Oct
6
to Nov 3

Zia Food Drive

Zia was created in 2015 to address food insecurity, a major issue for many Philadelphians, especially children.  First Church is sponsoring a food drive from October 6 through November 3 for Zia’s food bank operated at Laura W. Waring Elementary School.  This food bank provides the ingredients for 8-10 meals a month for almost 30 member families.  The following non-perishable items can be dropped off in Old Buttonwood Hall and will be added to fresh food that Zia secures for the Food Bank, to provide complete balanced meals:

Skippy peanut butter
Welch’s grape jelly
Swanson chicken or beef broth
Ken’s Italian dressing
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
Parmalat Milk
Spices (cinnamon, oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, etc.)

Contact Paula Gross for more information.

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Halloween Silent Film

Back by Popular Demand!

After a hiatus of several years, the Twenties & Thirties group is sponsoring a silent film for Halloween!

On Sunday, October 27 at 7pm, Andrew Senn will cast his spell over the organ and improvise a complete musical score for the classic film, The Golem (1915).

In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the ongoing brutal persecution by the city's rulers, is found in the rubble of an old synagogue in the 20th century. Brought to life by an antique dealer, the golem is used as a menial servant. Eventually falling in love with the dealer's wife, it goes on a murderous rampage when its love for her goes unanswered.

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Oct
30
11:00 AM11:00

Field Trip to the Arc

Everyone is invited to join us on a field trip to The Arc of Philadelphia to learn more about our Mission Partner.  We’ll meet at the church at 10:45 am, leaving by 11 am for the 20-minute drive to The Arc at 2350 West Westmoreland Avenue.  We’ll take a tour led by Joe Mancini, Executive Director, followed by lunch.  We plan to be back at First Church no later than 2:30 pm.  The trip is a great opportunity for education, inspiration, and fellowship!  Please RSVP to missions@fpcphila.org.

The Arc of Philadelphia advocates with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, to promote active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.  Visit their website (arcphiladelphia.org) to learn more.

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Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Casserole Blitz!

Our final casserole blitz of the year will be held from 9-10:30 AM on Saturday, November 2nd 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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Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

“Soul Talk”

Women of Wit and Wisdom will gather in Old Buttonwood Hall for an evening that will explore poetry as a carrier of spiritual wisdom.

Joy Harjo, our first Native American poet laureate, calls poetry “soul talk.” Poems can connect us to the earth, to the world of the Spirit, and to each other. Poems can carry our dreams and help us reimagine ourselves, create community, and change the world.

Barbara Chaapel will lead us in exploring the wisdom within poetry, looking at poems by Joy Harjo, Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, David Whyte, John Donne, and others—and through the poems we will look at ourselves.

All women of the church and their guests are warmly invited to this evening of wine, women, and poetry—and community!  RSVP by October 14 to Diane Rogers.  Parking and child care will be available.  Please bring an hors-d'oeuvre to share.  We look forward to seeing you!



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Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

2019 Constitution Seminar

THREE WAYS OF THINKING — Biblical and Constitutional:  Or How Does Creation Make Us Creative?

Will Harris leads the conclusion of our annual Constitution Seminar, entitled “Three Ways of Thinking — Biblical and Constitutional:  Or How Does Creation Make Us Creative?”  While they build on each other, each session stands alone, so please join us in the MacColl Room!

On-street parking is available with placard.

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Oct
12
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 AM. 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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Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

2019 Constitution Seminar

THREE WAYS OF THINKING — Biblical and Constitutional:  Or How Does Creation Make Us Creative?

Continuing this Wednesday, October 9th, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the MacColl Room, Will Harris leads our annual Constitution Seminar, entitled “Three Ways of Thinking — Biblical and Constitutional:  Or How Does Creation Make Us Creative?”  The series concludes on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m.-noon.  While they build on each other, each session stands alone, so please join us!

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

First@Five Choral Evensong

Evensong invites worshipers into a reflective worship experience as darkness falls to end the day, and it creates a sense of space and mystery where one feels the presence of God. For many, it is a time when breathing and heart rate slow, and the quiet rhythms of music, speech, and silence fill the sanctuary. Feel free to close your eyes and let music and word wash over you.

The service is largely sung by the choir - chanting the psalms of the day, singing the Magnificat, Mary’s song as she awaits the birth of Jesus, and the Nunc Dimittis, Simeon’s song as he reaches the end of his life. The music of Evensong is the music of prayer, as the musicians pray on behalf of the congregation, the community, and the world. In our Reformed setting, the service includes scripture read by congregants, hymns sung by the congregation, and a meditation.

Following the service, we hope you will stay and join us in Old Buttonwood Hall for a light pizza supper.

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Sep
29
9:45 AM09:45

Fall 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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Sep
22
9:45 AM09:45

Christian Education Programs Begin

Christian Education programs for adults and children begin next Sunday, September 22nd at 9:45 AM.

Children's Sunday school is held in the Cochran Room on the lower level, and is targeted towards children aged 3 and up. The curriculum this year focuses on learning the essential stories of the people of God through the Bible and emphasizes personal discovery, wonder, and exploration. Contact Rev. Sarah Weisiger for more information.

Adult CE meets in the MacColl Room (on the upper level). Sunday's class will be "A Presbyterian Primer" taught by Dr. Baron Mullis. For those who want a "tune-up" on their basic understanding of Presbyterianism, Baron will explore the evolution of the denomination (and theology) that we call home. For information contact Carol Cook.

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Sep
15
9:45 AM09:45

Welcome Brunch

The Deacons invite everyone to the Welcome Brunch on September 15th at 9:45 AM in Old Buttonwood Hall. Stay after the Celebration! (9 AM) service or come before the traditional (11 AM) service to celebrate a new program year and enjoy fellowship with friends old and new!  All are welcome—members, visitors, and friends.  Please join us!


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Sep
14
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 AM. 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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Sep
7
3:00 PM15:00

Join a Mission Trip to Mexico City!

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has invited congregants of First Church to a joint mission trip to the most vulnerable communities of Mexico City from October 12 - 19, 2019. We would be working with Urban Mosaic, an organization our church has supported for a number of years, and to which we have sent mission volunteers in the past few years. Working with the people in their communities is an amazing experience. On this trip we will be doing light construction work to build up their communities, and helping to organize health-care centers. We need to set a team by September 7. Please contact Beverly Cowart if you are interested.


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Sep
7
8:30 AM08:30

Habitat for Humanity Workday

5-7 volunteers are needed for for exterior landscaping and house preparation in connection with Habitat for Humanity’s West Philadelphia Repair Initiative.  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 the Missions Committee.


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Aug
31
8:30 AM08:30

Casserole Blitz!

Our summer casserole blitz will be held between 8:30 and 10:30 AM 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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Aug
13
11:45 AM11:45

Gun Violence Prevention Webinar

We will gather in the MacColl Room on Tuesday, August 13 to listen to the first webinar presented by the Rev. Deanna Hollas, recently named the first Minister of Gun Violence Prevention by the Presbyterian Church USA (read the New York Times article). She will be working with communities of faith on how they can take action to prevent gun violence. The webinar starts at noon. Please join us so that we may talk together after the broadcast, sharing our impressions and what we may feel called to do. If you wish to participate but cannot attend, you may join the webinar remotely; please register for the webinar.

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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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