Pancake Breakfast and Ash Wednesday Dinner

As we prepare for our Lenten journeys, Community Breakfast on March 3 will be our annual Shrove Sunday pancake feast. 
Bring some fatty foods to share or just come and eat.
We will continue to have time to share what we have been learning in our education programs.
Some will need to leave a little early for choir rehearsal.

Then on March 6, we will gather again for dinner in the sanctuary (with meat and vegetarian options), before an Ash Wednesday Service in the Community Room.
This will be a time to reflect on our upcoming theme of Awareness for Lent and to receive the blessing of anointing.

Please use the following sign-up sheet to let us know if you can come.

Interfaith Hospitality Network: volunteers needed

Many thanks to those who have signed up already for our next week as hosts with Beth David Reform. There are still some slots that we need to fill for overnight stays with the families, helping to prepare a meal and eat with the families, and for clean up and laundry after our guests leave.

Dates: January 13-20

Sign up for a slot here.

Calendar and Birthdays


Saturday, January 5th:
                  10:00 am Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal and pizza

Sunday, January 6th:
10:00 am Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal
11:00 am Worship: Epiphany Pageant
1:30 pm The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the                                                     Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tuesday, January 8th:
10:00 am: Bible Study


Jan 3:  Ethan Markman

Jan 9:  John Weisgerber

Jan 11:  Heather Brogan

Jan 16:  Barbara Holmes

Jan 28:  Carrie Kanzinger

The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Please join me in celebrating Epiphany with as we join friends from Overbrook Presbyterian at the Art Museum next Sunday (1/6/19) from 1:30 – 3:00 for “The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Join Peter Seidel, art teacher and Overbrook member, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“Pay What You Wish” Sunday) to consider the reason for the season!
Please gather on the 2nd floor balcony of the Great Hall.

 Peter is a now-retired former Friends’ Central colleague of ours who does a wonderful job talking about art. I’ve had the privilege of learning from Peter at a few Barnes exhibits, where he has enriched all of us with his insights. Please email me at if you are interested in going on the 6th.


Interfaith Contemplative Practices 2018

We are thrilled to be offering our second series of Interfaith Contemplative Practices.
Register here for this free event open to all visitors and friends or visit our registration page.

This year we are offering two weeks with each tradition in order to allow a greater opportunity for dialogue about our practices. This will also give us the chance to practice what we have learned after the first week and to come back for reflection the second week.

Thursday evenings
Dinner 6:30
Program 7:00-8:00
For youth and adults

  • October 4 and 11: Muslim Prayers with Asheq Fazlullah
  • October 18 and 25: Jewish Sung Prayers with Hazzan Harold Messinger
  • November 8 and 15: Qigong with Dawn Weisbord
  • Nov 29 and Dec 6: Zen Buddhist Meditation with John Gruber

We will begin each evening with a simple vegetarian meal, in the practice of interfaith gatherings. If you are willing to volunteer to work on a team of dinner providers, please let Margaret know.