Commissioning PSU-Hershey Medical School Graduates

Posted by tom | May 14, 2011

Earlier today I had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning of PSU-Hershey Medical School graduates who were part of the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. Wow! What a privilege to serve students, faculty, researchers, the medical community at PSU-Hershey (nurses, physicians, therapists, etc), and by doing such indirectly serving patients (at the Medical Center and where alumni are sent, even to the ends of the earth as medical missionaries).

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With the graduating students, I shared some of our family's appreciation of physicians who provide care with 'head, heart, and hands' and the below quote on vocation. May you also find it of encouragement.

"The extent to which we see our work as a calling to serve and ultimately to glorify God will be the extent to which our legacy lasts. It may be a legacy absent of great wealth or hordes of descendents. It may even be a legacy that goes entirely unnoticed by succeeding generations. But it will be an established legacy nonetheless, a legacy of good and faithful labor done for the glory of God.  (More)

Check out my new InterVarsity donation webpage

Posted by tom | May 6, 2011

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's new donation web pages are up and running. Wow! In case you'd like to check out (even try out) the system, here's my personal page :-)  I love the opportunity to provide a ministry description!

https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh

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

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."

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)

IVCF/Groshes: May Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | May 3, 2011

Click here for a copy of the May Prayer Calendar. We rejoice in your partnership in prayer. The answers to prayer even extends to the ministry on the internet with a tremendous spike in Emerging Scholars Network blog traffic (Remember the targeted prayer request for the final week of April? Be sure to check out my colleague Mike's post Jesus Didn’t Choose Scholars… after we finish Lent and celebrate Easter strong). More ministry update coming ...

To support financially visit 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 more about my 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 $68,592. Our fiscal year closes on June 30. Based on past giving cycles we estimate our gap consists of ~$7,500.

Why support the work to which God has called Tom and Theresa? -- CMS Spring Retreat

Posted by tom | May 2, 2011

Just have the time to post the link to PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Spring Retreat Photos on Facebook, click here. A local physician spoke to about 20 members on "not missing God in all aspects of life, especially work." Loved having several physicians hanging out with us on Saturday, two even brought along their kids :-) Our twins had a blast with the students, the other kids, and the physicians. What a joy to have the opportunity to encourage followers of Christ (and those seeking to know Christ) to dwell in the Presence of God throughout the day. To God be the glory!

2011 PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Spring Retreat, Roxbury Holiness Camp, PA.

To support financially visit 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.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:17

Why support the work to which God has called Tom and Theresa? -- Equipping Future Health Care Professionals

Posted by tom | Apr 30, 2011

Currently the twins are hanging out with me at Roxbury Holiness Camp. We're walking alongside budding health care professionals from PSU-Hershey (in partnership with the Christian Medical & Dental Association). 

PSU-Hershey Lunch Lecture

What does the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society/CMDA provide?

The Christian Medical Society is a fellowship of believers centered in the Milton Hershey Hospital and focused on the development of good Christian physicians. Medical students are given the opportunity to hear weekly talks by Christian health care professionals, attend Bible studies, and develop close relationships with many people. It is an invaluable group that supplements the academic side of medical school with considerations of spiritual issues.  What really makes this group successful is the immense involvement of many physicians, churches, and supporters to supply what a group of students are lacking, such as wisdom, experience, and perspective. It is a community that provides support for medical students and encourages growth into balanced physicians. — Oliver, 2nd Year PSU-Hershey Medical Student. CMS Leadership Team Member. Grove City College ('09).

More on PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society/CMDA and my relationship to it coming. ... Be sure to check back on Monday to learn about the retreat.

Note: The picture is of a weekly lunch lecture. In partnership with local congregations, physicians, and alumni, we serve 45 - 65 a given week. Please let me know if you'd like to help out with a lunch in the fall, a picnic in the summer, or a dessert for a summer of fall Bible study.  The speaker is Kirk Belmont of Hershey Evangelical Free Church. He shared about his family's health struggles, how family health concerns affects one's relationship with God, and extending holistic care.

