Friday iDinner today, Easter reading, Art discussions

Hi international students and scholars!

We miss you and hope that all of you are doing well. Since we cannot be together at our normal Friday dinners, we have decided to host one online, our iDinner. So please join us today, Friday evening ,(April 3rd) from 7:00-8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time (US).

We will have time to catch up with one another, play a game and hear a wise proverb. We’ll also talk together about how we react to changes in our lives.

To join our “dinner” meeting you will need two devices: your computer, so you can join the meeting on Zoom, and your cell phone, so that you can participate in the activities. Make sure to download a QR code reader app onto your phone if you don’t have one.

Here is the link so you can join the meeting:
https://unc.zoom.us/j/278030940?pwd=dk45L3NVbDlpUVlmcHBSMlJyQi9hZz09

Meeting ID: 278 030 940
Password: 1111

We’ll see you on Friday!!

Easter Story Readings – Celebrate Easter by reading the holy Easter story in the Bible, in three sections!  Join Mark in his reading room on Google hangout from 7-8pm (EDT) on Sunday, April 5, Friday April 10 and Sunday April 12 to read about what happened on those days.  Space is limited, so sign up here:  Easter story Bible readings sign-up link

International Friends Art Discussion Gatherings-

IF Staff, Diane Tyndall, will be leading two separate weekly Zoom gatherings involving art! Read below to learn more about each one. And sign up via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KQ2Q5F7

Art of the Easter Story

Easter, one of the two most theologically significant events in the Christian faith (the other being Christmas), comes on April 12. Beginning next week, I’ll be leading a 4-week discussion series on art that tells the Easter story. In the 1-hour session, we’ll be looking at art displaying aspects of the Easter story, reading the related passage from the Bible, and discussing what we think about the story and art.

 

Art History & Worldview: Themes to Think About In a Pandemic

There is much pain and hardship in this season, and I believe part of being present and engaged with this new reality is dwelling on themes that help us live and think well in this time. In each 1-hour session, we will look at a piece of art, learn its history, and spend a majority of the time discussing questions related to its theme.

Sample topics will include: Music: The Universal Language, Heroes, Community, The Narrative and Beauty of Nature, Vanitas, What do we Adore?

Have a good weekend!

International Friends

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Friday Dinner, Feb 21st

You are invited to a FREE dinner hosted by UNC International Friends this week, Friday 2/21/20,  6-8pm at University Presbyterian Church. It looks like the snow should all be over and melting away. Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) and go downstairs. Click here for a map. There is no parking allowed at the church but there is a parking deck just across the street and often street parking further down Henderson St.

Come join us Friday evening at International Friends where we’ll enjoy a hot, homecooked meal of the staff’s crockpot favorites together. And then afterward we’ll be watching a couple of entertaining “short films” and discussing their meaning in small groups around our tables. Should be fun!

Dinner will be served at 6pm and we will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Should be a great evening! We look forward to seeing you Friday before 6pm!

Our remaining Friday dinners this semester are Feb 21st, Mar 20th, April 3rd and April 17th.

Also, on March 7th (the first Sat of spring break) International Friends is going to Hanging Rock! We’ll give you all the details coming up, but plan to come enjoy a great day of hiking and friends in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

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Dinner Feb 7th

You are invited to a FREE dinner hosted by UNC International Friends tomorrow, Friday 2/7/20,  6-8pm at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) and go downstairs. Click here for a map. There is no parking allowed at the church but there is a parking deck just across the street and often street parking further down Henderson St.

Come celebrate Lunar New Year with International Friends this Friday! Join us for a homecooked meal of Chili and cornbread, including a vegetarian version, and a chance to connect with other internationals and Americans as well. This year we’ve had a student from Nigeria and Senegal share about their culture. This week we will feature entertainment and cultural sharing by Chinese Students.

Dinner will be served at 6pm and we will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Should be a great evening! We look forward to seeing you Friday before 6pm!

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Intl Dinner Friday, 1/24

You are invited to a FREE dinner hosted by UNC International Friends this week, Friday 1/24/20,  6-8pm at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) and go upstairs. Click here for a map. There is no parking allowed at the church but there is a parking deck just across the street and often street parking further down Henderson St.

Please come have a meal together and enjoy connecting with other internationals and Americans, too.  This Friday we are pleased to have one of our own international students as the featured speaker. Emmanuel Osayande is from Nigeria and is a PhD student in the History Department. After sharing insights into his culture and personal story, we will have a time for discussion.

Dinner will be served at 6pm and we will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Should be a great evening! We look forward to seeing you Friday before 6pm!

