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Friday, October 27, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, October 27, 2006

In this message:


- Cigarette Ash Containers on Campus
- All Saints Day Labyrinth Walk


- Field Ed Information Sessions
- Free Database at University of Tubingen
- Shoebox Ministry Kickoff
- Taking a Stand for Justice
- ANTS Annual Halloween Party
- Jazz Music at All Saints Service - Nov. 1
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
- Food Bank
- SA Meeting - WEDNESDAY November 1, 2006
- Request to students for help at the Open House

Cigarette Ash Containers on Campus

In response to need Building and Grounds recently purchased and
distributed additional ash containers for cigarette butts. We will
continue to have containers in front of Stoddard and outside of Farwell
Hall and the Library. We've recently added ash receptacles in front of
Sturtevant, Appleton-Chase, and one that Kendall/Fuller will share. We
hope this is helpful. We want to keep cigarette butts from being tossed
onto the grounds at ANTS. And please continue to remember to smoke away
from entrances to buildings.

All Saints Day Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, November 1
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Meetinghouse

Walk the labyrinth in memory of loved ones who have gone before you.
Come anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Contact: Martha Bays,


Field Ed Information Sessions

To all students considering Field Education for 2007:


Please attend a one-hour information session with the Field Education
Program Staff.
All sessions will be held in the Peck Room at 1PM
October 31
November 30
February 15
March 15
April 12

Debbie Craig
Field Education and DMin Program Administrator
(617) 964-1100 ext 316

Free Database at University of Tubingen

Marian Simion of the Boston Theological Institute has shared this great
new resource.

The University of Tubingen is working on a database called "Index
Theologicus" which is similar to ATLA, with the difference that about
30% of their collections are not listed into ATLA. This FREE database is
still under development, and it includes journal literature indexes
articles in festschriften and other similar multi-authored monographs,
conference papers, and a significant amount of European literature.

Marian was fascinated to see a lot of material in a variety of European
languages which can't be found in ATLA.

You can access this database at:

Shoebox Ministry Kickoff

The third annual ANTS Holiday Shoebox Ministry is officially underway
today! Please pray for the ministry, for all hands that touch and
prepare the boxes, and for the men, women, and children they will serve.
You can begin to drop off boxes at any Wednesday chapel service today
until December 21st. Please get your friends, family, and youth groups
involved! This is a fun activity and a great way to teach and practice
the core principals of faith and the beloved community. We will arrange
to pick up off campus boxes if necessary. The boxes will be blessed
after each Wednesday all school chapel service. If you are unable to
attend Wednesday chapel please drop your box/es off with Nancy Nienhuis
- Worcester 204 anytime. If Nancy is not in her office please leave
them outside of her door. Our goal this year is to serve at least 500
families (pay no attention to the measly 250 goal printed on the flyer).
Let's grab for the sky and with God's help we will reach the stars.
See the link below for further information:

I have had many ask if we would accept separate, unwrapped, and unboxed
donations for the Shoebox Ministry this year. Thank you for this
gesture but I have decided that this year I will not take any of these
types of donations only because this ministry is meant to be a spiritual
exercise for both the giver and the recipient. The crux of this
ministry is to put yourself in the place of a homeless person while
making your box/es and to be in prayer and meditation while doing so in
order to create spiritual community between yourself, your family,
friends, and church members and your homeless brothers and sisters in
the world. You do not need to fill the box with everything on the list.
Be creative! The list is just a helping tool. Think of what it is like
to have to carry all that you might own with you from place to place.
What would you need? What would be too tedious? What might provide
The most important thing is that you include your prayers and spirit in
the making of your box/es. This is what is most transformational for
its recipients and yourselves. Perhaps, after spending a few hours in
the mind of a homeless person you might be inspired or pressed by God to
help in other ways, yet unknown. I hope you will do this as a spiritual
activity and be blessed with the knowledge that you have stood in prayer
and in deed with those who are economically, spiritually, and mentally

Peace and Love.

Taking a Stand for Justice

November 2, 2006 Thursday

More info:


Harold Adams, Boston University Prison Education Program graduate and
founder of the Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners will
speak about his experiences of getting a college education inside the
walls and about the organization he recently founded--The Committee of
Friends and Relatives of Prisoners (CFROP)
"The struggles on the inside and outside start from the same place. The
stark economic realities know no walls--friends and relatives of
prisoners are affected and their problems spread into the community and
society at large."
Come hear how you can get involved!
This event is co-sponsored by the ANTS Prison Ministry Fellowship and

Contact: Beth Richeson

ANTS Annual Halloween Party
Monday, October 30, 2006
7pm - 11pm
7PM for Families, 8PM for Adults
Sturtevant Student Lounge

Take a little break from studying!!! Come dressed in the costume of
your choice and enjoy games, music, and dancing. This is also a
family-friendly event with fun and games especially for kids from 7-8pm.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.

