New Tues Bible study (book of John) starting today!, Wed lunch mtg tmrw, and more!

Dear PHCF,

It's midterm time for MPH'ers and almost moving time for new fall students! In the middle of lots of change (and pressing to-do's), it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But as Christians, we have hope, and we need to resist despair in light of that hope. We may fully expect to be “afflicted in every way, but not [finally] crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Why? Because we trust in Jesus (a related song here). Praying this morning for you, that "the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Starting this Tuesday (today!), Travis Roberts (MPH candidate) will be holding a Bible study on the book of John in Room W9514 (9th floor conference room next to the stairs that open by the Garden Plate). These studies will be 11am-1pm over the summer and 12noon-1:15pm starting in Sept. Everyone is welcome; please feel free to invite your non-Christian friends too. If you don't own a Bible, Travis will bring a copy of John for you - please email (or text 202-468-4361) so he knows! RSVP'ing to Travis would be great, but you're welcome to just show up! 
Tomorrow, we will meet in Room W2033 at 12:15pm (across from Paige Hall/W2030) for Bible study (Flourishing in grad school) and prayer, led by Jessica. We will have a few Bibles available, but please feel free to bring your own (or a phone) to read along and discuss. (Passage: John 15:1-8)

If you have prayers, reflections, songs, or announcements you'd like to share with the rest of PHCF (or individual questions/comments for the PHCF leaders), please email!

Grace and peace,
Teresa - for PHCF
Helpful links: PHCF website | map/list of local churches

Other announcements:
  1. Praises and prayers
  2. Housing opportunities
  3. "Discovering Christ" September series at the Basilica
  4. Worship night at Village Church (Hampden) - Sep 14 
  5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Pray for those enduring through natural disaster - e.g. in Cambodia. Pray for the leaders of the nations around the world, and of our state and city. 
  • Pray for our seeking of holiness, and not just efficiency or growing in talents/knowledge//giftedness but keeping our focus on Jesus and his glory! Recent conviction from this testimony by Joni Eareckson Tada:
  • Pray for incoming students on their way to Baltimore! For God's direction, for living situations, for spiritual community.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who are currently afar for work/practicum/missions/dissertation research, for favor in their work and traveling mercies.
  • Pray for our PHCF brothers and sisters who recently graduated (or are graduating soon), finishing their capstones/theses/dissertations, and/or who are seeking God's direction/calling for jobs and career. May we trust in God's plans more than our own, for his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts (Is 55:9)
2. Housing opportunities
  • For Rent: 2 available rooms @ 504 N Chester St (5-min walk away from JHSPH). Big space, well-lighted row home for female tenants with responsive landlord. Shared living room and kitchen but each room has its own spacious bathroom. Bedroom at the 2nd floor is priced at 560/month. Basement is priced at 550/month. Does not include utilities and internet. Not yet furnished but may talk to landlord about renting furniture. Overall awesome place that's very close to the Medical Campus :) Contact Jessica (current tenant) at or Grant (landlord) at
  • For Rent: Downtown Baltimore partially furnished 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse in Ridgley's Delight, next to UMB, light rail, and MARC train @ $1200/month available August 2018. Central AC, washer, dryer, newly remodeled kitchen. For pictures or more info, email Beth at (from a faithful sister in Christ who did her postdoc in the School of Medicine)
  • Lovely 1b/1b apartment within a rowhome in Charles Village available for rent! 2806 N Calvert St, photos available here. $950/mo including utilities and internet. Apartment is furnished, but not with a bed/linens. Washer/dryer in-house on the 2nd floor; apartment is on the 3rd floor. The front door entrance is through the landlords' house, so Karl and Debbie would need to interview any prospective tenant and they would need to interview us :) Unit includes a deck, study area, bedroom with large closet, and kitchen/dining/living room combination. Lots of light, newly remodeled. There is a fire escape from the 3rd floor deck which can be used as an entrance, but it is a steep stairway with handrail. There is also an unpictured coat closet in the hall/study area. For one person or possibly two people who don't mind sharing a room! Available the 2nd half of August onward, possibly earlier if necessary. Contact Karl Dortzbach ( / +1-443-570-3668) if interested!
  • Jacob Jasin, newly arrived Reformed University Fellowship campus minister at the Homewood campus, is looking for a male Christian housemate. He is 5 blocks from Hopkins Homewood campus, at the E University Parkway / 33rd St intersection. Private room and private bath available. Please contact for more details.
3. "Discovering Christ" September series at the Baltimore Basilica
I wanted to pass along a great opportunity that my church is offering this September. It is a series called, "Discovering Christ", and it is open to anyone and everyone who wants to deepen their understanding and relationship with Jesus. You do not have to be associated with any religion or church to be part of this. We are open to all!

Oh - and it is completely FREE.

Please see the link below to learn more about the Discovering Christ program:
Dates/Time: Sunday nights from Sept. 9 - Oct. 28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Location: 320 Cathedral Street in Mount Vernon - directly across the street from the Baltimore Basilica
What will we do?
- We'd start the night by gathering for a meal as a community
- Listen to a 30-minute teaching from various speakers about Jesus and his great love for us
- Break into small groups and participate in a discussion
- Make new friends!

You can view the schedule of discussion topics and SIGN UP to participate at this link:
There are 50 available spots, and it is a first come, first serve basis. If you have an interest, sign up soon!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I will get the information back to you. I can drive if transportation is an issue. Truly hoping to share this time with some of you this fall! 

Kindest regards,

Amanda Krow (from the Fellowship of Christian Nurses in the School of Nursing)
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Entry into Practice MSN Candidate 2019
P: 717-723-1683 | E:

4. Worship night at Village Church (Hampden) - Sep 14
Join members of Village Church on Friday Sept 14, 7-10pm for a very special worship night - 3647 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. More details and RSVP here:

5. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
Registration ($110 for students) is currently ongoing for the global missions health conference! Price increases next week. GMHC is a weekend of encouragement, networking, learning, and much more. Free housing available for students. This year will also have a special emphasis on human trafficking. Learn more at

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. (Psalm 34:1)


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