Delegation of Presbytery Leadership Collegium to Visit Southern Border

Matthew 25 Commitment

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Rev. Jean Howard Morton

It is with both sadness and resurrection hope that we report the death of Rev. Jean Howard Morton, who went to be with the Lord on Monday 20th May 2019. Rev. Jean Morton was an Honorably Retired minister, and was a long-time member of Aston Presbyterian Church for many years. She was the benefactor who sponsored their Salisbury Labyrinth which all enjoy. Rev. Jean Morton was a resident of Sugar Hill, Georgia.  There will be no formal services, to express condolences, please sign the Flanigan Funeral Home online guest book at, or call Junior E. Flanigan (770) 932-1133.

Please keep the family of Rev. Jean Howard Morton in your prayers. 

A New Confessional Logo: The Cross of Christ that Shapes Our Witness

The Cross of Christ that Shapes Our Witness

We are excited to reveal a new confessional logo for our ministry together. The image is both simple and familiar, incorporating layers of sacred meaning related to our shared faith: the upward movement of the lower image speaks to God as Creator, who springs forth life and creative energy; the cross serves as the primary focus of the two shapes coming together at the center, a witness to the work of Christ and central call of our individual and corporate discipleship; the top image is in the form of a dove, an ancient symbol of the Holy Spirit who gathers and scatters the faithful for ministry in and for the world; the coming together of two separate images at a central point of light affirms the biblical call to unity and reconciliation in the midst of a world strained by division; the colors originated with imagery and art from our 300th anniversary, reminding us of our shared history and promised future; the blue is representative of the sacrament of our baptism; the earth-toned band around the logo’s edges evokes the bread and the opening of the top right forms empty space in the shape of a cup, a testament to the sacrament of Christ’s table. Finally, the image as a whole is rising, an abstract of the resurrection we proclaim and live into until all is made new and right again.

Presbytery Meeting Re-cap for November 13, 2018

Baker Trust: Grant for Germantown Residents and Not-for-Profits

Baker Trust: Grant for Germantown Residents and Not-for-Profits Benefiting Children, Youth, Elderly, and People with Disabilities.

The Trustees of the Combined Baker Trust are pleased to report that they are now making grants from a Trust established by the philanthropist Gertrude B. Baker, as described on the next page.

Before her death in 1973, Baker was for a number of years a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Her will created a trust that would provide aid to individuals in need in the Germantown community. She charged her trustees with making grants each year to benefit the education of boys and girls up to age 21 and to benefit elderly and handicapped persons.

Recipients are primarily residents of Germantown and in need of financial assistance. Grants to individuals are up to $5,000. Grants to nonprofits that serve eligible individuals in the Germantown community can be larger.

Recent beneficiaries of the Combined Baker Trust include:

  • Community scholars (local Germantown students in need of financial aid) at Germantown Friends School
  • Community scholars (local Germantown students in need of financial aid) at William Penn Charter School
  • Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Center in the Park
  • Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
  • Individual Germantown residents provided with assistance by Presby’s Inspired Life

If you know of an individual resident of Germantown or nonprofit organization working in Germantown that might align with the mission of the Trust, please contact the Trustees of the Combined Baker Trust, c/o Sigrid Lundy, BNY Mellon, 1735 Market Street, 8th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Email: [email protected], with the name of the eligible individual or organization and the amount and purpose of the requested grant.


About the Combined Baker Trust
The present Trust combined Gertrude Baker’s own estate with a trust established in the name of her parents, the George and Hannah Bricker Memorial Fund. Baker directed BNY Mellon Bank to manage the Trust’s assets. She directed that the Trust’s board consist of members appointed by First Presbyterian Church in Germantown; by the Presbytery of Philadelphia; and by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
About Gertrude Baker (1884-1973)
Born Mary Gertrude Bricker on Dec. 4, 1884, Baker was the fourth of five children of George Bricker and Hannah Bailey Litzenberg and grew up in West Philadelphia. She studied Latin at Swarthmore College, graduated in 1906, and earned an MA in Latin studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1915. Baker taught Latin at the new (1912) West Philadelphia High School for Girls and lived with her family at 4723 Baltimore Avenue. She was an active member of the American Philological Association (now known as the Society for Classical Studies) founded in 1869 as a scholarly organization devoted to Greek and Roman civilization. She travelled extensively, sailing from Cherbourg, France, in 1925, from London in 1929, from Southampton, England, in 1932, and from Nassau, Bahamas, with her sister Helen in 1939. On Helen’s death in 1953, Baker, then age 69, still lived in the family home. She married late in life and moved with her husband to Germantown. J. Norwood Baker (1885-1979) was a prominent educator in industrial arts, holding BA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Appointed the first principal of Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School when it opened on Lehigh Avenue in 1938 with 528 students, he served until his retirement in 1952. The Bakers spent the last years of their lives at the Quaker retirement community, Foulkeways at Gwynedd. The couple are buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, also the final resting place of her parents, George and Hannah Bricker, and of Baker’s first wife, Amanda, who died in 1954.

