Christian Formation for Adults — Adult Forum – Jan. 15


On January 15, we are privileged to again have as our presenter Dr. Leonard Swidler, professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University since 1966 and visiting professor across the globe in universities in Germany, China, Kuala Lumpur, Azerbaijan and beyond.

Dr. Swidler is the author of more than 75 books and 300 articles, with titles such as Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue (1978); Confucianism in Dialogue Today: West, Christianity, and Judaism (2005); A Global Ethic (2007); and Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding (2014). Co-founder with Arlene Swidler of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in 1964 and of the Dialogue Institute in 1978, he continues through these international venues, through invited lectures nationally and abroad, through his university teaching, and through conversations such as our Forum, to explore and advance the vision and imperative of mutual global understanding.

Last Sunday, Dr. Swidler talked with us about his career-long work and progress in this crucial concern, and gave a hand-out of an essay on which he is currently working, entitled “Where in the World Are We Going?”. For this Sunday, January 15, he would like us to have read it and to use it as the basis for discussion and questions. Copies will available this Sunday for a quick read if you could not attend this past Sunday.

“Let there be peace on earth.”

Martin Luther King Day of Service — Sunday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m. to finish — Stop Hunger Now Project


Come one, come all to the Parish Hall! Many volunteers of all ages are needed to package the 10,000 meals we have committed to providing for the 2017 Stop Hunger Now program. Plan to join the Outreach Committee in this fun and rewarding community activity and take pride in knowing that you are doing your part on behalf of the world’s hungry. On-the-job training is provided by the Stop Hunger Now team and the rest is up to us. Hearty homemade soups will be provided for volunteers. Any questions, please contact Charlotte Biddle at 215-247-0837 or

Parenting Retreat – Jan. 21


Saint Paul’s will host Ann Adalist Estrin, counselor and parenting expert, to lead us in a retreat on Saturday, January 21 from 2 until 5 p.m. Ann has been a regular at Parents’ Exchange meetings. However, there never seems to be enough time for the depth of material that she wants to share, and for our parents to ask the questions that they need to ask. As a result, Ann has agreed to lead a three-hour retreat on January 21, with a possible follow-up session later in the spring. It will be an afternoon dedicated to sharpening our parenting skills and helping us deal with the joys and challenges of parenthood. The afternoon will end with a family supper that will include pizza and salad. Grandparents are also welcome to join us. During the retreat, we will treat children to movies and snacks in the Swift Bird Room, and then bring them to join their parents and grandparents for supper. Nursery care will also be provided. Please send Manny an email if you plan to attend:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Between November 28 and December 14 the Giving Tree reaped 100 “gift ornaments” of specified needs from the wish lists of these local organizations:
  • Face to Face Germantown, a family of five (one adult and four children) were aided under the auspices of PIHN (Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network,)
  • Episcopal Community Services, our gifts to ECS support two of their programs:
    • Dolphin”volunteers bring stuffed animals to the elderly in nursing homes who have no family,
    • Out-of-School Time, an after-school program in Feltonville, for which we purchased specifically requested toys for fifteen children ages 9 to 11 years old.
 The Outreach Committee is so grateful to those who participated in this significant, all-parish project. You made Christmas magical for many people.
 A note from Face to Face stated, “I can’t thank you enough for collecting so many items on our wish list -I honestly am speechless! I had to let you know how grateful we are for all you and the people at Saint Paul’s have done for us.”

Wondering Day, Tuesday, December 27th


Widening Our Circle Of Storytelling

  • Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  • Time: 8:30-3:00 or 5:00 (as needed)
  • $10 per family
  • Register Today

Saint Paul’s will be hosting a Godly Play themed day of stories, activities and much more for children ages 3 to 11. If you enjoy Godly Play, please join us as we recapture the Christmas stories beginning with the Prophets. Wondering Day is scheduled for December 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and childcare for 6 months – 2 years old will be available until 5 p.m. It will be a great way to hear the prophecies about Jesus and his birth narratives all over again. We will end the day with a Godly Play Christmas Liturgy during which the Choristers of Saint Paul’s will lend their voices by singing Christmas Carols.

Nursery Care for ages 6 months-2 years will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.