A request from the mailbag:
My name is Debbie Strand, and I am assisting with the effort to help restore Mount Moriah Cemetery to some semblance of a respectable resting ground for thousands of Philadelphia's great ancestors (including a great-great-grandfather of mine). I spent some time reviewing your website last night, and I must tell you it is very interesting! Thank you for taking the time to enlighten others about the responsibility we have as a society to respect and maintain such important historical structures.
I have been trying to gather information on a church called Advent Protestant Episcopal Church, or Church of the Advent, in Philadelphia. Supposedly this church owned a section of burial plots at Mount Moriah, but I have been unable to find any information online which could be helpful to me. I did uncover an artist's drawing of the church on Flickr-- http://www.flickr.com/photos/library-company-of-philadelphia/4700228189/, and the note below the photo which says it is located on Old York Road.
My question is-Have you ever heard of this church, or photographed it? Is it still standing? Or perhaps you know if it has been refurbished for a different purpose? Better yet, maybe you know whom would I contact to find out if any records were kept regarding burials of former parishioners at Mount Moriah? Any information you could provide would be helpful.
I appreciate your consideration-
Ooooo, I love a good treasure hunt.
For what it's worth, I've attached Debbie's photo above. I did some checking around, and I found an entry in a Philadelphia architectural database for a Church of the Advent at 2507 N. 5th Street, near 5th & Cumberland. The church is still standing, and is apparently still in use as the Juan 3:16 Asambleas de Dios, a chapter of the Assemblies of God sect.
So I put it to you, good readers. If anyone knows anything about this church or its whereabouts, please chime in.