Thursday, December 15, 2016

Walking Prayer: October 29, 2016


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On Saturday, October 29, 2016, LBC members made another walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. It is an opportunity to be still and be with God while slowly walking through the natural world wondering at God's amazing handiwork. Once again, it was a rewarding experience, leaving us rested and in awe. When we put away the technology (well, except for binoculars through which to watch and admire the birds found throughout the reserve) and just observed with all our senses, it was amazing how abundant the wildlife was, both large and small. It made this walker wonder just how much I do not notice going on all around me on a busy day. God's handiwork is everywhere, if we'll stop and notice. Unfortunately, my phone camera is insufficient to zoom in on all the birds that were everywhere we looked.
Where we meet to begin.

A little more about the refuge ...
God has given us a wonderful world to care for. Getting to know it better makes us all better stewards, and happier ones too.
Invitation to roam ...

Christmas Fair Success 2016

Taking a moment to thank everyone who was involved in creating another successful Christmas Fair. It takes months of planning, preparation, and hard work to make it happen. We also wish to thank the entire community who showed up to take part in Grandma's Attic, the Craft Fair, our Silent Auction, the Bake Sale, and the Christmas Cafe. Our talented cooks kept people well fed. The bake sale tempted people with a wide range of seasonal treats and soups. The silent auction had a wide range of material up for bidding, including five refurbished computers that sold well and were a real deal.

Everyone had a lot of fun and Lansdowne Baptist Church received funds we can now turn into future community service for the community.

We also were able to promote all of the upcoming events in this busy month, including Sunday December 18th's children's pageant during the 11 a.m. worship hour in which the children of the church and friends who come along will participate in a clever retelling of the Christmas story and the 7:00 p.m. annual Candlelight Service in which we have a full service of nine lessons and carols followed by a truly unique lighting of candles, bringing light back to a darkened sanctuary followed by the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Also, we have the Sunday, December 25, Christmas morning service in which we celebrate once again Jesus' arrival in song and word.

Consider yourself invited to each and every one of these events.

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who made this year's Christmas Fair a tremendous success and a joy to attend.

God bless you all in this Christmas season.

For more about the 2016 Candlelight Service, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/12/lbc-candlelight-service-2016.html

Friday, December 9, 2016

Prepare the Way: Second Sunday of Advent 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 3:1-12, in which John the Baptist points us in the right direction to get ourselves properly prepared for Christmas. This is an important message to approach humbly, with an open mind, and our defenses down. Being in right relationship with God and humanity is the challenge of a lifetime.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LBC Candlelight Service 2016

On Sunday, December 18th, 2016, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of lessons and carols. The lessons span both the Old and New Testaments. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is lit by candles. By that soft glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

All Things New



Sermon based on Romans 13:11-14, in which Paul calls on the Roman Christians to wake up, they are living in the dawn of a new age and need to change the way the view and respond to the world. It is a challenge for us in the 21st century as well. This is the first sermon of the 2016 Advent season.

Friday, December 2, 2016

LBC Assisted Interfaith Food Cupboard for Thanksgiving

The Interfaith Food Cupboard made the following report about their Thanksgiving day baskets for families in need and their November monthly meals provided. They stated;
In addition to 69 Thanksgiving baskets (wow!!), we provided emergency food for 126 people. That breaks down to 80 adults and 46 children and totals 1134 meals (a three day supply of emergency food--at three meals a day = 9 meals). THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP--truly, we could not have done this without you!!
I am pleased to report that Lansdowne Baptist Church donated over a dozen turkeys to the cause of the Thanksgiving baskets. We too thank all who made this special event happen. God moves us to do far more together than we could manage alone.