Prayer Request: 3/28-29 CMS/CMDA Retreat

Posted by tom | Mar 25, 2014
This weekend (March 28-29) the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State Hershey's College of Medicine will host a retreat. Pray for 
  • the preparation of the health care professionals which will speak regarding faith and vocation.
  • the preparation of the worship team.
  • the preparation of the food team.
  • the beginning of the transition of the leadership team, selected last week.
  • safe travel to/from conference location.
  • my family as the weekend is a stretch due to the retreat overlapping with the twins in the Donegal Jr. High Musical (Once Upon a Mattress). If you're in the area, please come out and support the family. To God be the glory!

Prayer request: 3/25 presentation

Posted by tom | Mar 24, 2014

Tomorrow I will present on "The Source and Practice of Patience" at the Christian Medical Society/CMDA lunch lecture at Penn State Hershey. Pray for the coming together of the material and for the Lord to speak through the presentation -- giving encouragement and direction during this stressful time of the academic calendar.

By God's grace the food for the gathering has been provided for by the Disciples Fellowship Group (Elizabethown Brethren-in-Christ Church, of which we are members) -- Thank-you!

Note: A physician will be joining me to to share some of his reflections on the topic with students. Pray for our material to flow together. To God be the glory!

IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns: Update

Posted by tom | Dec 28, 2013

As we shared in IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns -- phones were quickly supplied. The phones arrived and were already a great blessing this Christmas. Thank-you to those who prayed for this supply, supplied and support us in order that we can afford a cell phone plan.

Although our concerns are not as dramatic as It's A Wonderful Life, I found the film quite moving when I watched it the other evening with Theresa. What a joy to know that God is our provider to be about his mission through the people of God.

Thank-you to those who have expressed desire to assist with finding, evaluating, and/or funding the purchase of a car. It's been a slow process of gathering input and resources. We desire not to step forward until we have all of the necessary resources. We will keep you posted. Please continue to share leads with us. Thank-you.

ESN Blog: Is Reality Secular? Part 1

Posted by tom | Dec 27, 2013

Yes, I couldn't help but dig in and share some of the wealth of Mary Poplin's new InterVarsity Press book (Is Reality Secular? What is the nature of reality?) on the Emerging Scholars Network Blog. Quite a Christmas gift and resource to have on hand for the new year. Stay tuned for more . . . To God be the glory!


PS. As you may remember, Mary Poplin spoke as part of the Christian Scholar Series, in partnership with Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. Lord willing she'll be back in the area in the spring.

IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns

Posted by tom | Dec 18, 2013

Note: Sent to our support team by email on 12/16. This evening I received the email that two cell phones are in the mail to address our concerns regarding cell phones. Thank-you!

What will be next? Join us in prayer for God's provision of a vehicle and/or the resources to invest in a vehicle which will be for the most part used for campus ministry. To God be the glory!

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to a close we reflect on the many ways that God has provided for our needs through your prayers, words of encouragement, acts of service and financial giving. It truly is humbling to live at the mercy of the generosity of God's people. We believe that as long as He wants us in ministry He will provide the means to do so. Frankly it's been a bit tougher this year. It seems that as the kids grow older, expenses rise with their ages. Theresa did take on a part time job this fall to help a little bit, but with Lily in half day kindergarten her available time is limited. We'll revisit that issue next year when all the kids will be in school full time.

Recently 2 larger and periodic needs have arisen and we are asking you to consider if and how you may be able to help.

  • The biggest is that Tom's car is no longer with us. It was a gift about 7 years ago and had close to 200,000 miles on it. We are looking at options but are also taking advice and leads that you may have. We're looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient, 4 door car. We do not have room in our budget for a monthly car payment.
  • The second need is for a new smart phone for Tom (and maybe Theresa). Tom relies on his phone quite a bit since he has a "mobile office". And currently his does not hold a charge reliably. But the age of the phone means that buying a new battery is not a wise option. Theresa's phone is mostly functional but frankly never worked very well. We're not up for Verizon contract renewal until March. The top priority is to replace Tom's phone. Theresa would consider downgrading to a "dumb phone" if that makes more financial sense.

