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A weekly publication of the Diocese of Pennsylvania's Communication Network. These brief " classifieds" are intended to keep the members of the Diocese abreast of programs and activities in our parishes, share position openings throughout the Diocese, and to let others know if we have excess goods/items they might be able to use. As in many " Classified Ads", articles should not exceed 150 words in length with no graphics and should be submitted to J.D. Lafrance ( jdlafrance@diopa.org) no later than Wednesday 12 p.m. each week for distribution via e-mail to the Diocese on Thursday. Text should be in the body of an email or in an attached Word document. Photos and graphics should be attached separately; no PDFs or documents with embedded photos please. This document may be copied for distribution as desired.
Please note: there will be no DIOPA Connections on  December 28 as the Offices of the Diocese will be closed for Christmas holidays.


Mindfulness and White Privilege: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People will run between January 21 and February 14 at the Zen Center of Philadelphia, 4904 Cedar Avenue. The seven-session course, which blends mindfulness meditation practices with an exploration of white privilege, was developed last year for Wellspring at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

This year it is being offered through the Zen Center of Philadelphia and the Springboard Meditation Sangha. The course is open to a multi-faith audience and aims to engage white people in both a spiritually and historically informed practice of addressing racism, fostering the personal insight and self-understanding that is essential in building the trust and awareness needed for interracial work. For more information and a link to registration, visit: http://zencenterphiladelphia.org/.



Jazz 'n Joe at Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham (Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham, PA, 18912; 215-794-7921) on Thursday, January 11th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet: A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet. This Month: Eddie Etkins, Leon Jordan Sr., Randy Sutin, George Sinkler & Alan Segal. Parking available.


Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville will hold a festive Christmas Eve Service geared especially for families with young children starting at 4 p.m., featuring the telling of the Nativity story, Communion, children's choir and singing of Christmas carols.

The traditional candlelight Holy Eucharist service will be held at 8 p.m. with vocal and handbell choir music, carol singing and a special message by the pastor, the Rev. Kathy Andonian. For more info, call 215-234-8020 or visit the webpage at www.churchoftheholyspirit.us .


Join the Men of  Calvary St. Augustine for a
Spaghetti Dinner on  Sunday, January 14, 2018 after the church service. The cost is a Love Donation. The meal is prepared by Chef Extraordinaire Fr. Hank White. The church is located at 814 North 41st Street, Logan Divinity Way.

Forums/Discussion Groups

Sunday Faith Forum - December 31st at 11:15 a.m. in MacColl Auditorium at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh - Transforming Alcoholism and Addiction to Hope. Professional arborist Richard Kronenbitter tells his gripping personal story about how he put his family and friends through hell as he succumbed to alcoholism and serious drug usage. By the grace of God he was able to conquer his addictions. In the process, he discovered a profound relationship with God. Join us for a story of personal transformation.


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 class. All levels welcome. Chairs provided. Free Parking in church lot, enter on Christian Street.


Coming soon.... Please pre-order your copy today.  Walt Blocker presents The St. Thomas Gospel Choir - "The Jubilant Sounds of Christmas." Perfect for holiday gifts. Hear this awesome award winning choir and musicians performing some of your holiday favorite carols and hymns with a unique twist. For more info, call: (484) 816-STGC or  www.sthomasgc.org .

Requests for Items

Did you know there are about 300 homeless people in Bucks County and 80 of them are struggling between Doylestown and New Hope?

Homeless people don't have frequent access to laundry facilities. So when their socks get wet, they risk getting trench foot, or even frostbite. They need dry socks to stay healthy. Now, here is a simple way everyone can help: Be a part of  The Great Sock Drive of 2017!

Last year the parish of  St. Philip's Episcopal Church, New Hope , collected well over 800 pairs of socks to distribute. We welcome all donations of new socks for men and socks, stockings, leggings and panty hose for women. Help give Christmas Stockings a new meaning: when you are out shopping for the holiday, buy some socks for the homeless in our own community. Place them into the big blue tub on the porch of St. Philip's (10 Chapel Road).

St. Philip's parishioners will help distribute the socks to Code Blue, Bucks County Opportunity Council, and St Mark's Episcopal Church, Frankford. For more info:  www.stphilipsnewhope.org .

