Have you been to the Swift Bird Room lately? It now has a 65 inch TV to enhance children, youth, family events, the Parents Exchange and any other uses by parishioners. The first major event will be a Super Bowl Party on Sunday February 1st at 5:30 p.m. in the Swift Bird Room. You are all welcome to bring goodies to share!
Saint Paul’s parishioners will assist with serving lunch at Face-to-Face Germantown on the following dates, all Saturdays: January 24th
Email Cathy Davis if you’re interested.
The annual ski retreat is on February 21, 2015 at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton, PA. A carpool will depart from Saint Paul’s at 7 a.m. There is a group reservation for Saint Paul’s. Lift tickets will be $50 for adults and $40 for children. Child care is available at $8 an hour. Children are defined as 6-21 years and adults are 22+. For more information, please contact Manny Mercer.
Sue Gilmore, author of the book The Peace Seeker, will speak and sign copies of her book on Tuesday, January 20th at 7 p.m. in the Dixon House Library. She describes her book as an outpouring of love for those who have lived a life of secrecy because of their sexual orientation. God has always been the central focus of her life, but she found herself excluded from the life of the church. As a graduate of a Bible College, she had hoped to find a career in the church she loved. Turned away, she instead developed a strong, thirty-year business career in real estate. She wrote The Peace Seeker as an attempt to bring awareness of the misinterpretation and prejudice found in the church surrounding the subject of homosexuality. It is a painful and joyous story of a woman who never lost her faith. It comes the day after our celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. who asserted the rights and well being of all people.
On Sunday January 18th the combined choirs of Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville PA, St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre PA, and Emmanuel Church, New Castle DE, will join together to offer music for our parish worship. The combined choirs will be in residence at Winchester Cathedral this summer, and they are rehearsing and singing in other churches in preparation for their pilgrimage. They will provide music at the 10:30 am Holy Eucharist and at 5:00 pm Choral Evensong.
At 4:30 p.m. the A
nn Stookey Memorial Organ Recital will feature Director of Music and organist at Saint Paul’s Zach Fritsch-Hemenway, click here for his biography
, which will be immediately followed by the Choral Evensong.
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Lee, Jr., Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Pennsylvania will speak on Sunday (1/11) at Saint Paul’s Faith Forum at 9:15 a.m. of the Baptismal Covenant (page 304 in the Prayer Book) and how our lives can be purpose-driven, or mission-driven, by following its creed and aspirations. Assisting Bishop Lee is also the Associate Editor of Baptismal Mission Forum, an on-line journal that focuses on the mission arising from our Baptismal Covenant.
The Saint Paul’s monthly newsletter, Tidings, is available online. Click here for the January 2015 issue.
Saint Paul’s will feature two consecutive Organ Recitals on Sunday, January 18th and January 25th. On 1/18, Saint Paul’s Director of Music Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway will give a recital on the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ to benefit the Ann Stookey Memorial Fund for Music at Saint Paul’s. This instrument is particularly suited to the music of American and French composers, and the recital program is designed to showcase the rich textures and range of voices with which it can be played. The music will be accompanied by brief explanatory remarks from the organist.
On January 25th, Saint Paul’s Day, James Roman of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ will be the featured organist at the Saint Paul’s recital. Contributors to the Ann Stookey Fund for Music of $1,000 or more are eligible to “adopt” one of the stops on this historic instrument. Listen to the sounds of some of our finest, most unusual, and most needy stops here. There are many other stops waiting for adoption; please contact Director of Music, Zach Fritsch-Hemenway if you would like further details.