PARISH EVENTS - September 17, 2014



Faith at Five: "Come as you are, and be as you are.” This is a new service at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. This is an informal 45 minute service with a diversity of music and all ages are welcome. This service is convenient for those who may be working on Sunday mornings or have other commitments. On the last Sunday of each month Choral Evensong will be held. This new service will be held Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Trinity Thrift Shop, Trinity Church, Swarthmore,
301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA is open the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. They do not accept any computer equipment or TV's.

What's New in Godly Play?
Godly Play meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at Cathedral Offices in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor. In Godly Play each week we "get ready" for our story, which can be a profound spiritual practice. It is not just the children who are at times not ready - in fact, who of us is ready to come into the presence of God's word?

On the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore will be having an evening of Healing service and prayers. This event is open to all in the community as a way for you to come and receive prayers for health, situations, for a way to express your concern for events in the world, and for all those who hold a genuine concern for someone else or for events in the community, nation and the world. The church welcomes everyone. For more information contact the event organizer direct at: 610-544-2297 or email at:

Help raise funds
for the Choir of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, for their trip to England next Summer to sing at Winchester Cathedral. The choir has partnered with Flower Power Fundraising to offer top-quality flower bulbs and plants which can be easily ordered online and shipped directly to your home. The web address is and there is a special webpage dedicated to the choir's Winchester trip. To view the beautiful flowers, just bring up the webpage, click on "place an order" and search the "Find a Group" area for Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, Pennsylvania.

On the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore will be having an evening of Healing service and prayers. This event is open to all in the community as a way for you to come and receive prayers for health, situations, for a way to express your concern for events in the world. The church welcomes everyone. For more information the media can contact the event organizer direct at: 610-544-2297 or email at:

The Redeemer Thrift Shop, Church of the Redeemer
, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off on Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please come by and shop and see what bargains you can get especially with the holidays approaching. For more information, please call the church office at 610-544-8113.

St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Sugartown
, has joined with the Malvern Farmer’s Market and the West Chester Food Cupboard to address hunger in our community. Members of the parish will be on site at the Farmer’s Market on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month to collect and deliver food and cash donations to the West Chester Food Cupboard. This Outreach Initiative supplements the St. Francis Community Garden and our other Outreach Programs.

St. Francis-in-the-Fields
is pleased to announce two online and email Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities. “Food for the Journey” at and “With Grateful Hearts” at “Food for the Journey”, the Rector’s commentary on the Gospel for the coming week is published each Tuesday. “With Grateful Hearts” is a daily prayer and study offering based on the Sunday Lectionary. Both are also available by email subscription.  If you would like to receive these mailings by email, contact The Rev. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk at Audio versions of the Sunday Sermon are also online at the parish website:



Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community in partnership with Calvary St. Augustine Episcopal Church of Philadelphia Presents:  Philly Ujima Lay Health Worker Training. The training is sponsored by the National Office on Women’s Health and designed to give individuals and organizations a crash course on overall wellness. The 10 week training series is held every Thursday, starting September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014 from 12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Calvary St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 814 N 41st St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To register, contact Sharon Congleton at 215-222-2070 or

All Saints Episcopal Church
, 535 Haws Ave., Norristown, is inviting everyone to come out Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, to participate in the congregation’s Third Annual Pie Festival as part of the celebration of All Saints’ 125th anniversary year. Bakers will roll out their pastry dough to make some monetary dough for the ongoing food ministries within Norristown. The outdoor festival will feature loads of pies, sales and flea markets along with games and a moon bounce for the younger set.

Last Taizé at St. George's Church, (Ardmore Ave. & Darby Road, Ardmore) on September 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.More than 10 years ago, a dedicated group of volunteers began offering a Sunday evening Taizé-style service at St. George’s. With lights off, candles lit, we sang, played instruments, and offered a worship service of quiet reflection. This will be the final monthly Taizé service. Come and help us say good-bye to this St. George tradition.

