IFM News for Internationals - Nov 30, 2005

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In this issue...
1. CHRISTMAS MUSICAL.
2. CHRISTMAS DESSERTS AND ARTS SHOWCASE.
3. CHRISTMAS HARPS CONCERT.
4. LIVE NATIVITY DRIVE-THRU.
5. DAY TRIP TO NASHVILLE, INDIANA.
6. ISI INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FELLOWSHIP.
7. TRIP TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA - only 4 spots left.
8. ENGLISH CLUB FOR INTERNATIONALS.
9. CHECKOUT THE LATEST ADS AT OUR WEBSITE.


Christmas is in the air as we enter the month of December. There are many
Christmas events that you can enjoy for free. Below is some of the events
that you might find interesting for you and your family.


1. CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
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Enjoy a free Christmas musical that highlights the true meaning of
Christmas at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church on Sunday, Dec 4.
The musical is part of a church service and the public are welcome.

Date: Sunday, Dec 4
Place: Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
2700 E. Rogers Rd
(Map: www.socc.org/About/Facility/directions.html )
Times: 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am
FREE TRANSPORTATION is provided for the 9:30am program from
the following locations: Evermann, Red Bud, Banta, Campus View,
Eigenmann, Tulip Tree, Forrest, and Wilkie South. Call Elan for pickup
from other locations.

>> Go to www.ifmiu.org/church.htm for exact locations where you need to
wait for the van.

Call Elan Rajamani at 325-9047 or email elan@ifmusa.org if you need
more information or have questions.



2. CHRISTMAS DESSERTS AND ARTS SHOWCASE
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You are invited to the InterVarsity Christmas Dessert and Arts Showcase.
Date: Sunday, Dec 4
Time: 3pm
Place: Teter Quadrangle Formal Lounge.
Admission is a Christmas Toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

You’ll enjoy a great time of celebrating the Christmas season through art and music.

You can also join in for Christmas carolling to the residents (senior citizens) of
the lovely Redbud Hills Retirement Community. The optional carolling is from
4:15 - 5:00 pm. It will be a wonderful cultural experience for you.

Please contact Janet Balasiri at jbalasiri@gmail.com with any questions.



3. CHRISTMAS HARPS CONCERT
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Hear a collection of Christmas favorites beautifully rendered by the
best harpists from the world-renowned IU School of Music.

Date: Wednesday, Dec 7
Place: Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
2700 E. Rogers Rd
(Map: www.socc.org/About/Facility/directions.html )
Time: 7:00pm



4. LIVE NATIVITY DRIVE-THRU
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Live Nativity is the scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ with
real life people and animals. Take a journey back in time to the
days of Jesus – in your car! Cruise the Sherwood Oaks Christian
Church’s grounds with family and friends as your car winds around
outdoor scenes of important events in the life of Jesus.
And it’s all FREE!

Go with us for the drive-thru and join us later for some hot cider,
hot chocolate, some delicious Christmas cookies and learn some
Christmas carols and the Christmas story at the barn-home of
Carthell and Peggy Everett. Transportation provided.

Date: Sunday, Dec 11
Meet at 6:30pm at Eigenmann Hall entrance
You can either catch a ride or drive along with us on your own car.
We will drive to Sherwood Oaks (SOCC) for the drive-thru and
then drive down to the home of Carthell and Peggy Everett.

Map to SOCC: www.socc.org/About/Facility/directions.html
Map to Everett’s home: www.ifmiu.org/everett.htm

For more information or questions call Elan Rajamani at 325-9047
or email elan@ifmusa.org



5. DAY TRIP TO NASHVILLE, INDIANA
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Date: Saturday, Dec 17
Time: 10am - 7pm
Cost: $15

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to visit the historic town of
Nashville, IN. The town is decorated beautifully and sponsors many
Christmas activities. We will leave Bloomington at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 17, and return at around 7 p.m. You will have the
opportunity to ride a horse-drawn carriage, take a picture with
Santa Claus, hear strolling Christmas carolers (singers), shop, eat,
and enjoy a Christmas musical show. Cost is $15 for transportation
and a ticket to the Christmas show. Bring extra money for shopping,
meals, and pictures with Santa (if you’d like).

If you would like to go on this day trip, please email Randy Hawes
at rahawes@indiana.edu by Friday, Dec. 3, so that tickets can
be reserved.



6. ISI INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
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Every Friday
6:30pm
Evangelical Community Church

Our weekly fellowship meeting offers you the opportunity to make
new friends, share food and fun, and participate in discussion groups
that will help you learn about the Christian faith. Both Christian and
non-Christians are welcome and will find the meeting interesting and
beneficial. We meet at the Evangelical Community Church (ECC),
on the corner of 2nd and High Street. Rides are provided from the
front of Eigenmann Hall at 6:00 p.m.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Food and Conversation
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Bible Discussion group

Contact Randy Hawes at rahawes@indiana.edu for more information.



7. TRIP TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
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>> Only 4 more spots left

When: Dec 20-31
Cost: $295

We will visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center,
Universal Studio, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, and more.
You'll have a chance to stay with an American host family and
celebrate Christmas with them. Of course, you’ll have plenty of
opportunities to go shopping and take pictures!

Go to www.ifmiu.org/orlando.htm for more information and
registration form.

First Registration deadline: Dec 5*
Price after Dec. 6: $325
Final deadline: Dec 12*

* Registration will close when all available spaces are taken.
So, register early!

Call Elan at 325-9047 or email elan@ifmusa.org if you have
questions.

>> Cost for children <<
Ages 0 - 6 yrs - $145 (charged for transportation only)
Ages 7 - 15 yrs - $220
Ages 16 & up - $295



8. ENGLISH CLUB FOR INTERNATIONALS.
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>>>A new opportunity to improve your English.

FREE Dinner & Christmas Party
Come to the English Club to:
*Learn more about speaking Conversational English and American Culture.
*Learn about Christmas Holiday Traditions
*Have an opportunity to interact with other Americans.

Dec. 3 & 10 (Saturday)
6:30-8:00pm

at the Home of Ed & Jennifer Huff
3127 Kensington Park Drive
Bloomington, IN

All international students, scholars, and families are invited to this FREE event.
Rides provided from Eigenmann Hall at 6:00pm.
For more information & directions, contact Ed Huff - 327-5549 - huffed@indiana.edu

Download a PDF flyer of this event: www.ifmiu.org/pdf/englishclub-xmas.pdf

This event sponsored by Bridges International.



9. CHECKOUT THE LATEST ADS AT OUR WEBSITE.
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All the latest ads can be found at www.ifmiu.org/ads

Recently posted ads:

a. ROOM FOR RENT - SPRING/SUMMER 2006 [Posted on 11-29-2005]
Large room for rent at E. 15th St. - $330/month + utilities
For more details: www.ifmiu.org/ads/Rental0503.htm

b. STUDIO APARTMENT SUBLET - FROM DEC 15 [Posted on 11-29-2005]
Studio Apt for sublet at S. Woodlawn Ave - $275/month
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Visit our website at www.ifmiu.org/ads for other ads.





Elan Rajamani
elan@ifmusa.org

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International Friendship Ministries
Bloomington Branch
P.O. Box 1364
Bloomington, IN 47402-1364

Phone: 812-325-9047
Fax: 509-753-7030
Web: www.ifmiu.org 



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