To support financially visit www.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 an upcoming event), drop us an email or give us a call.  To read more about my spiritual autobiography, entitled One more day when you can live your life, click here.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -- Matthew 9:35-38

Why support the work to which God has called Tom and Theresa?

Posted by tom | Apr 29, 2011

Often I'm asked by word (or questioning facial response), "Why do you do what you do?"

As we approach the end of the fiscal year (June 30) with

  • a projected need of $7500 - 10,000 in new financial support to address an annual ministry budget between $90,000 - $100,000
  • a desire to establish a funding base which will enable us focus on coming along students, health care professionals, and teachers, instead of fundraising

I will seek to give a series of specific responses.

First thoughts on "Why walk alongside budding health care professionals at PSU-Hershey (in partnership with the Christian Medical & Dental Association, 2010 fall retreat picture below), blog for the Emerging Scholars Network, and create the Central PA Christian Scholars Network with Christian Scholar Series?"

2010 Fall CMS Retreat at Roxbury Holiness Camp 

Christ compels!

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IVCF/Groshes: April Ministry Email

Posted by tom | Apr 12, 2011

  
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Commissioning of medical missionaries by PSU-Hershey CMS Jade presents at Grove City College
PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA commissions medical missionaries. / Jade at Grove City College.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
We have been richly blessed by your encouragement, prayer, and giving (financial and otherwise) as we've dug into our 15th year of ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. 
 
A brief update:
  1. April Prayer Calendar, see PDF attachment or click here. Pray for the ability to address an anticipated $7,500 shortfall at fiscal year end (6/30). Note: Our annual budget is ~ $92,000.  I'll be turning significant attention to this concern in May.
  2. In South Central PA? Mark your calendars for a breakfast on Monday, May 16, 6:30 am, Acorn Farms.  The focus will be to share about the growing work and ask for support in taking it the next step, i.e., through financial support, strategic input, volunteers, etc.  More information tba.
  3. Praise to God for His good work among the 16 member PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA team on the Guatemala Spring Break Mission.  Note:  They combined skills with several other teams to create an outreach team of ~30 members. 
  4. Road trip with Jade, new President of PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA, to Grove City College (our alma mater) in which we share with pre-med students about the transition from undergrad to life after. What a joy to be back in 'the Grove' speaking with 25 students hungry to learn about next steps and be connected with helpful resources (Note:  I assembled the powerpoint. Jade did most of the talking).  Afterward we kept the conversation going at Hicks Cafeteria (what a renovation since when Theresa and I were students!).  Jade and I have already been invited to present next academic year.
  5. A packed out room hearing the testimony of third year medical students at PSU-Hershey CMS/CMDA was a joy to behold.  God is faithful. Yes, even during rotations.  The panel members, pictured below, are alumni of Grove City College, Eastern College, & U. of Utah.
3rd year medical student panel at PSU Hershey Medical Center
 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”— Matthew 25:40
 
One more day by the grace of God alone,
 

Tom & Theresa Grosh
  
Tom & Theresa Grosh, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry in Central PA
Associate Staff with Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) for PSU-Hershey Medical Center's Christian Medical Society
Emerging Scholars Network Blogger, http://blog.emergingscholars.org/author/tomg/

 
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Hot date: Dinner & Learning about the first 2 Bibles printed in America

Posted by tom | Apr 8, 2011

On Facebook Theresa shared, "If you want to know about the first 2 Bibles printed in America, I'm your gal. Might not be everyone's idea of a hot date, but to each his/her own." As some of Theresa's Facebook friends shared interest in

  • where one would find such a date
  • the topic of "the first 2 Bibles printed in America,"

I thought I'd share a little on Groshlink.