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Friday Dinner, Jan 10th

You are invited to a FREE dinner hosted by UNC International Friends tomorrow, Friday, 1/10/20,  6-8pm at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) and go downstairs. Click here for a map. There is no parking allowed at the church but there is a parking deck just across the street and often street parking further down Henderson St.

Please join us for a welcoming home cooked meal and a fun game night! Have a great time trying a medley(over 10 options) of fun games at the tables after dinner and enjoying the evening together with friends.
 
Dinner will be served at 6pm and we will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Should be a great evening! We look forward to seeing you Friday before 6pm! 
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Friday Dinner tomorrow

This Friday is our next free Friday International Dinner for the semester hosted by UNC International Friends, Friday Nov 1st at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) (Google Maps link). There is no parking allowed at the church but there is a deck nearby and street parking is often available further down Henderson St.

Dinner will be served at 6pm. If you get there before 6pm, you will be entered in a drawing for a prize. We will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

After dinner we will learn a few common expressions Americans are using, and then we will enjoy connecting with others around our tables by sharing about our own cultural and spiritual backgrounds together, using some picture cards to prompt our conversations.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday before 6pm!

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Friday Dinner this week, Oct 11th

Friday Dinner

Tomorrow is our next free Friday International Dinner for the semester hosted by UNC International Friends, Friday Oct 11th at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) (Google Maps link).

Dinner will be served at 6pm. We will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Please join us for traditional pumpkin carving! This is always a favorite night with students and a chance to take part in this American Fall tradition. We will have a pumpkin for each table and then your group will create and carve your own design. It is always a great sight to see all the pumpkins at the end! We will also hear a short analogy of how the physical process of carving the pumpkin reflects a spiritual reality/truth of Christianity. Bring your friends and join us for a fun evening together.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday before 6pm.

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Friday Dinner this week…..

Hello!

This Friday September 27th is our next free Friday International Dinner for the semester hosted by UNC International Friends, at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) (Google Maps link). There is no parking at the church but there is on the street and a nearby deck.

International Friends’ delicious and free dinner this Friday starts at 5:55pm.  We will enjoy a fun, competitive, and challenging geography game.

We will also hear from a Fulbright Scholar teaching at UNC this year — Ndrao Faye from Senegal.  After sharing insights into his culture and personal story, those at each table will discuss the topic so everyone can get to know other international students at UNC.  Please join us!
We look forward to seeing you Friday before 6pm!

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Friday Dinner, Aug 30th

You are invited to our first free dinner of this year, hosted by UNC International Friends, tomorrow, Friday August 30th at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street).  (Google Maps link). There is no parking there but is available on the street or nearby deck.

Dinner will be served at 6pm.  We will end by 8pm so you can catch the bus home – or get a ride with someone there.

Please join us for a special guest speaker, Dr. Don Tyndall, Division Head and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in the UNC School of Dentistry (recently ranked #3 in the world). Dr Tyndall will be speaking on “Making the Most of Your Experience as an International: Advice from a UNC Professor  and then taking questions afterward. Dr Tyndall is also our IF Faculty Advisor. You won’t want to miss it! Afterwards we will play a fun group game.

This is a great chance to meet some new friends and have a fun evening!

International Friends 2019 Calendar
Fall Semester Scheduled events

September 13 – Friday Dinner, 6pm
20-22 Discovery Weekend!
27 – Friday Dinner, 6pm

October 11 – Friday Dinner, 6pm
17-20 FALL BREAK

November 1 – Friday Dinner, 6pm
15 – Friday Dinner, 6pm THANKSGIVING theme
28 – (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 6 – Friday Dinner, 6pm
12/26 – 01/01 VISION Conference, Atlanta.

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Friday Dinner this week – NEW TIME

Tomorrow is our last free Friday International Dinner for the semester hosted by UNC International Friends, Friday, April 19th at University Presbyterian Church.  Enter through the student center doors at 110 Henderson Street (1/2 block off Franklin Street) (Google Maps link).

Due to another event at the church, our times have changed! Please try to get there at 4:50pm and dinner will be served right at 5pm. We will need to finish before 7pm and clean up and by out promptly. Like our last dinner, we will be meeting upstairs instead of our usual room.

Dinner will be served at 5pm and afterward we will recognize our friends who are leaving and we have a small farewell gift for them. We will then hear more about Easter, have some discussion and will end before 7pm.

If weather is an issue and you would like a ride to the dinner, please check with your friends, but if you can’t find a ride please email to UNCinternationalfriends@gmail.com and we will attempt to arrange one for you. In the email please include your address and your phone number for text.

Parking note: If you are driving to the dinner, please do not park in the church lot behind the church. It will be closed and is needed for the church event that evening. Parking is available further up Henderson Street, at the Deck on Rosemary St and the Coates Building on Franklin St.

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