AFP Thanksgiving Meals

We would like to support the Ardmore Food Pantry in their annual Thanksgiving Meal drive. They expect to provide 125-135 meals this year! To participate, we ask that the following items be purchased and then place each complete meal in a reusable bag. Please bring the meal bags to church with you on Sunday, November 4th or they can be dropped at the office on November 5th. They will then be brought to the food pantry for distribution on Monday, November 12th.

Here is the meal shopping list and suggested sizes:

Turkey Gravy: 2 cans/jars (12 oz), Cranberry Sauce: 1 can (14 oz), Deluxe Mac & Cheese: 1box (14 oz), Stove Top Stuffing: 1box (6 oz), Applesauce: 1jar (24 oz), Sweet Potatoes: 1 can (16 oz), Vegetables: 2 cans (15 oz), Brownie Mix: 1 box (18-20 oz), Giant or Acme Gift Card: $10

Christmas Gift Tag Craft Project

On Sunday, October 28th, we will be starting our Christmas Gift Tag Craft Project turning the many lovely greeting cards everyone donated into beautiful gift tags. We will then be selling the tags to raise funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the non-profit organization that Jay Harper brought to our attention. If you would like to be part of this fun project, bring a sharp pair of scissors, and join us immediately after the 8:30 service or during 10:00 hospitality time. Hope to see you there!

UTO Offering

Our annual in-gathering collection for the United Thank Offering totaled $992. Thank you for your generous support of this outreach by the Episcopal Church Women. Special thanks to Jo Parker who coordinates this collection for us every year.

The United Thank Offering is a personal and family devotional program of The Episcopal Church. It has centered around the UTO Blue Box, an offering box that Episcopalians keep within their home and as they recall God’s blessings in their lives, they make a monetary donation to the box. The practice is meant to deepen our life in Christ by daily prayers and gifts of thanksgiving. These gifts of thanksgiving – coins and bills dropped in the UTO Blue Box – from each man, woman, and child are combined with others at parish and diocesan celebrations and finally within all of The Episcopal Church.

This year, the UTO Board received 68 grant applications and was able to fund 34 grants, totaling $1,257,778 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. These grants continue to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the Church throughout the world. Every penny of the Offerings is allocated each year for grants.

“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. 

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