Tuesday, May 14, 2019

What Tabitha Made: Sermon for Mother's Day 2019



The sermon for Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, was based on Acts 9:36-43. We reflected on the work of Tabitha, a Jewish Christian serving the Gentile poor of the port city of Joppa. Such a pillar of her community was she, that the disciple Peter was called from the capital of the region, Lyyda, to bear witness to Tabitha's service. We discussed how Tabitha filled the original idea for Mother's Day as proposed by Anna Jarvis: a day to remember the peacemakers and those advocating social good, as Anna's own mother had done. Watch and see where all this goes.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt 2019!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church held a community Easter Egg Hunt. It was a small affair this year that we hope will grow over time. 180 eggs were hidden, most containing small religious items ... and some with candy of course, and our entrepid crew of egg hunters found every last one of them. 

It was wonderful to introduce our family from Cameroon to the ways of the egg hunt and have the parents help prepare and hide the eggs and their children to find them. Our youngest hunter, a toddler, wasn't so sure what was going on but was delighted to discover the eggs made a satisfying rattle when shaken. 


It was a blessed day, a wonderful time of fellowship, and a terrific reminder we need to rejoice all that Jesus did for us out of love. We can and should share that love in as many ways as we can imagine. And, yes, that includes the venerable Easter Egg Hunt. Join us next year. We'll have plenty of eggs and a whole new way to hunt for them. 

The community is invited to share our joy with us. All are welcome. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Beach Breakfast with Jesus



Sermon for Sunday, May 5, 2019, based on John 21:1-19. Following Jesus' resurrection, he appears at dawn on the beach to rescue Peter from the burdens associated with his denial of Jesus during the night of the trial. The rescue will be painful but liberating. Jesus is looking to do the same for each of us. Come and watch. Learn how. It is good news!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Enjoy Friday, Join Us Sunday


Have a beautiful, blessed Friday. Join us at Lansdowne Baptist Church on Sunday morning for hymns, prayer, and the sermon "Breakfast on the Beach," John 21:1-19. See you then! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stewardship with Dirt Under Our Nails



Sunday sermon following Earth Day, based on Genesis 2:15 & Leviticus 19:9-10. We look at the creation story to see what is intended in our relationship between God and humanity. Leviticus helps us with our relations between each other. The menorah was lit in solidarity with the synagogue congregants in San Diego who were attacked, and with all who have suffered violence in their sacred spaces. Watch and see what is to be discovered through this riveting tale.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 3



Tuesday night, April 23, 2019, we went deeper into the stories of Judges. We encountered stories designed to startle listeners, stories shocking in gory detail, designed to help people living through hard times cope with those challenges. How does this strategy and others issues raised help us deal with the complications and challenges of modern life? Come and watch!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter's First Evangelists



The Easter Sunday sermon for April 21, 2019, based on Luke 24:1-12. We explore the meaning of Jesus' resurrection for the disciples and for us today. We explore who were chosen to be Jesus' very first evangelists to the resurrection and how everything about that day flew in the face of expectations. Come and watch to discover what that means for each and every one of us.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Join Us Today: Easter Morning

Lansdowne Baptist Church will be celebrating Jesus resurrection today at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Come and join this joyous celebration, this reminder of all Jesus has done for us and for the whole world. You are invited and will be most welcome. We hope to see you soon.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, April 19, 2019

Have a Blessed Good Friday; Join Us Easter Sunday


Wishing everyone a blessed Good Friday. Inviting everyone to join us Easter Sunday morning to celebrate Jesus' resurrection and discover what that means for each and every one of us. The sermon is based on Luke 24:1-12, the sermon titled Easter's First Evangelists.

Favorite Easter hymns to be sung, Easter flowers to enjoy, and wonderful Easter fellowship to participate in and be uplifted by!

You are invited. See you then!


Celebrated Annual Feast 2019 with Our Community

Volunteer instructions...
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist celebrated our annual community feast, inviting our neighbors in to break bread and enjoy fellowship with us.

