Showing posts with label community. Show all posts
Showing posts with label community. Show all posts

Sunday, October 4, 2020

How to Vote in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania


The non-partisan group, Lansdowne Votes, has put out useful guidelines for voting either by mail or in person. The rules this year are in flux and a little extra information could be the difference from having your voice heard or having your ballot discarded. Follow this link and review the rules. A little extra knowledge goes a long way. As Proverbs 16:16 says: "How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." Follow this link to solid voting information:  lansdownevotes.com.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Electronic Tithes and Offerings Possible Here


If you would like to support the ministries of Lansdowne Baptist Church there is now a "fully operational" PayPal Donate button on this blog site. It is located at the top of the left hand column, just below the church's picture. You can click the Donate button, follow a few simple instructions, and make your offering. We at Lansdowne Baptist appreciate all who choose to return a portion of God's blessings to them to LBC for our use in the church and community. We depend upon God to continue our work but also need the offerings of all who participate. In this way we keep our missions alive at home and abroad and continue to provide weekly services via live stream. Thank you and God bless.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Countering Hate



Where does hate come from and how can we counter it? Let's explore together.

Please excuse the ringing phone that started right in the middle of this. Such is the nature of the live streamed message.

Friday, September 18, 2020

ABCUSA Together



Words of encouragement from our denomination. We will get through the current crises together. Have a blessed day!


Masks for Sale


One of our many talented congregants, Gwen, has provided Lansdowne Baptist Church with a number of masks to protect people against the COVID-19 virus in public. These masks are well made and stylish. We thank Gwen for her efforts on the church's behalf. You can buy them for $7 each (a real deal). Just contact the pastor or the church office. These masks are only being sold locally at this time. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wake from Sleep 09 06 2020



Paul is speaking to a divided people when writing to the church in Rome. Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians are divided for many reasons. Paul advises them how best to bridge that divide, and his recommendations still work for us today. Paul also warns the time to act is now. Procrastination will not help. Come and watch. All are welcome.

Strategies to Help Children Feel Safe During the Pandemic 2020



Some useful information on helping children deal with the stress and uncertainty associated with the current pandemic sweeping the nation. These techniques will work with anxious adults as well. This information came from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/humanitarian-disaster-institute/

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Helpful Source for Guidance During COVID-19

 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, many church pastors and congregants find themselves in need of guidance in thorny matters like church reopening, maintaining health during a pandemic, and helping others during these difficult times. Here's one source we can turn to from Wheaton College, the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. They have a wide range of resources ready to help. You may reach out to the Institute through this link: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/humanitarian-disaster-institute/

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New Live Stream Equipment, Meet the Mic


 I hope you are all having a blessed week. When we started 2020, my wife and I had no idea we'd be learning the ins and outs of producing and delivering a live-stream worship service. The faithful old computer we were working with couldn't handle the strain (it wasn't designed for the job) and we had to pick up a new model that could. Then we received an external camera to improve the visuals. Now we have a new external mic to improve our clarity, especially for those with hearing issues. Who knows where the rest of 2020 will take us. We fervently hope this will help make your worship experience more meaningful. Peace, Pastor Jeff

Sunday, August 16, 2020

People Set Apart and Busy Sermon 08 16 2020

Sermon based on John 15:18-25 and the X-Men, exploring what it means to be a people set apart, a peculiar people, and how powerful we can be. Come and see. All are invited.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Love Sermon 8 2 2020



Sermon from August 2, 2020, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. We will explore love and our need for it from Paul's perspective and, as this is part of our summer superhero sermon series, from the perspective of the Star Sapphires. There's plenty worth learning here. Come and watch. All are invited.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Seniors Seeking Internet Access

Lansdowne Baptist has been live streaming our worship services and more on Facebook Live and YouTube, increasingly so during this time of pandemic. There are many seniors who cannot take advantage of this service as they do not have access to the Internet. Linked here are two articles that discuss options for seniors to gain access to the Internet at low prices. If you know and love someone who could take advantage of any of these programs, please follow these links and bring this information to their attention. We have several seniors who had not been able to attend church services who have rejoined worship through live streaming. Lansdowne Baptist will continue to offer live streamed worship services moving forward for all who need it.

Here are links to the articles. I pray they will be helpful.

https://www.seniorliving.org/internet/best/
https://dailycaring.com/7-sources-of-low-cost-internet-for-seniors/

~Pastor Jeff 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Sites Locally

If you need to find a testing site for COVID-19, the links here will take you to the testing sites nearest to you. Please stay safe and get tested if you suspect you may be ill.