If you would like to give financially to either of these 2 needs, we would be grateful. You could give an extra gift through InterVarsity if you prefer it to be tax deductible, https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh. This will assist us in reaching our budget and exploring the possible increase of Tom's salary level in 2014. Or you could give directly to us, but not receive a tax deductible. We are also open to conversation regarding the donation of a car or phone, maybe you're currently doing a year end upgrade :)

We value your prayers regarding these issues. We wish that these "consumer needs" did not dominate our thoughts right now and are trying to trust that God will indeed provide for our NEEDS in His perfect timing.

Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom & Theresa Grosh, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry

Associate Director of Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), http://www.emergingscholars.orghttp://blog.emergingscholars.org/, & https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/, http://twitter.com/esnivcf

Associate Staff with Christian Medical & Dental Associations(CMDA) for the Christian Medical Society (CMS) at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh

Our Mission: "To establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities that follow Jesus"

Our Vision: "To see students and faculty transformed. Campuses renewed. World changers developed."

2013 Grosh Family Year End Update

Posted by tom | Nov 30, 2013

2013 Grosh family at the beachWhat a joy to prepare and share the 2013 Grosh Family Year End Update with family and friends -- truly a time of Thanksgiving as we enter the "Advent"-ure of a new year! To God be the glory!

As in the letter, we desire to make a point of saying a heartfelt Thank you! for your prayers and support this year. Our fiscal year ends on June 30, so we get a bit anxious at that time. We were amazed once again at how you gave so generously to help us meet our budget. After 18 years of ministry and fundraising, sometimes it gets “old” to continue to ask for money. But it keeps us humble too — and affirms that God still wants us here. So as you consider all the worthy ministries and organizations you can support in 2014 we pray that God would lead your decisions. And if He leads you to give to our ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh), we are extremely grateful.

PS. The photo is from our first real family vacation in four years. We dared the beach and it was worth it! Read more in the letter . . .

IVCF/Groshes: A New Academic Year

Posted by tom | Sep 11, 2013

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. -- II Corinthians 5:14 - 15

Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA interview at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

Thomas and Theresa Grosh interviewed on "The Call to Care" at the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA which meets at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. 8/20/2013. Thank-you to Pete for taking the photo!*

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We invite you to rejoice with us -- as we closed out our fiscal year on June 30th we were able to do so "in the black"! The Lord provided, through generous giving from you, sufficient funds to cover the budget. Fiscal year end is always a stretching time for us as we do what we can but then wait to see how the Lord will provide for the ministry. And every year we are humbled at the ways he cares for us. Thank you for believing this ministry is important enough for you to give sacrificially to sustain it. And most importantly, thank you for your prayers on a daily basis. All the money in the world would be meaningless if it was given to a ministry that was not founded on prayer offered to the Lord.

Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA dinner at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

The ministry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in partnership with the Christian Medical and Dental Association, began a new year in August (http://pennstatecms.wordpress.com). There is an enthusiastic new class of medical students who are seeking Christian fellowship and those who are simply seeking relationship with one another, regardless of faith. Pray that the Christian students would reach out in genuine friendship and love to all students and in doing so demonstrate the love of Christ. Note: The above picture is of a Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA free pre-exam dinner for the first years at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Tonight will be the final one of three as the first years wrap up their first class (Anatomy and Physiology).

The Emerging Scholars Network blog (http://blog.emergingscholars.org/) continues to be an encouraging online community and valuable resource for Christians in higher education. I spend a great deal of time posting articles of interest and facilitating discussions centered on the challenges of expressing faith in Christ in the academy. As it continues to grow and develop this is proving to be a rewarding area of ministry. If you have recommendations of topics to be considered for the blog and/or the Facebook Wall (https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/), possibly even contributions, please let me know. The recommendations and contributors continue to grow.

