RELIGION NEWS & NOTES
Methodist Church: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 the church will host its annual “Living Nativity” at 1859 W. Strasburg Road in Romansville. The Living Nativity is a drive thru event. Meet Roman Guards as you enter into a time long ago. See the Angel hovering over the stable where Christ was born. Watch the little angels and shepherds gathered around campfires along with
live animals. Be sure to stop your car at the front of the church to listen to Christmas Carols on the way out and receive a bag of homemade cookies as a thank you for coming. This is a free event, so bring your entire family and invite your neighbors. In case of inclement weather, visit the web page at www. romansvillechurch.org for cancellation and/or rescheduling information or contact Kathy at 484886-9456.
Providence Chamber Orchestra
St. John’s Lutheran Church: The thirty member Providence Chamber Orchestra presents the first concert of the 2016-2017 season, 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at 355 St. John’s
Circle, Phoenixville. Titled “Musique de Danse” the program features Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I. The four movement suite utilizes 16th century Italian lute music by Simone Molinaro for its thematic foundation. Also included on the program are familiar dance themed selections by Brahms, Gluck, Gounod, and Strauss. Closing the program is the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr. which traditionally concludes New Years’ Eve concerts and includes audience participation.
Comedy night, luncheon talk
Beth Chaim Reform Congregation: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. will be “Comedy Night with Rabbi Bob Alper” as heard on Sirus XM’s Laugh USA! Come laugh and enjoy cocktails and yummy appetizers. Tickets $40 each and charitable proceeds go to support Beth Chaim. Reserve tickets at: www.bethchaim.net and click on “Events” to purchase tickets or call 610640-2147. Located at 389 Conestoga Road, Malvern. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, speaker and scholar, Rabbi Neal Gold will present “Why Israel – Now More than Ever?” At 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, “The Hands of Esau & The Voice of Jacob: Seeds of Hope in Israel” will be followed by 12:30 p.m. Kiddush Luncheon and Presentation, “Israel and Our Communities: How to Strengthen Israel and Be Strengthened by Israel”. $10 donation for lunch. RSVP by Nov. 29 to administrator@ bethchaim.net; Sponsored in part by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Westminster Presbyterian Church: Religious Council of Greater West Chester present an annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West
Chester, beginning with a service project at 4 p.m., followed by the worship service at 5 p.m. The service project will benefit clients of local non-profits, Act in Faith, The Friends Assn., and the St. Agnes Day Room. The theme this year is “Reaching Out to the Community: Activism and Action.” Guest speaker at the service will be the Rev. Kyle Boyer of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ. The event is free and open to all. A freewill offering will be taken, with donations divided between Shelter Box (international non-profit) and Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation (local non-profit).
Annual Men’s Day,
Community Vicinity Thanksgiving St Luke UAME Church: 117 South Franklin Street, West Chester. On Sunday, Nov. 20, the Annual Men’s Day takes place with morning guest preacher, Minister Michael Borges from Jordan Memorial UAME Church, Baltimore, Md. Worship begins at 11 a.m. Afternoon preacher is Rev Dr. Stanley Jordan Smith Sr. Pastor of Asbury AME Church Chester along with the choir and congregation. Worship begins at 3 p.m. For information, phone 610-872-1290. Annual Community and Vicinity Thanksgiving dinner will be served Tuesday, Nov. 22, from noon until 2:30 p.m. Come and dine with us. Trinity Book Worms
Church of the Holy Trinity: Trinity Book Worms of Holy Trinity will meet Monday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. to read and discuss the latest book written by Kate Braestrup, “Anchor and & Flares.” This is a memoir of motherhood, hope and service. The book is available at the county libraries or as an Amazon paperback or e-book. If you love to read, please join the Trinity Book Worms at Holy Trinity. The church is at 212 South High St., West Chester.
Save the date
Beth Chaim Reform Congregation: At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 the congregation presents “A comedy night with Rabbi Bob Alper” as heard on Sirus XM’s Laugh USA. An evening of
comedy open to the entire community, with cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $40 each and charitable proceeds go to support Beth Chaim. To reserve tickets, go to: www.bethchaim.net and click on “Events” to purchase tickets. Or call 610-640-2147. Beth Chaim is at 389 Conestoga Road, Malvern. Hibernia United Methodist Church: A Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 21 crafters, sale of homemade soups and sandwiches, bake goods, attic treasures and a silent auction. Back by popular demand are Ronald Coppola, fine artist, showcasing his oil paintings of Longwood Gardens, Randy Snader featuring his PA German Fraktur prints, Susan Moore of Red Hen Pottery showcasing her pottery pieces, and Ann Zimmerman featuring her loom woven scarves, hand towels, napkins. Other crafters will be selling beaded jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, scroll saw woodwork including children’s puzzles, Christmas ornaments and linens, dog sweaters, wreaths, candles, American
Girl doll clothes and more. The church is at 220 Hibernia Road, West Brandywine Twp., Coatesville. Quiet Christmas Service Grove United Methodist
Church: A Quiet Christmas Service takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Persons seeking a quiet interlude for Christmas worship due to the busyness of the season or life circumstances that call you to a quieter, more gentle worship celebration are invited. The service features candlelight, Christmas music, scripture, and prayer, and a time to rest in the shelter of faith, hope, love and peace. Attendees will be invited to light a candle as a sign of hope and to say a special prayer or in remembrance of a loved one. Families and friends are invited to share in this service. Child care is provided. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service. Grove Church is at 490 W. Boot Road north of West Chester. Parking is free and plentiful. For directions see www.grovechurch.org. For additional information, contact with Pastor Lin George, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-350-9372. Book club discussion group Calvary Lutheran Church: 730 South New Street, West Chester; Leaders of different faith communities are working together to promote understanding and peace. Pastor Dan Krewson believes “that we must be intentional to wage peace in light of the escalating religious violence and extremism of our day.” Members of the Religious Council of Greater West Chester are hosting a book discussion group in 201617. Participants are invited to read “Laying Down the Sword” by Philip Jenkins. The group will meet on: Nov. 28, Jan. 23 and March 6 (first meeting was Oct. 24). All are welcome at 7 p.m. For more information contact facilitator Pastor Dan Krewson (email@example.com). All lectures are free, open to the public.
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