Empowerment in Crisis: Things you CAN do.
March 19, 2020, updated March 25, 2020*
Supporting each other in the time of Coronavirus
*Food Drive for St. Luke's Food Pantry. We are calling for non-perishable food donations to be delivered to St. Martin's to be shared with St. Luke's. Please deliver items to the red wagons on the parish house porch. St. Luke's is reopening its food pantry on April 3, so please get items to us by April 2!
*Covenant House Emergency Needs. In addition to supporting Covenant House in Germantown as part of our Easter Memorial dedications, we are also asking for much-needed donations. Click the button below for a full list of needed items.
Check in on your neighbors! You can write a note and put it in their mailbox. Make a good old-fashioned phone call or send an email. See how they are doing and what their needs may be. We are glad to organize grocery shoppers for people who cannot get out for whatever reason!
Volunteers are available to help people in quarantine or isolation. Do you need errands done, groceries delivered, trash taken to the driveway? We have volunteers ready to help you out. Please contact the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel. We are here for you every step of the way!
Make a donation to the Rector's Discretionary fund. The Rector will be using the fund to support members and neighbors who are being laid off from their jobs and struggling to pay the bills and stay supplied with food.
Stop by the church to pray. The doors will be open and a little personal prayer break is always good for the soul. The Mary Chapel door, facing St. Martin’s Lane, is always open 24/7.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel
(215) 247-7466 ext. 101
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.