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Events

Please email ivgcf@rso.wisc.edu with any questions about these events. 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols
at Calvary Lutheran Chapel (701 State St, Madison, WI above the University Bookstore)
InterVarsity will be holding its annual Lessons and Carols Christmas Service on Friday, December 8. Come listen to Scriptures about the coming of Jesus from Genesis to the Gospels and join in celebrating this in song. There will be treats afterwards.

Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. First Friday Night Fellowship of the semester
at Union South,
Join us for our first Friday Night Fellowship of the semester.

Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. Coffee for First-Year Students
At Barriques on Monroe, 1825 Monroe St
All first year students are invited to join the Fellowship exec team for coffee, at Barriques on Monroe on Saturday, January 27! We would love to catch up and see how your first semester went. We will reserve the back room and will buy the coffee.

Past Events:

Sunday, August 20th 3–5 P.M. Prayer Walk and Sundaes
At Library Mall
Join us as we pray for campus and enjoy sundaes together. We will gather at Library Mall, walk around the campus and pray for various parts of it, then gather back for sundaes.

Wednesday, September 6th 6:00 P.M. IVGCF kick-off picnic
at the picnic shelter in Rennebohm Park (115 N Eau Claire Ave, Madison, WI )
Join us for a cookout after you complete your first day of classes.  Come share burgers and brats with us; make new friends; meet Christian leaders from on- and off- campus; and learn about IVGCF large groups, small groups, and other activities.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:30 a.m. Canoeing together and hanging out on Lake Wingra
At Wingra Boats,
On Saturday, September 9, join us for a day by Lake Wingra, kayaking/canoeing, picnic lunch, and more. Enjoy the sun and warm weather while it still lasts!
If you are interested in kayaking/canoeing, the estimated cost is $9. (If you want your own canoe/kayak/paddleboat, etc. check out Wingra Boats' price list: http://www.wingraboats.com/rentals-services). Otherwise, chill or play a game at Wingra Park.
Tentative plan:
- Convene near Wingra Boats by 11:30am
- Picnic lunch (bring your own)
- For those interested, canoe trip starts 12:30pm-3:30pm.
- Everyone else, lawn games and chilling at Wingra Park.
Rain plan:
- Boardgames at Union South.

Friday, September 15th 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. First Large Group
at UpperHouse (365 E Campus Mall #200, Madison, WI)
Supper beforehand at Milio's Sandwiches, 377 E Campus Mall, Madison.
Come join the rest of the IVGCF for the very first Friday night fellowship of the semester tomorrow! Following our theme for the year, "Hidden in Plain Sight", we will discuss what the Kingdom of God is, who is part of it, and (most importantly) what it does.

We will have supper together beforehand at 6:30 at Milio's Sandwiches, right next door to the Upper House. Feel free to arrive anytime between then and 7:15. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 23, 3:00 p.m. New student dessert
at 2100 Rowley Avenue, Madison
Come enjoy treats prepared for you by current IVGCF students. Learn from the exec team about some of the challenges of being a Christian grad student. Meet other new students and share some good times.

Friday, September 30 7:00 p.m. Large group
at UpperHouse (365 E Campus Mall #200, Madison, WI)
Join InterVarsity members as we listen to and discuss a talk at Upper House by James K.A. Smith about his new book You Are What You Love.  We will have dinner together beforehand at Chipotle at 6:00.
Please register for the event beforehand at
this page, where you can also find more information.

Saturday, October 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fall retreat
at Dottie's Ranch in Oregon, WI (20 minutes outside Madison)

Please join us on Saturday, October 14, for the annual InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship Fall Retreat.  This event will take place at the beautiful Dottie’s Ranch just south of Madison.  Join us as we dive deep into the theme of “Hidden in Plain Sight” and dig into what being part of the Kingdom of God looks like for graduate students at UW-Madison.

