PARISH EVENTS - November 19, 2014



Trinity Church, Solebury Christmas Cookies are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Order forms can be found online at

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:

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:



The Middle East Study Group presents a 5-part film series coming Wednesday nights at the Church of St. Asaph, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. Admission is free, but free will donations are welcome. November 19 and December 3, 10: The Promise, a BBC 4-part series depicting Israel's past and present through the eyes of a naïve British girl. For more information, call Mary Allen at 215-473-0665.

The Church of the Holy Trinity,
Rittenhouse Square - Brown Bag Lunch Concert Programs. Bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert with talented local artists! Every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. November 12 through December 31, 2014. The church is located at 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information: or call 215-567-1267.

The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
will hold an evening of contemplative worship in the style of the ecumenical monastic community at Taize, France, November 20 from 7-8 p.m. at the church, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane in Chestnut Hill. The service will feature chant, short readings, simple prayers and silence. Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by Wellspring, St. Martin’s outreach of spiritual development and care. For more information or to register, click on the Wellspring link at

Jazz and Joe
at Trinity Church, Gulph Mills on Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Trinity Church, Gulph Mills (966 Trinity Road, King of Prussia, PA, 19406; 610-828-1500). Parking is available. Joe (coffee/tea) and sweets provided. Friendly conversation, a cup of coffee, and great jazz - who could ask for more? Trinity Church Gulph Mills and The Jazz Sanctuary, have partnered to bring this event to the public. Coffee and sweets will be provided as will the live jazz - you provide friends and conversation. All are welcome.

St. Stephen's Christmas Bazaar
at St. Stephen’s Church, Clifton Heights will take place on Saturday, November 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a visit from Santa around 11 a.m., plus crafts, baked goods, cookie table, used books, White Elephant table. Lunch will be available.

On Saturday, November 22nd
,join your fellow parishioners at Holy Trinity, West Chester for a day of quiet reflection and prayer with Sr. Promise of the Society of St. Margaret.As we approach our season of Advent, before the frenzy of the holiday season sets in, what could be better than setting aside a few hours to focus solely on God and God’s love? Sister Promise is a native of Haiti and lives in the Mission House at Trinity, Wall Street, in New York City.  She does parish work, which includes pastoral care, visiting the sick and shut-ins, and work in the sacristy. Quiet Day Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - Gather for coffee and Continental Breakfast; 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Directed meditations and silence; 12:30 p.m. – Eucharist. For more information or to sign-up, see Jane Brigman, Von Kersey, or Fr. Tom or Pat Platt.   A signup sheet will be in the Narthex after services.

The annual Christmas Bazaar
at the Church of the Redeemer, Pennswood and New Gulph Roads, Bryn Mawr, will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish House. Proceeds from the Bazaar will be primarily allocated to organizations serving families, women and children in need in our community. Come have breakfast and lunch (there is a children's menu, too). Special events for children will go throughout the day and will include face painting, arts and crafts, games, Secret Santa shopping and much more. New this year-Meet the Philly Phanatic 9:30 - 10 a.m., photo with the Bryn Mawr Fire Engine 9:30-10:30 a.m., Moon Bounce 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Finally, the Bazaar will, as in past years, host a Silent Auction of antiques, china, silver, family heirlooms, art, rare and unusual items, etc. Bidding will begin at 9 a.m. and will close promptly at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit

"Roots: Digging deep into the causes of trafficking and raising hope"
byThe Rev. Becca Stevens, the Episcopal Chaplain at Vanderbilt University, at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1p.m. This will be a session to talk about the root causes of trafficking and addiction and looking at effective and long term solutions. Specifically Stevens will explore the world of tea as a case study that has global implications and can offer great hope.

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
(located on 38th Street between Chestnut & Market Streets) is pleased to host the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, ( directed by Arreon Harley, in a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, November 23 at 4 p.m. A free-will offering will benefit the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. For more information, please call (215)386-0234, ext. 13 or visit

Guest Preacher at 8 and 10 a.m. and Sunday Forum leader at 11:15 a.m. in MacColl Auditorium on November 23 "Snake Oil: The Art of Truth-Telling and Healing" – The Rev. Becca Stevens, the Episcopal Chaplain at Vanderbilt University will be the Barbara Bishop Baldwin speaker for 2014 at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. The Rev. Stevens is the founder of Thistle Farms and Magdalene Ministries. She will speak about her journey to help prostitutes find hope and get off the streets of despair and be trained for productive roles in society.

