Join Us for Worship!
We will be worshipping on Zoom every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. through Labor Day. Our services are interactive, with a chance to share joys and concerns, listen to music, hear scripture and meditations, and offer a children’s sermon. On first Sundays we have “virtual communion,” where people are invited to have the elements at home (juice, bread) as we partake together online. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and be connected.
We are gathering a team to meet over the summer and discern when and how we might return to in-person worship. In addition to designing safety protocols and criteria for returning, we’ll be looking at what we’ve learned in the past months so we may (borrowing a Comcast slogan) “Come Back Better.” Let Pastor Cheryl know if you are interested in being on this team.
Summer Book & Film Discussion
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
This bestseller is a memoir by the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and tells of his experience defending people on death row and his larger experience with the criminal justice system. It is beautifully written, and particularly suitable for a church discussion as it is explicitly informed by the author’s Christian faith. It was also made into a movie that can be viewed on a number of streaming services.
On August 4, from 7-8 p.m., we’ll have a discussion of the book and movie. So read, watch or both and then join us! Please write to email@example.com for more information.
Delores Paulk is coordinating the making of Blessings Bags for those experiencing homelessness in Center City. We have also renewed our relationship with Mental Health Partnerships and are providing bags for their outreach center. Blessing bags contain non-perishable food items such as granola bars, pretzels, fruit snacks, raisins, chips, crackers, small water bottles and non-food items like small tubes of toothpaste, tooth brushes, small soft packs of Kleenex, chap-stick, Vaseline lotion. If you are able to prepare bags, please speak to Delores and she will arrange for curbside pick-up or drop-off. Delores.Paulk@gmail.com
POWER Update for June 2020
by Dave Rupp
Power (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) leaders and members have been out in force at many recent events in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, including many from our congregation. It co-sponsored two vigils with a group of multifaith clergy from the northwest Philly. One was at Oxford Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 14, and it included comments from clergy of many faiths, poetry, and observation of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in commemoration of George Floyd. It was a powerful experience. On Thursday, June 18th, a vigil was held at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Germantown with a diverse group of speakers, ending with an inspiring charge by the Rev. Gregory Holston, the pastor at Janes. At both vigils people were masked and practiced social distancing. Many people also joined online or participated from their cars.
Go to powerinterfaith.org (check under “Calendar”) to learn more.
The Building is now open every weekday. The Summit Children’s Program daycare is operating at limited capacity, following CDC and Philadelphia Department of Health guidelines, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Free to Be dance studio will be opening their Summer Day Camp on July 6, also at reduced capacity with safety protocols. Please keep staff, children and families in prayer for a safe and joyful summer.
Offices for Rent
We are not currently renting to hourly groups or community meetings, but we do have a couple of small offices available for rent. If interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Benevolence Giving
At its June meeting the Deacons voted to give $500 donations to the following organizations:
Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project. YASP is building a youth-led movement to end the practice oftrying and incarcerating young people as adults.YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls.people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP.
New Sanctuary Movement. NSM works to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.It is interfaith, immigrant led, and practices non-violence.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund. LDF works to protect voting rights, reform our criminal justice system, achieve education equity, and ensure economic justice for all.
Philadelphia Parks Alliance Tools for Heroes COVID Response Fund. Provides extra training for the Parks & Rec Center staff, mini grants to pay for Activity/Game Supplies, trauma-informed training, technology, and more.