Wed guest speaker (12:15p W2033), Labor day cookout, and more!

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

Close to the end of Isaiah, the prophet writes, "I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love." (Is 63:7). In the midst of judgment and salvation, vengeance and mercy, glory and redemption, Isaiah reminds the people of Israel to remember God's abundant and steadfast love for his people. It is finals week for our new MPH class, and the amount of work to do and material to study may feel overwhelming, but we pray that you are rooted and grounded in Jesus, who is before all things and in him all things hold together (Col 1:17). May your work and your words be a sacrifice of praise to him this week. (Here's a song for meditation)

Tues, Travis will not be on campus so we will NOT have our usual John Bible study. However, anyone is welcome to use Room W9514 during the 11am-1pm time frame for quiet reflection, study, meditation, or prayer. The John Bible study will resume the first week of Sept.
Wed at 12:15pm, we will meet in Room W2033 (across from Paige Hall/W2030). Please welcome our special guest speaker! Joel Kurz is the pastor of The Garden Church in west Baltimore. The Garden is focused on making disciples among the generationally poor and have launched ONE HOPE, a ministry which raises support for urban missions.  Joel would like to speak on the topic of poverty and opportunities to support the work in Baltimore.

New PHCF whatsapp group: we've heard some interest in a whatsapp group for easier communication/support/sharing/prayer during the week outside of our meetings / beyond emails. We'll set this up on Wed, and you can also opt-in to joining this group by whatsapp-ing your name/number to Teresa or Jessica.

Need some PHCF student leaders: if you're a current student and interested in helping out in specific ways this year, please talk to Jessica, Shawn, or Teresa. We need people to: re-register PHCF as a student group, help with the Student Activities Fair, liaise with the Christian Connections for International Health conference planning team, and join us in planning/praying for the year!

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. JHIF / PHCF Labor Day Weekend Cookout - Sep 1
  4. "Discovering Christ" September series at the Basilica
  5. Worship night at Village Church (Hampden) - Sep 14 
  6. 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. Kerala, India). 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)
  • Pray for the leaders (and leaders-in-training, and advisors, and members) of the various ministries around Hopkins - for unity, wisdom, and a big vision for God's work on campus this academic year.
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!
  • Looking for a Christian male roommate. A bedroom with a private bath is available in a nice town house with washer and dryer. $700/month including utilities and internet. House is in the corner of Univ Pkwy and E 33rd Street. Contact Jacob at 
3. JHIF / PHCF Labor Day Weekend Cookout - Sep 1
Mark your calendars! The Johns Hopkins International Fellowship (our partner in ministry, creating community and introducing Jesus to international students and scholars at Hopkins) is hosting a Labor Day Weekend Pool Party and BBQ in Towson on Saturday Sept 1, 3:30-7:30pm (dinner at 5pm). Please register here. Rides available from JHMI campus, Downtown/Mount Vernon, and Homewood campus/Charles Village.

The International Fellowship will begin its weekly Friday dinner and Bible study the first week of September, 7pm in the Green House Cafe in the PreClinical Teaching Building (725 N Wolfe St).

4. "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
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5. 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:

6. 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

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Col 2:6)


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