Please register for the Retreat by October 10  here.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The morning will start with a wholesome breakfast, worship, and a hike in the countryside, led by UW Professor Emeritus Cal DeWitt.  Cal is renowned worldwide for his writing on Creation care and the religious and moral factors at play in humans’ relationship with the environment, so you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity!
  • After lunch, there will be a guided time of individual reflection and prayer to help gear us up for the afternoon activities.  We will take full advantage of the unique scenic space around the Ranch to enjoy God’s beautiful work as we read, pray, or meditate, then come back together for some outdoor fun, or maybe just a cup of coffee if that’s what you’d like!
  • The afternoon will be for our main student-led discussion session.  After we praise Jesus together in worship, don’t expect a long lecture or endless slide show, because WE will be talking about how our faith and professional/educational lives intersect and make us who we are.  We’ll also discuss what it means to live out Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  This session will conclude with a time for creative expression to help us personally reflect and respond to the Spirit’s nudging in our hearts.
  • After dinner, stay for the campfire as we make s’mores and share our thoughts and reflections on the day with each other!  This will be a time to encourage and pray for one another as we open up about our personal faith goals and challenges, in response to all that we’ve learned throughout the day.

 The cost is $10 per person, which you can pay at the Retreat. Rides will be available to and from the Retreat. All meals will be made and served by IVGCF Small Groups. 
Arrival at Dottie’s Ranch will be at 8:00 AM and departure back to Madison will be at 8:00 PM.  Please bring  your favorite snack for the break after the individual reflection time.
 
We can’t wait to see how the Lord will bless our time together!

Friday, October 20, 12:00–1:15 p.m. Faith, Work and Calling: The Scroll from En-Gedi
At 1240 Computer Science (1210 W. Dayton St, Unit II main floor of CS)

Brent earned his doctorate at UW-Madison, and spent several years engaged in student fellowship here through InterVarsity. His interest in the scriptures and study of imaging algorithms led him to develop methods to “read” ancient texts that are too damaged and delicate to be unrolled and viewed. In his talk, Brent will speak about his personal faith journey, academic pursuits and life service. Brent is also giving a community lecture at Upper House this same evening.

Friday, October 27th 7:30 P.M. Friday Night Fellowship!
at UpperHouse (365 E Campus Mall #200, Madison, WI)
Come join IVGCF to hear and discuss a talk by Pastor Lloyd Biddle of High Point Church and to connect with fellow grad students.

October 29–November 4; November 12–18 Hospitality dinners
One of our core values in InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship is to foster hospitality. We find that one of the best ways to do this is to spend time in one another's homes, over a tasty meal! In the case of this year, two tasty meals!

You are invited to participate in one of several Hospitality Nights, once during the week of Oct 29-Nov 4, and another time during the week of Nov 12-18, to share a meal with other Christian graduate students, old friends and new. This is a fantastic way to meet others who are not in the same small group as you, and generally get to know one another in a relaxed setting.

We do ask that you commit for two evenings (same day of the week, during the 2 weeks stated). Remember to check for conflict with your small group meeting time!

The main dish will be provided; you'd be asked to bring a smaller side/dessert/drinks. (More on this once the logistics have been worked out.)

If you have any other questions, please send us an email at ivgcf.cl@gmail.com!

Friday, November 10th at 7:00 PM Friday Night Fellowship
at Union South,
We will listen to four members of the fellowship as they each talk about how their time in graduate school has influenced their relationship with God and how their relationship with God has affected their life as a graduate student.
Note this is at Union South at 7:00, rather than at the Upper House at 7:30.

Thursday, November 23, at 4:00 Thanksgiving dinner
at 2100 Rowley Ave, Madison, WI
The Fellowship is hosting Thanksgiving dinner at 2100 Rowley Avenue! All are welcome! We'll provide the turkey and mashed  potatoes. You bring an extra side dish. So that we know how large a turkey to buy, please RSVP by 19 November on this spreadsheet, indicating what you will bring. Hope to see you there!