PARISH EVENTS - January 21, 2015

 

ONGOING EVENTS

January is a wonderful time to begin The Bible Challenge and either read the entire Bible or the entire New Testament, Proverbs and Psalms in a year. Consider encouraging your entire parish or some other members of your church or family and friends to join you in making a spiritual resolution in 2015 to engage God’s Word on a regular basis and participate in The Bible Challenge. This ministry began at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in 2011 and has spread to over 2,500 churches in more than 40 countries with over 500,000 people participating now in The Bible Challenge. To find out how you or your parish and you can participate, visit: www.thecenterforbiblicalstudies.org or email the Rev. Marek Zabriskie at: mzabriskie@stthomaswhitemarsh.org. The Center for Biblical Studies website offers reading plans for adults, teenagers and parents and children and lots of helpful resources to parish and individuals.

The Seamen’s Church Institute
needs your coats! This time of year, seafarers come into the Port of Philadelphia from warmer climates and have no idea what they’re in for with our winter days. SCI is always looking for gently used winter coats to be given out to seafarers to help them bear the cold. A winter coat can make all the difference in the life of a seafarer. Donations can be mailed to: 475 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134, or dropped off at your convenience to the same address. Thank you in advance for your help!

Reading is one of the most pleasurable and inexpensive ways to learn, travel, and escape the harshness and pressures of life. This past September, The Rev. K. Brewster Hastings, Rector of St. Anne’s Church, Abington, PA, published a collection of short stories entitled “A Certain Kind of Affection.” Each story captures moments in the lives of ordinary people as they cope with restlessness and desire. The stories invite the reader to ask the questions, “What satisfies me? Where is my peace?” The book is available for sale at all major internet booksellers, a perfect Christmas gift!”

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.

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: josephagerman425@gmail.com.

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 www.stfrancisfields.com and “With Grateful Hearts” at www.fifthpromise.org. “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 rectorstfrancisfields@verizon.net. Audio versions of the Sunday Sermon are also online at the parish website:  www.stfrancisfields.com.

 

 

ONE-TIME EVENTS

Jazz and Joe at Trinity Church, Buckingham on Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Trinity Church, Buckingham (Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham PA, 18912; 215-794-7921). Parking is available. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.  Cost: a suggested donation of $5.00 to help defray the cost would be appreciated. Appearing at this event Alan Segal.

The Montgomery deanery
is hosting a Youth Lock on January 23rd from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. at Philadelphia Athletic Club in Chalfont, PA. All youth from 6th to 12th grades are invited to attend. The event will include swimming, laser tag, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and all other indoor sports the club offers. For more information please contact The Rev. Jay Walton from St. Matthew’s Church @ Jay@saintmattsec.org.

Women Connecting - Saturday, January 24, 2015
from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut Hill. Women Connecting is a seasonal gathering of women. Through the gifts of silent reflection and deep listening, we share and receive each other in the stories that we tell. As we listen and experience being heard, we come to a deeper knowledge of both ourselves and the community to which we belong. For more information or to register, click on the Wellspring link at www.StMartinEC.org.

Sunday, January 25 – Souper Bowl Sunday
at Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA  19064.  610-544-8113, website: www.redeemerspringfield.com. With a soup and bread lunch following the 10:15 a.m. service. Donations for St. Mary’s, Chester, Food Cupboard is your ticket for the lunch.

Please join St. Christopher's Church, Gladwyne for a special speaker and coffee hour forum hosted by the Antiracism Commission of the diocese of PA, January 25, and February 1 after the 10 a.m. service. We hope you can join us as we explore how we can live out our Baptismal Covenant and Become the Beloved Community.

Stop Hunger Now – Pac-A-Thon
- Sunday, January 25th following the 10:00 a.m. service in MacColl Auditorium at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. During this Pac-a-thon members of all ages in our church will help pack 20,000 meals to feed people around the world.  Join us for an experience that is the closest thing to Jesus’ multiplication of the fish and loaves that you will experience in your lifetime.  It’s great fun for a great cause. All ages can participate; there is a role for everyone!

Jazz Vespers
at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church of Blue Bell (750 Skippack Pike Blue Bell PA 19422). The Joe Benedict Quartet featuring Larry McKenna on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 p.m. Joe Benedict is an accomplished pianist with college degrees in music and years of experience playing with many jazz greats in the Philadelphia area. His quartet features the great Larry McKenna. Larry is one of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players. He is known for his gorgeous, velvety sound and the unparalleled beauty of his balladry. For years, Larry’s status as a jazz great has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the jazz stars with whom he has played and recorded. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit our website at www.stdunstans-bluebellpa.com.

Jazz and Joe
at Gloria Dei Church on Thursday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Gloria Dei Church (916 South Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147; 215-389-1513). Parking is Available. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.  Cost: a donation to help Gloria Dei defray the cost would be appreciated. BYOW (bring your own wine if you choose). Appearing at this event Alan Segal.

