Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Habitat for Humanity Workday

Can you swing a hammer?  Would you like to learn how?

On Saturday, April 27th, First Church will be doing home repairs with Habitat's West Philadelphia Repair Initiative/Healthy Homes Initiative.  We need 5-7 volunteers.  No skill or construction experience is necessary - just a readiness to help out!  The work day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30 or earlier.  For information or to volunteer, please email Missions Committee member Cindy Elliott.


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May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Sojourner Truth Walk

Join or Sponsor the First Church Team!

For the 5th year, FPCP’s Missions Committee is sponsoring a team of walkers for the 7th Annual Sojourner Truth Walk. This 3K walkathon will take place on Saturday, May 4, beginning in Clark Park (45th Street & Chester Avenue) at 10 AM. It is named in honor of Sojourner Truth, an African-American woman who escaped slavery and then fought to end it, while also speaking out for women's rights and economic justice. She, along with many others, has served as an inspiration and role model for generations to come. We are walking in their footsteps!

Please help build the leadership of Philly girls by sponsoring or joining our team! This is a family-friendly event--all are welcome!

All proceeds benefit Camp Sojourner, Girls' Leadership Camp, and help to fund scholarships for summer camp and year-round leadership activities.

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May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Women's Spring Lunch

Please join us on May 4th at 12 noon in Old Buttonwood Hall to celebrate spring and our Christian sisterhood! You are welcome to come on your own, bring a family member (mother, daughter, niece, sister, etc.), invite someone from our church community, or a friend! Lively music will be provided by the Vance Camisa Jazz Trio as we mix and mingle and share family stories with each other. After our meal, the Reverend Margaret Somerville will speak on Holding Hands, Opening Hearts and Minds:engaging with neighbors of different faith traditions. Details about what to bring, questions, and RSVPs can be directed to Diane Rogers. Childcare will be available in the nursery, as well as on-street parking with placard.

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May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Urban Tree Connection - Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in gardening and helping those who live in a food desert provide for themselves?  If so please join our group as we clear fields for cultivation in the Haddington section of Philadelphia. We will meet at the Memorial garden 536 North 56th Street about one mile west of the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday May 11th from 10:30-2:30.

For more information contact Bruce Rapsher .


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Jun
2
9:45 AM09:45

New Member Class

Do you have questions about what it means to be Presbyterian? Have you wondered about the history of our particular church? Perhaps you have contemplated membership and are wondering what it entails? If so, we would like to invite you to consider joining us for our quarterly membership class on Sunday, June 2nd at 9:45 am. Our membership class is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about our history and our values, how our past has shaped us and how we believe God is leading our church in the present. Attendees will  have the opportunity to learn about the various ministries of our church, as well as meet with representatives from our leadership team. We will be providing lunch, so we ask that you kindly RSVP to Sarah Weisiger if you are interested in attending.

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Apr
21
7:00 AM07:00

Easter

Join us for Easter!

7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service - meet at 21st Street entrance

8:00 a.m. Breakfast (Old Buttonwood Hall)

9:00 a.m. Celebration! Worship (Old Buttonwood Hall)

9:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt (Old Buttonwood Hall)

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship (Sanctuary)

12:15 p.m. Fellowship (Old Buttonwood Hall)

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Apr
14
10:15 AM10:15

Procession of Palms

First Church will join with other Rittenhouse Square neighborhood congregations for the procession of palms to mark Palm Sunday.  Participants can join the procession and walk as long as they wish, with various congregations dropping off along the way.  The procession begins at 10:15 sharp at the goat statue in Rittenhouse Square (near the park entrance at 19th & Locust), and stops first at Church of the Holy Trinity (19th & Walnut) before making its way to First Church at 10:30.  Those who wish to remain at First Church may do so; those who wish to continue will visit Trinity Memorial Church (22nd & Spruce), St. Patrick’s Church (20th & Locust), and conclude at 11 am at Church of the Holy Trinity.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Bike Ride - Schuylkill River Trail

It’s time to get that bike out and join us for a ride on the Schuylkill river trail.  We’ll meet Saturday April 13 at 10 AM at the entrance to the trail at 25th & Locust and enjoy an easy ride to Conshohocken (an hour or so) where will we have lunch (location TBD).  When we are ready we will ride back to where we started.  This is beautiful ride along the Schuylkill river (almost no hills), and you don’t have to be a “bike jock” to do it.  Just make sure you wear a helmet.  Please join us!  Contact Mac McLarin for more information.