This is also back to school time in our family. The twins began 8th grade with enthusiasm. The oldest is giving a go at Cross Country this fall and the younger one is eagerly awaiting the start of "drama season." The third oldest began 3rd grade in a new building and is having a blast. And the youngest embarked on her educational journey beginning with Kindergarten! Theresa is still trying to dig out from the summer, but assuming she ever gets her head above water she hopes to do more sewing and try to grow her business, Naptime Inspirations.

In Christ, Tom

*For a glimpse of (and to fill out) some of the material Tom and Theresa drew from visit  http://groshlink.net/archives/2011/06/20/god-at-work-testimonyhttp://groshlink.net/gallery/1/Spiritual%20Autobiography2.pdf, and http://esn.intervarsity.org/resource/loving-god-flesh-real-world.

AND yes, the Emerging Scholars Network website (http://www.emergingscholars.org) which I helped redesign/launch last fall is in the background. Currently I'm part of a team working on the redesign/launch of a new site for all InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry (http://www.intervarsity.org/gfm/). Lord willing this will be up by calendar year end. Pray for God's grace, insight, and perseverance in this endeavor.

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Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom Grosh IV, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry

Associate Director of Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), http://www.emergingscholars.org, http://blog.emergingscholars.org/, https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/, http://twitter.com/esnivcf

Associate Staff for the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) at Penn State College of Medicine.

To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh

Our Mission: "To establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities that follow Jesus"

Our Vision: "To see students and faculty transformed. Campuses renewed. World changers developed."

CMS/CMDA: Tom & Theresa on "The Call to Care"

Posted by tom | Aug 21, 2013

On Tuesday, August 20, Thomas and Theresa were interviewed on "The Call to Care" during the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA's lunch lecture at Penn State College of Medicine. Thank-you to those have who been praying for, encouraging, and supporting in many ways our labors on campus this term, even praying for this gathering in particular. The time was beautiful. What a joy to serve future academics, health care professionals, and researchers through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network/Christian Medical & Dental Associations. To God be the glory!

PS. For a glimpse of (and to fill out) some of the material they drew from visit God at Work (Theresa), One More Day: Spiritual Autobiography (Tom) and Loving God in the Flesh in the Real World (Tom). Pictures are posted as part of the 2013 PSU-Hershey CMS Photo Album. Audio of the interview is posted here.

8/6: Kick-off of Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA

Posted by tom | Aug 6, 2013

Today the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine will kick off their fall noon lunch outreach series with an introduction to CMS. Pray for students, particularly those in transition, as the academic year gets rolling.

In addition pray for some changes in the academic schedule which are creating greater challenges for students to connect across the academic years, a particular issue as we seek to provide leadership, hospitality, and mentoring for the younger students. We have one such scheduling conflict today. Pray for discernment and resources to address it.

To learn more about the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine visit http://pennstatecms.wordpress.com/. Note: If you desire to assist with lunch outreach meals, please drop me a line.

2012-2013 Fiscal year finished well

Posted by tom | Aug 5, 2013

Praise: A brief note to let you know that God provided through the Body of Christ the resources for us to finish in the black. This was humbling and honestly hard to believe. But, it should not be the case. Despite the challenges we have faced through the years of service with InterVarsity (January 1996 - ?), God still has His call upon us for this work.

Pray for discernment in fund development in 2013-2014. Over the past 12 months several of our sponsors (individuals and local assemblies) have had to drop support due to changes in their giving ability. Pray for God's provision and care for them. Thank-you to those who have had the means to step into the gap!

Pray for renewal of strength for us as there was not much of a break in campus or on-line ministry. Thank-you for your presence with and encouragement of us each step of the way in these expanding labors for the Kingdom of God. To God be the glory!

Revised: 8/8/2013, 3:54 pm.