  • So what about the first two Bibles printed in America?  (More)

4/11 "The End of Sexual Identity" Book Talk: Media Clip Teasers

Posted by tom | Apr 6, 2011

Press Release: 4/11 "Sexuality Identity" Book Talk at Elizabethtown Public Library and the Facebook Event Page have the details for the upcoming presentation by Jenell Williams Paris, Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College.* Below are some media clips for your prayerful consideration.  As you can tell, I think that this is an important topic to dig into. More coming, including some of my response in the coming week.  Please be sure to listen to the whole interview before commenting -- might even be worth reading the book first.

 

*Poster available here.

1st Monday Pray4GFM

Posted by tom | Apr 4, 2011

InterVarsity's Graduate & Facuty Ministry (GFM) has committed 1st Mondays to focused prayer for the advancement of God's work on campus. Please join us. 

In addition, please view, print, and share our April 2011 ministry prayer calendar, http://groshlink.net/gallery/1/11_April_Prayer_Calendar.pdf, with your family, fellowship group, local congregation, missions committee, prayer ministry, small group, etc.  God is at work in powerful, amazing ways.  We rejoice in your partnership.  Updates in addition to the material in the prayer calendar in process ...

1st Monday Pray4GFM

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. -- II Corinthians 5:20a

Press Release: 4/11 Sexuality Identity Book Talk at Elizabethtown Public Library

Posted by tom | Apr 2, 2011

The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are. Jenell Williams Paris. IVP. April 2011.

ELIZABETHTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESS RELEASE
March 31, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bethleen Bradford, 717-367-7467, ext. 28

Sexuality Identity Book Talk at Elizabethtown Public Library

Jenell Williams Paris, Professor of Anthropology at Messiah CollegeElizabethtown Public Library invites thinking adults to meet Jenell Williams Paris, Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College to discover and discuss her latest book, The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are (IVP. April 2011). The book talk will be held on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:30PM at Elizabethtown Public Library. Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris (Messiah College) opens up new space for conversation about sexuality. Her book explains how sexual identity has become so important in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture, yet concepts like "gay" or "straight" are relatively recent developments in human history. Dr. Paris says, “We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation--even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality.” In this book talk, she will tell how her new book The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are came into being, read from the book, and describe her current projects that flow from the ideas in this book. (More)

Tonight: CMS Thank You Banquet

Posted by tom | Apr 2, 2011

Another year of ministry with Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA.  Wow!  Looking forward to all the ministry pictures, student testimonies, conversations with partners in ministry at tonight's over a potluck cooked up by the students. To God be the glory!  Lots of pictures and stories coming. 

Here's what one PSU-Hershey alumnus wrote after visiting CMS in the fall.  Thank-you for your support in this mission!

Bryan Hollinger connects with a first year during his visit to CMS

I had the privilege to meet with the Penn State Hershey medical students at their lunchtime fellowship of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) this past November.  I graduated from the same medical school in 1988, and have had the opportunity to return only very infrequently since then.  Much has changed.  Many acres of soybean and corn fields surrounding the hospital complex have since disappeared as the growing hospital complex has sprawled outwards.  I wondered about the spiritual condition of this place.  In the face of intensive academic and scientific progress in a post-modern society, was there still a surviving, relevant spiritual voice?

Over twenty years ago, about 10-12 Christian medical students met once weekly in the student apartments in University Manor, beside the hospital.  We worshipped and sang, studied the Word together, and prayed for each other.  Most often, I felt I really didn’t have time for this meeting.  However I almost always went anyway, and consistently was glad that I had, for the renewed vigor, passion, and direction which we experienced as we called on the Lord together.

Having made the connection again to Penn State via Helen, a long time friend from Philadelphia, I was glad to be invited by med student Isaac to return as a guest.  To my surprise, 40 or more students converged in a the lecture hall on the first floor for their weekly meeting.  Penn State CMA is not only alive and well, but had even grown to three times the size that I remembered!  Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, a partnering community church had donated and prepared the lunch, which the students eagerly consumed.  The students listened attentively as I shared about the work of Esperanza Health Center, the health ministry where I work in North Philadelphia.  This was followed by insightful questions and prayer, and then the students promptly returned to their afternoon lectures.

