Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania - 3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - (215) 627-6434
DECEMBER 21, 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.

Philadelphia is the city with the largest rate of imprisonment per capita and with the largest number of youth behind bars among the 15 largest cities in the USA. Why?  Poetry Presentations written by incarcerated friends and family denouncing the causes of crime and imprisonment and the sharing and expression of related sentiments on January 14, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Free Church of St. John Episcopal Church, 3076 Emerald Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134. This event is sponsored by LACEO and the NAACP at SCI Graterford, along with other organizations, and in the name of the Latino Lifers Family Coalition related to the issue of mass incarceration. For more info, contact Rev. Roger Zepernick at 215-869-0791.
Forums/Discussion Groups

Please join us for the  St. David's Episcopal Church ALPHA Course , starting  January 11, 2017 , and ending  March 22, 2017 . ALPHA is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. We will begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. there will be a video presentation by Nicky Gumbel designed to engage and inspire conversation. The video presentation will explore issues to be discussed in the remaining time at your table. Issues of faith and the essentials of Christianity will be the center of conversations. After the video, you will have a chance to share your thoughts and ideas on the Christian faith, and to journey more deeply with fellow Christians. For more info: http://www.stdavidschurch.org/the-alpha-course .


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.


Start the New Year on a meditative, musical note with a  New Year's Eve Kirtan Service at 7:00 p.m. from Wellspring at  Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields . Kirtan is an ancient chant tradition, with prayers sung in a call-and-response style. An annual tradition at St. Martin's, Scott Robinson and his band,  Mandala , will lead this enchanting, participative devotion. No Registration Required. All are Welcome. Suggested donation: $10.  Saturday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m., Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.  www.StMartinEC.org or 215-247-7466 for more information.


Christmas at the Cathedral. Celebrate the birth of the Savior!

Christmas Eve at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
- Feast of the Nativity on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 5 p.m. - Festival Eucharist and Blessing of the Crèche. This service of Holy Eucharist begins with a prelude of sacred choral music and congregational carols, and includes the blessing of the Christmas Crèche as we joyfully give thanks for the birth of Christ. The Very Reverend Judith A. Sullivan, Presider and Preacher. Choral Anthems: "O, Come, O, Come Emmanuel"- arr. by Thomas Lloyd; "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" - David Willcocks; "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow" - Spiritual arr. by Fred Gramann; "Divinum Mysterium"-  arr. byThomas Lloyd; "In the Bleak Midwinter" -  Harold Darke. Cathedral Singers. Dr. Thomas Lloyd, Director of Music. Mr. John Andrew Bailey, Organist. For more information, visit www.philadelphiacathedral.org or call (215) 386-0234, ext 13.

Christmas Day ǀ Feast of the Nativity
at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist. A quiet service of grace and peace on Christmas morning. The Reverend Robert L. Tate, Presider and Homilist; "Away in a Manger" -  Alan Woods; Brenda Bonhomme, Soloist. For more information, visit
www.philadelphiacathedral.org or call (215) 386-0234, ext 13.

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.

Girls Friendly Society Mission Day 2017 will collect of much needed art supplies for Child Life Services at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. With a total of 1,195,000 children who come through the doors of CHOP annually (through admissions, ER visits and routine outpatient appointments) it is no wonder that art supplies are in constant need. GFS branches will be collecting art supplies for the Bedside Activity Patient packs. Beginning January 1, 2017, GFS chapters will be asked to solicit donations from their parishes for art supplies. The collection will continue through February 28, 2017. Please contact your GFS branch Advisor for a complete list of supplies needed. If there is no GFS branch at your church, please contact Marcia Hinton, Mission Day 2017 Chair at (484) 466-6489 or marcialhinton@gmail.com . All items will be brought to the Mission Day Host church on March 4, 2017.

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

Holy Apostles and The Mediator is a beacon of hope in central West Philadelphia. HAM offers many services for the residents in our surrounding area including bi-weekly grocery distribution and youth programming. Another long-standing institution in HAM's neighborhood has now closed its doors and HAM is stepping in to fill the gap. The 52nd Street Library has closed indefinitely, leaving a void in the community. Especially impacted are our young, of whom many do not have an opportunity for reading enrichment. Beginning December 16th, HAM will be Collecting Books and Gently Used Clothing, with a special focus on children's books and clothing. On January 18, 2017, HAM'S MLK Day of Service volunteers will sort and catalogue collections for community distribution. Items will be accepted at HAM Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have a donation but have no way to deliver it, or If you have an interest in volunteering please contact Janis Moore, MLK Day coordinator at Janispmoore@hotmail.com .
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 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.


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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