Investing in a Strategic Ministry -- Year End Giving 2013

Posted by tom | Jun 24, 2013

On Saturday I had an uplifting conversation with a Carnegie Mellon alumnus who underscored to me that he invests in strategic ministries. And yes, he considers our labors with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA to be strategic. As I reflect upon it, the whole past week was filled with various alumni, Emerging Scholars, health care professionals, InterVarsity staff, and partners in ministry from over the course of our seventeen years of ministry sharing insights and resources to enable us to take significant steps forward to shape A Dialogical Campus Ministry. Such is the amazing work of the Kingdom of God! To God be the glory!

A quick update on our year end giving. We're almost "in the black." . . . The combination of our received/committed contributions places us within about $3,000 of our $100,000 annual ministry budget. Wow! God provides! This morning as we leave for Joni & Friends Family Camp '13, we depart with the confidence God provides through his people and that He longs for the Emerging Scholars Network and the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at the Penn State College of Medicine to extend the kingdom of God . . . the members to be salt, light, and leaven where they have been placed in mission.

If you have the ability to help our family close the gap to finish in the black on June 30 (or start our next fiscal year well), please contact us and/or go directly to https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

Note 1: If you've already given toward this year end request, please consider this communication one which 'keeps you in the loop,' spurs you to intercede on our behalf, and/or encourages you to share our family's year request with others, e.g., missions committee, pastor, small group.

Note 2: IVCF/Groshes: Investing in Culture Makers (Thomas B. Grosh IV. Groshlink. 5/29/2013).

Help us finish the 2012-2013 fiscal year well

Posted by tom | Jun 19, 2013

Nearly $94,000 of Tom and Theresa˙'s $100,000 ministry budget has been received/committed. Thank-you! Praise God! If you have the ability to help our family close the gap to finish in the black on June 30 (or start our next fiscal year well), please contact us and/or go directly to https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

Note 1: If you've already given toward this year end request, please consider this communication one which 'keeps you in the loop,' spurs you to intercede on our behalf, and/or encourages you to share our family's year request with others, e.g., missions committee, pastor, small group.

Note 2: IVCF/Groshes: Investing in Culture Makers (Thomas B. Grosh IV. Groshlink. 5/29/2013).

IVCF/Groshes: Investing in Culture Makers

Posted by tom | May 29, 2013

Note: Click here for a PDF of the full year end mailing.

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

We rejoice in your continuing partnership over the past year as Tom took on increasing responsibility with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) by becoming the Associate Director while continuing to invest in the growing Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. As we close the fiscal year (June 30), we ask for your prayerful consideration of assisting us in finishing well. At the writing of this letter, we have nearly $89,000 of our $100,000 ministry budget received/committed. Thank-you! Praise God!

What are we inviting you to invest in?

"In order to fully realize the potential of a ministry like the Emerging Scholars Network, we have needed someone in the Associate Director role with strong networking skills, strong integration engagement along all disciplines, editorial and writer recruitment savvy, as well as a pastoral heart and missional commitment. Tom Grosh is just such a person. I am deeply grateful for the growth this ministry has already experienced under Tom's leadership and guidance, and know that there is much more to come in the years ahead. Tom has a passion to see the next generation of scholars and faculty not only developed in their integration of faith and learning, but a desire to see a community of Christian scholars grow that will include mentoring and deep influence into the institutions of higher education in this country and abroad. 

It is with great joy that I am able to award Tom a $5,000 matching grant* that will allow him to strengthen his partnership base and keep him engaged full-time in this ministry. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining or furthering your commitment to his team as a partner in ministry."  — Craig Gartland, Director of Faculty Ministry / Emerging Scholars Network, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

As we press on in the work to which we’ve been called, we desire the opportunity to connect with you personally to discuss how you can become more involved (e.g., advocacy of support, developing/compiling communications, financial giving, food for campus outreach, gift cards for ministry expenses, help around the house, networking, prayer support). Please let us know your availability. Thank-you for your prayerful consideration of increasing your role in this mission. To God be the glory!

