12/12 InterVarsity Breakfast: When it is always winter and never really Christmas

Posted by tom | Nov 26, 2011

Tom with Bob Ives

On Monday, December 12, Tom will host a breakfast with Robert Ives, Ph.D. (Ecclesiastical History, Manchester University, England). 

When it is always winter and never really Christmas: Jesus' birth and the Harried Christmas Racket.
Monday, December 12, 6:30 am
Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, Elizabethtown, PA

RSVP by Thursday, December 8 on the Facebook event page or by contacting the Groshes.

The program will also include student testimonies and an invitation to invest in the work to which God has called Tom & Theresa Grosh IV as part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Abstract:

CS Lewis had a long dislike for what he called "Xmas", the secular part of Christmas, the buying of gifts and the sending of cards, which he called a distraction from celebrating the birth of Jesus in a manger. But there are other sides to his view of the real Christmas. In the years following World War II, many Americans would send Lewis food packages at Christmas. Those he was always thankful for, and he would share the food with friends at the college. And then, of course, there are the scenes in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' where it is always winter and never Christmas, until Aslan returns, and Father Christmas arrives. How shall we put all this together?

In case you're not already familiar with our speaker: Bob is retired from the pastorate (pastor emeritus of Grantham Brethren in Christ Church) and from teaching at Messiah College. As a pastor, speaker, and teacher, he has given significant attention to the work of C.S. Lewis.

By God's grace, Bob moved from church goer to follower of Christ through InterVarsity's ministry at Drexel. While attending Fuller Seminary, he worked as an InterVarsity staff person and met Nancy (his wife) at Campus by the Sea (an InterVarsity camp). To return to the student world some of what it had given him, Bob has spent his years of ministry in the context of higher education. He served students at Boston's Park Street Church, Philadelphia's 10th Presbyterian Church, and the Campus Church at Messiah College. In addition, Bob has been a great encouragement to our labors in South Central PA. What a joy to partner across the generations of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's ministry. To God be the glory!

PS. If you're in the area, please mark your calendar for Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm, Acorn Farms, when we'll host an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dessert and Christian Scholars gathering with David C. Downing, Ph.D., R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College & author of several books on C.S. Lewis. You may remember David launched our Christian Author Series at Elizabethtown Public Library by speaking on his newly released novel Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel (2010).

November 2011 Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Nov 1, 2011

Phil Thuma, M.D. spoke as part of the Christian Scholar Series, a partnership between the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church and Tom Grosh IV's South Central PA work with the Emerging Scholars Network.

Click here to open/download our November 2011 Prayer Calendar (PDF) and here to listen to Phil Thuma, M.D.'s sermon Belief is a Choice. 

We rejoice in your prayers and investment in the sharing the love of Christ with students, faculty, campuses, physician practices, and hospitals. The past month has been full with conversations, outreaches, and various gatherings. Please take a moment to enjoy pictures of the fall

Getting ready for a CMS/CMDA lunch social. Can't wait to be on campus, my youngest will give me a hand today with the pizza :)

PS. My new Emerging Scholars Network Blog posts, part of the Finding Calcutta series, are available here. If you're interested learning about following Christ through "the thick and thin" of postdoctoral work don't miss the ESN blog posts by Kelly (an alumnus of Messiah College and PSU-Hershey) -- who was part of CMS/CMDA :)

For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

Updated: 11/1/2011, 7:40 AM.

10/27 Living More With Less

Posted by tom | Oct 18, 2011

Valerie Weaver-Zercher

If you're in South Central PA, then don't miss When Thrift is Chic: Living More with Less in a Real Simple World. Valerie Weaver-Zercher, as part of the Christian Author Series, will share from Living More With Less at the Elizabethtown Public Library on Thursday, October 27. If you're not in the area, please still take advantage of the resources posted on the FaceBook event page, e.g., the great tips/conversation available through More with Less FaceBook group.

Living More With Less cover

What a joy to partner with the Elizabethtown Public Library, see local Merchandiser article as part of InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry/Emerging Scholars Network. More coming on the gathering and the unique partnership, but you can catch a glimpse by visiting Finding the Words through Baby Loss, A Reading (10/11/2011) and the draft schedule, 2011-2012 Christian Scholar Series (Draft).

