DIOPA Connections – One-Time Events: Programs


WomenConnecting – Advent: Finding Light in the Deepening
on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at St.
. As we approach the shorter days and the upcoming holidays, how do
we see and accept God’s light that radiates within us. We sense the end of something and the
beginnings of something new. How do we make this real in ourselves and our families as we
prepare for the winter season? Contact: Joanne Conway at joanneconway86@gmail.com. Come
and share with as we explore this challenge. The church is located at 8000 St. Martin’s Lane,
Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Save the Date! The Anti-Racism Commission of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Presents: Why, What To Do: Responding to Racism in
. These are often follow up questions by those contemplating the history of
race in America. Please join the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of
Pennsylvania on November 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal
, 5421 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA  19144. Come and See how others have
challenged themselves to respond and make a difference. For speakers and bios go to
www.Diopa.org ARC page. Register Online at: https://diopa.wufoo.com/forms/antiracismcommission-meeting/.


Reiki Healing Circle, Saturday, November 25th at
10 a.m. – Noon, St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1946 Welsh Road in
Philadelphia. Good will offering appreciated. Contact: 215- 969-3645.


St. Paul’s, Doylestown, 84 E. Oakland Ave. Doylestown, sponsors their 24th Annual
Christmas in Doylestown House Tour & Boutique, which
takes place Friday, December 1st, 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday December 2nd, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Snow Date: Sunday, December 3rd, 1 – 6 p.m.). Tour four Doylestown borough homes decorated
for the season and enjoy Tea at the parish hall. Advance Tickets ($25) are available through
November 30th. Purchase advance tickets on-line at www.StPaulsDoylestown.org or in person at
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church or FX Dougherty (64 S. Main St.). Tour Day Tickets are $30.
Tickets are non-refundable. Holiday Boutique opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on
Saturday with free admission, featuring Bake Table, boxed butter cookies, raffles, Christmas Attic. Info: www.StPaulsDoylestown.org or
215-348-5511. 1/2 of the proceeds benefit the Doylestown Homeless Shelter.

On Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the New Hope and
Lambertville communities will remember World AIDS Day with an annual memorial
to those who have died from HIV/AIDS and also those living with the disease. This year, the
memorial will host panels of local residents from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on the
thirtieth anniversary of its creation. The Quilt is a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people
lost to the AIDS epidemic. Each panel is 3 feet by 6 feet, approximately the size of the average grave;
this connects the ideas of AIDS and death more closely, even though only about 20% of the people
lost to AIDS related causes are represented. The quilt contains 48,000 individual memorial panels
(over 94,000 people) and weighing an estimated 54 tons. The event is cosponsored by FACT
(Fighting AIDS Continually Together), New Hope Celebrates, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. St.
Philip’s Church is located at 10 Chapel Road, New Hope.

On December 1st, the Church of the Advent, Hatboro invites its friends
and neighbors for hot chocolate and cookies, holiday music and ornament-
making immediately following the annual Hatboro Christmas
Tree Lighting
. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the
Church’s entrance immediately across from the Hatboro Federal Savings
Bank parking lot on Rorer Avenue. All are welcome!


WomenConnecting A Time to Nurture Our Inner Life on
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at Church of the Incarnation.
WomenConnecting offers participants a safe and hospitable place to explore together the
inner path to self-discovery and wholeness. This retreat offers an opportunity to learn deep
and compassionate listening, share experiences and stories, and cultivate awareness of the
inner life. Come with an open mind and an open heart. RSVP and for more information
contact: Rev. Harriet Kollin at 215-292-9782 or harrietkollin@comcast.net. The church is
located at 1505 Makefield Road, Morrisville, PA 19067.

Advent Retreat – “The Gift of Grace” hosted by Episcopal
Church Women with The Very Rev. Deirdre Whitfield. Join us at The
Church of St. Andrew & St. Monica
on Saturday, December 2,
from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A love offering is appreciated. The Very Rev.
Deirdre Whitfield is the author/writer of the website-blog Crusty Bread as
well as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Crusty Bread is a ministry of
reconciliation which then became a daily blog post for spiritual reflection
and meditation. www.crustybreadblog.com. For more information,
contact Debbie Brown at 267-815-7606 or Andrea N. Simpson at
267-278-3075. The church is located at 3600 Baring Street, Philadelphia,
PA 19104.

Contemporary Antisemitism: Is American Democracy
at Risk?
Join us for a dinner workshop on Wednesday, December 6 from 4:15 p.m. to
8:15 p.m. at Saint James School Philadelphia as we explore democratic values through the
lens of the state of antisemitism today. The workshop will raise questions and provide classroom
usable texts to explore events that expose the continuing vitality of this 2,000 year-old hatred.
We will consider what it means for our country and discuss how to bring this topic to our
classrooms. This workshop is available at no cost to educators and is sponsored by the Seed the
Dream Foundation. For more information:

Spiritual Cinema & Discussion – Friday, December 8th
at 7 p.m. at St. Luke ‘s Parish Hall, 1946 Welsh Road in Philadelphia. Featured
presentation: Promised Land, starring Matt Damon as salesman Steve Butler, who
offers residents of a rural town economic relief in exchange for drilling rights on
their land. What appears as an easy assignment becomes complex, as Damon’s
character faces both personal and professional conflicts. Free organic popcorn and
iced tea. Goodwill offering appreciated. 215-969-3645.

The Rev. Marek Zabriskie to Speak at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen on
December 8th at 6:30 p.m. – Sabbath Rest and Why It
Matters to Everyone
. Why do we so often break the one commandment
that God gives us to stop working and renew ourselves. Sabbath is crucial to our lives
as Jews and Christians and we neglect it at our own expense. The Sabbath is perhaps
more vital today than ever in a world that has gone mad and operating 24/7, where we
accomplish more yet experience higher levels of depression, fatigue, anxiety, loneliness
and isolation. Honoring the Sabbath is a gift God given us for a reason and so that we might experience joy.

Save the Date – Emmanuel Resurrection Episcopal Church

Saturday, December 9th – 2:00 p.m. You Are Invited to Tea. A proper fun tea – the wearing of hats is welcomed! $10 for advanced tickets

Sunday, December 10th – 3:00 p.m. Grand Celebratory Dinner from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres and Remembrances. 4:30 p.m. Dinner.

For more information and RSVPs for events, please call 215-624-8520 (office). We celebrate the past, live the present, plan for the future.