In Christ Alone, Tom & Theresa Grosh IV

*Note from Tom: The matching grant applies to gifts by donors which go beyond their 2011-2012 fiscal year giving. The current fiscal year ends on June 30. If you have questions regarding what you gave last fiscal year and our specific year end financial concerns, please contact us. To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh

IVCF/Groshes: May Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | May 2, 2013

A brief post to

Summer 2012. Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography.As you may remember our fiscal year ends on June 30. At present God has provided $65,977 toward our $100,000 annual ministry budget, with about an additional $6,694 "committed." We continue to trust the LORD for his provision. He has always supplied for our needs above and beyond our human based expectations. If you and your local congregation have the ability to partner with us financially, please visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

One final note: Yesterday's Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog post PhD or No PhD. That is the Question. (Kate Peterson) is already a popular piece with a cadre of comments by a diverse group of ESN members. If this topic (and how we address it) is of interest to you, please take a few minutes to read the post/comments. If the question is of concern to family, friends, and/or colleagues, please share the link.

4/21 How it fits together: God's plan of redemption through history

Posted by tom | Apr 19, 2013


4/19/2013 Carol Kaminski, PhD. Christian Scholar Series.

Pray for God's insight both to Carol as she presents and Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church as they receive what she has to share with us.* If you are in South Central PA and do not have other obligations, please feel free to join us for part/all of the morning . . . 

  • 8:30 & 11:00 am services: "Genesis 1: The God Who Speaks."
  • 10:05-10:45 am: "How it fits together: God's plan of redemption through history."

For more on the morning, click here. To learn more about the Christian Scholar Series, a partnership of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church and InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network click here.

*Carol Kaminski, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Kaminski believes that the Church desperately needs to renew its commitment to teach the Old Testament. Her CASKET Timeline, CASKET EMPTY: God's Plan of Redemption Through History, part of the CASKET EMPTY Bible Series (http://www.casketempty.com), enables people to see visually how the Old Testament story progresses through six major redemptive periods, enabling them to locate key people, events, and biblical books in their historical-redemptive context. Her forthcoming book, Was Noah Good?: Finding Favour in the Flood Narrative, is due to be released this spring. Looking forward to reviewing these materials.

IVCF/Groshes: March Madness. Prayer. Gatherings. Year End

Posted by tom | Apr 18, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We rejoice in your loving care and prayerful partnership with our family as we engage in the Gospel mission. As we seek to improve our sharing of the mission

  • we're rolling out a new monthly prayer/newsletter format -- click here for a PDF of our April prayer/event calendar.
    • Note: We would love to have your feedback not only on the new newsletter format, but also other ways that we can better communicate our labors via http://www.groshlink.net, Facebook, etc. If you are not already receiving this communication by email and you desire to do such, please email us.
  • Keri Wyatt Kentwe're hosting a gathering in South Central PA with author Keri Wyatt Kent on Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. For more information on "Deeply Loved: Extending the Heart of Jesus with Tom & Theresa Grosh," please visit the Groshlink and/or Facebook event posts.

Summer 2012. Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography.As you may remember our fiscal year ends on June 30. Due to the economy and some shifts in support by some local congregations we are presently $6,071 short of raising our annual campus ministry budget of $100,000. I'll give a summary of our year end projected giving in May. We continue to trust the LORD for his provision. He has always supplied for our needs above and beyond our human based expectations. If you have the ability to partner with us financially, please visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

One final note: If you haven't already checked out the Emerging Scholars Network's March Madness, please be sure to check out the winner and the breakdown of the stats -- thank-you Andy! Amazingly, visits to the ESN Blog and Facebook wall shot through the roof as we played out a tournament envisioned/discussed at Urbana12 as a way to engage Emerging Scholars with the wider world of Christian literature -- thank-you Mike! Pray for next steps of Christian devotional reading, conversation, and discussion (Best Christian Books of All Time Reviews: Knowing God, Pt. I went up today -- thank-you John!). Maybe we'll host a revised tournament in 2014 :)

To God be the glory!

