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February 15,  2017

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.



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Dear People of St. George's,

Christian author and artist Makoto Fujimura writes, "The Japanese word kaimamiru flows out of the art of garden design. It means, literally, to "see between." If stalks of bamboo are set up as a fence, what is most desirable is that the fence and garden be built so that the most beautiful and intriguing experience comes from seeing in between."

Jesus will tell us this Sunday in the Gospel lesson to love our enemies.  You could probably spend the rest of your life working on perfecting only that piece of the Gospel.  There is also no doubt that Jesus sees our sin, but if I read the Gospel right, he must also see us in a way that is in between.  Our sins work like a mask or a costume, covering up who God made us to be, hiding the real us from view.  But like any mask or costume, there are gaps, and I wonder, is is through those gaps that Christ sees us?  Does he wish we would be willing to make our true selves more visible? 

When we look at our neighbor, friend or foe, political ally or opponent, do we see them as they are presenting themselves to us, fully clad in mask and costume, or do we see in between?  If Fujimura is right, the most beautiful ad intriguing experience would be to see in between, and I suspect that would also be the right way to see towards reconciliation. 

God bless you!

Fr. Ryan+

Parish News
Happy Birthday  wishes go out to Bryn Smythe, Cynthia Pound, Pete Lungren and   to everyone with a celebration over the next week.
TONIGHT, our adult Bible Study class continues with Paul's Letter to the Galatians!  Join us at 7:00 pm in Jerusalem Hall for lively discussion and incomparable fellowship.  Come and see!  
On Sunday, February 19th at  noon
there will be an informational meeting on Refugee Resettlement in Jerusalem Hall. The Rev. Sturgis Poorman from Ardmore Presbyterian Church will be with us to discuss how we might help in this ministry. 
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is February 28th at the Rectory from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. More details below in the E-Tale.
Lenten Quiet Day is Saturday, March 4th from 8:30am -12:00 pm.
The next Parish Work Day, March 11th starting at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM kitchen clean out to prepare for our upcoming kitchen renovations. Sign-up sheet in dining hall or contact Pete Ricci at  Mark your calendar for additional Parish work day, April 1st.
We still have some 2017 pledge envelopes in Jerusalem Hall.  If you have yet to pick them up, please do so.  
Altar Flower Memorials and Celebrations for 2017 can be reserved online. More details below in the E-Tale.
Bell Choir looking for an additional person to join. More details below in the E-Tale.

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, 
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To download the app to your Kindle Fire,
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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.

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The Bluegrass Gospel Revival will meet  Sunday  after coffee hour to get their music to sing and play during worship on  March 12 .   They will rehearse after church for the next two Sundays.

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Join us this Sunday
 February 19, 2017 
Primary - Stephanie Krouse

Intermediate - Nina Wickersham

Middle School - George Newnham 
and Marlee Bullock

 Hosts for  
February 19, 2017

8:00 AM: Al Revell

10:00 AM:   Cathy Hetznecker and Marlee Bullock

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Tuesday, February 28
5:30- 7:30 pm at The Rectory

We will provide the pancakes.  Please sign-up in Jerusalem Hall.  We will also have a sign-up to bring cooked bacon, sausage, and fruit to share.

Good Works Workday Report
February 11, 2017
The Outreach Committee extends many thanks to Heidi and Ed Brocklesby, Jim Burns, Steve Drabkowski, Roland Noreika, Denny Smyth, and Toneh Williams for volunteering for Good Works last Saturday.  They worked at Stephanie's house and really accomplished a lot, including installing dry wall, lights, and shower stall in the bathroom; replacing a basement window and bulkhead entrance; installing door sweeps on the front and back door to stop drafts; and organizing the kitchen. 
Good Works, Inc. brings helping hands and the message of God's love to low-income homeowners with the help of volunteers like us,  a few hours of our time and effort can make a big difference.  

St. George's next Good Works Workday is
Saturday, May 13, 2017.
  Please mark your calendars and consider being part of the team that day.  

For more information about Good Works, Inc. visit

Do you love hearing the our bells ringing out at church?   Why not come along and join in!   St. George's is looking for one additional person for Bell Choir.

Bell Choir practices on Thursdays at 6pm and on Sundays, 10:00 AM services. For more information contact Cynthia Pound by email at
Good Works Annual Celebration Dinner
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Downingtown Country Club
Good Works, Inc. invites us to celebrate with homeowners and friends of Good Works at their annual dinner which recognizes 29 years of repairing homes and restoring hope in Chester County.  This promises to be an evening of good food and good company, with music, compelling stories, and stirring testimonies.
Tickets are $35 per person.  Go to before the deadline of March 3 for more information and to purchase tickets and/or help sponsor this special event.  After purchasing your tickets, please let Eileen Kammerer know that you are attending so we can (hopefully) sit together at the dinner --

Altar Flower
 Memorials and Celebrations 
for 2017
Any requests for dates between May and the end of August have to be received by April 20th, and any requests for dates between September and the end of December have to be received by the August 24th. Thanks so much for your support!

For your convenience click here to reserve online or contact the parish office.  
Saturday, February 25, 5:00, 
at Christ Church Ithan 
536 Conestoga Road, Villanova

BYOB catered Spaghetti Dinner and Show featuring the soloists of Christ Church, Ithan in the style of a 1970's Dinner Theater.  Music from Mahler to Broadway including bits from Carousel, The Fantasticks, Going My Way, Strike Up the Band, Follies, The Muppet Movie, Bernstein's Candide, La Boheme, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La La Land and a bunch of others!  

Come with your date and enjoy an evening out which won't get you to bed too late to be in church the next morning! 

Call  610-688-1110  or email 
 for necessary reservations. 
Cost is  $20  per person or $35 for two people

Outreach Cereal Collection
 for Ardmore  Food Pantry 


Ardmore Food Pantry is l ocated at St. Mary's Church in Ardmore, the pantry provides our neighbors with the  groceries they need.  During the month of February we are asking for donations of cereals.  Ardmore Pantry runs all on donations. S ometimes  the shelves are bare and this time of year is particularly slow . Let's help fill the empty shelves. 


Your participation is needed.  Please pick up a MANNA BAG and take it with you, so that when you encounter someone who is in need, you'll have it on hand to give to them. Keep one in your car or with your "take to work" pile.  Have one ready to hand out. They are located in the dining hall. 

Wednesday, February 15
  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer
  • 7:00 PM Bible Study 
    Thursday, February 16
  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer
  • 6:00 PM Bell Choir Rehearsal
  • 7:00  PM  Boy Scouts
  • 7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 17

  • Church Office Closed
Saturday, February 18
  • Church Office Closed

Sunday, February 19

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

Monday, February 20

  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer
  • 7:00 PM Writers' Group
  • 7:30 PM Women's AA
  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer

Wednesday, February 22

  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer
  • 7:00  PM Bible Study