The Essential 100 Bible Reading Program The Essential 100 Challenge is a new and exciting way to read through the Bible. The Challenge is based on 100 carefully selected short Bible passages – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament – that help you get the big picture of the Bible without getting bogged down. We will launch this program 9/19/21 with the Founder, Whitney Kuniholm preaching at the Chapel on Each Sunday between the 8am and 10am Mass.
Rector’s Forum will Resume 9/19 at 9am in the B.W.L.
Fr. Tommy will host “Rector’s Forum” in the Bishop White Library. From 9/19 through 11/27 we will have a more in-depth look at the lessons from the Essential 100 readings for the previous week. Mark your Bibles and come with observations and questions!
The Choir is back – Come sing with us
How exciting it is that we will have the choir in the chancel again this fall! The Chapel Choir is a mixed ensemble of core volunteer singers from the parish supported by hired staff singers from the greater Philadelphia area. During the closure of the pandemic, I was acutely aware of how much I miss the full sound of the choir and congregation together – singing is such an important part of our worship. Alas, we can give thanks to soon have them back. The Sunday fall schedule will remain steady through Advent leading to Advent Lessons and Carols. Singing in the choir is an incredibly rich way to deepen your relationship with God through music and liturgy. If you feel called to make the commitment to choir who sings at the Sunday 10:00 am service, please reach out to Charles Grove, Organist and Choirmaster at Charles@wmchapel.org
Children’s Church School, 10am
Washington Memorial Chapel offers weekly Sunday School class for K – 12 students on the lower level of the church each Sunday during the 10 am service. During this time of construction at the Chapel, the nursery care for younger students also occurs in the same space with their own teacher. Children learn firsthand how the Body of Christ functions together – helping and loving one another, creating a community of friends of all ages. Lessons from God’s Word, the Bible, are taught and reinforced in a variety of manners, including videos, games, worksheets, puzzles, and crafts. This fall we will be learning “Who’s Who in the Bible”, as well as “Uncommon Character Traits for Christian Kids”. The class shares in prayer each week, and the students rejoin their parents at the last part of the service upstairs for communion. We invite all visiting and interested students to join our class, as well as any parents or adults who wish to observe our lively, joyful times together. Ask a greeter to walk you down to the Sunday School room as it’s a tad bit hard to find the first time – we will be very happy to see you! Any questions about the nursery or Sunday School programs can be directed by email to Mrs. McIntyre at SundaySchool@wmchapel.org, or by phone or text at 267-961-9904.
Cabin Shop Volunteer Opportunity
Many of you may have walked past the Chapel Cabin or maybe even stopped in for a snack, but are you aware of its history? In 1915 the Cabin was constructed as the original Sunday School building and social hall for the Chapel. Over 50 years ago, volunteers from the Chapel led by parish member Doris Baumbach, opened the doors to the Chapel Cabin Shop. We have an important mission here at the Chapel. In addition to offering delectable baked goods and candies all made by our volunteers, we also offer snacks, lunch and souvenir items to our many visitors to the Park and the Chapel. The staff and the volunteers here at the Cabin Shop really get to represent Washington Memorial Chapel and its mission. We get to tell the story of the Chapel to visitors not only from the Delaware Valley but also from all over the world. Doesn’t that sound like something you would be interested in? We are always in need of bakers and candy makers, cashiers or even just people to sit here and share the joy of our Chapel and Cabin Shop. The Cabin Shop is open daily from 10 am until 5 pm. If you are interested in volunteering and being part of the Cabin Shop mission, reach out to the Cabin Shop Manager Ken Fields at 610-783-0576 or by email at Ken@wmchapel.org
Washington Memorial Chapel will be launching a new Stewardship Campaign for 2022. The Mission of the 2022 Stewardship Campaign will include all areas of Stewardship realizing the gifts each of us possess are all due to the blessings the Lord has given. An essential part of the mission is to have all parishioners involved. The launch of the 2022 Pledge Campaign will take place in the Fall, realizing now more than ever, our generosity will be woven into expanding the Chapel ministry. Time and Talent will also be highlighted as we move into Spring. The contribution of our individual gifts will help to ensure the success of our Chapel. Communication of the Stewardship Mission will be ongoing and transparent, highlighting goals and outcomes. This will be a very exciting year for all. If you are interested in Stewardship please contact JoMarie Fields at: Fields247@msn.com
This Fall, we’ll be getting back to full strength with the St. Peters’ Breakfast Ministry, preparing and serving meals on Saturdays to pantry participants. We have also started to collect non-perishable food the first weekend of every month for their food pantry. And, since it’s back to school, we will be helping to support local students with school supplies. Once again, we will have our annual Oktoberfest dinner on Saturday, October 16 to raise funds for support dogs for veterans. Finally, we’re sponsoring a Carillon Concert and reception on Veterans Day to thank all veterans for their service. We’d love to have you join us in our mission. For more information please contact Laura Mager at: email@example.com
Parish Life is ready to flourish in person again! Every year, the Parish Life Committee sponsors a myriad of activities. Coming up this Fall, join us for our End of Summer Picnic at the Chapel; The Blessing of the Animals service given by Father Tommy; and our Oktoberfest celebration. As fall rolls into Winter, join us at our Christmas Cookie Exchange, New Year’s Eve Celebration, and our world famous chili cook-off competition and bingo night. As the weather warms into Spring, our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and a wine and cheese social at the Chapel are highlights. Then we finally welcome the summer season with a Welcome to the Summer picnic. We are looking forward to building community with current and new members alike. Join us! For more information, please reach out to Fred Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org