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Newsletter   I   MARCH 2014


The four seasons
  • Spring  – The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The date varies each year from March 20 to 23. The day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.
  • Summer – The first day of summer is called the summer solstice. The date varies each year from June 20 to 22. On this day we enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year. However, after this date the length of daylight starts to decrease.
  • Fall (Autumn)  – The first day of fall is called the autumnal equinox.  The date varies each year from September 21 to 24. For the second time in the year, day and night are each about 12 hours long. The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward. It rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.
  • Winter (Date varies from December 20 and 23) – The first day of winter is called the winter solstice. The date varies each year from December 20 to 23. This is the darkest day of the year (shortest daylight hours). But after this date, the amount of daylight begins to increase.

  • While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22).


  • Weather Records in Pittsburgh

    Lowest Temperature             -22F (-30C)        1994-01-19
    Coldest Day                            -13F (-25C)       1994-01-19
    Coldest Month                       11.4F (-11.4C)   January 1977
    Coldest Average Year          4 8.0F (8.9C)          1976
    Warmest Temperature         103F (39.4C)     1988-07-16
    Warmest Day                          92F (33.3C)    1918-08-06
    Warmest Month                    80.3F (26.8C)     July 1887
    Warmest Average Year         55.4F (13.0C)        1921

  • How God Used Weather to Save Washington D.C.

    During the War of 1812, the British sent about 4,000 troops to burn down Washington D.C. hoping that would cause America’s surrender. They managed to set fire to many of the key government and public buildings, including the White House. However, before they could set more fires, a thunderstorm suddenly formed and hit the city. The rainfall was so intense it extinguished many of the fires. Then the thunderstorm unleashed an unusual tornado that traveled to where the British were in the city. It inflicted so many casualties on the British that they withdrew from the city, never to return. 


Words of Wisdom

  • The big problem is not whether the Bible is true. The big problem is whether it is true in you.
                                                                           ~ A. W. Tozer

  • The best relationship is the one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
                                                                           ~ Unknown

  • You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.
                                                                           ~ Dick Armey


Happy New Year!

     Dear International Friends,

     In 2014, spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20th at 12:57 P.M. EDT. Here in Pittsburgh we are all looking forward to spring! That word never looked so good! For nature, the very word “spring” points to new life after what seems a cold and melancholy winter. This reminds us of what God wants to do in all of our lives. He wants to bring back the spring time in our hearts. Some years ago a songwriter, Kurt Kaiser, wrote a song entitled “Lord Bring Back the Springtime.” Here are some of the words to that song:

     Lord, to my heart bring back the springtime.
     Take away the cold and dark of sin.
     And, Oh refill me now, sweet Holy Spirit:
     May I warm and tender be again.

     You see with God there is always an opportunity for a new beginning – a springtime. That’s why we love to share His love with you, our international friends. No matter how you have failed or how broken with disappointment you feel – God loves you. He and He alone can make you new again and give you something worth living for!      Recently, we have been thinking how erroneous it is to consider people as being of different races. The beauty of the Bible is that it teaches there is no such thing as races – just one race, the human race. We all descended from common first parents. Therefore, we are all of one blood and one race. Yes, we are blood brothers and sisters and through Jesus Christ we can become spiritual brothers and sisters. God’s purpose has always been that we would be one. That’s why Jesus prayed, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us” (John 17:20-21 NKJV). So remember – we are all just one race and that’s why we sing, “God loves people any shape, any color, any size!”

                           --Terry & Pam Tiberio, ISF Directors

March 21st ISF Gathering

We would like to invite you to the Spring ISF Gathering. This gathering will be on Friday, March 21st at 7:30 PM in the Ballroom of the William Pitt Union. The William Pitt Union is located in Oakland on the corner of Bigelow and Fifth Avenue. To get to the Ballroom, use the entrance on Fifth Avenue and go to your right and then turn left at the information desk.   
At this gathering we to want share with you the warmth and hope of springtime! So we desire the message to help you and encourage you as you face the challenges of life. We will have music, a delicious meal, warm fellowship and there will also be special children’s activities in the Kurtzman Room. We hope to see you and remember that it’s all free!

ISF FEBRUARY GATHERING (February 14th, 2014)

80 present, from 5 countries: Bosnia, China,Haiti, Taiwan and the USA.

Hope to see you at the March ISF
gathering on March 21 at the at the William Pitt Union, at 7:30 PM


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