Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Food Assistance in Lansdowne and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you find yourself in dire circumstances and in need of emergency food assistance, there are several resources available to you.

If you are in need of emergency food and reside in the William Penn School District in Lansdowne, check on the Interfaith Food Cupboard located at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, 19050. Please call the Food Cupboard at 610-622-0800, option 4, before 4 PM on Monday or Wednesday. The recorded message you receive will tell you what to do and ask you to leave a message. A volunteer will return your call after 4:00 PM and arrange a time for you to pick up your food. No walk in service or home deliveries are possible. Please bring along a photo ID for confirmation at pick up. The Food Cupboard is open on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This food bank can serve each family once a month. For additional information on this active church and all they are doing, see:

Lansdowne Baptist Church is pleased to be a regular contributor to the Food Cupboard.

In Upper Darby, PA, check with the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County. Their Community Outreach Project serves meals 7 days a week at 7:00 PM. The Life Center is located at 6310 Market Street. Call 610-734-5770. You can also check

The Salvation Army in Darby has a food pantry available by appointment. They also serve lunch on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00 to 12:45 PM. They are located at 22 N. 9th St. and may be reached at 610-583-3720.

Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network coordinates with 12 different food cupboards. You may reach them at 610-566-7540.

For additional sources, call the Homeless Services Coalition of Delaware County at 610-713-2365 or see for additional sources.

In the greater Philadelphia area, food help is available through the following resources:

Food Help Line: 1-800-319-3663, is ready to take calls from you Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Calls are answered by Philabundance bilingual staff members dedicated to helping you.

Senior Food Box: 1-800-319-3663: for seniors residing in Pennsylvania who are 60 or older and needing assistance, a monthly box filled with 30 pounds of nutritious food is available for you.  This is another important Philabundance program.

Domestic Violence Hotlines: Help Is Here: Focus on Southeastern Pennsylvania

From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

Help IS Available:

National Help Line: 1-888-7HELPLINE

Twenty-four Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines

Philadelphia County (All Domestic Violence Services): 1-866-723-3014

Montgomery County:
  Laurel House:
  Women’s Center:

Chester County:

Bucks County:

Berks County:

Delaware County:

Lehigh Valley:

State and National:
PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
TTY: 1-800-553-2508

National DV Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline:

Foreign Language:

Legal Resources:
Legal Aid Services for Montgomery, Bucks, Chester & Delaware County:
1-610-275-5400 (press 3)

Philadelphia County:
TYY: 1-800-787-3224

Help for Batterers:
Montgomery County:

Philadelphia County:
1-215-242-2235 (Menergy)

Bucks County:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lenten Journey: A Daily Devotional Reader for Lent in 2014

Reverend Dr. Richard Rusbuldt has been writing a series of Lenten Journey devotions each year for many years. You may walk with Jesus this year right up to Easter with his series of thought provoking daily readings and questions, each day using a different Bible reading to continue us on our journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, the cross, and the glory of resurrection and our hope for new life. 

Reverend Rusbuldt states,

Some of our journey will find us listening to Jesus’ teachings to his followers as he prepares to die. And some of the journey will deal with preparations for his death. Stories from long ago as well as “today” will be shared to illustrate truths about Jesus, or experiences of his followers of all ages.
You probably won’t agree with everything that’s contained herein – and that’s quite alright. We’re friends of Jesus, traveling together! You may not like some of the suggestions or questions – if not, skip them! Perhaps you will miss a day or two here and there; that’s O.K., too. Each day’s journey stands pretty much by itself, and can be missed, or picked up at a later date. We will meet both good and evil people, consider wisdom from “above”, ponder the humanity and divinity of Jesus, shudder at the suffering and brutality he endured, confront the “why” questions again and again, pray daily, and even more. 
Rest assured that as we journey with Jesus, God will be with us every step of the way. Over-riding our whole journey will be one universal truth:
You may download a free PDF copy of Rev. Rusbuldt's reader at:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Be Still My Soul: A Hymn for the Troubled Spirit

We, the members of Lansdowne Baptist Church, stand with all who find themselves in trying, painful circumstances in their lives. Please know that you do not walk through this difficult time alone. Even in the darkest night of your weary soul, God loves you and walks beside you. Jesus guides your way and has redeemed you. The Holy Spirit envelopes your troubled body and offers you guidance as you continue to move forward in your struggle. 

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Another hymn I commend to you is a prayer that we might all be instruments of God's peace, which also helps us work through difficult times by helping others who are in the same boat:

Annual Feasting With Friends Event at Lansdowne Baptist Church. You Are Invited!

Lansdowne Baptist Church, located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue in Lansdowne, PA, will be holding its annual Feasting with Friends event. This well attended and much welcomed event will take place on April 12, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the church. This is a time to break bread and share a good, home-cooked meal in a wonderful, loving atmosphere. Come out and visit with old friends and new. All are invited to join us and enjoy in God’s bounty.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Joslyn Banks at 215-898-7589. There is absolutely no cost. However, we will need to know how many are in your party/group.

We are looking forward to the blessing of feasting with you.                                            

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lenten Prayer Services: You Are Invited!

From March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 7:30 PM, the sanctuary of Lansdowne Baptist Church will be open for Lenten prayer gatherings led by the pastor. Congregants, visitors, friends and neighbors are all welcome to attend, as we join together in a time of introspection, reminding ourselves of all God has done for us through Jesus Christ, and preparing ourselves for Easter. 

New Members Classes to be Offered in May 2014

A series of four new membership classes will be offered to all who have become members of Lansdowne Baptist Church within the last year to year and a half by the pastor. Each class will be an hour long. These classes will be offered in the month of May. Sign-up sheets will be provided for all who are interested in attending. A second sign-up sheet will be provided for sponsors. Sponsors are long-term members of the congregation who would like to partner with new members, take the classes with them, offer to spend a little time outside class getting to know the new members and answering any questions that may have arisen in class. On the last Sunday in May, sponsors will be asked to introduce their member to the congregation as a whole. Classes will cover the basics of the Baptist faith and provide some history of Lansdowne Baptist Church. Class time is tentatively set for the Sunday school hour, unless participants would prefer another meeting time.