POWER is founded on relationship building, growing outward one-to-one until POWER members can hear the cries of the people of God. In each congregation, relationship building begins with a Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The work of our LOC is to assure that our congregation is in touch with the values and goals of POWER, so it is eager to join its large action events. These events demonstrate to city administration that POWER is using the democratic process to address the needs of Philadelphia’s most economically distressed citizens.
POWER’s structure can be pictured as a wheel. The hub is comprised of three Action Teams: Economic Dignity, Education and Live Free. Economic Dignity’s primary aim is to pass legislation setting a living wage for Philadelphians, with a secondary aim of creating solar energy jobs for low-income city residents. Education’s primary aim is establishing full, fair, racially-balanced funding for PA’s public schools. Live Free’s aims are to end mass incarceration and to build racial and cultural communication and understanding. The wheels of POWER’s spokes are the staff, including four community organizers plus an Associate Director and an administrative assistant. The tire runs on POWER’s Board of Directors, Clergy Caucus, Legislative Assembly (all of us meeting together), and the Executive Director. The energy to run it comes from the member congregations and their LOCs.
St. Martin’s LOC will work best as its members attend the Action Team or Legislative Assembly meetings which happen on the second Tuesdays of each month. Each of our LOC members chooses one of the Action Teams to join. Then all of us can meet together following the 11:15 a.m. service on the succeeding Sunday. These LOC meetings are brief sharing of Action Team upcoming activity. LOC members can be involved as much or little as they want to be. The more one is involved however, the more satisfaction one enjoys. One of the most important side benefits of intense involvement is the increasing ability to share with other faiths and cultures.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.