Friday, January 31, 2014

Intercultural Friends

A site for International Students and Scholars: University of Penn and Drexel: Philadelphia

and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS  are posted on the Calendar  They are described below. 

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Correction:  Camden River Sharks date and time has been changed.  Please view the 6/20 date below.

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.
SUMMER 2014  CLASSES: Thurs. 5/29 – Thurs. 7/31
·        Wed. – 5:15 – 6:30pm English topical chats in small groups with Americans.  Light dinner provided: 6:30-7:45pm  Overview of Whole Bible::progress each week with short video, reading & discussion; Location: Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. 6/4 & 6/11 room 223; 6/18 room 217; 6/25 & 7/2 room 311; 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 room 223. 
·        Thurs. – 12:15-1:30pm English discussion of topical idioms; 1:45-3:00pm Art & the Bible (discuss famous paintings based on Bible stories); Location: Graduate Student Center 2nd floor conference room 3615 Locust Walk
·        Thurs. May 8; 6-9pm  End of the Year International Class Cookout & Potluck; cookout  & potluck- hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and beverages provided - bring food to share with others; we will play games & make ice cream traditional way;  at Sarah’s house 3722 Baring St. (about 4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. – look for flower flag)  RSVP to or 215-300-2164
·        Sat. 5/24; 10am-3pm  Morris Arboretum;   meet at 10am in front of International House (37th St. and Chestnut St.); bring own lunch or buy there; free for anyone with Penn card; $16 for other adults;  RSVP for ride by 5/22 to or 215-300-2164 
·        Weekend 5/22-5/26; True Leadership Retreat: a high energy leadership retreat that equips this generation of international leaders to act with integrity, relate well cross-culturally, and impact the world profoundly.  Retreat is at Trout Lake, Stroudsburg, PA; a van will transport students from Philadelphia.  For more information see or email Tim Newbrander
·        Sat. 6/14 6:30-10:30pm American Rodeo in NJ  Authentic Western Rodeo with roping, bucking horses, bulls, etc. See  for more information.  Meet at 3722 Baring St. OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  Cost: $15 adults, $10 children, $6 for transportation (drivers will be reimbursed)  (RSVP by 6/12)   215-300-2164
·        Fri. 6/20, 6:00-11pm Camden Riversharks professional baseball game – Baseball & fireworks at Camden, NJ; The Phillies are more famous but the Riversharks are a lot of fun ….. the Riversharks are a professional baseball team, part of the Atlantic League which is rated at least AAA baseball .  This ballpark is in Camden, near the Delaware River, overlooking the Philadelphia skyline.  Meet at the Penn Book store, 36th & Walnut St. at 6pm & travel by SEPTA and PATCO.  Roundtrip transportation will cost 2 SEPTA tokens plus $2.50 (roundtrip PATCO).  Baseball tickets are $14 (we can buy at ballpark).  You can also bring money for sandwiches, drinks, etc. at the ballpark (not allowed to bring food or drinks into the ballpark). Fireworks are after the game.  We will get home about 11pm.  If you are traveling by yourself or a small group, Roger  can drive you home from their houses.  For more info see   RSVP BY 6/19  Contact:  or 215-964-3563
·        Tues. 7/1; 6-11pm Philadelphia orchestra concert plus fireworks at Penn’s Landing (free);  meet at Penn book store and take public transportation to Penn’s landing; RSVP by 6/30. To or 215-300-2164
·        Sat. 7/12 9am - 2pm  Blueberry and/or Peach Picking in NJ. Meet at 3722 Baring St.  Buy the fruit you pick (the type of fruit available depends on the recent weather); other fresh fruit and vegetables for sale hot dogs & ice cream for sale or bring your own picnic lunch; $6 for transportation (about 45 min. drive); Optional – learn how to make fruit pie after we return; contact:  215-300-2164  RSVP by 7/10 for transportation
·        Sat. 7/26; 9:30 am 2:30pm Bartram’s Garden – hiking, picnic, potluck, & make ice cream;  meet at 3722 Baring St… OR …. CVS at 43rd & Locust; This is the first professional garden built in the U.S. after Europeans arrived.  It is in W. Philadelphia only a few minutes from U. of Penn and Drexel.  We will stroll around the gardens then eat lunch together – bring some food to share – we will provide hotdogs cooked on the grill & ingredients to make ice cream.. Contact:: Sarah  215-300-2164  RSVP by Thurs. 7/24
·        Sat. 8/9; 4-11pm  Longwood Gardens outdoor & indoor gardens; fountain & light show set to music. Bring a picnic dinner to eat at the garden area.  Meet at 3722 Baring St. OR  CVS 43rd & Locust:  Cost is $16 for non-students; students with ID $8; more discounts for groups over 15 plus $5 if you need transportation (any drivers will be reimbursed).  See  RSVP by 8/7 for transportation Sarah 215-300-2164
·        Wed. 8/20; 6-10 pm  Shopping trip for new international students.  Must RSVP by 8/19 to  
·        Sat. 8/23; 9am - 10pm  Day Trip to New Jersey Beach:  meet at 308 N. 37th St. (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:  215-964-3563

Other English classes and Bible Discussions sponsored by friends of “Intercultural Friends” Please call the numbers below to confirm times.
7:00-8:30 PM; English Class ; 4420 Pine St.  Call Helen Liang: 215.779.8396
7:00 - 8:00 P.M; English Classes; 8:00-9:00 P.M. Bible Discussion ; Tenth Presbyterian Church  17th St. & Spruce St.
6:30-9:00 P.M.  Dinner, Bible discussion & singing in Chinese or English For locations Call:  Helen Liang 215.779.8396
9:30-11:30 A.M. English Class; ; 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA Church of the Saviour in suburbs near Lancaster Ave.; R5 Paoli train Call: Yeung Hahn 610.520.9633
11:00 AM International Worship ; Tenth Presbyterian Church  17th St. & Spruce St.
4:00 PM Christian Worship Service in Mandarin: Helen Liang 215.779.8396 ; 45th & Walnut St.. (Church of God)

***  “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).