Tuesday, May 14 (7 pm): Deeply Loved: Extending the Heart of Jesus with Tom & Theresa Grosh IV

Posted by tom | Mar 23, 2013

Summer 2012. Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography. In South Central PA? Please hold Tuesday May 14, 7 pm for Deeply Loved: Extending the Heart of Jesus with Tom & Theresa Grosh. Location: Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, sanctuary. Refreshments served in the lobby afterward.

Deeply Loved will be an evening focused on how you can uniquely partner with/support Tom & Theresa's sharing of the heart of Jesus through PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA and InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network. They will also share some of the challenges they face as parents of a child with developmental delays.

Keri Wyatt KentAs part of the evening, Keri Wyatt Kent, will bless participants with some insights from Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus (Abingdon Press, 2012). Keri writes and speaks to help people slow down, simplify, rest, so that they can listen to God. The most frequently heard comment when Keri speaks at an event is “You’re so real!” Audiences connect with her practical teaching and authentic sharing.

Theresa has appreciated her decade long friendship with Keri. They connected when Theresa coordinated MOPS at Christ Church at Grove Farm (Sewickley, PA). Click here for Theresa's Sunday School Series on Keri's Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity and here for Theresa's God at Work Testimony. To learn more about Keri visit keriwyattkent.com.

To learn more about the evening, please contact Tom & Theresa Grosh IV, and/or visit the Facebook event page.

Grosh Family photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography.

ESN Snapshot: Penn State Hershey CMS/CMDA Spring Retreat Worship II

Posted by tom | Mar 9, 2013

Yes, "Cornerstone" by Hillsong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWHgvkEPJiQ) is being posted as part of the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA preparations for their spring retreat (April 12-13).*

The song was written after a gun shooting in Stockholm involving kids when that area was in shock and tragedy. The writers of the song took the lyrics from the well known hymn "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" for the verses and wrote the chorus "Christ alone, Cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior's blood. Though the storm He is Lord, Lord of all," a declaration of Jesus Christ being the only foundation on which we can build our lives, that no matter what happens what can be shaken is shaken but we can hold onto Jesus Christ.

What a joy to serve healers approaching patients (and their families when present) and colleagues (across the profesional hierarchy found in the health care profession) which such a lens for Life. Thank-you for your prayers for, encouragement of, and support of these Kingdom labors. To God be the glory!

*For the first post in the series visit ESN Snapshot: Penn State Hershey CMS/CMDA Spring Retreat Worship.

ESN Snapshot: Penn State Hershey CMS/CMDA Spring Retreat Worship

Posted by tom | Mar 8, 2013

Some may find this a stretch, but a significant motivation for my labors with InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) is that deep down I think of every student as a scholar . . . maybe "emerging" is more applicable to more than I desire ;) The student is a learner, becoming a specialist in a particular aspect of God's creation. Through the stewardship of the knowledge and skills acquired, students have the ability to bless many individually and corporately in a wide array of contexts/circumstances. In the case of the health care students with whom I labor with as as part of the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, they will be teachers and continual learners throughout their vocation.

In addition to finding great joy in the Tuesday lunch outreaches, leadership team gatherings, and Bible studies, I also look forward to the once a term retreats. In preparation for our time of worship together, the worship team leader has been including songs in the weekly emails. They are an encouragement to all the students, including the graduate students part of the fellowship who are more literally Emerging Scholars, i.e., future faculty (professors and/or academic researchers). Join us in the blessing of All I Have is Christ by Sovereign Grace.

A note from the spring retreat's worship leader:

The second verse is especially powerful to me:

"But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost, you looked upon my helpless and led me to the cross. And I beheld God's love displayed. You suffered in my place. You bore the wrath reserved for me. Now all I know is grace."

That is the gospel in a nutshell, and the gospel is just so beautiful however many times it is told in however many different ways. Praise God that He suffered in our place so that we can be His.

Thank-you for your prayers for, encouragement of, and support of these Kingdom labors. To God be the glory!

