Friday, January 31, 2014

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 2014 ENGLISH CLASSES 
and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS  have begun and all are welcome any time.  They are described below.  These and other events are also listed on our Events Calendar

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Intercultural Friends** offers free classes and discussions which will begin January, 12 2014.  Our  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 will have a multi-national discussion that I hope you will invite friends to attend:  “SUFFERING: How We Can Help Ourselves and Others Walk Through It and Come Out Better”  Can suffering lead to benefits?  All of us go through suffering sometime in life.   Some suffering is physical, some is relational, some is emotional.  Sometimes we need help ourselves.  Sometimes we want to help others but don’t know how.   Join us to discuss how spiritual support could help anyone be comforted while suffering and even be better at the end of suffering.
Date:  Fri.  March 28, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:00pm: informal chatting afterward
Place:  Houston Hall  3417 Spruce St. room 314
Drinks and snacks provided

I hope to see you there or at one of the following future activities,
Sarah Mitchell 215-300-2164215-300-2164

Future Activities
Thurs. 4/10; 6-8pm – picnic and tea at Cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park
Sat. 4/19; 10am-12pm – decorate Easter eggs at Sarah’s house
Sun. 4/20; 4-8pm – traditional Easter Egg Hunt followed by Easter lamb dinner at home of Sarah
Thurs. 4/10; 6-8pm – picnic and tea at Cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park
Sat. 4/19; 10am-12pm – decorate Easter eggs at Sarah’s house
Sun. 4/20; 4-8pm – traditional Easter Egg Hunt followed by Easter lamb dinner at home of Sarah

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Tuesdays  
12:00-1:15 PM; English Chat: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313 on Jan 28 the room is 225; Call Sarah:  215.300.2164215.300.2164
1:30 PM-2:30 PM; Bible Chat;  sarahivcf@verizon.net ; Compare Bible stories to Everyday life; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313 on Jan 28 the room is 225; Call Sarah 215.300.2164215.300.2164 
Wednesdays
12:00-1:15 PM; English Chat;  rogerw33@verizon.net   English Idioms;  Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313 on Jan 29 the room is 225; Call: Roger Converse  215.964.3563215.964.3563
1:30-2:30 PM; Bible Chat:  rogerw33@verizon.net  “Passport to the Bible” – Introduction to basic understanding of the Bible; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313 on Jan 29 the room is 225;  ; Call Roger: 215.964.3563215.964.3563
Thursdays
3:30-4:45 PM; English Chat;  rogerw33@verizon.net ; Idioms in Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room ; Call: Roger 215.964.3563215.964.3563
      Or
3:30-4:45 PM; English Chat & Bible Chat   sarahivcf@verizon.net ; English Pronunciation through reading Bible texts which are sources for famous paintings; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk room 302; Call: Sarah 215.300.2164215.300.2164
5:00-6:00 PM; Bible Chat;  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 215-300-2164215-300-2164
6:00-7:00 PM; English Chat;  rogerw33@verizon.net ; Idioms in Current News Stories; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room (repeat of 3:30 class)

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Other events
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/  
Sundays (Monthly)   Intercultural Friends
7:30-8:30 PM; sarahivcf@verizon.net  Group Singing: American and Christian traditional Call: Sarah 215.382.4613215.382.4613

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Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends”
Tuesdays.
7:00-8:30 PM; English Class  liangtz@gmail.com ; 4420 Pine St.  Call Helen Liang: 215.779.8396215.779.8396
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 215.779.8396215.779.8396
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 610.520.9633610.520.9633
Sundays
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 215.779.8396215.779.8396 www.ccccuc.org ; 45th & Walnut St.. (Church of God)



INTERCULTURAL FRIENDS SOCIAL EVENTS Winter2013-14
Details for each event are listed below (more will be added)


DECEMBER 2013 INTERCULTURAL FRIENDS** ACTIVITIES
Scroll down to see details of each event  Or check our  Event Calendar  

Fri. 12/6: 7:30-9:30 pm; Christmas Celebration with American and international students; Houston Hall room 314; Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net                  
Sat. 12/7; 10am-1pm Learn to bake Christmas cookies  Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by Fri. 12/6 if you want to come
Thurs. 12/12 - 3:30-7:00pm - all classes Christmas party and Potluck   Graduate Student Center 2nd floor
Sun.12/15; 1:30-5:00pm:  Christmas Concert  Contact: Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP needed by Fri. 12/13
Fri. 12/20; 6:00 - 11:000 pm; Visit Outdoor Living Nativity Show  Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by Wed. 12/18 if you want to come
Sun. 12/22: anytime 4-10pm  Christmas tree decorating and Traditional  Christmas Caroling and Party;  CONTACT:  Sarah   sarahivcf@verizon.net  please RSVP if you intend to come
Mon. 12/23 - anytime between 1pm - 10:00pm:  Classic Christmas Movies RSVP to Sarah if you would like to “hang out” and watch movies at her house sarahivcf@verizon.net
Sat. 1/25/2014; 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Ski Trip in Poconos  Reservations needed by 1/20 RSVP to   rogerw33@verizon.net  
Scroll Down for more Information on each event

