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

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bearing Our Burdens




Sermon for Sunday, July 7, 2019, based on Galatians 6:1-6. Paul tells the Galatians and us how we can responsibly bear one another's burdens ... and our own. In doing so, we create a closer, more loving, and much better community serving each other in our journey through life. Come, watch, and discover what is in this message for you!

Friday, June 28, 2019

See You at the 2019 4th of July Parade


Lansdowne Baptist Church will be on the march again this year. We will be participating in the Lansdowne, PA , 4th of July parade, beginning at 9 a.m. Members and friends who want to march with us will meet in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Please bring your Lansdowne Baptist t-shirts if you have them! 

Have a blessed 4th of July everyone! See you soon. 

For more details about the parade, see: http://unionaa.org/fourth-of-july-events/

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


ABCUSA — Life Is About Choices



Become a Creation Justice Congregation. Watch this moving short video, and act.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Faith Came



Sermon based on Galatians 3:23-29, from June 23, 2019. See how Jesus erases the dividing lines between people, and shows legalists and antinomianists another, better way. Come and watch.

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, May 31, 2019

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. 












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


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!  

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, 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.

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!