As a student at Penn State there was little to no faculty or community leadership or mentorship.  A couple of times a year, a CMA regional director was able to make contact with us, and that was about it.  Now there are a couple of faculty physicians including Helen, who have taken an interest in the students, and pursue them in a variety of ways.

It was very exciting to discover that Tom Grosh, as part of InterVarsity’s outreach to graduate campuses, has for the last two years been mentoring medical students via Penn State’s CMA fellowship.  Medical school is a difficult time for most.  Students are confronted with an avalanche of information to absorb.  They face a prevalent secular humanistic philosophy, and macro-evolutionary explanations for the intricacies of the human body are presented as factual.  Student’s families are strained as they walk alongside.  There may be little respect for individual conscience, and possibly overt ridicule of Christian beliefs. I am so blessed to see that there is now an InterVarsity/CMA staff person available to the students who loves the Lord and is compassionate, yet is well-read and deeply thoughtful, who can provide support, encouragement, and help the students think through issues which conflict with their faith. I believe that students who are mentored in this way will grow can thrive spiritually through medical school, and go on to become powerful witnesses as their faith informs their medical practice and ministries in the future. I pray that many of these mentored students, seeing this vision, will themselves become mentors in the future! -- Bryan Hollinger, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Esperanza Health Center.

An April Fool returns to the Grove in the snow for pre-meds!

Posted by tom | Apr 1, 2011

A 'there and back again' one day trip to Grove City College in an April snowstorm.  Why? 

An email from a pre-med student on behalf of others seeking

to organize an event to inform students about the ministry of the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) and to give them a better idea of what medical school looks like from the perspective of students, as well as to give a broader perspective of global needs in medicine if at all possible. 

Some of the questions on the table include:

  • How should I prepare for my MCAT? 
  • How do I navigate the application process?  
  • What is Medical School like from the inside?  How can I reach out well to a secular campus?  
  • Are there Christian organizations I can be involved with as a Medical student?

After some delays, the project came together over the course of the past several days.  I have the opportunity to take the trip with Jade ('10), who is the incoming President of the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. Why do we share enthusiasm for the endeavor?  Because each member of the new CMS leadership team, including Jade, expressed their appreciation for the hospitality of CMS and their desire to extend such care to the next class [and some rich friendships in the Grove which are hard to stay away from].  I'll post some of the medical student responses to the above questions in future post, but here's a teaser from a 3rd year (and an alumnus of Grove City College): (More)

Mother Teresa in the Lancaster County Library System

Posted by tom | Mar 6, 2011

Theresa and I just watched the Mother Teresa Documentary (1986) directed by Ann & Jeanette Petrie, narrated by Richard Attenborough. Wow! To God be the glory!  Thank-you to Mary Poplin for sharing this resource and the Lancaster County Library System for carrying it (VHS). I'll be sure to incorporate a showing of the film with the follow-up book discussions of Mary Poplin's Finding Calcutta:  What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service (InterVarsity Press. 2008). 

Note to friends in Lancaster Country who are looking for a copy of Finding Calcutta:  3 copies are in circulation in the Lancaster County Library System. Place a copy on hold.  If you're interested in purchasing a copy, let me know.  I'm going to place another order over the course of the next several days.

There is more on Mother Teresa to 'check out' and I even have a few books on my 'to read shelf.'  I'll get back to them.  But in the mean time, please share your recommendations.

ESN Blog Post on Mary Poplin's Visit

Posted by tom | Mar 4, 2011

Looking to learn more about Mary Poplin's (Professor in the School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University) "tour" and how members of higher education can by God's grace have a redemptive touch not only on campus but also in the home?  Read “Finding Our Calcutta” on Campus (Thomas B. Grosh IV. ESN Blog Post. 3/3/2011). Also enjoy the pictures here.  Teaser: Mary with Heather.  Mary presenting to 65+ at PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA on 3/1/2011.

