Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wind Fire and Spirit





For Pentecost Sunday, we explore how the Holy Spirit can make a mess of our tidy, neatly ordered worlds. That unfettered Spirit of God can also empower us to do far more than we ever thought possible. Based on Acts 2:1-21.



We're experimenting here with showing the PowerPoint presentation while the sermon plays. Maybe this will work. We'll see.



Have a blessed and Spirit filled day.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friends Praying and Acting



For Baptist Heritage Sunday, this sermon explores the many ways Baptists have served in the world, and how we go about our business there. We Baptists have long grappled with major social issues, seeking God’s will through the Holy Spirit’s guidance on decisions like the end of slavery in the United States, the integration of freed slaves into society, women’s rights, and civil rights. Today we continue to seek God’s guidance in the challenges facing us. Like Barsabbas and Matthias, the vast majority of us do our work quietly behind the scenes.

Based on Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

You Are My Friends --Jesus




What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus? Based on John 15:9-17. Briefly: Jesus told his disciples and us that we are his friends. Jesus has chosen us. Jesus loves us. Jesus cares for us. Jesus calls us to love one another as we are loved. Jesus tells us to hang on to the love Jesus has for us when things get rough.

Friday, May 15, 2015

After Recent Violence, ABC USA Calls for Peace

After the recent violence in our cities involving police and African American men, American Baptist Churches USA released the following article: http://www.abc-usa.org/2015/05/12/american-baptists-call-for-peace-following-recent-police-killings/

This is recommended reading for anyone. Here is the challenge the denomination gives to American Baptists everywhere: 

Therefore, as a sign of our prophetic calling, we call upon all American Baptists,
American Baptist churches, and American Baptist organizations to do the following:
1. To be peacemakers, builders of God’s shalom;
2. To work for the prevention of violence, the peaceful resolution of conflicts and just reconciliation;
3. To advocate for a more responsible media;
4. To challenge ideologies, structures, politics and policies that lead to violence.

Wishing you all peace ... and the desire to work for peace. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Good Shepherd with Many Sheep





Based on John 10:11-18, Jesus has many sheep, some not of this fold, that need to be found. This sermon explores Jesus' role as our good shepherd and what we can do as his followers to help others avoid the wolves of the world.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LBC Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Last year's sign!
Lansdowne Baptist Church is cooking again ... literally! And we have great chefs. We really do. If you are coming out to enjoy the Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, annual Memorial Day Parade or run in the Memorial Day 5K (see http://lansdownesfuture.org/5k/ for more), you need to stop by Lansdowne Baptist for our annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. We will be serving up great food from 9:30 AM to Noon on May 25th, so come hungry.

The prices are $5 for children ages 5-12; $7 for ages 13 and up; and $20 for families. It is always a good deal.

The proceeds help support our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to deserving high school seniors heading to college from the William Penn School District or among church families. We love to give back to our community, and this is one delicious way you can help.

See you for the breakfast and the festivities.

God bless you, your family, and your friends.

For another example of LBC cooking for others, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2015/04/feasting-with-friends-2015-another.html

LBC Part of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, Yard Sale

Members of Lansdowne Baptist Church will be out early on Saturday morning, May 9, 2015, participating in the annual yard sale the borough holds. The yard sale runs from 9 AM to 3 PM. We look forward to seeing you out in front of the church if the weather is nice. We have a wide range of items of possible interest. The proceeds will go to the work of the church.

If yard sales just aren't your passion, drop by on Sunday for our worship service.

Anytime you come by, you'll be most welcome. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Letter Carriers' Food Drive

On Saturday, May 9, our postal carriers are asking people of good will to set out bags of non-perishable food donations by your mail box. The postal carriers will then deliver these much needed groceries to local food banks for prompt stocking and distribution. There are far too many people in the United States currently suffering under conditions of "food insecurity," especially children. These children and their families simply do not have enough food available and, given their stressed circumstances, often do not know where their next meal is coming from. You can help food banks address this dire situation with your donations.

In Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, May 9, the Interfaith Food Cupboard at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, PA, will be looking for strong volunteers to help bring in the donated groceries as they arrive from these dedicated postal carriers. For more information about the Interfaith Food Cupboard, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/10/interfaith-food-cupboard-of-lansdowne.html

Thank you for your support. God bless you and your family.

Simple Chalk Sign and Children


Our Lansdowne Baptist Church chalk sign is moving into a new era. We have turned over some of the sidewalk chalk to the children's Sunday school classes. They are adding enhancements to our messages that make them stand out even more. It is a wonderful thing when you turn over an idea to a group of creative young people and their teachers. You never know what will happen. It is great to see them explore their God-given gifts. I look forward to seeing future artwork from our young people, and perhaps some messages in time. Keep your eyes open as you drive past. Of course, as always, you are more than welcome to join us on Sunday morning as well. We would love to have you share our joy as we worship together.

Have a blessed day!

To learn more about this simple sign and its benefits, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/09/unintended-consequences-of-simple-sign.html and http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/07/simple-signs-for-churches.html