If you would be willing to help set up or tear down for the party please
contact Evn Tomeny or Jason Alspaugh via email at or

Jazz Music at All Saints Service - Nov. 1
The annual All Saints Service, held each year at ANTS since 1994, will
be held this year on All Saints Day, Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 1:00 - 1:50
p.m. in the Meetinghouse. This year's celebration will include jazz
music by Willie Sordillo, John Hamilton (ANTS '02), and company, with
dance by Dana Mann (ANTS '06). The service will begin outside the
Meetinghouse with a blessing of the water, and an asperging (sprinkling)
as we enter singing and recalling the mark of our baptism. Come to sing
a joyous song, and raise the rafters with us!

For further information, contact Professor Mark Burrows at

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
"Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - A Series of Events for
Seminarians" begins on November 9.

All events take place in the Meetinghouse at Andover Newton Theological

Are you graduating from seminary this year? Have you already graduated
and are beginning the search process? Come to these upcoming events to
find out how to enter the search process, meet with search committees,
start your benefits, and enter a congregation!

Though everyone is welcome, these events are designed particularly for
graduating seminarians who plan to search for a call as a pastor in a
United Church of Christ congregation.

Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile
November 9, 2006
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The In Care Process and the Search Process
- Writing a Ministerial Profile to get an interview
- Navigating the UCC Search and Call Network
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference,

Meeting with Search Committees: Discerning a Match
February 8, 2007 (snow date Feb. 15)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process
- Reading a Church Profile
- Interviewing Skills: How to Answer and What to Ask
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference,

Starting Your Benefits - Establishing Your Future: UCC Benefits and the
Pastoral Call Agreement
March 15, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement
- UCC Health and Pension Benefits
- Continuing Education and Ongoing Pastoral Formation
Leaders: representative from The Pension Boards, UCC

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
April 12, 2007
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Forming a Pastoral Identity
- Entrance Strategies for Pastors New to a Congregation
- Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry
Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development, MACUCC

Registration to attend all four events is $60. Registration for a single
event is $20. (Fees cover the cost of materials and refreshments).
Registration is due AT LEAST 1 WEEK before each workshop is scheduled.

Please send a check for the amount due ($60 for all 4 programs or $20
per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

Food Bank

As the cold weather creeps in on us, I urge you all to remember the
members of our community who are less fortunate. Our food bank in
Sturdevant is in constant need of stocking. If you have something at
home or a little money to spare at the grocery store, please remember
that the person sitting next to you in class or living next door may be
trying to choose between eating and paying rent.

We welcome donations of any non-perishable foods. The following are
high nutrition, low cost suggestions:
canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
peanut butter
canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
pasta, rice, cereal
canned fruits or vegetable
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
condensed or powdered milk

Please contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.

With Gratitude,

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

SA Meeting - November 1, 2006
Wednesday, November 1st
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dining Hall

Please submit any agenda items to Len Hayward,, no
later than Sunday, October 29th, Noon.

Hope to see you there!

Contact: Len Hayward

Request to students for help at the Open House

Saturday, November 4:

1) If you represent one of the student groups or fellowships on campus,
you are invited to participate in our Fall Open House, either by
staffing a table at our Program Fair (Stoddard Lobby or Sturtevant
Lounge) on Saturday, November 4 from 11:30-12:30 (followed by lunch!),
or, if you can't be there, providing some written material or sending
someone in your place. We would like to be able to show our prospective
students the various opportunities for fellowship, fun and service
available here at Andover Newton. Contact Peg Carroll at or 617-964-1100 x294.

2) We may need some help with hospitality for the event, picking and/or
dropping off visitors up at the airport or train station (you would go
in pairs and can get reimbursed for tolls, parking, etc.) A car is
helpful/needed. If you can help with this, please contact Darrick at or 617-964-1100 x289.

We expect to have about 45-50 people on campus, 15 of whom are planning
on staying in our residence halls beginning Friday night. If you are
around, we hope that you will give them a warm welcome.

Thank you in advance for your hospitality.

Peg, Darrick and Alex
Admissions/Recruitment Office