Worship @ Arch Street
“Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:
Sunday Worship Schedule
8:30AM Prayer, Praise Singing and Preaching
9:45AM Youth & Adult Sunday School
9:45AM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
11:00AM Children’s Sunday School
11:00AM Divine Liturgy for All with Organ and Choral Music
Rev. Robin Hynicka, Senior Pastor
We are located at:
55 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
FREE PARKING AVAILABLE
Singing the Body Electric is Back!
Our journey towards greater awareness of self and others through dance, embarked upon last year in November with members, friends and frequenters of ASUMC and of the neighborhood and beyond, is about to recommence. Please mark the following dates on your calendar and be absolutely sure to come and participate!
February 14th (with special attention to the Valentine’s Day celebration and meanings), and February 21st.
From 7-8:15 PM in Nichols Hall
Contact: Rhonda Moore, (267) 779-3451 or Rhonda.email@example.com
Black History/African Heritage Month Series
This year’s African Heritage reflections are centered on SANKOFA, the revered West African concept of looking back to understand where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Often associated with the proverb in the Twi language of Ghana, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi” (It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten), the words help us to remember that all people, place, and things—regardless of their age—possess a past, present and future. Our church service on Sunday, February 11 will focus on the physical embodiment of SANKOFA. I am delighted and excited to collaborate with movement artist and colleague Belle Alvarez on creating a meaning-filled sensory experience. As part of our process, Belle and I are asking for input from Arch Street’s congregation, friends, and visitors. Please respond freely to any one or all of the following queries:
- What wisdom or experience from your past do you especially remember or have carried forward into the now? Why?
- What beliefs have led you to where you stand today?
- What hope(s) do you hold for the future, based on your past and present experiences and/or circumstances?
Your responses can be stream of consciousness, single word, one or several sentences, a picture, a poem, a quote—in short, whatever you may be inspired to say. Belle and I will use everything we collect as the raw material for our and ultimately, your, presentation. Responses can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to write SANKOFA as the subject of the email. In addition, each Sunday there will be a table set up in the narthex and outside of the chapel with everything necessary to record and collect responses. Please help us make our SANKOFA reflection as collective and communal as possible.
Lenten Series 2018 Theme: “Jesus Insurgency”
The 2018 Lenten Season commences on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12 Noon with Ash Wednesday. The Liturgy will include Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. The 2018 Lenten Season Series entitled “Jesus Insurgency” will be introduced. Based on the book with the same title, co-written by Dottie Escobedo-Frank and Rudy Rasmus pastors in the United Methodist Church, the Lenten theme will explore the realities of living The Way of Jesus in a time of great challenge for the institution of the church.
The Way of Jesus is alive in the justice-seeking and compassionate caring that is going on in solidarity with the most vulnerable and oppressed people of the world. Filling the pews on Sunday Morning is less of an indication of the health of a congregation than it used to be. Filling the emptiness and ending the despair of those often left outside of the four walls of the church is what the “Jesus Insurgency” is all about. You are invited to join Pastor Robin in this season of self and communal reflection and to meditate on the meaning of faith, fellowship and the future church.
The Lenten Series will continue after Ash Wednesday each Wednesday up to Holy Week. st
• Wednesday, February 21 – “At the Crossroads”
• Wednesday, February 28th – “The Insurgent”
• Wednesday, March 7th – “The Church Revolution” • Wednesday, March 14th – “From the Edge”
• Wednesday, March 21st – “Postscript”
All sessions will begin at 12 noon and conclude at 12:50pm. Meditative music, purposeful prayer and relevant reflection will carry the shared time of worship and preparation for the coming Easter Celebration. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the book Jesus Insurgency: The Church Revolution from the Edge, let Pastor Robin know and he will see that you get a copy.
Outreach @ Arch Street
Serenity House is an extension of ASUMC’s community ministry. Located at 1209 W. Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia, Serenity House is an intentional community of grace-filled persons who care for each other and make Serenity House their home or home away from home. Together we build helpful and holy relationships that inspire hope, health and holiness. Learn more >
Grace Café (ASUMC’s outreach to folks currently without homes) is open every Sunday through the end of June. After a brief period of faith sharing, those gathered will enjoy a home-cooked meal hosted by volunteer groups. There are openings for hosts to bring food and prepare a meal for about 220 people. If you know of a group that would like to assist in this important mission, please have them contact the church office at 215-568-6250 or Darlene DiDomineck and Carmen Francesco at email@example.com Greeters, servers and clean-up crew are needed and always welcome. Learn more >
United Methodist Women
Arch Street United Methodist Women is the local chapter of the United Methodist Women, a global organization supporting women, children and youth in the United States and around the world. As an independent organization within the United Methodist Church, it raises and distributes its own funds for mission. Learn more >
POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild
Arch Street Church has been committed to POWER since its inception. Over 40 Philadelphia congregations, including churches, mosques and synagogues, provide people-power and financial support to change the status quo in areas where society has failed: public education, living wage, immigration and racial equality. Learn More >
Giving @ Arch Street
There are so many ways to make regular, special and extraordinary financial gifts in support of the Mission and Ministry of the Arch Street United Methodist Church.
Members and friends of ASUMC pledge to make regular contributions in support of the general operating expenses of the church. They also support various special initiatives such as the Youth Mission Trip, the Arch Street Community Music School, Grace Café, Serenity House, Building Fund, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and our Be Lifted Up Campaign, which supports the cost of capital improvements.