On Memorial Day weekend, Holy Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Elkins Park, is hosting their annual OPA Festival. Thousands of people come for the food and the crafts and the dances. Again this year, someone is sponsoring ads for both The King’s Jubilee and “Come and See” Icons, Books & Art to help this ministry. In fact this year, there will be two ads for TKJ. Since they asked to sell the magnets at the Resource Center, we are using the business card ad to advertise the magnets.

Here are the PDFs of the ads:  

The King’s Jubliee color ad

TKJ business card ad

Come and See” Icons, Books & Art ad

Update on Philadelphia Hijinks

The Philadelphia City Council unanimously censured Mayor Nutter over his misuse of power to use regulatory decrees of the Parks and Rec Dept. and the Health Dept. to make serving of the poor and homeless outdoors illegal. They pointed out that there were no funds available for the enforcement of these new regulations, much less to make up for the services that would be lost due to their enforcement. Add that on top of an anticipated $43 million cut in state funding for social services next year, they said it looks like Mr. Nutter must be taking crazy pills. Since the decrees were contested, the depts. had to hold more public hearings.

Instead of backing down, the mayor doubled down in his defiance against the people of the city and is making a mockery of democracy. Parks & Rec. scheduled their hearing with ten days notice. It was scheduled for May 2 at 7pm. At 10am on April 25, they changed the hearing time to 6pm that evening, in the hopes that no one would show up. This was a deliberate attempt to subvert democracy. Nutter should be impeached and run out of town on a rail! Shame on him!

In spite of this shady tactic, about 50 citizens showed up. All were opposed to the proposed regulation. About half spoke,including Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and a couple of lawyers, who pointed out the unconstitutionality and illegality, gross stupidity, and general injustice of this regulation. It was called a hearing. I wonder if anyone was truly listening.

The charter is such that the mayor, if he is bullheaded and obtuse enough, can go ahead and enact and try to enforce these regulations without city council’s approval. However, the budget process is about to start. Council may want assurances from the mayor that these regs. will disappear for good, if he is to get certain things he may desire in the budget.

The regulations had better disappear or they will hurt the city financially, not just in added enforcement costs. There will be services lost. With that, there will either be added service costs or added human costs in the forms of theft, illness or starvation. The disorder and tension this mess is bringing is not a friendly climate for tourism and entertainment and there is talk of a boycott of Philadelphia if it persists on a course of violating a basic human right of being able to share food with one’s neighbor.

This, in the “City of Brotherly Love!”

Mount Moriah Cemetery Clean Up Days

The Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery are organizing several cleanup days over the next several months. We want to encourage participation in this worthy work. We would like to participate as a TKJ team. So shoot me an email or give a call if you plan on attending so we can coordinate and fellowship as we work. There are two sides to the cemetery, one on either side of the Cobbs Creek Parkway: Philadelphia and Yeadon.

The following is from the FOMMC website:

Join the Friends on May 19th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a cleanup event at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Friends, relatives, historians and anyone interested in Mount Moriah Cemetery are asked to meet at the Yeadon entrance to the cemetery on Cobbs Creek Parkway starting at 8:00 AM.
The Friends and its partners are working to developing a sustainable future for the cemetery and the greater Mount Moriah community. Volunteers are needed to continue the work of clearing the cemetery of weeds, tall grass and debris. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome and encouraged to participate! While hand tools and gloves will be supplied, the Friends would like to remind you that volunteers are permitted to bring power equipment, such as mowers and weed whackers, with them to the event. If you will be bringing equipment, please let us know by sending an email to info@fommc.org so that we can better plan our activities.
The Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery will coordinate future volunteer efforts and have scheduled additional cleanup events as follows:

June 9, 2012
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 14, 2012
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

August 11, 2012
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

September 8, 2012
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

October 13, 2012
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We hope that volunteers will consider returning to the cemetery to support the efforts to restore this iconic treasure.