Recent News & Publications

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.

June 16, 2015

OWLS Trip to Bartram’s Garden on June 28th

By Sarah Punderson , 9:36 am

The OWLS (older, wiser parishioners) will take a trip to Bartram’s Garden on Sunday, June 28. Everyone will carpool from the church at 1 p.m. John Bartram (1699-1777) was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker, born in nearby Darby and imbued with a curiosity and reverence for nature, as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. Bartram purchased land from Swedish settlers in 1728, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. John Bartram, America’s first botanist, was endlessly curious about the natural world. He wanted to learn everything about the world around him and truly believed that all living things were beautiful in their own right. Bartram’s explorations of wild American landscapes were deeply influential to Europeans hungry for any and all information about the New World. Come join us for a lovely afternoon at Bartram’s Garden on Sunday, June 28. For more information, contact Reverend Cliff Cutler.

June 14, 2015

Parent’s Night Out On June 20th

By Sarah Punderson , 5:14 pm

This month’s Parent’s Night Out will be held on Saturday (6/20) at the Iron Hill Brewery. Parents can drop off their children for complimentary childcare from 5:30-9:30 p.m., courtesy of Saint Paul’s. Even if you decide to go elsewhere, children can be dropped off. Please RSVP with Cathy Davis at 215-687-1022 so the staff has an idea of the number of children and people for reservations.

June 9, 2015

Vestry Picnic on Sunday, June 14th

By Sarah Punderson , 1:49 pm

Our parish picnic, sponsored by the Vestry, takes place on Sunday (6/14) after the 10:30 a.m. worship. We will gather on our beautiful grounds for good food and fellowship. There is no need to bring anything; just come and enjoy. The Vestry will be providing the food and beverages. Children may wish to bring Frisbees and balls to play on the lawn. It is a great occasion for all of us of every generation to come together.

June 8, 2015

Praise! Saint Paul’s Choir at Verizon Hall on June 10th

By Sarah Punderson , 9:33 am

Show your support! Join the Adult Choir and Choristers of Saint Paul’s for an inspiring evening of sacred music.

Featuring the choirs of:
First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia (Andrew Senn, music director)
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill (Zach Hemenway, music director)
First United Methodist Church, Germantown (Kevin O’Malia, music director)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia (John Romeri, music director)
Accompanied by the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ and brass ensemble.

Stanford – Te Deum in B flat
Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden
Franck – Psalm 150
Matthews – The Lord is My Shepherd
Verdi – Libera Me Domine (from the Requiem)
Helfman – Hashkiveinu
Vierne – Kyrie (from the Solemn Mass)

More information here.

Check out for a 50% Funsaver for this event or use promo code PRAISEPAUL for a 20% discount at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

Join on Facebook and invite your friends.

June 2, 2015

Eat at the Trolley Car Diner or Cafe and Help Face-to-Face

By Sarah Punderson , 11:55 am

You are invited to a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser to benefit Face-to-Face Germantown at the Trolley Car Diner and the Trolley Car Cafe, from Monday, June 8th-Sunday, June 14th.

Present this Trolley Car Coupon to the cashier and the Trolley Car will donate 20% from your bill to Face-to-Face. The more you eat and drink, the more you help Face-to-Face reach their fundraising goal. Spread the word and have a great time! For more information, contact the Trolley Car’s Steve Urgo.

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