📣 What’s Happening Around Circle of Hope | 12.5.18

What’s been happening around Circle of Hope and what’s coming up! Sunday Meetings, Cells, Events, and Volunteer opportunities! 12.5.18 edition.

We do things that create spaces of opportunity to grow in faith and community and to reach out to our city. Many opportunities are also for those next people around us to experience Jesus and the new creation we are getting involved in making! Share the love, spread the word.

📣 Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@circleofhopenet) and Facebook (fb.me/circleofhopephillyregion) for the latest!

📷 Will you be at one of the events below and are willing to take a few pictures? If so, we’d love to use them on our Instagram as a way to tell our story to Philly and to our fellow Circle of Hopers. Let us know and we can provide more details on how to get them up on our Instagram!

⫸ Opportunities for spiritual growth, worship, and more!

💡Highlight: Seminarian’s Cohort

We do theology to build a bulwark against the waves of culture. Unexamined and unchecked forces need critique. Our position in the Kingdom of God gives us unique opportunities for creative alternatives. The Seminarian type thinkers worked on the ramifications of A.I. and the potential negative effects of computer technology on human flourishing.

December 7 and 8: Art Shop
▶ Various Times • 2007 Frankford Ave.

Over 50 artists showing and selling their work! Buy local for the holidays! December 7: 6pm-10pm and December 8: 12pm-4pm #ArtShop

December 8: Second Saturday Game Night
▶ 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • 2212 S. Broad St.

We gather in South Philly to play board games, strategy games, card games and games of all shapes and sizes. Bring a game, bring some snacks, bring a friend, and meet some people.

December 13 and 19: Advent Worship Relief
▶ 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. • Various locations

A traveling liturgy throughout Advent, the season before Christ’s birth, for the purpose of relief and healing. We’re worshiping in anticipation of the savior baby’s birth. All are welcome. December 13 at 2007 Frankford Ave. December 19 at 3800 Marlton Pike.

December 15 • Centering Prayer
▶ 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. • 2007 Frankford Ave.

A chance to learn or deepen a contemplative prayer practice. Contact: Jordan Burdge ([email protected]).

December 15 • “On My Block” Benefit Concert
▶ 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ

“On My Block” Benefit Concert for Crossing the Gap, an organization that benefits refugees in Camden County. Support local music and local needs at the same time. $10 suggested donation at the door.

December 16 Christmas Potluck and Board Games Party
▶ 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ

Let’s get together to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. We can gather at 12:30pm, eat from 1:00-2:00pm and board games after that. Come for as little or as much of that time as you would like! We will have hot chocolate, hot apple cider and freshly baked bread, so don’t forget to bring a dish that would go well with one of those. RSVP http://evite.me/y2qaPSWEA7

December 16 Caroling in Roxborough
▶ 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. • Start at 5720 Ridge Ave.

Rebekah McLendon and friends lead a caroling crew to bless the neighborhood with song after the Sunday meeting on Ridge Ave.  

December 18 Caroling in the Riverwards
▶ 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Start at 2007 Frankford Ave.

Let’s gather at our space on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (bring your cell) at 6 p.m. to carol around the neighborhood. We wanted to make it on the earlier end so kids could join us.

December 23 Christmas Music that Doesn’t Suck Part II
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ

A gift of music showcasing all of our talent and celebration. A fun way to welcome the baby Jesus and all of his friends (that’s us and you!). Contact Jess Santilli by December 7th and there might be room for you to perform [email protected]

December 24 Christmas Eve Vigil
10:45 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. • 1125 S. Broad St.

Candlelight vigil to be there at the first sound of “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” We gather to remember the story of Jesus’ birth, moving through the experiences of the prophets, John the Baptist, Mary & Joseph, and the Magi & Shepherds. We’re welcoming Jesus, the stranger baby. We end wishing him to “sleep in heavenly peace.”

⫸ What’s going on with our Compassion Teams | #CircleCompassion

💡Highlight: CMBBLM at the Players Coalition Fair

Kris and Bethany of our Circle Mobilizing Because Black Lives Matter team had the opportunity to represent their team, Circle of Hope, and their Participatory Defense team at the @playerscoalition’s resource fair led by both @malcolmjenkins27 of The Philadelphia Eagles and the Players Coalition. It was a great opportunity to connect with those who were recently bailed out of prison and join forces with other community organizations to assist in their journeys into re-entry. #endcashbail #blacklivesmatter #circleofhope

💡Highlight: Circle Thrift’s Volunteer Night

Awesome folks helping out for @circlethrift’s volunteer night!

Circle Kids Support Team
Circle Kids Support Team is looking for team members who are passionate about children, who think Circle Kids is a good match to the larger mission of Circle of Hope, and who want to create the building blocks (wink wink) of this new adventure. Please email our director, Gail Szczesniak ([email protected]) for more information.

Circle Mobilizing Because Black Lives Matter
Raised about $5,000 to go the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund for our holiday effort to bail juveniles out of prison before the holidays #presentsnotprison

Circle Thrift
Help your neighbors stay warm, donate your winter clothes!

Friends of Penn Treaty
We are having a holiday drive for Penn Treaty families, including food (non-perishable), hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), and winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves). We will be collecting items from until December 16 because we will be making deliveries on Monday, December 17. Last year we were able to bless 10 families each with a bunch of items. Donations can be dropped off at Penn Treaty School or Frankford Ave Circle of Hope.

Urban Farm Team
The Urban Farm Team is having a discussions with the city to discuss the future of the Frankford Ave. Garden. Pray with them and/or join the conversation. Contact Nick Fury for more details ([email protected])

⫸ Sunday Meetings & Cells | #CircleofHope

We create an environment where people can connect with God and act for redemption.

Sunday Meetings
A place to explore and express God’s love. Find them all here.

Our small groups of ten that meet throughout the week! Find them all here.

⫸ #100gettogethers

Covenant Member Dinner Party: A party for all the recent people who made covenant with us!

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