Philadelphia COVID-19 Testing Sites:

https://www.phila.gov/covid-testing-sites/#/

Delaware County COVID-19 Testing Sites:

https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/covid19/testingupdate_may12.html

Chester County COVID-19 Testing Sites:

www.chesco.org/4460/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Testing-Information

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Reusable Cloth Masks for Sale

One of our talented members, Gwen, has made 6 reusable cloth masks that she has generously donated to the church for sale. Each mask is $7 a piece. Contact the office via email or phone to place an order for a mask. At this point, we are only handling local orders. 

Thank you Gwen for your generosity and your God-given talent.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Message from the National Council of Churches Concerning this Pandemic


Now is a Time to Imagine a Bold New Future 

A statement by the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

-Psalm 46:10-11 NRSV

The Governing Board of the National Council of Churches, meeting during the Easter season 2020, sends greetings to all with the eternal message, “Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!”

These joyful words are a balm, especially, during these difficult days when the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping over the country, and indeed the entire world, causing illness, death, and the disruption of lives and livelihoods. At the time of our meeting, April 28, 3,090,844 people worldwide have tested positive for the virus, and 213,273 have died.

In the United States alone, there are 1,003,844 cases, and 57,962 deaths have been reported. Fortunately, some areas in the country and around the world are experiencing a decrease in the daily numbers of confirmed, new cases of infection. It remains uncertain whether these positive trends will continue or if a new wave of the virus will emerge. Thus we acknowledge that uncertainty and fear remain. In the midst of such tribulation, we claim that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NRSV).

This pandemic shines a light on our ability as a nation and as a people to rally together in a time of crisis. We rejoice and express thanks for all those who are providing aid and comfort to the ill and suffering. This includes first responders, medical personnel, chaplains, and others providing humanitarian assistance. Our prayers are with the scientists and researchers and other experts who are working on improved testing, new vaccines, and guidelines that will enable a return to normal life.

We are grateful to the countless individuals who have come to the aid of their neighbors out of moral conviction, religious faith, or love. We also give thanks for educators, civic officials, and religious leaders, who are learning new, creative ways to teach, lead, and minister to their communities.

This pandemic also shines a light on the hierarchy of human life as we live it. Many essential workers considered essential are treated as expendable. Grocery clerks, orderlies, custodians, restaurant workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and countless others — are at the bottom of the economic ladder. They are required to show up at work and maintain the comfort of others without having necessary resources to protect themselves or their families. We support measures to safeguard their well-being and elevate their economic and social status.

We urge everyone to continue to adapt to those guidelines which will limit the spread of the virus. Now is not the time to ignore measures intended to limit illness and loss of life.

As we are mindful of all the good happening around us, we must also name the injustices and challenges that we confront. This crisis reveals dangerous biases. In particular, we condemn the hate-speech and hate-crimes directed against the Asian-American community, as well as attacks on our siblings of other ethnic and religious backgrounds who are experiencing hatred and xenophobia during this time.

The pandemic has uncovered the systemic racism and classism that is intrinsically part of our national DNA and has shined a light on the vast disparities in our healthcare system. Large cities are reporting over 70% of reported deaths are of African Americans.

A grossly disproportionate number of persons of color are suffering and dying from COVID-19 because of the systemic poverty and racism that plagues our society. We reiterate our determination as a Council to work to end racism.

Further, the economic collapse that is underway shines a light on the weakness of our social safety net, including economic and healthcare inequities, and the tenuous nature of our purported prosperity now that tens of millions have quickly been thrown out of work. As some corporate interests rightly seek government funding to support their workers, others inappropriately seek vast sums from our government to enrich themselves; meanwhile, those of more humble means have received inadequate assistance. We pledge to continue to advocate for our nation’s resources to be utilized to help the most vulnerable among us, including immigrants and refugees.

Finally, this is a time of grief and sadness for millions of people. The loss of life and the numbers who are suffering is staggering. The anguish is compounded by our inability to be near our loved ones as they pass away and to gather in community to celebrate their lives and participate in rites of committal. Although many have died alone, they are not expendable and their loss to us is irreplaceable. We pray that their memory be eternal, and that their loved ones be comforted.

As people and communities of faith, we know that God is with us, and that we are all in this beautiful creation together. A central message of the ecumenical movement has been the resolve to stay together despite our differences. When we do so as a society, we are able to coordinate and extend our response to the pandemic and, in seeking to remedy the weaknesses and faults in our society that this pandemic has exposed, insist that those who are suffering be placed at the center of our concern.

Now is a time to imagine a bold new future, and a way forward that considers the best interests of all of God’s people. The pandemic is a crisis and all crises provide opportunities for change and renewal. People seek and need connection with one another and they desire to collaborate to build a new future that integrates justice and peace with health and well-being. We celebrate that and we are committed to participating as full partners in working for the beloved community.

