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

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 One member (many being pastors) from each church was asked to sign a historical document before the end of the proceedings, The Baptist Principle of Association.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/

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Back Monday, May 29, 2017

Lansdowne Baptist Church is holding its much-loved pancake breakfast following the 5K run in Lansdowne, PA, on Memorial Day. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017.

The cost for the pancake breakfast is $7.00 per person for adults; $5.00 for children (12 & younger); and $20.00 for families of 5 or less (immediate family only). The food is fantastic and the funds raised go to a good cause.

The funds raised support our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which provides two graduating high school students from the William Penn School District (and/or members of Lansdowne Baptist Church) who are heading off to college with scholarship money from LBC. This is one of the many ways we support are community.

Lansdowne Baptist Church is located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.

Come hungry and enjoy the breakfast our terrific cooks create and help our local students.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Feasting with Friends Dinner: April 1, 2017

The Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 East LaCrosse Ave., Lansdowne, PA, is preparing to hold its annual Feasting with Friends event.  It will take place this Saturday, April 1st (no fooling) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the church's upstairs fellowship hall in the education wing.  In years past, by the grace of God, the event has been a wild success, and we are hoping that it will be even better this year. We ask that you come and break bread with us, joining as we feast with friends, which is an intimation of what to expect in the heavenly banquet to come.

During the meal, Rev. Jeff Snyder will speak to those gathered on the strength to be found in gathered community. We thank everyone in our community, businesses and individuals alike, who make this meal happen, providing everything necessary to ensure people are well fed.  

If you are interested in attending, please contact the phone number, 610-626-0637, and be sure to let the church know how many will be in your party. We want to make sure nobody goes away hungry. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Being Holy



Sermon based on Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, calling us to assist others, care for those who cannot take care of themselves, working to ensure security for the least secure so we may live in peace, and much more. Take a listen and then take the challenge. It can change your life for the better, forever.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear Speaking at LBC Sunday, May 7, 2017

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/

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Angry Insulting Beware



Sermon based on Matthew 5:21-26, 33-37, discovering the "ground truth" behind these teachings. Curious? Just watch. Jesus is alway deep and profound.

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:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Feasting with Friends Community Dinner Scheduled for April 1, 2017

The Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 East LaCrosse Ave., Lansdowne, PA, is preparing to hold its annual Feasting with Friends event.  It will take place on April 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the church.  In years past, the event has been a success and we are hoping that it will be even better this year. We ask that you come and join us as we feast with friends.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the phone number above and be sure to let the church know how many will be in your party.


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."

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Prayer for Christian Unity Sunday, January 15, 2017


O God, we are one with you.

You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this opennessand to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understandingwhere there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely,we accept you, and we thank you, and we adore you,and we love you with our whole being,because our being is in your being,our spirit is rooted in your spirit.
Fill us then with love,and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways,united in this one spirit which makes you present in the world,and makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious. 
~ Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

For more prayers and additional material for Christian Unity Sunday, I suggest checking: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/01/resource-index-christian-unity.html


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Fair Success 2016

Taking a moment to thank everyone who was involved in creating another successful Christmas Fair. It takes months of planning, preparation, and hard work to make it happen. We also wish to thank the entire community who showed up to take part in Grandma's Attic, the Craft Fair, our Silent Auction, the Bake Sale, and the Christmas Cafe. Our talented cooks kept people well fed. The bake sale tempted people with a wide range of seasonal treats and soups. The silent auction had a wide range of material up for bidding, including five refurbished computers that sold well and were a real deal.

Everyone had a lot of fun and Lansdowne Baptist Church received funds we can now turn into future community service for the community.

We also were able to promote all of the upcoming events in this busy month, including Sunday December 18th's children's pageant during the 11 a.m. worship hour in which the children of the church and friends who come along will participate in a clever retelling of the Christmas story and the 7:00 p.m. annual Candlelight Service in which we have a full service of nine lessons and carols followed by a truly unique lighting of candles, bringing light back to a darkened sanctuary followed by the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Also, we have the Sunday, December 25, Christmas morning service in which we celebrate once again Jesus' arrival in song and word.

Consider yourself invited to each and every one of these events.

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who made this year's Christmas Fair a tremendous success and a joy to attend.

God bless you all in this Christmas season.

For more about the 2016 Candlelight Service, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/12/lbc-candlelight-service-2016.html

Friday, December 9, 2016

Prepare the Way: Second Sunday of Advent 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 3:1-12, in which John the Baptist points us in the right direction to get ourselves properly prepared for Christmas. This is an important message to approach humbly, with an open mind, and our defenses down. Being in right relationship with God and humanity is the challenge of a lifetime.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LBC Candlelight Service 2016

On Sunday, December 18th, 2016, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of lessons and carols. The lessons span both the Old and New Testaments. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is lit by candles. By that soft glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy.

Friday, December 2, 2016

LBC Assisted Interfaith Food Cupboard for Thanksgiving

The Interfaith Food Cupboard made the following report about their Thanksgiving day baskets for families in need and their November monthly meals provided. They stated;
In addition to 69 Thanksgiving baskets (wow!!), we provided emergency food for 126 people. That breaks down to 80 adults and 46 children and totals 1134 meals (a three day supply of emergency food--at three meals a day = 9 meals). THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP--truly, we could not have done this without you!!
I am pleased to report that Lansdowne Baptist Church donated over a dozen turkeys to the cause of the Thanksgiving baskets. We too thank all who made this special event happen. God moves us to do far more together than we could manage alone.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Job Never Changes: Sermon for November 6, 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 22:36-40, the greatest commandments. No matter the situation (even in a contentious election season), Christians are called to love God and neighbor. Doing so transforms the lives of those who attempt this very tall order and those who are on the receiving end of that love. Give it a try. Jesus challenges you to do so.

One small correction: reference to a "Roman Candle" should be a fountain. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Saturday October 29, 2016, Walking Prayer

The congregation and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church will be practicing the spiritual discipline once again at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at the main gate of the refuge at 10 a.m. Come walk with us, get close to nature and to God. The reserve is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153, roughly 15 minutes from Lansdowne Baptist Church. We have picked the height of southeastern Pennsylvania's leaf season for our second walking prayer at the refuge.

See you at the main gate
Our previous walking prayer experience in the summer was quite moving. If a person is still, it is amazing how abundant and diverse is the life in God's creation. It starts with a few of the most obvious birds and plants observed. But, in stillness, you are rewarded as the natural world comes into view in ever greater detail. It is easy, when the time is taken and stillness is achieved, to feel yourself being drawn closer to nature and to nature's Creator.

Consider yourself invited.

For information on our previous walk, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/walking-prayer-held-at-john-heinz.html

To see images from this walk, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/12/walking-prayer-october-29-2016.html

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rejoice For Those Found, Sermon on 9/11/16



Sermon based on Luke 15:1-10, in which Jesus provides parables about how determined God is to find the lost. We should do likewise and rejoice when the lost are found. We should never withdrawal from others based on fear. This sermon reflected, in part, on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.