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For American & International Graduate students 

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Fall 2017 (some upcoming events)

Saturday November 11, 5:30 pm, Dinner DiscussionCHANGE LOCATION: Hessel Park Church (700 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign) U of Illinois Prof. Ned O’Gorman will speak on what spiritual formation needs to look like in our current cultural contexts.  He spoke last spring to GCF on the need for political wisdom and discernment.  And by political he did not mean current politics, but life in culture that demands a different allegiance than the kingdom of God.  This Saturday Ned will address in more detail the kind of spirituality we Christians need to develop to live faithfully today as followers of the Lord Jesus.

Saturday December 2, 6 pm (TCBC), An Evening of Christmas Celebration (dinner, singing and message)  Our speaker is Mike Brinks (MDiv, PhD0, just recently defended his PhD dissertation in history at the U of I.  He and his wife also minister to International students at the U of I.  We expect to be joined by graduate students from the International Christian fellowship.  Please invite your non-believing friends to hear clearly about Jesus Christ who though rich became poor so that we might become rich (Mike will reflect on 2 Corinthians 8:9).

Winter Retreat (January 12-13, 2018) is with other GCFs in the Midwest.  Go to the Winter Retreat page for more info including link to register. 

Monday prayer meeting that meets most Mondays 5:15 to 6 pm in the worship space at St. Andrew’s on the corner of Wright and Chalmers Streets in Champaign. Just come into the building and cross through the lounge area and to into the worship space to join us for prayer.  
Especially if you are new to the U of Illinois or new to GCF, thank you for looking for us or stumbling upon our site.  If you are a graduate student – American or International – at the University of Illinois and you’re interested in joining Christian graduate students as we seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, then please let us know who you are!    Please contact us here.

We are affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and in particular part of InterVarsity’s ministry to graduate students and faculty members. GCF seeks to be a community of graduate students that embodies, believes and shares generously the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Whether you’re an American or International graduate student, single or married, follower of Jesus or still spiritually searching, whatever your academic discipline, ethnicity or culture, GCF warmly welcomes you.

If you are an International student who is at the U of I to earn your PhD or your masters degree, then please contact us about getting involved in GCF.  We love and want International graduate students as part of the life of our graduate fellowship.