[PHCF] Tues Activities Fair, ice cream social next week, lots of announcements/praises/prayers

Dear Public Health Christian Fellowship,

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing... They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. (Is 35:1-2) What a vision of transformation in when the Lord comes in his full glory! Isaiah goes on to write of weak hands strengthened, feeble knees made firm, and anxious hearts releasing their fear. Dear ones, praying for your hope to be found in Christ alone today. May you take joy and comfort knowing that your Savior is mighty to save, and that he has called you to his Kingdom work - whatever your specific vocational calling - until he comes again.

Please pray for the start of first term (and for new MHS, MSPH, ScM PhD, DrPH.. students) - for peace in the challenges and joys of starting a new school year, for ordained meetings and connections, and for his glory to be made known through the presence of his people on campus. Please pray for the Student Activities Fair on Tuesday at lunch, as new students consider where to "make community" this year outside of their coursework.

No Wed lunch meeting this week! But please mark in your calendars - Next Wednesday is our fall ice cream social / PHCF meet-and-greet 12:15pm in room W2033. See you there!

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. Please contact Teresa or Jessica if you're interested in joining.

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, attend the JHSPH Special Events Training, 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 jhsph.phcf@gmail.com!

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. Epi faculty job opportunity at Wheaton College
  4. Johns Hopkins International Fellowship starts this Friday!
  5. ALPHA Course at Saint Moses Church in Charles Village  
  6. "Discovering Christ" September series at the Basilica
  7. Worship night at Village Church (Hampden) - Sep 14 
  8. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Praise for leaders from many of the graduate and professional student ministry groups around Hopkins gathering for sharing and prayer last week!
  • Praise for some JHSPH Christian Faculty getting together for prayer last week. We're planning to meet the last Tuesday of the month 12-1pm this academic year for mutual encouragement - please contact Teresa if interested in joining.
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Pray for those enduring through natural disaster (e.g. Kerala, India, post-flooding recovery). 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: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/beware-of-running-too-hard
  • 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 jmirano1@jhu.edu or Grant (landlord) at grant.tz@comcast.net
  • 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 bethzucconi@gmail.com (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 (kdortzbach@mac.com / +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 jacob.jasin@ruf.org 
3. Epi faculty job opportunity at Wheaton College
For alumni - an epidemiology faculty position has opened at Wheaton College! Link Here for more information.

4. Johns Hopkins International Fellowship starts this Friday!
The International Fellowship begins 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). International students and scholars (and people who like getting to know people from different cultures and backgrounds) are welcome to join! More information here.

5. ALPHA Course at Saint Moses Church in Charles Village
A 11-week course (free dinner provided at 6:30pm) on Monday nights starting Sept 17 - come with your questions about faith. Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. 400 E 31st St, Baltimore, MD 21218. Register by calling/texting 724-307-5691.

6. "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: akrow1@jhu.edu

7. 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/416945432045686/

8. Global Missions Health Conference - Louisville KY - Nov 8-10
Registration ($110 for students) is currently ongoing for the global missions health conference! 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 www.medicalmissions.com/events/gmhc-2018
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)


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