Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania - 3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - (215) 627-6434
DECEMBER 7, 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.

Church Farm School Holds 92nd Christmas Pageant on Friday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m.The dramatic pantomime is based on the classic children's story, "Why the Chimes Rang." This timeless short story, first published in 1909, tells the story of a grand old church with beautiful chimes which mysteriously ring out every Christmas Eve whenever someone places an especially pleasing gift on the altar as an offering, and how a miracle occurs after the chimes have fallen silent for years. It also serves as an appropriate reminder that CFS' mission is made possible thanks to the extreme generosity of a community who believes in the importance of providing a financially accessible education to those who otherwise would not have one. CHS is located at 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341. RSVP: www.gocfs.net/pageant .
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.


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church , 116 Lancaster Pike, on Rt. 472 just off Rt. 1 in Oxford, PA, is holding its Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 10, from 9-noon. We have some of the best bakers around with specialty cookies, peppermint bark, and plain old chocolate chip cookies for those of us who like the tried and true. Our rector even makes her "famous fudge." Refreshments will be served in our "Broken Cookie Café." So come, invite your friends, and do the "cookie walk," walk around our abundantly filled tables to choose your Christmas cookies, ideal for gifts and even for stashing a few away for yourselves! Yum.

Rummages/Fairs/Flea Markets

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church , 226 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne announces its Annual Christmas Sale, Saturday December 10th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gifts of all kinds for all ages, ornaments, linens, silver, Christmas Decorations, books, toys, jewelry, collectibles, and many treasures are available to purchase. This annual sale raises money for the Outreach Program with all proceeds going to outreach to help those less fortunate. Visit: www.SaintChristophers.org or call 610-642-8920.


On  Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m.,  St. John's Church, Compass (1520 West King's Hwy., Gap 17527) will host a  Taize-style Advent Service of Worship & Prayer , with special music by the Choir and cantors. This candlelit service of quiet prayer and contemplative singing is a welcome respite during the hectic season. For more information, 717-442-4302.


Christ Episcopal Church, Media 's Annual Christmas Pageant will take place on Sunday December 18th at 4:00 p.m. All children ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to participate in the pageant. Please join us on Sunday, December 4 as we assign roles. The Christmas Pageant will be followed by a Potluck Supper in Saint Mary's Hall.

Items Free/For Sale to Parishes

We have a  CONN Organ in good working condition and is free to whomever can give it a good home. Will need to pick up.  St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, PA 19076. For more information, call 610-464-6698 or email:  stjames732@gmail.com .

"The Three Jewels of Yoga" Every Sunday 
at 4:30 p.m. in St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1946 Welsh Rd. in Philadelphia, with yoga therapist Ram Phuyal will  be cancelled on Sunday, December 11th . Just $10 per class, tailored for beginners. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Please do not eat for 4 hrs. prior to the beginning of the class. We'll also practice meditation and breathing exercises that, together with the movement, promote calmness, mindfulness and healing. Contact Number: 215-969-3645.

A Quiet Night and a Perfect End: Gregorian Chant in Swarthmore . All interested singers are invited to participate in a drop-in session of Gregorian chant singing on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in the Chancel (Entrance through office door) at Trinity Church, Swarthmore. Sung for over a thousand years, plainchant is the oldest repertoire that exists in the Western musical tradition. Participants will have an opportunity to sing and experience Gregorian chant in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. We will learn the music aurally, and through a combination of medieval and modern sources, imitating the experience of Medieval singers. Sessions will take place weekly, and will be led by Professor James Blasina (Department of Music & Dance, Swarthmore College). Feel free to jblasin1@swarthmore.edu with any questions. This will continue through and including December 14, except November 23.

Requests for Items

A Call for Socks to Benefit the Homeless Did you know there are about 300 homeless people in Bucks County? Homeless people don't have frequent access to laundry facilities. So when their socks get wet, they risk getting trench foot, or even frostbite. They need dry socks to stay healthy. Last year the parish of St. Philip's collected well over 500 pairs of socks to distribute. This year, the Bucks County Herald has teamed up with  St. Philip's Episcopal Church, New Hope , to appeal to the whole community to donate socks for the area's homeless people. We welcome all donations of new socks for men and socks, stockings, leggings and panty hose for women. Some children's socks are also welcome, but primarily those for adults. Help give Christmas Stockings a new meaning: when you are out shopping for the holiday, buy some socks for the homeless in our own community. Place them into the big blue tub on the porch of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 10 Chapel Road, New Hope (the historic one-room schoolhouse at the corner of River Road and Chapel Road).
Church Services

St. James Episcopal Church, Prospect Park Services  - Holy Eucharist Rite I - first Sunday of the month. Holy Eucharist Rite II - second and third Sunday of the month. Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist Rite II, 4th Sunday of the month. Sunday School every Sunday which coincides with the service. Healing Service Thursday Evening @ 6 p.m. Congregational meeting every first Sunday of the month. Pastor Christina Nord Officiating. The church is located at 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, PA 19076. For more information, call 610-461-6698 or visit the website:  stjamesprospectpark.org or email: stjames732@gmail.com

Accomodations/Space for Rent

The Church of St. Alban, Roxborough, 6769 Ridge Avenue, offers the use of the Parish Hall for showers, parties, wedding receptions, conferences and other events. The hall has recently been painted, and has a new ceiling with updated lighting, and attractive curtains. Can accommodate 120 people. There is also a large fully-equipped adjoining kitchen. The property has a parking lot and is convenient to public transportation. For additional information, call 215-483-6085.

Gift/Thrift Shops

The Redeemer Thrift Shop is Open! Church of the Redeemer , 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064, 610-544-8113, redeemer33@verizon.net . The Thrift Shop is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Please shop at the Redeemer Thrift Shop! You never know what treasures you may find!

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.


Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in Yeadon, PA (just southwest of Philadelphia) is seeking a talented, joyful, engaging and industrious Part-Time Minister of Music (5 to10 hours/weekly) to develop further, lead, and grow our music program. Music is an integral part of Saint Michaels' identity, worship, and ministry. Our approach embraces the spectrum from our rich religious heritage of hymnody and choral music to expansive expressions such as spirituals, gospel music, and an embracing of musical expression from the African Diaspora. We are a vibrant and growing community of faith (60/average Sunday attendance) committed to being welcoming to all people, creating relevant and authentic worship that engages the heart and mind, and letting service to others transform who we are in the world. We are looking for one person to fill the (organist and music director) position. The perfect candidate will be excited by being part of Saint Michaels' and the responsibilities and opportunities. Please send cover letter and resume/CV to rector@stmichaelsyeadon.com . More information about Saint Michael's Episcopal Church can be found at http://stmichaelsyeadon.homestead.com .

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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