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Wed Bible study/prayer W2303, praises/prayers, and more

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Do you feel weary this morning, stretched thin and taut, your attention spread in all directions in our rapid-paced, overstimulating culture? In Matt 11:28, Jesus says, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Will you hear his voice, lay your struggles and fears before him, and draw close to him? Likewise, Paul writes: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Rom 8:26). 

Brothers and sisters, we pray for those of you finishing midterms this week (especially those taking the Biostats midterm this morning!) and for those working on job/scholarship applications and grants. May God strengthen you with focus and clarity, so that your work (your studies) bring him much glory. We pray too for the brokenness of this world, for Parkland and grief, and wisdom in figuring out what next. Lord, wil…

RSVP for symposium on faith+work this Sat! and more announcements

Dear PHCF,

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday (for our protestant and catholic brethren). Lent is a season of preparation for Easter, often marked by reflection, repentance, and fasting. We encourage each of you to take time for self-examination in these weeks leading up to Easter, remembering Christ and the cross and who we are in him and because of what he has done. (If you would like a devo to guide your quiet times, Cru made a nice one!) Praying for you to trust more deeply today our compassionate Lord who says, For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed. (Is 54:10)

This Wednesday, we will not have our regular lunch meeting, but you are welcome to use Room W2033 between 12:15-1:15 for gathering/prayer.

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 Apartm…

Wed lunch mtg W2033 (guest speaker Dr. Mosley), housing opportunities, 832 symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation

Dear PHCF,

When the Israelites were frozen with fear, stuck between the Red Sea and the oncoming Egyptian army, Moses told them: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Brothers and sisters, am praying for you to be still before the Lord, to experience his presence, his goodness, and his salvation in the face of all your fears, and for you to see him as your all in all. May you have a renewed sense of wonder today as you contemplate his character and how he has worked in your life. We acknowledge that the world we live in is broken and groaning, but we trust that this is not the end - and til the new heavens and earth come, we have kingdom work to do. Will you step into whatever the Lord has in store for you, trusting him step by step?

This Wednesday, please join us for a special lunch meeting at 12:15pm in…

Special talk in Feinstone tomorrow noon, 832 Symposium, CCIH and CCHF conference/scholarships

Dear PHCF,

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Cor 12:12-13) As Paul exhorts the church at Corinth that they are one body with many members, so too for us. Praying this morning that, as spread out we are in geography or work focus, we are united through the Spirit in Christ.

Please note: today we do not have our usual Wednesday gathering. Instead, we encourage you to attend/pray for Wai Jia's Thursday lunch talk in Feinstone Hall 12noon (more details in 1. Prayer requests below).

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 Te…

Housing opportunity

Hi everyone! Room (private bedroom and bathroom) available in Charles Village, $650/month. All utilities and furniture included; shared common space including large fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room. The landlords' heart is to make this house open to international students and scholars, and for those who have a heart to interact with internationals too. (Though anyone is welcome.) More information here. If interested, email Karl Dortzbach at kdortzbach@mac.com or text at 443-570-3668, and he can send you pictures or tell you more!

Wed lunch mtg, special talk next Thurs, 832 Symposium, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Welcome back! It is a joy to to see so many of you back in the SPH halls :) This morning, one verse I wanted to share with you is 2 Cor 3:18 - We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image. Dear ones, I encourage you to sit for a moment (or several) today, being still before the Lord. Contemplate his glory, his goodness, his grace. How has he worked (and how is he working) in your life? How can you surrender today to him? I pray that as you rest in him you are transformed more into his likeness and that others can see him shining through you. (For more eloquent reflections on this verse, see today's devo by Oswald Chambers.

Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and prayer! There'll be snacks :) 
*Please note, next week we are cancelling our usual Wednesday gathering and encourage you to attend/pray for Wai Jia's Thursday lunch talk …

Wed lunch mtg 12pm W2033, Fri gathering, upcoming Hopkins Christian Symposium, prayer requests, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Happy new year! It has been quiet in the SPH with many of you away for winter break, but we are thankful for new, part-time, and other students in our halls for intersession - and pray for not only fruitful learning but also meaningful conversations and new/deepened relationships that point to our Lord. In our current uncertain cultural, political, and academic climate, be reminded that The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing (Ps 23:1, scripture song here). Can you rest in him this morning, and move in your school/work/family spaces trusting that he is sovereign and good and always-working?
Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and prayer! There'll be dessert :)
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. st…