Greetings!
Volunteer Prep
We had lots of volunteers. As happens each year, we fretted in the backs of our minds over whether we'd have enough food and our volunteers and community businesses steped up and ensured that we had more than enough. God's generosity was clearly shown in action. We had terrific volunteers who set up the room, greeted our guests, prepared and served the food, and cleaned up the room afterwards. As always, we had a wonderful turnout from the community (we couldn't do it without you all) and everyone had a great time.
More than enough food, much to choose from.

It was wonderful to see this small community come together and fellowship in harmony in such a divided society. It was inspiring and makes me hopeful that we can all come together around worthy projects, setting aside our differences to work on something that benefits everyone.

So much food to share!
It was a blessed day. I'm writing this on Good Friday, 2019, and I hope this is a blessed day for each and every one of you out there.

Serving others

Feasting
Come and join us for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary as we remember all that Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. Come, join us, be a part of our community, and remember along with us all that we have to be grateful for. You are invited. You will be welcome! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 2





Tonight we plunged into the book of Judges seriously. The book is designed to challenge safe assumptions and present us with alternative ideas. Come and watch!

Personal note: It is always tricky to make off the cuff remarks at the start. I know full well it was Notre Dame Cathedral that burned ... but I said the Louvre ... based on something I'd read earlier and was rattling around in my head. I will confess my first inclination was not to share this live stream or to edit that embarrassing slip away ... but, being an admittedly fallible human being as well as a pastor, you might as well see the mistakes and know I'm going to make more as we go along. Let's hear it for transparency.


We'll all need to give each other grace instead of judgment, especially in challenging times like these. Honestly, I'm still in emotional turmoil over the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the arson committed against three African-American churches. I'm also entirely sure I mispronounced the names of some of the many tribes resident in the land. The first two chapters were some pretty interesting reads. Just wait until we get to chapter 3!


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Stones Would Shout



The Palm Sunday sermon for April 14, 2019, based on Luke 19:28-40, with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Here we explore what the people of Israel expected in a Messiah, how Jesus understood his role as Messiah (which was radically different), and what that means for us today. See what Jesus meant when he told the Pharisees if these people didn't proclaim his coming, the stones would shout. Come and watch

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Happy Friday! See You Palm Sunday



Wishing you a wonderful Friday, an uplifting Saturday, and a worshipful Palm Sunday with us at Lansdowne Baptist Church. This week's sermon is "The Stones Cry Out." Come and celebrate the arrival of the King with us.

All are welcome!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 6 & Judges Week 1




Tuesday night, April 9, 2019, we wrapped up our study of the book of Ruth and moved on to the book of Judges. This is a real challenge as Judges deals with a time of turmoil for Israel, when the nation is edging toward monarchy. It is written for Israelites in exile to offer them hope as well, looking back at where they had been for explanation of how they arrived at where they are. It challenges a lot of comfy assumptions with challenging questions. Come and watch!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Price?



Our sermon today was based on John 12:1-8. We explore how generous Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, was in her anointing of Jesus. We explore how we may be equally generous with others, and why we should do so. Come and watch.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Charlotte Yinger, Longtime Member of Lansdowne Baptist, Dies

On March 29, 2019, Charlotte Yinger passed away, returning home to God. She lived at the Elwyn Institute. 

Charlotte is survived by her sister Eleanor, her uncle Joseph Yinger, and several cousins. 

A memorial service will be held at the Elwyn Institute at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lansdowne Baptist Church or the Elwyn Institute. 

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 4



On Thursday night, April 4, 2019, we wrapped up our study from N.T. Wright's book, The Day the Revolution Began. We discovered Jesus' vocation, how that vocation was lived out in his crucifixion, and how it has been passed along to us today. We examined what this means for us. We were given a lot to ponder and a lot to do. Come and watch. See if you aren't encouraged to do a few things differently yourself. Have a blessed seaons of Lent and Easter.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 5



Tuesday night we came close to wrapping up our study on Ruth. Afterwards we will be turning to the book of Judges. Ruth is a balm on the life described in Judges. Judges will be a challenging book, a rigorous study, but it will have something significant to say to us in our time. Look forward to seeing you soon. Be blessed! Come and watch!

