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FYI = Science Saturday! at LIGO Livingston – Saturday June 17

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard remember the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

Bonus = Dr Gonzalez will speak tonight at at the Highland Park Observatory for the monthly meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Starting at 7:00 p.m. She probably does not start speaking until ~ 7:30 p.m.

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tours of LIGO are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much. Tomorrow the theme for Science Saturday will be “balancing science”. I have no idea what that means.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away – usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

Sermon = Welcoming (the) fire (1 Corinthians 3) (delivered in San Jose, Cuba)

(Not entirely happy with this choice of picture. Will keep looking.)

Presentation_1Corinthians3_07EpiphanyA_20170209 (PPTX)

Sermon = Welcoming (the) Fire
Text = 1 Corinthians 3

Nb = Delivered at Iglesia Bautista “Comunidad Cristiana Emanuel” in San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, Sunday, February 19, 2017. Did not use presentation because (1) seemed distracting (2) did not have access because it was composed on my Chromebook, not having regular access to internet meant more difficult to access my Google Drive. Got good feedback. Improvised a couple times to make clear the “warning” was not directed toward this church or its pastor – I was simply talking through the text and tried to focus on encouraging these dear friends in Christ.

Introduction

  • Most of their home was ruined by the flood
  • It is difficult and deeply painful
  • Some people welcome the chance to make changes and build again
  • Some know about the great flood of 2016
  • One weekend during August last year
  • Great storm over south Louisiana
  • It rains + rains + rains…
  • Many areas in Baton Rouge and the towns around Baton Rouge – are under water
  • Many homes + businesses + churches are flooded
  • UBC is working with Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Baton Rouge
  • Church buildings flooded – including the large building where they gather to worship
  • Ministers and families work together to tear out everything that has water
  • We meet with them to talk about how they can build again
  • We talk about plans and building materials and contractors
  • That church family lost so much
  • They are still a church family
  • Now they think about how they can build again
  • 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[a] master builder (architect) I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  • 10 Según la gracia que Dios me ha dado, yo, como perito arquitecto, puse el fundamento, mientras que otro sigue construyendo encima, pero cada uno debe tener cuidado de cómo sobreedifica. 11 Porque nadie puede poner otro fundamento que el que está puesto, el cual es Jesucristo.
  • The apostle Paul was talking about food and farming
  • Suddenly he talks about building (verb) and buildings (noun)
  • He speaks to the Christian community
  • And says you (plural-Ustedes) are the building of God
  • You (plural-Ustedes) are the temple in which the Spirit of God dwells
  • Seven years ago I go to a conference for biblical scholars
  • I see a friend who now has a doctorate and teaches at a seminary
  • His dissertation is about how the New Testament describes the Christian church
  • What the temple was… the Christian community is
  • God does not live in a place but in a people

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For those going on the trip this Saturday to Infinity Science and Stennis Space Centers*

We are posting this so that – if you are going on the trip to the Science and Space Center this Saturday – you can look this up. If you did not receive emails… lost it… deleted it… here it is.

*If someone did not sign up for the trip… we cannot bring that person. We cannot bring anyone who did not sign up and is not on the list. NASA rules are very clear about this. If someone (who did not sign up) shows up Saturday and asks “can I come?” we are sorry but that is not possible.*

Part one =

  • Let us talk about lunch We are ordering sandwiches from Jason’s Deli = turkey sandwiches. We will have a few vegetarian sandwiches. Plus bags of potato chips + cookies + water. We will eat about 12:30 p.m. We will bring plates + napkins + trash bags and so on.
  • If this is a problem let us know. It is easiest if we order the same thing for everyone.
  • You can bring other snacks and drinks. Please do not bring ham or pork. Do not bring something that is difficult to clean if you spill it. We will have bags of grapes (washed) and water for the trip back to Baton Rouge.
  • Extremely important!!! Meet us at the church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Do… Not… Be… Late. We need to leave on time by 7:45 a.m. because we have an appointment at the Space Center – about 90 miles away. Do not be late.
  • Extremely very important!!! Internationals need to bring a current original passport – and Americans must bring a driver’s license for identification. If you have a green card – you must bring the green card *and* current original passport. Sorry about that – NASA requires this.