For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation(II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

Finding the Words through Baby Loss, A Reading

Posted by tom | Oct 17, 2011

Tom introduces the readers for Finding the Words through Baby Loss at Elizabethtown Public Libary on October 11 2011

Tom introduces Finding the Words through Baby Loss, A Reading

After Finding the Words through Baby Loss, A Reading at the Elizabethtown Public Library, I wrote on the Facebook Event page:

 

Once again walked upon sacred ground. Hard to put tonight's session into words, except to say, 'Thank-you' to all who shared their stories & came to walk w/those who have experienced stillbirth. Pictures from the evening & some of my reflections coming. If you were present & desire to share, you are more than welcome to do such. If you are connected w/an organization being present for those w/loss, please post weblinks/info on this page. I've let several people know material will be available here. To God be the glory! ...

 

Earlier in the day I wrote my Facebook page . . . 

In the morning Janel met w/several mothers at the Elizabethtown Public Library. Over lunch, 40+ budding health care professionals listened intently as she spoke on "Supporting Families through Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Parent’s Perspective." Several had extended conversations with her afterward. This afternoon my wife Theresa shared her joy in the opportunity to participate in the morning session. Can't wait for tonight & all the stories/resources which will be shared. If you're in the area & can make it, please come. For those who wonder . . . yes, this is a glimpse of "why I do & how I do what I do" :) To God be the glory! ...

 

The Facebook Event page. . .

 

  • Temporarily will serve as a resource page for families grieving children lost to still birth and those who walk alongside them in this difficult journey.
  • Includes several event affirmations:
    • Nicole, Sweet Pea"What a great presentation. As you all read your different stories there were many parts where we were all shaking our heads "Yes, yes, that's how we felt too". It is so nice to be around others who know our heartbreak. You 3 ladies are so articulate and your honesty in your stories is what made them so meaningful. Thank you!!"
    • Angie, "Thank you for the invitation to share our work and our children. It was a privilege and honor. xo" 
      • Angie posted some reflections on the reading on her blog. FYI: Inspired by the reading, she's thinking of blog post readings shared on-line via mp3, video.
  • Check it out, pass the link along to those whom you know will find it a blessing.
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    October 2011 Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Oct 7, 2011

    Click here to open/download our October 2011 Prayer Calendar in PDF. We rejoice in your prayers and investment in the sharing the love of Christ with students, faculty, campuses, physician practices, hospitals. We ask you to particularly pray for the upcoming gatherings highlighted in the prayer letter (to which I'd add the PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA Bonfire tonight -- interested in seeing lots of fall fellowship pictures, click here). If you'd like to be present for some of the gatherings (or learn more about them), check out their Facebook event pages.

    More updates coming, but at present I must run to share materials about the upcoming events in partnership with the Elizabethtown Public Library, see local Merchandiser article and Library Webpage.

    For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

    Amish once again front page news (& "witness")

    Posted by tom | Sep 27, 2011

    During the day conference about an even number of Amish and English participated. September 22, 2011

    On Friday as Theresa and I pushed to start our Road Trip: Traveling back in time to "the Grove"/Road Trip: Traveling back in time to "ACAC", I ran into the grocery story to pick up a few items. While flying through the aisles, I glanced at the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era. 

    Bam!

    The front page news, just under the banner, hit me with a picture similiar to the one I took the day before at the Young Center's The Power of Forgiveness: Lessons from Nickel Mines: Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy: Five-Year Lessons Conference. The article is superb and a must read: Elizabethtown conference revisits Nickel Mines: Forgiveness 'a way of life' (Tom Knapp. Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era. 9/23/2011). 

    Teaser: I left the conference's day session for dinner with family singing Holy, Holy, Holy. The 250 participants as a community truly walked on holy ground and in a sacred space. "Culture making" by the people of God in a rich and complex manner. To God be the glory! 

    PS. Lots of notes to sort through. . . . a series in progress with testimony and wrestlings posted in a variety of places :)

    2011-2012 Christian Scholar Series (Draft)

    Posted by tom | Sep 1, 2011

    A number of people have asked to be kept up-to-date with the growing Christian Scholar Series, stemming from a unique partnership of InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network with Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (EBIC), Elizabethtown Public LibraryHearts & Minds Bookstore, and ministries at various campuses in South Central PA. Below is a draft so that you can mark the dates on your calendar. More specifics will be posted as they're available.

