Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jerusalem Jerusalem



The sermon for Sunday, March 17, 2019, is based on Luke 13:31-35. In this scripture Jesus must leave Jerusalem to its own devices as its people by in large will not accept the word of God Jesus offers. They will not allow themselves to be enveloped by Jesus' protective care. Decisions have consequences. We too must decide for ourselves if we will follow Jesus or be left to our own devices. During the course of the sermon, we explored a response to terrorism Christians should take. Come and watch.

See what our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA has to say in response to the terror attack on the Christchurch Muslim mosques in New Zealand here: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/03/important-message-from-american-baptist.html

Call for Flood Buckets From Omaha, Nebraska

Sunset Hills Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, provides guidelines for creating "flood buckets." These are buckets filled with necessary relief products for those suffering from historic flooding in the US Midwest. You can help. See their article here;
https://www.facebook.com/SunsetHillsBaptistChurch/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARD65PAej_ezVRnEL6n5xjjsCE-majb1xbz-WPiShtYXJdox0iSiVs28R0-thT5Pc00yAOmKrY-wOV4q&hc_ref=ARScybsM-3wQSs6ofjO0nqjpd5hpoNSyZ86yEB9BJQuEEL0LNEdt7O0oUgSYNBEW7PQ&fref=nf&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAPMa7RjbrPLB2vTlvMty4_NTJOr8Krl8ojaNMl0cJ4PVeyx37FqliS-xC0jcZFFEjpYTUqiuh3kNrQcrzoneUQCWbSx-R2MTilTMtpxF6mEN2egmJHv47P6a4s2Z7QJhoRHRIYjOQ6DrN6Y-J3-ZrA69NPa57KQCoPq0dqQRwQJawQoIadEUhj-IizaS3HGa80vpYwEAEWYrHxadIZxIuZAgYtv44K5Gq4nNB5vrePwFMtXdj42WZaVbzHQNlPuhjLpYyrowLb7P_0hDL_XDKqLanBoHVfnsg1uiPMMv1DwsclfFlP9nFENFYQ3ZwkxlEEIhkSdB5T_57uj4jL5pvzuA

Important Message From American Baptist Churches USA

Following the terror attack on Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the General Secretary of our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA, made the following statement. It gives you strong insight on who we are as Baptists and who (and what) we stand for: http://www.abc-usa.org/2019/03/16/abcusa-general-secretary-affirms-american-baptist-solidarity-with-the-muslim-victims-of-the-mosque-attack-in-new-zealand/?fbclid=IwAR0sXcUAj6hfLfko49gDfJyTsFBjM9KwK9Opbd7E9nubilV11ITV-8PRS3k

Please read.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 2



Tuesday night, March 14, 2019, we continued our exploration of N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. We will be considering a call God has given to us all, a call we have strayed from and Jesus calls us back to. It will be an interesting and possibly challenging evening. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth week 3



We are continuing our study of the book of Ruth. We are well into chapter 3. Ruth is about to get noticed by Boaz and the story is going to take on some serious complexity with significance for life today. This story, from this point forward, is not exactly child friendly. You may want small children out of earshot during the live stream or if you are watching later. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Monday, March 11, 2019

God Reigns




Sermon for Sunday, 3/10/19, the first Sunday of Lent, based on Daniel 6:16-22, Daniel in the Lions' Den. While the story is best known for the dramatic scene in the lions' den, it is really about something else. About what is possible under God's reign for those of faith ... and how we entrap ourselves in our pride, our ego, our belief some things can never be changed. Come and watch to see how to be freed of such foolish notions.

Also, this is the first week using a brand new video camera, straight out of the box. We had not had time to download the PDF instruction manual yet, so further improvements are expected down the road. Stay tuned and see what happens.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream: Week 1



For the next six weeks during Lent, on Thursday evenings from 8 to 8:30 p.m., we will be considering N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus' Crucifixion. For Lent we'll be giving up some time to learn some new and challenging perspectives that may well change the way we do things as Christ followers.. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Spring Forward: March 10, 2019

Don't forget to "spring forward" this Sunday at 2 a.m., moving that clock forward an hour for daylight savings time. Don't be the person showing up at the very end of church, thinking everything is just about to begin. Spring ahead and join us for Sunday moring worship at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Experiencing Technical Difficulties with Our Video Camera


The old video camera we have been using to record sermons has finally given up the ghost. Considering it was a Kodak Play Sport, it really did well over many years. The pastor and his wife (who does the recording) will be looking for a new camera quickly and hope to return to recorded sermons very soon. In the meanwhile, the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream Bible study continues as planned. It does not rely on the Kodak to get the job done.

