Don’t miss three opportunities to connect with #PCUSA Mission Co-Workers from around various parts of the world.
July 15-16: Overbrook Hosts Southeast Asia Mission Co-Workers
Overbrook Presbyterian Church invites all to join with them in welcoming Barry and Shelly Dawson, PCUSA Mission Workers in Southeast Asia, during their visit to Philadelphia July 15-16, 2017. Details here
July 25: Valley Forge hosts Zambia Mission Co-Workers
Valley Forge Presbyterian Church invites all to join them in welcoming Charles and Melissa Johnson, PCUSA Mission Co-Workers in Zambia. They will be sharing their experiences on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Details here.
July 26: The Presbytery hosts Rev. David Cortes-Fuentes and Josefina Saez Acevedo, PCUSA Mission Co-Workers in Cuba on Wednesday, on July 26 at 1:00 pm. Their ministry marks the first time in 50 years our denomination has had mission co-workers in Cuba. Join us for a mission update and fellowship as we hear about their ministry thus far. Details here.
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 www.oldpine.org/anniversary, email [email protected], or follow #opc250 on Twitter.
Pieces that need preparation (come to rehearsal with parts learned):
- Beethoven “Hallelujah” (Dr. Dumpson will send a pdf [public domain])
- “It Is Well with My Soul,” arr. Nathan Carter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btJFE6kkYI (conducted by the arranger) https://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=191
Piece to be taught by rote:
- “God’s Grace” Luther Barnes call-and-response gospel piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QempkReooTY
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
CALLING UPON THE GIFTS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:12)
The 223rd General Assembly will be held June 16-23, 2018 at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri
But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Matthew 6:33
PENTECOST OFFERING: INVESTING IN OUR GREATEST RESOURCE
WHEN IS THE PENTECOST OFFERING RECEIVED? The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost. However, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by the Pentecost Offering by making a gift at any time throughout the year. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
HOW IS MY GIFT USED? A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency:
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.
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]
If you would like additional information on how you can be a part of this exhibition, please contact Susan Aggarwal at [email protected]
300th Anniversary Celebration Worship Service!
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
CALLING ALL CHURCH SINGERS AND CHOIRS:BE A PART OF OUR CELEBRATION CHOIR!
If you would like to participate in the celebration choir, please contact: Dr. J. Donald Dumpson at [email protected], 215.603.5180
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!