Tuesday, September 30, 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  

Weekly schedule for English Chats and Bible Discussions

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 wit h 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

Fri. 10/3 – Panel discussion “Ethics in Our Work and Studies” – 7:30-9:00pm
Fri.  Fri. 10/10 – Potluck and Board Games – 6:30-9:00pm
Sat. 10/18 – Trip to Lancaster and Amish tour 9:30am – 7:00pm:  must RSVP by 10/16
Wed. 10/22 – Veritas Forum “Is Justice Possible?”: Professor David Skeel of Penn Law School, keynote speaker 7:00-8:30pm
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
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

Fri. 10/3; 7:30-9:00pm – International Discussion Forum Panel discussion “Ethics in Our Work and Studies”
WHAT: Prioritizing involves various kinds of choices.  In every type of work and studies, we sometimes face ethical challenges – these are often in “gray” areas.  Can the Bible or other spiritual values give us guidance in these difficult decisions?  A panel from various work and academic disciplines will share their experiences and multi-national small group discussions will allow us to learn from each other. Refreshments following.
WHERE: Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 314
CONTACT:  Sarah  215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net

Fri. 10/10; 6:30-9:00pm – Potluck and Board Games with International and American students
WHAT: Potluck - bring food to share, or money to help pay for pizza, and/or you favorite board game. Join Americans and International students in the Penn Grad Christian Fellowship to eat and play.
WHERE: University City Lutheran Church; N.E. corner of 37th and Chestnut Streets – ring doorbell to enter

CONTACT:  Sarah  215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net   

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



Wed. 10/22: 7:00-8:30pm – Veritas Forum “Is Justice Possible?”; Professor David Skeel of Penn Law School, keynote speaker
WHAT: Professor David Skeel will be speaking from his newly released book, “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.” Rogers Smith (Political Science, Associate Dean for Social Sciences) will be the on-stage Dialogue Partner, representing another viewpoint. Reception following the presentation.

WHERE: Cohen Hall G-7 Auditorium (enter from patio area behind Houston Hall)

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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