Friday, May 31, 2019

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge on May 26, 2019


Red-wing blackbird poses
for two photographers
We had a beautiful walk in the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge after church. Red-winged blackbirds were present in abundance, along with swallows (both barn and tree) putting on aerial aerobatics chasing bugs. A lot of aquatic birds were not present or were drowsing in among the water plants when we were there in the afternoon heat.

We shared the natural beauty of the reserve with a great many fisherfolk, who were called in for one month to fish in both the creek and the wetlands area (where fishing is not usually allowed). The reason for this was an uptick of the invasive snakehead fish. 

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019 a Success

We had a wonderful team prepare for the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast this year. We had cooks, greeters, servers, and those who set up and those who tore down after the event. We got off to a slow start while people enjoyed to parade Lansdowne hosted, including military veterans, the fire department, reenactors, and the high school marching band. We had great seats to watch everyone participating in the parade assemble and begin to march. Once the parade ended, people came by to enjoy our breakfast and donate to the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund so we will once again be able to offer scholarship money to two deserving graduating high school seniors. We received enough donations to offer one full scholarship, so it was a day of service well spent. We had one gentleman who dropped off a donation, thanking us for all we do, without staying to eat and one graduating college senior who came back to repay a portion of his scholarship money to help support another upcoming student. 

The pastor was a little too busy helping out once our diners showed up to take pictures of them. 




God gave a beautful weather and wonderful neighbors who stopped by and broke bread (well, pancakes and sausage) with us. We look forward to doing it all over again next year. We hope you'll drop by if you're in the neighborhood. 












Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith

Rev. Lee Spitzer, the General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) has some thoughts about what all Christians may do to help thwart the rise of hatred around the world and right here at home. 

He begins: we “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). As American Baptists, we stand in sincere sympathy with all people who suffer violence, injury and harm, regardless of religion, race, gender, culture or ethnicity. We oppose terrorism, violence and hateful ideologies. The Gospel of love surely shall triumph over evil.

He goes on to say, he wishes to do more and has suggestions on what that "more" should be. Give it a read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/05/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-b-spitzer/

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 6



Tuseday night, May 28, 2019, at 8 p.m. we moved forward into Chapter 6 of the book of Judges and a new judge.There were new complications, new examples of Israel straying from God's ways, and a judge struggling with his own doubts as well as trying heroically to bring them back. Drop by and watch.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stand Up



Sunday, May 26, 2019, sermon based on John 5:10-9, dealing with issues of healing. Seeing how Jesus heals a man 38 years frustrated in his own attempts to receiving healing at a pool near the Temple in Jerusalem. What Jesus' actions meant for the man and for us were discussed. Come and watch

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We Are a Diverse Congregation: Come and See


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church are very proud of our congregation. The way we relate to one another and function as one people comes almost second nature, because that's who we are. We recognize our differences but are always willing to learn more from each other. Only then can we get a closer understanding and appreciation. Our diversity lends credibility to what we stand for as it closely follows the teachings of Jesus. Our arms are open as we welcome all into his house.


Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


~Will Thompson


Walking Prayer, Sunday, May 26, 2019

At 1 p.m., we will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist Church parking lot. At 1:30 p.m., we will take the 15 minute trip to the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to practice the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer, opening our senses up to God's creation in a beautiful location. Join us for a one hour walk through the refuge, taking a closer walk with God.

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Of course, this trip will be dependant on the weather. If it rains, we will reschedule.

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 5





Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, at 8 p.m. we picked up with the cliff hanger from last week. We discover how an enemy general gets the point from a neutral party in Chapter 4, and hear the poetic version in Chapter 5. We invite you to watch and to join us on Tuesday evenings. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2019

From 9 a.m. to noon, Lansdowne Baptist Church will be holding our annual pancake breakfast in the Education Wing (nearest Lansdowne Avenue). This breakfast is a fund raiser supporting our annual scholarship for deserving high school graduates. The breakfast is $7 per person, $5 for children (12 & younger), or $20 for immediate family members of five or less! It's a great deal offered by great cooks! We would love to have your company on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.  See you there!  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Why Did You Go?



This sermon for Sunday, May 19, 2019, is based on Acts 11:1-12. It deals with the power of God's Holy Spirit and where it will lead us. The disciples Peter is called to account by the Christian leadership in Jerusalem for dining with Gentiles (strictly prohibited by tradition). Peter has an extraordinary explanation, one that changed the perspective of Christian leadership in Jerusalem from that point forward. The Holy Spirit calls us to tear down walls of tradition from time to time,  heading into new directions among new peoples. It is an exciting opportunity. Come and watch.

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!