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Tuesday Night Advent Study

December 6, 13, & 20

7PM in the Chapel

The Angels of Christmas: We will be exploring the four angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.

Please join us!


Yoga on Tuesdays in the Zabor Room!

Gentle Yoga at 10AM

Gentle Chair Yoga at 12PM

Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Next Sessions on December 6

Gentle Yoga is a 60-75 minute class. Please bring your own mat. If you don't have a mat, one can be provided.

Gentle Chair Yoga is typically a 45 minute long class. No equipment or previous Yoga experience needed!

Both classes are led by JoAnne Monahan, a certified Kripalu and Chair Yoga Instructor. If you have any questions, please email either JoAnne at or Betsy at


Community Conversation

This Week

Tuesday, December 6 at 1:30PM

Join us by video and/or audio. We will share, pray, & check in with each other.

Click to join:

Or call 1-646-558-8656 & enter:

Meeting ID# 515 677 818

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Adopt a Family this Christmas!

The KenCrest Family Fund helps brighten the holidays by providing gifts to families in our community

Adopt a family, and purchase items from their wish list! Please email if interested and specify if you would like to adopt a small (2-3 individuals), medium (4-6), or large family (7+).

Click HERE for all of the details. Gifts needed by Friday, December 9.

Unable to purchase gifts? Click HERE to make a donation.

Click to watch the "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" performed by the Craft Brothers, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Thank you to our talented musicians & tech booth personnel, and to our Advent Wreath lighters who brought to you our December 4, Second Sunday of Advent, worship services:

Tech Booth:

*Ken Barber

*Cindy Clawson

*Sean H.

*James Sylvester

Advent Wreath Lighters:

*Stan Hamilton (8:30)

*The Mulhearn Family: Jim, Leah, Ellie, Violet, & Jack (10)

*Lorraine Pruitt (11:30)


*Dave Barber - drums

*Aidan Fell - bass

*Kathy Harrod - organ (11:30)

*Jamie Johnson - baritone

*Mary Jones - keyboards and vocals

*Chris Schmer - Praise Band Leader

*Lisa Thomas - piano (8:30)


Donuts & Devos will meet on Sunday, December 11 at 11AM in Sacred Grounds

Tweens & Youth are encouraged to join us for donuts and conversations about life, faith, & your questions. Bring a friend!

Remember that you need to attend these sessions and participate in our activities to be part of our Mission Trip next Summer.

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary this Christmas Season!

You may purchase one or more of these beautiful plants “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” someone special for $20 each.

Flowers must be ordered in advance. Please place your order by Sunday, December 11.

Click HERE to order and pay online. Order Forms will also be available in the Chapel and Sanctuary.

Following the last Christmas Eve service, you may take your flowers to enjoy.

Lunch & Learn on Friday, December 16

12PM in Christian Fellowship Hall

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick will speak about effectively managing dizziness and balance as you age.

Pizza and salad lunch provided to all who sign up by Sunday, December 11.

Sign up sheets are in the Chapel and Sanctuary, or contact Betsy at

Feast of Justice Volunteerpalooza!

Sundays: December 11 & December 18


Extra volunteer help is needed with:

•sorting & organizing dry goods


Click HERE to sign up for Volunteerpalooza 2022!

Questions? Email or call 215-268-3510.

Location: 3101 Tyson Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Use the Sackett Street entrance.

Mission: Addressing Hunger, Meeting Needs, and Inspiring Hope as we work for Abundant Justice in Northeast Philadelphia and beyond

Christmas Eve 2022 Services

Join us for worship on Saturday, December 24

3PM Traditional Service: BOTH in-person & livestreamed. A festive celebration with carols, organ, and a Christmas message.

7PM Contemporary Service: BOTH in-person & livestreamed. An energetic celebration of Jesus' birth with praise music, an interactive Children's Time, and a Christmas message.

10PM Lessons & Carols: in-person ONLY. A quiet, introspective service with scripture and song.

Holy Communion served at all 3 services

Please consider Gloria Dei Church for year-end charitable contributions

Those of you who are required to take minimum distributions from your IRA, did you know that you can ask your IRA custodian to send a donation directly to Gloria Dei Church and get the benefit of a charitable deduction without itemizing?

The custodian will mail the contribution to Gloria Dei, and it will count toward your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), but is not counted as taxable income on your federal tax return.

Talk to you IRA custodian today! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Tuesday, December 13

Volunteer at Caring For Friends


Northeast Philly location:

12271 Townsend Road

Meet us at Caring For Friends to help prepare and package meals for people in need in the greater Philadelphia area. Hair nets and aprons provided. Closed-toe shoes required. Anyone ages 12 and up can volunteer!

Click HERE to volunteer for December 13.

Upcoming volunteer dates: January 10, February 21, & March 14

Questions? Contact Dana at or call 215-947-8200

Try Someone Else's Life on For Size

Monday, December 19

11AM in Sacred Grounds

Next in the series: “Same Sex Parenting”

Join us for this intriguing series & experience a different world for 30 days. We watch a DVD each time we gather seeing what it's like for someone to experience first-hand a world antithetical to their own existence for a month. Discussion to follow.

All adults welcome! Contact Betsy for more information:

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Socks for the Streets

4th Annual Sock Drive

now through December 20

Please bring your donations with you to church on Sunday, or drop them off to the Church Office during the week. New socks ONLY please!

Click HERE for more information or contact

It's the Sweetest Time of the Year!

Order DIY Holiday Cookie Kits, Ornaments & Bracelets in support of One House At A Time

Each DIY cookie kit from The Sweet Spot contains 16-18 fresh baked cookies, icing piping bags, and candy to decorate your own delicious masterpieces. Priced at $25, $5 from each box goes to the Beds for Kids program

Click HERE to order.

Click HERE to order an ornament or Pura Vida bracelet.

Cookie kit, ornament & bracelet pickup date:

Saturday, December 17 from 8-11AM at the OHAAT office/warehouse

421 Pike Rd., Unit 5, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Questions? Contact Sara Baumgardner at

OHAAT's Beds for Kids program provides children and youth living in poverty with beds, bedding, and tools that encourage healthy bedtime habits, so they can get the quality and sufficient sleep they need to thrive.

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Shop Christmas gifts that make a difference through the ELCA's Good Gift Christmas Catalog

Today's feature: Piglet

Oink to the World! This little piggy couldn’t be a bigger lifesaver. This gift is a source of natural fertilizer that helps crops grow tall and strong, and can also be sold at the market for extra income when it's needed.

Give in honor of someone special and send a card to share the news. Give online and personalize free, printed cards to be sent directly to you or your loved ones by December 12 for expected delivery before December 25.

Click HERE to see all the ELCA Christmas Good Gifts choices starting at $10.

Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 11

Third Sunday of Advent

First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 146:5-10

Second Reading: James 5:7-10

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11


Lead Pastor: Karyn L. Wiseman,

Senior and Lay Ministry: Betsy Maier,

Kids and Family: Dana Harrison,

Tweens & Youth: Pastor Karyn; Dana Harrison

Praise Band Leader: Chris Schmer,

Office Staff: Susan Earp, Bookkeeper,; Jennifer Suit, Office Manager,; Jeff DeHaven,; Keisha Wilkens,

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-3:30pm; Friday: 9:30am-1:00pm



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