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

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/

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sea Salt & Bushel Baskets



Sermon based on Matthew 5:13-20, encouraging Jesus' disciples and us to not hide our faith away, but share it, being salt and light, savor and illumination, willing to mix into the culture in positive ways. Sermon delivered February 5, 2017.

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.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Walking Prayer: October 29, 2016


Join us
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, LBC members made another walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. It is an opportunity to be still and be with God while slowly walking through the natural world wondering at God's amazing handiwork. Once again, it was a rewarding experience, leaving us rested and in awe. When we put away the technology (well, except for binoculars through which to watch and admire the birds found throughout the reserve) and just observed with all our senses, it was amazing how abundant the wildlife was, both large and small. It made this walker wonder just how much I do not notice going on all around me on a busy day. God's handiwork is everywhere, if we'll stop and notice. Unfortunately, my phone camera is insufficient to zoom in on all the birds that were everywhere we looked.
Where we meet to begin.

A little more about the refuge ...
God has given us a wonderful world to care for. Getting to know it better makes us all better stewards, and happier ones too.
Invitation to roam ...

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.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Attention Please



Sermon based on Luke 16:19-31, delivered on September 25, 2016. Dealing with the oblivious rich man who never noticed Lazarus starving to death at his gates. What does this mean for us? How do Rod Serling and "dead walkers" factor into this message? Watch and find out.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fresh Vegetables Donated to Lansdowne's Interfaith Food Cupboard

A small men's group in our church, guiding our church's youth in planting (and soon in harvest), have seen to it that this year Lansdowne Baptist Church has five raised bed gardens in our side yard facing the Lansdowne Avenue. We are so impressed with God's great abundance displayed in the many vegetables and flowers coming out of those garden beds.

Some of the vegetable plants & flowers
of the raised beds are visible in the
background.
We were pleased to be able to donate two baskets of vegetables (not quite but almost our first fruit from these beds)--tomatoes, egg plants, cucumbers, and green peppers--to the Interfaith Food Cupboard. We look forward to doing more with the harvest as the season moves forward. Today's harvest was a very small portion of what is ripening on the plants.

As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 67:6-7: "The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LBC Prepares to Attend the National Night Out 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church intends to participate in the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at the Highland Avenue Parking Lot from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We have participated in this meaningful evening for the past two years and look forward to making this our third. We hope to see you there. Children who stop by may get to blow giant bubbles again this year.

The Lansdowne Police Department describes the event as follows:

The Lansdowne Police Department, Lansdowne Fire Company, and the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association are again partnering to present National Night Out -- a free, all-ages, community evening to fight crime through community and civic involvement. The evening, which takes place from 6 to 8 pm in the Highland Avenue parking lot, features free food, games, a moon bounce, local vendors, and more! Be a part of America's night out against crime! 







Monday, July 11, 2016

Disaster Aid: West Virginia, Indiana

Here is what American Baptist Home Mission Societies has done to aid West Virginia and Indiana following recent severe weather events: 

Severe storms in Indiana and West Virginia June 23-24 have caused significant damage in two American Baptist regions now in need of prayer and relief/recovery efforts.
In Indiana, the storm’s force destroyed buildings, disrupted utilities and closed roadways in and around Brookston, designated in a state of emergency. Federated Church of Brookston, an American Baptist congregation, is serving as a hub for relief activities, including American Red Cross efforts.
Heavy rain that crossed West Virginia particularly impacted the state’s central and southern regions. The number of American Baptist churches damaged by the flooding is still to be determined, but several have confirmed major damage.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Disaster Relief office has released $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing funds to the West Virginia Baptist Convention and $2,500 to American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky for coordination of community recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Powerful Statement from American Baptist Home Mission Societies Following Shootings of July 4 Week

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies have issued a powerful statement in response to the fatal police shootings of two African American men during the July 4th week, followed by the fatal shooting of police officers. It is a tempered statement insisting on justice and change while acknowledging the fine work of many upstanding officers. Please read and consider prayerfully: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/end-police-killings-innocent-black-lives/

