In response to the growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and per the advice of Governor Wolf, the Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church building will be closed until further notice effective March 12, 2020. All in-person church services, related activities & events at the church are canceled, but CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING! We would love to have your join our live church service via Zoom at 10am on Sundays. A video of our weekly sermon is available below. A full library of past services available here. Please email all prayer concerns to Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell at email@example.com
On Tuesday, August 4, the church sustained significant damage from Tropical Storm Isaias. The damages are still being calculated, but are anticipated to far exceed the limits of our insurance policy. Donations to our Flood Recovery Fund will be used to clean the mess and repair the damages.
Flood Recovery Fund
Presbyterian Disaster Relief
Help people suffering from the effects of disasters with a gift to our Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) fund.
PDA responds to disasters in the US and around the world, such as the recent severe winter weather in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. 100% of the gifts we receive will be sent to the PDA, a program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
We also invite you to give to One Great Hour of Sharing. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church joins churches from all corners of this country to bring God’s blessings to the hungry, the helpless, and the hopeless. Usually, Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church raises funds for the One Great Hour of Sharing during our worship services on the last few Sundays of Lent and on Easter. Funds donated to the One Great Hour of Sharing are divided between the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People. These initiatives don’t just help people, they help people help themselves in this country and around the world. To date, we have gratefully received $745 in offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing.
In this time of uncertainty and anxiety, a natural impulse is to turn inward, to protect ourselves, and to hoard our gifts. However, our faith calls us to reach out in love to others both in good times and in bad times. Right now, we can’t physically reach out beyond our front doors, but we can reach out in other ways. We can pray for the sick, for a quick end to the pandemic, and for guidance and strength for everyone, including our leaders and ourselves. We can contact those who are alone and lonely. We may be able to share our money. While many among us are facing financial hardships, not all of us are. If you are able to donate funds during this difficult time, I encourage you to continue your financial support of our church. Even though for now we are not meeting together on Sunday mornings, Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church still needs to pay its employees, to maintain its property, and to pay its bills.
Help Feed The Hungry
We are called to love our neighbors, and that means feeding them when they are hungry.
In Philadelphia, the homeless are suffering as many services for them have had to close or severely curtail the help they can offer during the pandemic. But hunger does not happen only to the homeless in the city. Many of our neighbors on this side of City Line Avenue do not have enough to eat today. They will go to bed hungry tonight and they will wake up hungry tomorrow. Parents are skipping meals in order to feed their children. Please join us in supporting Broad Street Ministry and the Narberth Community Food Bank, two organizations that feed the hungry.
Broad Street Ministry believes, “There is always a seat at our table; there is enough for everyone.” It is providing meals to the homeless in Center City while practicing social distancing.
The Narberth Community Food Bank collects and distributes food in Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough. It is open and it is helping our neighbors during the pandemic.
Financial offerings made to our Feeding the Hungry fund will be split evenly between these two organizations. We are also collecting canned proteins to go directly to neighborhood food banks in need. Please contact Heather Cronan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on no-contact canned good donations. Please prayerfully consider what you can contribute to feed our hungry neighbors.
In Philadelphia, the homeless are suffering as many services for them have had to close or severely curtail the help they can offer during the pandemic. But hunger does not happen only to the homeless in the city. Many of our neighbors in comfortable homes are unemployed and struggling to feed their families. They will go to bed hungry tonight and they will wake up hungry tomorrow. Parents are skipping meals in order to feed their children. Please join us in supporting Broad Street Ministry and the Philabundance, two organizations that feed the hungry.
Philabundance collects food and gives it to 90,000 people every week. In addition to its regular food distributions, during the pandemic it is distributing emergency boxes of food to neighbors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Its goal is to “to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger for good.”
Christmas Gifts for the World
This Advent Season, join with us as we seek to provide warmth and water to those in need around the world.
Millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Join us in our mission to serve those in need. Throughout the advent season we will be taking special collections to bring hope to communities around the world. Together we can make a difference.
Help To Provide Fuel For Refugees
Help To Provide Clean Water
In Syria, winters are often harsh and can last three to four months, yet fuel continues to be scarce and costly for refugees still awaiting emigration. Please join us in our mission - $240 will provide the warmth to keep a refugee family warm for the entire winter.
You can transform a life by helping to provide access to clean water. Health, hygiene and daily living are dependent on water. Your donation will go directly to the purchase of a garden well and hand pump for those in need to provide reliable and essential clean water.
FRIDAY NIGHT (Online) FELLOWSHIP
The "Be Attitudes" Matthew 5:3-12
Who do we consider blessed? The healthy? The rich? Those with happy marriages and secure children? All of these and more. Yet Jesus offers us a contrasting view of the “blessed” in the beatitudes, taking our assumptions and turning them upside down. Conditions which we think would be terrible become opportunities for God’s blessing, because those who know they are empty can be filled.
Join us as we look for the blessing in all things—even in these challenging times. Every Friday night via Zoom at 7:30 pm from May 15 - June 19.
Click the link below at 7:30pm to access the study. The Meeting ID is 957 896 691 and the password, should you be prompted, is: 882583. If you have any questions or log-in issues, please contact Pastor Lisa at email@example.com
The Zoom meeting invite is only active at 7:30pm on Friday evenings
Click below for special prayer practices to do during this challenging time.
Friday Night (Online) Fellowship
We invite everyone to join us online for an exploration of Paul's letter to the Philippians every Friday night at 7pm. This is a joyful letter, something made all the more remarkable by the fact that Paul wrote it from prison. Prison in the 1st century could take many forms. Paul was likely under house arrest. Which means he couldn’t go anywhere. He was on lockdown, confined to the house, forbidden to leave, unable to participate in ordinary life . . . Sounding familiar?
Join us online to connect face-to-face with fellow church and community members who are also staying inside. The study will take place every Friday evening from March 27 - May 8 via Zoom, an online (free) video conferencing platform. Click the link below at 7pm to access the study. The Meeting ID is 957 896 691 and the password, should you be prompted, is: 882583. If you have any questions or log-in issues, please contact Pastor Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zoom meeting invite is only active at 7pm on Friday evenings
MAUNDY THURSDAY MEDITATION
A Servant Is Not Greater than His Master
Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter commemorating the Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. While we are not able to hold our traditional Maundy Thursday Service at the church, we encourage you to download our Maundy Thursday Meditation by Rev. Dr. Lisa C. Farrell, and listen to special hymns sung by Blessing Osazuwa, below.