Spiritual Gifts Workshop
: Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts (2 sessions) Sunday, September 21 from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 from 12 Noon - 1 Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Presenter: The Rev. Robert L. Tate. What are your unique, God-given abilities and interests? How is God calling you to use your spiritual gifts in doing Christ's ministry in the church and in the world? A fun, practical, one-hour workshop for the whole Cathedral congregation.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church of Blue Bell
will host an afternoon of magical delights. Join us Sunday, September 21 at 4 p.m. as we welcome Richard and Joanne Gustafson, members of Hollywood’s Magicians Hall of Fame. They will entertain with a laughter-filled program of colorful, fast-moving, eye appealing magic and audience participation that will be sure to entertain and amaze all ages! Admission is free and all are welcome; a free-will offering is encouraged. St. Dunstan’s is located at 750 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, across from Blue Bell Elementary.

The Episcopal Church Women and Holy Apostles and the Mediator present the 18th Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Minister Diana Lynn Durnell. The Rev. Edward Garrigan is the Interim Rector and Byron Golson is the Director of Music.

Blessing of the Backpacks & Annual Fall Picnic
on September 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Come join the St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne congregation as we welcome in the new school year, blessing both teachers and students, as well as the church grounds! Then join us for a hamburger and some games at our delicious Annual Picnic! Hope you can make it!

Please join us at Church of the Annunciation B.V.M. (324 W. Carpenter Ln., Philadelphia, PA) for "Homecoming" on September 21, 2014 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. A delicious dinner sponsored by the ECW will follow the Mass. The Rev. Ron Parker will be Preaching. "All Are Welcome."

This fall there are three opportunities to meet weekly with a group to study the scriptures at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Groups meet in the Houston Room of the Parish Hall. They are ongoing, but always welcome new members, who can join at any time. The Seven Letters of Paul: Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. (Meetings resume September 23.) Facilitators: Carol Duncan ( and Cathy Glazer ( The Book of Genesis: Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (Meetings resume September 25.). Facilitator: Greg Williams ( The Synoptic Gospels: Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Meetings resume September 25.). Facilitator: Helen White (

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
presents Domestic Violence in Chester County: Awareness, Prevention and Healing from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on September 23. The panel discussion features testimonials from victims of domestic violence, including a member of St. Andrew's who will speak from personal experience, and representatives from the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Bridge of Hope and Home of the Sparrow. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information: Contact Susan Weidener at  or visit the church website at

Jazz and Joe at Church of Gloria Dei Church
on Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Gloria Dei Church is located at Christian and Columbus Ave. (916 South Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147 (215-389-1513). Parking is Available. Cost: a donation to help Gloria Dei defray the cost would be appreciated. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided. BYOW (bring your own wine if you choose). Paula Johns – vocals.

Grace Church, Hulmeville will be participating in annual Hulmeville Flea Market on Saturday, September 27th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Our parking lot will be filled, along with the town, with flea market vendors selling their stuff. Our youth group will have drinks and baked goodies for sale. The ladies of the church will have the parish hall open for those who want to sit and enjoy a little something for breakfast and/or lunch. Grace Episcopal Church; 313 Main Street; Hulmeville, PA 19047.

Church of Our Saviour in Jenkintown Apple Festival and Flea Market, Saturday, September 27, 2014
from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. 821 Homestead Road, Jenkintown. Rain or Shine. Flea Market, children’s activities and apple pies, mums, chili, hot dogs and baked goods for sale. Come join the fun at this kid friendly event! Vendor space available, $15 for 10 x 10 space. For more info contact: or 215-887-0500.

September 27th – Pulled Pork & Apple Bake Event.
Featuring a Car & Truck Cruise In. Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville will hold their annual fall event from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. which benefits the Interfaith Hospitality Network. This great event will include Classic Cars and Trucks, Pulled PorkDinner, Bratwurst, Apple Baked Desserts and Music.To register a car or truck please email Cindy at or visit our website at Food tickets at the door.$10 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Parkesburg, will be holding its Annual Craft Fair & Silent Auction on Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine! Lots of crafts, fabulous food, a bake sale and the always interesting and fun Silent Auction! Bidding ends at 3 p.m. Join us for a great day of fellowship and shopping. The church is located at 406 Second Ave., Parkesburg. 610-857-9176.

The Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Road, Harleysville, will hold its second annual Car and Truck Cruise In and Pulled Pork and Apple Bake dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Register your classic vehicles now for free by emailing There will be music, prizes and drawings. The dinner, at $10 for adults and $6 for children, will feature pulled pork or bratwurst sandwiches with side dishes and apple pie. Get more info at

Blessing of the Animals - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, September 28 at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist. Commemorating the feast of St. Francis, we celebrate the beauty of all God's creatures, with our annual Blessing of Animals after the service. We look forward to seeing you and your pets.

On September 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Church of the Annunciation B.V.M. (324 W. Carpenter Ln., Philadelphia, PA) will have a Sensational "Jazz Vespers" featuring top of the charts soloist Ms. Paula Johns ("A Voice like Buttermilk poured over Velvet"-critic Bill Kingsley) with Father Ron Parker and his fabulous Jazz Musicians. Great desserts provided after the jazz vespers. Cost $12.00. Please come and bring friends to enjoy this special event. For Tickets – Lew Berry at 215-757-5599; Esther London at 215-424-2836.

Understanding Islam: A Primer at St. George’s Episcopal Church (Ardmore Ave & Darby Rd, Ardmore) Wednesdays @ 7 p.m.
Islam, the world's second largest but least understood religion among Christians, is one of the three great monotheistic Abrahamic faiths. Fr. Ryan, who studied Islam extensively, will offer his insights into this fascinating faith. October 1, 2014: The Prophet; October 8: The Qur'an; October 15: The Pillars; October 22: The Sects. Optional: Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong (1993).

The Men of Grace Church Hulmeville will be hosting Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 4th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door – adults - $12.00, children 12 and under $6.00. This year’s menu will include Pork & Kielbasa with Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes, Cabbage Noodles, Green Beans and Dessert. Grace Episcopal Church; 313 Main Street; Hulmeville, PA 19047.

Church of the Holy Apostles
, 1020 Remington Road at Dover Road, Wynnewood, PA, will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 4th, from 6-8 p.m. on the front lawn of the church. Bratwursts and beverages provided; side dishes and desserts to share requested.

St. John's Church in Huntingdon Valley is holding their annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Soup and other ready-to-eat food will be sold by St. John's youth, the proceeds from which will support their work at St. Mark's Saturday Soup Bowl in Philadelphia. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking. Vendor space is also available. See our website at for a vendor agreement form with more information, or call the parish office at 215-947-3212.

In partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary and other local denominational bodies, Southeastern PA Synod Lutheran Youth Organization are hosting a “Youth Ministry in Small Churches” training. The training will take place Friday, October 3 & Saturday, October 4 in the Carmel Presbyterian Church, Glenside. There will be a great keynote, workshops and time for networking in small groups. The cost is $50 which includes meals and financial assistance is available through the synod. For more information:

Virginia Crichlow’s 5th Annual Pantry Party
at Holy Apostles and the Mediator on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. $ 2.00 Admission/Donation. Doors Open at 12:30p.m. Fill your pantry for the Holiday Season! Delicious Caribbean platters $7.00. Hot Dog with soda & chips $1.00. Hot Sausage $1.25. Drawings and door prizes announced every half hour. Free loaf of fresh bread to the first 25 people. Visit us on the web us on Facebook:
St. John the Evangelist, Rt 420, Essington will hold their Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sit down or Take out. Adults/$9.00, Children 7-12/$4.00, Under 7/$1.00. Call: 610-521-0944 to reserve tickets.

