Showing posts with label outreach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outreach. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

What Does It Mean for Delaware County to Move into the Yellow Phase


If you are concerned about what the transition to the Yellow Phase means for Delaware County, PA, plesase follow this link for information from the county. Stay safe everyone: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2020/yellowphase.html

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Timely Information on COVID-19

The Acting General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) provides valuable information on dealing with the COVID-19 virus. As of this writing (3/11/2020), the virus has just been declared a pandemic. Here is some important information you need to know. We American Baptists want all our communities to stay safe. 


Dear American Baptist Family:

I join you in our common concerns regarding the effects of COVID-19, which is being referred to as the coronavirus.

We continue to be in prayer for the recovery of those who are ill, the medical teams caring for the sick and, for those who are working to contain and combat the virus.

While much uncertainty still exists regarding the virus, here are a few quotes posted on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website:
  • COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, and 35 states within the U.S. COVID-19 is part of a family of Coronaviruses.
  • Reported illnesses from the virus have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Information collected so far suggests that most COVID-19 related illnesses are mild.
  • Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
  • Symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath have surfaced 2-14 days after exposure. Persons are most contagious when they are most symptomatic.
  • Persons with the illness have contracted it through travel and through close contact with known cases. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In addition to seeking to curb the spread of illnesses, another reason to try to contain the disease is so that local health agencies will not be overwhelmed by many persons contracting the disease at the same time in the same area. To help contain the disease, please continue to practice everyday preventive behaviors as listed below:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched objects.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Avoid shaking hands and encourage the congregation to greet one another with a smile and a hand over their hearts as a symbol of Christian love.
  • Have hand sanitizer available for communion servers to use prior to distributing the elements. You may want to consider using individual cups and pieces of bread rather than a common cup and loaf of bread.
For several years, American Baptists have been learning and practicing how to have respectful dialogue with one another through our “Mission Summit Conversations” and “Baptist Talk.” We have learned how to listen well, how to seek to understand before responding, and how to show respect in our conversations. We have learned that “how” something is said is as important as “what” is said.

Let us lead the way as we discuss our concerns about this illness and other matters with our friends, family, and neighbors. May we express concern without panic, calmness in our questions, and kindness in our conversations. Now is not the time for blame or condemnation. Rather, now is the time for care, compassion, and empathy. Every crisis is an opportunity to share God’s love and compassion with others.Additional information can be found at the following website as well as your state health department websites.

CDC LINK: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Dr. C. Jeff WoodsActing General Secretary

We at LBC are praying for you all. We are concerned about your safety. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Praying for Suffering People


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church stand with and pray for all those who suffer in this world from disasters, whether they be natural or humanity-made. As prayer includes action on the part of those who pray to be complete, we are doing what we can to help alleviate suffering, working with our denomination and with others to offer up assistance in the wake of tragedy. 

We also offer a little comfort from the Psalms: 

Psalm 27:13-14: 13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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 16, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Joshua Week 3



Tuesday night, October 15, 2019, we crossed the River Jordan, led by the ark of the covenant, enter into the Promised Land ... and looked toward vanquishing Jericho. Exactly how far we went, well there's only one way to know. Watch and find out. Join us on the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, subscribing there and meeting with us on Tuesday evenings. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Joshua Week 2



On Tuesday night, October 8, 2019, we plunged into the book of Joshua, studying the first chapters. It was a story of spies in enemy territory, a foreign woman with great faith in Israel's God who outwits the enemy kings troops and sends them off on a wild goose chase. It's a story of rooftop negotiations and a through the wall escape. It was all very exciting. Come see for yourself!. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Fall Festival Coming Soon

Lansdowne Baptist Church will have a Fall Festival for the children on Saturday, October 27, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. Children may come in costumes (nothing ghoulish please), games will be played, candy will be available, and for curious adults the pastor will provide a history of the day that has become Halloween, which has a roughly 2500 year history, spanning many cultures.

Come and have fun. We will meet on the lawn in front of the education wing if the weather is fair. If the weather tricks us with bitter cold or rain, we'll meet in the Cooper Room in the office wing.

Come and join us in the celebration. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Prayer: Sermon for September 22, 2019



Sermon based on 1 Timothy 2:1-7, in which Paul advises Timothy and us who to pray for and why. Everything he has to say is equally challenging for us as the Christian community today. There is a special challenge and invitation here for members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church. All are invited to watch, however, as there is plenty here to challenge everyone. Stop by and worship with us on Sunday morning if you find yourself near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The invitation and the door are open.

To the Lansdowne Baptist Church family, listen to this sermon and be ready to respond at our Congregational Meeting on Wednesday evening, October 23rd, 2019.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mutual Love



This is the sermon for Sunday, September 1, 2019, based on Hebrews 13:1-7, in which Christian congregations are called to have mutual brotherly & sisterly love continue to grow between members. That love is intended to overflow the congregation and extend out into the community, attracting others. Mutual love is expressed through hospitality. An adversary of love and hospitality is arrogance. There is a lot to learn here. Come and watch. Join us Sundays at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA. You will be welcomed with hospitality!


