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Wed lunch mtg W2033 guest speaker Keilah Jacques, JHIF Christmas, and more!

Dear PHCF, (Phew what a week! Apologies for this coming out so late.)

Isaiah writes, Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all those who wait for him (30:18). Do you feel like God is delaying at answering your prayers? Sometimes in the crunch of finals period, or in the uncertainty of politics and incessant news, or in the heart-stopping shock of health or relationship issues, it feels like God tarries or is not listening or doesn't care. Dear ones, we pray that in the midst of stressors and unknowns, your heart is opened to the still small voice of the Lord, so that you can hear his reassurance that he knows you and he loves you and is walking with you. In fact, he loved us so much that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory... (Jn 1:14) Praying for fresh eyes, clear minds, and clean consciences as you approach your final exams, papers, and p…

Wed lunch mtg W2033, Dr Perry MCH webinar, jobs/housing/scholarships, upcoming retreat/symposium

Good afternoon, PHCF! Can you believe it is Advent season already? As we look forward to Christmas and celebrating Jesus' birth, We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess 1:2-3) Dear ones, we pray this morning for your faith, hope, and love to be rooted in the firmest of foundations: Jesus and the cross. We pray for your sense of anticipation and joy, knowing that he has already come to seek and save the lost, and that he is coming again to make all things new and set all things right. In the meantime, we pray that we continue to encourage each other to not give up despite obstacles and uncertainties. He is sovereign, and he is good. Will you trust him?
Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033.We'll rest in Scripture (focusing on hope in…

Thanksgiving/other announcements

Good morning, PHCF! In the midst of midterm or perhaps other work/family stress (ah life!), I love the exhortation Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess 5:18). Can you see Jesus as more than enough when you feel overwhelmed? Can you see him as all-sufficient when you feel like you have everything "under control"? Dear ones, Ps 95:6-7 says:

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

This week, remember to look to God and give thanks - for his provision and presence, and for the very precious gift of his Son who came to seek and save the lost. (A good song to meditate on:

Please note: we do not have our regular lunch meeting this week! You are welcome to use W2033 tomorrow at lunch as a prayer room, though.
*Would anyone b…
Dear PHCF,

It's hard to believe that it is almost time for midterms again! Paul writes: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:17-18) Friends, praying for you today to keep turning your eyes towards Jesus, looking full in his wonderful face, so that the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Tomorrow, please join us for a special speaker for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033. Come learn how you can be involved in helping unreached people groups receive the Bible! (Dessert provided.)

Stephen Beale and his wife Eileen were missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators for more than 20 years. They served in Thailand and Vanuatu. In Vanuatu they were the translation advisors for the Mota Lava New …

Wed lunch mtg (guest speaker), job & scholarship opp, events this week(end)

Dear PHCF,

The Lord says to his chosen ones: do not fear. For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive... (Isaiah 44:3-4) Friends, I love that God is the initiator here: he pours out grace to lift us from the mire, provides for our needs, gives us the Wonderful Counselor - but what is the end goal? In verse 5, Isaiah relates three variations of the same result: that God's chosen ones proudly claim, "I belong to the Lord." Will you trust in the Lord today, with all your fears and stresses - whether for our nation which struggles so much with opium addiction, gun violence, and even listening with empathy and compassion; or for your schoolwork, research, and projects; for any aspect of your life? Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Tomorrow, we me…

Wed lunch mtg W2033, Worship night, Intl Day of Prayer, and upcoming conference

Dear PHCF,

And so we keep praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. Then everyone will give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the undeserved favor of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. (2 Thess 1:11-12, NLT) Dear ones - so thankful for the start of a new term! We pray, just as Paul prayed for those in Thessalonica, that the work of your hands, words of your mouth, and stirring of your heart be pleasing to the Lord. (Listen to this new song!)

Tomorrow, we meet in room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm. We will share testimonies of God's hand/direction and pray together.

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (co…

Wed lunch mtg W2033 (bible study), fall hiking trip, GMHC, prayers, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Peter declares in Acts 4:11-12 - “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” As we pray over our country and Las Vegas, may your knowledge of Jesus our cornerstone and salvation prompt you to be his hands and feet in your studies and work.

Tomorrow, we meet in room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm - Jess will lead us in a Bible study of Luke 5:1-11 from the Flourishing in Grad School study. There will be apple cake to celebrate the coming of fall - Come for a sweet time of prayer and fellowship!

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. study group) on Fridays at 4pm (contact Teresa)
Helpful links: PHCF fa…

Wed lunch mtg (guest speaker Dr Edward + pizza), Fall hiking trip, GMHC, and more!

Dear PHCF,

This morning's Spurgeon Morning and Evening devotional spoke a great deal to me, and I wanted to share with you! Scripture: Zech 1:8 - describing the myrtle trees that were in the bottom... Praying that you, like the myrtle, may flourish in your growth, though perhaps not seen/acknowledged (yet), and that you are filled with an indwelling of tranquility and security because you know whose you are and who has already won the final victory over sin and death and brokenness for you. Praying also for continued diligence in your work and studies, for his glory!

Tomorrow, we meet in room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm - Dr. Anbrasi Edward (professor in International Health - Health Systems) will give us a talk titled, A Daniel Appointment with an Elijah Assignment. (Pizza/dessert may be provided.) Come for a sweet time of fellowship!

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small gro…

[belated] Wed lunch mtg W2033 (prayer/bible study), upcoming talks, Global Health Missions Conference

Dear PHCF,

A verse for today: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:9-10) Brothers and sisters, may God's grace be sufficient for you today! Praying for those of you who have midterms (like biostats today!) and papers due this week - for strength, clarity, and peace.