Bishop's Christmas Luncheon for Retired Clergy, Spouses and Widows
, Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12 noon Eucharist at St. Mary’s, Cathedral Road followed by Luncheon at Cathedral Village.  RSVP to The Rev. Lloyd Winter,

Friday, December 5th
, from 5 - 7 p.m. Roast Beef Dinner at All Saints Torresdale.

All Saints Torresdale
Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show will be held Friday, December 5th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Holiday & Gift Items + Auction table + Santa’s secret workshop + Lunch and snacks both days.

On December 5 and 6, a Historical Church tour at 1 p.m. at All Saints Torresdale. Come and learn about our 243 year old parish. We are located at 9601 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA.

The Spiritual Life Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church is offering an Advent Retreat, Saturday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at Christ Church, Media. The topic is “The Nativity from the point of view of Joseph, Mary and Jesus”. The program in the church will include Morning Prayer, the topic presentation, meditation and time for quiet reflection, closing with Noon Day Prayer. Light breakfast will be served. Our retreat leader is Father Domenic Ciannella, a retired Episcopal Priest of the Diocese of Long Island who has moved to Media in 2013 to be closer to family. All are invited to take part in this retreat. The church is located at 311 S. Orange St. Reservations are requested at 610-566-7525.

Christmas Sale
at St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne, Parish Hall (226 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne) on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Gifts of all kinds for all ages! Toys, Books, Linens, Silver, Christmas Decorations and Ornaments, Jewelry, Treasures, and Collectibles. All proceeds go to Outreach to help the less fortunate.

Trinity Church, Solebury
will be preparing for the 16th Annual performance of Messiah on Sunday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Admission: Adults - $20 Children 12 and under $10. For more information please go to

Jazz and Joe at Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville on Friday, December 11, 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 Alan Segal Quintet.

Ordination of Daniel Stroud to the Priesthood
Saturday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. This is the first ordination held at St. Thomas’ Church in 25 years. The last priest to be ordained here was the Rev. David Canan, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church Ambler. He was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Alden Hathaway from Pittsburgh. Daniel will be ordained by Bishop Clifton Daniel. Everyone is welcome to attend this exciting event and a reception will follow in MacColl Auditorium. The Choir will offer Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Veni, Sancte Spiritus, and Elgar’s The Spirit of the Lord with orchestra for this special Mass.

St. Mary's, Hamilton Village’s Advent Lessons and Carols
will be held on Sunday, December 14th at 5 p.m. The program will feature soloists from our choir and from children in our Sunday School! If you have any questions, please contact Anna or at (215) 386-3916.



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 infromation, please contact our Board of Directors at 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.

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

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

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 @ or 215.357.0303 with any questions or to apply.

The position of Weekend Sexton at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh is available and needs to be filled as soon as possible. This person is required to live on the property in the corner house, as one of the primary purposes is to provide on-premise security. The weekend sexton is responsible for securing the buildings each evening and weekend; providing weekend support for all activities; and covering weddings and some funerals. This is a critical staff person who must be able to interface with parishioners and others in the conduct of their work. Please contact the church office at 215-233-3970 ext. 111 (Don Beistline) or email at Help us find a great fit for St. Thomas’ Church!

Pre-Kindergarten teacher
wanted, requires a degreed professional in a Preschool environment. Send resumes to All Saints School Board, All Saints Episcopal Church, 9601 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 19114. No phone calls will be accepted.

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 (, 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. Call Rev. Paul Reid 610-937-9801 or email

Christ Church, Ithan
is seeking an Organist/Choirmaster with a background in traditional Anglican liturgical and choral music. There is one Sunday service and one rehearsal prior to the service with additional services based on the liturgical calendar.  There are NO mid-week rehearsals unless required by the Choirmaster. Additional information, including the Parish Information Booklet, is available on the church’s website. The position requires 10-15 hours per week and the salary range is between $18,000 and $20,000.00. Please send your resume to ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER SEARCH at the above address, or fax to 610-688-1198 or e-mail

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:

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.

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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