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300th Anniversary Celebration Service

The Presbytery of Philadelphia Receives Congratulatory Letters for 300th

The Presbytery of Philadelphia has received congratulations in commemoration of our 300th Anniversary. We are pleased to share them with you:

Click on the links below to read the letters.

 

A Letter from Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

A Letter to the Presbytery of Philadelphia from The Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in honor of the Presbytery’s 300th anniversary celebration.
Please click here to read her letter of blessings and thanks written on this historic occasion.

300th Digital Media

The Eugene C. Bay Fund: Letters of Intent Now Being Accepted

The Eugene C. Bay Fund for Urban Ministry was established in 2004 as a celebration of the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Eugene C. Bay who served as Pastor at BMPC from 1987-2004. Dr. Bay’s passion for urban ministry and commitment to the communities of West Philadelphia and Chester guided Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church through a season of revitalization and engagement in mission partnerships. Over the past several years more than 15 organizations have received funds totaling over $700,000. For some of these organizations, BMPC was honored to be one of their earliest partners.

Organizations should submit a Letter of Intent (no more than two pages) that gives information and summarizes the proposal by January 15, 2018. Organizations whose Letters of Intent are accepted will be asked to submit a full proposal by February 28, 2018.

All Letters of Intent and full proposals should be sent to [email protected] For more information about the Eugene C. Bay Fund for Urban Ministry, please contact: The Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Mission [email protected]

Please click here for their brochure.

Employer Agreement on Benefits Connect is Now Open

Update Your Employer Agreement by October 13!

The Employer Agreement on Benefits Connect is open now and costs for 2018 coverage are available.

Between now and October 13, you should log on to Benefits Connect to review, update, and submit your Employer Agreement for 2018. Once submitted, the Agreement determines the coverage available for employees to elect during annual enrollment October 30-November 17, 2017, through Benefits Connect.

Resources

In addition to the pensions.org section Selecting 2018 Benefits and Case Studies, refer to the following resources for more information:

·         Guide to Selecting 2018 Benefits offers descriptions of benefits selections and instructions to complete the Employer Agreement.

·         Selecting 2018 Benefits: Building Your Employer Agreement video provides a 90-second overview of the Employer Agreement process.

·         Considerations for Selecting Benefits: Building Your Employer Agreementweb tutorial reviews how to decide who will be covered, what benefits to offer, and how much employers and employees will pay toward the cost of benefits.

·         Creating Your Employer Agreement web tutorial walks through the process on Benefits Connect of creating or updating your Employer Agreement.

As announced on pensions.org, 2018 Employer Agreements must be submitted through Benefits Connect by October 13, 2017.

If you have questions about the benefits available to employees or the benefits selection process, contact the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN).

Responding to Charlottesville: Prayers, Statements, and Worship Resources

Responding to Charlottesville: Prayers, Statements, and Worship Resources

As we continue to pray for the end of hatred manifested in racism, white supremacy, and all forms of bigotry, we share a few statements and prayers in light of what took place in Charlottesville this weekend. We join our voices to theirs, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

PCUSA Leaders Condemn White Supremacy
https://www.pcusa.org/…/pcusa-leaders-condemn-white-suprem…/

Statement from Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the PCUSA
https://www.pcusa.org/…/stated-clerks-statement-are-we-com…/

Prayer written by Jill Duffield, Editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, who joined an interfaith march in the midst of the Charlottesville rally.
http://pres-outlook.org/…/…/prayer-violence-charlottesville/

Prayer and Resources of Support from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
http://pda.pcusa.org/pda/resource/charlottesville-prayer/

A Prayer from the Streets of Charlottesville from Seminarian Lauren Grubaugh
https://allsaints-pas.org/a-prayer-from-the-streets-of-cha…/

Downloadable PDF of the Bulletin from the PC(USA) live streaming of their chapel service of justice and prayer in response to the racism and White Supremacy in Charlottesville, VA.  Chapel Service of Justice and Prayer

Thank you to Carolyn Winfrey Gillette for sharing this hymn – free for use in worship. It was originally written for churches to use as a response to a KKK rally. http://pres-outlook.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/God-With-Joy-We-Look-Around-Us-insert.pdf

 

NEXT Church Offers Resources on Stewardship

The NEXT Church Resources: A New Perspective on Stewardship

This month, the NEXT Church blog has featured reflections on stewardship, looking beyond stewardship campaigns to a more holistic approach. They heard from stewardship experts across the country on what stewardship means for them. What are ways stewardship can be a spiritual practice? How might we come to a new understanding of the role of stewardship in ministry? Here’s some of what the writers had to say:

“Stewardship 101” : Deborah Rexrode kicks off the series by exploring what scripture tells us about stewardship.
“Creating a Narrative Budget'” : Raymond Bonwell explores three types of church budgets and argues for the use of words over numbers.
“Being Generous” : David Loleng reflects on how the church can form generous disciples.

You can find all of the blog posts on stewardship here. Each writer discussed a different aspect of stewardship, so we hope the posts continue to be a useful resource for you!

NEXT UP:  They will be previewing their latest project: Cultivated Ministry (which we formerly referred to as “mindful ministry“). Blog posts will feature portions of the Cultivated Ministry field guide before its release this fall and reflections from individuals who have piloted the project in their own ministry contexts.

 

RSVP for the 300th Anniversary Celebration

Our exciting 300th Anniversary Worship Service will be held on Saturday October 7, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am, with a reception to follow around 12:00 Noon. Join us in celebrating the mission and ministry of this presbytery! Please fill out the form below if you are attending and if you like to volunteer!

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A Season of Peace and the Peacemaking Offering 2017

A Season of Peace 2017 September 3 – October 1

“So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near…” Ephesians 2:17

About the 2017 Season of Peace: This four-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Through daily “Path of Peace” reflections, “Peace Cards” for children and families, Bible and book studies for adults, children’s curriculum, an intergenerational peace fair, and other downloadable resources, Presbyterians are invited to define and deepen their calling as a peacemaker.

This season is a time of encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education culminating in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, taken up on World Communion Sunday.

Through the 29 days of this year’s Season of Peace, we are invited to Commit to the Gospel of Peace:

  • Confess our Complicity
  • Reclaim Christ the Peacemaker
  • Practice New Peace Strategies
  • Transform our Structures and Work for Peace

Click here for Bible Studies, Children’s Studies and other resources for your church.