Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts
Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LBC Pastor & Congregants Marching in the 2017 4th of July Parade



Beginning at 9:00 a.m., members of Lansdowne Baptist Church will once again be marching in the annual Lansdowne, PA, 4th of July parade. Pastor and congregants are looking forward to marching together. If you are a church member or friend looking to march with us, we are meeting in the LBC parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and heading over to E. Greenwood Ave. by 8:20 a.m. to take our place in the parade by 8:30 a.m. That half hour when everyone is forming is a great time to meet and swap stories with fellow marchers. Last year we got to speak with a man who has been riding penny-farthing bikes for the past 30 years. He had some terrific stories to tell.

At 9:00 a.m. we start the parade. We will be waving at those who watch, handing out personal invitations to join us Sunday mornings, and creating the big bubbles once again. We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy 4th of July. By the grace of God may it be a safe and joyful day for everyone.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pastoral Letter from ABC USA's General Secretary Following the Recent Violence

Please take the time to follow the link and read this important message from Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer addressing the tumultuous week just past. Here you will find carefully delineated the stance of American Baptist Churches USA concerning individual liberty and equality.

God bless you all. http://www.abc-usa.org/2017/06/16/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-rev-dr-lee-b-spitzer/ 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Religious In Every Way

Sermon delivered on May 21, 2017, based on Acts 17:22-31, explores Paul's interaction with the philosophers of Athen. Learning how Paul bridge the cultural and religious divide between himself and these philosophers teaches us much how to bridge the gaping divides between ourselves and the peoples of the world all around us. Watch and see.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

LBC Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2017

Flags lined the path, honoring
those who gave their all in
service of their country.
On Monday, May 29, 2017, Lansdowne Baptist Church served our community in two ways. 1. Those who ran in the 5k race and attended the parade alike (and any other hungry person looking for great pancakes who showed up) were served a wonderful, tasty pancake breakfast meal. 2. We raised money through this fund-raiser breakfast for our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship money for graduating local high school seniors heading for college. We are blessed with very capable volunteers who give of their time and talents to make this meal happen every year, weather permitting. It is wonderful to have this opportunity both to serve and break bread with our neighbors, strengthening our community and sense of connection, both of which God encourages. 



A friendly greeting at arrival and hearty blessing on the way out.
A rare quiet moment in the kitchen before the action began.
Two cooks are seen in the foreground.
The man on the left has a special talent.
When cracking eggs, he can toss an egg into the air, fist bump it,
catch it, and crack it one-handed into the bowl. 
Serving


Remembering and honoring all those who served in the armed forces
and gave their lives in action. As John 15:13 states: "No one has greater love than
this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." 
It was a personal treat to spend time in conversation with Mayor Anthony Campuzano and his wife. Being a contractor himself and me a former contract archaeologist, we were able to swap some really interesting stories. 

Included are some photos of the event and the parade associated with it. It was a terrific day. 

Marching band
Civil War Reenactors 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

LBC Beginning Conversations on Diversity

Beginning Thursday evening, May 25, 2017, Lansdowne Baptist Church will be holding a series of conversations exploring diversity in our church and our community to see how better we may bridge the gaps that divide us and our community. All in our church and community are invited to join us. Tonight we will be exploring answering God's call. Consider yourselves called.

For a recent event in Philadelphia that explored this issue courageously, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2017/05/courageous-conversations-in.html

Courageous Conversations in Philadelphia: Sharing Stories of Race

This event, dealing with racism and sponsored by some pretty influential groups in Philadelphia, attracted 175 people and a fascinating panel. These were courageous folks willing to be uncomfortable together and explore a topic currently attempting to tear humanity apart. Included in the link below is a recorded version of the entire event. I recommend giving it a listen. A powerful early topic of conversation is in believing other people's stories, the stories of people who live lives different from your own. We need to believe the stories of others, especially their challenges and tragedies in the face of racism, and act in ways that help them.

Here are some Bible verses that show how it has always been God's intent to reach out to all people everywhere. Check out: Genesis 12:1-3; 1 Chronicles 16:23-34; Psalm 96:1-3; Isaiah 56:6-7; Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:16-19; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:8; and Revelation 7:9. I recommend reading these passages all together to get the sweep and breadth of God's vision. It will not take long. Ask yourself after reading these passages, how does reaching out to others different from yourself fit into the big picture of what God wants us to be doing?

Here is the link to both several written stories and the recording of the event to listen to: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/education/item/104158-courageous-conversations-sharing-stories-about-race-and-pledging-to-practice-more

Friday, May 12, 2017

310th Annual Philadelphia Baptist Association Meeting

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Philadelphia Baptist Association, the oldest religious association in the United States, celebrated 310 years together. To celebrate we explored various aspects of poverty and how to deal with it in our churches in and around Philadelphia. One member (many being pastors) from each church was asked to sign a historical document before the end of the proceedings, The Baptist Principle of Association. It was a beautiful and meaningful day.

