Showing posts with label compassion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label compassion. Show all posts

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/

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

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Justice & Nonviolence



 

A short message concerning what we can do together to assist our African

American brothers and sisters to push back against the sin of racism so

deeply baked into our society. It's a message of encouragement for

everyone and a call to action.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Micah Week 3







This week we picked up with Chapter 2. There will be lots of material about human downfall and what we must do to walk with God instead of stumbling along in the dark being miserable. We ended with Chapter 4. It was a wild ride. You are all invited.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

ABC USA Letter Refuting Racial Injustice

What follows is a letter from American Baptist Churches USA dealing with the chaos that has occurred as a response to racism following the violent death of George Floyd: 


Dear American Baptists,

The death of George Floyd has caused widespread pain, rage, protests, and violence in Minneapolis and across the United States. I appreciate the input received from officers of the Regional Executive Ministers Council, members of the National Executive Council, and others in constructing a response to this event. While American Baptists have never advocated violence, we grieve with those feeling the pent-up pain from years of racial discrimination and injustice. The horrifying video captured at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis has released years of frustration that can never be fully understood by those who have not consistently lived with injustice historically and presently.

Acts of current racial injustice as well as the effects of historic racial injustices have been brought into the light in recent weeks as we recognize that African-Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control found that 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 55% of individuals in the surrounding community and that 33% of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18% in the community. Unequal access to healthcare, jobs, education, and training have all been influenced by the racialized society in which we continue to live.

Unfortunately, acts of violence have been cast upon many ethnically distinct groups within our congregations and among our international partners. Many Chinese as well as Asian-Americans are being targeted, harassed, and even physically attacked because of comments made about COVID-19. In Malaysia, we are hearing reports of the government using information collected from the treatment of persons affected by COVID-19 for deportation despite earlier statements that no one who sought medical services for the coronavirus would be arrested based on their immigration status.

Racism and Xenophobia have deep roots in American history and culture and wrongs cannot be righted overnight. While expeditious action is critical to the pursuit of justice for George Floyd, dialogue, conversation, systemic change, and continued acts of justice to curb the sources of prejudice and discrimination are needed.

In these tense times of ache and agony and stinging memories of bias and wrongdoing, we are called again to combat racism and resist violence. American Baptists have historically advocated against both violence as well as racial injustice. “Our denominational history is rich with resistance against violence. From Roger Williams speaking in defense of First Nations People, to the Abolitionists, down to Walter Rauschenbusch, and Martin Luther King, American Baptists in particular have been on the forefront for the cessation of violence and the coming of Shalom.” (American Baptist Case Statement on Violence from the 2015 Mission Table). I am calling on people of faith to find the resources of the Spirit to calm their anger. “Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NASV)

Our denominational history is also rich in working toward justice in general and racial justice in particular. “Racial justice,” as defined in our 1989 ABCUSA policy statement, “is recognizing our oneness in Christ, confessing that we have not become what God wants us to be, and committing ourselves to pressing on to that mark of high calling by which we can become a liberating symbol to our nation and world of what it means to be the people of God. In so doing, we can challenge our nation to live up to its high purposes.”

“Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16, NASV) I charge our American Baptist family to continue to search, advocate, and live where the good way lies.

Dr. C. Jeff Woods
Interim General Secretary
American Baptist Churches USA

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. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Upcoming Events in Our Region, March to May 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020: Philadelphia Baptist Association Domestic Violence Learning Community sponsors a mini conference "Repair, Build and Maintain Healthy Relationships" from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139, Pastor Rev. Dr. Donald D. Moore. RSVP by March 6, 2020 to: contact@philadelphiabaptist.org (Cancelled 3/13/2020 due to coronavirus)

Saturday, March 21, 2020: Philadelphia Baptist Association's Fifth Annual Passion for Mission Cafe event is titled "Trauma--Informed Helping Skills." This is an event for clergy, lay leaders, young adults & outreach ministry volunteers and those involved in care giving. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and includes a Continental Breakfast, Meaningful Conversation, Fellowship, and Lunch. The cost per person is $25.00. Individuals can register at the door. The presenter of the day will be Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy. (Postponed due to coronavirus, 3/13/2020)

Sunday, May 17, 2020: The ADL will be holding their 10th annual Philadelphia Walk Against Hate. Registering early locks in a $10 registration fee for adults and $5 for children until March 15th. To register, go to WalkAgainstHate.org/Philly This is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and challenge bigotry. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (As of 3/12/2020, the ADL has suspended this walk due to coronavirus.)

