The Church Has Left the Building Transforms Lives and Congregations

In 2010, Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley began a movement that engages all ages in projects that bless local communities.  Since then, in one single day, those who participate in “The Church Has Left the Building,” stock pantries, deliver books to inner-city-school libraries, clean up the environment, lead worship for people in recovery, make meals for the home-bound, build shelters for the homeless, sew dresses for Haiti, and so much more. Woodside Pastor Doug Hoagland says, “The church is a sleeping giant. On this day you literally see it wake up and get to work!” In the evening Christians from different denominations gather together for worship in various places. It truly is a taste of heaven.

The day is really the culmination of several weeks of prayer, Bible reading, sermons, and small-group Bible studies. As we read about Jesus and the apostles loving the lost and healing the hurting, momentum builds toward the day when we go out and follow in his steps

In one day countless Christians of all ages leave their buildings and bless their communities through numerous mission projects. It’s simple. It works. It’s truly free.

This year our theme is LAUNCH based on the Gospel of Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount. Your people will read, study, and hear sermons from Matthew that prepare them to go out and live like Jesus. You choose the day and the way you want to serve.

Check out this 2 minute video

The key is building momentum over the six weeks leading up to the Sunday when you serve. To do this we give you Logos, Bible study materials, Sermons, Devotional guides, Worship suggestions, Mission ideas, and brief training videos for your leaders. They are available for you to download, customize and use. There is no charge. Just click here for resources.

Spring is the best time to start planning. If you have questions – please contact Rev. Doug Hoglund: [email protected]

Be A Part of Our Living History

If you would like additional information on how you can be a part of this exhibition, please contact Susan Aggarwal at [email protected]

Click here for a flyer you can share with your congregation!

Calling All Church Singers and Choirs!

If you would like to participate in the celebration choir, please contact: Dr. J. Donald Dumpson at [email protected]

Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregations!


Order Your 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendars!

The Presbytery Planning Calendars are now available to order through the Presbytery office! Order Your Planning Calendars by Friday, May 5, 2017 for the 2016-2017 Presbyterian Planning Calendar.  This calendar is an invaluable resource for the whole church that includes photographs of Presbyterians living out their faith across the country and around the world. This 19-month calendar contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders.

In the calendar, you will find the lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps. Calendar pages begin with June 2017 and end with December 2018.

The total cost for each calendar is $9.50, which includes the cost of shipping to the Presbytery. 

Calendars will be made available at the Presbytery office for pick-up. Please include your check (Payable to the Presbytery) for the appropriate amount. Call 215.242.1400, ext 329 for more information.

Please place your order now!

Planning Calendar Order

order form for Presbytery Planning Calendars




The Well is Seeking Extra Dinner Donations

From The Welcome Church: Due to the happy fact that some of the women at The Well are scheduled to move into permanent housing very soon, The Welcome Church and Bethesda Project have decided to extend The Well for 2 weeks (after April 30), until the house is ready.

Therefore, we could use some extra dates of donations of dinners for The Well! If you can help or would like further information, please contact Rev. Schaunel Steinnagel at [email protected]

Thank you for your help with an amazingly successful season!

Two-Year Remaining Canon Image Runner Copier Lease Available!

The Mount Airy Church is asking if another church would be willing to take over their copier lease for the remaining two years.

The machine works great making clear, color and b&w copies and print jobs. It can connect to computer networks. It has many high end features including Job Codes, Saddle Stitching (booklets stapling), etc. Great for bulletins and other general office needs.

It is on a lease with Canon Financial that ends 8/29/19. Our current lease payment is $290.00 per month. We are looking for someone qualified that would take over the lease. Canon would just need to approve the new lessor and sign for the takeover of the lease.

Please click below for PDF’s information sheets on the copier:



Confirmation: Equipping Children, Parents and Congregations for the Journey of Faith

Confirmation: Equipping children, parents and congregations for the journey of faith

A Letter from the Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Philadelphia

To: Churches in the Presbytery of Philadelphia

From: Janet W. Brown, Moderator, Presbyterian Women
Subject: April 22, 2017 and June 15-17, 2017
Date: March 15, 2017

When the historical report for the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Philadelphia is given to the Reverend Kevin Porter, our Stated Clerk, I am more than grateful for your commitment to mission and for keeping alive the voice of PW in our Presbytery. Whether it is sharing information from the Horizons magazine, participating in weekly or monthly Bible study, welcoming the others of the world into the life of your ministry, your congregational work is a spoken prayer. Thank you.

