Welcome to Our Community Cup Coffeehouse!

Here is our fall lineup.

A “moment” – what is a moment? So many of us are looking for something; a job, a friend, happiness. But what do they all have in common – they all start with a “moment”. Without that moment or opportunity, a dream or wish will never happen. While at Grace Otley’s fundraiser one Saturday, I wondered why the musicians came to sing only one song. Then, I realized it was a “moment”, their moment. It was something that may never come again.

So, I’ve been thinking what can I do to provide a “moment”. In the past year at our coffeehouse, we were blessed with our helper Rebekah being a talented musician and always opening up for the main performer. We don’t have this any more since she moved on to her career. How about if I open up this spot to anyone who would like to come to our coffeehouse on a Friday night around 7:00pm. This will sort of be an open mic, and you will have 15-20 minutes to play.

If you like this idea, please email or message me that you would like to have “this moment”.

And so, we moved our open mic to TLC Open Mic at Temple Lutheran Church, 501 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, PA every Monday night from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. This will be our new home. Please check out our Facebook page for information and updates.

Our coffeehouse is funded by a grant from The Presbytery of Philadelphia. They recently did a story about their outreach and we are proud to be part of it.

Being able to spend my time at the coffeehouse this past year has been such an amazing experience for me. What you have created is truly special. It means so much to so many different people. This experience has helped me grow as a person. I am so grateful to have had it. Thank you so much for all that you do! I’ll miss everyone!
Rebekah Worley

Our Community Cup Coffeehouse is a social and entertainment venue which provides interaction and growth opportunities through meals, music, and activities. Our friendly atmosphere includes live entertainment––the perfect alternative to sitting at home on a Friday night.
We encourage community participation during our weekly events. Come with a pre-made dish, or offer your help. We understand and accept all differences, so please help us bring out the music that we know is within everyone.
You are invited to our coffeehouse experience. The cost is a donation––you decide the value of a safe, convenient night with your friends each week. Please contact us for more details.

We’ve had a great year so far. It’s well exceeded our expectations. Our 1-year anniversary was held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. It was called Share the Love Fest. There was a lot of warmth in our gym even though it was cold outside. We had over 100 people in attendance. Everyone had a great time.

Check out this article in the Delco Times about our event.

Check out this recent article in The Swarthmorean.

Our Community Cup, a “pay what you can” coffeehouse, is an initiative of New Avenue Foundation and Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church. We recently were awarded a grant from the Presbytery of Philadelphia to help continue and grow our mission. They see that what we are doing is meeting a need and helping people feel valued. And an article was written about us in their Covenant Connections.

We started this coffeehouse primarily as an activity for people with disabilities, autism, Aspergers, etc., to attend. However, it is open to everyone. We want to help everyone respect each other’s differences. By bringing us all together, we will build a better community. We have had many singer/songwriters and bands who have expressed interest in performing at Our Community Cup coffeehouse. The church basement provides a relatively small venue, seating a maximum of 50 people. Check out our FAQs page to find out more.

music photoThe coffeehouse includes activities and free time with an emphasis on promoting an environment that will encourage social interaction, cooperation, and fun. In a true coffeehouse spirit, there will, of course, be live music. As the performers start to sign up for certain dates, their biographies will appear on the Performers page.

We provide a social venue for you to share and enjoy the company of others while doing things that you like. Maybe play a game, chess, checkers or Magic or other card game. Please bring your favorite game to share. Feel free to sing along or just listen to the music.

We do not charge a fee but rather provide this experience in the gift economy. Please come and participate and share a gift with us according to your ability as a symbol of gratitude. The relationship we have with you is based on trust, which we need more of in our world. You trust us to provide a worthwhile experience and we trust that you will support us. We set a suggested amount for each event but then allow you to give whatever amount you feel that you can afford. You will determine what value our coffeehouse can provide to you.

So that everyone can get the most out of their experience at the coffeehouse, there will only be one rule that everyone must follow and that is the Golden Rule:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Our opening night was a success with well over 50 in attendance. We were busting at the seams!

We will be open every Friday night. Hope to see you soon!

We are looking for partners and supporters for this venture. And we are always looking for musicians.

Opening Night Comments

Tim Kirkner (musician) said, “From the tablecloths under the glass dinner plates down to the community feeling in the room the night was spectacular. Bringing together people to hear music and talk is always great to see, but the ease at which those in attendance connected was awesome.”
Jessica Graae (musician) said, “What an honor to be part of the Community Cup’s first coffeehouse! The evening was geared towards adults with developmental disabilities-but it was really an opportunity for everyone-for old and new friends-to get together, hear some live music and eat some delicious food. After my performance, I was welcomed to the table to sit and eat with the rest of the audience. I can think of no better way to spend a Friday night.

Also, I was very touched when two of the young men told me afterwards how much they enjoyed my music. (I am always touched when people tell me this-but I know it is harder to come up an talk to people when you are shy.)”

Denise Pettit (parent) said, ” You did a fabulous job, Jim, and really are filling a tremendous need!”
Joann Dougherty (parent) said, “… you would have been proud of the parents networking too!”
Bob Fournier (musician) said, “It was wonderful. I think it was perfect.

The evening seemed to capture the folksy magic of another decade. I felt as if I had been transported back in time. The informality of the event, the feasting, the variety of the performances, the kindness of the people, the quaintness of the room, where we were all sharing a somewhat crowded space, made me imagine America in the 1930s. A time and place where you made due with what you had.

I felt that I had somehow escaped the I’m-gonna-get-mine age of greed. The evening captured the spirit of an age when many people living in America, and many people in the American government itself, cared about the greater good and the welfare of all its citizens.

I thought the evening was a huge success and I would like to come back and play again in the summer.”

Maria Wurster (parent) said, “The music environment provided something for everyone. The music was an equalizer. It provided something for all abilities. The group of adults who were nonverbal enjoyed the music. Others chatted in the room with one another or in a group. Some went into the hallway to have a conversation. Others got food and sat back to enjoy the music while they ate. Some sang along to songs they knew.”
Nick Urquhart (adult) said, “This was a wonderful event. It was great to meet everybody and the music and food were great! “
Bill Pettit (parent) said, “Kudos and thanks to the Wursters for a very grand opening of the Community Cup coffee house. Top-notch live music, plenty of good food, great people and conversation, and of course, coffee (and other beverages).”

You know the world can see us, In a way that’s different than who we are — “Breaking Free” was written by Eigner, Christian / Knechtova, Katarina / Smith, James Sutherland. Jamie Houston was the composer.

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