Friday, January 30 –
The Word in Action – Game Night at 7 p.m. for adults and children at Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA  19064.  610-544-8113, website: www.redeemerspringfield.com. Please call the church office to let the group know how many to prepare for. Dinner is included. There is no charge for this event.

Service for Families and Young Children
. On occasional Friday nights at 6:15 p.m., Trinity Church, Gulph Mills, 966 Trinity Road, King of Prussia, offers a Service for Families with Young Children. This worship service is highly participatory, helping children learn to sing and pray and become familiar with the great stories of the Bible. The service is geared to young children and is not too long. A quiet play corner is offered for toddlers. Please come and worship with us! The next scheduled dates for this special service are 1/30, 2/6, and 2/27. For more information, please call 610-828-1500.

Choral Evensong 
- First Sunday of each Month at 5 p.m.; Next date is February 1st. Location: Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut Hill. Our Epiphany Evensong features Bishop Dwayne Royster, Senior Pastor/Founder of Living Water United Church of Christ as the guest preacher. Bishop Royster is also Executive Director of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, & Rebuild (POWER), an interfaith coalition of which St. Martin's is a member. For more information click on the Music & Liturgy link at www.StMartinEC.org.

Spirituality of Aging
- First Wednesday of each Month at 3 p.m.; Next date is February 4th. Location: Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut Hill. All are invited to join us as we learn where God may be and how God is acting as we move in the second half of life. For more information or to register, click on the Wellspring link at www.StMartinEC.org.

Save the Date: A Diocesan Service Celebrating The Life and Ministry of
Blessed Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at9:30 a.m.Preacher: TheRight Reverend Michael B. Curry, D.Min, Bishop of North Carolina. Absalom Jones Award Recipient Canon Jill P. Mathis, Canon for Transition Ministry. Clergy - Albs, Festive Stoles. Reception.

St. John's in Norristown
will host a Mardi Gras party immediately after 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 8. Featured will be jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding, and king cake. Cost is just $7.50; children under 12, free. For reservations call 610-635-0399 by February 1.

Jazz and Joe
at Trinity Church, Buckingham on Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Trinity Church, Buckingham (Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham PA, 18912; 215-794-7921). Parking is available. Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.  Cost: a suggested donation of $5.00 to help defray the cost would be appreciated. Appearing at this event Bruce Kaminsky Jazz Quartet.

Jazz and Joe
at Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville (2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA 19438; 215-234-8020). The event is free, but a voluntary offering is received. This Jazz & Joe Event is part of the Church of the Holy Spirit Music Series. Appearing at this event Rosemary Benson & Friends.

Jazz and Joe
at All Hallows Church on Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. All Hallows Church (260 Bent Road, Wyncote Pa, 19095; 215-885-1641). Joe (coffee/tea) & sweets provided.Cost: a donation to help All Hallows defray the cost would be appreciated. Appearing at this event Alan Segal Quartet.

The Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
will be held Sunday, February 15th at St. James Episcopal Church, 330 S. Bellevue Ave. Langhorne, PA serving from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the education building. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Relief Food Pantry. Cost is $7, under 6 are free.

Tuesday, February 17 –
Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Supper from 6 – 8 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA  19064.  610-544-8113, website: www.redeemerspringfield.com. Come and enjoy the Mardi Gras celebration before Lent begins. Free will offering for the event. All are invited.

Wednesday, February 18 –
Ash Wednesday Services at Noon and 7:00 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA  19064.  610-544-8113, website: www.redeemerspringfield.com.

Episcopal Church Women
of St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 520 S. 61st St, Philadelphia, PA, will host a prayer breakfast, Saturday, February 21st, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Guest speaker, Crystal Goree, Our theme “Breaking the Bonds of Our Past” - Tickets - $12.00 per person – contact Pat Bell (Chairperson) 267-231-3586 or SGSB 215-747-2605. www.stgeorstbarn@aol.com. All are welcome!

Sunday, March 1 – Annual Meeting
at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA  19064.  610-544-8113, website: www.redeemerspringfield.com.

"Re-membering Community:  Sharing Our Stories."
Facilitated by individuals certified by KiThoughtBridge Consultants. This 4.5 hour workshop connects participants through the sharing of individual stories using a timeline that spans the history of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Individuals who have not yet had an opportunity to participate in a Re-membering Workshop are asked to register in advance for one of the two scheduled sessions (February 28 and March 21), each of which will be limited to 40 participants. You can register online at the following link: https://diopa.wufoo.com/forms/remembering-community-sharing-our-stories/. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch with them. If you have any questions, please contact Nora Adelmann via email at: nora.adelmann@verizon.net.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
has been prospering in the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey region since the early 1990's. If you have shared in this work or have an interest in it, join us for a CGS Regional gathering! Catechists and interested others are invited to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Maple Glen, PA on March 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. – noon.Take this opportunity to connect and reconnect with others who share in this work in our area! Share highlights of your journey in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Hear updates on new local, national and international initiatives. Participate in a presentation together. Worship, sing and rejoice! Spread the word to any and all about this March 14th opportunity. There is no charge for this event. We hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact Lynn Robinson with any questions and RSVP to dscotrobin@aol.com.

