Fall 2017 Bible Study Brunches

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We’ll be having our first Bible Study Brunch on Saturday, September 16th (9:30-11:30 am) at the Stoudts’ home (419 Llanerch Ave, Havertown).   Our theme will be ‘Jars of Clay’ from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, and we’ll consider how our weakness helps us depend on Christ, and serve patients, more fully.

This semester we’ll be doing bible studies (and small groups) on how our identity in Christ helps us find balance, and prepare for a lifetime of service to Christ and our patients.

As always, we’ll have a delicious, home-cooked meal and home-roasted coffee!  Rides available before, and immediately afterwards, for those who need it.

Other brunch dates for the semester:

  • October 7, 28
  • November 18
  • December 9

Hope to see you there!

 

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CMDA Philadelphia 2017 Fall Retreat

 

CMDA Philadelphia Fall Retreat

Remember the days when following Jesus was easier?  Whether you’re a student, practicing professional or somewhere in between, a life in healthcare makes it hard to pursue Christ with your whole heart.  Let alone look around you to serve others.  

If you’re like most, you want to keep growing in your relationship with God.  But it can feel overwhelming, and it’s easier to do the minimum, hoping it all gets better ‘someday’. Deep down, though, you know that ‘someday’ won’t be any easier.  If you’re going to pursue God, you’ve got to get started now, even when life is crazy.

That’s what this year’s CMDA Fall Retreat is all about.  We’ll provide a simple, biblical framework for following Jesus so that you’ll know how you’re doing, and, where you need to keep growing.  And we’ll do it together, in community, with others who understand what you’re going through.  

Our time away will help you reconnect with God and other believers, and refresh your sense of calling to serve Christ through healthcare.  We hope you’ll join us!

Contact information: Sharon Stoudt: stoudts@gmail.com; 856.524.2125.

Speaker Information: We will have a panel of various local professionals with us, and we hear teaching from God’s Word by pastors Matt Cohen and Bryan Stoudt.

Venue Information:  The Welcoming Place | 21 South 12th Street | Akron, PA 17501

(Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes west of the city in Lancaster County)

Schedule: We’re still putting finishing touches on the schedule, but in addition to our main sessions and panel, we’ll have plenty of time for rest (study if you must!), refreshment and fellowship.

Price includes 4 meals. Linens, towels, etc. are also all provided.

Students: $40 double occupancy / $55 single occupancy

Residents: $50 double occupancy / $65 single occupancy

Professionals: $60 double occupancy / $75 single occupancy

Children ages 4-12: $30

Children ages 13-17: $45

*You can arrive as early as 5pm. Dinner will be available from 6:00-7:00pm. Programming will begin at 7:15pm, but just come when you can on Friday night, we know everyone’s schedule is different.  (There will probably be leftovers you can heat up if you arrive after 7pm.)

Save The Date: 2017 CMDA Banquet With Speaker Paul Tripp

We’ve announced it in other places, but we’re incredibly excited to share with you the details for our upcoming 2017 CMDA Spring Banquet.

In addition to showcasing God’s work through our ministry, we’re pleased to have Dr Paul Tripp as our speaker this year.  Part of our vision is to refresh you spiritually during the evening, and we can’t think of a better speaker to do that than Dr Tripp.

You can find more details on the Save The Date card just below.  Hope you can make it!

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Have You Registered For Our Fall Retreat?

It’s getting to be that time where you’re past the initial buzz and energy of the new academic year.  Where you’re wondering why you signed up for this.

You know that you’re in it to serve Jesus and your patients, but do you really know?  The daily grind of exams and life in the hospital can make it hard to remember.

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That’s why it’s time for our CMDA Fall Student & Resident Retreat (Fri, Sept 30th 6:30p -Sat, Oct 1st 7:30p).  In just 25 hours, you’ll have the time to reconnect with God and other healthcare students and residents who get what you’re going through.

All in beautiful Lancaster County, just a little over an hour outside of the city.

We’ll also have great teaching, an ‘ask anything’ session with local professionals, and – yes – time for rest and studying.  (If you stay home, you’ll probably end up binge-watching Netflix anyway.)

So, what are you waiting for?  Online registration is open through Monday, September 26th.

Hope to see you there!

Community Life & Relationships Seminar Talks

speakerRecently, we held a Community Life & Relationships Seminar.  We wanted to make the sessions available in the hopes that they may be helpful to you.

Session 1: A Biblical View of Relationships (audio; Bryan Stoudt)

Session 2: Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Relationships (audio; Liz Mosebrook)

Dating & Marriage Seminar (extensive notes only; Bryan & Sharon Stoudt)

The audio files must be downloaded before playing.  A special thanks to Scott Hoeckele for his work on the audio recordings!