You can see the fluid situation we are all in together with the COVID-19 coronavirus. We need to remain flexible.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

No One Knows



Here is the sermon for Sunday, December 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent. Based on Matthew 24:36-44, we take a look forward to Jesus' Second Advent, Jesus' return to this world. When should we expect this? How should we prepare? What should we do? So many questions. Come and watch. See what Jesus has to tell us in answer to our questions.

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

God Remembers



Sermon based on Hosea 11:1-11 speaks to God unwavering love of God, even when we stray. God was determined to love the wandering people of Israel and does the same for us. Remember that when society tries to tell you are not loved. Watch and see. Join us on Sunday at Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne, PA, for worship.

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 5



Tuesday night we came close to wrapping up our study on Ruth. Afterwards we will be turning to the book of Judges. Ruth is a balm on the life described in Judges. Judges will be a challenging book, a rigorous study, but it will have something significant to say to us in our time. Look forward to seeing you soon. Be blessed! Come and watch!

We welcome two new subscribers to the live stream this week! We are glad you're here.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 3





We continued our study from N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. Thursday we explored new goals for a new humanity, which proved to be quite interesting. Come and watch. We're glad you're here.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 4



On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, we completed chapter three and moved into chapter four of Ruth. You need to know that we covered a lot of mature material of a serious nature concerning the treatment of women and foreigners, back in Ruth's day and today.. You might want to make sure young children are not in the room as you listen. I had to sort out some technical difficulties to get the live stream back on track (which is why last week there were no episodes of the Bible study or the Lenten Live Stream (Thursday evenings in Lent until Maundy Thursday at 8 p.m. Come and watch.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 2



Last week we finished the book of Matthew and provided some short introductory material into the book of Ruth. Tonight we really get to know this woman of faith from the Old Testament and her powerful story. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spider-Man: Matters of Heart: July 1, 2018



Sermon based on Luke 10:30-35, ending our summer superheroes series with Spider-Man. We focus on matters of the heart, whether we will have hearts cruel, calloused, or compassionate. It impacts everything we do and say. It influences the world around us and everyone we interact with. Watch and discover how.

Word of warning: we were located in our air conditioned office wing during our heat wave, which is a tighter space. While you'll hear the sermon entirely, the picture will move wildly as the camera person had to move from one location to another for late arrivals that morning.

Invitation: Join us for our new endeavor and in the new live stream community and Bible study we are creating. It is called Beyond Loaves and Fishes. Here's how to find it and participate in the half hour long Bible studies from the comfort of home.  To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Further, if you like what you hear in this sermon or if the Bible study intrigues you, drop by Sunday morning if you are close to Lansdowne, PA, and join us for worship. All are welcome. See this blog site for hours.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Would You, Could You



Using 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ezekiel 37:1-11, and Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, this sermon explored what new things Christians are called to do. It also explored how, at times, we Christians are called to speak out like Ezekiel, Paul, and Sam-I-am, being persistent for what is right in the face of strong opposition. Watch and see if God challenges you.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lifted Up and Drawing



Sermon based on John 12:20-33, in which Greeks and "the world" come to visit Jesus. His success, the attention his mission is drawing, is see as dangerous to some in power, a threat that will bring down death and destruction for many from Rome. They propose a solution, "lifting Jesus up." Little do they know what this will accomplish. Listen, watch, and see for yourself. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Whole City Gathered



Sermon from February 4, 2018, based on Mark 1:29-39. In it we review Jesus' healing of Simon/Andrew's mother-in-law and Jesus' desire to leave the safe and known town of Capernaum and its friendly crowd. Jesus calls us to leave the cozy equivalent of Capernaum and head out to be about Jesus' mission. Listen and discover the details. Have a blessed and adventurous day!