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
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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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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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 inter-generational fellowship and fun as we prepare to enter the season of Lent.  We will be collecting donations to support the mission efforts of our church.  All are welcome!


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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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Jan
20
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, January 20th 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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Jan
16
5:30 PM17:30

We're So Glad You're Here!

A Welcome Reception

The Membership & Evangelism Committee is sponsoring a special event in Old Buttonwood Hall to welcome many of the new faces in our midst.  If you are a visitor, a friend, a potential new member, or someone who has joined within the last year, we invite you to come for an informal reception.  Our Elders, Deacons and Trustees will be there, so it's a great time to meet the folks who serve on the boards of the church, ask them questions, or volunteer to get involved.  Most importantly, it is an opportunity to drop by after work, meet other new faces at the church, and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.  There will be plenty of appetizers and great conversation!  Feel free to drop in when you can and stay as long as you wish!  If you plan to attend, please email the church office.

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Jan
10
12:00 PM12:00

Women of Wit Wisdom

What does Baron Think?

The Women of Wit and Wisdom will find out at our brown bag lunch on Thursday, January 10th at 12 noon in Old Buttonwood Hall. Our new pastor, The Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis, graciously has agreed to a Q&A session. Topics of discussion may range from the depths of doctrine to tiresome tasks and everything in between. This event is not to be missed—an excellent opportunity to get to know Baron better, along with his theology, both practical and spiritual, and to express whatever thoughts, ideas, and matters of interest we may have. Please email to RSVP. Bring your lunch and beverages will be served. Join us for this enlightening experience.


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Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Riverside Christmas Party

All are invited to join First Church in bringing holiday cheer to the residents of Riverside Presbyterian Apartments. Volunteers are needed for entertainment—singing, playing an instrument, reading a story or poem, or being a song leader.  We also need volunteers to provide food (baked goods, hummus/pita, crudités, pretzels or crackers). If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jordana Woodford or the church office.

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Dec
9
12:15 PM12:15

Advent Lunch

One of the highlights of the Advent season at First Church is the annual Advent luncheon, hosted by the Deacons, immediately following the 11 am worship service in Old Buttonwood Hall. All are welcome to attend and no reservations are necessary. The Deacons will provide the main dish and dessert. Last names A-M please bring a vegetable or salad; names ending N-Z please bring a starch such as a potato dish or macaroni and cheese, or applesauce. For questions, please email Linda Deis or Jean Witmer.

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Nov
27
1:00 PM13:00

Women of Wit & Wisdom

Please join us on Tuesday, November 27, 1:00 pm, in the MacColl Room, to write welcome and Christmas greetings to those in our congregation who are recent visitors and new members. They are indeed members of our First Church Family! There’s no need to RSVP; just come! This will also be a time of Christian Sister fellowship. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please note there will be no December event.  A joyful and blessed Holy Season to all!

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving

On Tuesday, November 20th, at 7 p.m. join neighborhood and faith communities and the Bethesda Project for Thanksgiving in Action, an interfaith Thanksgiving celebration to address homelessness at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street (Rittenhouse Square).  There will be a free-will offering to benefit Bethesda Project programs.


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Nov
17
8:30 AM08:30

Casserole Blitz

Our final casserole blitz of the year will be held between 8:30 and 10:30 am on Saturday, November 17 in the church kitchen (ring the buzzer and enter through the 21st St. door).  As always, these casseroles 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 interested, please contact Beverly Cowart.

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Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

POSTPONED until Spring. Women’s Intergenerational Autumn Dinner

The Women of Wit and Wisdom are hosting a fun family dinner for women on Friday, November 16 @ 6 pm in Old Buttonwood Hall. We invite you to come on your own and get better acquainted with your First Pres family, or bring a family member (mother, daughter, niece, sister, etc.), 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 share highlights from the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, where she will be a presenter. She will reflect on interfaith relations and there will be opportunity for questions. For those of you who do not know Margaret, not only is she a “cradle Presbyterian”, she’s a cradle First Presbyterian!

Please bring a photo or two of a family member or members to share with others so we can enjoy hearing about each other’s background. (You can bring a picture of a woman outside of your family who has inspired you, if you prefer.) We are also asking that each of you (or you and your guest together) bring something to share for the meal. The main course and beverages will be provided, and we’re asking you to provide appetizers, salads, and desserts. More details will follow so watch your emails and letter boxes!

Join us for this autumn potluck social, and go into the holiday season inspired and invigorated! For information email womenwitwisdom@fpcphila.org.

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Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Concerts@First

Concerts@First presents “Digging Up Old Bones”

Missa Solemnis in C (Joseph Senn 1810-1882) for Choir, Orchestra, and Soloists.

Joseph Senn was the great, great, great grandfather of Director of Music and Organist Andrew Senn. Andrew spent more than a year searching for the music of Joseph Senn, and he was able to Missa Solemnis at the University of Tübingen in Germany; it was a large scale work for choir, orchestra and soloists. Over this past summer, Andrew took on the laborious task of creating a modern performing edition from the original parts. On November 11th at 7 pm the choir with many friends, along with an orchestra of 22 players will bring Joseph Senn’s Missa Solemnis to life in a concert celebrating Andrew’s 40th birthday!

This concert will also conclude our Concerts@First fundraiser, and will be a ticketed event. There will be a celebratory reception following, where Andrew will have copies of the original parts on display. Tickets will be available for $10 in advance from the church office, or $15 at the door.

On-street parking for the concert will be available.

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CANCELLED:  Camp Sojourner Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden & Farm
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

CANCELLED: Camp Sojourner Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden & Farm

Join Camp Sojourner for a volunteer day on Saturday November 10, where we will help put the farm to bed for the winter. You will also get the opportunity to get to know some of the girls First Church helps to send to Camp Sojourner: Girls Leadership Camp.

Details:

9:30 am - Meet at Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Ave, at the entrance to parking lot. Name game and overview of why we are at the farm

10 am - 12 pm - Help with the farm

12 - 1:30 pm - Lunch and food justice conversation

If interested, please contact the Missions Committee (missions@fpcphila.org).



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