We recognize and are grateful for the signs of grace and healing underway in our Diocese. At the same time, we are aware of the need among many for deeper healing and forgiveness in the context of worship. Following the ancient rhythms of the Church calendar, we have intentionally planned this service in the midst of the Advent season, a time when we acknowledge both our need for God’s merciful healing and our hope in the new beginning we find in the coming of Christ.
The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral is located on 38th Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets, in the University City section of Philadelphia and is very near public transportation. Complimentary parking will be available to you from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lot located at the corner of 39th and Market Streets. Please be advised that the front doors of the Cathedral are not accessible from the northeast corner of 38th and Chestnut Streets due to construction fencing and barricades.
Please join us for this special time in which we may come together to seek God’s reconciling and transforming peace and love for ourselves and for our Diocese.
Faithfully, The Very Rev. Judith A. Sullivan, Dean
Join with friends and fellow church members as we continue our Pub Theology discussions. We will gather in the Memorial Room at 7 PM. Please feel free to bring your favorite brew or other beverage.
Discussion starters for December 5th:
- Studies show that young people (ages 18-29) are much more likely to have “no religion” than those over 70. Is this cause for alarm or hope?
- Quoted: “Religion is most effective where it is least obvious.”
- “No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.” —Plato. Do you think the best is yet to come?
- What is the biggest challenge to believing that there is a God?
- Dorothy Parker: “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”
Taken from Berghoef, Bryan (2013-03-25). Pub Theology 101: A Guide to Cultivating Meaningful Conversations at the Pub. PubPress. Kindle Edition.
Christmas Dinner Celebration with East Parkside Residents Association: Tuesday, December 10th 6 PM- 9 PM
WHEN: Tuesday, December 10th 6 PM- 9 PM
WE NEED YOUR HELP IN 3 Different ways (please consider contributing in more then one area!!)
(any questions? contact Chris Costello, email@example.com)
1. COOKIE PROJECT: This year we are doing the gifts a little different – we will be putting together bags with homemade cookies and Christmas ornaments for each family attending the dinner. How can you help? We need homemade cookies!! This is a wonderful activity to do with the family or when you are stuck inside on cold, rainy days! We are requesting that all the cookies are homemade. If possible please bring 4 dozen cookies (or more if you are in a baking mood!!). The cookies can be dropped off at Holy Apostles any time before Sunday, December 8th. They can be put in the large chest freezer at the bottom of the steps in the basement. OR you can bring them to church on Sunday, December 8th. We also need donations of Christmas ornaments to include in the cookie bags.
2. CONTRIBUTE TO THE DINNER: Please consider making an item or donating needed items for the dinner on December 9th. Items are listed on the sign up sheet. Food and supplies can be dropped off ahead of time in the kitchen at Holy Apostles if you are not attending on the 9th.
3. ATTEND THE DINNER ON DECEMBER 9TH at East Parkside. Come enjoy a fun evening of fellowship with our friends at East Parkside. You will help set up, serve and clean up. Also, you will have the opportunity to sit, eat and visit. We will meet at the church ahead of time (around 5:30) to carpool over to East Parkside together. Or if you need to arrive later we can provide directions.
It’s a movement that began some four years ago in Traverse City, MI by pastor Bryan Berghoef (you can find his blog at pubtheologian.com). The idea is to gather with friends, new and old, to talk about things that matter over a pint. That’s all. It’s pretty simple. In Berghoef’s own words, “Beer and religion have a long history-monasteries served as brewing centers, Martin Luther could brew up a good pint, and so on. A good beer is flavorful and complex, and leaves a lasting impression. It’s the same with a good spiritual practice.”
It seems that this might fit in well here at Holy Apostles! So we will hold an organizing session on Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM. Bring your favorite brew, and we will meet in the Memorial Room. If it seems good to everyone, we can schedule future sessions in one of the many excellent pubs in our area. Come and join in!