Monday, August 18, 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 


Fall 2014 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  

Mondays
6:30-7:30PM; English chats rogerw33@verizon.net ; Chats & light dinner with AmericansHouston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 223
7:30-8:45pm; Bible Discussions with creative illustrations:  rogerw33@verizon.net  Parables – Inspirational Stories that Jesus Told; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 223; Call Roger: 215.964.3563
Wednesdays  
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 217; 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 217; Call Sarah 215.300.2164
Thursdays
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
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 FALL 2014
Details for each event are listed below
Wed.8/20 - Shopping Trip for new International Students & Scholars 6-10 pm must RSVP by 8/19
Sat. Aug. 23 -  Day Trip to New Jersey Beach; 9am-11pm must RSVP by 8/21
Sat. 9/6 -    Shopping used furniture, kitchen things, etc. Hamilton St. entire blocks 3400-3800 9am-3pm:  RSVP appreciated
Sat.  9/27 -  Walking tour; historical Philadelphia (optional miniature golf after dinner); 2 pm:  RSVP appreciated
Sat. 10/18 – Trip to Lancaster and Amish tour 9:30am – 7:00pm:  must RSVP by 10/16
Sun. 10/26 -  Pumpkin Carving & “Luther” Movie 6:00-9:30 pm:  RSVP appreciated
Fri. 10/31- Traditional Halloween Celebration 5:30-7:30pm:  RSVP appreciated
Sat. 11/22; Potluck dinner & movie night; 5:30-10:00pm;  RSVP appreciated
Thu.11/27 -  Thanksgiving with Americans  must RSVP by 11/17

December Dates T.B.A. -   Christmas Concert: Choir and Orchestra,; Live Nativity; Christmas tree decorating & Traditional Christmas Caroling
Wed.  Aug. 20; 6-10pm:  Group Shopping Trip: Free transportation to new international students to shop at IKEA, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes.  MEET - behind Newman Center (3720 Chestnut St) parking lot on Sansom St. between 37th38th  St.  Contact sarahivcf@verizon.net  by Tues. 8/19 to reserve a seat in a car (people who just show up cannot be guaranteed a ride) tell new students about this

Sat. Aug. 23; 9am-11pm: Day Trip to New Jersey Beach:  meet at Roger's house(about 4 blocks north of Market St. & ½ block north of Lancaster Ave.) OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  bring own lunch, blanket or towel to sit on, swimming suit & other clothing, beach balls, toys, or games, sunscreen; Cost:  $16 for transportation & parking, about $12 to buy supper at buffet restaurant, Must RSVP by 8/21  (drivers will be reimbursed) Contact:  rogerw33@verizon.net  

Sat. Sept. 6: 9am-3pm:  Hamilton Street porch sale  HUGE (hundreds) used furniture, kitchen supplies, etc. sale:  Hamillton St. on every block from 34th St. to 38th St.  (about 5 blocks north of Market St.) - look for Roger & Sarah near 37th St.

Sat. 9/27; 2:00-7:30pm; Walking Tour of Historic Philadelphia & Miniature Golf
WHAT Join American and international students for a walking tour of historic Philadelphia & Penn’s Landing;   At 2:00 PM, we will meet outside of the Penn Book Store (36th St. & Walnut St.).   We will take SEPTA to the historic area of Philadelphia.  Bring tokens to ride SEPTA.  Longtime Philadelphia resident will give you a walking tour which will include pointing our some interesting museums, seeing the location of the Liberty Bell, signing of Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution, etc., see where George Washington attended church, etc. and Penn’s Landing (original Philadelphia port).  We will end at Franklin Square (6th St. & Race St.) at about 5pm.  Then we can eat dinner together (maybe cheese steaks)  You can either go home then or from 5-7pm, play miniature golf at Franklin Square ($8 for adults)  For more information, see http://historicphiladelphia.org/day/franklin-square/   
WHEN: meet at 2:00 PM - return home by yourself at anytime or about 7:30pm after miniature golf
WHERE: meet outside Penn Book Store (36thWalnut St.) - take SEPTA to Historic area of Philadelphia - optional meet at 8th  & Market St. at 2:40pm & call 215-300-2164 to join tour
COST: SEPTA tokens for transportation, money for buying fast-food dinner, optional miniature golf costs $8
CONTACT:  Sarah  215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP if you intend to join us