It reads:
...we who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  --Romans 12:5, NRSV

1. Being led by the Spirit, we create together, that which we cannot achieve alone.
2. Baptist Associational Life is understood as autonomous member congregations building connections for a common mission in Christ Jesus.
3. Being mindful of our diversity, we acknowledge our need for being connected as autonomous congregations and we will create and maintain safe spaces of mutuality, respect, support, and learning.
4. We will make quality relationships among our congregations our highest priority, so that we may experience the aliveness of our kindred spirit in Christ Jesus.
5. Our appreciation of Christian hospitality drives our commitment of being supportive of and fully present with one another.
6. We hold ourselves accountable for listening to member churches not currently active in associational life and for seeking to engage them in our work as their gifts are critical to our well-being.
7. With regularity and through a variety of methodologies, we seek to discern the leading of the Spirit as our congregations strive to make a difference in the world today.
8. We are mindful that people will become invested in and committed to that which they have a hand in creating.
9. We will pay attention to the ways that we gather (settings), and ensure to the best of our ability that members in every sector of the Association feel invited and represented in our life together.
10. We will intentionally focus our conversations on possibility, generosity, and restoration of community.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear Spoke Sunday May 7, 2017

On Sunday morning, May 7, 2017, Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear spoke to congregants, friends, and visitors to Lansdowne Baptist Church. He discussed the plight of prisoners incarcerated in our justice system. Rev. Trulear challenged assumptions we have concerning prisoners, reminding us all of some very prominent individuals in the Bible who spent time jailed, including Jesus, who would go on to be executed by the state. We were called upon to realize that God sees people by their whole lives, not a single moment and single mistake. Redemption is possible. Life moves on beyond some moment in which law is broken and a person jailed.

We are called to help those who are jailed and their families, all who suffer through this process. It was an extremely powerful message. At the end of the sermon Rev. Dr. Trulear made an altar call for anyone who had a family member incarcerated. Roughly ten people came forward and a powerful time of prayer followed.

This was a moving, meaningful message that will soon be made available in DVD form for those who need to hear it. Listen for the message concerning Polaroid Land Camera snapshots and DVD's from God's perspective, which makes us consider the span of someone's entire life. It's powerful indeed. The opportunities for individuals and churches to serve are great. 

To explore what might be done, visit the following organization: Healing Communities: http://www.healingcommunitiesusa.com/

To hear the sermon, see this post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2017/05/living-between-expectation-experience.html

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Continuing to Invite the Lansdowne Community

Neighborhood Watch cat
kept watch on me.
Thursday, May 4, 2017, was such a beautiful day, I spent some time out in the community, delivering invitations to worship with us Sunday morning to roughly one hundred homes and apartments. If I haven't gotten to your neighborhood yet, I'll get there. Everyone who does not already have a church home is more than welcome to join us for Sunday worship. 

Lansdowne Baptist Church is part of the American Baptist denomination, which is currently one of the most diverse denominations in the United States. 

This Sunday, May 7, 2017, we have a special guest minister: 

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Reverend Doctor Harold Dean “Doc” Trulear will provide the sermon for the 11 a.m. service at LBC. He is an American Baptist minister who is the Director at the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Reentry Initiative. Rev. Dr. Trulear will introduce us to how communities of faith may become Stations of Hope, assist families of individuals affected by the criminal justice system, and the individuals themselves. Please come and invite anyone you know whose family has a member incarcerated or returning from incarceration.

Rev. Dr. Trulear explains how faith communities may be trained to provide family support and reintegration and how faith communities may walk with the returning citizens (connect returning citizens to resources that will help set attainable goals), helping them connect with their faith (provide spiritual support), open their hearts to these returning citizens (foster positive relationships), embrace them (extend open and affirming fellowship), provide understanding (collaboration with family and friends to rebuild relationships), and advocate for political change on a local, state, and federal level.

Please join us for this special guest speaker and invite anyone you know whose family has been affected and could benefit from the information provided.


For more on Healing Communities, see: http://www.healingcommunitiesusa.com/



Friday, February 17, 2017

Relief for Local Fire Victims: Collection Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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Bell Avenue Elementary Auditorium is collection site at 1000 Bell Avenue, Yeadon, PA.

Update: I arrived at the collection site at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The busy crew there had received a great turn out from the community and the family will have clothes and children's toys to replace what was lost. I was very pleased when a woman dropped off clothing at Lansdowne Baptist in response to this notice. The Yeadon emergency service personnel will be collecting additional donations on Monday if you are still looking to participate.

Update 2/21/17: You can donate money to the families impacted as well. See the following:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017, Annual Business Meeting

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. come for our potluck dinner, fellowship, and our annual business meeting at 7:00 p.m. We will cover the year that has been (a busy and exciting one), the changes that are coming, and the new year ahead. Members and friends of LBC are welcome.

