Wed lunch mtg W2033, merry Christmas, and other announcements

Dear PHCF, 

Happy last day of 2nd term! I know that some of you have already departed from Baltimore for break/practicum, and others still have a few final exams/papers/projects to wrap up - praying that you rest in Jesus today, no matter what faces you, because he is your sure foundation. In the Bleak Midwinter is a Christmas carol I learned recently, and its lyrics (especially the last stanza) strike at the heart of worship. What does God want from us? For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hos 6:6). Brothers and sisters, I pray for you to have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (Eph 3:18). May you have joy this week as we look forward to celebrating Jesus' birth next Monday!

Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and 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 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. study group) on Fridays at 4pm (contact Teresa)
Helpful links: PHCF facebook page | PHCF website | map/list of local churches

If you have prayers, reflections, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF, please email!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF

Other announcements:
  1. Engaging Communities to Improve MCH Webinar, featuring Henry Perry and Connie Gates - Dec 12
  2. JHIF Christmas - Dec 15
  3. Job and scholarship opportunities
  4. Housing opportunities
  5. CMDA retreat - MLK weekend (Jan 12-14)
  6. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
  7. Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference "Risen & Awake" - Cincinnati OH - Apr 19-21
1. Engaging Communities to Improve MCH Webinar, featuring (JHSPH's very own) Henry Perry and Connie Gates - Dec 12
For those of you who missed the MCH webinar featuring Dr Perry earlier today, you can watch the recording here: (Thanks CCIH for facilitating a great talk!)

2. JHIF Christmas - Dec 15
Our friends at the Johns Hopkins International Fellowship invite you to join in a Christmas celebration this Friday at 7pm in the Green House Cafe in the Pre-Clinical Teaching Building (725 N Wolfe) right across Monument Street from the SPH! We will fellowship over food, and remember and celebrate Jesus' birth through songs and stories. If you plan to come, please register here. (If you let Teresa know, she'll walk over with you!)

3. Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Christian WASH NGO Lifewater has a job opening - courtesy of PHCF alumnus Lindsay Lange -
  • Student essay content on Religion/Spirituality and Public Health (cash prize) - We encourage you to consider submitting an essay to the 2nd annual Spirituality and Public Health 2017 Student Essay Contest. First held in last year -- see Fall 2016 contest winners (link) -- this annual national contest is organized by faculty from many SPHs that include Berkeley, Hopkins, Maryland, and others. More than 3000 empirical studies have been published on spirituality, religion and health, and you are invited to write about what this might mean for Public Health. Separate divisions exist for graduate students and undergraduates. Prizes are $1000 (1st), $600 (2nd), and $300 (3rd) in each division (6 total prizes). Please share with your friends here or at other SPHs via email, Facebook, or other social media, and visit the contest website for more information or to upload your submitted essay: (deadline: Jan 3, 2018)
  • Various positions open at the World student Christian Federation North America ( They're affiliated with the UN and have engaged on a number of topics including: Interfaith Youth Conference on Peacemaking and Overcoming Violence in the Middle East, Indigenous Solidarity Program, interfaith, intergenerational and intersectional feminist theology conference
4. Housing opportunities
  • Looking for a female roommate to take over a lease in a 2 bedroom apartment, accessible to downtown and Mount Vernon. Current roommate is a female doctoral student at JHSPH. The apartment is a 10 minutes walk to the Hopkins shuttle, 3 mins walk to subway and metro access. A free apartment shuttle is available to JHMI, and JHSPH, and University of Maryland Medical Campus. Apartment is spacious with a lot of light. Washer and dryer in the unit. Utilities included except electricity. Common areas of the apartment are already furnished! Grocery Store, Gym and Dry Cleaning facilities available store on site. Ideal for JHSPH faculty, students or other young professionals! Please contact Ezinne eezeajo1@jhu for more information or if interested.
  • We have a four bedroom row-home with 2 1/2 bathrooms, including a dishwasher, washer, and dryer. It is an 8 minute walk from the main East Baltimore Campus. Hopkins shuttle system has a bus that stops at the corner right in front of our house. It's $500/mo for rent plus utilities that range between $50-75 a month. We are a house of three Christian women looking for a fourth female roommate to sign on as soon as possible until the end of the lease June 30, 2018. Let me know if you are interested! Feel free to email me at
5. CMDA retreat - MLK weekend (Jan 12-14)
Our friends at the Christian Medical and Dental Association (including MSCF at the Hopkins school of Medicine) would like to invite you to the CMDA Northeast Regional Conference, held Fri-Sun, Jan 12-14, 2018 at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland (1hr drive from JHMI campus). This is a key opportunity during your winter intersession to meet with like-minded health-interested professionals and trainees, recenter yourself on God's mission and specific calling for you, and spend sweet time with the Lord at a lovely retreat location. Conference theme is Gods@war: discovering gospel-centered living in an idol-rich world. More information and registration here. (please also sign up on the Hopkins MSCF Googledoc here so that we can organize rides together!)

6. 832 Symposium on Faith, Reason, and Vocation: Professional Ethics at Homewood - Feb 17
Ever wonder what it means to live and work ethically as a public health professional? The 8:32 Society is a group connecting believers (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) across the Hopkins campuses. PHCF, along with other Christian groups on campus, is hosting the Symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation at Homewood campus Feb 17, 2018, 10am-5pm - this year's focus is on Professional Ethics. The event will include a keynote talk by Nigel Cameron, field-specific discussion panels, and a networking lunch. RSVP here! (If you are interested in helping out - whether for food, marketing, setup, logistics, moderating, contacting speakers, fundraising, prayer - please let Teresa know!)

7. Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference "Risen & Awake" - Cincinnati OH - Apr 19-21
Encouragement. We could all use some. Especially when we are in the throes of intense training.
The CCHF Conference offers medical students and residents hope as they interact with providers and others who are caring for the poor and the marginalized in their communities.
Join us at the only domestic missions conference specifically for those working to provide excellent and holistic health care to the poor and marginalized in the United States.
Scholarship applications are now available. For more info go to:
Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help! - Jessie Thomas


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