This weekly newsletter is intended to keep the members of the Diocese aware 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. Have something to share?  Contact J.D. Lafrance, jdlafrance@diopa.org no later than Wednesday 12 p.m. each week for distribution that week.  
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PROGRAMS/EVENTS
programs
2/18/18: 
Transforming Chronic Pain into Hope and Addressing the Opioid Crisis
from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at  St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh in MacColl Auditorium.
 
The opioid crisis has shocked Americans. What are the alternatives and hope for people with chronic pain? Dr. Sarah Whitman, Clinical Associate Professor at Rowan University, a Quaker and psychiatrist specializing in pain management, will address chronic pain, treatment options and how friends and family can help. Parishioner Beth Thorp, who lives with chronic pain, will speak about the challenges she faces and her suggestions for living well.

ACCOMMODATIONS/SPACE FOR RENT
accommodations
St. Alban's, Newtown Square , offers parish hall as "Alban's Garden" for party rental space, Friday nights and Saturdays.  Accommodates a maximum of 130 for sit-down or buffet meal. Adjoining kitchen is commercial facility enjoyed by many a caterer. French doors open from hall onto patio onto country setting of expansive grounds with shrubs and trees...lovely and green late spring through early fall. Contact the Office Manager, 610-356-0459, x21, parish.associate@verizon.net .
THRIFT STORES
thrift
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!

CHURCH SERVICE CHANGES
service
2/15/18:  Christ Episcopal Church in Media , Pennsylvania and Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore , Pennsylvania will alternate hosting an evening of Taize Worship from 7:15-8:00 p.m. on the third Thursday evening of every month. Trinity, Swarthmore will be hosting this month's service. This service, from the monastic Taize community in France, includes simple, beautiful chants, short Biblical passages, and time for silent, prayerful stillness. It is a wonderful experience of sitting in God's presence and exploring a deeper connection to God's peace. Christ Church will host the September service on the 21st. Come and find a time of beauty and stillness in the midst of a chaotic world.

ITEMS FREE/FOR SALE TO PARISHES
items
Grace Epiphany Church is seeking Library Carrels for use in their offices. If anyone in the Diocese can donate some that are not being used in their buildings, please call Grace Epiphany Church at (215) 248-2950.