Resources to enrich the Season of Lent 2018

2018 Sam & Helen R. Walton Award Nominations Requested

The Office of Mission Program Grants current nomination forms are now available for the 2018 Sam & Helen R. Walton Awards for outstanding new church developments that have placed an emphasis on site acquisition.

The Mission Development Resources Committee (MDRC) will make decisions on Walton Awardees during their March 2018 meeting.

Please click here for a letter from the Mission Program Grant Office with further details

Please click here to download the Nomination Form

If you have any questions or comments about the Walton Award or Mission Program Grants, please contact our office. We are sure that we will be able to answer your questions and assist you through this process. Please visit our webpage for resources and application form.

Public Transportation Options for the 300th Celebration

Bus lines to 2800 West Cheltenham

From Warminster/Willow Grove area, the 22

From Nicetown/Hunting Park area, the H

From Center City, the 23 & 77

Regional Rail Lines

You can take any of the regional rail lines to Jefferson Station in Center City, then follow the Bus directions from Center City.

Driving Directions

Click here to access Google Maps for directions to 2800 West Cheltenham Avenue and enter your departure point.


The Welcome Church, Christ’s Presbyterian and West Kensington Ministries

Hospitality and Job-Training Alongside People Experiencing Homelessness

The Welcome Church, an ecumenical church without walls and shared Lutheran and Presbyterian ministry, holds Sunday worship on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and meets during the week in a variety of donated Center City spaces. The Welcome Church is also currently working on two new initiatives: The Well and Welcome to Work.

The Well, a Great Ends Grant and Covenant Fund recipient of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, was created in response to a cry from women on the street for a safe place to lay their heads during the coldest months of the year. The Welcome Church, in partnership with Trinity Memorial Church and Bethesda Project, created a model of community and safety shaped by the women themselves. When the program moved from a three-month pilot to a six-month program, the city, in recognition of the strength of their model, asked about having The Well open year round. A large part of this success was due to the warmth and hospitality offered by Pastor David Sanchez and the people of Christ’s Presbyterian Church in South Philadelphia, who opened up their doors and their hearts to the 23 women who passed through their doors this winter.

Welcome to Work is a combination of job training and confidence building comprised of two different Welcome Church initiatives: a construction crew under the guidance of a professional contractor and a printing business in partnership with the West Kensington Ministries based WKM printers. Under the guidance of Pastor Adan Mairena and graphics designer Keith Moroz, the Welcome to Work crew of printers has the capacity of printing as many as 500 custom tee shirts for your church or business.

The Well and Welcome to Work are but only two of the ways miracles happen when we come together as the people of God. To learn more about either of these two projects or to become involved in any of our Welcome Church activities, contact Pastor Schaunel Steinnegal at [email protected]

Read a previous Covenant Connections story here.



Summer Snapshots Week of July 24: Connecting with PCUSA Mission Co-Workers

Connecting with PCUSA Mission Co-Workers

We are grateful for the varied churches in our Presbytery who recently hosted Presbyterian Mission Co-Workers. We give thanks for the many ways our congregations and ministries support the local and global witness of the church.
  • Overbrook
  • Valley Forge
  • Wallingford
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Presbytery of Philadelphia

Follow these links to visit each of the Mission Co-workers and find out how to support their specific ministry:

Old Pine Celebrates 250 Years with Speaker Series

Speaker Series Celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Old Pine Street Church

Founded in 1768, Old Pine Street Church (“Old PINE”) was known as “The Church of the Patriots” during the American Revolution. A congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, today Old Pine is an inclusive, vibrant, historic, and mission-centered congregation celebrating its past and moving forward in faith. To commemorate its 250th Anniversary, Old Pine is holding a distinguished speaker series with topics that are both timely and engaging.

Faith & War (November 5, 2017)
All are invited to hear Dr. William Harrison Taylor, associate professor of history at Alabama State University, who will explore the Presbyterian Church’s role in the America Revolution in his presentation: “Faith & War: American Presbyterians and the War for Independence.” Drawing from his scholarship in religious history, Dr. Taylor provides a view into the impact the early American Presbyterian church had on our nations’ struggle for independence and how this in turn helped shape the denomination’s developing nationalist spirit.  Click here with flyer to share with your congregation.

Faith & Immigration (March 4, 2018)
Dr. Daisy Machado, Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, will address the role of Christianity in “Faith & Immigration”. Dr. Machado will examine how Christianity can offer an alternative way of thinking and talking about immigration that can lift up Christianity’s long held vision of a common humanity as it also calls Christians to boldly embrace the claims of faith to seek justice for all.

Faith & Politics (May 6, 2018)
The series concludes with a panel discussion of how faith intersects with local and national politics. During “Faith & Politics”, panelists Dr. Ron Sider, Professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, and Dr. Wilson J Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia and president of Amachi, Inc., will guide our exploration of the role faith has in how we approach the political landscape.

All events are open to the public free of charge, these events take place on Sundays at 1:00 pm at Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Childcare is provided.

For more information about this speaker series, go to, email [email protected], or follow #opc250 on Twitter.

Calling all Singers and Choir members!

All rehearsals are required!

Pieces that need preparation (come to rehearsal with parts learned):

Piece to be taught by rote:

Hymns from “Glory to God” (legal copies of pages will be provided; do not bring hymnals):

  • #39 Great Is Thy Faithfulness, #649 Amazing Grace, #853 We Are Marching in the Light of God (including Swahili)
  • For communion:  #507 Come to the Table of Grace, #525 Let Us Break Bread Together

Dress:  dark bottom/white top (men: dark suit, white shirt, dark long tie)

Folder:  black (no writing), not shiny