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Honoring the Original Front Line Helpers – Members of Our Armed Forces!

This Memorial Day Weekend, we want to remember those who have served our country as well as all of us! We are proud of our “Frankford Heroes” who demonstrated time and again their dedication through the years.
Bob Smiley, the Editor of The Frankford Gazette, has continued to compile their stories and update their stories. Bob’s book, along with co-author, Richard W. Johnson, tells the story of 190 brave souls willing to risk all for their country and 147 of them did give their lives.

Through Tuesday evening, May 26, if you purchase a copy of Bob and Richard’s book ($14.95) through our website, we will donate 20% of the list price to be shared between St. Mark’s Church in Frankford and the CDA Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 Matthew 25 Food Cupboard at St. Mark’s. Here’s the link – we accept PayPal, Credit or Debit Cards or you can mail us a check. Also, Bob has just finished the ebook version of “Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition” which contains even more information and links.

Here is an interview done with Bob today where he explains how his passion to tell our local Veterans’ stories continues to motivate his efforts. For more information, please contact
Thank you! Have a safe holiday! Let’s Remember and Honor Our Vets – past and present!
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Please consider attending the annual luncheon benefiting the museum on Saturday,
March 21, 2020.
The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library is the only museum in this area that is solely dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of the Civil War.
The collection is recognized for its historical significance and features numerous relics of singular historical importance including:  General Meade’s warhorse Old Baldy, handcuffs found in John Wilkes Booth’s trunk after the assassination, the strip of the pillowcase and Lincoln’s blood, Dr. Mary Walker’s medical case, the bullet that killed Col. Edward Baker at Ball’s Bluff, and the uniform of Col. DeWitt Clinton Baxter of the 72nd PA Infantry.
As members of the historical community, it is vitally important that we show our support for the museum, or this wonderful museum will disappear.
Please consider attending the annual luncheon benefiting the museum on March 21, 2020.  This is so much more than a luncheon. 
·      You will have a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet both old and new friends who share your interest in history;
·      We have a great keynote speaker, historian and author of many Civil War books, Bradley Gottfried;
·      you can explore the books and merchandise from Jim Schmick’s Civil War and More;
·      you will be eligible to win one of many great especially selected raffle prizes;
·      and you will have an opportunity to purchase authentic Civil War relics.
All this while also helping us to secure the future of the museum.
Please check out the luncheon notice and make your reservation.  Without your support, this wonderful and historic museum may well become a thing of the past; only a memory.
Invites All Museum Supporters and
Civil War Enthusiasts to the
Saturday, March 21, 2020
12:00 noon – 3:30 PM
Cannstatter Volkfest Verein
9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
(Intersection of Academy Rd. and Frankford Ave., at I-95 Academy Road exit)
Keynote speaker  BRADLEY M. GOTTFRIED
Nationally recognized historian and author
Presentation of the GRAND ARMY AWARD
** Three course Chefs Luncheon  **
History books, videos, music featuring Jim Schmick  “Civil War & More.”
Free door prizes – Print raffles
*Reservations requested by March 13, 2020
Please make checks payable to GAR MUSEUM, and mail with reservation form below to: GAR MUSEUM, Attn: Herb Kaufman, 4278 Griscom Street, Phila., PA 19124.      To Reserve by EMAIL:
Name(s) __________________________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $___________________
Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone _________________________ Email Address (for confirmation) _______________________________________
Entrée Choices (please indicate number):
Chicken ________                       Beef ________                 Salmon ________
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Designer Bag Bingo

“Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Francis de Sales #2617 Annual Designer Bag Bingo to be held at Monsignor Lynch Hall, Holy Innocents Church.
Saturday, March 28, 2020,  doors open at 5:30 PM.  Games begin at 6:30 PM.
$30 in advance, $35 at door.  BYOB,  BYOS.  Raffle Baskets and Share the Wealth.  Bring non-perishable food for Matthew 25 Food Cupboard and receive a special raffle chance.
“Sweetheart  Deal” – Buy your ticket by February 21 and receive a chance for second chance bag raffle.
Checks payable to CDA/Court St. Francis de Sales, 4543 Worth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Call Joan for information 744-6219
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St. James Reboot

By Kaitlyn Brown

St. James Lutheran Church, located in the Northwood section of Northeast Philadelphia, has been the spiritual home to thousands of Christians since it was founded in 1929. I know, because I’m one of them.

St. James was the first church my family belonged to. It’s where my brother and sister and I made our confirmations. It’s where my stepfather was saved 20 years ago and where he and my mother were married.

This is the place where my siblings and I –- and hundreds of other kids — participated in countless traditions like the Live Nativity, our annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” our Haunted Church in the fall, and ongoing Bible studies and coffee houses that brought the Word, wrapped so beautifully in music, to life.

Our beloved pastor, Paul Andell, lead the church for decades. He retired and moved away a few years ago. Unfortunately, the church was unable to survive his departure for a number of reasons, and the doors were closed last year.

Now, Pastor Paul is back. His love for St. James and his call to service were strong and deep enough to lure him out of retirement and back to Philadelphia. He’s ready to reboot St. James and is working with the church council to open the doors of this special place back up to the community that it had served with such love, acceptance and compassion for so many years.

On Jan. 26, Pastor Paul and the church band put together a service in the theater section of the church. The building has no heat or running water, but as you can see from the picture above, devoted members of the congregation bundled up in coats and wrapped themselves in blankets to attend.

St. James is a truly special place. Its spirit has stayed open even when its doors were closed.

But now St. James and Pastor Paul are back. But help is needed as they work their way through this transitional phase.

If you have ever been any part of St. James — whether you worshiped with us on Sunday mornings, or shared coffee and fellowship at our coffee houses, or went on mission trips with the Youth Ministry, or even just passed by and felt the community warmth and love of the Lord emanating from within… please consider making a contribution so that St. James can get back to being the faithful servant community that it once was.

Even if you can’t contribute, please share this with anyone you know who holds St James in their hearts.

Gofundme at this link: