Friday, August 19, 2016

Faith Described

A moment for inspiration from the book of Hebrews, a sermon written to a troubled people somewhere between 60 and 100 A.D. Times and technology may change, but some issues are eternal. The following is a beautiful short description of faith:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understood that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Walking Prayer Saturday, August 20, 2016, You're Invited

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church are invited to join the pastor and his wife in experiencing a walking prayer at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We will meet the pastor at the main entrance to the Refuge, at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia provides access to the Visitor Center, foot trails, fishing, and wildlife observation platform, at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting.

There are three parking lots at that entrance. Some may choose to carpool together from the church. The walk will last for one hour.

The walking prayer is a discipline designed to get participants in touch with God through the natural world. As Job 12:7-10 tells us: “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being." It is a way to reconnect with God, feed our spirits, let the troubles of the day drop away, and soften our hearts as we take time to revel in God's handiwork. This location is perfect for the purpose as being still rewards the observer with an increasingly large array of wildlife as one watches.

The paths through the park are mostly level. Some are paved and others dirt, but none are truly difficult for hiking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and observe the world around us.


Join us and encounter God in the natural world. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

LBC Seeking Office Administrator: 7-25-2016

Office Administrator Job Announcement
July 25, 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a part time office administrator (church secretary). The administrator will be in the church office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The salary will be commensurate with the individual’s level of experience.

The position requires the applicant to have solid computer skills, familiarity with both Microsoft Office and Power Church Plus, and knowledge of copiers and their features, including the scanner, plus electronic mail. Strong organizational skills, phone presence, and interpersonal skills are required. Additionally, the office administrator needs to be able to handle personal and confidential material with the utmost discretion.


If this sounds like the job for you, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter including contact information to the following email address: reverendjbsnyder@gmail.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Staying Out of the Heat

During the high heat we are currently experiencing, here are some cool places to go to get away from the excessive temperatures, especially if you do not have air conditioning. A trip to the movies, the mall, and an air conditioned church on Sunday will also help. Please remember to stay hydrated as well. We at LBC are concerned about you. Please call any center listed below and make sure they are open and taking people in during the days and hours listed before you go. Also, before you leave, please check in on your elderly neighbors and the ones who live alone. Make sure they are safe. Perhaps they might even want to go with you to one of these cool locations.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Heat warning in effect through Friday
The Heat Information Line at (610) 872-1558 (RECORDED WEATHER, TIPS, ETC.)
Additional Help at (610) 490-1300.
Some fans available at County Office of Services to Aging
206 Eddystone Avenue Eddystone, PA 19022

Locations providing Extended Hours During Excessive Heat Warning

Senior Centers

Chester Senior Center
721 Hayes Street
Chester, PA 19013
610-497-3550
Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday

Upper Darby Senior Center
326 Watkins Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-734-7652
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

Wayne Senior Center
108 Station Road
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-6246
Hours: 4p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Adult Day Centers

Senior Care at Crozer
The Alexander Silberman Center
1 Medical Center Blvd.
Upland, PA 19013
610-447-2933 or 2935
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Every Saturday 8 am- 4pm

Adult Day Services
3 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19083
Phone: 610-352-9945
Hours: 7:00 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

Senior Care of Upper Darby
1500 Garrett Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 610-626-0662
Hours: 7 a.m. ? 6 p.m., Monday to Friday and every other Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Senior Care of Broomall
1991 S. Sproul Rd, Suite 850
Broomall, PA 19008
Phone: 610-325-1600
Hours: 7 a.m. ? 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Saturday: 9 am-4pm

Family Matters
214 East Baltimore Pike
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
Phone: 610-626-4270
Contact: Russell Jirik or Toni Kelly
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Main Line Adult Day Center
119 Radnor Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Phone: 610-527-4220
Hours: 7:30 a.m. ? 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning July 1, 2013- 7 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.(M-F)
Beginning July 1, 2013 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This listing is from ABC 6 and their website has additional sites located in our region. Please check it out at: http://6abc.com/archive/9173050/

Check out the Philadelphia government website for cooling centers and children's spraygrounds in the city at: https://alpha.phila.gov/posts/mayor/2016-07-08-spraygrounds-pools-cooling-centers-stay-cool-during-the-heat/

LBC Prepares to Attend the National Night Out 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church intends to participate in the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at the Highland Avenue Parking Lot from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We have participated in this meaningful evening for the past two years and look forward to making this our third. We hope to see you there. Children who stop by may get to blow giant bubbles again this year.