Mary Poplin takes time to visit with Heather. Mary Poplin presents to PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. 65+ in attendance. Thank-you to the Seekers Fellowship Group of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ for providing the food.

2011 March Prayer Calendar/Brief February Update

Posted by tom | Mar 3, 2011

We rejoice in your continued prayer and partnership with the work to which God has called us.  Please click here for our March 2011 Prayer Calendar, which includes praises regarding our February ministry.  Please don't forget to review/pray for upcoming spring events on page 2.

Mary Poplin speaks in Pittsburgh as part of the Veritas Forum.Mary Poplin presents for the Veritas Forum in Pittsburgh

Brief Update:  February has been rich and full.  In addition to the regular campus visits to Penn State Hershey's Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, ESN Blog Posts, and campus connections with the growing members of the Central PA Christian Scholars Network, Tom

  • Directed the Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Winter Retreat (30 participants)
  • Made several strong connections for future speakers and ESN blog posts at Jubilee
  • Coordinated Mary Poplin's, Education Professor, Claremont Graduate University, & author of Finding Calcutta:  What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service speaking tour through Pittsburgh (2/25-26), South Central PA (2/27-3/1), and Baltimore (3/2). Above are pictures of the Veritas Forum at Carnegie Mellon University. She spoke with 150 on 2/25 and another 30 at a focused seminar for academics on 2/26.  What a joy to be back in 'da Burgh and partner with Amy, Chloe, Mike, and Robin!  In South Central PA, Mary spoke with hundreds through a combination of engagements at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ (2/27), Elizabethtown Public Library (2/28), F&M (3/1), Messiah College (2/28), and Penn State Hershey Medical Center (3/1).  To God be the glory!  More specifics/pictures in future posts.

Prayer Request: Mary Poplin's Speaking Engagements

Posted by tom | Mar 1, 2011

God has been using Mary Poplin in powerful ways in a number of venues in South Central PA.  Give Him praise for the opportunities Mary has had to 'give testimony' to Jesus at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, with faculty from Messiah College's vocation class, and with members of the community at Elizabethtown Public Library.

Pray for Mary Poplin as she points to Jesus through presentations

  • today at PSU-Hershey Medical Center (lunch) and Franklin & Marshall College (dinner, evening).
  • tomorrow at Johns Hopkins (lunch, evening) before flying back to pick-up teaching at Claremont.

Continue to pray for safety in travel, good health, clarity/boldness in presentation, and the Spirit's discernment in conversations.  Pray for Tom and others as they follow-up to "the lost sheep," "those caught in sin/darkness," and those who received a strong word/challenge from God during these past couple days.

Updates, pictures, audio files, etc coming. Note: Some material (e.g., Pictures from Mary's presentations in Pittsburgh) available at the Central Pa Christian Scholars Facebook page.

Glimpses of 2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat (2/11-13)

Posted by tom | Feb 24, 2011

Wow! The Word & Spirit of God truly spoke with power throughout InterVarsity's 2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat. What a joy to serve the Father (as retreat director) at such a time/place. The Body of Christ was truly lifting us up in prayer.  To God be the glory!  For pictures visit here.

Below are three student responses to "Briefly share how the Father has spoken to you through His Word, His Spirit, & His people this weekend." 

Eliminating all idols including school.  Being a missionary in our families especially when members are not really saved. I am thankful for events like these.

Reaching out to non-Christian friends:  how to approach conversations with them.  Also, how I respond to the "Samaritans" I encounter.

God reminded me the need to humility.  And also that I am part of a bigger group of grad students seeking to glorify him.

All 17 students who completed the feedback sheet responded that they would "again participate in a similar retreat."

 

2011 Winter Retreat: Women gather for a spontaneous worship jam as the men clean-up after the superb Lebanese dinner.

Prep: 2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat Schedule (2/11-13)

Posted by tom | Feb 11, 2011

Pray for preparations for the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat by praying through the below schedule.

