WEEK I OF ADVENT:
Sunday, November 29
Giving Tree: Take a gift tag from the Giving Tree at the back of the church, to supply a gift for a child in need on Christmas morning
Friday, December 4 @ 7 p.m.
Vox Ama Deus Messiah Concert: Vox Ama Deus will perform Handel’s Messiah at Saint Paul’s Church on Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. The performance features the Ama Deus Ensemble, Baroque Instrument Orchestra, under the direction of Valentin Radu, Conductor. Soloists include Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano; Jody Kidwell, alto; Timothy Bentch, tenor; and Ed Bara, bass. Tickets are: adults $30 ($25 advance), seniors $25 ($20 advance), and students $10 at all times. Go to VoxAmaDeus.org or call 610-688-2800.
Saturday, December 5 @ 4 p.m.
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Handel’s Messiah Sing IN at Saint Paul’s with James Judd: Be a part of the music to celebrate the holidays with the Chamber Orchestra in one of Philadelphia’s most breathtaking sacred spaces. Guest Conductor James Judd leads a Baroque classic as the audience sings with and listens to the voices of the community. Bring your own score, or borrow one, and help usher in December’s cheer. Click here for tickets!
WEEK II OF ADVENT:
Sunday, December 6 @ 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Advent Outreach Fair: Join us in the Parish Hall for the opportunity to find Christmas gifts packed with meaning. Outreach organizations will offer items that benefit people in need. The proceeds from the sale will help the vulnerable people they care for. Come have breakfast and find very special gifts for those you love.
Sunday, December 6 @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WEEK III OF ADVENT:
Sunday, December 13 @ 10 a.m.
Saint Paul’s Cookie Exchange: Are you baking cookies this Christmas season? Bake an extra batch and bring them to Saint Paul’s to exchange with others on Sunday, December 13. Cookies will be displayed in the Parish Hall after 9 a.m. worship. It is all good fun
Sunday, December 13 @ 5 p.m.
Rosemary for Remembrance- Worship for when Christmas is a Difficult Time: Individuals and families who live with painful memories of loss may join in this meditative and soothing service of prayer. In candlelight, sprigs of rosemary will be given as remembrances of those who are missed at this season of Jesus’ birth. It is a meaningful time to walk the labyrinth.
Saturday, December 19 @ 2 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Music Academy Holiday Concert: Join us in the sanctuary for this wonderful concert!
WEEK IV OF ADVENT:
Thursday, December 24
4:30 p.m.: A 13th Century Christmas Pageant in 21st Century Chestnut Hill- Saint Francis designed the Christmas Pageant at Greccio, Italy in the year 1223. Saint Paul’s Christmas Pageant, to take place on Thursday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m., has been a community fixture for decades. Over 100 parishioners combine to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. In Jesus God has embodied compassion and peace. We hear that message, are moved by it, and take it out to our families and neighbors. It is our merry Christmas.
5 p.m.: Eucharist- We continue the tradition of Francis by erecting an altar over the manger for communion when the pageant is over, about 5:15 p.m. Of Francis’ pageant Friar Thomas concluded, “Jesus was born in a manger where animals would have eaten the fodder of the hay. There he also gives himself for us with supreme and indescribable love in the bread and wine of communion which his followers consume to their great spiritual benefit.”
Friday, December 25 @ 10 a.m.
Worship on Christmas Day: Worship with us and sing all your favorite Christmas carols. One worshiper mentioned that this service is a truly spiritual experience. “Come and worship… worship Christ, the new-born King!”
Adopt a Stop Campaign closes December 31
Have you noticed the yellow mock-up plaque that has been on display in the back of the church for several months? It lists the names of 47 individuals and families who have made a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Ann Stookey Fund for Music at Saint Paul’s, and in doing so have “adopted” one of the stops on our landmark Aeolian-Skinner organ. Click here to see the list of names and the stop that that each one has adopted.
There is Still Time to Add Your Name to the List
A gift to the Ann Stookey Fund of $1,000 or more, fully paid by December 31, will link your name(s) with one of the remaining unadopted stops. Your generosity and stewardship of this valuable instrument will be noted on the permanent brass plaque, which is to be mounted behind the organ console early in 2016. If you would like more information or wish to adopt a stop, please contact the Director of Music, Zach Fritsch-Hemenway in the Parish Office as soon as possible, and in any case before December 31.
About the Ann Stookey Fund for Music at Saint Paul’s
The Ann Stookey Fund, created in 2012, exists to provide for the upkeep and renovation of the organ, which is the centerpiece of Saint Paul’s music program. A limited annual income draw helps to pay for tuning, adjustments, and small repairs. Funds from capital may be utilized, with certain restrictions, to undertake major projects that are required to enhance or preserve the condition of the instrument. The Fund will be replenished through careful management of the assets, and with further gifts and bequests.
Beginning Work on the Organ
During 2015, an organ consultant of national reputation has been studying the instrument, and recently provided a report containing his recommendations that is being considered by the Director of Music and the Music Guild. The projects that he describes range from “urgently required” to “will become necessary soon” and “nice do to when funds permit”. One of the unusual features of the organ at Saint Paul’s is the way that the visible pipes are arranged around the sanctuary in elegantly designed clusters, rather than mounted within an organ case as is more typical. The hidden pipes are tucked away in spaces behind screens and walls, which makes them often difficult to access for cleaning and repair. The strategic challenge is to schedule projects as efficiently as possible, and in conjunction with other work on the property that should ideally be undertaken at the same time.
Renovation Launch with Organ Concert on April 10, 2016
A great deal of work on the organ lies ahead. The vision and foresight of Ann Stookey’s family in creating a dedicated Fund has allowed the parish to begin to plan that work. In recognition and thanksgiving for all those who have made contributions in support of the Fund, a special concert to celebrate and launch the organ renovation will take place at Saint Paul’s on April 10, 2016. The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, along with organ scholars from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY will perform three Organ Concertos. The concert is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and presents a unique program of organ repertoire rarely performed on a single occasion. A special joy will be the return to the console of Caroline Robinson, Organ Scholar at Saint Paul’s from 2010-2013.
Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, 3rd will join us on Sunday, December 6 at our 10:30 a.m. worship. He will confirm and receive a group of young people and adults. Confirmation is one’s strengthening in the Spirit to carry out the promises made or made on our behalf at baptism. After worship he will visit our Advent Fair where some of the groups supported by our outreach will have crafts for sale as Christmas gifts. The Vestry will meet with him for lunch.
The concert is followed by a festive reception at which our sponsors will be present to receive our appreciation for their support of the series. All proceeds benefit Saint Paul’s outreach partners, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face to Face Germantown. More about the program, artists, and our sponsors here www.fivefridays.org.
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