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No Wed lunch mtg (but W2033 open for prayer), upcoming Ethnos conference, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Psalm 116:1-2 says: I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. For those of you in the throes of final exams/papers (or project, grant, or paper submissions or revisions), praying that you rely on God's strength this week and not your own and that you sense the grace and peace of Jesus with you wherever you go.
PHCF events this week: Wed Mar 13, we will not have our usual lunch meeting; however, Room W2033 is reserved for us, so please feel free to use it for a spontaneous lunch gathering or prayer spot.
PHCF whatsapp group: we've created a whatsapp group for easier communication/support/sharing/prayer during the week outside of our meetings. Please email jhsph.phcf@gmail.comwith your name and phone number if you're interested in joining. (You'll need to have Whatsapp downloaded onto your phone too.)

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Wed lunch Bible Study W2033, upcoming conferences, and more!

Dear PHCF,

It's Shrove Tuesday - and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, as we remember afresh Jesus' path to the cross - his death to pay the price for sin. But we can rejoice because that is not the end of the story: we rejoice in his resurrection, and in the hope of the glory of God (song here). Dear ones, praying that you can take some time this week to remember that nothing we do lasts forever and to mourn that loss - and yet also look forward to eternity: For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Rom 8:20-21). 
PHCF events this week: Wed Mar 6, 12noon, Room W2033 - Allyse will be leading us in a study of the Book of John (chapters 16-17). (There will be a chocolatey dessert!)
PHCF whatsapp group: we've created a whatsapp group for easier communication/support/…

Wed lunch Bible Study W2033, upcoming conferences, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Sorry for the late email this week! A Scripture to rest on, from Isaiah 43:1-3 - But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Dear ones, will you trust in the grace and the power of our Lord afresh this week, the mighty one who came to seek and to save the lost? Will you surrender your own ambitions and ask the Holy Spirit to shape your dreams and hopes to look like Jesus?
PHCF events this week: Wed Feb 27, 12:15pm, Room W2033 - Travis will be leading us again in a study of the Book of John (The Hope of Christ: John 15 and possibly 16).

PHCF whatsapp group: we've created a whatsapp group for ea…

Update: interfaith panel for humanitarian health rescheduled

Dear PHCF, just a quick note: the interfaith panel for humanitarian health event has gotten postponed to April 10, due to the snow day today! More time to pray for the event :)

Wed Interfaith lunch events, Baltimore justice-as-mission conference, Christian International health conference, and more

Dear PHCF,

It is midterm season for many students, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by to-do lists and piles of study materials. Praying that you take comfort in the words of King David in Psalm 139: O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Jesus is with you (and he is for you), no matter what - today, will you trust him, and let him lead you in the way everlasting
PHCF events this week: Wed Feb 13, 12noon, Sheldon Hall - Interfaith discussion panel hosted by the Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. (assuming that the JHSPH is open tomorrow... there's snow/sleet in the forecast!)

PHCF whatsapp group: we've…

[belated post 2] Wed lunch 12:15pm W2033 guest speaker Matthew Whong, and other announcements

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Good morning! You probably know Psalm 42:1, As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. But when was the last time you reflected on the rest of Psalm 42, as the psalmist writes out his struggles: a deep thirst for God, tears and sorrow, questions and doubts and memories and feeling forgotten by God. And yet, he says, my soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you (v6) and finally Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (v11). Dear ones, praying for you that whatever you're going through today (questions about what-next for classes or group projects or theses job searching or grant applications), that you can embrace the full expanse of emotion that God has made us humans capable of with all its highs and lows, but also that your heart stays rooted on Jesus, the rock of your salvation. (A song for reflection a…

[belated post] Wed lunch Bible study W2033, upcoming conferences, and more

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Brr! Hope you are all warm and well, despite the ice and slush outside! Here's a passage to meditate on this morning: Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:19-25) Dear ones, praying this morning that you remember the confession of your hope - this God-man Jesus - and …