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Calvin-Wire: September 15, 2010

All-campus Philippians, other worship opportunities

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The big story at Calvin this week is that the campus-wide study of Philippians is underway.  Groups of students, faculty and staff will gather for 10 weeks and use books by N.T Wright and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW). The Sunday evening LOFT services will dig into these same themes.The Faith website has full details. Read the news story about "All-campus Philippians" which tells about other prisoners joining in the study of Paul's letter from prison. The photo at right is from Convocation 2010 (watch the archive!) where Chaplain Hulst spoke about, "YES! And...," from Phil. 1:6.

If you ever want to attend chapel, join us online for the live broadcast of daily chapel services from 10:00-10:20 a.m. (EST).  You can also join in on the Sunday evening LOFT services online at 8 p.m (EST). Both of these worship opportunities are archived on Vimeo so you can watch on demand whenever you want!

Another way to worship with Calvin is by reading the weekly columns by Dale Cooper.  He has begun publishing a column for the CICWCoop’s Column: reflections on the Christian walk,  a weekly article that explores numerous facets of Christian worship. His latest column, "Declaration of Dependence," references, among other things, a Hungarian headmaster, the Israelites and Clint Eastwood.

Fall sports off to great start

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Coming off a busy summer of awards for athletes and sports staff, here are several of the recent sports headlines:

Want to keep up-to-date on all sports headlines?  Calvin-Sports is sent soon after Calvin varsity sporting events and includes information and statistics from the world of Calvin sports.

Don't forget that you can listen or watch live online, see live stats, video profiles and photo galleries, read the daily sports update, or subscribe to the RSS feed...all on the Sports page.

Alumni events, opportunities and happenings

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Events for alumni, families and friends of the college happen throughout the year and around the country.  Be sure to keep track of what events are coming up and where they'll be, such as a "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth" discussion with Nathan Bierma in Holland, Mich., on September 21; a Rockies/Giants game in Denver, Colo., on September 25; and a "Calvin Around Town" event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on September 30 at the new Kroc Community Center.  And of course, Calvin's Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010, with 10-year, 25-year, 40-year and 45-year reunions included.  The full schedule for the weekend, with ticketing/reservation information, is found here.

The alumni office is also pleased to reintroduce Alumni Travel to friends and alumni of Calvin.  See the tours and sign-up deadlines of each of the three trips currently planned: Turkey, France and China.

Also, the Calvin Community Symphony, formerly Calvin Alumni Orchestra, has several upcoming family-friendly concerts this year. 

If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail

News, stories and briefs

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Before the 2010-2011 sports season got underway, several of Calvin's student-athletes got together during the summer.  Now in its seventh year, the Gainey Leadership Retreat continues to thrive. The week-long retreat, which takes place in mid-August at the Two Moose Ranch in southwest Montana, builds leadership skills in the leaders of Calvin's sports teams, both at the club and varsity levels. Read more about this year's retreat.

In News Briefs:

  • The Prince Conference Center at Calvin College has earned Green Lodging Michigan Steward certification from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
  • First-year student Jennifer Lyu is a 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, an honor bestowed upon just 39 students nationwide.

You used to need a passport to visit the ancient site of Umm el-Jimal in Jordan. Now, thanks to a grant from the AIA, all you need is a modem.

And the yellow bicycles propped against trees and stowed in bike racks around campus are Calvin's free and easy form of transportation. If you are on campus, you can take them...and then leave them for someone else when you are done.

Online publications

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In the recent issue of Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, you read about Carol Rottman who, with her husband Fritz, live on the edge of Flat Iron Lake where she's on a spiritual journey.  Follow the links in the online version of the fall issue of Spark.  There are also links for the story about the media production major at Calvin and the new recycling center in Kent County that has its roots at Calvin through former engineering professor Jim Bosscher.

Other campus publications are available online, such as Knightfile (sports news) and Chimes (student newspaper).  There you can subscribe to various e-newsletters, such as Calvin-Connection, Calvin-Parents or Calvin-Sports.

Prayers for the 2010-2011 school year

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Now that the 2010-2011 school year has begun, many are worshiping privately in prayer for Calvin College all throughout the year.  From the Praying with Calvin website, "Praise God for His faithfulness as Calvin begins its 134th year!  Give Him thanks and remember all He has done.  Lift up Calvin College for His guidance and protection."

This Praying with Calvin page will be updated occasionally throughout the year with general recommendations for prayers for the Calvin community.  There are also many prayer resources found on this page which may be helpful to you. Sharon Bytwerk is the coordinator for spiritual direction and prayer on campus (616-526-8872; and she, along with other members of the campus ministries team, meets regularly with students and prays with and for them.  She is currently planning a Silent Retreat for the Calvin community on September 25 and 26.

Please join us in prayer for Calvin College and the students, faculty, and staff as we begin the 2010-2011 school year.


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