City Love: Music and Justice, Faith and Action

We are so fortunate to have this amazing duo coming to Gladwyne Presbyterian for a concert/workshop. The event is being co-sponsored by Beth David, Overbrook Presbyterian, and Beth Am Israel. Although the event is planned for youth in grades 6-12, it is open and will be enjoyable for all ages. So adults and younger children, you are welcome to come too! 
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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.

Interfaith Contemplative Practices 2018

We are thrilled to be offering our second series of Interfaith Contemplative Practices.
Register here for this free event open to all visitors and friends or visit our registration page.

This year we are offering two weeks with each tradition in order to allow a greater opportunity for dialogue about our practices. This will also give us the chance to practice what we have learned after the first week and to come back for reflection the second week.

Thursday evenings
Dinner 6:30
Program 7:00-8:00
For youth and adults

  • October 4 and 11: Muslim Prayers with Asheq Fazlullah
  • October 18 and 25: Jewish Sung Prayers with Hazzan Harold Messinger
  • November 8 and 15: Qigong with Dawn Weisbord
  • Nov 29 and Dec 6: Zen Buddhist Meditation with John Gruber

We will begin each evening with a simple vegetarian meal, in the practice of interfaith gatherings. If you are willing to volunteer to work on a team of dinner providers, please let Margaret know.

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.


Community Breakfast: Sunday October 7

Join us for a community breakfast at 9:45 am on Sunday.
All are welcome!
Those who have attended the first three week session of COALESCE will fill us in on what they discussed, and we will get a preview of the next three week session of adult education programming.

Enjoy a time of fellowship over Mark’s egg casserole and other breakfast goodies.
If you would like to contribute anything, please let Margaret know by Friday.

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