Community Life & Relationships Seminar Update

Community Life & Relationships Seminar Group ShotJust wanted to provide a short update on all that God did at our Community Life & Relationships Seminar this past Saturday.

God answered your prayers in bringing out 32 people to learn more about what it means to live in community and approach relationships from a biblical perspective.

I opened our time together with a biblical framework and overview on relationships, then Liz Mosebrook (a counselor) did a great job helping us ‘diagnose’ the common relational challenges we struggle with, and, providing specific help in moving forward.  Especially helpful was a time of personal reflection where we had the opportunity to consider where we struggle in particular, and, set specific goals for progress.

Later, one student mentioned that God had shown her that, while she was willing to put herself in risky situations physically, she has been less willing to do that on a relational level.  Seeing this disconnect in her life was very helpful and will be a blessing in moving forward.

After a fantastic lunch, we ended the day with two seminars, one on dating and relationships (Sharon & I), and one on life in community (Nurse Practitioner Deborah Moss).  These were rich times of teaching and personal interaction.

On a related note, Deborah has been casting vision for forming intentional community among healthcare students, and several have expressed a desire to possibly live together in North Philadelphia beginning in the summer or fall.  Among other things, it’s our hope that these students would both gain a heart for using healthcare to serve the underserved, and, be blessed by all that these communities have to offer.  Stay tuned as God unfolds this story!

As you can see, God blessed our time together.  Thanks again for your prayers!

Prayer Needed: Community Life & Relationships Seminar TOMORROW

puzzle piecesPlease pray for our Community Life & Relationships Seminar tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9am-12pm, with optional seminars running afterwards until 2pm.

We’ll be thinking about God’s vision for relationships, the obstacles we encounter in them, and, how we can practically grow in this area.

More specifically, please ask God to:

  • bring those who would most benefit, and, to give them receptive, teachable hearts through His Spirit;
  • help the many details to come together and go smoothly;
  • bless Sharon, Liz Mosebrook, Deborah Moss, and I as we provide the teaching;
  • work in our lives long after the seminar ends; we are asking God to use this event as a springboard toward lasting change that honors him and blesses many others through those who attend.

Dr. David Suh’s Intermed Sessions

One week ago, Dr. David Suh, a radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, spoke at our recent Intermed event.  His two talks covered receiving and giving away God’s love.

If you missed the talks, you can access them below.  Here’s how:

1 – click on the link below, which will take you its stored location on Google documents;

2 – click “file”, then “download” (see bottom of drop-down list)

3 – either click “open with” your default media player (i.e., Windows Media Player) to listen now, or, “save file” to download so you can store/listen to the file on your computer/MP3 player later.

Friday evening’s talk

Saturday morning’s talk

Many thanks to Pilgrim Church for hosting the event, and to Drew Batzell and Stephen & Lauren Campbell for recording the sessions.

Dr. John Bruchalski at UMDNJ-SOM: “The Struggle Making Abortion Safe, Legal & Rare”

Dr. John Bruchalski (OB/Gyn) will be speaking at UMDNJ-SOM on April 4th at 6pm.  His topic is “The Struggle Making Abortion Safe, Legal, and Rare.”  Dr. Bruchalski is eager to engage his audience in honest, humble discussion.  More details below!

As a footnote, the event will be held in the Multipurpose Room (“MPR”) at the Academic Center.  Parking is free after 5pm.

CMDA Dental Student Conference!

Hey dental students!  CMDA is working hard to serve you better, so I wanted to let you know about an upcoming conference you may find interesting.  You can learn more, and register online, here, but here are some quick details:

If you are a dental student, we invite you to join us for this exciting conference at CMDA’s headquarters. Space is limited, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. This conference is brought to you by CMDA’s Dental Ministries in partnership with CMDA’s Campus Ministries and Dr. Peter E. Dawson.

What
We’ll spend the weekend “Setting the Vision” for dental leadership with talks by leaders in the dental profession, dental missions and student ministries. During the sessions, we’ll be exploring Christ-centered topics to help you grow as a leader. Dentists throughout the country are paying big money to attend seminars by some of our scheduled speakers. As a student participant in this symposium, you will have the added benefit of personal interactions with these leaders throughout the weekend.

Cost
The total cost of the symposium is $200, which includes meals, hotel accommodations and the conference. Thanks to special donors who desire to see you impacted by this weekend, we have a number of $175 scholarships available to help cover costs. Click here to apply for a scholarship and then be sure to select the $25 registration when you register to save your place.