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Apr
7
9:45 AM09:45

Lectio Divina

Dwelling Deeply in Scripture

Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.

On five Sundays in the season of Lent the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m in the MacColl Room.

Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community.  Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”

We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together. 

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Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Lectio Divina

Dwelling Deeply in Scripture

Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.

On five Sundays in the season of Lent the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m in the MacColl Room.

Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community.  Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”

We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together. 

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Mar
24
9:45 AM09:45

Lectio Divina

Dwelling Deeply in Scripture

Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.

On five Sundays in the season of Lent the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m in the MacColl Room.

Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community.  Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”

We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together. 

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Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Telling Our Stories with Bill Enright

For our first Conversations Worth Having we are delighted to welcome The Reverend Dr. William G. Enright. Dr. Enright served a long and distinguished career in parish ministry, including twenty-five years as the Senior Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis before retiring from ministry to lead the Lake Institute on Philanthropy and Giving.

Bill will lead a workshop on Saturday, March 16 (10 am - 3 pm) on the ways we talk about giving.  (See Conversations Worth Having event.)

On Sunday, March 17, Bill will preach at 9 am and 11 am.  Following the 11 o’clock service, Bill will present on the topic, “Telling Our Stories” over a light lunch in Old Buttonwood Hall.  He will conclude with Q&A. 

On-street parking is available both Saturday and Sunday with placard.

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Mar
17
9:45 AM09:45

Lectio Divina

Dwelling Deeply in Scripture

Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.

On five Sundays in the season of Lent the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m in the MacColl Room.

Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community.  Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”

We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together. 

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Conversations Worth Having
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Conversations Worth Having

Engaging in “conversations worth having” is one of the most important things we can experience for ourselves and model for the world.  That’s why we’re partnering with the Presbyterian Foundation to share this conversation with Bill Enright with other churches in our area.  This year we are going to talk about giving – and it’s more than money.

Why a conversation about giving?  We can never take giving for granted.  We must cultivate our ability to have good conversations about the church and its finances.

William G. Enright, Ph.D. served a long and distinguished career in parish ministry, including twenty-five years as the Senior Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis before retiring from ministry to lead the Lake Institute on Philanthropy and Giving.  Under Bill’s Leadership, Second Church saw ministry-changing growth in both their annual giving and their endowment.

Anyone with an interest in this topic is invited to attend. Registration is required:  click to register.

On-street parking is available with placard.

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Prayer Labyrinth
Mar
13
4:00 PM16:00

Prayer Labyrinth

On Wednesday, March 13, from 4-7 pm, a prayer labyrinth will be available in Old Buttonwood Hall for you to come and walk the path on your Lenten journey.  The labyrinth, a full-scale replica of the one in Chartres Cathedral in France, on loan to us from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

What Is A Labyrinth?

The Labyrinth is a forty-foot circular sacred path. It is used as a walking meditation to reflect on life and to be a sacred space for creating order in times of chaos.  The Labyrinth has only one path.  There are no tricks or dead ends.  The path winds around until you reach the center.  You return out of the circle the same way you entered it.  The path of the Labyrinth can be a mirror for where we are in our lives.  It can touch our sorrows and release our joys.  It is a tool, a physical metaphor, to guide us in healing, to help deepen our faith and open us to self-understanding.  It is a place where we can silently pray.

We hope you will come participate in the meaningful experience.

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Mar
13
1:00 PM13:00

Women of Wit & Wisdom

It’s Movie Time!