 

JOB OPENINGS

St. Martin’s Church, Radnor. Our small and vibrant Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in the heart of the Main Line at Radnor, seeks a Music Director to help us worship God in music and song. The individual will help us grow our joy and congregation by offering a fun and welcoming experience of music. Time commitment is one service Sunday (10:00 a.m.) and at least one rehearsal per week typically Sunday mornings 9:00 a.m. Also includes recruiting and choir development, and working with the Rector to plan seasonal as well as weekly worship music programs (Approx. 15 hrs/week). Associates degree or higher, extraordinary self taught musicians will be considered. This is a paid, part-time position that includes paid vacation days. Please send all materials and resumes, or make inquiries to St. Martin's Church, 400 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087. (610) 688-4830.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Phoenixville
seeks a part-time energetic Organist / Choir Director. St. Peter's is a vibrant parish, with choirs of adults and youth. Director will work with the rector in planning worship. The ability to communicate effectively with staff and volunteers is an essential characteristic of this position. Candidate should possess a strong knowledge of traditional Anglican liturgical and choral music. Gifts in teaching and creativity will help us to grow into our music vision. Annual salary: $18,000. For more information about St. Peter's please visit http://www.saintpeterschurch.net. Interested candidates should email their resumes to musicatsaintpeters@gmail.com. Interviews will begin in January 2015.

Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC)
is recruiting a person interested in serving as the volunteer coordinator for Province III. The role is to help identify and empower leaders to build the RMEC recovery network at diocesan and parishes levels. The Province Representative will work with the local recovery community within the church and beyond, to help further the mission of RMEC to address the effects of addiction, in all its forms, in relation to the church's mission. Each term is for a three year period and reappointment is allowed, with approval from the board of directors. In line with our bylaws representatives may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors in office. To be considered for the Province III Representative position or for more information, please contact our Board of Directors at info@episcopalrecovery.org. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the Board of Directors. It will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to fill any Province Representative vacancies. www.episcopalrecovery.org.

St. Luke’s Church, Germantown
Recreational Ministry is looking for Youth Basketball teams ages 15-18 sponsored by Episcopal Church’s for its upcoming Christian Winter Basketball League. Games will be played on Monday evenings. We are also looking for teams comprised of youth ages 14 and under who are looking additional games or scrimmages. For more information contact Andrew Lofton @ 267-230-7675 or Aloftonsr@gmail.com.

St. James School
, the only Episcopal grade school in Philadelphia, is looking for your help! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available in the classroom, after school, in the library, on campus and off. To inquire about how you or your church group can make a difference in the lives of under-resourced students, contact Noah Stansbury at 215.226.1276 or nstansbury@stjamesphila.org.

Redemption Episcopal Church, Southampton, PA
is seeking a part-time minister of music to play for our Sunday services and to direct the choir. The position will begin January 1,, 2015. Please contact Fr. Emmanuel Williamson @ fr.emmanuel@verizon.net or 215.357.0303 with any questions or to apply.

St. Paul's Elkins Park, a multicultural and inclusive Episcopal Church, is looking for two paid Sunday School teachers to teach two classes - Ages 5 to 10 and ages 11 to 15. Present attendance is 4-5 per class but we are growing. Syllabus & all material is online (www.weavinggodspromises.org), augmented with our own multicultural material. Hours 10 a.m. to about 12 noon Sundays till end of May, days off by arrangement, no Sunday School on major feast days. Up to $50 per session (including any meetings) depending on experience. This is an exciting spirit-led opportunity at a unique parish. www.stpaulselkinspark.org. Call Rev. Paul Reid 610-937-9801 or email paul@stpaulselkinpark.org.

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: hr@stdavidschurch.org.

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 Rev. Carol at 215-329-3807.

 

GOODS TO SHARE

Grace Epiphany Church is located in Mount Airy at 224 East Gowen Avenue. It is within walking distance of the Mount Airy Train station and the Route 23 bus stop. Grace Epiphany has a large light filled auditorium (Cline) with a stage. It is connected to a restaurant size, fully equipped kitchen. Cline has a capacity of at least 125 people. Additionally, there is a large conference room and four smaller conference rooms. All of these rooms have been and are used for wedding receptions, meetings, showers, parties and other events. Our spaces are available for reasonable rental rates. For information contact the church office at 215-248-2950 Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or E-mail: graceepiphany@verizon.net.

The new "Items available listing" is partially complete. If interested please contact carl.knapp@verizon.net.

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 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 www.wmchapelstore.com. 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 www.stdavidschurch.org 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, parish.associate@verizon.net.

 
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