I have no idea why the last 5 minutes of the sermon are cut off, but am working to correct this problem.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith

Rev. Lee Spitzer, the General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) has some thoughts about what all Christians may do to help thwart the rise of hatred around the world and right here at home. 

He begins: we “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). As American Baptists, we stand in sincere sympathy with all people who suffer violence, injury and harm, regardless of religion, race, gender, culture or ethnicity. We oppose terrorism, violence and hateful ideologies. The Gospel of love surely shall triumph over evil.

He goes on to say, he wishes to do more and has suggestions on what that "more" should be. Give it a read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/05/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-b-spitzer/

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stand Up



Sunday, May 26, 2019, sermon based on John 5:10-9, dealing with issues of healing. Seeing how Jesus heals a man 38 years frustrated in his own attempts to receiving healing at a pool near the Temple in Jerusalem. What Jesus' actions meant for the man and for us were discussed. Come and watch

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Why Did You Go?



This sermon for Sunday, May 19, 2019, is based on Acts 11:1-12. It deals with the power of God's Holy Spirit and where it will lead us. The disciples Peter is called to account by the Christian leadership in Jerusalem for dining with Gentiles (strictly prohibited by tradition). Peter has an extraordinary explanation, one that changed the perspective of Christian leadership in Jerusalem from that point forward. The Holy Spirit calls us to tear down walls of tradition from time to time,  heading into new directions among new peoples. It is an exciting opportunity. Come and watch.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter's First Evangelists



The Easter Sunday sermon for April 21, 2019, based on Luke 24:1-12. We explore the meaning of Jesus' resurrection for the disciples and for us today. We explore who were chosen to be Jesus' very first evangelists to the resurrection and how everything about that day flew in the face of expectations. Come and watch to discover what that means for each and every one of us.

Friday, April 19, 2019

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! 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Be the Hope You Seek

We have been through tough times, including a brutal election season. People could really use some hope out there in the midst of a deeply divided culture. We can be that hope, using five basic steps. That requires us to be bold, to stand up, and to keep our heads up as Jesus calls us to do in Luke 21:28. It's not that hard once we start. You will find those five basic steps in an article in the American Baptist magazine Christian Citizen. The article is by Richard C. Harwood. Take a look through this link: https://christiancitizen.us/post-nasty-midterms-5-steps-to-engendering-real-hope/

Friday, August 10, 2018

National Night Out 2018 Success

Join us next year. You all are invited!

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church volunteers put together and operated our booth at the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. We gave away cold water and candy, along with children’s activity books and fliers. Information about our church was shared, stories were told, and, yes, once again, large bubbles were blown. Children were drawn from across the parking lot to pop those big bubbles and blow their own. When they arrived, parents or grandparents in tow, those activity books for the kids and fliers for the adults were given out. One of our volunteers brought a stereo and took those fliers and activity books all across the grounds, speaking with people about Lansdowne Baptist and giving away those materials. By the end of the night, nearly all fifty activity books and many fliers were gone. Thanks to all our talented volunteers. Without the active work and God-given talents of all our volunteers, this night of evangelistic outreach would not have happened. Thanks to everyone who made the night a success. 

Fliers, activity books, information & candy ...
a warm welcome for all.
We used four straws and two strings to
blow large bubbles. Easy peasy.

Phillie Phanatic
Along with food and music, a colorful surprise guest showed up, the Phillie Phanatic. A good time was had by all and Lansdowne Baptist congregants had the privilege of meeting so many of our wonderful neighbors. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fire! A Pentecost Sermon




Pentecost Fire
in Balloons
Sermon for Sunday, May 20, 2018, based on Acts 2:1-8, in which the Holy Spirit comes upon the gathered disciples, giving them power to speak clearly to all the dispersed children of God, no matter what language speaking and where from throughout the Empire. On that fateful day in Jerusalem, the Christian church was born and began the task Jesus set for all disciples, back then, today, and always. Come and witness the good news presented here. May the Holy Spirit of God light a fire in you today!


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018

Lansdowne Baptist Church is holding its much-loved pancake breakfast in Lansdowne, PA, on Memorial Day. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dominion





Sermon for Earth Day 2018 based on Genesis 1:27-31. An exploration is made into what it means for humanity to have been given dominion in creation. Explore our place in creation while listening and discover what microclimates we may care for in daily life.

Below is the first Earth Rise as seen by Apollo 8 while orbiting the moon, courtesy of NASA.
Earthrise

Moon crosses the face of the Earth, courtesy of NASA/NOAA
moon's far side overlapping the Earth