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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Politics and Church

Will Thompson has sent us another thoughtful article to consider. Now more than ever, it seems, the everyday problems in our society are directly effected by our National politics. We seek comfort, direction, and understanding from our Church community, but should there be a discussion of politics in our pews and pulpit? What is the difference between discussions of politics and social justice as well? 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Annual Meeting: January 26, 2020, at Noon

Lansdowne Baptist Church will hold the annual meeting of its members to discuss and discern the future of the church, its direction, its mission together. This will be a potluck meal, so bring your favorite dish. The annual meeting will be held after church on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at noon and will be concluded before 2 p.m.

Come and join us. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Monday, January 15, 2020, LBC Will Hold Practical Fitness Class at Church

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On Monday, January 20, 2020, Lansdowne Baptist Church will have a day on in the office wing by the parking lot at 1:30 p.m. We will hold a workshop on physical fitness for everyone on a budget. We will discuss and try methods of maintaining health through physical fitness with simple exercises and practical equipment close at hand. The goal is not to look like a top model, but to be able to carry your grandchild up the stairs with the same ease you carried your own children. It's about staying independent and at home. Come and see. Take away some skill sets that become the practices of a lifetime. All are welcome. Bring a friend! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Mark Week 5



We are returning from Christmas and New Year's Day renewed and refreshed. We are picking up where we left off, with friends of the paralytic having raised to roof to reach Jesus. What would YOU do to help a friend get to the doctor today? This is momentous as this is the beginning of chapter 2, a new chapter for a new year and a new decade. Who knows how far we'll get? Of course, this will all depend on whether or not I get home in a timely manner as they are predicting snow at 5 p.m., just in time for me to hit the roads. Let that add some excitement to the evening's wait! Join us! All are welcome! ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The One



Here is the sermon for Sunday, December 15, 2019, the third Sunday in Advent. The sermon is based on Matthew 11:2-11 and deals with our expectations ... and how disappointed we are when expectations remain unmet. Jesus wasn't interested in meeting human expectations for the Messiah, a kingdom bringer, a royal Messiah of might. Jesus had other ideas. Now we are challenged by the reality of Jesus versus our expectations. Do we accept Jesus as "the one" on his own terms?

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Mark Week 3





Digging deeper into Chapter 1 of Mark, finding out who Jesus is and what the scripture writer wanted us to know about Jesus as he calls his disciples to him. It was a lively class, despite my voice being gravelly as a result of bronchitis. If you like what you hear after the live stream ended, consider joining us next week live on Tuesday night, December 17, 2019, at 8 p.m. by going to the J.S. Brooks channel on YouTube, subscribing and hitting the bell. Do that and you'll be able to participate directly in the classes and receive notification prior to the next meeting (which will be in the new year, 2020, as the next two Tuesdays are Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Remember to Fall Back!

Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2 a.m., the clocks fall back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends for the winter. We will have light in the mornings and earlier sunsets. If you want to be at church on time, don't forget to set that clock back an hour! 

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Being Mindful of What We Say: Fat Shaming Wounds Others and Defiles Us

In Matthew 15:11-20, Jesus instructs: "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

To love God and neighbor, fulfilling the two great commandments, we need to be mindful what we say to others. In society today, people are feeling far freer to say what is on their minds, regardless of how their words will impact those who receive them. Fat shaming is all the rage and society encourages this harmful behavior in a lot of different ways. To understand what fat shaming is and how it impacts others, take a look at the following article through this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fat-shaming-makes-things-worse

Even with the best of intentions, telling someone something they already know full well will not encourage them to diet and live a healthier life. We need to ask ourselves why we feel compelled to tell someone they are fat in the hopes they will take a better life path. There's an assumption behind that "you're fat" shaming. That assumption, whether conscious or not, is that the person is lazy and if they just had a little more gumption, they'd lose weight. That's a dangerous assumption and an insulting one. None of us knows a stranger's story. We don't know the circumstances of their lives. We have no idea whether they are trying or have tried many times to lose weight. In following through with that impulse, we defile ourselves and harm the other person. Once the message has been delivered, the deliverer goes on with their day and probably forgets the encounter. The recipient of the message has been harmed, burdened with more unwanted emotional baggage, and perhaps heading down the road to depression or worse. It's more infuriating when that message is delivered by a skinny person who has never once in their lives struggled with weight issues. That person simply has no clue what the overweight person is struggling with. 

