All Invited to Northeast Regional Gathering: Discussing Ministry Goals

The Northeast Region of the Presbytery of Philadelphia will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at the Bensalem Presbyterian Church located at 2826 Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Join us at 9:15 am for registration and a continental breakfast.
Our meeting will be called to order at 10 am.
Our focus will be the next 300 years of our ministry together with focused commissioner-led discussions on the role of pastors and laity in leadership, successful outreach and evangelism, and ministry goals for our next 300 years of ministry together!
Please stay for a free BBQ luncheon at noon graciously hosted by the members of the Bensalem congregation.
Encourage your church members to attend!
Parking is available on the side and behind the main building. The sanctuary main entrance has a handicapped accessible entrance and parking.

Thank you,
Rev. Cynthia Betz-Bogoly
COPMM commissioner and NE planning team member

Rev. Dr. David Lose Presents to the Northeast Region on Church in the Digital Age

Did you miss the most recent Northeast Regional? Our guest presenter was Rev. Dr. David Lose, who spoke on the “Challenges in the Church in the Age of Technology.”

Check out the video of his presentation here:

Ministry in an Age of Digital Pluralism: Rev. Dr. David Lose at NE Region

Posted by Presbytery of Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Stewardship for the 21st Century will be the Topic for the NE Region Meeting in October

The Northeast Region will gather on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Newtown Presbyterian Church beginning with a light supper at 5:00 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. meeting time.

The Topic will be:

Stewardship for the 21st Century, led by Rev. Su Fall.

Northeast Regional Meeting Continues Micah 6 Theme

The Northeast Region is holding their next meeting on March 15, 2016 at Glading Memorial beginning at 1:00 p.m. with registration opening at 12:00 Noon.

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Do Justice … Love Mercy … Walk Humbly with God

What does it mean to Walk Humbly with God? I have been thinking about this question for some time now.

We are in the season of Lent, a time to repent, a time for reflection, a time to contemplate on how we might make our small part of the world a little better for one another. I have also, like you, been bombarded by the noise of our messy political process and it makes reflecting and contemplating difficult at best. So I cycle back to the question: What does it mean to Walk Humbly with God?

The Northeast Regional meeting on March 15, 2016 will delve into that question with our interfaith guest panelists. Joining us will be: Rabbi Michael Beals, Congregation Beth Shalom; Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary; and Irfan Patel, Islamic Society of Delaware. Each of our panelists comes from a different perspective yet, like us, seeks a greater understanding and appreciation for the values each faith tradition brings to the table.

I hope you will join us on Tuesday the 15th of March as we meet as a region, conduct our regional business, enjoy the fellowship of fellow Presbyterians and explore how we might better interact with our brethren in the Jewish and Islamic communities.

Please remember that, just like a Stated meeting of the Presbytery, you are expected to contact us to be excused should you are unable to be present at the Regional meeting. Note the location, date and time below:

Northeast Regional Presbytery Meeting
Glading Memorial March 15, 2016
Registration: Noon: Meeting: 1 P.M.

Looking forward to your joining us on Tuesday,

Kenneth G. McKeown
Convener, Northeast Region

Letter from the Northeast Regional Convener

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October 7, 2015
Dear Fellow Members of the NE Region,

Do Justice … Love Mercy … Walk Humbly with God

What does loving mercy (kindness) look like in our Presbytery, in our Region, in our Communities, in our World?

Just 10 days ago Pope Francis visited our city, bringing a message of compassion, love, forgiveness – for all people, not just our Catholic sisters and brothers. This is Micah’s message too and it is our challenge.

Thursday, the 13th of October, we will be seeking ways that we can “Love Mercy”. The subjects are varied and yet all are tied together, so, come out, find out, and together we will go out into our portion of the world perhaps with a renewed enthusiasm.

The topics being presented are:

• Rev. Rami Al-Maqsadi, an ecumenical partner with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
• Black Caucus of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
• Presby’s Inspired Life Affordable Housing and Benevolent Care Ministries

Please remember that, just like a Stated meeting of the Presbytery, you are expected to contact us to be excused should you are unable to be present at the Regional meeting. Note the location, date and time below.

Northeast Regional Presbytery Meeting
Rydal Park October 13, 2015
Registration: 9 A.M.: Meeting: 10 A.M.

Looking forward to your joining us on Tuesday,

Kenneth G. McKeown
Convener, Northeast Region

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Executive Presbyter Report: Audio from Called Meeting

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Executive Presbyter Report
The Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace
September 15, 2015

Please click on the downloadable PDF to read Ruth’s report: ExecutivePresbyterReport_15Sept2105  or click below to listen to Ruth’s report.



