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“We have seen the Lord.” —John 20:25

Monday, April 13

Presbytery of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

First Kensington serving up community Thanksgiving meal Courtesy of Shawn Hyska

 

First Kensington serving up community Thanksgiving meal

 

Courtesy of Shawn Hyska

 

First Presbyterian Church in Kensington used the occasion of its 200th anniversary to celebrate the church’s legacy while affirming the new and exciting things the Holy Spirit is doing among the congregation of today.

First Kensington sees itself as a primary stakeholder in the community of Fishtown and is therefore committed to prophetic and compassionate witness. With help from the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Covenant Fund, the church offers a free meal each month in an effort to cultivate fellowship among area residents of all generations. The church has also expanded its food cupboard after initiating a conversation with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation about unmet needs and how they might work together to address them.

That conversation has led First Kensington to start yet another community ministry: a children’s clothing closet. Families in the neighborhood rely upon thrift stores to fill their children’s wardrobes, but prices are simply too high for some neighborhood families. In response, the church is collecting new or lightly used children’s clothing and offering items to the public at no cost during “shopping days” on One of 124 congregations, one new church development, and three fellowships in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, First Kensington is committed to finding new and relevant ways to engage the community by discovering people’s needs and matching the church’s gifts to those needs.

The congregation is excited about the next 200 years!

—Rev. Shawn Hyska, pastor, First Kensington; Rev. James Poinsett, interim pastor, Newtown Presbyterian; Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace, executive presbyter
Rev. Kevin Porter, stated clerk
Elder Lawrence Davis, business administrator
Amy Ayres, office manager
Andrea Cameron, accounting manager
Luis Mercado, computer consultant and properties manager
Cassie Paulk, administrative assistant
Elder Betsi Moise, administrative assistant

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Brian Frick, PMA
Frank Friedrich, PMA
Wanda Fuller, APCU

Let us pray

God of eternity, you call us to be a people faithful to your call. May we find our prophetic hope in your voice. May we find our compassion in the depth of your heart and love. In Jesus, we pray these things. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 97; 145
First Reading Daniel 1:1-21
Second Reading 1 John 1:1-10
Gospel Reading John 17:1-11
Evening Psalms 124; 115

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