    9/22: The Power of Forgiveness: Lessons from the Nickel Mines, The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, is not part of the series. But if you're in the area, please consider joining me for the all day conference and/or the free lectures in the evening. It looks like a special opportunity which shouldn't be missed.

    2011-2012 Christian Scholar Series (Draft)

    Fall 2011


    10/11 Janel Atlas on her book And They Were Still BornElizabethtown Public Library and PSU-Hershey.

    • A Gathering for Families Grieving Miscarried and Stillborn Babies (Elizabethtown Public Library, 9:30 am)
    • Finding the Words through Baby Loss, A Reading (Elizabethtown Public Library, Classroom in lower level. 6:30 - 7:30 pm)
      • "When faced with traumatic, devastating loss, many people turn to books for information and comfort. What happens when those books don't exist? Three writers will share their personal narratives of having stillborn babies: Janel Atlas, Angie Yingst and Jenell Williams Paris will read their essays from They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010). Their experiences, while sad, are told with grace, humor, and wisdom, and will provide listeners with hope and a greater understanding of stillbirth and the impact on families enduring such losses.
      • Angie Yingst (who wrote “Mothering Grief” in They Were Still Born) will bring a beautiful traveling journal that bereaved parents from around the world have contributed to. Jenell Williams Paris (who wrote "Just One Family in They Were Still Born) will bring some specialty bereavement, loss, and support cards she has made. Note: the cards are also available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/findthewords.
      • Library event page here.
    • Supporting Families through Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Parent’s Perspective (12 - 1 pm, PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society/CMDA)
      • Janel Atlas is a writer, mother, and editor whose second daughter was stillborn at 36 weeks gestation due to a cord accident. Her journey through grief led her to collect the stories of other individuals who have suffered the loss of a baby between 20 weeks gestation and delivery; the resulting book, They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth, was published in late 2010 and was favorably reviewed in The Lancet in April 2011. As part of her work on the medical section of the book, Janel spoke with leading researchers in the field of understanding and preventing stillbirth and neonatal death. She has written extensively about baby loss and frequently speaks to health care professionals about how to support families going through pregnancy and infant loss.
    • Merchandiser Article: Programs to Provide Encouragement (Krista Hurley. 9/28/2011)
    • Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=280746971943868 (includes a group photo of the evening presenters and various resource materials). PSU-Hershey speaking photos are in a larger photo album, but begin with http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150348580018351&set=a.10150283258668351.352148.343966923350.

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    2011 September Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Sep 1, 2011

    With the new academic year beginning, the calendar has been full. We rejoice in your standing with us in prayer day-by-day. We have sensed the presence and sustaining power of Jesus the Christ (in Person and through the Body of Christ) as we've sprinted out the gate with much more on the agenda than ever before. Click here for the 2011 September Prayer Calendar. For more specifics on the work (including some of the writing) visit

    Why do you do what you do? - Medical Missionaries Part III

    Posted by tom | Aug 7, 2011

    Shortly after posting on the Bridgemans in Honduras and the Nelsons in Kijabe, Kenya, I received word that Samaritan's Purse did a survey of all their Post Residency Mission Program trainees.

    One of the questions was

    "What was #1 thing that has motivated you to choose a career serving God in medical missions?"

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    Tell me more about what you do

    Posted by tom | Aug 6, 2011

    As you noticed over the course of this week, I've been attempting to share more about what I do and why.

    In addition to these posts, I've begun to update the Groshlink about page, which includes a variety of material helpful for 'new partners' and missions committees, e.g., brief bio, family picture, links to partners in ministry, ministry updates, prayer calendar, presentation topics, etc.

    If these materials are of interest, please swing by and take a look at our about page. If you have recommendations regarding how to better present/share this information (on the web and in other contexts), please drop me an email.

    Ministry Goals for 2010-2012

    Posted by tom | Aug 4, 2011

    As I mentioned in What type of Missionary Work you are presently performing? I've been doing a lot of self-evaluation. Below is a draft of ministry goals for 2010-2012. It's probably more than most of you are interested in reading, as such I gave you the headers in bold ;) Please pray through the list. Feel free to give feedback. For more of what it's like on 'the ground,' read alongside:

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    Why do you do what you do? - Medical Missionaries

    Posted by tom | Aug 2, 2011

    Bridgemans

    The joy of coming alongside followers of Christ such as Drs. Jay and Pauline Bridgeman.

