DIOPA Connections: Ongoing Events: Programs


Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville hosts an Advent Art Display entitled
“Anticipation” now through December 24. Advent is truly a season of hope and anticipation, a
time when we turn our eyes and hearts to what really matters. What better way to help each other
slow down and appreciate the spirit of the holiday season than by sharing all of the many things
we look forward to in life through art? The display is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to Noon, or by appointment at the church at 2871 Barndt Rd., Harleysville.
For more info, call 215-234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us. 

Christ Episcopal Church Media has many Outreach Projects
underway this month: holiday food bag collections for Second Time Around
Grandparents, assisting with a Darby Mission Community Dinner, and fulfilling
children’s holiday wish lists through an “Angel Tree” program in partnership
with the Children and Youth Services of Delaware County.

Office Manager/Parish Administrator
. This group meets quarterly at different churches
to discuss issues within our parishes and the Diocese. If you want
to join this group and get the notifications of our upcoming meetings,
please email Katie Gibbs at KatieGibbs@SaintChristophers.org.

EPIC Monthly Community PeaceMeal at
Trinity Buckingham on First Sundays. The Episcopal Partnership
in Community offers a free and hearty meal for all those who wish to
share good food and fellowship on the first Sunday of each month from
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Faith Hall. The church is located at 2631 Durham
Road (intersection of Routes 202 and 413). All are welcome to join in
the food and fellowship!

SUPPER 5 times a month in the Wissahickon Deanery!
SUPPER is a free, home-cooked meal for the whole community. All are invited to a meal that brings neighbors together and allows families to take a break and eat a healthy meal. We have room at the table for everyone, no matter what. Please find SUPPER at the following locations each month:

SUPPER at St. Martin’s in Chestnut Hill – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

SUPPER at St. Alban’s in Roxborough – 2nd Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

SUPPER at Grace Epiphany in Mt. Airy – 3rd Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

SUPPER at Christ Church & St. Michael’s in Germantown- 4th Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Learn more at www.StMartinEC.org/supper 

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Episcopal Church opened the Pledging Month of the Stewardship Year with our brand, “Stand Up!” Stand up to celebrate that every Sunday, every week, every month, every year the doors of this church are open for worship. Stand up to say the message of this church is timeless. Stand up to say the message is about faith, hope, and love – the most sustaining words in any language on earth. “Stewardship” means acknowledging what has been entrusted to us and acting accordingly. We pay attention to all God has given us, we are thankful for that. Thankfulness makes us want to be generous, want to help what God is trying to get done in the world. 

As the new regional training center for the Community of Hope International, Trinity
Buckingham Church
will be hosting a 14-module Lay Pastoral Care
Giver Training
on Sunday afternoons began on Sunday, October 15th with
Benedictine Spirituality. The Lay Caregiver training will be led by Matthew Simpson,
Trinity’s Deacon-in-Formation, and will be held in Trinity’s Faith Hall. Please contact the
Matthew Simpson, Program Facilitator, at matthew@trinitybuckingham.org or at
540-429-9172 for more information. Trinity Buckingham Church is located at 2631
Durham Road in Buckingham, PA, at the intersection of Routes 202 and 413. There is ample parking located behind the church. 

A new, Weekly Al-Anon group, Path to Peace, for families and
friends of alcoholics, met for the first time at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 6 at
Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville. It will continue to meet every Friday at 10 a.m.,
thereafter. Al-Anon is a 12-step program for people affected by someone else’s drinking or
addiction. If you have, or have had, a family member, friend, fellow workers, or anyone close
to you whose drinking or drug use is affecting you or troubling you, Al-Anon gives hope
even if the drinker still drinks or the addict still uses. As we work the steps together our
focus on the addiction loses its power to take over our minds and our lives. We learn how to regain a healthier, wiser, more serene life. Al-Anon
shows us a Path to Peace. For more information, contact Judy, jemorice@gmail.com; or call the church at 215-234-8020. 

Christian Hope for the New Creation. Free course on Christian Eschatology by
Dr. Joshua Wise at 7:00 p.m. at Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church.

