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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.

Movie Night and Potluck Supper
The Church of the Redeemer, Springfield, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield PA 19064, invites you to a Movie and Potluck Supper in the Parish Hall on Friday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m., admission $2.00.

The movie is Joseph of Nazareth, the story of the birth of Jesus, starring Tobias Moretti and Stefania Rivi. Supper is at 6.30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome. For further information, please contact the Church Office (610-544-8113) or visit our website www.redeemerspringfield.net .

Rummages/Fairs/Flea Markets

St. Luke's Christmas Gift Fair is Saturday, December 9th from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 10th after the 10:00 a.m. Mass until 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke's, Germantown.

Unique gifts by local artists and small businesses. Admission is free and the event will be held in the newly renovated St. Margaret's House building.


Church Farm School Holds 93rd Christmas Pageant on December 8 and 10. The dramatic pantomime is based on the classic children's story, "Why the Chimes Rang."

In 1924, Church Farm School founder and headmaster The Rev. Dr. Charles Wesley Shreiner adapted the popular play, "Why the Chimes Rang," into a dramatic pantomime acted by students and accompanied by organ and choral music, and a CFS tradition was born. "Why the Chimes Rang" has been performed every year since.

Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. (limited seating). Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 p.m. RSVP: www.gocfs.net/pageant . We hope you will join us for the 93rd production of the Church Farm School Pageant, which is appropriate for and enjoyed by all ages, and is always a wonderful start to the Christmas season.


Please join  St. John's Huntingdon Valley for Advent Lessons and Carols on  Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. The church is located at 1309 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA.


You are invited to the  Second Saturday Neighborhood Night for Soup and Song on  December 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at  Christ Episcopal Church, Pottstown . Music Matters! 

Enjoy homemade soup followed by carol singing and children's music - a lively evening with neighbors, family and friends! Join in the food and fun! All are Welcome!

The church is located at 316 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19465, 610-323-2895. Enter from rear parking lot.

Forums/Discussion Groups


Enjoying the Holidays in Spite of the Hype! at Christ Church Ithan - Ithan Hall, 536 Conestoga Rd., Villanova, PA, on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Anxiety and stress levels often skyrocket during the busy holiday season. In addition to the many items on our "to-do" lists - baking, sending cards, decorating, shopping, and entertaining, and, and, and... - the cultural hype of "the happiest time of the year" creates unrealistic expectations and can easily overwhelm us, leaving us exhausted and waiting for it all to just be over.

Please join us as we explore the dynamics and physical impact of this challenging holiday spiral, and learn realistic strategies to ease the stress and bring balance to this time of year. A panel of community professionals will discuss mental and physical health and wellness, and offer useful strategies that will help us better enjoy this wonderful time of the year in spite of the hype!


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 .


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

St. John's Church, Norristown is looking for a Processional Cross. If there are any Church's that may have an extra that is not needed, please contact us and we will put it to very good use! Email to Cheryl Werkiser, Administrator: office@stjohnsnorristown.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

St. Andrews in-the-Field , 500 Somerton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116, has a spacious, newly remodeled Hall with well-equipped kitchen for rent for conferences, parties, showers, meetings and other events. Private parking lot and convenient to public transportation. Call church office for details: 215-673-5938.

Gift/Thrift Shops

The Catacomb Closet at Holy Trinity Church at 212 S. High Street, West Chester, operates an upscale resale shop selling a variety of housewares, books, jewelry, children's toys, adult and children's clothing, pictures, entertaining and decorative glassware, as well as seasonal items at bargain prices.

It is open to the general public every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All proceeds are donated to charitable organizations within our community and the Diocese and to those causes affected by tragic world events.
Church Staff

The Church of the Redeemer , 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064 is seeking a part-time (15 hours per week) Parish Administrator to oversee the day-to-day administration of the church. The role includes dealing with enquiries from the public, inputting financial information on Quickbooks and Flockbase, producing the weekly bulletin, and assisting the Rector and Vestry where needed. Hours are negotiable (suggested 9 to 12 each day). Salary range upon request. References will be sought.
Send inquiries to: Father David Beresford at davidberesford@gmail.com . Download full job description.


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.  



Spiritual Direction Offering. What is "spiritual direction"? Most basically, it is sitting down with a trusted Christian person in a confidential setting and discussing one's prayer life, what is happening in one's Christian pilgrimage, and how God may be acting and making Godself known in one's life.

It can take place once a month or once every few months, even on an irregular basis. This is not about interminable psychotherapy, but rather relatively infrequent meetings, which can enable real spiritual friendship to develop over a period of time. If you think you might be interested in exploring spiritual direction, you may talk with or contact Rev. Jill McNish at 973-819-5191. As well as having a PhD in Psychology and Religion from Union Seminary, she received training in spiritual direction at the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Seminary.

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 .