Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the community’s desire to “flatten the curve,” the Session has approved the following recommendation:
There will be no in-person worship this Sunday. We will go to a live stream only worship service this Sunday at 8:45 a.m., to continue through the end of the month. The service will be available for you to stream live at 8:45 a.m., or at your convenience. We invite you to join our live stream Watch Party on Facebook, or watch on our website (links to both are in our bio).
This decision is not made lightly. Our hope is that action now will make possible a return to regular activity sooner. This is a rapidly changing context and we will continue to make decisions in response to new information as it emerges.
Please visit myersparkpres.org/coronavirus to find additional communications, cancellations, and resources.
It's not every day 65 teenagers(!) choose to join the church. For months they've been working hard to prepare for this moment – studying, asking questions, and growing deeper in faith. Yesterday morning, they publicly claimed their faith and the vows that were made to them at baptism, and were confirmed in front of our congregation. Welcome to the family, 2020 Confirmands!
Yesterday, one of our Weekday School classes celebrated Roxaboxen. In the early 1900s in Yuma, Arizona, children played in an area with no grass or playground equipment. They used objects like cacti, rocks, and boxes to create an imaginary village. The story later became a children's book and the site has now become a park, celebrating the joyful imagination of children.⠀ ⠀
The Weekday School children wrote their own rules and constitution, exchanged rocks for goods (rocks are the official currency of Roxaboxen), and had a wonderful time using their imaginations.
"Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” - Mark 10:15
We love moments like these – sitting in on Weekday School Chapel will always bring a smile to your face.
The good news of great joy is that God comes not only to perfect people or in perfect situations, but whoever we are, wherever we are.
Merry Christmas, indeed.
𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵, 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥, 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘥,
𝘣𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦;
𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦.
𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦.
𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺.
𝘉𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵, 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘶𝘴
𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩
𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦,
𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦, 𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴,
𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥.
You have six opportunities to worship with us today!
Family-Friendly Worship, 2 & 5 p.m., Sanctuary & Celebrate – these services take a family-friendly format with lessons and carols as well as a live nativity, brass quintet, and the Celebrate band. There will be candle lighting (and glow sticks for young children). Childcare available.
Traditional Worship, 8 & 11 p.m., Sanctuary – Experience these traditional services with communion and candle lighting. No childcare available.
Jesus was once two years old. And four. And might have driven his parents a little crazy but certainly brought the kind of joy to life that was present this evening at our Children's Christmas Pageant.
We ❤️ a standing room only crowd, but next time we'll put out more chairs and make more cookies!
Special thanks to everyone who made tonight a success, particularly @jessica.valent1ne, Amy House, Catherine Harkey, Lana Moeller, and accompanist extraordinaire, Emilie Williams.
ICYMI: What does home mean to you?
Is it where you lay your head at night? Is it where you feel safety, welcome, and rest? Is it where you go to relax, or cry? Is it where your loved ones are?
Every now and then in life, we get a true taste of home. During his drive to Hickory a few weeks ago, Rev. Joe Clifford rolled down his window and asked a homeless man if he could buy his sign. About the exchange, Joe said it was a moment of human interaction — seeing each other as brothers in God’s family. “It was a taste of home.”
You don’t have to buy a sign to get a taste of humanity — or a taste of home. Home is to be discovered within God. It is not simply the temple of God, not the house of God. Rather, the home the pilgrim seeks is in God (cf. Psalm 84).
Missed Sunday’s sermon? You can watch it now on our website. Click the 🔗link in our bio ➡ Services and Live Stream.
All are invited to join @mppc_pw in supporting the Jubilee Store, which gives @charlotte_family_housing families the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts at a reduced rate for their family members.
You can get involved in the following ways:
🍁 Now-November 24: Select a leaf from the “thankful boards” in the welcome center, and purchase the requested gift (no need to wrap it!)
🎁 December 2-5: Assist with organizing, pricing, and transporting gifts
🛒 December 7-8 (store operation days): Serve as shopping assistants, wrap gifts, or play games with children in childcare
Interested in serving? Head over to myersparkpres.org/jubilee-store/
Our staff and clergy had the privilege of working together on our 32nd @habitatclt home, the 12th in Grier Heights.
The backyard shed that will accompany this home has been placed outside our church sanctuary. Stop in to write a prayer or note to the homeowner, then sign up for one of the upcoming build days! Hit up that link in our bio for more deets.
#LivingOutLove #TheMoreNailsTheBetter #AffordableHousing #BLDCLT
Our partners in Mbuji Mayi, DRC, dedicated the Magi Girls Pilot School on Tuesday!
This school expands on the success and impact of another girl's school, Dipa dia Nzambi, and advances the shared vision of the Congolese Presbyterian Church and MPPC.
Although the recent unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo limits our Congo team's travel, our partnerships continue aided by the dedicated work of Gwenda Fletcher and Jeff Boyd, @pcusa mission co-workers, and the Congolese Presbyterian Church.
Read more on the MPPC blog (link in bio). 📸: Jeff Boyd
A week filled with laughter and vulnerability and ice cream and hammocks and deep questions about our faith. This is the magic of Montreat. Link in bio.
Also our bus got stuck on the way home.
@mppcyouth #Montreat #myc19