campus Sunday night. All of your expenses will be paid, as well as an appropriate honorarium for your leadership on Sunday morning. The trip will be a fun time with fellowship and continuing education, as well as an opportunity to promote CTS. It may also generate personal and church connections that will positively impact your future search for a first call. The churches are interested in hearing about your call to ministry and your seminary experience.
To participate you need to have completed at least one preaching course or have had previous preaching experience. We have a limited number of spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. So please be quick to respond.
If you can join us the weekend of March 14 & 15, 2015, please respond to this e-mail to my colleague, Barbara Poe no later than Friday, February 13 in order for us to make plans with the churches there. 404/687-4566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mastering the Art of the Essay Exam—JBC Library Workshop
Feb 19: Mastering the Art of the Essay Exam—JBC Library Workshop (3:00-4:00pm)
The essay exam is a mainstay of many seminary introductory courses. How can you effectively prepare for this type of test? What are some practical strategies for organizing your essay and managing your time? What sorts of things are your professors looking for when grading your work? This workshop will help you quickly improve your test-taking skills.
NRH Raffle Winner
The NRH Gym Fitness Challenge has gotten off to a great start! The gym was used 276 times since the contest began on January 5th. January's raffle winner was De'Shun Kilgore. He won a $25 gift card to The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar. Didn't win last month? No problem! We are only a couple of days into February, so now is the time to get moving. Two more monthly drawings, as well as the grand prize of a Garmin Vivofit to one lucky gym-goer, await. Let's see if we can get February's total gym use over 300!
Work-study Opportunities Available
If you are interested in Federal Work-study please contact the Financial Planning Office as soon as possible. There may be a part-time job for you!