    Jay and Pauline have been hoping and planning to serve as overseas missionaries since before they were married in 1997. Since then, they have been completing their training — Jay as a dentist and orthopedic hand surgeon and Pauline in internal medicine, pediatrics, and adult infectious diseases. In these years of preparation, they have been blessed with three daughters -- Abigail, Lillian, and Charlotte. In addition they have faithfully served as advisers to the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. No doubt a big part of their inspiration for being involved with CMS is that they met in a CMDA chapter as students, Jay as a Dental student and Pauline as a Medical student. What a CMDA combination :)

    Now that they Jay and Pauline have completed all their medical examinations and certifications, they have moved to CURE International's Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras (8/1/2011). They will be joining an ongoing ministry that uses specialty pediatric surgical care as a vehicle for sharing the gospel with the patients who come from all over Central America, as well as discipling hospital staff to know Jesus more deeply and to be lights for him in their own communities. Jay will be serving as the Medical Director of CURE Honduras, and Pauline will be serving as a medical consultant for several areas. To support them visit here.

    What a joy to personally witness their labors at PSU-Hershey and help them pack :) Join me in praying blessing upon the Bridgeman's transition and those with whom they minister as they embrace/act out the call to care. Hoping our fellowship can co-labor with them in the future, maybe Spring Break Mission? We'll definitely be keeping in touch and following their blog, which already has lots of great pictures of take off/landing :)

    Rejoicing in the opportunity to serve many others who not only have similar passions/longings, but also are taking next steps in sharing the love of Christ with the gifts/skills they've been given by their Creator. AND giving praise for God's provision through the people of God, enabling our family to be dedicated to serving the Lord in campus ministry. To God be the glory!

    PS. Prayer requests for a Carnegie Mellon University alumnus (Bill) who just landed in Nairobi with his family for a month of medical missions in Kijabe, Kenya coming tomorrow.

    Updated: 8/4/2011. 7:00 AM.

    What type of Missionary Work you are presently performing?

    Posted by tom | Aug 1, 2011

    A significant amount of self-evaluation and confirmation regarding the center (the Evangel, i.e., the Good News of Jesus the Christ) and next steps for ministry in 2011-2012 has result from he combination of prayerfully walking through

    • Filling out a Missionary Support Request Form for local assembly which has partnered with us from the beginning of our campus ministry (1996).
    • Writing a personal perspective paper (8 to 10 pages, double spaced) for Leadership & Structure within the Brethren in Christ Church Core Course:
      • The place of God in your life and ministry
      • Your vision and dreams for your ministry
      • Assessment of yourself as a leader
      • How you communicate and relate with people
      • Why you choose to be in the Brethren in Christ family
      • What you learned in this course about life and order in the Brethren in Christ Church, North America
    • Submitting Ministry Goals for my labors with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate & Faculty Ministry not only in South Central PA, but regionally and nationally.
    • Reading Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (Chip and Dan Heath. New York: Broadway Books, 2010), based on the recommendation of my supervisor. No doubt recommended to assist in the area of fund development :)
    • Preparing material for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Regional Staff Conference on avenues to benefit from the resources of the local and national initiatives of the Emerging Scholars Network.

    I'll post materials from these various endeavors over the course of the coming days. I'll begin with the paragraph used to address the question, "What type of Missionary Work you are presently performing?" from the Missionary Support Request Form.

    By the call of God and prayerful offering of His good gifts to reach out to the University with the whole Gospel to whole people, I work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate & Faculty Ministries. I serve graduate students and faculty locally in South Central PA and nationally by writing for and sharing the resources of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). ESN seeks to identify, encourage, and equip Christian scholars to be redeeming influences in higher education. This is accomplished on campus and through a growing online presence (ESN blog, Facebook Wall, and email correspondence).

     

    In addition to these responsibilities, I am a resource person for graduate, medical, and nursing students (in partnership with the Christian Medical & Dental Associations/CMDA) at Penn State University - Hershey Medical Center/College of Medicine. PSU-Hershey's Christian Medical Society (CMS) hosts about fifty students and health care professionals per week at their lunchtime outreach gatherings. CMS also offers Bible studies, prayer meetings, retreats, socials, and a number of outreaches throughout the year.

     

    In partnership with the local assembly of which I am a member (Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church) and the local library, I developed a Christian Scholar Series for the campus, the church, and the community. The Christian Scholar Series provides the members of a growing Central PA Christian Scholars Network a periodic opportunity to gather, discuss and reach out.

     

    Finally, I am a consultant with InterVarsity Press (IVP), influencing decisions regarding which books and resources would be most helpful to students, members of the academic community, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff.

     

    For regular updates on the missionary work and our family visit http://www.groshlink.net.

    IVCF/Groshes: August Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Jul 29, 2011

    Click here to open/download our August 2011 Prayer Calendar in PDF.

    We rejoice in God's provision through the people of God for the work to which we've been called among Christian Scholars and Health Care Professionals. A thank-you video for your partnership in ministry is posted at http://animoto.com/play/OYdQgwsTKvovFe5ai2WlNw

    With regard to the numbers: Upon final calculation we finished the year within $500 of our budget. We expect this difference to be made up by the end of the summer. God provides for the advance of His Kingdom. To God be the glory!

    Can't wait for orientation to begin at PSU-Hershey College of Medicine next week!

    If you're in South Central PA, don't forget about the opportunity to assist with Tuesday lunch outreaches by providing food. AND that in October we'll partner with both Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church  and Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA to feature Phil Thuma, MD, director of the Malaria Institute at Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia, and a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. Phil Thuma, MD, will speak at Elizabethtown in Christ Church on Sunday, October 23, as part of the Christian Scholar Series, http://www.etownbic.org/thuma/, and at PSU-Hershey College of Medicine during the CMS' Tuesday, October 25 lunch lecture.

    For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

    Finished in the black!

    Posted by tom | Jul 13, 2011

    Earlier today my regional director confirmed we finished in the black. Waiting to hear the final numbers, but we were just over the line. God provides through His people for His mission. To God be the glory!

    Simone Weil quote kicks off new ESN series by new ESN blogger

    Posted by tom | Jul 6, 2011

    With Quote: Simone Weil on Effort, Attention, & Unexpected Results, Hannah begins her first Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog series. Each Wednesday in July, Hannah will share brief reflections on a quote that she has found helpful as she has thought about her academic work.

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    Hannah is a musician, writer, and recent PhD recipient living in central Pennsylvania who enjoys being an active part of the Emerging Scholars Network's community in South Central PA.

    Thank-you for posting Hannah! What a joy to have you part of the team :)

    July 2011 Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Jul 4, 2011

    Click here to open/download our July 2011 Prayer Calendar in PDF.

    Along the lines of what we posted July 1, your prayers has been a great blessing and encouragement to us.

    Although we're waiting for the year end financial numbers, we know God has carried us through a challenging financial time. Honestly, whether or not we reach budget, we have sensed the Presence and Power of God in our home, our neighborhood, the local congregation of which we are members, and on the campuses we serve. God has provided bountifully through the people of God for His work with the Christian Scholar Series and Health Care Professionals (focused on Penn State Hershey) -- & beyond through the Emerging Scholars Network in too many ways to count and in ways too complex to easily share through words.* To God be the glory!

    *None-the-less, we will try to keep sharing stories in the coming days, weeks, months, years :)

    For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

    Thank-you for your year end giving.

    Posted by tom | Jul 1, 2011

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Your year end giving has been a great blessing and encouragement to us. We're waiting for the final numbers, but God has provided bountifully through the people of God for His work with the Christian Scholar Series and Health Care Professionals (focused on Penn State Hershey) -- & beyond through the Emerging Scholars Network. To God be the glory! In Christ, Tom & Theresa

    2010 Grosh Family Photo taken by Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography

    June 2011 Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Jun 3, 2011

    Click here to open/download our June 2011 Prayer Calendar in PDF.  Some quotes to whet your appetite.