So, as they say (or used to) in the broadcast business: "Please stand by." 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 2



Last week we finished the book of Matthew and provided some short introductory material into the book of Ruth. Tonight we really get to know this woman of faith from the Old Testament and her powerful story. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Living Differently



Sermon based on Luke 6:27-31, in which we are called to love our enemies, among other things. Jesus calls us to live very differently from how instinct and culture has long called us to live. Following Jesus' message here, we can work to break the cycle of violence and revenge in our communities. Watch and learn how

Blessed Are You



Sermon based on Luke 6:20-23, Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. It is a Black History Month inspired sermon calling for all of us to join together in our wondrous diversity, to knit together a strong community of faith that supports everyone, at every phase of life. Come and watch.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Sermon for Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., the sermon will cover Jesus' challenge to love our neighbors, treat others as we would want to be treated, and be merciful as your Father is merciful. Well, that's a tall order! How do we do that. Just what does Jesus mean by all this anyway? Want to know? Come on by and worship with us. You'll see. 

All are welcome. See you soon. 

Have a Warm and Wonderful Weekend


Put aside the week's adventures and relax. Enjoy this weekend. Stay dry. Join us for church on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., when we will be exploring what Jesus meant when he said "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." There's more to it than you might think! 

Annual Feast: Free Community Dinner, 2019


On Saturday, April 6, 2019, join Lansdowne Baptist Church upstairs in Westphal Hall for our Annual Feast, our free community dinner where we all gather to break bread together. The dinner will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. that day. Please contact the church office and let us know who you are and how many people you are bringing so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone. We look forward to seeing you again this year ... or to meeting you for the first time. Wonderful food and fellowship. All are welcome.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 22




Tuesday, February 19, 2019, we began with Matthew 27:57-61, in which Joseph of Arimathea recovers the crucified body of Jesus. We move on from there to the utter transformation of human history and the first evangelists of the resurrection. Concluding the book of Matthew with a call to all Christ followers in every age, we moved on to introduce the book of Ruth from the Old Testament. There will be many pressing questions to explore in this evocative short book. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Enjoy Your Friday ... February 15, 2019


Enjoy your Friday ... and your Saturday. Enjoy us Sunday and see how Jesus wants us to knit together into a tight and loving community capable of doing great things and appreciating all our differences as gifts from God. Come and see! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 21




On Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, we begin with Matthew 27, beginning with Simon the man from Cyrene, carrying Jesus' cross to the hill. It was an exciting evening ... also one with challenges as I had a sinus infection, medication, and Sherry was not at home. Our 16-year-old somewhat demented beagle could get up to tremendous mischief it she had decided to. Join us now and see how it all worked out. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 20



Tuesday night, February 5, 2019, we began with Matthew 26, Jesus' arrest and Peter's denial. It is a very intense time with a lot to tell us about life lived in crisis. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rejoice: the Lord Is Your Strength



Sermon for January 27, 2019, based on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8-10. Exploring what may be done against the odds when we work together, placing our faith in God and working with each other. There is a direct application presented for our church, and the same may be applied to all churches and communities everywhere. Come and watch!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 19



Tonight we begin with Matthew 26:6-16, in which a woman anoints Jesus with oil, creating a stir among the disciples. It's a real teachable moment. Much more to follow Join us.. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder


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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes Resumes Tonight: January 29, 2019

Join us tonight at 8 p.m. and we continue our live stream Bible study of the book of Matthew. We are coming close to Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and the events of his capture, crucifixion and resurrection. We are quickly approaching a pivotal moment in human history, changing everything that would come afterwards. Join us. Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

I look forward to seeing you there. Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, January 25, 2019

Enjoy the Day; Join Us Sunday!


We here at Lansdowne Baptist Church wish you all a blessed and beautiful Friday. Join us Sunday morning and discover exactly how it can be that our joy stems from God. See you then! 

Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 27, 2019

We look forward to seeing as many members as possible on Sunday, January 27, 2019, for our annual meeting. We will be going over the business of the church, discussing finances, electing officers and visioning the future of our church family together. Join us for food, fellowship, important conversation, and voting.

This event will take place in the Cooper Room immediately after the worship service. It will begin at 12:00 noon. There will be a light meal to accompany the annual report. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sunday Sermon 1-27-19: Rejoice


Join us Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to discover exactly how the joy in the Lord is our strength, as Nehemiah tells us (Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8-10). See what that means for 21st century Christians and how it applies to our lives. All are welcome! 