Tomorrow, we meet in room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm - we will pray and study Exodus 16, with the theme Trust & Obey, i.e. Rest (see page 10 of our Flourishing in Grad School Bible study).

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact E…

Wed lunch mtg W2033 (guest speaker Dr. Isaac), upcoming seminars, and more

Dear PHCF,

In the midst of Nahum declaring God's wrath against Nineveh and proclaiming destruction and woe to a people wholly unrighteous and unrepentant, he says, The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7) Praying this week that in hard circumstances or uncertainty, you go to the Lord for refuge. He is jealous for you, pursuing, disciplining, and rescuing you because he loves you (listen to song and sermon snippets here). May you walk more closely with him today, seeing how he is working in and through and around you.

Tomorrow, Dr. Ajit Isaac (Indian by birth, but lived/trained as a physician in East Africa before getting his MPH at Hopkins) will share on being an Ambassador of Christ. Join us in Room W2033 at 12:15pm on Wednesday!

You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments …

PHCF Social Tonight 6pm @929 Apts / MSCF worship night potluck dinner Sunday 6pm @Upper Fells

Dear friends,

Just a reminder: PHCF social tonight at 6pm, 929 N Wolfe St - note location change to the clubroom on 9th floor instead of the terrace. Come if you can, and bring something to share (or just yourself!) Call or text Rachel at (443) 531-5949 if you're lost (or can't get in the building).

Also - the Medical Student Christian Fellowship at the Hopkins SOM would like to invite you to their worship night / potluck dinner on Sunday:

Who’s invited: You and your friends!
Where: 23 S Regester (Megan’s Place)
When: Sunday, Sep. 10th, 6PM
What: Food, worship, and hanging out

This month, we’ll be starting up our monthly large groups with an informal worship session! Please feel free to bring food, drinks, and/or snacks!

Please RSVP below and let us know if you’ll be bringing guests/food stuffs:

We’ll be having an acoustic worship session …

Potluck social Wed 6pm @929, Special RH/GBV seminar 9/25 (RSVP for lunch), and more!

Dear PHCF,

Welcome back from the Labor Day holiday! David writes: Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Ps 20:6-7) May we, too, have this confidence in the saving power of our God - and rest confident in our identity as children of the Lord Most High. Praying that He is the source of your joy (and strength) on this second week of school!

Tomorrow, instead of our usual lunch meeting, we have a potluck dinner/social at 929 Apartments at 6pm!
Rachel Pinto would like to invite PHCF'ers for a potluck dinner (and hangout/dance party) next Wednesday. Midway through the second week of school, come get to know PHCF friends in a relaxed out-of-school setting! More details and RSVP here
*Address: 929 N Wolfe St, 2 blocks north of JHSPH, 9th floor terrace
*Call/text Rachel at (443) 531-5949 if needed
You are welcome to joi…

Wed lunch meeting 12:15pm W2033, social next week, and other announcements

Dear PHCF,

In 2 Cor 2:14, Paul writes: but thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. What a truth this is: that we follow Jesus, who has already and will triumph (over sin, death, all brokenness). And he doesn't just lead us occasionally but always. Praying that as we start a new school year (welcome to all our new students! ^_^), we may treasure Him - and that we may also spread the sweet aroma of knowing him wherever we go.

We pray also for those along the Texas coast affected by Hurricane Harvey; for God's provision and protection - for the rescuers, healthcare workers, utility repair folks, people whose homes/belongings are gone, people in physical danger. Even in tragedy, may people come to know the Lord as the true and living God who shut in the sea... and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, "Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here …

Wed lunch mtg (guest speaker Dr. Kattey from Nigeria), Help at Student Activities Fair Monday, Hiking, GMHC Conference

Dear PHCF,

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Ps 91:14-16)
In these three verses, God makes eight promises! He pledges to deliver, protect, answer, be with, rescue and honor, satisfy and show us his salvation. Wow! And what is it that he asks of us? God wants us to hold fast to him in love, know his name, and call to him in trouble - which we are enabled to do because he has first called us. Praying for you today that in the midst of trouble (whether facing exams, grants, projects, hard conversations), you plant your trust in El Roi, the God who sees you. May he open your eyes to his work and increase your faith; and may you walk out as his ambassadors in confidence, knowing his character, his promises, and his truth. (today's devo adapted from fighterv…

Sunday picnic

Hi friends! Beth Zucconi (SOM postdoc)'s church - Hampden Mennonite Church - is inviting us to come to their picnic at Patterson Park this Sunday!

5pm - meet and climb the Pagoda
530pm - picnic dinner
6pm - yard dutch blitz (if you were at the JHIF Picnic at Centennial Park, you should know what this game is... if not, come and learn! twill be awesome!)
Bring food to share if you'd like; but feel free to just show up and eat and have fun!

Teresa (and Beth)

Wed lunch mtg, Thurs leadership/planning mtg, Hiking, Conference, and more

Dear PHCF,

I'm sure that you've all seen the news these past couple days. I am saddened for Charlottesville, the mudslide in Sierra Leone, and the unrest, turmoil, blame, and self-seeking so entrenched in people's hearts. Like David in Psalm 52, we cry out to God. We remember that his steadfast love endures forever, and that without Jesus our redeemer, we are poor, needy, lost, and dead in our sins. Praying for you today to be a peacemaker and reconcile-er, at home or work or school (or online), for His precious name's sake - and to be at peace, knowing that He never leaves or forsakes.

Tomorrow, we will meet in Room W2033 in the SPH at 12:15pm -- Sarah will lead us in a study of Mark 1:21-39 (see page 8 of our Flourishing in Graduate School Bible study).

If you're interested in leading this year, please email us at - We will meet at Hampton House cafe on Thursday 8/17 at 12:15pm to plan for the beginning of the year. Shawn and Teresa covet your …