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Trip to Stennis Space Center – this Saturday January 14

We has permission to use this picture

We are planning a trip for internationals on Saturday January 14 2017 to Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Specifically we are going to Infinity Space Center… which includes a tour of Stennis Space Center. We will leave Baton Rouge at 7:45 a.m. and return around 3:00-3:30 p.m.

  • The trip is “closed” – the last day to sign up was Thursday January 5. Stennis Space Center is a government facility and NASA rules are very clear. We are sorry – no more people can sign up and join the trip after last Thursday.
  • We have about 30 people who signed up to go.
  • The one thing we ask is this = If you signed up to come on this trip… come on this trip.
  • Rick Wright will send an email to everyone in the group with more information and details.
  • Check your email this week! We do not want anyone who signed up to miss the bus or not bring what they need.

This man has no feet

Special trip to Stennis Space Center – must sign up by *Thursday*

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We are planning a trip for internationals on Saturday January 14 2017 to Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Specifically we are going to Infinity Space Center… which includes a tour of Stennis Space Center. We will leave Baton Rouge at 7:45 a.m. and return around 3:00-3:30 p.m.

  • Children can come.
  • Children must come with a parent who is responsible for them.
  • This trip is for people who participate in our Friday or Sunday activities.
  • Parents are responsible for their children during this trip and must watch them at all times.
  • We plan to hire a large bus to take us.
  • Space is limited. You must reserve spaces on the trip. How? By email. Who… how many… 5th grade or younger?
  • You must sign up by 5:00 p.m. this Thursday January 05. We cannot make any exceptions.
  • Child = 5th grade or younger
  • There will be a cost = $20 per adult and $10 per child. And $50 maximum for a family. This covers admission + lunch.
  • Important = You need to bring your passport. Originals not copies. What??? Why?!? Stennis Space Center is a government facility and requires this. American citizens also must show identification. If you forget your passport (?!?!?) you can still come but cannot go on the tour of the space center.
  • Important = If you have a green card… NASA says you need to bring (1) your US green card and (2) your original passport (even if it is expired). Rick Wright asked specifically and NASA gave a clear and specific answer. Green card holders must bring their passport.
  • We might have to change the date or postpone the trip *if*we have problems hiring a bus… reserving a “group” visit… and so on. We do not expect this. Right now we plan to go.

Wait… where are we going?!? Stennis Space Center is on the other side of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. It is a government facility that (1) tests rocket engines and (2) conducts weather and oceanography research. Infinity Science Center is a new science museum outside Stennis Space Center. The science center has many wonderful exhibits and activities that focus on space exploration, weather, oceanography, astronomy, and space exploration. Outside the science center is an F-1 rocket engine (from the Apollo missions) and the first stage of the Saturn V rocket for Apollo 19. The “rest area” next to the science center (where we might take a break and enjoy lunch) has the training Lunar Module for Apollo 13 (remember the movie?) and a place where astronaut Fred Haies signed his name in the concrete. Touch the place… touch Apollo 13.

This man has no feet

The schedule will be something like this. Leave Baton Rouge at 7:45 a.m. Arrive at the science center around 9:45 a.m. Take a bus tour through Stennis Space Center. (Groups tour the space center first before going into the museum.) Go in and enjoy the science center around 10:30-10:45 a.m. Leave the science center and enjoy lunch around 12:30 p.m. Back to Baton Rouge around 3:00 p.m. *We plan to bring boxed lunches (sandwich + chips + cookie). No pork. We want all of our international friends to enjoy lunch.*

 

Science Saturday at LIGO Livingston – Saturday October 21

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group this month. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away and usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

Observe the moon! Saturday October 8

Note = This is not a church activity. We are not able to pick up people and bring a group. However we want you to know about fun and interesting activities like this. Rick Wright is a member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and loves astronomy. There are not many public access observatories in the United States.

