Presbyterian Foundation Introduces Online Tool for Stewardship

Presbyterian Foundation Introduces Online Tool for Stewardship

The Stewardship Navigator is a new online tool to help you create a year-round stewardship program, along with customized materials for your congregation.
It is important for churches to develop creative and comprehensive annual stewardship programs along with customized materials for your congregation.
It offers …

  • Usable Templates
  • Year-Round Guidance
  • Stewardship Calendar
  • Assistance from Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relation’s Officers
  • Tools and Resources provided at no cost to your congregation

Get started with the Stewardship Navigator today by registering your church at For assistance with setting up your account contact [email protected] or 800-858-6127.

RE-CAP: Canoeing the Mountains Event

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy Offers Resources on Social Justice Policies

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy offers the following publication resources on social justice policies:

Religious Freedom without Discrimination (available here) which affirms our denomination’s long history of championing religious freedom while at the same time decrying the use of such language for persecution and discrimination.

Honest Patriotism (available here) which encourages us to claim a place as people of faith in public discourse, championing honesty as a vital Christian virtue and challenging recent political language which degrades the value of truth.

Precautionary Principle: Managing Technological Risks to Protect Humanity and Our Planet (available here) which affirms our denomination’s commitment to protecting people and the environment from risks of damage from the introduction of new technologies–products like pesticides and food additives.  .

These documents join a comprehensive group of policy statements covering a range of issues including environmental concerns, economic justice, racial equity, health care policy, and just taxation. All of these resources are readily available to you and your congregations.

ACSWP is excited about serving as a resource to the denomination and we stand ready to assist you in any way we can to bring social justice issues into the life of the church. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if we can be of any help in creating robust educational and service opportunities for your mid-councils and congregations.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 Fundraiser Auction Items

Auction Items to Bid on February 9, 2019
Bidding will open at registration at the Presbytery’s stated meeting at Olney Presbyterian Church

  • Pamper Yourself Coach Bag: filled with Goodies – Coach Tote filled to brim with candles, wine glasses, chocolates, nail polish, towels, wine (valued at $200)
  • Wine Basket: with 5 bottles of wine (valued at$75)
  • Spiritual Direction Sessions: 3 one hour sessions of individual spiritual direction (valued at $225)
  • One Week Vacation in Ocean City, New Jersey: Beachfront Home Ocean front beach house, sleeps 12(1 king, 1 queen, 4 twins, 2 queen pullout sofas, 5 baths, elevator (valued at $8000)
  • Sweet Valentine White basket: with bottle of Sandeman Port Ruby Porto, beautifully sculpted chocolate heart filled with assorted chocolates, cherry jelly hearts, raspberry gummies, Lindt Strawberry Cream truffles, plush toy with big eyes, felt heart garland, felt hearts, I love you wooden tag (valued at $60.00)
  • Morning Coffee Goodie Basket: A basket including Our Community Cup Coffee, 2 handmade coffee mugs and other goodies for morning coffee. All items are made by persons with disabilities. (valued at $50)
  • Front Row Tickets – Philadelphia Union v. Los Angeles: FC Front Row, Aisle seat tickets and parking pass to Saturday, September 14, 2019 Philadelphia Union v. Los Angeles Match at 7:30 pm (valued at $100)
  • Mediterranean Meal: Dinner for up to 6 guests in our Narberth home. Mediterranean menu (amenable to modification depending on allergies/food preferences) Kofte, freekah, olives, pita, roasted vegetables, Israeli salad, homemade tahini. Coffee, tea, dessert. Date TBD between host and guest. (valued at $100)
  • Sermon on Passage of your Choice by Rev. Kevin Porter: Will preach a sermon on biblical passage of your choosing. If an elder is highest bidder this may be redeemed with the approval of the minister/ moderator of session, or the sermon will be transcribed and given to highest bidder. (value: priceless)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Tickets: Concert on Thursday, 4/4 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (valued at$120)
  • Square Fused Glass Tray: 12 inch square tray (valued at $75)
  • Round Fused Glass Plate: 9 inch green and yellow (valued at $45)
  • Sunflowers Painting: (valued at $200)
  • The Dragon Fly Painting: (valued at $100)
  • Crocheted Items: Baby clothing, hats and scarves, etc., (value: best offer)
  • Portrait Session and Overnight Stay: A commissioned portrait by Stephen Taylor with a one night stay at the Bernard’s Inn (valued at $5,000)
  • Pocono Mountains Rental: 3 days or full week at Briar Crest Woods, (valued at $500)
  • Mounted Photograph: A Crane in Water, (value: best offer)
  • Lenox Glass Vase: 12″ green and gold vase, (value: best offer)
  • 4 Tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo: meet at the zoo entrance on agreed date/time, (valued at $100)
  • 2 Tickets to Longwood Gardens: Tickets not valid Peak Days (Fri/Sat/Sun), a Longwood Christmas, and 12/26 – New Years Day. Tickets not for admission to special ticketed events. (valued at $46)
  • Autographed Football: (Eagles kicker – Jake Elliot)(value: best offer)
  • Golf Outing: 18 holes of golf: (with cart) at North Hills Country Club Glenside (valued at $200)

REGISTRATION for Presbytery of Philadelphia Leadership Training

Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon
January 3, 1950 – August 8, 2018

It is with great sadness yet an assurance of the resurrection that we share the
news that, on August 8th, the “role call in heaven” was taken and
the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon responded, “Present. Here I am, Lord.”