Pet Blessing: Pets will be blessed during the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, October 5, at St. John's Church in Huntingdon Valley. Please bring your pets and join us for this wonderful all-age worship. All are welcome, and we will be making a very joyful noise! St. John's is located at 1333 Old Welsh Rd (Rt. 63), at the intersection with Washington Lane. Find us on the web at

The Vestry and Congregation Invites you to St. George St. Barnabas Church in the City of Philadelphia for the Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a New Rector - The Reverend Gerald S. Collins on the Feast of Philip, Saturday, 11 October 2014, Eleven o'clock in the morning. Festive reception follows the service in the Parish House. Parking is available across the street from the church available to the church and reception via the Bell Tower. Address: 520 South 61st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143.

St. Augustine Episcopal Church is planning a trip to attend the Acolyte Festival at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Tickets will include the Festival at the Cathedral, time to tour the Cathedral, lunch, time at the Lincoln Memorial & New Martin Luther King Bust, Dinner at the Golden Coral in Maryland, transportation and snacks. Cost is approximately $80.00 or less. Please call 215-222-2070 to reserve your spot as soon as possible. We need 40 people to make this happen. Deadline date is September 19, 2014. For additional information call Burhedita Gonzalez at 215-888-0052.

Jazz and Joe at Church of Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham
on Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham is located at Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham, PA, 18912 (215-794-7921). Parking is Available. Cost: a suggested donation of $5.00 to help defray the cost would be appreciated. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.

The Russian vocal group, LYRA, will perform a concert of Russian Orthodox liturgical music as well as folk songs of the Russian culture on Monday evening, October 20, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Media. For the first part of the concert, the singers will draw from their rich repertoire and perform pieces. The second part of the concert will be comprised of folk songs from their rich Russian heritage. Christ Church is located at 311 South Orange Street, Media, PA, 19063. 610-566-7525.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Apple Pie Party and Contest. Join us on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. First prize for Best Homemade Pie is $100. Admission ($10/adults, $5/kids 4-12 and FREE for kids under 4). Proceeds will benefit St. Paul's Episcopal in Levittown, PA and our sister church, All Saints Episcopal in Fallsington, PA. For more information: Please visit our website at for contest rules and an updated schedule of events.

Jazz and Joe at Church of Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham on Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham is located at Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham, PA, 18912 (215-794-7921). Parking is Available. Cost: a suggested donation of $5.00 to help defray the cost would be appreciated. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.

Bishop's Christmas Luncheon for Retired Clergy, Souses and Widows
, Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12 noon Eucharist at St. Mary’s, Cathedral Road followed by Luncheon at Cathedral Village.  RSVP to The Rev. Lloyd Winter,

Join the Episcopal Church Women of St. Andrew & St. Monica for the presentation of: Moses at Sight & Sound Theatres on January 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Payment Schedule: Deposit of $45 due ASAP, Half of Balance due September 21, 2014. Final payment October 19, 2014. Bus Leaves: Church of Ss. Andrew & Monica, 3600 Baring Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. For more information please contact: Delphine Simpson (215-477-0807) or Andrea Simpson (267-278-3075).



Permanent full time position: Operations Specialist for The Church Foundation. Salary: Based on experience. Provide operational, administrative and clerical support to the Executive Director.  Develop processes for the daily operations and improved ways to maintain records and files as well as financial analysis and forecasting for The Church Foundation. Participate in the transactions of the Executive Secretary and other such assignments as the Executive Vice President may direct. Forward a resume to R. Alan Lindsay by September 19, 2014 either via email: or mail it to: The Church Foundation, Brossman Hall - 3rd Floor, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA,
is seeking a detailed, focused, and cooperative accounting/bookkeeping professional to fill our opening for an Accounting Manager/Director. This position reports to the Parish Administrator, and provides accurate bookkeeping and accounting for all parish finances (audit, budgeting, operating, graveyard, capital campaign, St. David’s Fair…). A Strong working knowledge of ACS is an imperative for this position, and the ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting (a master’s would be a plus), with demonstrated excellence in organization, communication, and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will also have proven ability to successfully and efficiently complete simultaneous projects while working within tight deadlines. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé, a minimum of three references, and salary requirements to:

The Girls’ Friendly Society of Pennsylvania (GFS)/Holiday House at Grace Church and the Incarnation, Philadelphia, PA is growing quickly and is seeking a Grant Writer. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, knowledge of fundraising information sources, experience in proposal writing and institutional donors, and strong contributor in team environments.  Previous experience with non-profit fundraising preferred. For additional information contact 610-213-0495.

