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Youth Work Camp in Virginia Beach

Along the Virginia coast there are many beautiful beaches and coastal towns, but you don’t have to look too far inland to find communities that are struggling. In these areas the homes of many elderly people and families on fixed incomes sit in disrepair. This summer our youth group will provide help to get their homes repaired and maintained, and offer hope by reaching out in Christian service. Work will include general home repair, painting, and deck and wheelchair construction.

Our group of 12 kids and leaders will leave Langhorne after worship on June 25 and return the following Saturday. Their time away will include hard work, good fellowship, and learning more about the God who calls us to love our neighbors in very practical ways.

Pray for the team.

LPC Brazil Mission Trip

LPC’s growing relationship with Igreja Presbiteriana no Jardim America in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is a mission partnership that embodies our understanding of mission to the world with  a particularly rich possibility in “Shoulder-to-Shoulder, Face-to-Face” work with brother ans sister Christians.

IPJA is a growing congregation with stable leadership (Pastor Michael has been at the church for over three years and the majority of the elders for 15 years or more). The church has a passion for bringing the gospel to its community in both word and deed. EBF (Vacation Bible School), Herdeiros do Reino (Heirs of the Kingdom), and Escola de Musica are current and strong examples. The lack of activities for favela children and the Brazilian love of music represent needs to be met and an opportunity to share the gospel. Using the assets of the congregation, these programs are strong and growing; in fact, growing to the point that IPJA’s internal assets are being stretched.

Brazilians are typically described as warm and open people, and they are. Friendships matter. Specifically, the people of IPJA know that the call of Christ is a relational call – a call to know and love Jesus and a call to know and love one another. They thrive on friendships, and especially Kingdom friendships. In a missional partnership, they consistently demonstrate a preference for friendship over financial aid.

In ways not possible with our other mission partners, a partnership between LPC and IPJA offers the possibility of deep and abiding relationships with our mission partners and those to whom we might bring both word and deed.

This coming July, an LPC team will travel to Brazil members of IPJA in leading and serving the children of the favela through EBF. This team will provide arms and legs and smiles and hugs for the program of music, Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks. Perhaps most importantly, team members will work side by side with Brazilian counterparts, stay in their homes, worship, study the Bible, and relax with them.  This experience of cross-cultural relationship within the Body of Christ is life-changing for all involved and particularly life and faith affirming for our Brazilian friends.

Please keep this team in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on Fun Factory VBS

LPC’s Vacation Bible School theme for 2017—is Maker Fun Factory. Fun Factory helps kids spark their imaginations with faith-building fun!  The dates and times are Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. Fun Factory VBS will spark creativity with interactive activities and experiences. Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School will transform LPC and a week July into a place and time buzzing with excitement!

The program will be built around small groups made up of kids of a similar age or grade. Here’s a typical day at Fun Factory: We will spend each day with opening songs and skits and then travel to craft, game, snack, and story stations stations with our small group crews. Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible Point in a hands-on, interactive way that keeps everyone engaged.

The daily themes at Fun Factory are:

  • God made you
  • God is for you
  • God is always with you
  • God will always love you
  • God made you for a reason

You may download a VBS Registration Form 2017, or for more information, call Kay Brown at the church office, 215-752-3200

Women’s Retreat, 2017

kennbrookLPC Women’s Ministries is pleased to announce the 2017 Women’s Retreat, April 21-23. The speaker for the weekend will be Paige Britton, and the relaxation, renewal, and relationshipS will be rich.

 In your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15-16a)

 Whether we are studying the Bible or interacting with the people in our lives, paying careful attention to context is important! Learn how Paul respectfully adjusted his approach as he encountered different audiences, and consider how an awareness of people, place, and history can help you be a sensitive witness for Jesus in your own context.

Paige Britton earned a BA in English from Haverford College and a MA in Special Education from Millersville University. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher in the area of biblical literacy for adults, encouraging Christian believers to read the Bible reasonably, reverently, and joyfully. Paige is a member of Faith Reformed PCA in Quarryville, PA, where she paints maps on walls and coordinates instruction for adults. She is married to Josh and has two terrific kids, Caleb (18) and Susanna (13). You can access her work (and her maps) at grassrootstheological.wordpress.com (on Twitter @GrassRootsTheo).

Treat yourself to a weekend of renewal, fellowship, fun and discovery.

WHEN: April 21 – 23, 2017 Car pool leaves LPC at 5:00 p.m.
Light meal provided 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:45 p.m.

WHERE: Kenbrook Bible Center, 190 Pine Meadow Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046
Kenbrook offers great facilities, including hotel style rooms (double occupancy) with private
baths. Five hot meals are included beginning with Saturday breakfast. We have a limited
number of rooms so registration will be filled on a first come – first served basis.

COST: $190.00 (Minimum $90 deposit required with registration; balance due by March 19th.)* Make checks payable to: Langhorne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Gillam Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047. Place your registration in the Women’s Retreat mailbox on the wall by the office or mail to the church, Attn: Sandy Heuckroth.

* A limited number of “first timer” scholarships are available. Contact Sandy for information.