Observe the Moon Night on October 8 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Free and for all ages. Drinks. Refreshments. Binoculars recommended. (!?!) There will be different activities at different times. Click here for schedule and information.

Where? Highland Park Observatory13800 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge 70810.

Directions = 

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road for a long time
  2. Cross Siegen Lane
  3. After about 1 kilometer – near the top of a small hill – look for the “Highland Park Observatory” sign on the right. Turn right into the parking lot.
  4. This part is tricky. Be careful. There are people walking around.
  5. After you drive through the gate… turn your headlights off. You can turn on your “parking lights”. Watch out for people walking around in the dark. Park.
  6. This part is also tricky. Walk through the parking lot toward the observatory building. It is dark. You can use a red flashlight.
  7. Have fun.

Or =

  1. Drive southeast along Burbank Drive for a long time
  2. Turn right onto Highland Road
  3. Follow directions (3) through (7) above

 

International Astronomy Day – Saturday May 14

This is not a Church of the Nations activity.We do not plan to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. (Rick Wright is an active member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Last year he was a volunteer at this event.)

Highland Road Park Observatory
International Astronomy Day
Saturday, 14 May from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Free admission. For all ages.
We recommend you bring binoculars after 7:30 p.m.

Every year since 2007, Highland Road Park Observatory has proudly taken part in this worldwide celebration of all things related to astronomy, physics, aeronautics, and the American space program. This year promises to be the biggest successful International Astronomy Day ever. Enter the links below for more information. As with previous years, there is absolutely no admission fee (= this activity is free)

Highland Road Park Observatory is in Baton Rouge. About 12 kilometers from Louisiana State University. It is part of the Baton Rouge park system. They have “public viewing” (= people can come and look through the telescope) Fridays 8:30-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30-10:00 p.m. (If the weather is good and we can see the stars.)

 

FYI = Science Saturday at LIGO Livingston – Saturday February 20

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group this month. This is simply to let the Church of the Nations family know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. We hope later this semester we can take a group. (We were going to take a group in September but had to cancel after Rick Wright had his accident.)

Okay… many of you heard the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves!

But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will spot another gravitational wave! Usually Science Saturday is 1:00-5:00 p.m. but this month it will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because of course LIGO is now much more famous and they expect many people will want to come and visit! We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away and usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage – Sunday December 13

 

Important notes – We have a small problem. The Live Nativity and Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage are at almost the same time this year. It will be difficult to do both. So Rick Wright will be at the Live Nativity… but some people from the church will go to the Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage. (1) You will need to choose one or the other. (2) If you want to go to the Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage you will need to drive yourself or get a ride. (3) If you have a car or a ride… you might be able to visit the Live Nativity… and then leave by 4:30 p.m…. and also go to the Christmas Pilgrimage. We are trying to give internationals a choice. Live Nativity… or Downtown Pilgrimage… or (if you are fast and have a car/ride) both. If you really want to go to the Downtown Pilgrimage… we are working to help people do that.

The Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage is a beautiful and special way to prepare for and celebrate Christmas. Basically there is music and singing at five churches in downtown Baton Rouge. We begin at one church then walk to the next one and the next one and so on – six churches in all. (We will probably not go to all six churches – that can take a long time and people might become too tired. Maybe 3 or 4.)

You can drive yourself and meet us at the first church at 5:00 p.m. (nice and early in order to get good seats, the first church becomes full very quickly). Bring good walking shoes and good clothes for the weather. 

We normally park at First Presbyterian Church and then walk to Mt Zion First Baptist (map). So we strongly recommend you meet us at parking lot of First Presbyterian Church by 4:45 p.m. so we can walk to Mt Zion First Baptist together. (You need to know how to walk there.) Or you can walk to Mt Zion First Baptist Church by yourself if you have a good map/GPS. Children are welcome (as long as they participate and can walk with everyone else). We strongly recommend you have something to eat/drink before you come! (We may not be finished until around 8:00 p.m.)