“Unity in Our Community” Block Party

Once again we will be participating in the “Unity in Our Community” Block Party on Sunday, August 18th, 2018 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Highland Avenue in Wayne. We will again provide a table for arts and crafts and games. In our effort to develop relationships with the Highland Avenue community, we will be asking our members to assist with hosting this table throughout the day. A sign-up sheet will be coming soon. Please save the date.

Parish Meeting, Sunday June 3rd

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, we will have one service at 9:30 am followed by a parish meeting. The worship service will be the last one for the choir before summer. We will be honoring the Choral Scholars who will be leaving the choir at the end of the season. How blessed we have been by their talent and commitment!

The focus of our parish meeting will be a six-month review of our Holy Covenant and to address any concerns you may have about our relationship with St Martin's. Members of our Vestry will also be present to bring you up-to-date about the work we have been doing together, discerning our purpose and how we can better live as Christ's Body in the community and our world.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Our Vestry strives to be transparent with our membership and they want to hear from you. Before we dive into summer, this meeting is a great opportunity to be together. Please come.

Pentecost Worship and Picnic

We will be observing the great Feast of Pentecost with our friends from St. Martin’s Church as we gather in Veterans Park on Lancaster Ave., next to Bryn Mawr Trust at 10:00 AM for worship and a picnic. This is a perfect event to invite a friend to join us.

If you are planning to attend, please sign up on the easel at the entrance of the church and indicate the number of attendees. We would like a good count to plan for food. Christ Church Ithan is responsible for bringing salads and sides. As you sign up, please indicate what you would like to bring.

This is a casual event. We encourage you to bring your own chair or blanket.  Parking is available at Bryn Mawr Trust adjacent to the park.

In the event of inclement weather, we will celebrate this feast in Ithan Hall at Christ Church Ithan.

Easter Flowers

Easter Flower Arrangement Preparations – On Saturday, March 31st, we will be creating the flower arrangements for the church windows and the narthex from 10:00 a.m. in the basement of the church and we will be moving the flower arrangements and the other flowers into the church, expecting to be completed by 11:30 a.m.  We need about 4-6 people.  If you can help, please contact Jacqui North at jacqui.north@verizon.net or 484-582-1212.  It’s a great time for fellowship, and everyone is welcome!

Wednesday Lenten Series

Christ Church, Ithan and St. Martin’s Church, Radnor will together host a Wednesday Lenten Series beginning on Wednesday, February 21st. The series entitled: Journey To Jerusalem will focus on our call to discipleship and our journey through life with Christ in Scripture, Baptism, Eucharist and Prayer. We will gather at 6:00pm for fellowship, followed by prayer at 6:30 and then dinner at 7:00. The schedule for the sessions is as follows:

February 21 – "The Bible" (St. Martin’s – Bolingbroke)

February 28 – "Baptism" (St. Martin’s – Bolingbroke)

March 7 – "Eucharist" (Christ Church, Ithan – Ithan Hall)

March 14 – "Prayer" (Christ Church, Ithan – Ithan Hall)

March 21 – "Discipleship" (Cancelled due to weather)

Please join us for this 5-week Lenten series as we support one another in our Lenten observance and deepen our life with Christ through our fellowship and study together. Copies of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer” will be available for purchase.

Annual Parish Meeting

Our annual meeting, which normally takes place on the fourth Sunday in January, will be held this year on Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 10:45am, immediately after the single, combined 9:30 service.

A pancake breakfast will be offered after the service, followed by the Annual Meeting. Please join us for this important yearly event in our church’s life. We have much to share and celebrate!  

Bible Study

Are you interested in a fresh approach to studying the Gospel texts? Would you like to rediscover Jesus and have the Gospels come alive in a new way for you? We will be launching a new Bible Study experience with St. Martin’s in the New Year on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. This particular approach to Gospel study is being done in other parts of the Diocese. You can learn more at https://approachingthegospelstogether.com

 

Christmas Giving

We have partnered with Pastor Howard of St. John’s A.M.E. Church and the Ardmore Food Pantry to provide Christmas gifts for some needy families. You can participate in this Christmas Giving project in two ways. On our tree at the entrance of the church, you will find some tags with gift requests. Please take a tag or two and purchase the gift and wrap it and place the tag on the gift so it can be identified. Bring your gift to the church or to the church office by Tuesday, Dec 19, or if you would rather not shop, kindly place an offering in the jar provided at the front of church and gifts will be purchased to fulfill the requests we have received.

Cookie Swap

Calling all bakers…..Christ Church Ithan is hosting its inaugural Cookie Swap event on Sunday, December 10th at 11:15 (following the 10am service). Each person participating will need to  provide 6 cookies for every participant + 6 cookies for the sample tray. Bakery bought are acceptable, but homemade are preferred. Example: If 10 people are participating, each person will be required to bring 66 cookies. If 20 people are participating, each person will be required to bring 126 cookies. Cookies should be bagged with 6 cookies per bag to give out. We are also asking for a recipe card to be attached to each bag to share. A final count will be announced on December 3rd. We have extended an invitation to St. Martin’s to join us. Sign up board in sanctuary of the church .

Enjoying the Holidays in Spite of the Hype!

Does your stress level begin to edge up as the holidays approach? Does this time of year drain you of energy in spite of the cheerful ads and commercials? Do you find yourself taking care of everyone but yourself? Do you find that your to-do list gets so overwhelming that you can’t turn off the thinking and planning? 

Join us in Ithan Hall on Monday, December 11th at 7pm as we explore the dynamics and physical impact of this challenging holiday spiral, and learn realistic strategies to ease the stress and bring balance to this time of year. A panel of community professionals will discuss mental and physical health and wellness, and offer useful strategies that will help us better enjoy this wonderful and time of the year in spite of the hype!

Find out more here.