Living Water ... True Worship
Feburay 11 - 13
Camp Donegal, Airville, PA

FRIDAY NIGHT:

  • 7:30 PM Registration/Snacks -- Pray for safe travel and timely arrival.
  • Get-to-know you games -- Pray for us to 'get-to-know' one-another as brothers and sisters in Christ, to be a blessing to one-another.
  • Introductions (Tom)
  • Worship -- Pray for God to set our focus upon Him throughout the weekend and beyond.
  • Weekend overview (Tom)
  • Snacks

SATURDAY MORNING:

  • Breakfast -- Pray for us to wake up ready to dig into and receive from the Word of God.
  • Getting started with the weekend (Tom)
  • IFES introduction
  • Worship 
  • Manuscript Study of John 3 -- Pray for us to come to Jesus, ask questions, listen and receive. 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." – John 3:1-2

Prep: 2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat (Questions)

Posted by tom | Feb 10, 2011

The Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Winter Retreat (2/11-13), focused upon John 3-4, is just around the corner.  The overall theme is "Living Water ... True Worship," but a sub-theme of "Asking Good Questions" just keeps coming up.  Not surprising considering what Nicodemus and the Woman at the Well bring to Jesus (and vice versa).  As such "Asking Good Questions" will be present in our Quiet Times, be the focus of an optional Saturday afternoon seminar, and will permeate our Saturday night international meal.  Reminds me a lot of Questioning Evangelism

Renewing & Redeeming the Campus What Can We Do?

Posted by tom | Feb 8, 2011

Recently I've had several opportunities to share about 'why I do what I do.' If you'd like to know more, swing by Renewing & Redeeming the Campus – What Can We Do? for an outline and also a PDF of the PPT slides/notes from my 1/28 presentation at Penn. In addition, I have a PDF of the PPT slides/notes for a 1/30 "God at Work" piece during the morning worship at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ (our local congregation). Notes from my 2/7 presentation at MedAware (Messiah College) and 1/25 presenation at PSU-Hershey Medical Center are in process.

PS. Please take the time to listen to the encouragement which Cynthia Lo, Assistant Professor in Dept. of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington U in St. Louis, has found in the work of the Emerging Scholars Network.  She even mentions my work with the Emerging Scholars Network Blog. To God be the glory!

 

(5:45)

http://media.intervarsity.org/mp3/SC11-CynthiaLoSunday.mp3

2011 Mid-Atlantic Grad Student Winter Retreat (2/11-13)

Posted by tom | Feb 4, 2011

Pray for Tom as he prepares for the Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Winter Retreat (2/11-13, Camp Donegal, Airville, PA).

In particular, pray for

  • Students to register.  Today is the last day for the early discount.  As you know, the earlier the registrations, the easier it is to plan the specifics of the retreat.  Pray for the students, particularly international scholars, to have the financial resources to join us for the weekend.  Let me know if you desire to contribute to the scholarship fund.
  • Good weather and safe travel to/from Camp Donegal, Airville, PA.  With all the snow I am reminded that we had to cancel last year's retreat (2/5-7/2010) due to a large snow storm.  Stand with us in prayer that we will not have a repeat situation.
  • Clarity in opening of John 3-4 by Manuscript study leader (Kevin, InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry, Washington, D.C.). And insights by other staff people to build upon/dovetail well with the material.
  • Becca in Evangelism Seminar: Asking Good Questions
  • Bill in Sunday morning wrap-up
  • Dwight & Tom as they comment/lead through the weekend
  • Marcia in preparation of Quiet Times, Card Making/Craft Table
  • Sarah
  • Organization/serving of Saturday's International Dinner
  • Presentation of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
  • Delegates to enter the joy of worship of our Faithful Father in whose daily presence we are, study of the Word, fellowship with colleagues/families, going forth by the power of the Spirit as ambassadors of Christ in higher education.
  • Tom & other staff members to have discernment in conversations at the retreat and in follow-up with participants.  Note:  A graduate student from PSU-Hershey will serve as the worship leader.  Pray for God's blessing to be upon him as he selects, practices, and leads our time of praise.
  • Grace for Tom as he directs the retreat and manages a variety of sub-tasks including:
  • PR
  • Postcard development/distribution
  • Management of Facebook page
  • Friday:  Pre-conference set-up of
  • Booktable
  • Conference materials/handouts
  • Housing assignments
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Graduate & Faculty Ministry Display
  • Manuscript Bible Study Materials
  • Camp Donegal regarding last minute site details
  • Saturday back-up materials (in case of rain/snow or after hike):  Games, Films -- Any Suggestions
  • Worship team recruitment.  Note:  A grad student from PSU-Hershey will lead the team.
  • PS. For highlights and pictures from Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Winter Retreat 2009 on "Hospitality" (also directed by Tom), click here and here.

