Jun
16
9:45 AM09:45

Church Picnic Brunch

The Deacons invite everyone to our annual Church Picnic Brunch on Sunday, June 16th, at 9:45 am in Old Buttonwood Hall.  Stay after the 9 am Celebration service or come before the 11 am traditional service for fellowship with the entire First Church family!  All are welcome--members, visitors, and friends. Please join us!

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Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Blood Drive

The Missions Committee is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive that will be held at the church in Old Buttonwood Hall on Monday, June 3, from 3-8 p.m.  The need is great!  To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “First Presbyterian Church.” Walk-ins are also welcome.  Homemade snacks will be provided.  Contact Susan Davis for more information.


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Jun
2
9:45 AM09:45

Spring Membership 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.

Our membership class is an invitation to renewed discipleship and commitment to the work of serving Jesus Christ.  Come and learn about the ways in which our church expresses our universal faith in its own distinctive way; ask questions and grow in your knowledge of who we are and why we do the things that we do; and help us get to know you better as you discern whether membership is right for you.

To register, contact Rev. Sarah Weisiger.  Lunch and Childcare are provided.

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Concerts@First

Kinan Azmeh, internationally renowned Syrian clarinetist, with First Church’s own Jean Schneider, pianist. This concert is free and open to the public.

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Kinan Azmeh has been hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC.  His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer.  Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season.

Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser.  Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and the UN’s General Assembly, New York; the Royal Albert Hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie, Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Mozarteum, Salzburg; Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie; and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert in his native Syria.

He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra among others, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian.

His compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music, film, live illustration, and electronics.  Recent commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and a new clarinet concerto for the Seattle Symphony, as well as recording original music for Bob Wilson’s recent production of Oedipus Rex.  He leads  his Arabic/Jazz quartet the Kinan Azmeh CityBand and his Hewar Ensemble and serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, a pan-Arab ensemble dedicated to contemporary music form the Arab world.  He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017.

Kinan is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria.  Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the City University of New York in 2013.
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Jean Schneider began her piano studies at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia at age seven, and by the age of fifteen had performed three times as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to other orchestral appearances, she has been heard in recital in the United States and Europe, as well as in numerous radio broadcasts. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with other artists in concerts throughout the U.S. and in Europe and is Associate Piano Faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival and guest artist faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. Ms. Schneider earned her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Southern California, a doctorate in performance from Stony Brook University, and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg as a Fulbright scholar. 

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May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Urban Tree Connection

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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May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Men's Breakfast Group

Men's Breakfast Group meets for breakfast and fellowship time the second Saturday of 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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May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Casserole Blitz!

Our second casserole blitz of the year will be held between 8:30 and 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 11 in the church kitchen. (Ring the buzzer and enter through the 21st Street door.)  As always, the 30-40 casseroles we make will be used to feed those in need through the University City Hospitality Coalition.  We have a lot of fun, enjoying coffee, doughnuts and fellowship—and leave knowing we’ve accomplished something good for our community.  

If you can help, please contact Beverly Cowart.


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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
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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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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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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