Thursday, February 05, 2015

Intercultural Friends

A site for International Students and Scholars: University of Penn and Drexel: Philadelphia
IMPROVE IN: AMERICAN SOCIAL SKILLS, IDIOMS, GRAMMAR, PRONUNCIATION, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN CULTURE 


Winter 2015 ENGLISH CLASSES 
and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS  are posted on the Calendar  They are described below. 

   View our Events Calendar


Intercultural Friends** offers free classes & discussions which will begin Wed. 9/3/14The following Free English classes are for any International student, researcher, or his/her family member.  Bible Discussions are for Internationals from any faith or cultural background and are usually multi-national.  English Bibles or texts are provided for all participants.  Although participants can benefit most from attending all classes throughout the semester, new students are welcome to join at any time during the semester.

***  “Intercultural Friends is sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF).  We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support.  Discussions are sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF).  For other classes and activities go to www.interculturalfriends.blogspot.com  

Weekly schedule for English Chats and Bible Discussions
The week of December 8 is the last week for classes (new times & places will start 1/14/15) …. BUT … we have several fun activities for international students and your friends !! We hope you can join us for some of the following fun.


Mondays
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301; Call Sarah:  215.300.2164
1:30 PM-2:30 PM; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net ; Compare Bible stories to Everyday life; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 301; Call Sarah 215.300.2164
Wednesdays  
3:30-4:45 PM; English Class;  rogerw33@verizon.net ; Idioms in Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room ; Call: Roger 215.964.3563
5:00-6:00 PM; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net : Art and the Bible: Compare Famous Paintings and the Biblical stories that inspired them;  Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room; Call; Sarah 215-300-2164
6:00-7:00 PM; English Class;  sarahivcf@verizon.net  ; Individualized Pronunciation tutoring through reading Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room
Thursdays
6:30-7:30PM; English chats rogerw33@verizon.net ; Chats & light dinner with AmericansHouston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313
7:30-8:45pm; Bible Discussions with creative illustrations:  rogerw33@verizon.net  Parables – Inspirational Stories that Jesus Told; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313; Call Roger: 215.964.3563
Fridays
7:30-9 PM; Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF) pgcflead@googlegroups.com  (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/  
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Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends”
Tuesdays.
2:30-5:00 P.M. Slanguage - American slang Contact: Bill Kelly   WJKAJWK@cs.comat the “Christian Association”, 118 S. 37th St.
7:00-8:30 PM; English Class  liangtz@gmail.com ; 4501 Walnut St..  Call Helen: 215.779.8396
Fridays
7:00 - 8:00 P.M; English Classes; 8:00-9:00 P.M. Bible Discussion Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church  17th St. & Spruce St.
      Or    
6:30-9:00 P.M.  Dinner, Bible discussion & singing in Chinese or English For locations Call:  Helen Liang 215.779.8396
Saturdays
9:30-11:30 A.M. English Class;   yeunghahn@yahoo.com ; 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA Church of the Saviour in suburbs near Lancaster Ave.; R5 Paoli train Call: Yeung Hahn 610.520.9633
Sundays
9:30-10:45 AM English Class: 11:00 AM International Worship Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church 17th St. & Spruce St.
      Or       
4:00 PM Christian Worship Service in Mandarin: Helen Liang 215.779.8396 www.ccccuc.org ; 4501 Walnut St.Fridays

7:30-9 PM; Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF)  pgcflead@yahoogroups.com (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/  
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INTERCULTURAL FRIENDS SOCIAL EVENTS WINTER 2015

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Also to  our calendar at http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ            

