Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.’” 
(Matthew 28:5-7)

On this Resurrection and Easter Sunday, we lift in prayer all our congregations and worshiping communities celebrating the Risen Christ! We may be virtual, but Christ is Risen, Christ is risen indeed!
Happy Easter from the Leadership and Staff of the Presbytery of Philadelphia! 

THRIVE: 2020 Board University Education Seminars

Notice from the Synod to Our Church Treasurers/Finance Administrators:

To Our Church Treasurers/Finance Administrators:

The Synod of the Trinity is working on getting existing sales tax exemption certificates renewed with the State of Pennsylvania.

They need the following information or a copy of your existing certificate to proceed;

  • Church name
  • Address
  • Tax id# or sales tax #
Please send your information to the Synod by February 15, 2020
  • Email: [email protected],
  • Snailmail: Synod of the Trinity, 3040 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Because the process has changed since exemption certificates were renewed in 2015,  the Synod will need your information by February 15, 2020 for the renewal.

For questions or additional information, please contact Frank Orzehoski, Synod Business Administrator, at [email protected]

Reflections on the Southern Border from Our Presbytery’s Delegation

This past September, five members of our Presbytery’s Leadership Collegium ventured to the southern border as our eyes and ears, hearts and imaginations. In partnership with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Abara Frontiers, they encountered first hand stories, workshops, and connections to those on the ground in both El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

RESOURCES: On January 11 the Presbytery hosted further conversations on the Southern Border with our delegation and New Sanctuary Movement. Click here for links and resources.

What is below are brief reflections, resources, a video of their shared pilgrimage.

Read more about their trip framework here.

Check out their photo gallery here.

Click each link below to read their reflection.

Rev. Randy Barge, Moderator of the Presbytery, Pastor of First, Olney
Elder Vijay Aggarwal, Vice Moderator of the Presbytery, Wayne Presbyterian
Rev. Samantha Hudson, Moderator of the Commission on Ministry, Pastor of Glading Memorial
Elder Megan D. Acedo, Moderator of the Committee on Representation, Beacon Church
Rev. Adan Mairena, Moderator of the Commission on Resources and Communications, Pastor of Yeadon and West Kensington Ministry

View the video recap below:

Mission Program Grants from the PC(USA)

July 20, 2019 Stated Meeting Re-Cap

M. Courtenay Willcox Bio, August 2019

M. Courtenay Willcox lives out her life’s priorities of family, faith, and environment in her activities and involvements. Receiving a Master of Divinity in May from United Lutheran Seminary in Mt. Airy is her most recent life event, and those three years brought public theology to the forefront in her attention and actions. A cradle Presbyterian, Courtenay is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and served on the Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry. As a Commissioned Ruling Elder, she has preached in more than thirty local congregations. A life-long member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, she is part of four-generations of Teaching and Ruling Elders. Her grandfather, Harold T. Smith, was the first associate pastor at BMPC and lived in Converse House in the late 1950s and early 1960s, so for Courtenay, visiting her grandparents was a wonderful coming together of family, church, and God. She is thankful that her church took seriously the promises made at her baptism and helped shape her Christian faith. At BMPC, she especially enjoys working with youth and teaching Confirmation class, moderating the Environmental Justice Committee, and serving on the Eugene C. Bay Fund. She is looking forward to being involved in the life of the Presbytery during Ruth’s sabbatical and Cassie’s maternity leave. Spending time in the Outer Banks with husband Tom, three adult children, a son-in-law and schnoodle is a gratefully received gift. There is nothing like a sunrise walk on the beach!