The SJSU Faculty Staff Christian Fellowship is organized for the purpose of honoring and glorifying God. We do this by praying for the well-being of the University community, by setting forth a positive example of the Biblical Christian worldview, by attending to the needs of the campus community, and by sharing the love of God through Jesus Christ.

We welcome all who would like to learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus or who desire to glorify God on the SJSU campus.

Next Meetings

The plans to meet at 1 p.m. on second and fourth Fridays in Fall 2020.  At 1 p.m. on Friday the 23rd of October the group will meet through Zoom.  Luann Budd will facilitate a discussion about racism and social justice and how we might come at these subjects as followers of Christ.  For those of you who are new to FSCF, Luann worked for a number of years at SJSU and was instrumental in FSCF becoming an officially recognized SJSU Faculty/Staff Association back in 2010. Luann is an author (https://www.ivpress.com/luann-budd), retreat speaker, and currently leads the Lunch Bunch at SJSU (https://www.sjsu.edu/fscf/lunchbunch/).
 Please ask Buff Furman (burford.furman@sjsu.edu) for the Zoom meeting id and password.  

The name of the group emphasizes staff and faculty, but students and others are welcome.  

1 p.m. Friday 25 September

The plan is to discuss this:

Some Strategies to Stay Spiritually Healthy During Times of Disruption -- Heather Holleman, Penn State 

I’m working on a buildingThis past week, I found myself overwhelmed with the disruption of moving to remote teaching at Penn State, caring for students’ fear and disappointments, restructuring our family life in isolation, and managing the onslaught of news and fresh data regarding COVID-19. I wasn’t experiencing the Romans 8:6 promise that “the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” 

I attempted to return to the basics of how to stay spiritually healthy during a time of upheaval. I thought of three primary tasks: sowing to please the Spirit, surrendering, and dwelling in hope. 

Sowing to the Spirit

First and foremost, I remembered the invitation to “sow to please the Spirit” (Galatians 6:8) by spending time in God’s word, praying, and listening to encouraging sermons. I returned to passages of scripture that reminded me of God’s enduring presence. Isaiah 43 brought fresh comfort to my heart this morning as I read, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” 

I realized that, instead of filling my mind with God and His truth—sowing to please the Spirit—I was instead filling my mind with more data, more news, and more social media about COVID-19. I took shelter in data rather than taking “shelter in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91).

When I consulted my friends and spiritual mentor about how overwhelmed and fearful I was, they all advised me to limit my media intake, especially before bedtime. My former therapist always told me the same thing. Some of us are simply too sensitive to media intake and must exercise caution when watching or reading things that foster anxiety and depression.

If we are prone to both, we must remember to guard our mind during this time. I needed to. I’d been waking up with that spirit of dread I know so well. I’d been very weepy and overwhelmed. I decided that, at least for a while, when I needed to know the orders from my national and local leaders regarding COVID-19, my phone or husband would alert me. I wouldn’t miss any vital news. Otherwise, I could diminish my intake of any news that doesn’t help me sow to please the Spirit. 

Surrendering to the Lord

I also said a fresh prayer of surrender to the Lord that He can do whatever He wants with my physical body. I don’t want to live in fear of a virus. God is the One I am to fear, not sickness or death. Isaiah 8 tells us this: “The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. . .” And I recited Galatians 2:20 and how I’m already crucified with Christ. 

Dwelling in Hope

I then remembered the astonishing truth of Romans 8 and that God will “work all things for good”—even this pandemic and all the upheaval. This verse reminded me that I can choose to dwell in hope.

I prayed I could be like Jeremiah in Lamentations 3 who famously says “because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’.”

I returned to a peaceful heart as I committed to sow to please the Spirit, to surrender, and to dwell in hope. And I was able to maintain a peaceful, hopeful presence to my students in my next class. This is how I’m learning to stay spiritually healthy right now. 

 

 

 Ratio Christi

Ratio Christi, the Campus Apologetics Alliance, has a page for faculty: http://ratiochristi.org/prof

 

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets at noon on Thursdays in MLK 392 (King Library).  The group is reading through the New Testament (about 30 minutes per week), and coming together to discuss what they've read.

Paperback Bibles are available at the meeting.  
 

Email marilyn.blockus@sjsu.edu for more information.

 

For more information contact:

Buff Furman

Department of Mechanical Engineering

burford.furman@sjsu.edu

408-924-3817

 

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