🌞 The summer is starting to wind down but there’s still tons of great things that have happened in the past month. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and things to come.
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📷 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 me know and I can provide more details on how to get them up on our Instagram!
⫸ Opportunities for spiritual growth, worship, and more!
💡Highlight: August 14th was our Marriage Workshop!
Rod and Gwen White leading at our Marriage Workshop: Couples Talking to Couples. Strengthening marriage is a group project.
💡Highlight: August 17th & 18th was first week of Pygmalion!
Circle Performing Arts Alliance presents Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw’s classic tale of the English language on social class and romance. There’s still one more weekend to go! See details below.
❉ August 24 & 25 • Pygmalion – presented by Circle Performing Arts Alliance • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • 2212 S. Broad St.
Circle Performing Arts Alliance presents Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw’s classic tale of the English language vs. social class and romance. When Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins meets flower seller Eliza Doolittle on the street, he bets that he can teach her to talk like what he considers a proper “lady.” Soon, however, Eliza begins to realize how Higgins’ own manners are far from proper, even as they begin to depend on one another. Please come support us on the following dates at 2214 South Broad Street. Admission is $10. You can pay at the door or pre-order on our Eventbrite page. Facebook event here.
❉ August 23 & 24 • Online dialogue on Saying Yes to God by Tim Geoffrion • 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Online using Zoom. Link to come.
A Gifts for Growing event. Let’s talk to each other about how we recognize the voice of God and learn to follow the leading of the Spirit. This is a learning opportunity! Some of us want to break through barriers and personal limitations in relating to God. We hear the invitation to go deeper from wherever we are, and the invitation comes without shame or judgement. In his book Saying Yes to God, Tim Geoffrion presents some spiritual concepts that lead to more peace, love, and direction as an outflow of faith and relating to God. You could put it on your summer reading list and tune in to talk about it with other seekers and learners at on August 23rd and/or 24th. Facebook event here. Eventbrite RSVP here.
❉ August 25 • Making the Most of Your Money: Financial Planning • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ
A Gifts for Growing event. Members of the Capacity Core Team offer their successful workshop for people who could use some loving help to budget personal finances. Sign-up will be required on Eventbrite here.
❉ September 7 • First Friday: Jeffrey Stockbridge • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • 2007 Frankford Ave.
Circle of Hope Gallery presents the photography of Jeffrey Stockbridge.
❉ September 8 • 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]il.com)
❉ September 8 • New Testament Overview Day Retreat • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ
A Gifts for Growing event. Come enjoy a day soaking in the Bible. Get a sense of how to use the New Testament as a source of encouragement in your daily life. Practice using scripture as a way to relate to Jesus. Explore the historical context of the first-century Mediterranean. Get an overview of how the 27 books were compiled, the basics on each book, how they work together and how we read them together in Circle of Hope. Sign up at Eventbrite by Friday, August 31. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Limit 25 people.
❉ September 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.
⫸ What’s going on with our Compassion Teams | #CircleCompassion
💡Highlight: August 4th was “Stranger” in Our Midst: MCC Immigration Community Day
We helped sponsor “Celebrating the ‘Stranger in Our Midst” with @mccpeace Last century’s “pioneers” are now called “illegals.” We celebrate our immigrant neighbors and defy what one panelist called “the vicious application of immigration law.”
❉ September 15 • Free Baby & Kids Goods Exchange • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. • 3800 Marlton Pike, NJ
We hope to bring our communities together to share resources and get necessary kid/baby stuff to families that need them. This is always a free event. Bring items to share if you can, but don’t stay away if you have nothing to share.
❉ Circle Kids Support Team
We organized Circle Kids as an expression of Circle of Hope to partner with families who need quality, caring childcare for their children. Circle Kids is now three mornings a week for 3 and 4-year-olds! For more info or to enroll, visit circleofhope.net/circlekids
❉ Urban Farm Team
Hart Lane Neighborhood Garden is hosting a GoFundMe to purchase some lots in their farm space. To make donations, visit Hart Lane Neighborhood Garden’s GoFundMe page.
⫸ Sunday Meetings & Cells | #CircleofHope
We create an environment where people can connect with God and act for redemption.
💡Highlight: 7pm interviews at 2309 N. Broad St.
North Broad has been facilitating interviews at their 7pm meetings. Here’s Kerri talking about the Opioid Crisis. They’ve also had Shelby Smith and Joe Tatum for conversations!
❉ 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.
From @alison_shiloh: Friday’s Gazebo Crew. We sure had fun, but it’s tough to get everyone smiling at once! #realtalk #100gettogethers