Annual Advent Night

Advent Activities

The youth of our parish will be helping the younger children of our parish to fill Breakfast Bags at the annual Advent Night on December 10th. 

ALL members of the parish can help our younger members with this project by contributing some of the essential products needed for the bags.  We are hoping to fill 250 bags.  The finished bags are delivered to Aid for Friends, an organization which serves isolated homebound individuals by alleviating their hunger and loneliness free of any charge.

Here are the supplies needed:

  • One gallon Ziploc storage bags
  • Small individual cereal boxes or oatmeal packets
  • Packages of crackers (cheese- or peanut butter-filled)
  • Individually wrapped granola bars
  • Raisin boxes
  • Fruit cups
  • Individually wrapped tea bags or instant coffee packets
  • Juice boxes or pouches (preferably 100% juice)

Would you like to help with preparations for Advent Night?  Go to our Sign up for Advent Night and volunteer today!

If you have any questions about this project, please contact:


Lessons and Carols for Christmas 2017

Sunday December 17th, 2017 at 5:00pm

A candlelight service of Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir. Consisting of readings that recount the Christmas story, choral anthems, and favorite carols sung by the congregation, this service is one of Saint Paul’s most popular offerings of the year and has become a Chestnut Hill tradition.
Director of Music – Zach Fritsch-Hemenway
Guest Organist – Monica Czausz
Sussex Carol – arr. Philip Ledger
Adam Lay Ybounden – Boris Ord
E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Paul Manz
I Saw Three Ships – arr. Simon Preston
There is a Flower – John Rutter
Bogoroditse Dyevo – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sing Lullaby – Herbert Howells
Make We Joy Now in this Fest – William Walton
Huron Carol – Paul Halley
A Babe is Born – William Mathias
Noël Suisse – Claude Benigne Balbastre
Early seating advised. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

PIHN’s 19th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner – Nov. 16

  • Seatings: 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Host & Address: United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
  • Parking: United Lutheran Seminary and Holy Cross Catholic School at 144 East Mount Airy Ave., Philadelphia

With the help of over 300 volunteers, this great fundraising event advances PIHN’s mission to find lasting solutions to family homelessness and its
underlying causes. Come enjoy family-friendly activities and live entertainment. Our children have made some of the hand-crafted bowls for this event! For a modest donation (adults $25; students and children $10), guests receive one of these free, handcrafted bowls and enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast of fresh soups, breads and desserts. At the end of the meal, each attendee leaves with their empty bowl as a reminder that every night in the city of Philadelphia 1,000 children go without a meal or a place to call “home.”

Sacred Body-Sacred Life Workshop – Nov. 18 @ 10 a.m.

Ute Arnold will present a “Sacred Body-Sacred Life Workshop at Saint Paul’s Parish Hall, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave, Phila. on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Participants learn how to harness the power of their sacred body and discover the joy of living a truly sacred life in this exciting event!
In this workshop you will . . .
* Explore the truth of your body through art, poetry, sound
 * Find spontaneity and strength to heal from difficult events
  * Explore how art as therapy engages the younger self
   * Create individual body maps via creative ‘listening’
    * Discover the magic power of joyful changing
     * Find out how emotional struggles hold ‘secrets’
      * Learn how to release your story of wellness
       * Use core-micro-movements to change habitual thinking/feeling
        * Discover your sensory and emotional intelligence
Cost for the workshop is $50, materials and beverages included. Participants bring lunch.
The next day, Sunday, November 19, a free presentation of Sacred Body-Sacred Life will be given at 2 p.m., also in the Parish Hall. Ute Arnold, MFA says, “Deeply imbedded in each of us-below all the stories of struggle, fear, stress and disease-is a powerful message. This message is safely recorded in the cellular memory of our bones, muscles and organs. It speaks the language of wellness and divinity which nothing can hinder or destroy. As we learn to access this powerful message, we begin to harness the power of our sacred body and to discover the joy of living a truly sacred life.” Born in the middle of World War II in Nazi Germany, Ute Arnold turned to the healing forces of nature and the arts to survive the chaos of those distressing times. Through creative experiments with nature and the arts she came to value a divine connection with the natural world of sensory intelligence. She went on to study art, color and design in London and San Francisco, which eventually led to her many years of training and practice in Gestalt and Body-Psychotherapy in New York, Toronto, and Philadelphia. Both events are programs of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism.

Harry Potter Day Success!

This past Saturday, October 21, 240 lucky people attended a feast in the Great Hall at Saint Paul’s for Harry Potter Day in Chestnut Hill!  The event was crafted by Michael Latini, a parishioner and founder of Monkey Boys’ Studio, after he saw the possibility of recreating a Hogwarts-inspired feast.  Joe Irwin, of Lightjourney Communications and Coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism, designed an attractive website and graphics for Facebook and other social media advertising.  Karen Richter and Evan and Kat Hansen developed the menu, which included hot shepherd’s pie, pumpkin pasties, fresh salad and, of course, butter beer (non-alcoholic) for diners attired as characters from J. K. Rowling’s famous series. The aesthetics team of Tabitha Oman and Christine Fitzpatrick put the finishing touches on the whole event including the burlap-wrapped cutlery, the chocolate snitches, loads of candles, and decorated restrooms.  An improvisational troupe, entertained guests with a skit, then mingled with the delighted audience.  Saint Paul’s youth and adults, organized by Shana Stites and Cheyenne DeMulder, served as volunteer servers, cooks, kitchen elves and hosts to make two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. possible.  As you can see from the pictures, plates were cleaned and smiles were everywhere.  Most of the net proceeds will go to Saint Paul’s Outreach budget to support the homeless and needy in the greater Philadelphia area.