Some highlights: 
“O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!” Jeremiah 9:1
We face a national crisis in the United States of America as concerns increasing violence and the growing threat to innocent Black lives from America’s police.
Daily in America, Black citizens are slain by police officers who are publicly sworn to protect the citizenry. This national crisis is well documented from Baton Rouge, LA, to Falcon Heights, MN; from Waller County, TX, to Ferguson, MO; from Chicago, IL, to Savannah, GA; from Cleveland, OH, to Staten Island, NY; from the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam. However, time and again when police brutalize and murder Black people, they escape criminal prosecution.
To be clear, violent confrontations with law enforcement and vigilante killings are not a remedy, but a dangerous diversion from our righteous struggle for justice and peace. We reject and condemn assaults on police officers with the same conviction with which we condemn the killings of innocent civilians. As we grieve the loss of innocent civilians we also grieve the loss of dedicated police officers and pray for their families and loved ones.
America’s current practice following the slayings of Blacks by police is a blend of cultural pathology on the part of prosecutors combined with racist urban mythology that quickly evolves into sympathy for the police officers without regard for the unjust killings of Black lives. Such gives dangerous credence to the notion that police are daily under fire from Black Americans—which, despite recent events in Dallas is historically untrue–and that the police are therefore justified in using deadly force against Black lives in order to protect their own lives, even when the use of deadly force was not justified.
Next, as we express honor, respect and appreciation for police officers knowing that most are decent people, the time has come for law enforcement officers to publicly affirm that “Black lives matter” in view of the glaring incidents of excessive force and brutality against innocent Black citizens. In the midst of hostility there is a real need to regain public trust and cultivate mutual respect.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

What Must I Do Jesus



Sermon based on Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the good Samaritan. This sermon also dealt with the deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police officers, the subsequent killings of five officers at the hands of a sniper or snipers, and how Christians respond in light of Jesus' teachings.

Please follow this sermon up with the powerful statement from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies: http://abhms.org/about-us/news/end-police-killings-innocent-black-lives/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pastor Walking Neighborhoods with Invitations

The green shows where invitations have been delivered so far
In an effort to get to know the neighborhoods around Lansdowne Baptist Church better, and provide personal invitations to come worship with us, our pastor has taken to the streets. He is walking the neighborhoods when time and weather permits, leaving personal invitations on doorknobs everywhere he goes. Of course, he never leaves an invitation at a house where a "No Solicitation" sign is present as irritating folks is not his intent.

So far over 640 personal invites have been delivered with more on the way. An additional 80 were handed out along the parade route during the 4th of July parade. He intends to keep this up, wearing down shoe leather in order to extend the invitation to come worship God with us, meet Jesus Christ, and be transformed by God's Holy Spirit. At this point, Lansdowne Baptist has been having an increase in visitors and our pastor is being discussed by folks around town. As a confirmed extrovert, he is also having a wonderful time meeting great people everywhere he goes.

LBC Marches in 4th of July Parade 2016

Lansdowne Baptist Church marched in the local Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, 4th of July Parade again this year. We grew in numbers as we marched, bringing an additional family into our march. Two of our members handed out invitations to come to our church so quickly, we'll have to double the numbers available for next year. Some of the viewers asked for them specifically. Once again, we created giant bubbles as we marched.




It was a great morning, filled with balloons, patriotic music from the high school marching band, cyclists on antique high wheeled bicycles (you want to talk with those riders when you can, they are fascinating), and riders in classic cars, a bus, and motorcycle. Candy was tossed, churches were represented, members and friends greeted along the way, and God blessed us with a beautiful day of temperate weather.

We look forward to doing this again, celebrating together with the community we serve.


For a longer reflection on the 4th of July celebration in Lansdowne, PA, see the 2014 post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/07/lansdowne-pennsylvanias-4th-of-july.html


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Guide to Living With Others in Challenging Times

Romans 12:15-18 offers some great guidance for getting along with each other in highly charged times. Paul wrote, 
15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Advice like that just never gets old.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pastor Takes Over Lansdowne Baptist Church Facebook Page

Some of us at a recent fellowship event
It takes time to get different aspects of one's ministry all gathered up and running. I just stumbled across a Facebook page I'd established for myself back when I started and had pretty much abandoned when I found very few members were on FB. That appears to be slowly changing so I have gone back, dusted off my FB page, and in the process discovered that Lansdowne Baptist Church has a local page as well, which I will now try to bring up to speed as moderator.