Fri. 1/30 – 7:30-9:00pm – Multi-national discussion “Health and Freedom That Comes From Forgiveness” Houston Hall room 314
Sat. 1/31; 5:30-7:00pm – Ice Skating at Penn’s Ice Skating Rink of 1923; Optional dinner together afterward
Sat. 2/21; 5:30-8:30pm - TIF Lunar/Chinese New Year Celebration.   to attend tif@tenth.org   or for a ride  sarahivcf@verizon.net
Sat. 2/28 9:30am-8:00pm - Ski Trip in Poconos (Blue Mountain)  Must RSVP & pay in cash by Mon. 2/18 for group discount (Roger Converse rogerw33@verizon.net  215-964-3563)
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Fri. 1/30 – 7:30-9:00pm – Multi-national discussion “Health and Freedom That Comes From Forgiveness” –  Have you ever felt offended?  Do you think you have  offended someone else?  If you have been personally mistreated or offended or if your family, community, ancestors, etc. have been mistreated or offended, join our multi-national discussion on “how forgiveness of the past could bring freedom and health for the future”.  A biblical model of forgiveness will be part of the discussion.
WHERE:  room 314 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  refreshments and time to socialize afterward

Sat. 1/31; 5:30-7:00pm – Ice Skating at Penn’s Ice Skating Rink of 1923; Skating is 5:30-7:00 pm;  Optional -We will go to a local inexpensive restaurant for dinner afterward. 
WHERE: meet at Penn’s Ice Skating Rink of 1923 ; located at 3130 Walnut St.
COST:  $7.00 for skating and $3 to rent skates ($1 discount with Penn card) or $7 total for group of 10
CONTACT: sarahivcf@verizon.net    215-300-2164  RSVP if you want to be part of a group discount

Sat. 2/21; 5:30-8:30pm - Tenth International Fellowship Lunar New Year Celebration. We'll celebrate with traditional Asian dishes, music, a message about the relationship between Christianity and the Lunar New Year, testimonies and activities.
WHERE: Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey St (between Spruce & Pine St.), 2nd Floor
CONTACT:  to attend tif@tenth.org   or for a ride  sarahivcf@verizon.net

Sat. 2/28 9:30am-8:00pm Ski Trip in Poconos (Blue Mountain)  A Chance to enjoy the snow and various snow sports
What to bring: warm pants, warm jacket, winter hat and mittens… bag lunch or extra money for lunch (or at least money for the warm, delicious and traditional hot chocolate!) and possible dinner on the way home ·
COST:  $69 or $79 (for group of 15) to $89 or $102 plus $10 for transportation plus food money (drivers will be reimbursed)  Must RSVP & pay in cash by Mon. 2/18 for group discount (Roger Converse rogerw33@verizon.net /215-964-3563)
WHERE: leave University City (308 N 37th St) at 9:30 am and return about 8:00 pm; Blue Mountain Ski Area see http://www.skibluemt.com/SkiBlue/the-mountain/index.aspx About 1 hour and 45 minutes from Philadelphia. Carpooling will be arranged
CONTACT: Roger rogerw33@verizon.net 215-964-3563

Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends”
Tuesdays.
2:30-5:00 P.M. Slanguage - American slang Contact: Bill Kelly   WJKAJWK@cs.comat the “Christian Association”, 118 S. 37th St.
7:00-8:30 PM; English Class  liangtz@gmail.com ; 4501 Walnut St..  Call Helen: 215.779.8396
Fridays
7:00 - 8:00 P.M; English Classes; 8:00-9:00 P.M. Bible Discussion Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church  17th St.Spruce St.
      Or      
6:30-9:00 P.M.  Dinner, Bible discussion & singing in Chinese or English For locations Call:  Helen Liang 215.779.8396
Saturdays
9:30-11:30 A.M. English Class;   yeunghahn@yahoo.com ; 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA Church of the Saviour in suburbs near Lancaster Ave.; R5 Paoli train Call: Yeung Hahn 610.520.9633
Sundays
9:30-10:45 AM English Class: 11:00 AM International Worship Tif@tenth.org ; Tenth Presbyterian Church 17th St. &; Spruce St.
      Or       
4:00 PM Christian Worship Service in Mandarin: Helen Liang 215.779.8396 www.ccccuc.org ; 4501 Walnut St..


***  “Intercultural Friends” is sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF).  We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support.  Discussions are sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF).  For other classes and activities go to www.interculturalfriends.blogspot.com or our calendar at http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ
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