If you wish to help set up for the dinner and meeting, please arrive at the church at 4:30 p.m. If you can stay afterwards to help reset the Westphal Hall, it will be much appreciated.

Fishers of People



Sermon based on Matthew 4:12-23, in which Jesus moves to Capernaum, gathers his first disciples, and we explore what discipleship means. Further, the sermon includes the discipline of non-violent communication as one way to be modern-day fishers of people. Are you in? How will you respond when Jesus asks you to "Follow me" and states, "I will make you fishers of people."

Monday, October 17, 2016

No Scaredy Cats



Sermon based on 2 Timothy 1:6-10, delivered on October 2, 2016. The letter encourages Timothy to emulate the fearless faith of his mother and grandmother. It's still excellent advice.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Domestic Violence Workshop: October 8, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Philadelphia Baptist Association’s (PBA) Domestic Violence Learning Community presents, a domestic violence workshop titled “Institutions: Hiding Behind the Lipstick: Silence No More.” The program takes place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Germantown (41 W. Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia) at 11 a.m. This is a free event. 

This is a theatrical presentation addressing the institutions of Domestic Violence, including bullying in school, mental illness, drug addictions, incarcerations, religious bondage, and more. 

The desire is to continue to educate PBA churches about this epidemic, with the intent of helping "each one, reach one" person who might be suffering from domestic violence in their local congregation.

Introducing a New Constitution in 2016

The Constitution and Bylaws committee has completed their multi-year project, working faithfully to present the congregation with a proposed new Constitution and Bylaws. The changes in structure of leadership presented will allow for greater participation, the encouragement of many small group missions, and will far better reflect the congregation as we are today.

The findings and proposed changes will be presented on Thursday night, September 29, 2016, with dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation at 7 p.m. Members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist are encouraged to attend.

This is an exciting time for our church. Let's all enjoy it together. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Outdoor Service Held, September 18, 2016

Kicking off our new fall season and our return to an 11:00 a.m. worship hour, we decided to do things differently. Despite the overcast skies and a small chance of rain (there was some around 2;30 p.m. but we were long gone by then) we forged ahead, setting up 40 chairs on the lawn, a portable pulpit, and electric piano our musician borrowed from a friend (and for which we were thankful and impressed), and a table with fruit in the back. Why the fruit, you ask? Simple: worship is sweet. That fruit was a pleasant reminder of Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Worshiping outdoors allowed us a change of scene we don't often have and, more to the point, offered us a chance to share our faith with our community in word and song. One congregant told me that quite a few people paused in their walks to look and listen. A few drivers slowed or came to a stop briefly on our side street. Hopefully some of these neighbors will feel encouraged to come worship with us soon.

While it can be very "exciting" worshiping out in the natural world where weather an so quickly change, it was a refreshing start to the new season. We hope you will join us soon. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stephen Ministry Workshop Opportunity

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, a workshop on how to minister to those in grief using the Stephen Ministry approach will be given at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The church is located at 8000 Saint Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Three workshop sessions will be given on: 1. Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief; 2. An Introduction to Stephen Ministry, and 3. How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.

This is an excellent opportunity for church leaders and those who are interested in caring ministries. The cost is $15 per person or $50 per congregation (four or more church members). Registration takes place at www.stephenministry.org/workshop or call Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LBC Prepares to Attend the National Night Out 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church intends to participate in the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at the Highland Avenue Parking Lot from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We have participated in this meaningful evening for the past two years and look forward to making this our third. We hope to see you there. Children who stop by may get to blow giant bubbles again this year.

The Lansdowne Police Department describes the event as follows:

The Lansdowne Police Department, Lansdowne Fire Company, and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association are again partnering to present National Night Out -- a free, all-ages, community evening to fight crime through community and civic involvement. The evening, which takes place from 6 to 8 pm in the Highland Avenue parking lot, features free food, games, a moon bounce, local vendors, and more! Be a part of America's night out against crime! 







Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pastor Walking Neighborhoods with Invitations

The green shows where invitations have been delivered so far
In an effort to get to know the neighborhoods around Lansdowne Baptist Church better, and provide personal invitations to come worship with us, our pastor has taken to the streets. He is walking the neighborhoods when time and weather permits, leaving personal invitations on doorknobs everywhere he goes. Of course, he never leaves an invitation at a house where a "No Solicitation" sign is present as irritating folks is not his intent.

So far over 640 personal invites have been delivered with more on the way. An additional 80 were handed out along the parade route during the 4th of July parade. He intends to keep this up, wearing down shoe leather in order to extend the invitation to come worship God with us, meet Jesus Christ, and be transformed by God's Holy Spirit. At this point, Lansdowne Baptist has been having an increase in visitors and our pastor is being discussed by folks around town. As a confirmed extrovert, he is also having a wonderful time meeting great people everywhere he goes.