    Mary Poplin at PSU-Hershey Medical Center for a Christian Medical Society Lunch Presentation

    • Testimony from Mary Poplin, Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University & author of Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service
      • “Tom, I am amazed at the breadth and depth of your ministry from working with the various campus ministries, student leaders and faculty across so many different campuses in your region as well as working alongside other leaders in similar positions and even the local public library, local churches, not to mention raising your own salary.  I was so blessed by your spirit in accomplishing all these things and your energy. I wonder when you ever sleep. Thank you so much for the blessing of working with you in all the venues you so carefully planned.” – Personal correspondence after her Emerging Scholars Network speaking tour of Pittsburgh, South Central PA (at PSU-Hershey in above picture), and Baltimore. Permission given to share.
    • Testimony from a member of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN)
      • In our recent national ESN member survey, members told us that our local gatherings have been a great addition to ESN's ministry.  We pioneered this work in South Central PA. One member shared:

        "It was very helpful to meet Mary Poplin [at the Central Pennsylvania events]. We spoke for about an hour, and she was an encouragement to both my spiritual life and my academic calling."

    If you desire to partner in this growing work through donating time, resources, food (for outreach events, socials, special events), hosting, skills, or financial gifts, please be in touch with us so we can discuss various opportunities. At present we’ve received $75,399 of our $93,340 ministry budget. Pray for God’s full provision for work through the investment of His people by fiscal year end (6/30). Note:  Online giving available at https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

    An Appeal to Friends in the Health Care Professions

    Posted by tom | Jun 2, 2011

    As soon as time permits, we're sending out this fiscal year end appeal to health care professionals in South Central PA connected with the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). We're posting it here (also in text below) in case you're a health care professional not on the snail mail list, communicate better in this format, like multiple reminders, appreciate receiving material on the front end, etc :-)  Note: Those outside of the health care professions are more than welcome to take a peek, but don't worry we have a second letter in process ... 

    Thank-you to Marci of Circle of Life Photography for the 2010 family photo for use with InterVarsity materials To support our family in ministry go to https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.
    Thank-you to Marci of Circle of Life Photography for the family photo.

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    Money Management Tips from a Physician

    Posted by tom | May 18, 2011

    As I've previously mentioned, a physician recently shared about money management with the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. He was compelled to speak on finances because

    • Money is an important topic in Scripture
    • Money management is a common pitfall for physicians
    • Money is poorly addressed in Medical School training.

    I'm thinking that a Saturday seminar in the fall or spring of the next academic year would be a good idea for future health care professionals. As for our family, we depend completely upon the Father's gifts through the people of God. I remember one mission committee chair who took me askide to let me know that I better have my retirement saved up because his church wouldn't support me after I finished mission work. Of course we don't make enough to save very much, a topic for another post but one to keep in mind when reading the below material.

    Physicians and those who have occassion to interact with health care professionals (isn't that most everyone) understand the kingdom value of investing in our with future health care professionals/researchers (e.g., Future Health Care Professionals/Researchers who walk the campus as salt, light, and leaven and Future Health Care Professionals/Researchers who worship God alone).

    The physician's take home financial management points are given below. Whether or not you're a health care professional, you'll find his material helpfu. (More)

    Praise God for $1,100 in new gifts toward $3,500 gap

    Posted by tom | May 17, 2011

    You may remember a few days ago I wrote, Praise God for $2,500 gift toward $7,500 gap followed by Praise God for $1,500 gift toward $5,000 gap. This evening I checked the gifts which have been processed and we've received $1,100 in new gifts, decreasing the gap to $2,400.*

    What do these gifts, which address a budget just over $93,000, provide? As you know, it's hard to put Kingdom work into words, but here's what Kelly [PSU-Hershey (PhD), Messiah College (BS)] has to share ...

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    I remember the first day I met Tom and learned about IVCF grad ministries – I thought “Wow, I had no idea they did grad ministries too”. The more I became involved the more I was encouraged by meeting fellow grad students who were just as committed to Christ as they were to their calling. It was very refreshing to be encouraged in the pursuit of academic excellence and in using those talents for the glory of God. The time I spent interacting with IVCF and the ESN in central PA gave me a springboard for new relationships in Durham, NC, where I am now involved with the IVCF Graduate Christian Fellowship at Duke University. -- Kelly, Postdoc, Duke University Human Vaccine Institute

    After our family hosted Kelly for dinner, I joined another packed out Christian Medical Society/CMS social at PSU-Hershey Medical Center (20+ in attendence). Great conversation over ice cream and games. Below are some pictures of those of us who played iMAgiNiff. As many of you know this is not typically my type of game, but I played with a partner, enjoyed the laugh filled interactions, and won!

