Cedar Park Presbyterian Revival

October 11, 2013
Written by Arlene Edmonds for the Philadelphia Tribune

The Cedar Park Presbyterian Church is planning to revive Northwest Philadelphia this weekend. The community church’s annual four-day revival began Thursday, with Bishop Anthony C. Hanna and will culminate at their Sunday morning mass. The church is located at 7740 Limekiln Pike on the border of Mount Airy and West Oak Lane.

The focus of this year’s revival is on the youth. So, the Rev. Sean Wise of Shalom Bible Fellowship will be the guest speaker at the youth service on Friday, at 7 p.m. This will be followed a revival service aimed at a more intergenerational audience by Pastor Derrick Johnson, founder of the Joshua Harvest Church in Wilmington, on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

Cedar Park’s recently installed pastor will deliver the revival message at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon, a Philadelphia native, began her tenure at the predominantly African American Presbyterian church last spring. She was most recently pastor of a Baptist church in North Carolina.

“We really want to build up the faith of we, who are the church,” Dixon said. “When we think of the vision for the church it’s not just about building up the membership. You can have 2,000 people in your church and no one is really growing spiritually or doing anything for others. So, you can point to your books and say we have 2,000, but [one] asks what are they there for?

“This revival is about helping us to remember that we are called into the world to make disciples. We want to be known as disciples in our community. We want to be a blessing to others because it’s not just about us. That’s why I am so excited about this revival that starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday,” Dixon said.

The revival comes on the heels of a breakfast fundraising event for the church ministries held on Saturday, Oct. 5. While the menu featured eat-in or takeout foods ranging from turkey, pork, fried fish, scrambled eggs, grits or pastries the emphasis was on supporting the church’s Stewardship Committee.

The fundraiser drew a full house of church members and those active in the community who do not call Cedar Park their church home. Among those present were Finley Advisory Council president Walter Marlin and the group’s secretary Gerry Sizemore, both of Mount Airy. The group’s vice chair, Margaret Turner, attends the church.

Also on hand was community activist and entrepreneur Cynthia Crenshaw. “I am a Lutheran but I think it’s important to support all the community churches that are doing good things in the neighborhood. This event is great and I hope to be at the revival,” Crenshaw said.

Steve Green concurred. He is an active member of the church, known for being a founding member of the popular group Breakwater.

“We are just excited to have a new pastor. Our revival will have music and worship. It’s really a time for dynamic speakers and we are really looking forward to the youth night,” Green said.

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