Glenolden Thanksgiving Meal Ministry: Serving the Community for 24 Years

Glenolden Thanksgiving Meal Ministry: Serving the Community for 24 Years
By Debbie Haddon

What a success this year was for the First Presbyterian Church of Glenolden! God was good in providing everything we needed to be successful. We were able to reach out and deliver over 1200 meals to the needy, home-bound, sick, and homeless in over 38 towns. Sixty meals were given to The Praise and Worship Church in Chester; they put the meals in a Van and delivered them to the homeless.

Approximately 120 people came in to eat and they all took many meals home with them for later. While we were cleaning up, several people came in asking for meals and two elderly ladies sat down and enjoyed their meals with us. Several left over boxed meals were delivered to the Salvation Army by Norma and Bob Teta. Some left over food and pies were given to the NA group for their Speaker Jam which was a huge success. So in all, I think we gave out over 1600 meals. Yesterday, a woman came to our Church to personally thank us all for all the meals we provided to the community, she was amazed by what we were able to accomplish. We have received many phone calls and cards thanking us for your good works.

Every year, I wait to see who the Holy Spirit is going to empower to join us in this venture. It blows my mind every year to see the power of God in so many individuals. We had many new caring individuals who were touched this year and of course our faithful who come year after year. These Angels of God provided boxes, cranberry sauce, pies, rolls, gravy, turkeys cooked and uncooked, special breads, stuffing, and can goods. So many friends, family members, and concerned Churches, people and organizations from all over Delaware County helped us financially so we were able to buy all the food. Our numbers increase dramatically this year and the Cleaver Team of Angels spent a great deal of time running around buying us more food. I can’t begin to Thank You all for your hard work and generosity! In James 2:14-26, James is talking to the faithful, people who believe, that their good works will be rewarded with blessing in heaven. Well folks, you will have many rewards and blessing waiting for you in heaven. Please keep our Church in your prayers so we can continue to serve our communities.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants, Well Done,
Elders Bob Teta, Bob & Debbie Hadden Gwen Skalish, Lorraine Nicewinter, and Norma Teta

Welcoming Our New Business Administrator 

Meet our New Business Administrator: Stephen B. King

Steve comes to our presbytery with a breadth of financial background along with a commitment to mission. He brings more than thirty years of experience in the banking industry in both New York and Toronto.

Most recently, he spent the last 10 years with Morgan Stanley, where he managed relationships with more than 100 borrowers representing various sizes and types of businesses, while also dealing with third party investors and other constituents such as lawyers, owners and regulators.

Steve currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of his homeowners’ association.  In that role he has responsibility for the preparation of financial statements, budgets and long-range plans, managing revenue, expense and risk, as well as the analysis and financing of capital projects.

As a Trustee in his former church – Rye Presbyterian Church in Rye, NY – Steve was active in stewardship and chaired their investment committee.

A native from Boston and a graduate from Harvard College, Steve has three adult sons and a college-aged stepdaughter. He currently resides in Delaware County with his wife Mindy Aldridge along with their pug and parrot. In his free time Steve enjoys travel, having been to Asia, Africa and Europe in recent years, and is also an avid runner who has completed more than 30 marathons, ultramarathons and relay races.

We are confident Steve will bring compassion and expertise to our Business Administrator position. We look forward to his joining our Executive Team the week of November 27th. In an effort to ensure a smooth transition Steve will overlap with our current Business Administrator Larry Davis for three weeks. We know you will join us in warmly receiving Steve into our presbytery community.

Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace Contributes to New Book from Princeton Theological Seminary

Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace contributes a narrative in Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still

Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still celebrates the diverse ministry in which women are called to serve God and others. The book presents an overview of the ministry of women associated with Princeton Theological Seminary over the last two hundred years.

Beginning with a historical summary of early pioneering women and a chapter highlighting selected trailblazers in ministry, it goes on to showcase twenty-eight first person narratives by women from diverse racial-ethnic, geographical, and denominational backgrounds in a variety of settings. (Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace’s narrative is located on page 125)

The book concludes by developing new understandings and direction for Christian ministry and theological education to challenge the twenty-first century church.

Co-authored by Abigail Rian Evans and Katheringe Doob Sakenfeld with a forward by M. Craig Barnes.

Click here for ordering options.

The Well, An Overnight Shelter for Women, Is In Need of Items to Open Their 2017-2018 Season

Again – We Seek to Find Words When the Words Just Can’t Reach

From the Leadership of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

And so again we are thrust upon our knees crying the words of the prophet Habakkuk – How long Lord? How long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? The rhythm of our morning was framed by the news of what now has become the largest mass shooting in our nation’s history. At last count – 58 killed and 515 hurt in Las Vegas as a lone shooter turned the sounds of music into the cries of desperation.
We are again tragically reminded there is no place to hide from the brokenness of humanity. We are again called to rise up from our knees to stand and speak out against the senseless violence that is brought to our attention in this dramatic way – but that exists daily on the streets of our cities and towns.
And so we pray for all whose lives have been altered by this senseless act of terror – for those whose lives have been lost and those who will live with the images and memories – children and adults alike. We pray for their families and friends as they wrestle to make sense of the unimaginable. We pray for all those who courageously served as human sanctuaries of shelter as they helped those in the mayhem. We pray that we too might be used as vessels for the peace of Christ in this world. And so we pray, not knowing the words to say – because our words just can’t reach. And so we cry – How long Lord?

Ministry and Leadership Incubator Placements

Ministry and leadership Incubator Placements for 2017-2018

This September, six Princeton seminarians will participate in our Ministry and Leadership Incubator. As they serve alongside the leadership of Aston, Oxford, and Newtown Square, we look forward to the new ministry possibilities that will emerge.

Click here for our 2017-2018 Brochure

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

Summer Snapshots Week of July 24: Connecting with PCUSA Mission Co-Workers

Connecting with PCUSA Mission Co-Workers

We are grateful for the varied churches in our Presbytery who recently hosted Presbyterian Mission Co-Workers. We give thanks for the many ways our congregations and ministries support the local and global witness of the church.
  • Overbrook
  • Valley Forge
  • Wallingford
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Presbytery of Philadelphia

Follow these links to visit each of the Mission Co-workers and find out how to support their specific ministry:

GOT PICTURES?? Summer Snapshots 2017 Is Here!

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.
Please send images of your shared ministry to [email protected]
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.