Much better to reign in our tongues, mind our words, and instead try to truly help our neighbors, taking the real time and effort to help those who truly need help and to be kind to everyone, making kindess a habit that improves lives (the other person's and our own), a habit that will never defile us. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Article 2019: The Collective Conscience of Our Country

The link here is to the Pastoral Letter of the American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee Spitzer. The article deals with the violence currently ripping our nation to pieces. Please read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/08/the-collective-conscience-of-our-country-a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-spitzer/?fbclid=IwAR3WkzbpwnIYqfanksb1L0IN7vHfSUkJt5V5ZU-dZZ9mZDGugvk1zy193ak

One paragraph worthy of note for anyone wondering who we American Baptists are is: “American Baptists, as a denominational family, have consistently been advocates for religious and civil liberty for all and for the concept of “a Free Church in a Free State” (1986 ABCUSA Policy Statement on Church and State). Key tenets of the divisive ideology of Christian nationalism are incompatible with Baptist theological and social convictions. American Baptists historically have advocated for respect, tolerance, justice and freedom for everyone in our country (and world), while resolutely opposing all manifestations of racism, prejudice, fear and injustice. May we continue this witness in 2019, and into the future.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Prayers and Actions

Lansdowne Baptist Church's congregation stands with and prays for all the grieving families from this weekends horrific terrorist acts in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. We mourn your losses with you. 

We work for peace in this world in a wide variety of ways as well. We call everyone to strive to live by the two great commandments: love God and love neighbor. From the good Samaritan story we know that our neighbor is everyone and anyone who needs us. There is no us vs. them with God. All humanity is made in God's image, as the Bible states. We need to stand together against the hatred and the fear that gives rise to racism and white supremacy, which have no place in Christianity, and should have no place in our nation. 

Lansdowne Baptist Church Participates in National Night Out 2019



Lansdowne Baptist Church will once again be participating in National Night Out in Lansdowne, PA, tonight, August 6, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and meet us. There will be coloring pages and bubble blowing for the children, introductory leaflets, and a warm welcome for everyone. We hope to see you there, at the public parking lot next to St. Philomena's and the Dunkin Donuts. See you there! 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

True Sacrifice



Sermon based on Isaiah 1:16-20, in which the priest Isaiah ben Amoz provides difficult news from God concerning their straying from the ways of justice and faith in action God expects. This has direct application for the church today. Come and watch. Sunday morning, come and join us at Lansdowne Baptist Church.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Why Families Leave Central America & a Call for Unity

There has been a lot of misleading information concerning people from Central America heading for the United States. Here from Bread for the World are some facts concerning conditions in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras. Follow the link and read the article. See: https://bread.org/sites/default/files/downloads/fact-sheet-migration-push-factors-november-2018.pdf

When you finish there, return here and link to the Unity Declaration of 100 US churches concerning the link between racism and poverty. It opens: "As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are sharing a common “Unity Statement” on racism and poverty. As Christians, we are grounded in God’s love for all people, and we feel called to ask our churches and political leaders of both parties to work together to overcome racism and poverty which are theological, biblical, and gospel issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones." 
For the rest of the letter, seehttps://www.bread.org/library/unity-declaration-racism-and-poverty


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Internment Camps: Then and Now, a Reflection

American Baptist Home Mission Societies states: Yosh Nakagawa briefly notes the relevance of his internment in camps during World War II to today's situation during an interview with EthicsDaily.com recorded at the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Va., June 21-23, 2019.

A short video remembrance. Please watch: https://vimeo.com/344565286


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Be One



Sermon for Sunday, June 2, 2019, based on John 17:20-26. Jesus prays his disciples will be unified in their ministry. This unity is reached by loving one another and serving each other despite their many differences. That prayer continues on into the present and the future, calling us to be unified in our love for each other and our loving service to others. It's a powerful prayer and a labor that leads to joy. Come and watch and give it a try!

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!


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.