17 East LaCrosse Avenue,
Lansdowne, PA 19050, Office Phone-610-626-0637,
Member of American Baptist Churches, USA (one of the most diverse denominations in the US), and the Philadelphia Baptist Association
Our first snow of 2019 is on the ground. But, thanks to our intrepid congregants, the sidewalk is clear. The main roads are wet, but clear. East LaCrosse Avenue outside the church has a little snow on it but is passable if you are careful. Unfortunately the small parking lot did not get plowed, but there is plenty of street parking, and if you are adventurous, the parking lot is passable.
Look forward to worshiping with you this morning in our warm, cozy sanctuary. Sherry and I are here along with a couple others. See you soon.
If you don't handle snow well, please do stay home and safe today, however. Have a blessed day everyone.
Please take note that, due to inclement weather, the church office is closed today. The pastor will be working out of his home today and may be reached by phone or email. Tonight's Lenten Prayer Service is also canceled. We will gather together again next Wednesday night and get the prayer services back on track.
Please take care today. Stay safe and warm. Shovel this heavy, wet snow in small increments, taking plenty of breaks. No heart attacks today please. Check on your friends and neighbors, particularly the elderly. Let's all follow the two greatest commandments today, loving God and loving neighbors, pitching in wherever we can.
Here is the news from our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA. We are praying for all the hurricane victims and their rescuers, standing by them all in their hours of need, and working to generate relief funds. Here is how to help:
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/28/17)—American Baptists are urged to lift up those affected in both Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall Friday on the Texas coast. Bringing 130 mph winds and an unprecedented amount of torrential rainfall in some areas, the hurricane has resulted in flooding, power outages, downed trees and signs, major property damage, displaced residents, injuries and fatalities.
“American Baptist Home Mission Societies [ABHMS] grieves with the rest of the nation at the relentless weather pounding the Houston region right now,” says ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray. “Our disaster-recovery office has been in communication with American Baptist Churches of the South since Friday, before the weather hit.
“As soon as we receive damage assessments, we will consider how we can best assist on the long road to rebuilding homes, churches and lives, and then begin distributing relief grants,” Haggray continues. “In the meantime, let us all seek comfort in the words of the age-old hymn penned by Martin Luther: ‘A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.’”
American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”
Donations can be made via your church; online through ABHMS’ website at abhms.org > Give Now; or designated to “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey” and mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. For more information, contact Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches. For all who struggle, a hymn of assurance: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2014/03/be-still-my-soul.html
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!
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.
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
Chester Senior Center
721 Hayes Street
Chester, PA 19013
Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Upper Darby Senior Center
326 Watkins Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082
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
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
Hours: 7:00 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Monday to Friday
Senior Care of Upper Darby
1500 Garrett Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
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
Hours: 7 a.m. ? 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Saturday: 9 am-4pm
214 East Baltimore Pike
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
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
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.
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.
Given the blizzard conditions of Saturday and Saturday night, January 23rd, all services at Lansdowne Baptist are cancelled for Sunday, January 24th. Please stay safe and warm in this blizzard. We look forward to seeing you and worshiping together again on Sunday, January 31st, in both Sunday School (9:45 a.m.) and church (11:00 a.m.).
While worshiping God individually this Sunday instead of corporately, if you feel the need for a sermon this Sunday to help you worship at home, check out the many sermons that are available for you right here.
While we all love to worship God and gather together in community, we also care for each other's physical needs in dangerous times. Due to the weather conditions today, services at Lansdowne Baptist Church are cancelled for the day. However, congregants will worship God on their own today in their warm homes.
Please join us again next week for our services.
Keep warm and stay safe. Check on loved ones, friends, and neighbors to make sure they are doing the same.