January 10, 2018
St. George's mission is to share together God's work in our lives through liturgy
 and sacrament, through joyous and caring fellowship,
and through courageous and compassionate engagement with the world.
St. George's Vestry Election
Candidates for 2018

At the Annual Meeting, to be held on Sunday, January 21, following a 9:00 AM service, we will hold elections for our Vestry. All parishioners in attendance and in good standing (to be defined as (a) baptized, confirmed or received members of the Episcopal Church of at least 16 years of age; (b) having attended service and received communion at least three times in the past year, and (c) having made a financial pledge of record and maintained that contribution) will be eligible to vote.

We have four persons running for Vestry, two to serve second terms: Chris Butto and Catherine Stuart. Susan LaBrake steps down this year, completing her term. For her position, Steve Drabkowski and Mary Hobart are running.
All are for 3-year terms.

We are very grateful to all candidates who have agreed to stand for election. Thank you for your willingness to serve our church and our Lord in this way! 

Chris Butto

Hello, my name is Chris Butto. My wife, Diane and I have been members of the St. George congregation since 2008. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an MBA in Computer and Information Science from Temple University. I began my career as an administrative manager for Consolidated Rail Corporation and its predecessor, Penn Central Transportation Company, where I worked for 17 years. From 1992 to 2000 I was employed at the University of Pennsylvania as Manager, On-Campus Recruiting Services. OCRS brought employer organizations to Penn to hire undergraduate and graduate students of the University and The Wharton School. After Penn, I served as Director, Graduate Admissions for the Fox School of Business at Temple University from where I retired in 2011. I currently provide part-time admissions and career consulting services to the Wharton MBA program and serve as a lector for St. George’s parish and am completing my first three year term on the St. George’s Vestry. I hope to continue to serve in the Vestry and bring my management and administrative skills to help guide St. George’s through the next three years. I am therefore seeking reelection to the St. George Vestry.
Steve Drabkowksi

I have been a member of St. George's since 2012 and I have become very involved with the life of the parish, both as an acolyte and helping out at other parish events. I feel that we have vital and dynamic parish with a lot to offer the surrounding community. I have previously served on the vestry of St. Mary's Church, Hamilton Village and I currently am on the board of the Christian Association at Penn.  

Mary Hobart

My life as an Episcopalian began in Washington DC where I attended a small church and an Anglican-based school. I attended Northwestern University in Illinois where I attended services at Garrett Theological Seminary.

I moved to Philadelphia where I raised my two sons, Bob and Mike Markey. In my 35-year career as a fundraiser I worked with non-profits across the country. Upon retirement I returned to Philadelphia. In joining our St. George community in 2015 I found a warm and open parish. Our parish has provided me with both a strong faith family and an opportunity to serve you. 

Catherine Stuart

My name is Catherine Stuart and I am standing for reelection to St George’s Vestry. My husband, Doug, and I have lived and raised our two children in Havertown for the past twenty four years. Professionally, I am an elementary school librarian working at the Holy Child School at Rosemont for the last fourteen years. I have been an active member of St. George for seven years including three years on the Vestry, two of those as Rector’s Warden. I’ve enjoyed my roles as a lector, an ambassador and being a committed member of the Outreach Committee. St. George and its community has done so much for me spiritually and personally. I would be honored to serve another term on the Vestry to ensure a smooth and fruitful transition in pastoral leadership and to work to ensure a future of spiritual, social and outreach growth.

Dear People of God,

  It is with sadness that I wish goodbye to Kelly Gallagher, Parish Administrator, this week as she has worked devotedly to support me and this parish over her (almost) 2 years at St. George's. I do wish her well as she rejoins a career she began years ago in the travel industry, this time with humanitarian teams travelling to parts of the world sorely in need of help. Please remember to thank her for her work at St. George's and to pray for her new journey.

As so often happens with change, there is more! I also am excited for Toneh Williams, our Deacon, as the Bishop has called her to his staff to serve as Canon for Missions. This is a key staff position, important as the National Church has embraced missions to be its theme in the years ahead. Toneh, so dear to us, has offered to continue to serve St. George's as best she is able, giving her free Sundays to help lead worship here. She will, however, need to be at the Bishop's side on some parish visitations and to meet with Outreach teams across the diocese. Please join me in wishing her our best and assuring her that she is always welcome at this her "home" parish.