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    Future Health Care Professionals/Researchers who worship God alone

    Posted by tom | May 17, 2011

    Last Tuesday in the midst of academic year end and the beginning of board preparation, 20+ students packed out a student's apartment to give praise to God. What did they sing?

    • Open the Eyes of My Heart
    • You Never Let Go
    • What Can I Do
    • I Stand in Awe of You
    • Beautiful One
    • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
    • Sing to the Lord
    • Draw Me Close to You

    Imagine the joy of encountering one health care professional/researchers after another with these songs on their lips/incarnated in their lives as they prepare and deliver care to you, your family, your friends, our "neighbor" in need. To God be the glory!

    Take a few minutes with me to soak in "You Never Let Go," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1NJV3rG6k and pray for those who are facing difficult health concerns and/or have recently lost someone close to them. Note: Bible Verses in Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"

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    Future Health Care Professionals/Researchers who walk the campus as salt, light, and leaven

    Posted by tom | May 16, 2011

    What guides the current student leaders we minister with through PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA?

    A glimpse: As we wrapped up the spring term, the President framed fall planning of community/social, discipleship, mission, and outreach endeavors with these Scriptural encouragments.

    • Hebrews 10:23-25: Remind each other of our hope for the next year.
    • Colossians 2:6-7: Continue to live our lives in Him and sharing & journeying with one another. Share our joy - be thankful for the things in your life.
    • Philippians 2:14-16: Share the scriptures together. Be like lights - shine bright and don't hide. Don't question what God is calling you to do.
    • Galatians 6:2: Prayer - continue to lift one another up, rejoice with those who are rejoicing
    • John 13:34: Showing our identity to classmates is by showing our love to one another. Many people don't understand the language we use to explain our relationship - everyone understands the language of love (how we love one another and love “them”).
    • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 20: Reason we are compelled to reach our to classmates - because of Christ's love for us. We are Christ's ambassadors - we are His representives here [Note: The foundational text for our ministry].
    • Matthew 25:40: By serving and loving classmates we are serving and loving Christ [Note: A focus of Mother Teresa's ministry, highlighted by Mary Poplin].

    Thank-you for your prayer and partnership in ministry as we seek to raise up a new generation of health care professionals/researchers who will walk health care facilities as the salt, light, and leaven of Christ! You are a great blessing and encouragement.  Gifts toward our ministry may be given at https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.*  To volunteer in other ways (e.g., assist with special events such as retreats and the Christian Scholar Series, collate mailings, provide food for our weekly PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA Tuesday lunch lectures), drop us an email or give us a call.  To read Tom's spiritual autobiography, entitled One more day when you can live your life, click here.

    For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

    *Praying for God's provision of our $93,340 ministry budget. At present we have received $71,867 (5/16/2011). Our fiscal year closes on June 30. Based on past giving cycles we estimate our gap consists of ~$3,500.

    Praise God for $1,500 gift toward $5,000 gap

    Posted by tom | May 15, 2011

    You may remember a few days ago I wrote, Praise God for $2,500 gift toward $7,500 gap. This evening I received an email that a donation of $1,500 was on the way to https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh. It is humbling how many ways God has provided for us over the course of the past week: tax refunds, books, 'our little farm,' opportunities for Theresa to do Naptime Inspirations commissions, clothing. To God be the glory!

    Pray for tomorrow's 6:30 am brainstorming fund development breakfast which will focus on how to draw together a regional support base which will release to more time on campus to

    • Bless Students ....
    • Bless Faculty, Professionals, and Emerging Scholars ... more on that coming. Must run to share the good news with the family and tuck in the girls.

    For Christ’s love compels us… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 5:14—6:2).

    *Praying for God's provision of our $93,340 ministry budget. At present we have received $70,367 (5/14/2011) + $1,500 (to be processed). Our fiscal year closes on June 30. Based on past giving cycles we estimate our gap consists of ~$5,000 ~$3,500.

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