Responding to "The Challenge of Jesus"

Posted by tom | Feb 18, 2013

How are you and the community of which you are a part responding to "the challenge of Jesus" by being part of a people who tell, embrace, and live in "the story of God, the story of us." --Responding to "The Challenge of Jesus". Much more to talk about, but this material is a starter. Pictures from Sean Gladding's South Central PA visit will be posted here.

1/29: Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Lunch

Posted by tom | Jan 29, 2013

Pray for today's Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Lunch to be a great to time

  1. to get to know one-another
  2. for our spring ministry interns (Holly and Joe) to get into the swing of things
  3. for students considering leadership to catch a vibrant vision for ministry with CMS/CMDA in 2013-2014.

1/29: Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Lunch: Free food starts at 12 noon. This week will be a social lunch in order to get to know classmates better! CMS wraps up around 12:50 to enable people to get to class.

7:30 pm: Bible studies for women (Acts) and men (Hebrews). 

Thursday: 7 pm: couples Bible study on Apologetics. There is usually coffee at this study!! 

CMDA Northeast Winter Retreat -- Pray for preparations

Posted by tom | Jan 18, 2013

Pray for preparations for this weekend's CMDA Northeast Winter Retreat -- including the safe travel of participants, in particular Scott (& others) traveling through the storm which has been blessing "the south" with snow. I wish the snow would come further north!

Note: I'll be leading the Saturday morning prayer time. We will focus on human trafficking. During Saturday afternoon free time, Theresa will lead an optional workshop on making t-shirt scarves. Later in the afternoon, I'll gather interested people to basketball. Throughout the weekend Theresa and I will not only help facilitate a small group with several physican families, but also "fill in the gaps" (my guess is that will include tonight's registration).

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 Wrap-Up

Posted by tom | Dec 2, 2012

Summer 2012. Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography.Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We rejoice in your loving care and prayerful partnership with our family as we engage in Gospel mission. Although I have much to share, for example:

* The new InterVarsity Emerging Scholars Network website, EmergingScholars.org is up -- a special thank-you to Craig, Jeff, Mark, Mike, Shelley, and countless others!

* Bonus: We're giving away 5 copies of Urbana12 emcee Greg Jao's new "Your Mind's Mission" (part of InterVarsity Press' "Urbana Onward" series). Learn more and read an excerpt from Greg's book at http://esn.intervarsity.org/reviews/excerpt-your-minds-mission-greg-jao. Note: Entries to the drawing close on Monday, December 3 at midnight, EST.

We've decided to try something different for our year end letter. Actually I should say that Theresa had a vision for something new and I just went along for the ride :) Drum roll . . .

Yes, as you've probably guessed by now, Theresa volunteered to write the year end letter (click here for PDF). She even included lots of family pictures :) 

May you find this "insider" view of our "family in mission" a blessing. 

To God be the glory!

Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom Grosh IV, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry

Associate Director of Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), EmergingScholars.orgblog.EmergingScholars.org/twitter.com/esnivcf,
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Associate Staff with Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) for PSU-Hershey Medical Center's Christian Medical Society

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Our Mission: To establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities that follow Jesus.

Our Vision: To see students and faculty transformed. Campuses renewed. World changers developed.

Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography. 2012. 

10/21-22 "Programs To Focus On Haiti Relief And Development"

Posted by tom | Oct 16, 2012

Read all about the October 21-22 "Programs To Focus On Haiti Relief And Development" featuring Kent Annan, co-director and co-founder of Haiti Partners and author of two InterVarsity Press books (After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken) and Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle) in a October 17 Merchandiser article (Elizabethtown-Mount Joy Edition).

PS. Click here for FB Event page.

Kent Annan presents at Elizabethtown Public Library (Spring 2012) Following Jesus In The Real World cover "After Shock" cover 

 

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 October Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Oct 4, 2012

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” — Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV)

The 2012 October Prayer Calendar is posted below (click to enlarge). Your prayers, encouragement, and support in ministry are much appreciated. 

2012 October Prayer Calendar Page 1

2012 October Prayer Calendar page 2

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