The Thank Offering and Birthday Offering are ever more important this year. As you know projects are carefully selected at the PW Churchwide level yearly, and I encourage to apply at the congregational level to be considered.

This is a special invitation to seek your support as PW welcomes PW Synod Moderator, Martha K. Manning, on April 22, at the Church on the Mall. Click here for a flyer to share with your congregation. In addition, to installing new officers, we will have a leadership discussion based on the new PW manual. The manual is well written and explanatory on participation from a congregational perspective. We never ask for registration for our events, but I am encouraging you to come to welcome Martha, to celebrate with the new officers, to learn and listen, and to share Holy Communion on this day of light in the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Stepping out to testify to the importance of our faith impacts those around us more than we know. Pray about this meeting after you read this and find others to share this personal invitation.

For the Spring Gathering on April 22, the CT has suggested that you bring a hygiene kit in response to the great need of women’s ministry in our area. Help by donating an entire kit or a single item to the collection bin which will be available for your donation. Kit includes hand towel (approx.. 16×28), wash cloth, wide-tooth comb, nail clippers, bath-size soap bars, toothbrush, 10 Band-Aids or other adhesive strips.
“Created to Shine” is the Synod of the Trinity Gathering to be held at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Rooms are available at the Marriott Courtyard. The dates are June 15-17 and this event promises to open your heart to the Spirit. Please contact me if you would like to attend this event and need scholarship help—registration cost is $175 and hotel expenses are on your own. Questions should be directed to Suzanne Herger, PW Synod Vice Moderator for Programs. [email protected]

Peace for the journey.
janet w. brown, Moderator, PWPP
[email protected]

The Well is Seeking Donations of Food for Their Overnight Shelter

Meals Needed in April for the The Well, an Overnight Shelter for Women

For The Well, the overnight winter shelter for women being operated by The Welcome Church and partners, is in need meals for April 2017. They are seeking donations of complete dinners for the women (approximately 12 women), for their evening meal (usually, drop off is at 8:00 p.m.). For further details (or dates), please contact Rev. Schaunel Steinnagel, Associate Pastor, The Welcome Church, [email protected]; or Sharon Dooley, coordinator of donations for The Well, [email protected]

Additional Need-Twin Sheet sets: As some of the women are moving successfully from The Well into permanent housing, therefore taking some of their personal items with them, The Well could also at this time use additional donations of new sets of twin size sheets!


The Well

Women represent approximately 25% of those living on the streets of Philadelphia.

There are also very few places designated for women alone during the cold winter months. Winter 2015-2016 The Welcome Church provided a place for a small group of women known as “The Well.” The women not only had a place to sleep, but also a place to share dinner and breakfast together, along with special activities such as a “spa night” and an evening of foot care offered by community volunteers. The hope of this pilot program, a team effort together with ecumenical partners from Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches, was to build community and safety among the women. “The Well” is based upon the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well and changing her life; it also derives from the well traditionally being a gathering place for women in many countries of the world today. Pictured below are The Reverends Donna Maree (Trinity Memorial Church)Violet Little(The welcome Church) and Schaunel Steinnegal (The Welcome Church) holding gratitude posters made for each of us by the women of The Well.  Based on the success of last year’s program, The Well has now expanded the time we are open and is delighted to be working with the staff of Bethesda Project.


Devotional Books Are Here!

The Devotional begins on March 1, 2017 – the beginning of the 2017 Lenten season. Over 250 Ministers, Elders, Deacons, Church Members, Inquirers, Candidates and Youth from across our Presbytery contributed to these reflections. Order your copies today and let’s walk through the holy season together.

A lovely, hard-bound keepsake compiled by the people of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

Listen to the voices of our community as they escort us through the sacred season of Lent, Ordinary Time and the hope of Advent. May the faith that birthed us 300 years ago continue to claim our hearts. We invite you to take this transformational journey with us!

May we use the courage and faithfulness of our ancestors to inspire a courage and faithfulness within us today. May we embark on this 300-day journey together, eager to reclaim our call to “return to God.” In that return, may we be a faithful witness to the Gospel at this time and place – gathering as a people to hear the Word, taking that Word out into the world, and seeking to make right that which is broken in our midst.

There is still time to buy your books! A perfect devotional for Bible Study groups, personal reflections, and great as gifts for family, friends and church leaders. Come in to the Presbytery or go online to order yours today!

If you pre-ordered books, they are available to be picked up at the Presbytery office! Stop by anytime Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to pick up your books. (If you requested yours shipped, you should receive them in the mail in the next week.)
Don’t let your church miss out on this special devotional book!

Share this with your church: Click here for a printable insert to put in your Sunday Bulletin.