Showing posts with label special events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label special events. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Film Screening: Because of the War

On April 15, 2018, at 4 p.m., Lansdowne's First Presbyterian Church (140 N. Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA) is showing the Philadelphia Folklore Project film, Because of the War. It shares the story of four brilliant singers--mothers, refugees, immigrants, survivors of Liberia's civil wars--who use their music to address violence and injustice at home and in exile.

Suggested donation per person: $10 each. Reception following film. This is an open invitation from the Ministerium of Eastern Delaware County, whose member churches which agreed to contribute toward this film's screening.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Feasting with Friends 2018: Basic Information Provided


At this year’s Feasting with Friends community dinner, I decided it was time to get down to brass tacks—as my grandparents used to say. With a great deal of misinformation swirling around about who we are as American Baptists, why we serve the community we serve, and who we human beings are, I felt it necessary to get back to basics. The information was well received, which warmed my heart. The meal was also fantastic as always, well received, and well staffed by dedicated volunteers from our church family and friends. 

Who Are We?
       We’re at Lansdowne Baptist are part of the American Baptist denomination. As American Baptists, we believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and that the Bible is divinely inspired. That Bible is our reliable guide to Christian life and faith. We believe all Christians are called to approach God directly, free of any human go-between, and that as Christians we all have free will.
       All of us have been given special gifts by God, gifts that are intended to strengthen and improve our community as we share our unique gifts with each other. God does not intend for us to hoard these gifts, keep them “mint in the box,” or set them aside and play with that box.
       American Baptists believe in religious freedom for everyone. It was Baptists pushed out of Massachusetts who created the Rhode Island colony and declared everyone was welcome there.
       We American Baptists also believe in sharing the good news with others, both locally and internationally. We do this both in the words we speak and the actions we take. To share the good news well, we acknowledge that it is the duty of all believers to equip ourselves with knowledge and train with each other on Sunday morning, so we can live out our faith all week long.
       We American Baptists also agree that we are called to cooperate with other churches. We at Lansdowne Baptist work with Lansdowne’s First Presbyterian Church with the Interfaith Food Cupboard. As the pastor, I have also helped with their Sonrise Service early Easter morning and we at LBC have fed our Presbyterian friends breakfast afterwards.
       American Baptists also very strongly believe we are called to be Christian witnesses for justice and wholeness in a broken society, following Jesus’ excellent example. Since the movement to abolish slavery prior to the Civil War, American Baptists have been involved in every justice movement in the United States. Among them have been supporting women’s rights, including the right to vote, adopting women ministers roughly 100 years ago, supporting the civil rights movement, care of our planet and much more.
       We American Baptists also celebrate the fact that we are the most culturally and theologically diverse of all the US denominations. We embrace people from all around the globe.

Why Do We Serve?
       Why do we at Lansdowne Baptist go to all the effort to support Feasting with Friends and the other programs we are involved with to help our community and the world, people we know and those we will never meet? What is in it for us, people might well ask. Let’s turn to our reliable guide, the Bible, for some answers.
       We are called to serve by Mark 10:43-45: “whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
        We are instructed to love everyone in Luke 10:27: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” The parable of the good Samaritan, which follows this verse, illustrates our neighbor is everyone and we do whatever we can for neighbors in need.
        We are informed by Jesus that we will be held to account for our service to others, or our lack thereof, in Matthew 25:33-40: [Jesus] will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
       Finally, 1 Peter 4:10 calls us all to serve others out of the gifts God has given us: 10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. It is amazing what the use of our gifts can draw out in others. During Feasting with Friends, our efforts draw out gifts from our own church community and from local businesses to make for a wonderful, meaningful day. We are grateful for all the blessings and mercies and free gifts from God and that gratitude makes us generous. We want to share. To quote from A.A. Milne’s character Piglet in Winne-the-Pooh: “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” Or, as Psalm 23:5 puts it: My cup overflows.

Who Are We All?
       Finally, there are many folks who are ready and willing, eager even, to define us negatively. The world, or society if you like, defines us by our jobs, our credit scores, social status, skin color, gender, age, diseases, or addictions. I could go on. Needless to say, today’s world judges humanity harshly.
       But the good news is that is not who we are. We American Baptists, we Christians, work hard to see humanity as God sees us, as Jesus taught us, as the Holy Spirit guides us.
       We see everyone as a beloved child of God, one so loved God sent Jesus to tell and show all just how much they are loved. Jesus came to rescue us all from terrible, harmful ways of living that are against God’s plan and intention for humanity. God’s plan is the way of love and hope, a way filled with generosity, service, and devoid of fear. The ways in which we stray from God’s plan are referred to as sin.
       We are taught that humanity is made in God’s image and has God’s characteristics. Sadly we stray.
       However, from the very beginning God loved us and called us good. We are not the labels society applies to us. We are the beloved children of the Creator of the universe. Please remind one of your neighbors of this fact sometime today. That will be a wonderful way to love God and neighbor alike.
      
