[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 that you cling tight to him, not through your own strength and willpower but resting in his grace. (And a song!)

PHCF events this week: Wed Feb 13, 12noon, Room W2033 - Travis Roberts will lead us in Bible Study on The Way of Christ: John 13:1-14:31. There probably will be dessert. Bring your own Bible and lunch!

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.com with your name and phone number if you're interested in joining. (You'll need to have Whatsapp downloaded onto your phone too.)

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. Spring PHCF schedule
  3. Job opportunity
  4. Ethnos Baltimore Conference (Justice as Mission) - March 23, 2019
  5. Christian Global Health Conference 2019 - June 6-8, 2019  
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Pray for the persecuted church around the world. Pray for those enduring through natural disaster and famine. Pray for the leaders of the nations around the world, and of our country, state, and city.
  • Pray for Christian Faculty at the SPH as we start gathering for sharing and prayer on the last Tuesday of the month - contact Teresa for more details if interested in joining!
  • Pray for new students as they settle down in Baltimore, start classes, and find spiritual community at the SPH and in local churches.
  • 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. Spring PHCF scheduleBelow is a tentative schedule for PHCF for the rest of the year - mixing together the John Bible Study, prayer, and some guest speakers (suggestions welcome!). Also here are biblical theology study questions that we'll be using to guide our discussion. Biblical theology is exactly what it sounds like - a way of studying the bible that focuses on understanding each passage, chapter, or book within the context of the overarching Biblical narrative. 
2/20: Interfaith event hosted by the Humanities Center
2/27: The Hope of Christ: John 15:1-16:33
3/6: The Prayer of Christ: John 17:1-26
3/13: Prayer meeting
3/27: The Betrayals of Christ: John 18:1-19:19
4/3: The Death of Christ: John 19:20-42
4/10: The Resurrection of Christ: John 20:1-29
4/17: The Gospel of John: John 20:30-31
4/24: Guest speaker
5/1: The Gospel of John: John 21:1-25
5/8: End of the year celebration!

3. Job opportunityWheaton College seeking an assistant professor in epidemiology - Note: while the position reads to be focused on epidemiology, we are searching broadly in public health.

4. Ethnos Baltimore Conference - March 23, 2019Join the fourth annual Ethnos conference - Sat March 23, 9am-4pm, at Central Presbyterian Church (7308 York Rd, Towson, MD). This year's theme is Justice as Mission: At its heart, the Ethnos Conference has always been about the mission of God. As God’s people follow Jesus into the world, how does the pursuit, proclamation, and expression of justice equip and empower the Church to represent God to a broken world? Eugene Cho, Nikki Lerner, and many other dynamic speakers will guide us through the hopeful pursuit of God’s justice in the ministry of reconciliation. Read more details and register here. ($25 registration fee)

5. Christian Global Health Conference Conference 2019 - June 6-8, 2019The Christian Connections for International Health conference will be held June 6-8, 2019 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. It's a unique opportunity for students to meet and network with global health professionals from across the globe. Our theme is Called to Care: A Strong Community for Lasting Health. Promo video here. At our core, faith communities are called to care for themselves and those in need. Paul’s letter in Philippians 2:3-4 urges us to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

We will explore questions such as:

How are faith-based organizations integrating faith and work in the field?
How do we build capacity of local caring communities and organizations?
How can faith-based organizations incorporate design that considers the human perspective in all steps of development and problem solving?
Are faith-based programs themselves resilient and innovative?
Are we working with other faith-based organizations, churches, government agencies, NGOs, and others to ensure our communities are self-sufficient?

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