First Presbyterian in Kensington Hosts “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” on Nov.3

The First Presbyterian Church in Kensington invites all to come out for a special neighborly afternoon!

At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 – they’ll be showing the hit documentary of the summer, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, followed by a discussion time for us to share our thoughts about the film, about the legacy of Fred Rogers, and also share our memories of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood growing up.

Light snacks will be provided. All are welcome!

PHS Volunteer Position: Front Desk Greeter at the Presbyterian Historical Society

The Presbyterian Historical Society Announces Volunteer Opportunity: Front Desk Greeter at the Presbyterian Historical Society

Time commitmentYou choose the day, you choose the shift!

  • Two shifts available—8:30 am–12:30 pm or 12:30 pm–4:30 pm
  • Closed weekends; FREE on-site parking for volunteers and visitors

Be a volunteer on our team at the Presbyterian Historical Society to serve as our guest liaison at the front desk at our Society Hill campus. Volunteers will greet and assist researchers, visitors, and vendors; help with light phone and mail duties, and basic computer work. (Microsoft, Outlook email, and Excel a plus) We will support and train volunteers in duties and protocols. If you are organized, energetic, and personable, with an interest in history and the work of the church, this position is for you!

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, please contact Lorraine Brown : (215) 928-3886 or [email protected]

The Presbyterian Historical Society has been the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations for 166 years. 215 627-1852 or

Bryn Mawr Seeks Adult Leaders for Tutoring Program

Adult leaders are urgently needed for the tutoring program at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. The program is held on Tuesdays from 6:45-8:00 p.m. from October through April. For more information, click here!

The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program brings together 75 elementary school children from North Philadelphia and an equal number of high school students from the western suburbs.


Disaster Response Training Opportunities Sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance disaster response training, sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and its presbyteries, will be offered by five presbyteries across the region to better serve you!

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves? Plan to attend one of these informational training sessions, with resources from the PDA. These trainings are  sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity with five presbyteries across the region.

  • Wednesday, September 5 at the First Presbyterian Church 47 Walnut Street, Milton, PA 17847 (Northumberland Presbytery).
  • Thursday, September 6, at the Providence Presbyterian Church 2401 Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601 (Huntingdon Presbytery)
  • Thursday, September 27 at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304 (West Virginia Presbytery)
  • Monday, October 15, at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Town Center, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (Presbytery of Philadelphia)
  • Wednesday, October 17 at the Crestfield Camp & Conf. Center 195 Taggart Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 (Pittsburgh Presbytery)

Information at Registration $10 per person

Click here for a flyer to download and share with your congregation!

EVENT SCHEDULE: Each event site includes the following two training opportunities:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. – Disaster Preparedness and Engagement: “Blessed to be a blessing.” This workshop will have a dual focus. Participants will gain valuable insight on how to prepare themselves and their congregations for a disaster. In addition, participants will discover ways to bring their God-given talent, time and resources to a response-and-recovery effort in their community.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch included
  • 1:30 p.m. – Human-Caused Disasters: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Violence changes everything, and it requires different skills from responding to natural disasters. Participants will learn definitions and guidelines for human-caused disasters, trauma, clergy care, congregational care, worship and liturgy, media relations and long-term emotional and spiritual care. In addition, participants will be able to bring their learnings directly to their ministry context.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Closing remarks

Click here to register online 


  • How to Accompany People in Trauma (Sept. 5, Sept. 27) “Remember, I am with you.” This session will address ways that we can accompany people who have experienced the trauma of natural disasters. It will focus on key concepts of ministry of presence, common pathways of response to and recovery, common signs of stress and coping, and principles of building resilience to stress and trauma.
  • Compassion Fatigue (Sept. 6) “Do not grow weary in doing what is good.” Faith leaders who invest spiritual and physical energy in following the teachings of Jesus to face a world of need and diminishing resources. At times ministry is fatiguing. Learn why we suffer symptoms of compassion fatigue and learn the five simple practices that can refuel us and restore our joy and energy in ministry.
  • Immigration Issues (Oct. 15, Oct. 17) “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Aid to refugees and displaced persons is PDA’s birth story. Many Presbyterians, however, are not familiar with PDA’s role in engaging Presbyterians in refugee ministries or our history in helping to establish refugee-serving organizations all over the United States. Participants with learn of the ways in which this ministry is carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations.