Monday, November 21, 2016

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 


ENGLISH CHATS and BIBLE DISCUSSIONS 
 Click here October and November Fun Events or scroll down


Intercultural Friends** offers free classes & discussions which will begin Tues. 9/6/16.  The 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.

Tuesdays 
4:00-5:30PM; English chats rogerw33@verizon.net ; Topical Chats & light dinner with Americans: Room 301 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
5:30-6:30pm; Bible Discussions over light dinner  rogerw33@verizon.net   What does the Bible say about current issues such as Justice, Money, Diversity, etc.  sharing your insights is encouraged; Room 301 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  Call ; Roger 215-964-3563

 Wednesdays
2:00-3:00 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
3:00-4:00 PM; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net : Discuss Teachings of Jesus and Teachings of Early Christians; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room; Call; Sarah 215-300-2164
4:00-5:00 PM; English Class;  sarahivcf@verizon.net  ; Individualized Pronunciation tutoring through reading “This Date in History”; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room; Call Sarah 215-300-2164

Thursdays
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313; 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 313; Call Sarah 215.300.2164

Fridays
7:30-9 PM; Small Group Bible Discussions: Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF)  pgcflead@yahoogroups.com (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/  
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ENGLISH CHATS – beginning 9/6/16
Tuesdays 
4:00-5:30PM; English chats rogerw33@verizon.net ; Topical Chats & light dinner with Americans: Room 301 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
5:30-6:30pm; Bible Discussions over light dinner  rogerw33@verizon.net   What does the Bible say about current issues such as Justice, Money, Diversity, etc.  - your insights encouraged; Room 301 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
Wednesdays
2:00-3:00 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
4:00-5:00 PM; English Class;  sarahivcf@verizon.net  ; Individualized Pronunciation tutoring through reading “This Date in History”; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference;  room Call Sarah 215-300-2164
Thursdays
12:00-1:15 PM; English Class: sarahivcf@verizon.net ; American Culture & Vocabulary; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313; Call Sarah:  215.300.2164

BIBLE DISCUSSIONS beginning 9/6/16
Wednesdays
3:00-4:00 PM; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net : Discuss Teachings of Jesus and Teachings of Early Christians; Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk 2nd floor conference room; Call; Sarah 215-300-2164
Tuesdays
5:30-6:30pm; Bible Discussions over light dinner  rogerw33@verizon.net   What does the Bible say about current issues such as Justice, Money, Diversity, etc.  sharing your insights is encouraged; Room 301 Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St.  Call ; Roger 215-964-3563
Thursdays
1:30 PM-2:30 PM beginning 9/4/15; Bible Discussion;  sarahivcf@verizon.net ; Compare Bible stories to Everyday life; Houston Hall 3417 Spruce St. room 313; Call Sarah 215.300.2164
Fridays – beginning 9/2/16
7:30-9 PM; beginning 8/28;15; Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF)  pgcflead@yahoogroups.com (variety of formats); Houston Hall room 314 http://dolphin.upenn.edu/pgcf/  



October and November Fun Events 2016

Fri. 10/28; 6pm Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving and 7-9pm movie “Luther” RSVP
Mon. 10/31; 5:30-7:30pm Traditional Halloween candy-giving RSVP if coming
Fri. 11/4; 6:30-10:30pm - A View of the Universe and the Sovereign God from an Astronomer and Scientist with Christian Faith and the Observatory/Planetarium at Eastern University RSVP by Thurs. 11/3  
Sat. 11/19; 5:30-10:00pm  Potluck and movie night RSVP preference comedy or drama
Thu.11/24  Thanksgiving with Americans Must RSVP
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December Dates T.B.A. -   Christmas Concert: Choir and Orchestra,; Live Nativity; Christmas tree decorating and Traditional Christmas Caroling
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Fri. 10/28; 6-10pm  Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving and movie “Luther” 
WHAT:  OCT. 31 is an interesting day celebrated in a unique way in America. We often “carve” pumpkins by cutting a face or an unusual design in a pumpkin.  This is called a Jack-o-lantern.  I will have several pumpkins that you can use to show your creativity or you can also bring your own pumpkin.   Then, 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_(2003_film) Soup, rice, hot chocolate, and popcorn provided
WHEN:  Fri. 10/28; 6pm Carving Pumpkins; 7-9pm “Luther” movie
WHERE:  3722 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

Mon. 10/31; 5:30-7:30pm Traditional Halloween candy-giving
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.
WHEN:  Mon. 10/31; 5:30pm candy-giving
WHERE:  3722 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. 11/4; 6:30-10:30pm - A View of the Universe and the Sovereign God from an Astronomer and Scientist with Christian Faith and the Observatory/Planetarium at Eastern University RSVP by Thurs. 11/3
WHAT:  Dr. David Bradstreet will give a short presentation of the universe in its vastness and its long history.  There will also be an extended question-and-answer time. Dr. Bradstreet, a graduate of U. of Penn, has a long history of studying and teaching astronomy.  He is also a committed Christian and sees no conflict between his Christian faith and the scientific study of the history of the universe.  Join us for his presentation, viewing the universe through the observatory, and bring your questions.  http://www.eastern.edu/academics/programs/astronomy-and-physics-department/history-bradstreet-observatory
WHEN:  Fri. 11/4 - 7:30-9:30pm - (leave University City about 6:45) we will try to provide transportation for people to Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.  If there are not enough cars, some people can take the Paoli/Thorndale train from 30th St. station
WHERE:  Meet in parking lot on Sansom St. between 37th and 38th St.  Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Rd. MCINNIS Learning Center 3rd floor Bradstreet Observatory
COST: $10 per person for use of Observatory (include in your RSVP a request for scholarship if $10 is too much for you)
TRANSPORTATION:  Contact Sarah sarahivcf@verizon.net 215-300-2164 if you can drive or if you need transportation.  If there are not enough cars, some students can take the 6:49pm Regional Rail train from 30th St. station to the St. Davids station - someone will transport you the 5 min. drive from the St. Davids train station to Eastern University  RSVP by Thurs. 11/3

Sat. 11/19; 5:30-10:00 pm; Potluck dinner and 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. 11/19: 5:30pm potluck dinner; 7:00pm movie
CONTACT:  Sarah 215-300-2164  sarahivcf@verizon.net  RSVP if you intend to come and your preference of comedy or drama movie

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24 - THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH AMERICANS
On Thursday November 24, 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. 

***  “Intercultural Friends is sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and partners with GLOBALCONNECTUCITY.  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 http://goo.gl/eAYzNJ