Showing posts with label special events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label special events. 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 One member (many being pastors) from each church was asked to sign a historical document before the end of the proceedings, The Baptist Principle of Association.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.

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.


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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Walking Prayer Saturday, August 20, 2016, You're Invited

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church are invited to join the pastor and his wife in experiencing a walking prayer at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We will meet the pastor at the main entrance to the Refuge, at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia provides access to the Visitor Center, foot trails, fishing, and wildlife observation platform, at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting.

There are three parking lots at that entrance. Some may choose to carpool together from the church. The walk will last for one hour.

The walking prayer is a discipline designed to get participants in touch with God through the natural world. As Job 12:7-10 tells us: “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being." It is a way to reconnect with God, feed our spirits, let the troubles of the day drop away, and soften our hearts as we take time to revel in God's handiwork. This location is perfect for the purpose as being still rewards the observer with an increasingly large array of wildlife as one watches.

The paths through the park are mostly level. Some are paved and others dirt, but none are truly difficult for hiking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and observe the world around us.


Join us and encounter God in the natural world.

To see how the walking prayer went, see the follow up post at: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/walking-prayer-held-at-john-heinz.html

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Staying Out of the Heat

During the high heat we are currently experiencing, here are some cool places to go to get away from the excessive temperatures, especially if you do not have air conditioning. A trip to the movies, the mall, and an air conditioned church on Sunday will also help. Please remember to stay hydrated as well. We at LBC are concerned about you. Please call any center listed below and make sure they are open and taking people in during the days and hours listed before you go. Also, before you leave, please check in on your elderly neighbors and the ones who live alone. Make sure they are safe. Perhaps they might even want to go with you to one of these cool locations.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Heat warning in effect through Friday
The Heat Information Line at (610) 872-1558 (RECORDED WEATHER, TIPS, ETC.)
Additional Help at (610) 490-1300.
Some fans available at County Office of Services to Aging
206 Eddystone Avenue Eddystone, PA 19022

Locations providing Extended Hours During Excessive Heat Warning

Senior Centers

Chester Senior Center
721 Hayes Street
Chester, PA 19013
610-497-3550
Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday

Upper Darby Senior Center
326 Watkins Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-734-7652
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

Wayne Senior Center
108 Station Road
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-6246
Hours: 4p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Adult Day Centers

Senior Care at Crozer
The Alexander Silberman Center
1 Medical Center Blvd.
Upland, PA 19013
610-447-2933 or 2935
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Every Saturday 8 am- 4pm

Adult Day Services
3 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19083
Phone: 610-352-9945
Hours: 7:00 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

Senior Care of Upper Darby
1500 Garrett Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 610-626-0662
Hours: 7 a.m. ? 6 p.m., Monday to Friday and every other Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Senior Care of Broomall
1991 S. Sproul Rd, Suite 850
Broomall, PA 19008
Phone: 610-325-1600
Hours: 7 a.m. ? 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Saturday: 9 am-4pm

Family Matters
214 East Baltimore Pike
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
Phone: 610-626-4270
Contact: Russell Jirik or Toni Kelly
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Main Line Adult Day Center
119 Radnor Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Phone: 610-527-4220
Hours: 7:30 a.m. ? 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning July 1, 2013- 7 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.(M-F)
Beginning July 1, 2013 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This listing is from ABC 6 and their website has additional sites located in our region. Please check it out at: http://6abc.com/archive/9173050/

Check out the Philadelphia government website for cooling centers and children's spraygrounds in the city at: https://alpha.phila.gov/posts/mayor/2016-07-08-spraygrounds-pools-cooling-centers-stay-cool-during-the-heat/

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! 







Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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


Thursday, May 12, 2016

LBC Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Please join us for our Annual (all-you-can eat) Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be held Monday, May 30, 2016, from 9:30 in the morning to noon. Admission is $7 per person; $5 for children 12 & younger. This deal is hard to beat.

This breakfast is for a good cause (beyond filling your empty self with delicious pancakes) as the proceeds support of the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund. This fund, when monies are available, is used to provide college scholarship funds for two deserving local high school students. We love to provide these scholarships for our community here at Lansdowne Baptist, but we need to sell a lot of breakfasts to make the scholarships happen. Come join us and keep this wonderful tradition alive in Lansdowne. 

The LBC breakfast is also a favorite event for runners involved in the LansdowneMemorial Day 5K Race (for more on the race, see: http://lansdownesfuture.org/5k/). We hope to see you here.  

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the rainy forecast led us to cancel this year's breakfast. We look forward to serving you again next year. See this post for more: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/05/lbc-pancake-breakfast-cancelled.html

Friday, April 22, 2016

LBC Participating in Lansdowne, PA, Community-wide Yard Sale

We will be participating in the Lansdowne wide yard sale this year on Saturday, May 7th !! If you have anything you want to donate &/or you want to rent a space, please contact the church office for details. Please don't forget to tell your friends, your family & your neighbor's about it so we will have an awesome turnout!! We also might have our famous lemonade stand up. Come and see. 

For more information about the yard sale, see: http://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/04/yard-sale-coming-may-7.html

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LBC's Inside Out Artwork Revealed


Lansdowne Baptist Church is pleased to reveal the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Inside Out artwork on our lawn. It is The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, painted in 1898. In this compelling painting Mary discovers from the angel Gabriel that she has been chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. Come on by and see this beautiful work personally.

This image faces Lansdowne Avenue. Lansdowne Baptist is at the corner of Lansdowne Avenue and East LaCrosse Avenue. Everyone is also invited to come worship with us on Sunday and see the artwork found in our sanctuary ... and to enjoy our welcoming people, some of God's living works of art.


For more information, please see: lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/04/participating-in-inside-out-program.html