January 4 through February 3, 2019
Opening: Friday, January 4, 2019, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Formation for children and youth continues every Sunday!We are excited that we will now have Mother Barbara introducing Godly Play to our youngest children. They will meet in the Fleming Room- immediately off of the Parish Hall. Please come! Father Barry and Alice meet with Elementary School children in the conference room. Middle School Youth meet on the lower level with Steve Sheeran and Alexais Morgan. Virginia continues to offer the Peace class for our youngest formation children immediately following the distribution of communion.If you are interested in helping with formation, please see any of the facilitators, we are happy to have you.
Installation of the memorial tee shirts is scheduled for February 9th, 2019 at 10am. Please come if you can for an hour or two the more help we have the faster it will go. You will find this a very meaningful event. Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, uniting people of faith in the sacred responsibility to protect our brothers, sisters and children. If you would like to support through a donation, checks are gratefully accepted and may be made to “Heeding God’s Call.”
For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service this Monday, 1/21/19, from 10am-12pm. We will again be working with Shivanee Raj who will be spearheading this event, to create pillowcases for young children and teens who are patients at Children’s Hospital. This has been a wonderful, fun, successful venture for participants of all ages, as well as for men and women (boys & girls), that we have participated in for the past couple of years! Diana and Shivanee are very helpful in showing how to create and sew these pillowcases from start to finish, so whether you are new to sewing, or an old hand at it, please come join us for this worthy cause! Also: we could use the help of those who are experienced at sewing, as well!!We need to borrow as many portable sewing machines and extension cords (and surge protectors) as possible. The more sewing machines we have, the more pillowcases we can create!! If you loan any of these items, please make sure your name is clearly labeled on the item (suggestion: use masking tape). It would be best if we could have these items delivered to the church by Sunday, 1/20/19, at the latest! If you have any questions, please contact Janet Barrett
The Annual Meeting and luncheon will take place following the 10am service on Sunday, January 27th. Committee leaders were requested to email their reports to the church office by Friday, January 18th, to ensure enough time for booklet preparation. If you have not sent in your reportplease try to submit by Tuesday, January 22nd.Vestry electionsare pending. More details to follow when available. Also, dig up your best chili recipe and bring some to share for a Chili Cook-off lunch (there will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall on the piano) followed by the Annual Parish Meeting. You’ll hear reports from all the guilds and groups that make the work of St Asaph’s possible, from flowers to Formation, from the building and grounds to the ways the Vestry is seeking to grow the parish. This is the easiest way to become familiar with all the activities that go on here while enjoying a delicious lunch with new and old friends.
The Worship Helpers schedule & Church Events calendars will be emailed and hard copies posted on the bulletin board outside the Parish Hall this Sunday and will cover January through March. please also be sure to check the hospitality sign up sheet to help with Sunday hospitality.
Fortnight is an opportunity for parishioners to gather for supper and prayer. We discuss topics relevant to current concerns to determine how our faith might respond to them. Next Fortnight Series will be Wednesday, January 9th. We will gather at 6:15, light supper at 6:30, followed by Eucharist at 7:10 PM.Please come and join us, it is usually a lively discussion. Bring a dish to share or just come – all are welcome.
Saint Asaph’s Youth Formation Groups are participating in the 2018 Souper Bowl of Caring to help fight hunger. The youth will be collecting cans of soup (or monetary donations for cans of soup) for ElderNet of Lower Merion- Narberth. Our goal this year is 250 cans. Today is the last day for donations to be dropped off at our Souper Bowl of Caring display outside the Sacristy. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a nationwide charitable event that takes place in the weeks prior to the Super Bowl each year. Join us for coffee hour hosted by our Youth Formation.
Fortnight is an opportunity for parishioners to gather for supper and prayer. We discuss topics relevant to current concerns to determine how our faith might respond to them. Next Fortnight Series will be Wednesday, January 23rd. We will gather at 6:15, light supper at 6:30, followed by Eucharist at 7:10 PM. Please come and join us, it is usually a lively discussion. Bring a dish to share or just come – all are welcome.
Share Joy and Warmth with New Winter Clothing! Bala House will partner withSt. Asaph’s to collect winter clothing to benefit an elementary school (K-5th grade) in need. Do you have new or gently used coats, ski pants, hats, gloves, boots, scarves or snowsuits? Items will be collected now through February 28th. Articles can be placed in the designated boxes in the anti sacristy and Bala House entrance.
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.
For the animals, for the environment, for your health –Ever consider going vegan? Now is a great time to try it for a month, with the support and the guidance of Peace Advocacy Network Volunteers. In St. Asaph’s Parish Hall, for 4 Sundays in 2019: February 10th, 17th; March 3rd, and 10th from 1-3 pm and February 24th at an off-site location TBD. Program: Learn about Vegan food, nutritional information, cooking classes, vegan care packages, valuable vegan resources and vegan mentoring. Space is limited, so reserve your spot in this free program by visiting: www.panveganpledge.org
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.
YOU CAN NOW MAKE ONLINE DONATIONS *
Now you can make donations to St. Asaph’s online, just click the “Donate” tab in the upper corner on our website: www.saintasaphs.org to see how easy it’s done. You even have the option of choosing a “one-time” payment or monthly, and if you’d like your donation to be towards St. Asaph’s general or pledge fund or towards the Sowing Seeds Campaign For Our Future.
“Dining In!” Is a community builder and fundraiser where for a small per person charge you can go to have a meal at someone’s home and meet others from the church or the area. The host offers their home and prepares a meal. At the end of the evening, many folk have connected, shared stories and gotten to know one another. There will be a series of 12 offerings this academic year consisting of – Small Plate meals ($20), Bistro Pub meals ($35) and Restaurant Meals ($50). See Zabeth, Mary or Virginia for more information. There are also sign up sheets posted. We seek hosts as well as diners! Bon appetit. Zabetht@gmail.com
Would you like to take a turn providing the bread for the Eucharist? We have several recipes to share, or you may use your own. Please avoid delicious additions (e.g. olives!). Contact Mary Allen 215-473-0665 to join the rotation.
Volunteers – Hospitality Needs You!
There is a new sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board. Please pick a Sunday as volunteers are needed to help with hospitality. You can choose either the 8 am or 10 am coffee hour slot on Sundays. Also, two people can sign up for the same Sunday if you’d like to provide snacks or beverages, this way its easier for both volunteers. Let’s all pitch in a Sunday!
The Flower Guild ministry here at St. Asaph’s, would be happy
to do your Sunday arrangement. The cost for a single arrangement is $40 payable to the Church of St. Asaph, in which you can send to the church office in advance or drop off. If you have any special flower requests, please feel free
to let us know.
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.