Help Support Kirkwood Camp 2013

Dear Friends of Kirkwood

kirkwood family_footerSummer Camp 2013 is coming, and we already have registered over 100 youth who are excited to spend a week at Kirkwood Camp. Unfortunately, the reality of coming to camp is difficult for most of our campers without financial assistance.
Every summer, Kirkwood Camp impacts the lives of our youth, as they are immersed in a Christian community. Campers return home, sharing their Bible lessons, new skills and talents, camp songs, and hilarious Kirkwood experiences. Church-going youth cultivate their Christian faith and leadership, while un-churched youth find their fervor for Jesus Christ and encourage their own families to attend church. Every year nationwide, approximately 250,000 youth and adults commit to Christ – based on their experiences at Christian camps. They grow into the congregation members, elders, Sunday School teachers and pastors of our future. One camper mother happily reported that for months after attending Kirkwood her son turned off the television to read the Bible. Other camper parents have explained how their camper returned from camp and started taking the whole family to church every Sunday.
 

Kirkwood Camp needs your help!

A week at camp costs $495. The Board has set a goal of registering over 250 campers for summer 2013, and about halfKirkwood 5 of these youth will need some level of financial support. In 2012, with generous donations from churches, businesses and Kirkwood alumni, Kirkwood distributed 94 scholarships totaling over $32,000. In 2013, the Board is working to raise over $50,000 in scholarships, to ensure that all who seek to participate and learn in this Christian community may attend camp. These camper scholarships are distributed based on established need to families with children within the churches of our Presbytery; to those attending non-Presbyterian churches but faithful to the Bible; and to those in whom the faith in Christ has not yet blossomed. We have partnered with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, John Gloucester House, and Chester Eastside to bring youth from these organizations to Kirkwood for a transformational experience. All of these participating youth require scholarship assistance.

Please donate to the Camper Scholarship Fund!

The Board now turns to you, our friends, to help us raise money to support over 150 scholarship campers.

Kirkwood 4We encourage you to be creative and join together with your Bible Study group, youth group, prayer breakfast, women’s association, or other group to sponsor a child to camp. Some youth groups are hosting car washes, bake sales, and dinners as fundraisers, and campers themselves are finding part-time jobs to raise their own registration monies. Help us bring these youth to camp! Thank you for your continued support of Kirkwood Camp, and thank you in advance for any support you can give, by donating either a partial or full scholarship for a camper. Your gifts change the lives of our youth every summer and pay dividends to our churches and communities for generations to come.
 

Yours in Christ,

Eric Borgstrom, President, Board of Directors

www.kirkwood-camp.org

 

Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee 21 MAY 2013

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee met again. Here is the latest update.

As part of our gathering on May 21 we:

  • removed from the list two candidates with whom we had made contact, but who have shown no interest in continuing the conversation
  • determined we have 27 potential candidates of whom 23 have provided a Personal Information Form or resume, answers to our supplemental questions, and a statement of faith
  • began to review in greater depth those 23 candidates with complete applications

At our next meeting (May 28) we will continue to reflect on the candidates who have submitted all materials and determine additional information needed before we start the initial interviews. I will provide you with another update after that meeting.

As always, I encourage you to speak with any member of the committee with your questions or concerns. We remain upheld by your encouragement and prayers.

Faithfully yours,

John M. Willingham, Chair, EPNC

 

 

Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee 15 May 2013

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee met again. Here is the latest update.

As part of our gathering on May 14 we:

  • reviewed the list of all individuals who applied or were recommended to us by the April 30th deadline. We removed from the list six persons with whom we had made contact, but who have shown no interest in continuing the conversation
  • determined we have 36 potential candidates of whom 28 have provided a Personal Information Form or resume, answers to our supplemental questions and their statement of faith .
  • reviewed the 28 candidates with complete applications and our rankings of each of them. We then decided to remove seven individuals from further consideration
  • met with Dean Foose who offered helpful suggestions regarding interviews with our candidates

At our next meeting (May 21) we will reflect more closely on candidates who have received our highest rankings, determine additional information needed before starting interviews, and may determine the candidates with whom will begin those phone conversations. I will provide you with another update after that meeting.

Please do speak with any member of the committee regarding questions or concerns you have about the process. In the meanwhile, know that we are profoundly grateful for and upheld by your prayers for us in this work on your behalf.

Faithfully yours,

John M. Willingham, Chair, EPNC

 

Bread for the World plea to President Obama and Congress

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 A message from Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World:
 

Over the next three months, Congress must resolve some very important issues. The sequester, the debt limit, and the farm bill will soon take center stage. Already, special interests are clamoring for special treatment.

The Circle of Protection pastoral letter is asking for a clear moral debate and for decisions that protect programs for people living with hunger or in poverty.

Our goal is to have at least 5,000 signatures before we release the letter next week. I encourage you to reread the full text of the letter and invite clergy colleagues to add their names as well.

Let’s be sure that Congress and the president know that we are praying for them and for an end to political brinksmanship.

For more information and full text of the letter, please click on the image below:

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Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee May 1, 2013

The latest update from the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee for May 1, 2013

 

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee met again. Here is the latest update. As part of our gathering on April 30 we:

  • reviewed the list of all individuals who applied or were recommended to us and shared the results of our follow-up with each of them. We will call five from whom we have not heard anything yet and voted to remove from further consideration five who were computer matches from the General Assembly office, but expressed no interest in continuing the conversation
  • learned that we have 49 potential candidates of whom 21 have provided a Personal Information Form or resume, answers to our supplemental questions and their statement of faith
  • determined that since April 30th was our application deadline we will continue conversations with the above 49 until they or we decide not to continue but will accept no further applications or recommended candidates. The CIF in the GA office became inactive as of today
  • began the initial evaluation of candidates who have completed the required materials

At our next meeting (May 14) we will complete the initial evaluation of all candidates who have provided us with all of the required materials and work with Dean Foose to develop interview questions that fit the desired traits identified by the Presbytery . The EPNC may identify that day the candidates with whom we will begin interviews. I will provide you with an update after that meeting.

