Calendar and Birthdays

Events

Tuesday, January 16th

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Thursday, January 18th

7:30 pm Men’s Group

Sunday, January 21st

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: Pastor Margaret Somerville preaching and celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Tuesday, January 23rd

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

 

Birthdays

January 16th

Barbara Holmes

Discovery News and Souper Bowl

This week in Discovery, the kids planned for our upcoming Souper Bowl Sunday donations! We decided to help collect socks for Broad Street Ministry to hand out to those who go there for a meal. The lunch will take place 1/28 after the service and all are welcome to attend!
Please sign up here to let us know if you can help.

With our overall theme of change for the year, Discovery has been working on how to incorporate change into our daily lives. I refreshed them on an assignment I gave a few weeks ago to have them find out something new about someone they don’t like. They spoke honestly about the difference this made in their patience with others. It was important to acknowledge it’s not easy to live what we believe.

From here we moved into authentic and inauthentic apologies. What’s the difference between the two, and how did they feel? How do we know when someone means when they’re sorry, and when they don’t? They said there was something sincere about the tone of voice of the person. But what we learned was that an authentic apology is followed up by an action that shows someone is sorry. We talked about the idea of spilling hot chocolate on someone, saying sorry, and walking away compared to getting that person a paper towel and helping them clean the mess. Two different actions, same words, same scenario–but it really clarified their understanding.

In closing, Discovery has been going around the circle naming what was good about the last week and what they’re looking forward to about the week ahead. There are exciting things on the horizon! Stay tuned, more to come!

                                                                                 Veronica Hall, Youth Director

COALESCE

Beginning on January 14, Bruce M. will lead a few weeks on the topic of Finding God in a Crazy World…God’s Gulf Stream of Love.  Join us and feel free to bring a friend who is open-minded and curious about life and the world. We will be making some use of an interview with a very interesting contemporary writer.  Sunday mornings, 9:45.

Fundraising for Puerto Rico

Come join together in the spirit of Interfaith Harmony week and also help our neighbors in Puerto Rico by supporting and attending a concert at Ascension UCC on January 28th at 4:00pm. Click on the following  link tinyurl.com/yc2xt8h3 to get information.   

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Calendar and Birthdays

Events:

Tuesday, January 9th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Thursday, January 11th:

7 pm Women’s Book Group

Sunday, January 14th:

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Sermon: That still small voice

Texts:

1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20) The boy Samuel hears God calling and replies: Speak, Lord.
John 1:43–51 Jesus calls Philip; Philip in turn calls Nathanael: Come and see.

1 pm Session Meeting w. Lunch

Monday, January 15th:

9 am MLK Jr. Day of Service: First Presbyterian Church of Germantown

Tuesday, January 16th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

 

Birthdays

January 9th:

John Weisgerber

January 11th:

Heather Brogan

 

Prayers for the Week of January 8th

Prayers for Nancy as she recovers from her biopsy and awaits her treatment options.

Prayers for the family of Peter who tragically died.

Prayers of healing for Jill as she recovers from her head injuries suffered in Alaska

Prayers for continued recovery for Larry.

Prayers of healing and support for Palmer

Prayers of support for the girls residing at the Village

Prayers for those without shelter or heat in our community

Prayers of thanks for the pastors of our community

Prayers for Jeannette as she prepares to put Tom’s home on the market.

Prayers for Ken and Karen as they suffered another fire in their home.

Epiphany Pageant 2018

What can we give to the world that needs the Christ child so desperately?
What can we give to those we know so well, and those we know not at all, realizing that we are the eyes, ears, hands, and voice of this newly born Christ?
It is this same child who says to each one of us – when you do this to the least of these, you do it to me.

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May the light of Jesus, the newly born Christ child, born to us this Christmastide – may the light be revealed to you this Epiphany, and each day of the year.
Let us join with those who have gone before us and those in the future who will proclaim:
Glory to God on high, and peace to all people on earth.

Gladwyne Interfaith Community Hevruta Program: registration open!

We are thrilled to announce this new opportunity for our community to come together with Beth Am Israel, St. Christopher’s, and Beth David for another interfaith series, building relationships and being in dialogue.
Hevruta is the practice of engaging and dialoguing over texts with a friend.
The word hevruta comes from the Aramaic word for ‘tie together’ which gives us in Hebrew the word haver / havera (friend) and havurah (friendship circle).  Traditional hevruta study involves two people in a relationship of friendship exploring text together and wrestling with what they find there.
This is not so much an academic pursuit as it is a spiritual practice.
My hevruta experience with a fellow rabbinical seminarian was perhaps the most meaningful experience I had during my seminary years. For my graduation, friends and family, including many of you, donated to a hevruta fund through the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia to honor my hevruta professor who was retiring. The funds from those gifts have gone to establish a pilot program through our church with our Gladwyne interfaith communities to bring the practice of hevruta to congregations. This professor, Bob Robinson, as well as Rabbi Melissa Heller will be leading our hevruta program.
But please let me stress the point that this is not an academic pursuit. You do not even need to have any previous experience with biblical texts, although just by attending services, you already do! The discussions during a hevruta session are about building friendship.
For this five-week series, each Jewish participant will be paired with a Christian participant for our five weeks together. We will be looking at Hebrew biblical texts.
Details:
Five Wednesday evenings, beginning Jan 10 and ending Feb 7.
Optional meal together at 6:30.
Hevruta program, 7-8:30.
The program will include an introduction to the text for about 15 minutes.
45 minutes with your partner.
30 minutes back with the whole group and the professors to debrief.
Since you will have the same partner every week, we are asking that you register knowing that you are free for these five weeks. Of course, there may be unforeseen reasons you can’t make it.
Spots are limited. We need to have an equal number of Jewish and Christian participants, and we would like this to be as balanced as possible among the four congregations. So we are hoping for 6 participants from each congregation. For this reason, you will see that your registration is pending until we see how the numbers balance.
I do hope some of you will consider this opportunity. Please submit your registration by clicking on the link below. There is a $25 registration fee. And also let me know if you would like any further information or if you have any questions.
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Calendar and Birthdays

Events

Tuesday, December 12th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Wednesday, December 13th:

7 pm Interfaith Hanukkah Service at Zion Baptist Church

Thursday, December 14th:

6:30 pm Women’s Book Group Christmas Party

7 pm Choir Rehearsal for Christmas Eve service

Saturday, December 16th:

4:30 pm Caroling at Rosemont Presbyterian Village. Please arrive at 4:15 pm.

Sunday, December 17th:

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Tuesday, December 19th:

10 am Bible Study

 

Birthdays

December 22nd:

Todd Stavrakos

December 31st:

Nancy Holm