Lent Resources 2020

Resources From Conversations on the Southern Border

November 2019 Stated Meeting: Minutes in Brief and Digital Resources

Matthew 25 Commitment

Click below to download a PDF of our Matthew 25 Commitment:

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 www.flaniganfuneralhome.com, 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.

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.