GOT PICTURES?? Summer Snapshots 2017 Is Here!

GOT PICTURES??
A Call for Pictures of Ministry Partnership!
Is your church or ministry collaborating with other churches or ministries within our Presbytery? This summer, our ENEWS will feature weekly images of collaboration as we celebrate 300 years in the Greater Philadelphia region.
 
Sharing our stories: Every summer, the Presbytery of Philadelphia invites all of our churches to share a photo your summer ministries and activities. Click here to check out last year’s Summer Snapshots.

Summer Video Series Curriculum

Looking for a Summer Curriculum or Video Series?

Our Presbytery has developed ten short videos as part of our 300th Anniversary Celebration. Join the conversation and consider for use in your youth ministries, confirmation and new members classes, summer Sunday School, small groups, or moment for mission in worship. View Play List.

A Nine-Part Video Series and discussion guide on our 300th Anniversary Mission Campaign. These two-minute videos explore how our ministries are elevating the education of children, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and promoting restorative justice.

Born in Faith. Rooted in Grace. Living into Hope: Presbytery Short-Film. This seven-minute video reaches back into history and leans into our future as we engage a few of our churches then and now.

Pentecost Offering 2017: Investing in Our Greatest Resource

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:

Presbytery Planning Calendars Are In!

Our 2017-2018 Presbytery Planning Calendars are in!

If you ordered calendars, they are available for pick-up at the Presbytery Office.

Please bring a check with you (unless you pre-paid).

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions

Calendars are $9.50 per calendar and go from June 2017 through December 2018.

Calling All Church Singers and Choirs!

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!

Music Score for Beethoven’s Hallelujah

If you would like to participate in the celebration choir, please contact: Dr. J. Donald Dumpson at [email protected], 215.603.5180

Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregations!

Please click here for the choir music schedule from Dr. Donald Dumpson 

 

Order Your 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendars!

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!

Planning Calendar Order

order form for Presbytery Planning Calendars

 

 

 

IMPORTANT PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT NOTICE FOR CHURCHES

As part of their drive to develop more real estate tax revenue, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has been sending notices to churches in the city concerning proposed property market values and tax assessed values for 2018.  In some cases the OPA has redefined what is subject to real estate tax regardless of previous exemptions.  It is very important for Philadelphia churches to read these notices carefully, and if necessary respond to the OPA by May 26, 2017.  If the church is shown to have a $0 taxable assessed value for 2018 no response is necessary.

Contact Larry Davis at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Prayers for Memorial Presbyterian Church in Boothwyn

Prayers for Memorial Presbyterian in Boothwyn

Please pray for saints at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Boothwyn – at around 8:30 a.m. today, emergency responders were called to the Memorial Presbyterian Church in light of a multi-alarm fire. The fire is contained and thankfully no injuries have been reported.  No cause has been identified at this time – more details will come as we become aware.

On this Monday after Easter, may the same Spirit that rose Christ from the grave embrace the congregation of Memorial Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community.

In the news

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: SHARING RESOURCES AND CHANGING LIVES

WHEN IS ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OGHS)?

Most congregations receive “OGHS” on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday or both, while many receive it throughout Lent—however, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by One Great Hour of Sharing Offering by making an online gift at any time throughout the year. Checks may be sent care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

HOW IS MY GIFT USED?

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Find an interactive world map with One Great Hour of Sharing recipients here.

Self Development of People: From 1973 to 2009, the US prison population grew from 200,000 to two million, and people of color are disproportionately incarcerated, so standing against mass incarceration is a matter of neighbors helping neighbors. One Great Hour of Sharing enables Presbyterians to extend neighborliness across the United States and around the world to impoverished and oppressed people. Click here for the SDOP Flyer. Click here to visit our presbytery’s Self-Development of People Committee (Philadelphia).

Presbyterian Hunger Program: In the United States, Peru, and around the world, One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help preserve and restore creation and thus help impoverished people sustain and improve their livelihoods. Our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing make a difference for God’s earth and God’s people now and in the future. Click here for the PHP flyer.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Thanks to our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was able to respond to this refugee crisis soon after it began. Working with churches in the region, primarily the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, PDA helps Syrian refugee children in Lebanon continue their education and provides refugee families food, shelter, and heating oil. Click here for the PDA Flyer.

Click below for a video of how your donation can make an impact on lives:

 

 

Presbytery of Philadelphia Stands Against Hate and Violence

It was a powerful way to embark on our Lenten journey as the Presbytery of Philadelphia joined hundreds of men, women, youth and children on Independence Mall in an affirmation to stand against hate in our city and elsewhere. Yesterday’s rally was organized by Jewish leadership in direct response to the desecration of the Mt. Carmel cemetery and the bomb threats made to Jewish day schools across the nation. Representatives of the Jewish community along with more than thirty different faiths and denominations were joined by the Governor, the Attorney General and our Philadelphia Mayor in an act of solidarity. As the current cultural messages continue to focus on a diversity that tears us apart, the religious leaders of the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Philadelphia were sending another message. That message is one that reaffirms our commitment to stand with one another across all that would divide us. We understand that when one of us is experiencing pain because of bigotry, injustice or violence – it impacts all of us. Jewish, Islamic and Roman Catholic leaders spoke on behalf of the religious coalition as many other faith leaders stood in witness alongside them. Presbyterians were well-represented on that Mall yesterday. One could not help but notice the words of President George Washington – legible from almost every corner of the Mall, reminding us of a founding value of our nation – “Happily the government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”