The first African American woman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a leading voice in Womanist Theology, Rev. Dr. Cannon was also a minister member of the Presbytery of Philadelphia after joining the Religion Department faculty of Temple University in 1993. Most recently the Anna Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Rev. Dr. Cannon was honored at the 223rd General Assembly with the Award for Theological Excellence.

While we grieve the loss of Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, her prophetic presence and pioneering spirit will continue to encourage the saints to press on in their faithful work and public witness as the Church of Jesus Christ called to “think with our hearts and feel with our brains” (Princeton Theological Seminary Women’s Conference, 2017).

Leadership from our Presbytery with Rev. Dr. Cannon:

Ministry and Leadership Incubator Placements for 2017-2018


Celebrating 150 years, Aston Church is committed to faithful ministry in both their suburban community and the neighbor city of Chester. Aston emphasizes the creative use of drama and testimony in worship and dares to leverage new ministry partnerships to address racism, addiction, and pressing realities of broken education systems. At Aston, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness through the creative arts, outreach to youth and young adults, and the development of urban-suburban partnerships.

Student Bios:

Hannah Sikes is a southern girl with a heart divided between Georgia and North Carolina. Hannah has worked in hospice in the past, has a passion for housing justice, and is interested in chaplaincy after graduation. Hannah is a second-year student at Princeton.


B.J. Chain was born and raised in Oxford, MS. He graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with minors in Arabic, Linguistics, and Military Science from the University of Mississippi. Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate program, B.J. is also a second-year student at Princeton.



Located in Western Delaware County, Newtown Square Presbyterian Church and its surrounding community have undergone major transition and growth during the last five years. Aware of the emerging local demographics, NSPC is invested in new and intentional expressions of worship, education, children and youth ministry, and discipleship efforts. At NSPC, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness through community formation and outreach to youth and the millennial generation.

Ryan Pearce is originally from the Bay Area, CA but a Pacific Northwesterner at heart. Ryan studied Neuroscience at Washington State University and originally planned to attend medical school until God opened his eyes to vocational ministry. Ryan is a second-year student at Princeton.


Lauryn Schrock is a graduate from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication. Lauryn is currently pursuing both an M.Div and MSW and aims to serve youth and their families in the future. Lauryn is a second-year student at Princeton.



Located in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood known as Mt. Airy, Oxford Presbyterian is an intergenerational and racially diverse congregation. While involved in various community ministries, Oxford is especially open to new and collaborative possibilities related to education and literacy programs. At Oxford, among other ministry possibilities, seminarians will bear witness neighborhood partnerships focused on the education of children, youth, and adults.

Emily Lueder is a graduate of Valparaiso University where she received a BA in Theology and Ministry. Before moving to Princeton, Emily was an active member at First Presbyterian Church of Crown Point in Indiana. Emily hopes to pursue a career as a hospital chaplain upon graduation and is a second-year student at Princeton.


Eric Hearst is a compassionate and empathetic professional who has dedicated his career to social work. Eric is an advocate and ally for students of all ages facing complex behavioral, social, and psychological challenges. Eric is a second-year student at Princeton.

Press Release from Presbyterian Mission Agency

pcusa with phl color backThe following announcement has just been released via the Presbyterian News Service and internally for staff. We wanted to be sure you received the news and please feel free to share.


Internal Executives Selected as Temporary Team to Manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Earline Williams and Barry Creech have been selected by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee to co-manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency until an interim executive director is identified.

“The Executive Committee is very pleased that Earline and Barry are willing to serve together as temporary co-managers,” said Marilyn Gamm, chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. “They not only bring a breadth and depth of Mission Agency management experience but are also dedicated servants of the church who are liked and respected by staff.”

Earline Williams has been the deputy executive director of Shared Services and chief financial officer for the Mission Agency since July 2013 and is a ruling elder in PC(USA). Prior to joining the national staff, Williams had worked for more than 30 years in the finance, government, non-profit and business sectors as an executive.
Barry Creech is currently the director of policy, administration and board support and has served on the national staff in various leadership roles in the Executive Director’s Office and Communications since 1989.
“I am exceedingly grateful for Earline and Barry, trusted and talented colleagues” said Linda Valentine. “They will provide steady leadership during this time and will continue to be a blessing to the Mission Agency and the church.”
Earline and Barry will assume their new roles effective immediately and will serve for the coming months until an interim executive director is identified.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has sought recommendations from across the church for the interim executive director role. This individual will be responsible for leading the Mission Agency until a permanent executive director is identified.

“We offer our thanks and appreciation for the Mission Agency staff and the outstanding ways they inspire, equip and connect the church in its mission,” added Gamm. “They have continued to give of their time and talents as the church seeks to serve Christ’s mission in the world.”