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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…/pcusa-leaders-condemn-white-suprem…/

Statement from Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the PCUSA…/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.…/…/prayer-violence-charlottesville/

Prayer and Resources of Support from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

A Prayer from the Streets of Charlottesville from Seminarian Lauren Grubaugh…/

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.


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!

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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.




Morrisville Presbyterian Church Community VBS

Morrisville Presbyterian Church held a Community VBS held this summer July 9 – 13, 2017.

For the third year in a row, Morrisville’s VBS has been given new life by joining with local churches. Morrisville Presbyterian Church and the Morrisville United Methodist Church provides volunteers who teach, register and guide students, prepare crafts, and decorate.

The Methodist Church also provides their church building. St. John’s Lutheran Church, even though they have no young children, provide dinner for VBS attendees. Elect Saints Lutheran Church provides students and volunteers. They engaged 72 neighborhood children with stories about God’s heroes who have heart, courage, wisdom, hope and Holy Spirit power.

Business Administrator Search Committee Announces Employment Opportunity

AUGUST 3, 2017

A letter from the Moderator of the Business Administrator Search Committee of the Presbytery of Philadelphia:

On August 1st, the Presbytery of Philadelphia Business Administrator Search Committee met for the first time. We have big shoes to fill as Larry Davis’ faithful tenure draws to a close at year’s end, yet given the gifted elders and ministers with whom I have privileged to serve, I am confident we are up to the task. Thus as we begin this effort on your behalf, I need your help.

As part of our meeting, we reviewed the job description (found below) and talked about the key skills needed in this role. We are looking for a person with 5-7 years of relevant work experience in risk management and property issues, finance and budget, an individual who has proved adept in funds development and supervising a team, and someone with a love for the church who possess the people skills needed in cross-cultural settings.

If you can think of a candidate who you believe would be a good fit, please encourage her or him to send a resume’ and cover letter to [email protected] or by mail to the Presbytery office. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017. In addition, I ask for your prayers as we undertake and move through this search.

Along the way, I will provide you with updates of our efforts. In the meanwhile and beyond, know of our gratitude for your trust in us and our eagerness to find the person God has already prepared.

Faithfully yours,
John Willingham
Moderator, Business Administrator Search Committee

Business Administrator Job Description

Presbyterian Women of Philadelphia are Updating their Directory

To all churches in the Presbytery of Philadelphia:

The Presbyterian Women of Philadelphia are in the process of updating the PW directory and would like to hear from you!

If your church has an active Presbyterian Women’s Group, or attends PW functions and events, please take a moment to fill in your updated information for your church.

If you are interested in starting or re-starting a Presbyterian Women’s Group at your church please contact Janet Brown at [email protected]

Presbyterian Women Directory Update




Timeline and Deadlines for the 223rd General Assembly

General Assembly Deadlines for Overtures

  • February 16, 2018: Interpretation to Book of Order overtures to GA
  • April 17, 2018: Financial implication overtures to GA
  • May 2, 2018: All other overtures, statements to GA
  • June 16-23, 2018: General Assembly Convene

Presbytery of Philadelphia Meeting Dates and Deadlines

  • May 16, 2017: Approval of process for overtures
  • November 14, 2017: First Reading of Overtures
  • January 30, 2018: Vote on Overtures (ideally all)
  • April 10, 2018: POSSIBLE Called Meeting of Presbytery to vote on concurrences and late overtures if needed

Committee on Bills and Overtures Deadlines

  • Fall 2017: Regionals discuss any overtures coming from sessions
  • October 1, 2017: All session overtures due to Bills and Overtures in final form
  • March 16, 2018: Deadline for all other overtures and concurrences to Presbytery of Philadelphia

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The 223rd General Assembly