We welcome two new subscribers to the live stream this week! We are glad you're here.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Promises Kept



The sermon for Sunday, March 31, 2019, is based on Joshua 5:9-12. In this text the people of Israel, facing exile in Babylon, are reminded of a time when they were faithful to God, followed God's law, and were bold and courageous. It was an inspirational message designed to turn the faithful toward God and the hope of an eventual return from exile. It may be equally inspirational for us today. Come and watch!

It looks like we had a momentary hiccup with the recorder toward the end of the sermon. Sorry about that. 

Easter Egg Hunt!


Three Easter Eggs

Lansdowne Baptist Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt for the young children (first grade and below) on Saturday, April 13, from 1:30 p.m. until the last Easter egg is recovered (no later than 2:30 p.m.)! We will be gathering and hunting on the grass outside the office wing near our parking lot. This hunt is open to children from the community and we look forward to seeing you there. Happy hunting. 

May the blessings of Easter be yours! 

Racism and the Church


Lansdowne Baptist Church is proud to be a diverse, multi-cultural church. That alone doesn't guarantee racial harmony, but it provides firsthand insight, and communication between members of different races. Segregated churches do not have the benefit of that particular social interaction. Some even experience the perils of "single-mindedness" which can foster deeply embedded and pervasive structures of racism, and in extreme cases, lead to horrible hateful acts of violence. The many intricate levels of racism are hard to combat, even when it is a recognized problem, with people willing to address it. See the article at: https://baptistnews.com/article/beyond-condemning-racist-violence-the-white-church-must-grapple-with-ways-it-is-implicated-in-that-violence/#.XJ6cDphKiUk

~Will Thompson 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 3





We continued our study from N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. Thursday we explored new goals for a new humanity, which proved to be quite interesting. Come and watch. We're glad you're here.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Insights: Kindness



Pause with me for a moment and consider kindness as a way to draw closer to God's plan for our lives this Lenten season.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 4



On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, we completed chapter three and moved into chapter four of Ruth. You need to know that we covered a lot of mature material of a serious nature concerning the treatment of women and foreigners, back in Ruth's day and today.. You might want to make sure young children are not in the room as you listen. I had to sort out some technical difficulties to get the live stream back on track (which is why last week there were no episodes of the Bible study or the Lenten Live Stream (Thursday evenings in Lent until Maundy Thursday at 8 p.m. Come and watch.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: What Happens Here?



Here's a brief explanation of what I'm doing with Beyond Loaves and Fishes. This is a live stream Bible study platform, largely, but will probably be recruited for other uses as well. While I'm currently the pastor for Lansdowne Baptist Church, anyone is invited to join this live stream experience and participate.

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Patience



This sermon, based on Luke 13:1-9, was given on Sunday, March 24, 2019. It deals with two ideas Jesus brought up. One is that bad things happen and don't require someone to have sinned to be injured or killed in disasters, natural and human made. The second idea is that we are reminded to turn our lives around and change now, while there is still time. We are offered reassurance in Jesus' parable of the landowner, gardener, and a fruitless fig tree. Come and watch!

Real Life Superheroes Helping Others

With the massive popularity of movies, Superheroes have become a big part of our culture. They were created to inspire us to be greater than we thought possible. But there are special people who actually exist, capable of accomplishing extraordinary feats in real life. Gal Gadot is an actress who portrays one of the most famous superheroes in the world. She happens to be one of those special, real life people, doing incredible things to help those in need. Gal is an Isreali  wonder woman, who has the courage to fight for what's right by challenging leaders of her faith, to show love to those wrongfully persecuted because of their religion. 


~Will Thompson

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

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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