    2011 February Prayer Calendar

    Posted by tom | Feb 1, 2011

    We rejoice in your continued prayer and partnership with the work to which God has called us.  Click here for our February 2011 Prayer Calendar.  Please don't forget to review/pray for upcoming spring events on page 2.

    2011 Christian Scholar Series Launches Well

    Posted by tom | Jan 14, 2011

    David C. Downing's* interactive, multi-media presentation on his new book Looking for the King:  An Inkling's Novel (Ignatius. 2010) was excellent! As such, we had a superb launch of a new and developing aspect of the Christian Scholar Series, i.e., a new author series hosted by the Elizabethtown Public Library.  One which slipped in before a major snowstorm.  To God be the glory!

    As you can see by the picture, Ellen joined me for the evening.  She loved it :-)  Why?  Ellen's enjoying Downing's book with me, desiring to be a writer, and finds England gorgeous.  Note:  For school she's working on a "brochure for England."

    David C. Downing signs a copy of _Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel_ for _The Grosh Family_. David C. Downing presents on _Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel_, http://www.lookingfortheking.com/. Note: 36 attended the kick-off of the 2011 Christian Scholar Series/Emerging Scholars Network. David presented a powerpoint of the inspirational Arthurian legend sites followed by an audio of Chapter 7 -- by a British voice actor. During Q&A David shared that he is developing a sequel, later I learned that a trilogy is in process. Can't wait. We already have a

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    Prayer Request: CMDA Winter Retreat 2011

    Posted by tom | Jan 14, 2011

    Pray for Tom and Theresa as they minister with students, residents, graduate doctors, allied health care professionals and their families at this weekend's Christian Medical & Dental Association Northeast Winter Retreat on Faithful God, Faithful Presence.

    In particular, pray for

  • Safe travel to/from the Sandy Cove, MD.
  • Clarity in presentation by the speaker:  David Kim, the Executive Director of Beacon Christian Community Health Center in Staten Island, New York. Note: For an interview of David, see below or visit http://vimeo.com/3576253.
  • Delegates to enter the joy of worship of our Faithful Father in whose daily presence we are, study of the Word, fellowship with colleagues/families, going forth by the power of the Spirit as ambassadors of Christ in health care.
  • Tom & Theresa to have discernment in conversations at the retreat and in follow-up with the three students from Messiah College, four students from PSU-Hershey Medical Center, and the local physician family who will join us for the weekend.  Note:  we'll be helping with a variety of tasks including:
  • Student transportation.
  • Setting up/Facilitating "Get-to-know-you games."  Note:  games led by Katie, a student leader from PSU-Hershey Medical Center.
  • Facilitating a small group for South Central PA delegates, i.e., students (Messiah College, PSU-Hershey Medical Center) and physician families.
  • Coordinating Saturday afternoon gym games, i.e., Basketball and Volleyball
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    Beacon Christian Community Health Center from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.

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