Summer Snapshots 2015

Your stories are our stories. The Presbytery of Philadelphia invites all of our churches to share a photo or two of your summer ministry so we can share it with others. We’ll be posting pictures on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  Send your pics with a brief description to [email protected].  Overbrook Movie Nite

Pastoral Letter to the Presbytery of Philadelphia

Dear Brothers and Sisters on the Journey,

Grace and peace I bring you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Late yesterday afternoon, we received significant news from Ruling Elder Linda Valentine, Executive Director of our Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). In that email and subsequent video, Linda shared that she is stepping down from her position, effective July 10, 2015. This resignation comes after almost a year of concerns and allegations regarding actions of leadership at the PMA. We receive this news with a sense of sadness related to the circumstances that have deflected energy from the ministry and mission of which we are a part. You can hear Linda’s announcement here:



For those who may not know, the PMA is the ministry and mission arm of our denomination. Over the past nine years, in large part to Linda’s leadership and vision, our denomination has worked to reclaim ministries of church growth, evangelism, service ministries through the mission field, Presbyterian Disaster assistance, Young Adult Volunteers – as well as creating a more relevant presence in Washington, DC. I personally have been excited about this direction – I was heart-warmed to talk about ministry more than governance. The other arms (or agencies) of our denomination are the Office of General Assembly, Presbyterian Foundation, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Board of Pensions – each with their own mandate and priority on our behalf.

Although Linda was not directly linked to any of the allegations at PMA, it is clear that those allegations have become a dark cloud over our denominational leadership – representing a breach of trust that is already fragile when it comes to all-things-institutional. This breach of trust has weighed heavily on many, causing unrest in many corners of our church. To make matters even more complex, social media was used to share that unrest -– humbly reminding us of the gift and challenge of electronic communication.

Whatever your thoughts might be about our denominational relationships, this is a time for us to rally as a people of faith. I invite us into a time of prayer for our national church. I ask for your prayers on behalf of Linda and her family as she begins a new season. I am grateful for her nine years of service and wish her God’s speed. I ask for your prayers for the leadership of our denomination – the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and all the staff – as they discern what the next steps might be for future leadership of the PMA.

Finally, I ask for your prayers for the Church of Jesus Christ as expressed in our denomination as we embark on a season that can be described as one of wilderness wanderings. I am, however, reminded that the wilderness is not a place we go to die. Instead it is a place from which we depart – reformed and reshaped for a new season of service. This was true for the children of Israel. This was true for the ministry of Jesus. So I leave you with the words of the Old Testament – “may we be a bold and courageous people, assured the Lord our God is with us wherever we go” (Joshua 1:9).

Blessings and Peace,

Ruth Santana-Grace

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Letter from the NE Convener Regarding June 9 Meeting

May 26, 2015

Dear Fellow Members of the NE Region,

Do Justice … Love Mercy … Walk Humbly with God

The words are Micah’s, and the challenge is to each of us. In this world that appears to always be spinning out of control, with a new problem turning up every new morning, I sometimes find myself wondering just how can we affect change, just how can we live into this admonition that the prophet Micah lays out before us. Perhaps you too are perplexed about the role you can play. Over the course of the next three meeting of the region, we will attempt to find ways to rise up to these challenges.

Come this June we will be looking at what and how we “Do Justice”; in October, what it means to “Love Mercy”; and then next March we’ll wrap everything up by trying to “Walk Humbly with God”; in our daily walk, in our church, in our city, and in the larger world around us.

On the 9th we will be seeking to better understand:

  • Risk Management – Child Protection and Church Safety, presented by Larry Davis
  • The Synergy Project – how Valley Youth House brings justice to homeless and runaway youths between the ages of 12 to 17
  • Ivyland Community Arts Initiative – how the arts can bring justice in the local area

Please remember that, just like a Stated meeting of the Presbytery, you are expected to contact us to be excused should you are unable to be present at the Regional meeting. Note the location, date and time below.

Northeast Regional Presbytery Meeting

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Ivyland Church June 9, 2015
Registration: 6 P.M.: Meeting: 7 P.M.

Looking forward to your joining us on June 9th,

Kenneth G. McKeown
Convener, Northeast Region

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Volunteers needed for Kirkwood-Brainerd Camp Projects!

This is an amazing time to be part of camping ministry! It is a time of change, of new ideas, and new energy!

workday1We are looking for volunteers to share their time and talents to tackle some projects around the camp before the summer season begins. Bring yourself, your friends, your family, your youth group, your committee, or your confirmation class to Camp Kirkwood-Brainerd and help us do some spring cleaning, sprucing up, and major projects. There is a job for every skill level.

Camp Kirkwood-Brainerd is located at 127 Kirkwood Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. (570-421-88625,

We have scheduled a work day for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to tackle one of these projects. However, since the volume of work is significant, groups can come to camp to work on any Saturday they are available. Please contact Ruth Ann Christopher (610-216-0472) or Gershon Gordon (570-421-8625) to let us know what project you want to work on and when you would like to complete the work.

We look forward to working with you!


The bell needs to be moved to Kirkwood-Brainerd, a footer poured, and base erected (from stone if possible.) The flag pole needs to be disassembled, moved, and set in place at Kirkwood-Brainerd. A flagstone finish around the base would really complete the job!
The entire building needs to be disassembled, moved to Kirkwood-Brainerd, and stored for assembly in the Fall. Given the scope of this project, every Saturday is an opportunity to come and work on this meaningful task.
A walkway needs to be constructed either out of concrete or decking. Funding is not yet lined up for this project. So in addition to volunteers, we need donations as well.

  • Move remaining items from Brainerd to Kirkwood-Brainerd. We will need people to drive between camps as well as carry containers/items and pack them into vehicles.
  • Paint bathrooms at Carr Cabin.
  • Steel brush & paint metal beds from Brainerd.
  • General cleaning of cabins.
  • Mulching garden beds.

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