Open Invitation
**If this sounds good to you, you don't have a church of your own, and you would like to come by and worship with Lansdowne Baptist Church to see what it is like, you will be most welcome. Consider this an open invitation. God bless you on your journey. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols 2017

On Christmas Eve this year, we at LBC have a special treat for everyone who wishes to celebrate Jesus' birth. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, we will offer a variation on a service of lessons and carols. We will be singing, reading much-loved scripture passages and responses to those scriptures, hearing a brief meditation from the pastor, and closing with a beautiful, candlelit singing of Silent Night. During this simple service, all who attend will be offered the opportunity to slow down, pause, and remember why we celebrate Christmas. It will be a time of worshipful release from the tension, the expectations, and the anxieties that so often accompany this Christmas season. Together we will experience the joy of Jesus' birth once again. All are invited to join us that evening. 

Merry Christmas to you all!  

Christmas Candlelight Service 2017

On Sunday, December 17th, 2017, at 7:00 in the evening, all people are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  Follow the story of God's love for humanity across both Testaments of the Bible, 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 this beloved story in scripture and carol is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light from the pulpit out throughout the gathered people of God, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is softly, beautifully lit. By that warm glow, Silent Night is sung to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give everyone who attends the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Lansdowne Baptist Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary: November 19, 2017


Back in 1886, a dedicated group of believers determined that their community was in need of their presence as a Baptist church intent on tending to the community’s moral and spiritual good, the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom through saving souls, and to the education of children through Sunday School. Committed to these goals, Lansdowne Baptist Church was established in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, in 1887. We have been serving this community ever since.

Now, we invite the community to celebrate with us the 130th anniversary of this church on Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at 11 a.m. The sermon and music will focus on the firm foundation we have in Jesus Christ, where we have been, and where we intend to go walking with Jesus. We hope to see you here.

One hundred and thirty years of ministry in Lansdowne is well worth celebrating. Please join us on Sunday, November 19th, and share in our joy. Lansdowne Baptist Church is located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue in Lansdowne. For any questions or information, please contact the church office at 610-626-0637.

For information contact:
The Reverend Jeffrey B. Snyder
Pastor

610-626-0637

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LBC, October 28, 2017, Healing Communities Training Opportuntity

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m., Rev. Jeff Snyder and Bishop Karen Dixson are coordinating with Healing Communities (Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear spoke to us about them) to offer a workshop in Westphal Hall of Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne, PA (second floor in wing closest to Lansdowne Avenue) on how we can become a Healing Community for families and individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. All are welcome. No fee charged but a donation will be taken. Light refreshments served at the program’s beginning. 

For an explanation of what Healing Communities do, here is information from their website: 

Healing Communities is a framework for a distinct form of ministry for men and women returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families and the larger community. Healing Communities challenges congregations to become Stations of Hope for those persons affected by the criminal justice system.

We train communities of faith to:

· walk with the returning citizens (connect returning citizens to resources that will help set attainable goals)
· help them connect with their faith (provide spiritual support)
· open their hearts to them (foster positive relationships)
· embrace them (extend open and affirming fellowship)
· provide understanding (collaboration with family and friends to rebuild relationships)
· advocate for political change on a local, state, and federal level
We provide support and technical assistance to faith communities by:
· offering seminars in restorative justice, family reintegration and family support
· identifying resources and building networks for capacity building, service delivery and advocacy
· offering opportunities for peer learning from other congregations and expert learning at local, regional and national conferences
· customized programming for local congregations

To hear Rev. Dr. Trulear speak out about helping the prisoners and their families, see the sermon he delivered at Lansdowne Baptist Church in May of 2017: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2017/05/living-between-expectation-experience.html 

If you wish to learn more about the Healing Communities organization, see: http://www.healingcommunitiesusa.com/

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LBC Pastor & Congregants Marching in the 2017 4th of July Parade



Beginning at 9:00 a.m., members of Lansdowne Baptist Church will once again be marching in the annual Lansdowne, PA, 4th of July parade. Pastor and congregants are looking forward to marching together. If you are a church member or friend looking to march with us, we are meeting in the LBC parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and heading over to E. Greenwood Ave. by 8:20 a.m. to take our place in the parade by 8:30 a.m. That half hour when everyone is forming is a great time to meet and swap stories with fellow marchers. Last year we got to speak with a man who has been riding penny-farthing bikes for the past 30 years. He had some terrific stories to tell.

