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July 27, 2015

Your Impact: A Family for Zymira

By Sarah Punderson , 3:30 pm

Zymira’s story is the second in a bi-weekly series to showcase the impact proceeds from the Saint Paul’s Rummage Sale have made in Philadelphia. For more information on the outreach work at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, please contact Shara Dunham, Outreach Coordinator. zymira

Ten months ago, during a three-month stay with her mother at St. Barnabas Mission, Zymira learned about the Episcopal Community Services Youth Center from a shelter employee. “They said it would be a good fit for me since I was the oldest kid in the shelter. They said to check it out and that it would benefit me … and I have been here since. I’m not really a sociable person, but when I got here, I felt comfortable to open up and talk about what I’ve been through … I just love the people.”

ECS’ Seeing Youth Succeed program (SYS) provides leadership development and employment preparation through a variety of hands-on projects, activities and workshops. It combines project-based learning, cognitive-behavioral therapy and vocational assessments for some of the city’s most under-resourced youth, aiming to break the cycle of poverty.

Through its projects, the center encourages collaboration and teamwork and teaches participants how to manage conflict before landing their first jobs. Zymira said, “We have our moments where we all disagree, but we all find a compromise to make decisions as whole group.”

SYS also helps youth identify career paths and goals based on their skills and interests, using the comprehensive online vocational assessment, CareerScope. As for Zymira, she said, “I want to be a family lawyer or a fashion designer … or maybe an author, because I have a crazy imagination.”

Zymira is currently in the eleventh grade, and for the most part, enjoys school: “it’s a decent learning environment, but there are some bad kids.” She prefers the Seeing Youth Succeed program and encourages her friends to come, too. “They help you with your future and it’s three hours on a Saturday, so get up and do something. You can actually meet friends … we are like one big family.”

July 23, 2015

Guest Preacher this Sunday: Miguel Pulido of Gideons International

By Visible Missions , 11:08 am

Miguel Pulido will be our guest preacher on Sunday, July 26. He is a member of Gideons International which was founded in 1899. It is the oldest Christian business and professional association in the U.S. They distribute Bibles and New Testaments in 90 different languages throughout the world, believing that God’s Word changes lives.


(Scroll picture is courtesy of Gideons International)

July 16, 2015

Summer Tuesday Nights at the Movies

By Visible Missions , 9:43 am

Our final film of the series is Amélie (2001, 121 min.) to be shown on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned Dixon House. Amélie is a healing presence and a gift of grace for a blind man, and a force of judgment toward a cruel green grocer.

July 13, 2015

Your Impact: An Identity for Carol

By Sarah Punderson , 3:30 pm

Carol’s story is the first in a bi-weekly series to showcase the impact proceeds from the Saint Paul’s Rummage Sale have made in Philadelphia. For more information on the outreach work at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, please contact Shara Dunham, Outreach Coordinator. carol

In a pinch it’s easy enough for most of us to prove we are who we say we are.  We can simply pull out a driver’s license or, maybe a passport.  Unfortunately, many of our guests at Broad Street Ministry don’t have that option.  For those who have no ID, proving that they are who you are can be next to impossible.  For one of our guests named Carol, our Identification Restoration program here at Broad Street Ministries was how she was able to get her identity back.

Although Carol has lived in the US for many years, she was born in Scotland, and is still a citizen of the UK. After completing her studies in London, Carol traveled around the world working on a number of cruise ships.  Two years ago, while Carol was living outdoors, and had to keep all of her important documents on her person, her wallet was stolen.  In an instant every document that could prove her identity was gone. She had no green card, no passport, no social security card, and no state identification. And she had no way of getting those vital documents back.

Here’s the problem most of us don’t think about – How do you get identification, if you don’t have any identification? What do you need first the state ID to get the birth certificate, or the birth certificate to get the state Id?

Carol realized that before she did anything else, she needed to establish an address where she could have those documents sent.  So Carol met with Brittany, Broad Street Ministry’s Postmaster General, who helped her set up a mailing address through BSM’s mail service.  Brittany also helped her acquire a BSM picture identification, which gave her the leverage she needed to finally reacquire her social security card, her Pennsylvania ID, her passport, and most importantly in terms of getting a job, her green card.

Looking back on all she went through, Carol says, “It felt good to be reassured I was who I said I was…even I was beginning to doubt.”  Her newly restored identification has opened doors for her to travel, to work, and to access services throughout the city.  Perhaps most surprising for Carol is that she found that the greatest benefit to reclaiming her identity has been that she again has a library card. “As silly as it may sound, it just feels so good to check out books from the library,” she remarked. 

Rummage proceeds change lives in our community.


July 9, 2015

Summer Tuesday Night at the Movies

By Zach Hemenway , 10:27 am

Enchanted April  (1991, 93 min.) will be shown on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned Dixon House. Four dissimilar women find the healing power of place – San Salvatore. An enchanted villa is a mystical venue of healing that restores the women’s lives.

July 1, 2015

Jennifer Sager is a NCAA Champion, and She Needs Your Help

By Sarah Punderson , 11:57 am

Jennifer Sager, daughter of Tim and Margaret Sager, has been rowing since her Springside days. Her crew at Trinity College just won the NCAA National Championships. She and her partner Kathryn Oram have qualified for the Under 23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She hopes to raise $3500 in addition to what her family has been able to contribute in order to compete in this championship. If you would like to help Jennifer, USRowing has set up a fundraising page here. You can help fulfill her dream of competing in this race. “I will work my butt off, compete hard, and do my best to bring home a medal for the United States.”

Thank You Sarah!

By Sarah Punderson , 10:39 am

Sarah Punderson finishes three years of ministry with us as Assistant for Communication. She has served in that position admirably. Last year the Budget Committee, Vestry, and Rector decided to explore the option of outsourcing communication in order to bring in a wider array of competencies than one person could provide. Sarah deserves much credit for bringing us to this point. She has related warmly to parishioners and served each one’s needs well. We wish her nothing but the best in the pursuits that lie before her.

Summer Tuesday Night Movies

By Sarah Punderson , 10:35 am

The Way (2010, 115 min.) will be shown Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned Dixon House. A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

June 23, 2015

Vacation Bible School Summer 2015

By Sarah Punderson , 10:27 am

Join Saint Paul’s and Saint Martin’s for a week of fun, games, scripture stories, and songs as children learn about how to live out God’s love in the world!

Click here to register.

The program runs Monday, August 3rd – Friday, August 7th, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and is open to rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders. There is also a half-day program for preschoolers (ages 3.5 and up) that runs all five days from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All camp registration includes lunch daily and a t-shirt. VBS will be held at the Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
(8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118).

Fees and Scholarships
One week’s Camp registration is $75 per camper, or $45 per camper for Preschool Camp. If you need financial assistance, scholarships are available: please contact Barb Ballenger at or 215.247.7466 x102 before completing the online registration. Registration Deadline is Friday, July 10th Please reserve early – last year registration space did run out.


June 21, 2015

Summer Tuesday Night Movies

By Sarah Punderson , 12:16 pm

I Confess  (1953, 95 min.) begins our Summer Tuesday Night movie series on  June 30 at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned Dixon House. Master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock directs screen legend Montgomery Clift in this story driven by confession and confidentiality leading a priest to become the prime suspect in a murder.

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