February 18, 2016


St. Asaph’s Online Calendar


A Message From Mother Barbara Briggs
Nature Walks
You are invited to join in a nature walk on Thursday mornings at 7:00AM led by Rev. Barbara Briggs (Experiencing God in nature : the practice of being present). We will take time for quiet walking and prayer and be done by 8:00AM. 
Please email The Rev. Barbara Briggs by Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM if you plan on attending. 
Adult Christian Formation  
Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the parlor – Theme for the year: Experiencing God
Weekly Lectionary Bible study in a trimester format
  1. The practice of Dwelling in the Word-listening to what the text says and reflecting on similarities and differences in our experience of today’s world. September 8 – November 24
  2. The practice of Lectio Divina-listening to what word, phrase or idea strikes us in the context of daily life. December 1 – February 23
  3. The practice of study-learning about the background of the text and asking what relevance it has for us today. March 1 – May 31
Study sheets will be provided at each session. Participants will begin and end with prayer and delve into the material together.
Taize Pilgrimage
If you, (or someone you know), are between the ages of 18 and 29, you, (and they) are in for a wonderful opportunity! The Bishop has sanctioned a diocesan pilgrimage to Taizé for young adults this coming summer. You may have heard the Taizé chants in church from time to time, and although the music is wonderful, what marks a pilgrimage there is getting to know other young adults in an open, non-judgmental way with plenty of opportunity for conversations about what gives our lives meaning, and how God might be calling us in today’s context of climate change, political divisiveness, inequality, gun-violence, and an uncertain future.Please join me at St. Asaph’s on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 for the first of several times of preparation. There is a wonderful Taizé web-site to get you started. [http://taize.fr/en_rubrique9.html] We are still working out the cost, and there will be financial aid for up to 50% of your share, (or more, depending on need).
Many blessings!
The Rev. Barbara Briggs
Fortnight Series
Led by participants, and occurs every other Wednesday from 6:15pm – 7:30pm. A shared meal prepared by volunteers with intentional conversation on the following – Experiencing God in the six spiritual traditions of Christ and Christianity:
October 16th – Charismatic : the spirit-empowered life

St. Asaph’s Art Gallery  






Newsletter Submissions  
LAST CHANCE…Newsletter Submissions – Actively seeking articles, photos, news blurbs for the next Outlook Newsletter. Help get everyone up to date with all that’s been happening and events to come at St. Asaph’s. Did you take photos at an Asaph event recently? If so, send some to the church office email. It’s wonderful to learn new things about our members, so feel free to share a story about yourself, an upcoming event you’re a part of, hobbies or interests. 
Send your articles or any information you’d like to contribute, send by email to Church OfficeLAST CHANCE – Deadline 
for submissions is Monday, September 30rd. 
Thank you in advance!

Elysian Camerata
Next Performance
Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3:00 PM
Elysian Pic 
“Cello Heaven”
Program: Boccherini: String Quintet in A major, Op. 11 no. 2
Bartok: Selections from 44 Duets for 2 Violins 
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, Op. post. 163
Guest artist: Linda Metzler – cello
Upcoming Meetings
Marketing Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We are seeking volunteers to host coffee hour this Fall.  
This can be as simple as bringing in some light 
refreshments for everyone to enjoy along with fellowship 
after the 10am service.  You can serve alone or use the 
opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners by serving 
in a team. If you are interested in signing up, please 
indicate what weeks are available to serve at this link: https://www.doodle.com/poll/5zrwecmh9m9ivuii 
Alternatively, you may email your availability (and whether
you would 

like to be paired with someone) to Jessie Rubinstein at jessierubinstein@gmail.com.

Anti-Racism Training Workshop 
Racial Justice and Healing will be held at St. Asaph’s on Saturday, October 19th, from 9:00am – 3:00 pm. This interactive workshop will focus on how we can address current-day racism with reconciliation that promotes healing. Come share your thoughts and learn how others would promote racial reconciliation and healing. Participating in all four training sessions constitutes completing Anti-Racism Training. We consider this “complete training” to be a good foundation and the beginning of a lifetime of learning about racism and racial healing. Come share your thoughts and learn how others would promote racial reconciliation and healing. Go to diopa.org and click on the “Event” tab for more information on registering.
Book Club
Next Book Group meeting will be Tuesday, November 5. 
All are welcome! Here’s a list of the upcoming books – the order for 2020 may change:
Tuesday, November 5thGo Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
Tuesday, December 3rd – for Christmas – there are several Dickens Christmas stories (Selection TBD)
Tuesday, January 7thThe Overstory by Richard Powers
Tuesday, February 4thThe Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
Tuesday, March 3rdOn Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 
Rest of the books to be determined.
Book Drive 
We are seeking books for students in grades K-5. There is also a teacher’s current need for books for a K-2 Autistic Support classroom in the age range of K-2. Board books would be especially helpful. She can also use building toys; Legos, K’Nex, and blocks. Again, thank you for your support. The children in Philadelphia’s public schools thank you.
Want Farm Fresh Food delivered right to your Church? 
We are thrilled to announce that St. Asaph’s is now a Wednesday afternoon delivery site for Philly Food Works, an online farmers market offering:Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, Bread, Meat, Pantry Goods, and more with fully customizable subscriptions and a la carte shopping and flexible payment options. 
The founders of Philly Foodworks got their start urban farming in West Philly and realized the need for a better way for small farmers to sell their produce. Their online farmers market takes all of the hassle out of a traditional farm share while keeping the core principles around supporting small, local producers. 
Visit https://phillyfoodworks.com/register.php for more information and to sign up, Don’t forget to choose St. Asaph’s as your delivery site! If you have further questions, contact Laura Brennan 


St. Asaph Mugs

St. Asaph’s 125th Anniversary Mugs are still available for your examination at the Team Ministries Table for $10 each. Please ask someone on the committee or contact the church office if you are interested in purchasing one.