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Holiday Fest 2018: Sunday, December 16, 2018, following service

Our annual Holiday Fest is our annual All-Church celebration of the Christmas and Winter Season. Join us this year as we gather to eat, sing, make music and renew hope together! This year the fest will follow Sunday Service on December 16th. 

This year we will also be running a silent auction and selling brunch tickets to raise money for our Caring Ministry Team so they can continue their important work of reaching out to and assisting congregants in need. 

Read below to learn how you can help, see the Brunch Menu, and preview the items up for bid during the silent auction! 


1. Contribute new or like-new gifts ($10 and under) to be sold at
     the Fest. Drop them off at the church by Saturday, Dec. 15

2. Come to a workday on Saturday, December 15, 12pm - 4pm to
    help prepare and decorate!

3. Bake holiday treats to be sold at the Fest. These items can be
    brought to the help day on Saturday, December 15.

4. Put together a gift basket of delight for silent auction

5. Perform music at the Fest! 

**Please contact Luana with your contributions and/ or thoughts at or


Oven Baked French Toast

Spinach and Cheese Strata

Sausage and Cheese Casserole

Fruit Salad

Yogurt (honey, granola, cinnamon)

Garden Salad

* Adult tickets are $10, kids are free


Each year we ask members to contribute themed gift baskets and other items that we auction off to benefit the Caring Ministry Team. Scroll down to see what items are up for bid this year. Check back to see items as they get added! 

Academy Kitchen Gift Basket, donated by Christine Carlson and John Lehman

A collection of one-of-a-kind items created by the staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences including hand-sewn matching double sided adult and child aprons. It also includes a one-of-a-kind ANS cookbook with recipes by Academy scientist (yes - one does use bugs!) Also included are four VIP Passes for a visit to the Academy.
Cooking 101 Gift Basket, dontaed by Kate Uraneck
Are you or a loved one tired of takeout leftovers, GrubHub charges, or are just starting out on your (their) own and need some basic kitchen items then this is the basket for you.  Two cookbooks, “Essentials of Cooking” and “Roast Chicken and Other Stories” will get you started and inspired, plus there is a roasting pan (for the roast chicken of course), cooking utensils, dishtowels and hot pad.  Give a gift that keeps on giving.

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful, but the DRINKS are so Delightful!  Donated by Debby Schultz
Enjoy 5 pairings of Winter Drinks, each pairing having a relaxed (non-alcoholic) and a spirited (alcoholic) option. Over these next holiday weeks treat yourself to a relaxing bottle of warm Vintersaga  and/or a spirited bottle of warm Gluhwein.  Celebrate the new year with a bottle of Sparkling Cider and/or a bottle of Champagne.   After the holidays grab a cozy blanket and kick back and enjoy a cup of Ghirardelli Cocoa perhaps adding splash of Baileys Irish Cream, or warm Spiced Cider with perhaps a splash of Gold Rum or a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea with some Lemon and Honey with perhaps a splash of Seagrams 7.  Whatever your choice, Enjoy!

Holiday Baking Starter Kit Gift Basket, donated by Julie Orts
Growing up, a big part of the Christmas holiday tradition in my family included special cookies that my mother only baked at this time of the year. The baking starter kit includes three of my family’s favorite Christmas recipes and most of the tools and ingredients needed to make these yummy cookies. Just add flour, sugar, and eggs and you’ll have everything you need to make three different kinds of holiday cookies.

Included is a baking tray, cooling rack, silicone pan liner, large mixing bowl, spatula and silicone scrapers, apron, Penzey spices, gourmet chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and raspberry jam, and three treasured family Christmas cookie recipes

Cat Lovers Rejoice! Gift Basket, donated by Heather Speirs
Catch a basket full of goodies that each celebrate your love for the felines of this world. Basket includes a cat-shaped tape dispenser, an over-the-door cat hook, a Santa cat music globe, a stand for your home or office that reveals your mood with the appropriate cat, some cat-tongue bag ties, an adult cat-themed coloring book and a book of cat humor entitled How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. A cat mug full of tea bags, five pairs of cat socks, a stick of chocolate for you and a belled mouse for your kitty complete the ensemble.

"Culture Vulture" Variety Assortment
Have a yen for a variety of cultural events and exposures, then this basket could be for you. A tour of WXPN studios, a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert, a visit to the Barnes  Foundation, a guided walk at Bartram's Garden, dinner and a student concert at Curtis Institute, bottles of wine and gourmet treats are among the offerings in the Culture Vulture basket.  Check it out at the Fest for late additions.

Meditation Kit Gift Basket, donated by:Rev. Abbey Tennis and Kai Lovell. 
This basket contains all you need to begin, revive, or deepen a meditation or prayer practice - a meditation bench (hand built from salvaged “kneelers” from the First Colored Wesley Methodist Church by Rev. Abbey and Kai), small brass chalice with beeswax candle, matchboxes (hand painted by Kai), chime, The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, and small journal.

Sweet and Salty Gourment Bundle Gift Basket, donated by Annemarie Vaeni & Scott Case.
Sweet & Salty; Crunchy & Creamy: Whether you’re binge-watching Mrs. Maisel or enjoying an evening of conversation and wine with friends, this basket will power you through. With chocolatey, salty caramels, smoky cheddar mix, this is a snack session ready to go- just add family or friends and you’ve got a party!  


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