We Women of Wit and Wisdom will view the movie What They Had on Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 p.m., in the MacColl room. Join us in viewing this award-winning (Heartland International Film Festival), thought-provoking movie and discussion. Not to be missed! Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, March 11.

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Mar
10
9:45 AM09:45

Lectio Divina

Dwelling Deeply in Scripture

Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.

On five Sundays in the season of Lent (March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7) the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m.

Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community.  Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”

We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together. 

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Mar
9
9:30 AM09:30

Men's Breakfast Group

Men's Breakfast Group meets for breakfast and fellowship time the first Saturday of the every month at 9:30 a.m. at DiBruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut Street.  Purchase breakfast/coffee downstairs and then come upstairs where we will pull some tables together and hang out. There’s no agenda and no time limit. For information contact Mac McLarin.

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Mar
3
9:45 AM09:45

Pancake Brunch

Join us after the Celebration! service on for our annual "Shrove Sunday" Pancake Brunch. The Twenties & Thirties group will be our expert pancake makers!  It's a great opportunity for fellowship and fun as we prepare to enter the season of Lent.  All are welcome!


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Mar
2
8:30 AM08:30

Casserole Blitz!

The Missions Committee is embarking on its fifth year of quarterly casserole blitzes to provide meals for the hungry through the University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC). On March 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m., we plan to make 30 casseroles (which will provide a hot dinner for 8 times that many people) by 10 a.m. We could use your help! It’s a fun, gratifying way to spend a Saturday morning (and we have coffee and very good donuts).  Please contact Beverly Cowart if you can participate.

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Feb
27
10:50 AM10:50

Women of Wit & Wisdom

Philadelphia Museum of Art Tour

Please join us at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) on Wednesday, February 27th at 10:50 am, or come to the Museum’s cafeteria at 10 for pre-visit coffee and conversation!

We’ll be led on a special tour for a special tour of the museum by Jean Witmer.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 22nd, and be sure to let us know if you have a PMA membership so that non-members could benefit from a $10 entrance fee.


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Feb
24
9:45 AM09:45

Muslim and Christian Connections: an Interfaith Conversation

Join us on February 24th at 9:45 in the MacColl Room, when the adult education class will feature Celebration Team Leader Rev. Megan LeCluyse and Patricia Anton, Chaplain of Penn’s Muslim Life Program. We'll learn about a close-to-home interfaith experience. The two associations began to share space a year ago, and the chaplains will talk about what the experience has been like and how their students have benefited. Patty's background has often included interfaith work. For Megan, being in this close to interfaith relationship is new and has been a wonderful opportunity for building new relationships, learning about Islam and expanding the CA's understanding of hospitality. Feel free to email Megan questions you might want us to discuss before the 24th, or bring them with you!

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Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Meeting of the Congregation

The Session has set Sunday, February 10th, as the date of our Annual Meeting which will be held in Old Buttonwood Hall at noon, following the 11 am worship service. All members are urged to attend this important meeting. A light lunch will be served.  

The congregation will (1) receive the 2018 Annual Report,  (2) hear and act on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee to elect officers and members of the church's Nominating Committee for 2019, and (3) vote upon a proposed amendment of the Congregational bylaws.  

The proposed amendment adds in a new Section XVII, titled “Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy,” the following: 

Consistent with the policy of the Presbytery of Philadelphia that the by-laws of each church incorporate the church’s sexual misconduct policy, the applicable portions of the Personnel Policy of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, including the Workplace Free of Harassment or Discrimination Policy and the Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy are incorporated by reference into these Bylaws.

(Click to view the proposed amended by-laws.

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Jan
27
9:45 AM09:45

Christian Ed: Focus on Missions

On January 27th, our Adult CE class will be led by Tommy Campbell, Director of Kirkwood Camp, a long-time missions partner of First Church.  Kirkwood is a joint camping ministry of the Lehigh and Philadelphia Presbyteries.  Its mission is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ by enabling children, youth, families and adults to begin or deepen their experience of God in the context of nature and a caring Christian community centered on the Word of God.  Please join us in the MacColl room.


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