The Hope of the Church has always been that Christ would return as He promised and reestablish the world
as a place of peace, joy, and love. This course will introduce the basic points of Christian Hope for the new
creation: The Second Coming of Christ, The Resurrection of the Dead, The Final Judgment, Hell, and Heaven.
Over five classes, we will consider what it means for Christ to return to earth, what the church believes about
the resurrected body, what the church means by God’s Final Judgment and how that relates to individual
judgment, what the church believes about final damnation, and about the glory of the New Heaven and the New
Earth.  Join eschatologist and theologian Dr. Wise for lecture and question and answer time.

Course is Free! Classes held Tuesday night 7 p.m. The church is located at 3000 Garrett Road Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

Pub Theology is now happening in central Bucks County! Pub Theology is
an opportunity to gather, sip a beer or an iced tea, and share informal conversation
about stuff that matters, among friends and neighbors of all faiths or no formal faith.
Conversation begins at 7 p.m. every week at the Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek
Road in Wycombe, and winds up at 8:30 p.m. The idea is to offer diverse, safe, and
lively discussion about important things, for people who desire meaningful fellowship
and community but who may or may not be comfortable stepping into a church. Pub
Theology is an outreach program of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Wrightstown,
offered in partnership with EPIC (Episcopal Partnership in Community), a community
and shared ministries partnership of Bucks Deanery parishes in central Bucks County.


Reveal the Artist in You (and have fun at the same time!) at St. Luke’s Church,
, 5421 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. On Wednesday mornings,
9 a.m. to noon, you are invited to take a painting class in St. Barnabas Hall on St. Luke’s’ campus.
Try watercolor, oil, acrylics, gouache, charcoal, and more. Cost: fifteen weeks for $180. (Morning
coffee always included, and the class gives itself parties on occasion!!) Your 15 weeks begin when
you do! (No classes in the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, 2017, or Holy Week, 2018, and
they are not counted in your 15 weeks.) No previous artistic experience necessary!! Professional
instruction. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. For more information, call the church office,
(215) 844-8544, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., weekdays. 

Halal Healthy at the Advocate Cafe. Teaming together to
serve Halal meals, the Church of the Advocate and the American Muslims
for Hunger Relief
are pleased to announce a new partnership to serve Halal
meals at the Advocate Cafe and continuing on the 4th Friday of each month.
Cafe Hours: 12-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outreach Coordinator available
everyday 10-2 p.m. for assistance with vouchers, referrals, housing, employment
search, training opportunities, etc. Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond (Fr.
Paul Washington Ave). For more information, call 215-978-8000 or visit:
www.churchoftheadvocate.org. Open for the community. 

Yoga with Sara. A slow-flow mindful practice that uses the physical shapes
of yoga asana to deepen your awareness of breath. Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Riverside
Hall at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, Columbus Blvd. & Christian St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19147. $ 10 per class. All levels welcome. Mats available to borrow.
Free parking in church lot, enter on Christian Street.

Chair Yoga with Kathy. A great opportunity to gently stretch & strengthen
muscles, reduce stress, and develop better breathing habits. Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
Riverside Hall at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, Columbus Blvd. & Christian St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19147. $ 10 per classAll levels welcome. Chairs provided. Free Parking
in church lot, enter on Christian Street.

Join Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill for
Mindful Living on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Led
by Deborah Cooper, this ongoing class consists of both silent and
led meditation, a brief presentation and time for discussion. The
class is built around “The Places that Scare You” by Pema Chodron.
Participants will be encouraged to take some of the concepts and
work with them during the week. Drop-ins welcome. $20 per class
held in the Houston Room, Parish House at Church of St. Martin-
in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. For
more information or to register, visit www.StMartinEC.org and follow
the Wellspring link or call 215-247-7466.

There is an Education for Ministry (EfM) Seminar Group
re-forming at St. Peter’s-in-the-Great Valley. It meets on Wednesday
at 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. If you are interested, please contact the
mentor: Martha D. Nelson, 2302 Grant Court, Jeffersonville, PA 19403-5265.
Contact: 610-666-5702 (h); 610-513-0089 (c); Mdnelson1@verizon.net.

phillycathfoodpantPhiladelphia Episcopal Cathedral Community
Table Ministries 
serving those in need of food.
Food Pantry Schedule at the Cathedral. Every Monday from
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Cathedral. For more information, visit
www.philadelphiacathedral.org or call (215) 386-0234, ext 13.