The Lansdowne Police Department describes the event as follows:

The Lansdowne Police Department, Lansdowne Fire Company, and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association are again partnering to present National Night Out -- a free, all-ages, community evening to fight crime through community and civic involvement. The evening, which takes place from 6 to 8 pm in the Highland Avenue parking lot, features free food, games, a moon bounce, local vendors, and more! Be a part of America's night out against crime! 







Monday, July 11, 2016

Disaster Aid: West Virginia, Indiana

Here is what American Baptist Home Mission Societies has done to aid West Virginia and Indiana following recent severe weather events: 

Severe storms in Indiana and West Virginia June 23-24 have caused significant damage in two American Baptist regions now in need of prayer and relief/recovery efforts.
In Indiana, the storm’s force destroyed buildings, disrupted utilities and closed roadways in and around Brookston, designated in a state of emergency. Federated Church of Brookston, an American Baptist congregation, is serving as a hub for relief activities, including American Red Cross efforts.
Heavy rain that crossed West Virginia particularly impacted the state’s central and southern regions. The number of American Baptist churches damaged by the flooding is still to be determined, but several have confirmed major damage.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Disaster Relief office has released $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing funds to the West Virginia Baptist Convention and $2,500 to American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky for coordination of community recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Powerful Statement from American Baptist Home Mission Societies Following Shootings of July 4 Week

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies have issued a powerful statement in response to the fatal police shootings of two African American men during the July 4th week, followed by the fatal shooting of police officers. It is a tempered statement insisting on justice and change while acknowledging the fine work of many upstanding officers. Please read and consider prayerfully: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/end-police-killings-innocent-black-lives/

Some highlights: 
“O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!” Jeremiah 9:1
We face a national crisis in the United States of America as concerns increasing violence and the growing threat to innocent Black lives from America’s police.
Daily in America, Black citizens are slain by police officers who are publicly sworn to protect the citizenry. This national crisis is well documented from Baton Rouge, LA, to Falcon Heights, MN; from Waller County, TX, to Ferguson, MO; from Chicago, IL, to Savannah, GA; from Cleveland, OH, to Staten Island, NY; from the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam. However, time and again when police brutalize and murder Black people, they escape criminal prosecution.
To be clear, violent confrontations with law enforcement and vigilante killings are not a remedy, but a dangerous diversion from our righteous struggle for justice and peace. We reject and condemn assaults on police officers with the same conviction with which we condemn the killings of innocent civilians. As we grieve the loss of innocent civilians we also grieve the loss of dedicated police officers and pray for their families and loved ones.
America’s current practice following the slayings of Blacks by police is a blend of cultural pathology on the part of prosecutors combined with racist urban mythology that quickly evolves into sympathy for the police officers without regard for the unjust killings of Black lives. Such gives dangerous credence to the notion that police are daily under fire from Black Americans—which, despite recent events in Dallas is historically untrue–and that the police are therefore justified in using deadly force against Black lives in order to protect their own lives, even when the use of deadly force was not justified.
Next, as we express honor, respect and appreciation for police officers knowing that most are decent people, the time has come for law enforcement officers to publicly affirm that “Black lives matter” in view of the glaring incidents of excessive force and brutality against innocent Black citizens. In the midst of hostility there is a real need to regain public trust and cultivate mutual respect.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

What Must I Do Jesus



Sermon based on Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the good Samaritan. This sermon also dealt with the deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police officers, the subsequent killings of five officers at the hands of a sniper or snipers, and how Christians respond in light of Jesus' teachings.

Please follow this sermon up with the powerful statement from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/end-police-killings-innocent-black-lives/

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Who?



Sermon for Children's Sunday combining Psalm 24:1-2 with Dr. Seuss's tale Horton Hears a Who. What's it all about? You'll have to watch to find out.