As always, I encourage you to speak with any member of the committee regarding questions or concerns you have about the process. Know how grateful we remain for your prayers and encouragement as we continue in this time of discernment on your behalf.

Faithfully yours, John M. Willingham – Chair, EPNC

 

 

 

Broad Street Ministry’s Youth Initiative

Do justice! Be challenged in mission! Follow Christ in the city!

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BSM is still taking sign-ups for this summer.

Come to BSM with your middle school or high school youth for a week of social justice, bible study, the arts, and serving others in Philadelphia!

We offer short weeks, Sunday through Thursday morning, and long weeks, Sunday through Saturday morning.

All the details are taken care of for you… volunteer sites, evening program, meals and transportation – so more time for you to spend with your group!

We have availability:

  • June 16-22
  • June 30-July 4
  • July 21-27
  • July 28-August 1

Contact Erika Funk at [email protected] or call 215 735 4847 x 18 for more information.

 

Presbytery Elects New Stated Clerk

Rev. Kevin L. Porter was elected Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Philadelphia at the July 2012 Presbytery Meeting. He begins his work on December 1, 2012.

Biography for the Reverend Kevin L. Porter 

I am a native Philadelphian, introduced to Christ and nurtured in the faith through the Sunday School of the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, where I was confirmed and encouraged to pursue higher education. Upon receiving my bachelor’s degree from Harvard University with a concentration in Psychology and Social Relations, I returned to the Mt. Airy congregation and was ordained a ruling elder in young adulthood.

Even as I pursued a career in management at the Eastern Home Office of the Prudential Insurance Company, Mt. Airy was identifying and affirming gifts for the ministry of word and sacrament within me. When they afforded me the opportunity to be an elder-commissioner to the General Assembly held in Philadelphia in 1989, I began to understand more fully what it means to be Presbyterian. That General Assembly was life-changing for me. I gained a greater vision of the ministry and mission of the Church. I met individuals serving in the national church who remain friends to this day. Moreover, as a commissioner I learned the value of our denomination’s polity and decision-making processes as tools enabling us to incarnate our belief that the Holy Spirit speaks through the community’s discernment. All of this was instrumental in my decision to enter Princeton Theological Seminary and come under care of this presbytery as an inquirer shortly thereafter.

I share this history with you to provide a context for understanding how my sense of ministry has been shaped. I share the following statements with you to provide insight into my commitments:

  •  My commitment to building community in the midst of diversity: Having been brought up in an integrated congregation, I’ve always experienced the church of Jesus Christ as an inclusive community of diverse individuals who recognize that, despite any and all differences they may have, they are bound together as sinners saved by the grace of God in Christ. After seminary, I was intentional in seeking to serve an integrated congregation and was blessed to be called to The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (FPCG) where I’ve been able to live out this value in all its joys and challenges for the lion’s share of my ordained ministry. With this foundation, I’ve been able to build relationships with a great number of congregations and individuals who span the spectrum of race, class, theology, and urban/suburban identity within our presbytery’s bounds.
  •  The love and commitment I have for Philadelphia: Except for the times I was away to work on my two degrees, Philadelphia has always been my home. I’m proud of its history, familiar with its challenges, and believe the Presbytery of Philadelphia is poised to be an instrument in empowering the Philadelphia metropolitan area to embrace its potential as a testimony of God’s resurrection power working in our midst. Throughout my ministry I’ve been involved in initiatives that equip churches to engage members in ministry with the community outside their walls. My certification in pastoral counseling and consulting through the Samaritan Counseling Center’s Pastoral Training Institute, my consulting experience with the Dialogue Center, and many of my continuing education experiences have strengthened my ability to assist churches seeking to grow in this aspect.
  •  My knowledge of, and appreciation for the Presbyterian Church (USA): What I’ve expressed regarding my love for Philadelphia is also true with respect to the PC(USA) as my church home. I believe there are many disaffected Christians from other traditions as well as many who have never affiliated with a church who would find our polity and structures to be life-giving if they knew how and why we govern ourselves as we do. Thankfully, my service at the presbytery and General Assembly level has deepened both my knowledge of, and appreciation for the Presbyterian way. Because of this, I bring a passion to share this knowledge and appreciation to others in our presbytery through the stated clerk role. Particularly as we move into this time in our church’s life when our new form of government is being implemented, I believe it will be important that the stated clerk has these attributes in order to help the Presbytery and its congregations develop, implement, and interpret life-giving structures and policies.

 

Yours in Christ,

The Reverend Kevin Porter

 

General Assembly Pictures

Choir – Opening Worship – June 30

 

 

 

 

Election of the Moderator – Rev. Neal Presa

 

 

 

Barbara, Catherine and Ethelyn

 

Photo Shoot at the Presbytery Center

On June 6 the Presbytery Center was momentarily set up as a photo shoot. Joe Powell, architect with Buell, Kratzer and Powell, came with a photography team to take pictures of the Presbytery Center for upcoming publications. Buell, Kratzer, Powell Architects designed the Presbytery of Philadelphia Center.

What do you find in the Church yard?

The Rev. David Poland, minister member of our presbytery, loves to go hunting for “stuff”. Recently he and his metal detector went hunting in the Cememtery of Leiper Presbyterian Church.  He stopped by the Presbytery Center to share what he had uncovered.