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2021

September

September 11, 2021 | Saturday
Bring Your Own Picnic from 18:00 – 19:00
Illini Grove, across from TCBC

Large Group from 19:00 – 21:00
Twin City Bible Church (TCBC), Urbana, IL 

August

August 28, 2021 | Saturday
GCF Welcome Ice Cream Social from 16:00 – 18:00
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, IL 

July

July 26, 2021 | Monday
Game Night and Potluck @ 6:30
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, IL 

June

June 1, 2021 | Tuesday
Game Night @ 7 PM
Pennsylvania Baptist Church, Urbana

January – May

Small Groups 

2020

December

December 12, 2020 | Saturday
Annual Christmas Lessons and Carols @ 7 PM
Zoom Details  TBD

September

September 26, 2020 | Saturday
GCF Large Group Meeting @ 7 PM
Zoom Details  TBD

September 26, 2020 | Saturday
Picturesque ReTreet Photo Scavenger Hunt @ Sunrise – 4 P.M.
See details about event here or contact Caleb Bruhn

August

August 23, 2020 | Sunday
Welcome To GCF Large Group Meeting @ 7 PM
Join us to learn about GCF, our ministry and small groups and to get to know one another!

March – July

Small Groups continue to meet over Zoom!

February

February 8, 2020 | Sat
Dinner Discussion @ 6:30 PM
Hospitality 
Twin City Bible Church, Lower Level

February 22, 2020 | Sat
Pot Luck Dinner Discussion @ 6:30 PM Dr. Joseph Thomas, Church Historian at Urbana Theological Seminary (see more below the handbill for the play he co-wrote, “Friends Indeed!”) Dr. Thomas’s time with us will draw from Scripture and the George Whitfield–Benjamin Franklin unlikely friendship.  Please think to bring a friend too.
Creating “Transgressive Space”: Friendship for the Kingdom of God
Twin City Bible Church, Lower Level.

February 23, 2020 | Sun
Having fun with friends and board games @ 2 PM
Chez Veteran’s Center, 908 W Nevada St. Urbana

February 28, 2020 | Friday
All Campus Worship @ 7 PM
Meet in the lower level of Illini Union and bring dinner ahead of All Campus Worship
Foellinger Auditorium

January

January 17-18, 2020 | Fri-Sat
Graduate InterVarsity Winter Retreat
Reaching Every Corner: Joining God’s Mission on Campus – Greg Rao
See our Winter Retreat page for more information.

January 25, 2020 | Sat
Spring Semester Welcome Back Party @ 7:30 PM
Bring a friend and/or a favorite snack to share!
At David’s Home: 1907 Rugby Road, Champaign, IL 61821

January 21-26, 2020 
Small Groups Begin Meeting for Spring Semester. (Contact group leaders for details)

2019

November

November 9, 2019 | Sat
Dinner Discussion @ 6:30 PM
Being a Christian Witness in the Workplace. – Dr. Russhawn Aldridge
Twin City Bible Church, Lower Level

October

October 12, 2019 | Sat
Dinner Discussion @ 6:30 PM
The Humility of God  – Pastor Tim Bossenbroek
Twin City Bible Church, Lower Level

September

September 3-9| Small Groups Begin Meeting

September 14, 2019 | Sat  | Bring friends, believers and not!
Dinner Discussion @ 6:30 PM
Who is the Jesus? Does it Matter?
Twin City Bible Church, Lower Level

August

August 25, 2019 | Sun
Welcome Back Ice Cream Party @ 7:30 PM
Join us for homemade ice cream social near the beginning of the year to welcome new and returning graduate students! Find more information and RSVP with our Facebook Event!

August 31, 2019 | Sat
Welcome and Game night @ 6:30 PM
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana (Lower Level)
Come eat, hear about our planned GCF events this year including bible studies and large group meetings, and play board games with us!

Summer Dinner Groups

Instead of small groups over the summer we break into smaller dinner groups and take turns preparing meals for each other once a week. Dinner groups start meeting in June but please join any time! Fill out the form you get in your email or contact Katie Bruner to join! We love having new-to-town graduate students join too!

Summer Wednesday Lunches

Join us at 12 PM on the outdoor patio on the south side of the Illini Union for lunch on Wednesdays!

July 19, 2019 6-8 PM
Pool party at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center
North Broadway Ave, Urbana

August 3, 2019 | Sat
BBQ and Games at Hessel Park, Champaign @ 4 PM
Bring your Frisbee, volleyball, or any board games you don’t mind playing outside. We’ll provide the main dishes, you bring a side!
RSVP at our Facebook Event

May

May 12, 2019 | Sun
Graduation

April

April 11, 2019 | Thurs
Veritas Forum
Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?
Dr. Ian Hutchinson
7 PM Wohlers Hall

April 27, 2019 | Sat
Dinner Discussion: Passion Talks
Come celebrate our graduates! We will hear from three of our senior members as they discuss how their faith has changed and influenced their careers as graduate students!
Twin City Bible Church, 6:30 PM

March

March 1, 2019 | Fri
All Campus Worship
Foellinger Auditorium, 7 P.M.
(Contact Joseph Chapman for details about getting lunch before!)

March 2, 2019 | Sat at 6:30 P.M
Large Group Dinner Discussion
Dr. Melody Green, Urbana Theological Seminary
Twin City Bible Church lower level located at the corner of Lincoln and Michigan Avenues, Urbana (along Michigan Ave for parking with extra parking in the lot behind McKinley Health Clinic)

Dr. Green completed her Ph.D. in English Studies with a specialization in Literature for Children at Illinois State University. Dr. Green joined Urbana Seminary as Dean after a few years of teaching courses here on J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and The Inklings. She has a wide variety of experience teaching at multiple institutions of higher education. Melody’s research interests include the intersection of faith and literature, especially focusing on the authors J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald. She has spoken at a wide variety of conferences and published quite a few articles and book chapteres on these and related topics. Dr. Green’s most recent publications include “Story: The Doctor’s Daughter” in the book Bigger on the Inside: Christianity and Doctor Who , published in 2015, and “George MacDonald and Celtic Christianity” in the 2015 issue of the refereed journal North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies. From https://www.urbanatheologicalseminary.org/staff-2/)

March 16-24, 2019 |
UIUC Spring Break

March 30, 2019 | Sat at 6:30 P.M
Large Group Dinner Discussion – Christian Fellowship
Dr. Brian Aldridge, Professor of Veterinary Medicine

TCBC, Urbana (along Michigan Ave for parking with extra parking in the lot behind McKinley Health Clinic)

After graduating with a veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in 1984, Dr. Brian Aldridge completed an internship in food animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University before returning to general practice in the UK. Following a two-year stint as a lecturer in large animal medicine at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Dr. Aldridge completed a food animal medicine and surgery residency and master’s degree at Colorado State University and became a diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He then returned to general practice for a time before enrolling in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied the transfer of colostral leukocytes to the newborn calf. On completion of his graduate studies in 1999, Dr. Aldridge worked as a post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California-Davis and in association with the Marine Mammal Centre, Sausalito, studying marine mammal immunology and immunogenetics. During this period he also worked as a large animal clinician in the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In 2003 he joined the founding faculty of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor of large animal medicine and an adjunct professor at the California State Polytechnic University College of Agriculture. In 2005 Dr. Aldridge returned with his family to the UK, where he held the post of professor of farm animal health and production at the Royal Veterinary College, and then worked as farm animal clinician at the University of Cambridge. He now works as a clinical professor in rural animal health management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Aldridge’s main clinical interests are in farm animal medicine and the interface between health and production in growing animals. His primary research interests are in adaptive and transitional health in young animals. He also has a strong enthusiasm for teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to the advancement of animal health, welfare, and production globally. (From https://www.coursera.org/instructor/brianaldridge)

February

February 9, 2019 | Sat
Men’s/Women’s Brunches
BYOV (Be Your Own Valentine)
Location TBA