Church Services

New Sunday Evening Services. Redemption Episcopal Church is now offering two services on Sundays - their regular 10 a.m. mass and a new 7 p.m. service. The 7 p.m. service is more casual but a great alternative if you're unable to make your usual Sunday morning service. The church is located at 1101 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966.

Accommodations/Space for Rent

Christ Church and St. Michael's , Germantown, 29 W. Tulpehocken Street, has A Conference Room also a spacious hall with warm atmosphere and the use of a well-equipped kitchen for rent to use for meetings, showers, parties, conferences and other events. It has a parking lot and is convenient to public transportation.

For information, call 215-844-7274 week days 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gift/Thrift Shops

Good Shepherd Thrift Shop Year-End Clearance Sale . One Day Only! Saturday, December 23rd. Early Bird Hours.....Opening at 8 a.m.!! All Christmas Marked Down 50% !!
Select Racks of clothes at $.97 each: All Pants/Slacks, All Short & Long Sleeve Shirts & Blouses. PJ & Athletic Wear.
Select Items 50% Off: Suits, Suit Jackets, Sweaters, Coats, Jackets, Fleece Jackets, Dresses & Skirts, Blazers, Shoes, Scarves, Hats & Gloves, Handbags, Household Linens, Books & Media, Art, House D├ęcor & Cut Glass Items & Bric-a-Brac!!
Vintage & Designer Rack 25% Off. Drinking Glassware already marked down!
The church is located at 1116 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Church Staff


Childcare/Babysitter - Church of the Holy Apostles, Wynnewood . Every Sunday from 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. during our morning service you will be responsible for providing childcare for children ages infant to 3 years old in our Godly Play Room.

The Preschool teacher will be another adult in the room in case a child needs to use the bathroom. Childcare/babysitter will be responsible for maintaining a safe, clean and playful environment. There will be opportunities to work at additional church events or special occasions.

Pay commensurate with experience. Experience working with young children and references from previous employers. Applicant must successfully complete; FBI fingerprinting, PA Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Criminal History Report, and Mandatory Reporter Child Abuse Training prior to employment in order to comply with PA state regulations. Contact: Susanne Wherry - Susannewherry@hotmail.com . Phone: 404-293-4084.


Trinity, Gulph Mills , is seeking a flexible Organist able to encourage a growing congregation through imaginative music and to be part of its commitment to discipleship. Sundays 10 a.m., sung Eucharist, hymns and liturgical responses in addition to new opportunities involving the 73-student church school and Sunday School. Competitive fee for the right person.

Call Fr. Stephen (609-516-2004) or frstephen@trinitygulphmills.org by January 21 . Appointment from January 28.



The Trinity Buckingham Academy (http://bit.ly/2xAOpBk), a Department of Education licensed preschool and kindergarten in the care of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, PA, is looking for a creative, energetic person to become its Full-Time Director beginning in September 2018.

The position will begin as a part time assistant director position in February 2018. Teacher certification required, teaching experience and a background in early education preferred. For more information or to apply please send an email to office@trinitybuckingham.org or call 215-794-7920.  



Volunteers needed at the Cathedral Food Pantry . Every Monday the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral Food Pantry distributes nourishing food to 150 households.

We need help with food distribution on Mondays and help with receiving the food on alternate Wednesdays. If you are interested in participating in this vital ministry, please contact Archdeacon Pam Nesbit - PamelaMNesbit@gmail.com  or 267-374-6952.

Youth/Family Ministries


Children, Youth, and Families Ministry Coordinator - Saint Paul's Church, Chestnut Hill , Philadelphia, PA .

The CYF (Children, Youth, and Families) Ministry Coordinator is a full-time, established position with benefits (insurance, and pension in year 2), and an efficiency apartment on campus if desired. 

Full-time staff include the Rector, Administrator, Music Director, and Capital Campaign Facilitator.

At Saint Paul's we believe that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Godly Play is a Montessori approach to faith stories, gaining for participants religious language, and enhancing their spiritual experiences through wonder and play (which is children's work).

Youth engage in a lifelong journey of questioning, exploring, and discovering together. Confirmation, Rite 13, service to others, and fellowship all offer an arena to find support and grace in their encounter with each other and God.

The CYF Ministry Coordinator is accountable to the Rector, manages budget responsibilities, and works collegially with other staff, volunteers, teachers, youth group advisors, and parents.  Email all documents to:  ccutler@stpaulschestnuthill.org Website: www.stpaulschestnuthill.org .