REGISTRATION FROMS AVAILABLE HERE 

Home Team Collections for Guatemala

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January 2, 2017

During January the Mission Committee will be collecting used shoes with good wear left, in sizes from kids up to men’s 9 and women’s 7. We will also be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Starting Sunday, January 8th there will be a box in the Narthex for the toothbrushes and toothpaste, and a large box in Fellowship Hall for the shoes. Our goal of 1,000 toothbrushes will allow us to give every child attending the children’s ministry and every clinic patient a toothbrush. If we exceed our goal the extras will be given to the students at Promised Land school. The deadline for making a donation is Friday, January 27th.

Thanks in advance for your help and for being a part of the the Guatemala Mission Home Team!

LPC Alternative Gift Program

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Langhorne Presbyterian Church

LPC’s Mission Committee offers donors an opportunity to help change the world through charitable gifts to carefully selected agencies serving at home and around the world in the name of Christ. A gift from the AGP may be the perfect way to honor friends,colleagues,and loved ones.

Instructions:

Scroll thorugh these gift ideas and then download load an AGP Order Form here.

Fill out an order form for each person you are honoring with your gift(s). Enclose a check with the total amount made payable to “Langhorne Presbyterian Church” in an envelope/pew envelope. Place your order in the Sunday morning offering plate or mail to the church office.

When you purchase an alternative gift you will receive a unique greeting card. This card with an insert which describes the gift you have chosen can be mailed or given to the person you have honored, creating a shared blessing for you, the person honored and the recipient.

Your gifts will change the world! They are gifts of hope and love, empowering the poorest of the poor to sustain life and build a better future for subsequent generations.

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty
and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and
you gave me a room. –Matthew 25:35


gift-of-educationThe Gift of Education

HUNTING PARK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY:
Hunting Park Christian Academy (HPCA) provides quality Christian education to at‐risk children from low income families in the Hunting Park community. Since most of the students are not raised in Christian homes, the staff strives to train them up in the ways of the Lord. Many of the students have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time at HPCA and have come to know the Lord. Your $50 gift can be designated to the school’s General Fund or their Scholarship Fund.

The Gift of Sightgift-of-sight

“In Africa life expectancy is about five years if you go blind. It is a death sentence. Life is tough when you are blind in Africa. 75%-80% of blindness is treatable or totally reverseable.”  Dr. John Cropsey.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in Africa. A fifteen minute procedure restores sight to the those blinded by cataracts.  Your gift of $45 will provide for one cataract surgery at Kibuye Eye Clinic in Burundi, East Africa.

To learn more about the work at Kibuye and the importance of this work, click here.


gift-of-good-newsThe Gift of Good News

LIFE ABUNDANT MINSTRIES: Through its work at the Bucks Country Jail, Life Abundant strives to break the cycle of repeated imprisonment by introducing inmates, ex‐offenders and their families to Jesus Christ. Through God’s love and grace inmates overcome their addictions or other problems that were the cause of their repeated incarceration. Life Abundant volunteers create relationships with inmates through Bible Studies. A Bible is an essential part of any new Christian’s growth. $10 will provide a New Life Study Bible to an inmate eager to read the word of God. A gift of $25 will provide three inmates or ex-offenders with a new Bible.

gift-of-musicThe Gift of Music

Music is everywhere in the slums of urban Brazil. But it’s more than boom boxes and ear buds. Brazilians love to make music. Through its Escola de Musica, the Presbyterian Church in Jardim America, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, provides an opportunity for the people of its impoverished neighborhood to learn to play the guitar, keyboard, or drums. Students not only learn the joy of music, they hear about the God who puts music in our hearts. Most students receive scholarships. A $25 gift to the Scholarship Fund will help those students continue to learn to play an instrument and about the God who love them.


gift-of-careThe Gift of Care

GAiN CAREPACKS OR HYGIENE KITS: Bring a smile to the face of an orphan or other needy person by giving a Global Aid Network (GAiN) CarePack or Hygiene Kit. As a part of GAiN’s ongoing outreach to the hopeless and hurting people of the world, their CarePacks and Hygiene Kits provide a significant opportunity to reach thousands of abandoned and hurting children with the life‐changing message of Christ’s love. The CarePacks provide basic writing and school supplies and the Hygiene Kits supply basic personal hygiene items to persons in parts of the world where these items are a luxury. The cost of each kit is $15.

gift-of-waterThe Gift of Water

Lake Atitlan in the Guatemala highlands is sparkling blue gem. But its water is not safe to drink. For the residents in the villages around the lake, the lack of pure water is a primary cause of illness, illness that keeps children from school and adults from work. In partnership with Promised Land Ministries, LPC is able to distribute Tiva Water Filters to families with whom PLM works. Each filter is a self-contained and highly effective system to purify drinking and cooking water and provide health to family members. Your gift of $65 will provide a filter – and health – for a family. To learn more about the Tiva system, click here.


suitcaseAdopt a Suitcase

Every year as the “Away Team” prepares to make the journey to Guatemala, each team member fills a suitcase with 50 lbs. of essential mission goods. Some suitcases are filled with pharmaceutical products that will be used in the medical clinic to treat those seen by the doctors in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. Others may hold toothbrushes, donated shoes, children’s ministry supplies, and more.

The airline charges a $50 baggage handling fee. Here is where your alternative gift will help. If you donate $50 to the Adopt‐a‐Suitcase program, you will help defray the cost of transporting one suitcase full of medicine or other essential supplies to Guatemala.