Sat. 10/18; 9:30am-7:00pm – Trip to Lancaster and Amish tour
WHAT: Enjoy fall natural colors and visit Information Center; then take a 2 hr. personal driving tour of Amish communities plus enjoy a delicious Pennsylvania Dutch style lunch.
WHERE:  meet at 9:30am in front of International House 37th St. & Chestnut St. 
COST: $25 per person for transportation and personal tour (drivers will be reimbursed); $10-20 per adult for Pennsylvania Dutch buffet  
CONTACT: Sarah 215-300-2164 sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP by 10/16


Sun. 10/26: 6:00-9:30pm  Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving and movie “Luther”
WHAT:  .I have a few pumpkins that you can join with others in carving a face into.   This is called a Jack-o-lantern.  You can also bring your own pumpkin.   Also Oct. 31 is the date when Martin Luther put a paper, with his concerns about the Roman Catholic Church, on a university door.  This began the “Protestant” movement in the Christian church.  “Luther” is a movie about that time in history.
 WHENSat. 10/26; 6:00 - 7:30pm carve pumpkins: 7:30 -9:30 pm watch & discuss movie “Luther” with both American and international grad students
WHERE3722 Baring St.  (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. - take Penn N. campus shuttle by calling 215-898-RIDE)
CONTACT:  Sarah sarahivcf@verizon.net  215-300-2164 RSVP if you intend to come

Fri. 10/31; 5:30-7:30 pm; Halloween celebrations of giving candy to “trick-or-treating children
WHAT:  OCT. 31 is an interesting day celebrated in a unique way in America.  Halloween is a time when American children dress in costumes and go to neighbors’ houses (even strangers’ houses) and ask for candy by saying “Trick or Treat”.  I usually have about 200 children come to my house between 5:30pm and 7:30pm every year.  I’d like to invite you to join me in giving this candy (I’ll provide candy) and seeing the children in their cute costumes.  You are also welcome to invite friends.
WHEN:  Fri. 10/31; 5:30-7:30 pm – give candy;  
WHERE:  Sarah’s house – 3722 Baring St.  215-300-2164  (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. – can take the N. Penn shuttle home afterward) 
CONTACT:  Sarah 215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP if you intend to come

Sat. 11/22; 5:30-10:00 pm; Potluck dinner & movie night
WHAT: Potluck dinner – bring food to share; after dinner we will watch movie – TBA (To Be Announced)
WHERE: Sarah’s house; 3722 Baring St.  (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. - take Penn N. campus shuttle by calling 215-898-RIDE)
WHEN: Sat. 11/22: 5:30pm potluck dinner; 7:00pm movie
CONTACT:  Sarah 215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP if you intend to come

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27 - THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH AMERICANS
On Thursday November 27, all schools and businesses will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  American families gather for a big meal but it is our tradition to also invite guests for our “Thanksgiving feast”.  Many Americans I know, especially from my church, would like to invite international students and scholars to their homes for the Thanksgiving meal.  If you and/or your friends would like to meet and have Thanksgiving dinner with an American family, please respond by Mon. Nov. 17to sarahivcf@verizon.net
Another opportunity is to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with a family in the Lancaster, PA areaThese spaces fill up quickly so you should contact Mim Stern at the beginning of Nov. Transportation will be provided from Philadelphia to Lancaster.  You will leave Philadelphia about noon on Thurs. Nov. 27 and return about 6pm on Sun. Nov.30.  The cost is $40 for international students over age 12.  For more information about this weekend, contact Mim Stern 215-222-1609  mimstern@yahoo.com  

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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