January 2019

January 18-19, 2019 | Fri/Sat
GCF Winter Retreat (site is now live!)
Dr. Boaz Johnson
Cedar Lake, IN

January 26, 2019 | Sat
Board Game Night
Centennial House
Champaign, IL

December 2018

December 27-31, 2018 | Thurs – Mon
Urbana Student Missions Convention
St. Louis, MO

December 1, 2018 | Saturday
Christmas Dessert Outreach @ 7:30 – 9:30
TCBC, Urbana, IL

November

November 4, 2018
Humanities Faculty Dinner Discussion @ 6 PM – 9 PM
Home of Ned O’Gorman

October

October 12-13, 2018 | Friday/Saturday
Fall Camping Retreat
Forest Glen Preserve

October 27, 2018
STEM Faculty Dinner Discussion @ 6 PM – 9 PM
Home of Mattox Beckman

End of October
Large Group Halloween Party!

September

September 1, 2018 | Saturday
Pizza, Intro to GCF, and Board Games @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Twin City Bible Church

September 3-6, 2018 | Mon- Thurs
Small Groups Begin
Various Times & Locations

September 8, 2018 | Saturday
Dinner Discussion @ 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Identity In Christ
Twin City Bible Church (lower level), corner of Lincoln & Michigan Avenues, Urbana, IL (more parking behind McKinley Health Center).

September 14, 2018 | Friday
Large Group Meeting @ 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Unity in Christ
Illini Union Room 314A
ALGE afterwards @ CocoMero (ALGE = After Large Group Event!)

September 21, 2018 | Friday
Large Group Meeting @ 7:30 PM – 9 PM
The Skeptical Believer
Illini Union Room 314A
ALGE afterwards @ Teamoji

September 29, 2018 | Saturday
Apple Picking @ 10:00 AM
Curtis Orchard, Champaign, IL

September 30, 2018 | Sunday
Apple Pie Eating @ 6 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

August

August 26, 2018 | Saturday
Ice Cream Social Welcome Party @ 7:00 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

June – July

Monday Prayer @ 5:15 PM – 6 PM
St. Andrews Lutheran Church

Weekly Dinner Groups
Various Days and Locations

May

May 7, 2018 | Saturday
End of Semester Celebration/Farewell Party @ 7 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

May 5, 2018 | Saturday
Urbana Theological Seminary Used Book Sale @ 8:30 AM – 3 PM
University Baptist Church, Champaign, IL

April

April 28, 2018 | Saturday
Dinner Discussion @ 5:30 PM
Interpreting the Bible within Culture and Context
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, IL

April 21-22, 2018
Hiking/Camping Trip to Southern Illinois

April 11, 2018 | Wednesday
GCF Sponsored Seminar @ 7 PM
Dr. Todd Daly: “Do Christians Worship a Genocidal God?”
1024 Chemistry Annex, Urbana, IL

April 10, 2018 | Wednesday
Veritas Forum @ 7 PM
Dr. John Walton: “Science – Faith – Genesis: A Modern Conversation on an Ancient Text”
141 Loomis Laboratory, Urbana, IL

April 10, 2018 | Wednesday
Coffee with Dr. John Walton @ 2:30 PM

February

February 24, 2018 | Saturday
Dinner Discussion @ 5:30 PM
God’s Calling
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, IL

February 23, 2018 | Friday
All Campus Worship @ 7 PM
Foellinger Auditorium

February 10, 2018 | Saturday
Men’s and Women’s Brunch Events @ 10 AM

February 9, 2018 | Friday
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Watch Party @ 7 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

February 2, 2018 | Sunday
Superbowl Party @ 5:30 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

January

January 20, 2018 | Saturday
Back to School Dessert Party @ 7 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

January 15-18, 2018 | Mon-Thurs
Spring Small Groups Begin

January 12-13, 2018 | Fri/Sat
GCF Regional Winter Retreat
Cedar Lake, IN

2017

December

December 16, 2017| Saturday
Christmas Party @ 7 PM
Centennial House, Champaign, IL

December 2, 2017| Saturday
Christmas Outreach Event @ 7 PM
Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, IL