Interfaith Hospitality Network: our next week of hosting

Our next group of families will be arriving at Beth David on Sunday, October 20, for the week. Looks as if there will be a full house with three families.

Please check out this sign-up and see if you can cover some of the many spots available.
Opportunities to help include setting up the bedding before the families come, making a meal and eating with the families, staying overnight and seeing the families off early in the morning (6 am), or taking the beds down at the end of the week and doing the laundry at your own home.

You will find that the experience is about building relationship with our neighbors – our neighbors at Beth David and our neighbors who do not currently have housing. This is what we are called by Christ to do, not because we are more blessed or fortunate than any others, but because we are all children of God, called to be in relationship with one another.

Interfaith Contemplative Practices

We are excited to be entering our third year of this program and deeply grateful for the enthusiasm around connecting with our neighbors and sharing our different practices and traditions.

Please read the flyer below for details about this year’s special new additions. Flyers will be available at church – please help us by distributing to your friends, inviting them to join us, and sharing this post by email or social media.

Register by filling in this form.

Pastoral Care While the Pastors Are Away

Pastors Todd Stavrakos and Margaret Somerville are leading a spiritual retreat with a group from the church on the island of Iona in Scotland. They will be back on July 14.

While they are away, please contact Rev. Sarah Weisiger from First Presbyterian in Phila with any pastoral care concerns. We are grateful that she will be available. Contact her at 408.772.6261 or

Interfaith Hospitality Network: volunteers needed

Our next week of volunteering with the Interfaith Hospitality Network is coming up June 23-30.
Please have a look to see if you are able to volunteer for any of the remaining spots for this week.
Volunteer opportunities include helping prepare dinner and eating with the families from 6-8 pm, staying overnight from 8 pm – 6 am, or helping to take down the beds on the final day.
The families will be staying at Beth David, and we volunteer alongside members of Beth David.
This has been an incredible opportunity to be in relationship not only with these families who are experiencing homelessness but also with our neighbors at Beth David.

On Being with Krista Tippett – live recording

There are still tickets available for the live recording of Krista Tippett‘s podcast and 

6J1A0008-Edit.jpgpublic radio show On Being. 

April 29 at 6:30 at Rodeph Shalom

Click here to purchase tickets.

Her special guests will be Shane Claiborne, leader of Red Letter Christians, and Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France and author of Letters to a Young Muslim. Krista will guide them in a conversation about their work in their respective faith communities, and how interfaith relationships have helped shape their lives.

Interfaith Hospitality Network – a few volunteers still needed

Our next week hosting families from the Interfaith Hospitality Network with Beth David is April 28-May 5.

We still need a few volunteers:

  • Dinner on May 3
  • Overnight on May 3
  • Help with person who is providing dinner on April 29
  • Take down bedding on May 5

Please sign up here if you can help with any of these times.
Dinner slots include making a meal and eating with the families.
Overnight means sleeping in your own private room on the same inflatable beds that the families use. The overnight shift ends at 6:30 in the morning.
For those of you with children, IHN encourages you to bring your families both to eat and to sleep overnight.

For those who haven’t volunteered before, we need your police and child abuse clearances on file.

Many thanks for helping in whatever way you can!