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Only If

ONLY IF

If it was mine to give, I’d give you the Stars on dark and lonely nights.

If it was mine to give, I’d give you a ball of fire to keep you warm on cold and stormy nights.

If it was mine to give, I’d take back the pain that you have as you stumble through the night.

If it was mine to give, I’d pluck the pearls from the ocean and hang them around your neck.

If it was mine to give, I’d build you a house in the middle of the sea, on a small island made for a queen.

Only if, it was mine to give.

BY LENNY JAYNES

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Food Box Distribution at St. Mark’s

From Christina Mancini, Warden at St. Marks

We are equal parts humbled and delighted to share that our church has been selected by local nonprofit The Ray of Hope Project, run by Frankford’s own Raymond Gant, for a food distribution event this Saturday at 10 am.

The boxes being provided weigh about 40 pounds or more and include fresh fruits and vegetables, so it would be helpful for anyone attending to bring along a wheeled shopping cart.

Thank you Raymond Gant for this enormous blessing and for all you do for our community!

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Second Phase of Covid Rental Assistance

The City of Philadelphia is helping renters stay in their homes. One way is by offering emergency rental assistance to help tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Rental assistance helps landlords too.

Applications for Covid rental assistance are available at the Frankford CDC (4667 Paul Street). You can pick one up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. The entire application must be completed with proof of income ID and copy of the lease. The landlord must sign a few documents as well.

Once the application is finished in its entirety, you have the option of either mailing it or faxing it. Partially completed applications will not be accepted.

See details below.

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Interim Pastor Kevin D. Jones, Second Baptist Church of Frankford

Frankford Residents Welcome Interim Pastor Kevin D. Jones, Second Baptist Church of Frankford

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Pastor Jones will officially lead the congregation as Interim Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Frankford!

Second Baptist is where he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. George N. Kenner. He also served under the Pastorate of Reverend Dr. Daryl R. Bradsbery, former pastor of Second Baptist church.

Pastor Jones credits many people who have prayed for him and also helped him along his Christian journey and taught him the value of serving the Lord. He has been instrumental and very active in several ministries such as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, male chorus, Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, member of the Trustee board, and Chairman of the Deacon board.

He received his education in the Philadelphia Public School system, and went on to seek his post education at California State College of PA. After 37 years with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Pastor Jones’s faith journey led him under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the support of many mentors, teachers, family, and friends to preach the gospel. He was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel on January 7, 2018 and Ordained as Pastor in September of 2019.

He is married to his lovely wife Robin for 34 years, and from their union have two beautiful children, daughter Morgan and son Jordan. In addition, cherishing two lovely grandchildren, Londyn and Logan.

Pastor Jones continues to serve the Lord in every capacity and continues to be a humble servant of the Lord. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

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The Cowden Drum and the Battle of Gettysburg

The Cowden Drum

From the time the first William Cowden immigrated from Ireland in the 1840’s, the Cowden family has played a prominent role in the history of Philadelphia generally, and in the Northeast section of the city in particular.

The elder William Cowden joined the Union army at the outbreak of the Civil War, and his son, also named William, while only in his early teens, enlisted as a drummer boy, as was customary at the time.

During one of the Virginia campaigns in 1862, the marching band of the 114th Regiment, to which the younger William Cowden belonged, after spending the night sleeping in a ditch unseen by the rest of their compatriots, missed the call to evacuate their newly won turf. The band members awoke to the bayonets of their Confederate captors, and were taken to the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond—their instruments confiscated. The 114th Regiment wore the exotic Zoave uniform, as seen in the photograph from 1864.

Marching band of the 114th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers

The imprisoned musicians of war were eventually repatriated in a prisoner of war exchange. The people of Frankford magnanimously took up a collection to replace the instruments appropriated by the band’s Confederate captors. This drum is believed to be one of those replaced instruments, and its later use by the younger William Cowden at the Battle of Gettysburg is documented in our acquisition records at the Historical Society of Frankford (HSF).

The drum was donated to the HSF by the Cowden family in 1963—exactly one hundred years after the Battle of Gettysburg—along with the musket used by the elder William Cowden at the landmark Battle.

The younger William Cowden later went on to join the newly reorganized Philadelphia fire department, and right up to the present, several of his descendants have distinguished themselves as local firefighters. He died in 1913—fifty years after the Battle of Gettysburg— while still a resident of Frankford.

The Benjamin Rush Chapter of Questers visited The Historical Society of Frankford and became aware of this drum and it’s history. The idea of conserving the instrument was discussed and raising of funds began.

The Questers is an organization devoted to studying, preserving, and sharing knowledge of history and antiquities. An estimate of work needed to bring the drum back to it’s former condition was obtained by HSF from Lara Kaplan, object conservator. A matching grant from the Pennsylvania Questers was applied for and received.

On July 1st 2020 the check from Pa. Questers was handed to HSF President Jerry Kolankiewicz from Benjamin Rush Quester Mildred Noonan.

The drum was handed over to Lara to begin the restoration.


It is unknown when the repair will be completed at this time. Many months of detailed restoration work are required. When it is returned to the HSF, It will be on permanent display. The exhibit is being planned and lecture in the future will be scheduled.