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InterVarsity Grad & Faculty Ministries at NCSU & Meredith College: Update, December 2011

Season’s greetings!  I hope you are having a blessed Advent season as we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth!

What’s happening?

  • Our new faculty Bible study begins next semester at Meredith College

    Since April, I have raised 70% of my annual budget in pledges and donations, and since August I have been working full-time for InterVarsity at half-pay.  Thank you for your support!

  • Our new weekly Bible study for the faculty and staff at Meredith College begins on January 12th!  20 people have contacted me to express their interest.  Praise God!
  • The State & Meredith Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) has been gathering weekly to pray and to study the Bible together.
  • Three GCF members have successfully completed their PhDs this semester!  Congratulations, Beth, Rebecca, and Eric!
  • The GCF continues regularly serving our community with Habitat for Humanity and other local service initiatives.
  • At our Food for Thought Dinners we continue to explore how our faith impacts our work, scholarship and all of life.
  • The GCF will host and sponsor our first annual public colloquium this spring.  Our 2012 colloquium will be held on April 12th at NC State: Biblical Faith in an Age of Science.  Author, speaker, and Old Testament scholar Dr. Peter Enns, and Dr. Sujin Pak, assistant professor of Christian History at Duke Divinity School, will be two of our speakers.

Things to pray for…

  • The GCF gathered for some carols and Christmas cheer

    That I would raise the remainder of my budget soon and be able to devote more attention to the ministry.  I need to raise an additional 20% of my annual budget, $14,000, by the end of the month to be able to receive full salary next semester.

  • That the Lord would bless our outreach efforts this spring.
  • That the Lord would guide us as we cast a vision for the future of the Grad & Faculty Ministries at NC State and Meredith.

Season’s greetings to all!

I hope this letter finds you well and that you are having a blessed Advent season.  First, we want to thank you for your support! We simply could not do this very strategically important ministry without your help.  Since April 15th, by the grace of God, more than $48,000 of support has been pledged or donated to my work with InterVarsity’s ministries to the graduate students and faculty at NC State and Meredith College. Since August 15th I have been working fulltime at half-pay, building the Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) at NC State, participating in the InterVarsity Faculty Bible Study at NC State, and working to secure the remainder of my funding for the rest of this fiscal year.  Thank you for being a part of this work!

On April 12th we will host a colloquium on Faith and Science with Dr. Peter Enns from Eastern University and Dr. Sujin Pak from Duke Divinity School

Since our autumn newsletter we have had some exciting new developments with our ministry to Meredith College.  This coming January we will begin our new weekly Bible study for the faculty and staff at Meredith College, Rereading Matthew Together at Meredith.  Taking Oxford New Testament scholar and former Bishop N.T. Wright’s Matthew for Everyone (Louisville: Westminster-John Knox, 2004) as our guide, week by week we will explore the ways in which this ancient Word speaks to us in our (post)modern world.  We have already had twenty faculty and staff contact us to express their interest in participating and we are hoping and praying for more!

In January the GCF will head to Hanging Rock State Park for a weekend retreat where I will cast a vision for the future of the GCF and set out our strategy for bearing witness to the Lordship of Jesus in the university.  This semester we will be taking big steps to become a community of missionaries to our campuses, exploring ways in which we can effectively embody and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to our universities and to our world.

Finally, I wanted to bring to your attention the colloquium that the GCF will host on April 12th at NC State: Biblical Faith in an Age of Science: Adam and Eve, Evolution, and Evangelicalism.  We will be joined by Dr. Peter Enns, formerly of the BioLogos Institute, Dr. Sujin Pak, assistant professor of Christian History at Duke Divinity School, and others as we discuss the ways in which modern science and scholarship can inform our faith in the Creator God and the ways in which our faith can shape our understanding of modern science.  The colloquium will be open to the public and is to be held in the McKimmon Center.

In January the GCF heads to the mountains for a weekend retreat

This coming spring semester is going to be a vital time in our ministry to Raleigh’s universities, as we cast our vision and prepare our student leaders for the next academic year and beyond.  To be able to devote my full attention to the ministry and serve full-time on campus next semester, I will need to raise an additional 20% of my annual budget, $14,000, by the end of December.  Included here is a business reply envelope in case you would like to make an additional end-of-the-year contribution to our work.  You can also donate online at: https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/David_Williams.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you again for all of your support, and Merry Christmas!


Thanks From the NCSU GCF



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Hi! I'm David, the campus minister for InterVarsity's graduate and faculty ministries at NC State and Meredith College. I hope you'll join me as I learn to "practice resurrection" in the City of Oaks, in her universities, and in the wider world. You can contact me at dmwilliams83@gmail.com

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