At 9:00 a.m. we start the parade. We will be waving at those who watch, handing out personal invitations to join us Sunday mornings, and creating the big bubbles once again. We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy 4th of July. By the grace of God may it be a safe and joyful day for everyone.

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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Church Work Day, Saturday, May 13, 2017: Rain or Shine!

No leaf removal this time! 
Lansdowne Baptist Church will be holding a church work day this Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., even if/when it rains. There is plenty of work to be done inside our buildings so nobody who comes will be left idle. Our God-given talents will be put to good use ... and, who knows, some of us may discover a passion for some type of work we have yet to try. 

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.

To see what happened and a few parade images, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2017/05/lbc-memorial-day-pancake-breakfast.html


Continuing to Invite the Lansdowne Community

Neighborhood Watch cat
kept watch on me.
Thursday, May 4, 2017, was such a beautiful day, I spent some time out in the community, delivering invitations to worship with us Sunday morning to roughly one hundred homes and apartments. If I haven't gotten to your neighborhood yet, I'll get there. Everyone who does not already have a church home is more than welcome to join us for Sunday worship. 

Lansdowne Baptist Church is part of the American Baptist denomination, which is currently one of the most diverse denominations in the United States. 

This Sunday, May 7, 2017, we have a special guest minister: 

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/



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017


Join us Thursday evening, April 13, 2017, for our Maundy Thursday evening service, beginning with a simple meal at 6:30, followed by communion and a Tenebrae service of scripture readings and hymns, taking us from Jesus' anointing by Mary to his crucifixion. Walk the journey with us and with Jesus, witnessing all he went through for love of us, in preparation for Easter morning. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lenten Devotions 2017 Available

The Reverend Dr. Richard Rusbuldt's Lenten Journey, a meditation for the walk from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, is currently available. 

This is a meaningful approach to a personal devotion, small group discussion, or adult Sunday school study, readily available and written to be accessible to each reader. 

Let's journey together this Lenten season, walking to the cross and discovering, as Rev. Dr. Rusbuldt states, "God loves us--and God came!!!" 

See: http://www.abcopad.com/Downloadable_Forms/2017_Lenten_Devotions_by_Richard_Rusbuldt_sm.pdf

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

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

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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LBC Christmas Fair, December 3, 2016

On December 3rd this year, we will be having our annual Christmas Fair. There will be many items for sale from Grandma's Attic, unique crafts and decorations, terrific food at our bake sale, a hot lunch from our cafe, and some really exciting items being auctioned at our annual silent auction. We all look forward to serving our community and raising funds so we can do more to support our community in the upcoming year.

Join us for the fun and Christmas goodies of all sorts. We look forward to seeing you there. The fair will run from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.

There will be a tantalizing preview on Friday evening, December 2nd, from 5 to 7 p.m. One really early visitor (one of our volunteers) had a pre-preview and really liked what was seen. See you there!  

Setting Clocks Back for November 6, 2016

Please remember that it is time to "fall back" an hour for Sunday, November 6, 2016. Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night as 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning becomes 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning on November 6th.

Set that clock back so you won't be at church extra early on Sunday morning.

The Bible text for Sunday will be Matthew 22:36-40 and the sermon title is "Our Job Never Changes." Congregants of Lansdowne Baptist, invite your friends. This will be an important message. If you do not have a church of your own, if you are a seeker after Christ, come and join us on Sunday morning. We'll be delighted to have you worship with us. You will be most welcome. 

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Summer Cookout a Success

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who made the Lansdowne Baptist Church summer cookout on Wednesday night, August 17th, such a success. As always, we had a dedicated group of volunteers who planned, purchased supplies, set up, tore down, cooked for, and brought wonderful dishes to share to this annual event. We had to move the venue away from our usual location on the corner of our property at the intersection of Lansdowne and East LaCrosse avenues. It was too hot. We moved the whole picnic under the shade tree outside the office wing. God blessed us with wonderful (if warm) weather and a steady breeze.

Somewhere between 50 and 60 people showed up, including members of our community who are always welcome to drop on by. Members and regular attenders brought their friends as well. A wonderful time was had by all. We set up a couple of tables inside the office wing for those who wanted air conditioning, but those tables were largely ignored. We American Baptists are a hearty bunch.

We also had a pleasant surprise from the group that built and maintains the LBC Youth Garden. They revealed the new automated watering system that drip feeds the vegetable plants and flowers in all five of the raised garden beds. Well done, gardeners!

To see the "first fruits" of our gardeners' labors, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/08/fresh-vegetables-donated-to-lansdownes.html