Episcopal Community Services
(ECS), a Philadelphia non-profit social services agency, located in Society Hill, is seeking a motivated, self-starter advancement professional to fill its opening for a Volunteer Coordinator (VC). The VC reports to the Community Engagement Manager (CEM) and will provide support in the development and stewardship of relationships with ECS volunteers. Strong belief in and passion for the mission and values of ECS is imperative for this position. The ideal candidate will have excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills; as well as, the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines. For a comprehensive overview of our benefits package or to apply online please visit our employment home page; at For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: or mail to ECS, Attention: HR/VC, 225 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; FAX 215.351.0294 EOE.

Looking for Outreach Opportunities? St. Gabriel's Church, a mission parish in Philadelphia, offers hands on outreach ministry opportunities for youths and adults. Make a difference by calling Vicar Nancy at 215-329-3807.

St. James School
– located at 3217 W. Clearfield Street in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Philadelphia – is looking for your help! Administrative assistance, librarians, homework partners, and many more volunteer positions are waiting for you. Ready to make a difference? Please contact Jessi Krumrei, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 215.226.1276 or For information on our school and directions to our campus, kindly visit our website:

Youth Group Director, All Hallows Church, Wyncote.
This position provides general oversight and direction of the Christian Education program for the parish youth group (6th- 12th graders). The primary responsibility of this part-time position (10-15 hrs. per week) is to provide direction to a Christian Education program specific to adolescents, identifying, implementing and supervising weekly activities of the group that aims to lead youth into becoming faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.Please contact the Rev. Mark Ainsworth if interested. rector@allhallowswyncote.orgor 215-885-1641.



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Weight Watchers at Calvary St. Augustine
: We are on a mission to get healthy at Calvary St. Augustine and you’re invited to join us. We’d like to start an onsite weekly Weight Watchers group and are in need of at least 20 people to register. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information please contact the church at 215-222-2070.

Free Canon Image Runner C5035 Toners:
Trinity Memorial Church has updated there copier/printer and has a supply of unopened/unused toner cartridges for a Canon Image Runner C5035. If you would like them and come pick them up, they are yours. Please contact the church office at (215)732-2515 or email  if you are interested.

Free 12' Conference Table
. If interested please contact Christ Church, Ithan at 610-688-1110.

Washington Memorial Chapel
has an extensive amount of choral music that is available for purchase. There are approximately 2,800 choral titles representing about 65,000 separate pieces of music. To search for available titles, go to Music is sold at face value however to minimize our retrieval labor costs there is a minimum total purchase of $50.00. Shipping and handling is a flat charge of $5.00. Look for a Saturday date when the inventory will be available for inspection and sale at the Chapel at Valley Forge National Park. Contact: Neal Basile at 610-783-0120.

The Gift Shop at St. David's
is able to offer the opportunity to all churches in our parish and beyond services such as ordering Prayer books for Confirmation or your pews, Bibles, Hymnals, other books, Wall Kalendars, desk calendars, inspirational gifts for all occasions and many fair traded goods from around the world. We have been open for 13 years and although not on the web as yet you can read about us at or call 484-580-8486. We are open most days but Monday but if we are not here please leave a message and we will be happy to return your call and help you.

St. Alban’s, Newtown Square, offers parish hall as “Alban’s Garden” for party rental space, Friday nights and Saturdays.
Accommodates a maximum of 130 for sit-down or buffet meal. Adjoining kitchen is commercial facility enjoyed by many a caterer. French doors open from hall onto patio onto country setting of expansive grounds with shrubs and trees…lovely and green late spring through early fall. Contact Patti Carr, 610-356-0459, x21,

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