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.
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.
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.
The spring Band of Boomers event will be a trip to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ on Sunday, April 7th at 1 pm. We will meet in Old Buttonwood Hall after the 11 o’clock service and coordinate transportation. We’ll eat lunch at the Aquarium upon arrival. Please contact Rick and Shellie Unger for more information and to RSVP.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our October event, Women of Wit & Wisdom will be showing the movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in Old Buttonwood Hall, followed by discussion and light refreshments. The film features the well-beloved Fred Rogers of the TV series, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and takes us into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Rogers was a musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister whose sweet-tempered idealism influenced the world.
Don’t miss this treasure of a film. And, yes, you may bring a friend!
Please RSVP by October 16 to email@example.com.
The Band of Boomers will visit the beautiful Morris Arboretum, in Chestnut Hill, after the 11 am service on September 16. We will plan to arrive by 1:00, in time to have a casual lunch at its Compton Cafe, followed by a tour at 2:00, lasting about an hour. Admission (payable upon entry) is $19 for boomers under 65, and $17 for those 65 and up. Arboretum members and PennCard holders are free. For those who wish to carpool from the church, we will coordinate that at the beginning of the fellowship hour. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Deacons invite everyone to the annual Welcome Brunch, being held between the 9 & 11 am worship services in Old Buttonwood Hall on Sunday, September 16th. All are welcome--new members, visitors, returning members, and friends, and no reservations are needed. Come to greet old friends or meet new ones! Please join us.