Social Witness @ PCCH

Weekend of Sharing 
Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We would love to see you again, from a safe social distance! Weekend of Sharing is a time for PCCH members to gather much needed supplies for our mission partners. Supplies can safely be dropped off at the church during the above hours. If you are unable to drop off items during this time and would like to arrange a pickup, please contact Melissa Montgomery at 610-506-0898 or at [email protected]. We will be happy to send someone to your home.

Also, if you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you can use this Give Now button (also on our website). If you want the funds to go to one of the specific mission partnerships you may choose the “Special Opportunity” option and add a note at the end of the submission as to where you would like those funds directed. You can also send a check to the church, made out to PCCH with the name of the mission partner in the memo line.

If you come on Sunday, please stay for an outdoor, socially distant dedication and service of Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m. (Details below.)

If you would like to help at the church drop-off or with supply pick-up, please contact Melissa. We will be collecting the following:

1. Backpacks for Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.
As you know, this is one of our biggest collection drives each year. Although school will look a bit different this year, the need has not changed. Please fill one (or more) child-sized backpacks with paper, scissors, glue sticks, stickers, pens, pencils or anything else that will make a child’s return to school easier and fun. These backpacks are distributed to children within PIHN’s program to assist those dealing with transitional homelessness.

2. School Supplies for Community Partnership School.
This year, we are thrilled to add Community Partnership School to our back to school drive. Community Partnership School is an independent school in North Philadelphia committed to providing a highquality education to children and their families from surrounding neighborhoods. The school believes that economic and educational inequality, along with structural racism, leave many youth living in low-income, low-wealth, and racially segregated areas excluded from high-quality education. It provides a high-quality education to any student despite their zip code, racial background, or economic status, believing that an inclusive and diverse community is a stronger community. Watch this video to learn more: CPS Video .

Supplies: Hand sanitizer (can be small or large containers) — high priority; Cleaning wipes.
Individual packages (of the following since our goal is for kids to have their own supplies to either prevent contamination or for remote learning): crayons, markers, colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, scissors, glue sticks, composition notebooks.
Donated funds will be used to purchase microphones for the faculty so they can teach with masks, face shields, air purifiers, hand sanitizer stations, and Plexiglas shields. If and when we return to remote learning, we will be purchasing Wi-Fi hotspots for families that do not have Internet access.

3. Pantry supplies for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry and PIHN.
Many of our partners, including GACM and PIHN, are continuing to provide food to those in need. Needed for this distribution are shelf-stable pantry items (no glass please!) including hearty soups, pasta, rice, canned meat and fish, and vegetables. PIHN is also in need or feminine hygiene products for women and teens in their program.

Service of Evening Prayer
Sunday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m.
If you are comfortable in attending, and able to do so, we will gather —
>with chairs spaced approximatey 10 feet apart
 >wearing masks throughout the service (please come wearing a mask)
 >listening to, but not singing, hymns, as group singing is known to be a cause of virus-spread
If you are not able to attend, we will record this service and post it for later viewing.

So that we can properly plan for seating, please RSVP to the church office at 215.247.8855 or email [email protected]