Last night the Vestry received the Profile Draft from our hard-working team under Mary Hobart's leadership. The parish is proudly described in its pages in detail with photographs to help candidates imagine St. George's, its traditions, worship, fellowship, etc. Every effort will be made to share it electronically with the parish soon in complete form. Thank you for your valuable input in creating this vital document. Much news follows with important dates for your calendars for the next weeks as we walk together in faith.

Pastor Barbara

Parish News
Parish Office Hours

Over the next weeks until a Parish Administrator is hired, the Parish Office will be open 9:30 - 12:00 Monday through Thursday. Volunteers will help with mail, phone and other limited office functions. Kelly will continue to do the bulletin and varies duties behind the scenes.

We ask your patience as Rector's Warden and Vestry work to hire the next Parish Administrator. Know that every effort is being made to prepare an accurate job description and advertise the position. Should you know anyone who might be interested, please refer them to a vestry member.  

If someone has a laptop with DVD drive, St George's needs one to use the large screen in our Jerusalem Hall for teaching, photo displays and children's movies during events. If you are up-grading your laptop and could donate one, this would be very much appreciated.

Happy Birthday  wishes go out to Lou Carol Fix, Julie Ricci, Michael Noreika, Sally Hale, Joe Moore, Gina Brocklesby and June Jaquith; and to everyone with a celebration over the next week!

Please sign up for Flower Memorials for January through April 2018 by January 3, 2018, when the schedule will be finalized. The flower schedule is located in Jerusalem Hall. Lent for 2018 begins on February 14th - March 29th. There are no flowers during Lent. More details in the E-Tale below!  

Some Upcoming Events
at St. George's Church

Monday, January 15th

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Day Opportunity at 9:30 AM in
dining hall. More details in the E-tale below.

Tuesday, January 16th

  • Outreach Meeting at 7:00 PM in Jerusalem Hall ~ Join Us!

Saturday, January 20th

  • St. George's Saturday Matinee at 3:00 PM, "All Saints".
More details in the E-Tale below.

Sunday, January 21st

  • Save the Date! St. George's Annual Meeting.
  • We will have a 9:00 AM service, followed by a 10:00 AM all-parish
brunch and Annual Meeting.

  View St. George's online calendar,  click here for your convenience.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

8:00 AM - Janice Capoferri
10:00 AM - Doug and Catherine Stuart
January 7, 2018

  Primary – Sam Soldan
 Intermediate – Vicki Strickland

Join us for Sunday School!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Opportunity

Still time to sign up for service day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 15th. We will gather at 9:30 in the dining hall to assemble 150 bag lunches for the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, a homeless shelter in Upper Darby.

We’re looking for volunteers to help that morning and for donations of peanut butter, jelly, cookies, chips and apples and water. Please see the sign-up board in the dining hall.

-Catherine Stuart
St. George's Saturday Matinee
January 20th at 3:00 PM

  Altar Flower  Memorials
and Celebrations for 2018

Any requests for dates between January through April 2018 must be received by January 3, 2018. Lent begins on February 14 and ends on March 29. There are no flowers during Lent. Thanks so much for your support!

~ The Floral Guild


For your convenience please fill out one of these envelopes in Jerusalem Hall and leave in the Kelly's mailbox. 

Main Altar :$45.00
St. George's Altar: $35.00
Instant Church Directory Online

Our church directory is available to view on your mobile device! Instant Church Directory - the program we use to build our church directory - has a free app for church members to download on their Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices.  

To download free the app to your Apple device,   click here .

To download the app to your Android device,   click here .

To download the app to your Kindle Fire,   click here.

You will be asked to enter in your email address as it's listed in our directory. If your email address isn't listed in the directory, let Kelly at the parish office know so it can be added. Once you enter your email address, you will receive a password. 
You will receive one password per device. For example, you will need to register both your iPhone and your iPad. Entering the password starts the download of the directory to your device, and once it has completed you will be able to search for families and members to call, email or text right from the app.

More information can be found at


Wednesday, January 10

Thursday, January 11

  • 6:00 PM Bell Choir
  • 7:00 PM Boy Scouts
  • 7:00 PM Ark Board Meeting
  • 7:30 PM Choir

Friday, January 12

  • Parish Office Closed

Saturday, January 13

  • Parish Office Closed

Sunday, January 14

  • 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

 M onday, January 15

  • 7:00 PM Writer's Group
  • 7:00 PM AA Women's Group
Tuesday, January 16

  • 7:00 PM Outreach Meeting ~ Everyone is welcome
Wednesday, January 17

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