Wed Bible study lunch mtg W2033, help needed for interministry worship night, and more!

Dear PHCF,

What an Easter - such joy as we celebrated a beautiful Resurrection Sunday here in Baltimore, and yet such sorrow for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the bombing. Lord, we pray that you "teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom" (Ps 90:12). Help us to lean on your grace and strength and provision anew this week, in the midst of end-of-the-year busy-ness.

Join us for PHCF Bible study lunch meeting tomorrow in SPH Room W2033 - John chapter 20. Teresa will lead (and probably will have snacks).

*Note: we are planning an interministry worship night with the Christian Fellowships at the SOM, SON, and Homewood... If you can help out (with music, slides, food, logistics, etc.), please email jhsph.phcf@gmail.com!

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. Housing
  5. PEPFAR Faith and Community Initiative webinar - April 30, 9am
  6. Christian Global Health Conference 2019 - June 6-8, 2019 *Volunteers needed! (registration fee will be covered for volunteers)
1. Praises and prayers:
  • Praise for an above-abundant turnout for the joint Easter outreach event (>100 people!) and for great food, fellowship, and conversations. Pray for deepening relationships and for the Holy Spirit to be at work.
  • Pray for Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Easter church bombings - Lord have mercy. 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.
  • Please pray for next academic year's incoming students (and staff/faculty), as folks consider next steps. Pray for God's leading and direction and provision, and for his divine placement of exactly the right people at exactly the right time for his good purposes. Pray for new folks as they plan to settle down in Baltimore, start classes, and find spiritual community at the SPH and in local churches.
  • 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 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. 
5/1: The Gospel of John: John 21
5/8: Prayer
5/23: Interministry worship night!

3. Job opportunity
  • Wheaton College seeking an assistant professor in epidemiology - Note: while the position reads to be focused on epidemiology, we are searching broadly in public health.
  • Some positions at Worldrelief (in downtown Baltimore, as well as around the US and abroad) are opening up, for those interested working in a cross-cultural faith-based organization.
4. Housing
PHCF grad looking for female Christian roommate (for her current roommate), starting June 2019, in a beautiful well-lighted shuttle-accessible Mount Vernon apartment - photos and description here

5. PEPFAR Faith and Community Initiative webinar - April 30, 9am
Join CCIH for a webinar on "PEPFAR's New Faith and Community Initiative: What It Means for FBOs and Local Partners" on April 30 at 9am EST. Register here and read more information here.

6. Christian Global Health Conference 2019 - June 6-8, 2019
The 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?
If interested in volunteering -- CCIH has 5 student volunteer slots available (registration covered). Volunteers must help in at least three of the following areas:
  • Wednesday, June 5th:
    • Set-up for the conference 11am-2:00pm or 2:00-5:00pm (need to be able to lift up to 30 lbs).
    • Assist with conference registration/check-in/welcome from 5-7pm or 7-9pm.
  • Thursday, June 6th:
    • Assist with conference registration/check-in/welcome from 7-9am or 1:15-4:15pm.
    • Assist with pre-conference sessions (technology, welcome, checking people in). 9am-Noon or 1:15-4:15pm
    • Plenary 1: 5-7pm: Time cards during plenary or walk around with microphone during Q & A after plenary speaker is done
    • Assist with set-up and clean-up for reception: 4:30-5:00pm and 9-9:30pm
  • Friday, June 7th:
    • Assist with conference registration/check-in/welcome from 7-9am
    • Plenary 2: 8:30-10:30am: Time cards during plenary or walk around with microphone during Q & A after plenary speaker is done
    • Plenary 3: 3-4pm: Time cards during plenary or walk around with microphone during Q & A after plenary speaker is done
    • Plenary 4: 4-4:45pm: Time cards during plenary or walk around with microphone during Q & A after plenary speaker is done
  • Saturday, June 8th:
    • Plenary 5: 2-4pm: Time cards during plenary or walk around with microphone during Q & A after plenary speaker is done
    • Clean-up after conference ends: 4-6pm (need to be able to lift up to 30 lbs)
If interested, please email Mona at conference@ccih.org by April 15th with your name, email, where you are a student/what you are majoring in, why you are interested in volunteering, and at least what 3 dates/times you are willing to help with based on the list above.    

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