Fri. 12/6; 7:30-9:30pm:  Christmas Celebration with American and international students Are you beginning to get the Christmas feeling or are you stuck in cramming or writing mode?  This Friday, Dec. 6, PGCF would like to help you and your friends spend an evening enjoying the whole meaning of “Merry Christmas”.   We will have games, lots of singing, sharing our own Christmas traditions, and lots of scrumptious holiday snacks.  
 WHEN:  Friday December 6; 7:30-9:00pm with time afterward for informal snacking, singing, and chatting
WHERE:  Houston Hall room 314
WHAT:  PGCF Christmas party (and last meeting for the semester)
WHAT TO BRING:  friends and (optional – one of your favorite holiday snacks)

Sat. 12/7; 10am-1pm Learn to bake Christmas cookies;  Learn how to bake and decorate several different recipes of Christmas cookies - ingredients will be provided.
WHEN:  Sat. 12/7; begin baking at 10:00am
WHERE:  home of Sarah 3722 Baring St. (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St.)
Contact: sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by Fri. 12/6 if you want to come

Thurs. 12/12 - 3:30-7:00pm - all classes Christmas party and Potluck  Tues, Wed., and Thurs. class students join together for a Christmas party with skit, singing, games, and FOOD. - Potluck - Anyone is welcome to join us whether you came once, many times, or just thought about coming.  Bring food to share with others.
WHEN:  Thurs.  12/12 - come anytime 3:30-7:00pm
WHERE:  Grad Student Center 3615 Locust Walk - 2nd floor
Contact: Sarah sarahivcf@verizon.net 

Sun. 12/15:  1:30-5:00pm: Christmas Concert with full choir and orchestra:  FREE transportation provided
WHEN: Sun. 12/15; meet at 1:30pm return to university area at 5:00pm (concert 3:00-4:30pm) 
WHERE:   Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA: (30 minute drive)  meet at 3722 Baring St.
CONTACT: Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP needed by Fri. 12/13

Fri. 12/20; 6-11pm;  Visit Outdoor Living Nativity Show in Mount Laurel, NJ; live animals and actors portray the story of the 1st Christmas see http://.livingnativity.org
WHEN:  Fri. 12/20: meet in university area at 6:00pm; return to University City about 11:00pm
WHERE:  meet at convenient place for those who have RSVP’d.;  Transportation cost $5  (drivers reimbursed)
CONTACT:  Sarah  sarahivcf@verizon.net RSVP by 12/18  

Sun.12/22; 4-10pm:  Christmas tree decorating and Traditional  Christmas Caroling and Party;   food, and games; bring some food or snacks to share:  4pm tree-decorating; 6pm eating (pot luck bring some food to share); 7:30pm singing and  caroling; 8:30pm games, DVD, socializing - Come anytime and leave anytime
WHEN:  Sun. 12/22:  4:00 - 10:00 pm drop in anytime, leave anytime
WHERE:  3722 Baring St.  (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. - call 215.898.RlDE to take Penn North shuttle)
CONTACT:  Sarah   sarahivcf@verizon.net  215-382-4613215-382-4613 please RSVP if you intend to come

Mon 12/23 - anytime from 1-10pm:  Classic Christmas Movies  I have many DVD’s with Christmas themes - some are funny and some are musicals, some are historical, etc.  Anytime is OK - just let me know before you come.    RSVP to Sarah if you would like to “hang out” and  watch movies at her house sarahivcf@verizon.net



Sat. 1/25/2014; 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Ski Trip in Poconos  Reservations needed by 1/20 RSVP to   rogerw33@verizon.net
WHAT:  A Chance to enjoy the snow and various snow sports  What to bring:  warm pants, warm jacket, winter hat and mittens or warm gloves …  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  ·     Money for lift ticket, lessons and or rentals ….The total cost for adults will be a minimum of $62 and a maximum of $109.  This depends on the number in our group and whether or not you want lessons.
WHEN:  Sat. 1/25; leave University City at 9:00 am and return about 8:00 pm
WHERE:  Blue Mountain Ski Area 1660 Blue Mountain DR Danielsville, PA 18038  see http://www.skibluemt.com/SkiBlue/the-mountain/index.aspx   About  1 hour and 45 minutes from Philadelphia.  Carpooling will be arranged - in your reservation, please let us know if you can provide transportation or if you need transportation.  Meet at Roger’s house.  We will drive you to your home when we return.
Please see website for further details:  http://www.skibluemt.com/
 
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***  “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).