Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Friday: See You Sunday!

Wishing you all a wondrous Friday, blessed Saturday and a worshipful Sunday morning with us here at Lansdowne Baptist Church! All are welcome! 

Worship for Sunday, June 23, 2019, begins at 10 a.m. (we are on summer hours) in our sanctuary. 

The sermon, based on Galatians 3:23-29, "Faith Came," explores life in faith, free of both legalism and antinomianism, free of fear and human-made divisions. Come and see what that's all about. 

Our sanctuary

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

God's Double Portion



The sermon for Sunday, June 16, 2019, Father's Day, was based on 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14. This is the story of Elijah and Elisha, two faithful prophets of God in the 9th century BC. Elijah will pass the mantle of authority on to Elisha, to continue God's work in the world. We are called to work faithfully as well in God's service. Doing so, we receive from God a double portion of spiritual blessings to enable us to continue our work as faithfully as Elijah and Elisha. Come, watch, and see.

Friday, June 14, 2019

God Grants a Double Portion: Sunday Sermon 6-14-19


Enjoy your weekend. 

Join us Sunday morning when we celebrate God's generosity in the sermon, God Grants a Double Portion ... and Father's Day too. Come worship with us and discover what that double portion business means for us today. 

All are welcome here! This Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. as we switch to summer hours! 

Here's the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/gods-double-portion.html

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Worship Service at 10 a.m. on Father's Day

Sunday, June 16, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church will move to our summer worship hours. Sunday school will be going on summer vacation and the worship service in the sanctuary will begin at 10 a.,m. Looking forward to seeing you at the earlier hour and worshiping before the day gets too warm. 

See you soon. Consider yourself invited! 

Happy Father's Day too.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 7



Tuesday night, June 4, 2019, at 8 p.m., we continued the story of Gideon's triumph over the Midianites by most unusual means. Soon we will move on into extremely hard territory with Jephthah and an inadvisable vow. The author of Judges will be holding up a mirror to us and asking some hard questions. Drop by. It will be enlightening!

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Please note that after next week, June 11, 2019, Beyond Loaves and Fishes will be taking a summer vacation and will return again in the fall, when the pastor is rested and has had a chance to consider some additional ideas for the live stream! Fear not, though, as this gives you chances to catch up on our previous live streams on the books of Matthew, Ruth, Judges, and our Lenten live stream series for 2019. September will be here before you know it. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Be One



Sermon for Sunday, June 2, 2019, based on John 17:20-26. Jesus prays his disciples will be unified in their ministry. This unity is reached by loving one another and serving each other despite their many differences. That prayer continues on into the present and the future, calling us to be unified in our love for each other and our loving service to others. It's a powerful prayer and a labor that leads to joy. Come and watch and give it a try!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge on May 26, 2019


Red-wing blackbird poses
for two photographers
We had a beautiful walk in the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge after church. Red-winged blackbirds were present in abundance, along with swallows (both barn and tree) putting on aerial aerobatics chasing bugs. A lot of aquatic birds were not present or were drowsing in among the water plants when we were there in the afternoon heat.

We shared the natural beauty of the reserve with a great many fisherfolk, who were called in for one month to fish in both the creek and the wetlands area (where fishing is not usually allowed). The reason for this was an uptick of the invasive snakehead fish. 

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019 a Success

We had a wonderful team prepare for the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast this year. We had cooks, greeters, servers, and those who set up and those who tore down after the event. We got off to a slow start while people enjoyed to parade Lansdowne hosted, including military veterans, the fire department, reenactors, and the high school marching band. We had great seats to watch everyone participating in the parade assemble and begin to march. Once the parade ended, people came by to enjoy our breakfast and donate to the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund so we will once again be able to offer scholarship money to two deserving graduating high school seniors. We received enough donations to offer one full scholarship, so it was a day of service well spent. We had one gentleman who dropped off a donation, thanking us for all we do, without staying to eat and one graduating college senior who came back to repay a portion of his scholarship money to help support another upcoming student. 

The pastor was a little too busy helping out once our diners showed up to take pictures of them. 




God gave a beautful weather and wonderful neighbors who stopped by and broke bread (well, pancakes and sausage) with us. We look forward to doing it all over again next year. We hope you'll drop by if you're in the neighborhood. 












Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith

Rev. Lee Spitzer, the General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) has some thoughts about what all Christians may do to help thwart the rise of hatred around the world and right here at home. 

He begins: we “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). As American Baptists, we stand in sincere sympathy with all people who suffer violence, injury and harm, regardless of religion, race, gender, culture or ethnicity. We oppose terrorism, violence and hateful ideologies. The Gospel of love surely shall triumph over evil.

He goes on to say, he wishes to do more and has suggestions on what that "more" should be. Give it a read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/05/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-b-spitzer/