Read the statement online here.
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Serving as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ in the public square since 1950, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) brings together 38 member communions and more than 40 million Christians in a common commitment to God’s love and promise of unity.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Seeking Support for Community Work


Lansdowne Baptist Church is seeking to become a greater influence in our community, loving all our neighbors better and in doing so loving God. We work with the Interfaith Food Cupboard right now, have a multiple raised bed garden to help feed our congregants in need and the hungry people suffering from food insecurity in our community. The church has an annual feast where we welcome in our neighbors and break bread together, with the help of our volunteers and local businesses who want to help. Every year, we attend the National Night Out to meet with our neighbors for an evening of fun. Last year we had an Easter egg hunt. For the past two years we've offered Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events at the church. We also provide our minister's sermons and Bible studies here on the blog. We'd like to do more and we'd like to offer you a chance to help. In the future we'd like to have our church services on Facebook Live every week, free for anyone who wants to worship with us, but we'll need new equipment for that. We'd also like to have a stronger missional outreach into our community. We'd like to help our neighbors more directly during this pandemic as so many struggle to make ends meet in uncertain times and feed children without school lunch programs that are so often a lifeline for many hard working families. You can make a donation by clicking on our PayPal Donate button and following the simple instructions there. 


God bless you. Stay safe during these days of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We are praying for you and staying home to help flatten the curve right along with the rest of the world. 

How the Virus Stole Easter // By Kristi Bothur // With a nod to Dr. Seuss



Please listen to this inspirational message for Easter. Be encouraged. And join us on Facebook Live for our Good Friday and Easter celebrations at https://www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lenten Live Stream: Week 3, March 24, 2020



We are going to explore Jesus as a miracle worker this week and see what that means for us this Lenten season when so much has been tossed up in the air by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Don't Live in Fear

Romans 8:15-16 reads: 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God...

I want to add an observation to this from scholar Eileen R. Campbell-Reed from an article she wrote in Christian Century. "The Gospel of John tells us Jesus inspired a crowd of 5,000 to pull bread and fish from their cloaks and baskets and share food with everyone. People called it a miracle." God provides us with a sacred abundance that will see us through even this pandemic. What do you suppose we as individuals and as a congregation have up our collective sleeves? Remember too, when God provided manna to the his children in the wilderness, it would only last a day (it also came every day) and anyone panicky enough to hoard manna found it rotting the next morning. If we don't succumb to panic and don't hoard, there will be enough for everyone. 

Thanks for Prof. Campbell-Reed for the good thought! Thanks to Paul for the ever relevant letters! 

Have a blessed day.
God has placed sources of joy all around us

Please share this message with your friends!
~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pastors Looking to Livestream Services

No, this is not the laptop I'm talking about.
Hi pastors! If you're looking to livestream, here's a couple tips. I started doing this two years ago for Bible studies ... and never expected that experience to be as useful as it is today. 

If you're going with Facebook Live, it's easy. It will work entirely with your own laptop's camera and microphone. I'll attach a link to a quick video on how to get started with Facebook Live. That video had all I needed to provide a Sunday worship service on the first Sunday our church closed in March due to COVID-19. Link: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2020/03/how-to-livestream-your-church-service.html

One thing you need to know, the preview won't last long. On my computer, it freezes if you don't go live quickly. If it does freeze, just start over and roughly 30 seconds to a minute later, you'll be live and nobody will know the difference. 

Now, YouTube Live is another kettle of fish. For this you'll need an encoder. OBS Studio is free and works well. Follow a YouTube instructional video on how to get started. There's a steeper learning curve here, but it's worthwhile. 

Another thing you'll likely need. If you're like me, you can't keep up with the newest, most expensive equipment. My laptop is a few years old and has limited storage by today's standards (150 GB hard drive). This can be a problem as you need a decent amount of memory available for livestreaming seamlessly (along with a good, strong, fast internet connection). I was pushing the limits and discovered flash drives (tiny, meant to install in your laptop and stay there) with 128 GB memory, for a very reasonable price on sale. Needless to say, that nearly doubled the amount of space I had to play with. I transferred all the photos from the laptop to the flash drive (how did I end up with 60 GB of photos, that's over 11,000!) deleted the photos from the laptop's main drive, and the computer is running faster than it has in years. The errors caused by limited space should be done. One thing, when transferring files, open the overall file (in this case Photos) and select all the files & photos within, and pull those over to the flash drive for copying. If you try to pull over the overall file (Photos), you'll get an instantaneous shortcut to the file, but the material IS NOT transferred. You can see the disaster this would create if you weren't careful. 

We live in a new age. We will have to figure out how to stay connected with our congregations differently, how to hold worship digitally when needed, and perhaps this will change some of the things we do after the pandemic is over forever moving forward. That may be something God wants from us. It's worth considering, prayerfully. 

Good luck!