If you are curious and want to see what we're up to, feel free to check out: https://www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Marching in the 4th of July Parade in 2016


Lansdowne Baptist Church intends to celebrate the 4th of July by marching in the Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, parade once again. Last year we handed out fliers, pulled a wagon full of information about us, and used a bubble wand to create gigantic bubbles for the amusement of the crowd (and ourselves to be absolutely honest). 


Here's the order of events for the day, straight from the Union Athletic Association of Lansdowne:

Parade & Festivities Schedule & Fireworks Display
2016 Theme: “Lansdowne Celebrates the Arts”
2016 Parade Grand Marshal: Jayne Young

8:15am: FLOATS – Assemble on E. Greenwood Ave., between Lansdowne & Highland Aves.* (See prizes below)

8:30am: BICYCLES & TRICYCLES – Assemble on E. Greenwood Ave.between Lansdowne & Highland Aves.*

INDIVIDUAL MARCHERS – Assemble on E. Greenwood, between Highland &
Wycombe Aves*

MARCHING GROUPS – Assemble on E. Greenwood, between Highland & Wycombe Aves*
8:40am: SMALL WAGONS – Assemble on E. Greenwood Ave.between Lansdowne & Highland Aves.*
9:00 AM: PARADE BEGINS at E. Greenwood & N. Wycombe Avenues. From Wycombe, it turns onto Stewart Avenue, then turns right onto Lansdowne Avenue. The parade turns right again onto Essex Avenue and concludes at Penn Wood High School football field. At the field, music, introduction of our Parade Marshal, a few short speeches, foot races, and prizes await; also, free water ice for the kids.
10:30am: Presentation of parade prizes and foot race awards.
12:00 Noon: Lansdowne Boys & Girls Clubs All-Star baseball games begin. Girls play at the high school field, Boys at Ardmore Avenue field.
7:45 PM: Musical entertainment begins. Our Disk Jockey spins favorite tunes for everybody. Dancing is encouraged. Hotdogs, water ice, soda, cotton candy and pretzels are on sale at the concession stand. Attendees should plan to arrive early to find a place on the field or a seat in the bleachers.
9:00 PM: Fireworks Begin! The Union Athletic Association of Lansdowne proudly presents an awesome fireworks extravaganza. Many small towns have had to discontinue this expensive part of the day, but Lansdowne has managed to keep the tradition for more than one hundred years!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Powerful Statement from Our Denomination Following the Shootings in Orlando

American Baptist Churches USA is the most diverse denomination in the United States. Our churches have a great deal of autonomy, we are equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, and we have varying interpretations of particular passages that have been the focus of recent cultural and religious debated.

Yet, in the midst of turmoil, our leadership provided the following powerful message of love. Please follow this link and read: http://www.abc-usa.org/2016/06/17/abc-interim-general-secretary-addresses-orlando-shooting/

A few highlights:
We offer our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the horrible tragedy in Orlando. We extend love to those of our family directly affected. We grieve with our American Baptist brothers and sisters who are part of the LGBTQ community. My message to them is, never mistake our debates and disagreements with the depth of our love for you as part of our family. To the rest of the ABC family my message is, even in the midst of profound disagreement, let us love as Christ loved. 
~Interim General Secretary Dr. Susan Gillies


Following Gillies remarks, Rev. Judy Fackenthal said, “As President of ABCUSA, I concur with Interim General Secretary Susan Gillies that any act of violence against any part of the human family is fully outside the vision of God’s gracious love for all people. While American Baptists may not agree on a wide variety of issues, we claim God’s love as a just and all-encompassing love. I pray for the people of Orlando, particularly the LGBTQ community as well as the Hispanic community that has been particularly affected by this horrific violence. May we work together to seek to end hate and the outcomes associated with it.”


“The events of last week hurt me deeply, as a Christian, Baptist and as a Puerto Rican,” said Dr. Josue D. Gómez-Menéndez, vice president of ABC. “At this time I would like to express my solidarity with all the people who are suffering from the effects of violence, misconceptions and separation. In the end what we discover in the depth of love is that we find our essence and human reality, our claim to the dignity of the human being and our real choice to reflect Jesus in every step.”

Monday, May 30, 2016

Fire, Spirit & Understanding

Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, the church's birthday, based on Acts 2:1-21. Like the disciples, the Holy Spirit drives us. Find out how ...