Opportunities at the Pierce School

One of GPC’s transformative ministries occurs at Pierce Elementary School in Philadelphia. As many of you are aware, most Philadelphia elementary schools have lost their libraries and librarians because of a lack of funding. At Pierce, an effort was undertaken by members of GPC and volunteers in the community to provide a library and allow the students to check out books. This has made an impact in the lives of these students.

We are looking for more volunteers to help out at Pierce, and continue this ministry to the children. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact Joanne Markman or Pastor Todd Stavrakos.

Calendar of Events and Birthdays


Tuesday, October 9th:

10 am Bible Study: First Letter to the Thessalonians

7 pm Women’s Book Club

Thursday, October 11th:

6:30 pm Meal

7 pm Contemplative Practices: Muslim traditions

Sunday, October 13th:

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Tuesday, October 16th:

10 am Bible Study

7:30 pm Session

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 21st:

3 pm Immigration Forum and Networking Event at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Monday, October 22nd:

7 pm An Evening of Interfaith Conversations at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Saturday, October 27th:

7 pm City Love: Performance and Workshop



October 8th:

Veronica Hall

October 15th:

Jack Holmes

October 16th:

Greg Loux

We can, we will be better!

Here are some of my thoughts related to the present Supreme Court nomination process…

A Thorn in the Flesh

I have such a jumble of emotions at the moment and I fear even writing this blog post. Even after reading John Meachum’s The Soul of America and understanding that our nation has been at dangerous crossroads before, I still ponder our future as a nation. The present challenge, the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, seems to be laying bare all our divisions, challenging our suppositions of what America is or could be.

I come to my present state as the father of a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, concerned about their futures, concerned about how they will be treated. I come to my present state as one who has been through confirmation battles before and someone who has seen how the process works. I have seen how nominees have been confirmed with a concern about how they would act upon the bench only to surprise the…

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Calendar and Birthdays


Tuesday, October 2nd:

10 am Bible Study: First Letter to the Thessalonians

Thursday, October 4th:

6:30 pm Dinner

7 pm  Interfaith Contemplative Practices: Muslim practices

Saturday, October 6th:

6 pm  Discovery Fellowship

Sunday, October 7th:

9:45 am Community Breakfast


11 am Worship: GPC Youth Leading Worshio: World Communion Sunday

Tuesday, October 9th:

10 am Bible Study: First Letter to the Thessalonians

7:30 pm Session



October 3rd:

Jessie Sheetz

Prayers for the Week of October 2nd

Prayers for Gail as she recovers from her pacemaker implant.

Prayers of healing for Pavel’s mother in law.

Prayers of mourning for the family and friends of Mike who committed suicide.

Prayers of healing for Andrew who is suffering from a brain bleed.

Prayers for Kate who is suffering from abdominal pain.

Prayers of recovery for Tom following his back surgery.

Prayers for mourning for Bob who is mourning the death of his wife.

Prayers for Jill as she struggles with lymphoma.


Shelter from the Storm

“Shelter From the Storm: An Interfaith Sukkot gathering”

Join us on Wednesday Night, September 26 from 7-9pm in the BAI Sukkah to share a communal meal, study and sing together. Rabbi David will lead a discussion on the central themes of the Festival of Sukkot (“booths”), and Hazzan Harold will lead us in songs on the themes of nature, freedom, and community. Friends from many area Houses of Worship are invited to be with us and we hope that you will join us, too. 

RSVP to the Beth Am Israel office at 610.667.1651

Voter Registration

With the upcoming election in November, we at GPC have the opportunity to participate as engaged citizens. As people of faith, there is a responsibility to be actively involved by voting. In the Presidential Elections of 2012 and 2016 it is estimated that only 58% of eligible voters participated in the election. In the 2014 election, less than 38% of eligible voters participated. Regardless of party affiliation, more must be done to increase participation in our elections. Power Metro congregations are assisting their congregants by providing registration and absentee ballot information as well as offering transportation to the polls on election day. Over the next month, there will be opportunities at church for both getting information and registering, beginning with the picnic on September 16th.