Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania - 3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - (215) 627-6434
DECEMBER 14, 2016
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 good/items they might be able to use. As in many "Classified Ads", articles should not exceed 150 words in length (total, and no graphics) and may be submitted to J.D. Lafrance ( jdlafrance@diopa.org ) no later than Wednesday 10 a.m. each week for distribution via e-mail to the Diocese later that day. 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   Parish to Parish Weekly  published on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 as the Diocesan offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays.

Amahl and the Night Visitors at St. Mary's Church, Hamilton Village  on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, January 8 at 4 p.m. The touching story of a poor, crippled boy and his widowed mother visited by the three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. The poignant and haunting music of Gian-Carlo Menotti casts a spell. A great Christmas gift for family and friends. Order tickets 215-386-3916. The Cast: Zachary Brosky on January 6 and Charlotte Penelope Bazzle on January 8 as Amahl, Anjali Gallup-Diaz as the mother, Martin Hargrove, Leland Kimball and Robert Mann as the kings, Dean Bloomington as the page, Midora Middleton, shepherd dancer, and St. Mary's Choir as shepherds.
Forums/Discussion Groups

Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas - Sunday Faith Forum on December 18th at 11:15 a.m. in MacColl Auditorium at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh with the beloved Helen White! Only the gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth of Jesus, but their accounts offer different details about his birth and the roles played by Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the Magi and Herod. Join us as we explore the gospels, led by lay scholar, group facilitator and retreat leader Helen White, whose lay-led classes on the Synoptic Gospels were pioneered at St. Thomas' Church and have now spread throughout our Diocese and far beyond.


Monthly Community Luncheon Schedule . Nutritious Meals are prepared and served by a dedicated corps of volunteers at 12 Noon in the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, December 22. For more information, visit www.philadelphiacathedral.org or call (215) 386-0234, ext 13.


Caroling at the Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel, Route 23 in Valley Forge Park. Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the 58-bell carillon. This outdoor event takes place in front of the carillon tower, so dress warmly! Free. Further info: 610-265-5211; www.wmchapel.org .


Holy Spirit, Harleysville holds the Annual Nativity Pageant telling the story of Christmas from the Old Testament prophets through the birth of Jesus at the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday, December 18. The service features readings, carols, choir presentations and the reneactment of the Nativity scene. All children are invited to participate, with angel and shepherd costumes available. For more information, visit the web page at www.churchoftheholyspirit.us .

Items Free/For Sale to Parishes

St. John's, Glen Mills has about 50 of these chairs for whomever wants them. They are comfortable armchairs great for a meeting room although a little faded otherwise in good condition. They were a gift to us by the Presbyterian Pension Fund. We are now replacing them with new and they are free. Contact Reverend John Sorensen, 610-389-9278.

There is an  Education for Ministry (EfM)  Seminar Group re-forming at
St. Peter's-in-the-Great Valley. It will begin its next year in  January 2017 and it meets on  Wednesday nights 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 .

Exciting local music is coming to Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church . Starting in September, and running through the fall and winter months, IHS Drexel Hill will be hosting a Coffee House Open Mic and Concert Series. We'll bring in two local musicians to play longer sets and open the rest of the time up for members of the audience to share songs. We will sell refreshments and snacks to help raise money for the church. Please come check one out and tell your friends and loved ones. 3000 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

Requests for Items

The Clothing Nook at  St. Luke's, Germantown is sponsoring a  Winter Coat Drive . Gently used coats, especially for children, are most welcome. You may call the church office at 215-844-8544, or if there is a large collection of coats, we will come to you!
Church Services

Christ Church Media , at 311 South Orange Street in Media, invites you to share Advent Worship on Sundays at either 8:00 or 10:00 a.m.

Accomodations/Space for Rent

Christ Church and St. Michael's , Germantown, 29 W. Tulpehocken Street, has A Conference Room also a roomy 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

Christ Episcopal Church, Pottstown's "Second Chance' Thrift Shoppe is open with our fall/winter fashions and housewares. Our hours are Wednesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. SCTS serves our community with very affordable items, and if there is a verified financial need, vouchers are available through our clergy. We operate solely on the generous contributions from our parish family and friends. The income generated for our Church aids in emergency expenses and helps to purchase items that are needed for the church but not covered in the general budget. We are truly blessed to often receive some very "high end" household goods and "designer" clothing. Stop in to see us - we are sure you will be pleased and will perhaps find that "treasure" you are looking for.

Church Staff

Administrative Assistant - St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley . St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley is an active and welcoming Episcopal Church in a fast growing part of Chester County. The Administrative Assistant provides office support for multiple supervisors. Duties include answering phone s, greeting and welcoming parishioners as well as directing v endors and repair personnel , word processing, photocopying, preparing mailings, ordering supplies, providing organizational support for rentals and assistance with events. Additional compensation provided for staffing events. This position requires solid computer skills, familiarity with social media, strong communication skills and a positive disposition. 15 hours per week at 15.00/ hr. - regular schedule of 3 hours per day each week . For more information please contact The Reverend Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt at abigail@stpetersgv.org or 610-644-2261.


St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church seeks a Part-Time Organist - Choirmaster to play for our principal service on Sundays at 10 a.m., and Holy Days, using appropriate liturgical resources, to select music for our choirs and lead a weekly rehearsal. We are a family-size parish located in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia, SGSB's choirs sing a wide range of church music that includes sacred, contemporary gospel, and traditional gospel repertoire. The successful candidate must be proficient with the 1982 Hymnal, LEVAS II, improvise, and prepare preludes and postludes for worship services. The organist - choirmaster will have access to an Allen organ and baby grand piano for practice and lessons. Salary commensurate to experience. If interested, please contact Kurt Williams, Senior Warden, at 215-747-2605 and send a letter of interest and resume to his attention at: St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 520 S. 61st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services (ECS), a Philadelphia non-profit social services agency located in Society Hill, is seeking a seasoned Development professional to fill its opening for Director, of The ECS Fund (EFD). The Director of the ECS Fund reports to the Chief Development Officer and is primarily responsible for supporting the annual budget by developing and managing solicitation strategies for a significant population of annual giving donors. We offer a very competitive salary and excellent benefits package; medical/dental, 401(k), short/long term disability, transportation subsidy, tuition reimbursement, student loan forgiveness, adoption assistance, first time home owner assistance and generous vacation allotment. For a more comprehensive overview of our benefits package, or to complete an online application; please visit our employment home page; at www.ecsphilly.org/about-ecs/employment . For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: hr@ecs1870.org or mail to ECS, Attention: HR/EFD, 225 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; FAX 215.351.0294 EOE.


Volunteers needed at the Cathedral Food PantryEvery 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.


St. Paul's Elkins Park , a multicultural and inclusive Episcopal Church, is looking for Two Paid Sunday School Teachers to teach two classes - Ages 5 to 10 and ages 11 to 15. Present attendance is 4-5 per class but we are growing. Syllabus & all material is online ( www.weavinggodspromises.org ), augmented with our own multicultural material. Hours 10 a.m. to about 12 noon Sundays till end of May, days off by arrangement, no Sunday School on major feast days. Up to $50 per session (including any meetings) depending on experience. This is an exciting spirit-led opportunity at a unique parish. www.stpaulselkinspark.org . Call Rev. Paul Reid 610-937-9801 or email paul@stpaulselkinpark.org .

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