Thursday, December 9, 2010

Haverford Township Joins to Give Thanks

Ralph Purri leads the joint choir in a song of thanks.
"Giving thanks...opens us up to see more blessings around us. It also opens our hands to help others more."
Offering personal examples and stories highlighting the centrality of thanks in the life of an individual, a worshiping community, or a nation devoted to God, Rev. Matt Staniz of Temple Lutheran Church addressed the more than 100 people filling the chapel at St. Raphaela Center on Wednesday evening, November 24.

The occasion was the annual Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Service for Haverford Township, and numerous participants from congregations and organizations throughout the township brought a warm and joyous tone to this year's event. Sister Margaret Scott, aci, Director of the St. Raphaela Center , welcomed the people, even as folding chairs were being brought in to accommodate the overflow. Ralph Purri, Music Director at St. Denis, not only led the joint choir in two pieces, but also ably taught and then led the congregation in hymns and responses. He and Jo Cauffman (of Hope United Methodist Church) accompanied the singing on organ and electronic piano.

Roe Miller, President of SJCC Bnai Aaron read a Jewish prayer for the miracles of the first Thanksgiving, while Dan Kirby, Director of Youth &Family Ministries at Union United Methodist Church, led the people in praise with guitar and voice. Reading the scripture lessons were Fr. James McKeaney of St. John Neumann Church, Rev. Jim McIntyre of Hope United Methodist Church, and Tim Denny, Director of Township Parks & Recreation. Clergy Association Secretary Rev. Mary Jane Kirby, also of Union United Methodist Church, gave a call for thank-offerings to benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network in Delaware County, and Rev. Lynn Lampman of St. James United Church of Christ led a time of prayer and intercession. President of Haverford Towsnhip Clergy Associaton, Rev. Nishan Bakalian of Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church, closed the service with the benediction. A grateful throng then enjoyed the refreshments prepared by the sisters of St. Raphaela Center as they shared a time of fellowship around tables.

In his message Rev. Staniz pointed out that when gratitude is built into the life of a people, as we see in the life of Israel in Deuteronomy, they are led "from thankful living to thankful giving." That spirit, we hope, is being exemplified in our community and congregations as they worship and serve, individually or together, in God's name.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Together We Grow "Nursery Rhymes"

Together We Grow Playgroup is a program designed for children up to the age of 3 and their parent or caregiver. Working from a Christian foundation, children are encouraged to learn and interact in a positive environment.

Together We Grow provides great interaction for parents/caregivers and children alike and is now open for registration for the Winter/Spring 2011 program, running from January 20 – April 21. Past participants agree that this makes a wonderful and meaningful Christmas gift for a family member!

The Winter/Spring 2011 program for Together We Grow Playgroup is “Nursery Rhymes,” which will run for  13 sessions on Thursday mornings, January 20 – April 21. There are two times available to choose from--either 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

At Together We Grow, children will learn about the world that they are discovering. This will contribute to their social, emotional and intellectual growth through use of various activities and engaging materials. Children will learn how to share and have respect for each other. They will enjoy activities together and also with their parent/caregiver. Children will have discovery time, art projects and stories. They will learn colors, beginning sight words, and songs. The class will share in prayer and enjoy snack time.

For the downloadable brochure and registration form click here.

For more information about Together We Grow, please contact Janet Bruss at the offices of Temple Lutheran Church at -610-446-3270 or temple@templelutheran.org.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve Service



"As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them."
 ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The Haverford Township Clergy Association will once again hold its Thanksgiving Eve Service. This year the service will be in the St. Raphaela Center chapel.

We encourage you to participate in this special service, during which we will receive offerings to support the ministry to families through the Interfaith Hospitality Network.


Haverford Township Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
8:00 p.m.
at the Saint Raphaela Center Chapel
616 Coopertown Road
Haverford, PA 19041

For directions call 610-642-5715

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Benefit Concert at Union United Methodist Church, June 6, 2010


Union United Methodist Church
200 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown
is sponsoring a
Spring Benefit Concert
on
Sunday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m.

The concert features four outstanding musicians:

Dr. Yukiko Ishida, coloratura soprano,
music professor at Neumann University,
and Director of Music at Union Church,
Jose Melendez, pianist and organist,




Semyung Park, violin.

The Concert supports the mission and outreach ministry of Union United Methodist Church. A freewill offering will be received. All are welcome to attend this afternoon of beautiful music at Union UMC in Havertown.

For further information, please call 610-789-1700.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Founding President of Haigazian College, Beirut, Lebanon
Rev. Dr. John Markarian
presents his new book

 “The Thirsty Enemy”

Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 12:15 p.m.

Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church
100 N. Edmonds Ave., Havertown, Pa. 19083
610-446-3330 / http://www.amccpa.org/


A memoir spanning more than a half-century of academic and pastoral work, from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania to Haigazian College in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1955 Dr. Markarian became the founding president of Haigazian, currently one of the most respected universities in the Middle East.

Published by the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), this book describes not only the background of the founding years of the college, but takes the reader through the dangerous and difficult years of civil war in Lebanon. It is a testimony to the author’s principle of “overcoming evil with good”.

Come and meet Dr. Markarian as he discusses his book, The Thirsty Enemy, and get your copy signed.

Copies will be available for $24.95 each.

For more information call the church office at 610-446-3330.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Teens Walking the Walk at Havertown Center


The grounds at Havertown Center (1105 Earlington Road) look nice and clean now.  It has been a snowy, messy winter and a windy beginning of spring, leaving lots of dead leaves, sticks and bits of trash and papers strewn all over the grass and around the Center entrances.  Just a few weeks ago, on Sunday, March 21, teens from Walking the Walk were outside Havertown Center with rakes, brooms and trash bags cleaning up.  And they even planted tulips in the planters!


Havertown Center, located in the old Brookline School on Earlington Road, is a community center serving older adults and promoting positive aging in our community.  The Center is a vibrant community where aging is continually re-defined.

The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia declares that Walking the Walk puts their mission into action:

“Walking the Walk is an initiative that provides teenagers with experiences, skills and resources necessary to live in a diverse world, deepen their own identities, and break through walls that distance and divide them from people of other religious, cultural and economic backgrounds.”
In collaboration with the Haverford Township Clergy Association, Rev. Nicole D. Diroff of the Interfaith Center has brought its program to Delaware County. The Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron, Hope United Methodist, and Grace Trinity United Church of Christ are the Partner Communities and Havertown Center is the Community Service Partner.
Teens from these faith communities met five times from November to March for interfaith learning and dialogue, reflection and community building, focusing on the shared values of “Honoring My Self and My Heritage” and “Helping Those In Need." The teens finish this weekend, April 18, with Day of Environmental Action for Teenagers at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center



Havertown Center
says
Thank You
to the
Haverford Township Clergy Association
and to the teens of
Walking the Walk!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ONE Campaign's PA Kick-Off at Temple Lutheran

Join this free workshop:
 the ONE Campaign Pennsylvania Kick-Off
Saturday, April 17, 2010
10 am - 12 noon.
Temple Lutheran Church
511 Brookline Boulevard
Havertown, PA
Join ONE staff and other members from your area to find out how to be more involved in the fight against extreme poverty! Over the course of the workshop, we will learn about the history of ONE and some of the organization's top policy and legislative priorities for 2010. We will also discuss ways...(more) you can become active right here in Pennsylvania. Please bring your laptop and mobile device to learn how technology can reach your elected officials! This workshop is free and open to the public so please bring your friends and family!
Go here for more information and to RSVP

And go here to read Pastor Matt Staniz's article for ONE about the workshop and upcoming ONE Sabbath events on World Malaria Day.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Community Good Friday Service


Community Good Friday Service
April 2, 2010
 2:00 p.m.
at
Trinity Lutheran Church
1141 West Chester Pike
Havertown, PA  19083

Church will open at 12:00 noon for prayer & meditation
Worship service will be at 2:00 p.m.
Joint choir will participate.

Contact Trinity Lutheran Church
for more information:
610-446-6398

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I Cannot Be Silent . . .

"I Cannot Be Silent: Testimonies of Peacemaking" is a documentary film by Vic Compher. Compher's important film celebrates the lives of several elder activists from the Philadelphia area who have spent their lives advocating for peace, and seeks to introduce their vital legacy to a new generation.

"I Cannot Be Silent" is a timely and thought provoking grass roots documentary. The peace movement is alive and documented as the torch is passed to the next generation of peace makers.

If you feel the same way or would like to be kept up to date on screening and events related to the film check out I Cannot Be Silent Blog or follow us on twitter at @Icannotbesilent or on Facebook or just send us an email.

Event Information:
MIND TV (35.1)
Thursday 2/18/10 9 p.m., Saturday 2/20/10 9 p.m., Sunday 2/21/10 1 p.m.
 GlobalMIND (35.2)
Friday 2/19/10 8 p.m., Saturday 2/20/10 11 p.m.

"I Cannot Be Silent" is available for screening in your home, school, church or community center. The Film maker and members of the cast are also available to moderate a lively discussion and lead an after film Q and A. Contact us at icannotbesilent@gmail.com if you are interested.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Enjoy an evening celebrating the talents of the Haverford High School Award Winning Choral Cabaret

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Doors Open at 5:15 p.m.

Go HERE for ticket information.

spotlight
Photo by powazny

Enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner

Experience an Evening in Italy
Spaghetti Dinner!

Saturday, February 25, 2010
from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Eat In or Take Out


All You Can Eat Spaghetti!

$8 for Adults
$5 for Children under 12


Bring and enjoy your favorite wine.

Temple Lutheran Church
Earlington Road & Brookline Boulevard
Havertown

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mark Your Calendars!

World Day of Prayer
Friday, March 5, 1:00 pm
Temple Lutheran Church

Emphasis Nation: Cameroon
Theme: Let Everything that has Breath Praise God
Women interested in planning or participating in the service should contact Temple Lutheran at (610) 446-3270 or by email

Commuity Good Friday Service
April 2, 2:00 pm
Location TBA


Church open at 12:00 noon for prayer & meditation
Worship service at 2:00 pm


CROP Walk
Sunday, April 25, 1:00 pm

The planning team is now forming. If you are interested in joining the planning team, please email Tim Denny.

Together We Grow Playgroup

Together We Grow is a "playgroup" program designed for children up to the age of 3 and their parent or caregiver. We work from a Christian foundation which encourages children to learn and interact in a positive environment.

At Together We Grow, children will learn about the world that they are discovering. This will contribute to their social, emotional and intellectual growth through use of various activities and engaging materials. Children will learn how to share and have respect for each other. They will enjoy activities together and also with their parent/caregiver. Children will have discovery time, art projects and stories. They will learn colors, beginning sight words, and songs. The class will share in prayer and enjoy snack time.

Together We Grow provides great interaction for parents/caregivers and children alike!

Together We Grow offers 13-session programs on Wednesday mornings, 9:30am - 11:00am. The fall program runs September through December and the Winter/Spring program runs January through April.

For our downloadable brochure and registration form click here.

For more information about Together We Grow, or to register for an upcoming program, contact the offices of Temple Lutheran Church at (610)446-3270 or temple@templelutheran.org.