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Minister Emeritus FAQ

At our upcoming Congregational Meeting on June 5th, one of the items we are voting on is whether to grant Rev. Ken Beldon the title of “Minster Emeritus” upon his retirement. We’ve assembled an FAQ to help folks understand what that means, and how it works. As stated in a recent update from the Board of Trustees: The Emeritus designation is granted to a minister to honor long and meritorious service to a congregation where the minister has given devoted…

A Look Back at Our “Starting Small” Message Series

During the month of May, WellSprings offered four very special services, which set out to include people of all ages. We had some of our younger WellSpringers helping out as Worship Leaders, chalice lighters, hat passers, and even activity leaders. Keep reading to see a description of each week, and the accompanying photos and videos. Week 1: Mystery Seeds Rev. Ken led us in a planting activity. Each person present was given a small, biodegradable cup, some soil, and some…

WellSprings and Beth Israel Co-Sponsor a Performance of “Only A Girl”

On Thursday, April 28th, WellSprings Congregation and the Beth Israel Congregation co-sponsored a performance of the show “Only a Girl.” Held in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, this special presentation was created and Performed by Janet Rodgers. The 100+ attendees, both in-person and online, heard the inspiring true story of a young Catholic Polish girl who saved the lives of twelve young Jewish professionals during WWII. The 50-minute solo performance told the true story of Irena Gut Opdyke…

“Starting Small” – Our New Message Series

Sometimes we’ve got to start something new… even if we only have a little bit of what we need, to make it happen. Everything we begin in life is, essentially, a mystery. We never know how it will unfold. How do we find the courage to begin anyway? How can we discover, and trust, the good seeds in our lives? And what can we learn from our own past experiences, to help us remember that starting – even starting small – is worth…

Belonging Sunday Recap

This past Sunday, we gathered in Bell Hall and online to celebrate everything that WellSprings Membership means. Folks of all ages heard heartfelt and moving stories from several current members, and we took the opportunity to – as a congregation – welcome our newest members. You can watch the entire service below. You can also read a recap and view some photos on our website. If you are interested in learning more about WellSprings membership, you can take our upcoming…

Easter Sunday Recap

This past Sunday, April 17, we came together to celebrate Easter. This one was especially meaningful, as it was Rev. Ken’s last Easter service preaching at WellSprings. In case you missed it, you can view the entire service at this link. Here are a few photos from the day… Thank you, WellSprings, for making our celebration so special!

Easter Sunday at WellSprings

This Sunday, we hope you can join us, either in-person or online, for our annual Easter Service. If you haven’t yet joined us for a service in Bell Hall, here is an FAQ to let you know what things are like these days. If you plan to join us online, here is the link to our YouTube livestream for Easter.During service, kids can expect a YouthSpirit Easter Egg hunt with a slight twist this year: less candy, but a small mystery to solve…

Updates to Our Covid-19 Gathering Guidelines

Dear WellSprings, We’ve now held five services – both in-person and live-streamed – since re-opening Bell Hall last month! We’ve learned so much about offering multiple ways to connect with our community on Sunday mornings – and I’m so glad we are back to offering a physical place and time together, for those who seek it. You might remember that for ease with last month’s transition, we decided to return to Bell Hall with the same Covid-19 safety guidelines as…

Our New Message Series: The Great Integration

Millions of people quit their jobs in 2021. Over the last two years, people sold houses, changed careers, ended marriages, and moved to new towns at rates far beyond the norm – so much so, that journalists and social scientists started calling it “The Great Resignation.” It makes sense that in times of change, people change too. What does it look like to re-build, and re-integrate, all these new pieces of a life… with the old ones that are still…

A Letter From Rev. Lee and the Leadership Development Ministry

Dear WellSpringers, This message comes to you from me (Rev. Lee) but also from Mary Alsayegh, who currently serves on our Leadership Development Ministry – and it’s intended for our whole congregation, but especially for those of you who’ve missed being with our community these past two years, and who might be feeling something stirring inside you… a yearning that wants to see us all emerge from this time with clear eyes, new strength, and a fresh perspective. For obvious reasons, the…

Helping Hands: Project Recap and Thank You

We want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your many contributions to the HeartWorks & YouthSpirit HelpingHands service project! WellSpringers of all ages donated money and items, made cards and blankets, and assembled all donated materials into 100 bags. These bags will go to unhoused folks in center city Philadelphia in a few weeks; we are working with Better Days Ahead to schedule a date.  So much of the work to make this project possible took place long…