Making Connections: Sermon for Sunday, January 20, 2019



Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-6: in which Paul advises the congregation not to divide over issues of status based on God-given gifts. He reminds them that these are gifts from the Creator and not rewards bestowed for merit, therefore, no smugness and judging of others should ensue. Such gifts are given to strengthen the whole community. An excellent message for the church today. Come and watch.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Join Us This Morning: January 20, 2019


It's soggy and chill outside. But it is warm and dry here at Lansdowne Baptist Church. Worship service begins in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. Our sermon today is based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-6 and titled Making Connections. Come and join us! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 18



We move on in Matthew Chapter 25 and the parable of the talents, for starters. We are coming close to Jerusalem now with Jesus and the story intensifies greatly. Join us.. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Fear No Trouble



In Isaiah, the prophet counsels his people not to be afraid in the face of their exile in Babylon. They are feeling isolated, powerless, and without any redeemer. Isaiah tells them God loves them, God will redeem them, and God will always love God's children. There is great reason to put away fear. But how could that be done? How might it be done today. Come and watch. See the good news.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Worship With Us Today, January 13, 2019

Our first snow of 2019 is on the ground. But, thanks to our intrepid congregants, the sidewalk is clear. The main roads are wet, but clear. East LaCrosse Avenue outside the church has a little snow on it but is passable if you are careful. Unfortunately the small parking lot did not get plowed, but there is plenty of street parking, and if you are adventurous, the parking lot is passable.

Look forward to worshiping with you this morning in our warm, cozy sanctuary. Sherry and I are here along with a couple others. See you soon.

If you don't handle snow well, please do stay home and safe today, however. Have a blessed day everyone. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Work Day, Taking Down Christmas Decorations

Next Saturday, January 19, 2019, is the day to remove our Christmas decorations from Lansdowne Baptist for another year. Today, January 12, 2019, is one of our monthly work days. Please come and lend a hand with either or both events. They'll be fun. Each event will go fast with many hands making for light labor. Each event begins at 9:30 a.m. and extends until 2 p.m. All are welcome!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Lansdowne Baptist


On Monday, January 21, 2019, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Lansdowne Baptist will present a healthy cooking and eating on a budget program for LBC members, friends, and for our community. All are welcome to attend as we provide smart cooking strategies and samples of some of our favorite budget conscious healthy meals. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the office wing's Cooper Room. 

Wishing You a Blessed Friday!


Wishing you all a joyous and blessed Friday. We here at Lansdowne Baptist Church look forward to seeing you here on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sermon for Sunday, January 13, 2019


Grappling with how to handle fear, according to Isaiah. It's ancient wisdom that remains valid today. Come and join us this Sunday for worship. All are welcome!

Here's a little teaser about our Sunday sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/01/sermon-for-sunday-january-13-2019.html

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 17




Now we return to the book of Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 23-24. We are picking up with woes and moving on from there. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is ready to get back into Matthew for the new year. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Have You Heard the News



Sermon based on Matthew 2:1-12, the arrival of the magi, who seek to honor Jesus as Israel's new king. Discover what this meant back in the day, and what the magi's behavior means for us today. Come and watch.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wonderful Christmas Celebrations in 2018

Christmas was a wonderfully festive season at Lansdowne Baptist Church. Fourteen volunteers got together to decorate the church. Our Candlelight and Christmas Eve services were wonderful, uplifting worship experiences. We celebrated Jesus' birth in Scripture, song, and sermon. We enjoyed the Sunday morning and evening services. Being together is always a wonderful experience, as God intends for us all.





Please consider joining us next year. We would be delighted to have you there.

Here's the sermon for the morning of December 23, 2018, if you are interested: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/01/mary-rejoices.html

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sermon for Sunday, January 6, 2019


Join us Sunday, January 6, 2019, to hear the good news from Matthew 2:1-12. We will discuss the magi who came from the East and what that means for our lives today. You might be surprised! All are welcome. 

To see the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/01/have-you-heard-news.html

Enjoy Your Friday!


Getting a little head start on Friday, posting this Thursday evening ... but who's counting?

Come worship with us Sunday mornnig at 11 a.m. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Increasing in Wisdom



This sermon, based on Luke 2:41-52, is the only story of Jesus' youth. We can learn a great deal from Jesus and Mary as they interact. We too can grow in wisdom as we learn from what we have done, just as Jesus does. As Christ followers we should not fear making mistakes, but use them to grow in wisdom and in years, in favor with God and humanity. Come and watch.

Mary Rejoices



Sermon for December 23, 2018, based on Luke 1:39-45. Mary receives a message from an angel of God that she will be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus. Mary embraces the responsibility with great faith and action. She visits her older relative Elizabeth, who as proof that what Mary has been told, is also pregnant as nothing is impossible with God. There is a great deal for us to learn from Mary and her faithful response. Take a look.