Thus begins the current mission statement of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (TPPC). We are a small, but active church in Takoma Park, Maryland working for social justice from Silver Spring to Jinocuao, Nicaragua.
Our church is known as "a church for all people" because our congregation is made up of people of many races, cultures, occupations, ages, and sexual orientations.
A summary of what we learned from our listening campaign appears below:
We as a church community yearn to:
Be shaped and changed by God
Engage our children and youth in church life
Address inequalities in our local and global communities
Care for our environment
Deepen our connections to each other
We welcome all to join our worship on Sunday at 10 AM (for the summer), and we welcome you here as well.
The flyer for the TPPC 2019 Visioning Retreat is available for download from this website. This retreat will be held September 20-22 at the Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown, Maryland.
All members and friends of TPPC are invited to attend this all-church retreat.
Takoma Park Presbyterian faces the same challenges as many houses of worship across the country. The cost of maintaining our beautiful, historic structure, which is accessible to all members of the community and provides a safe environment for young and old, has skyrocketed. Through the years, we have been forced to defer necessary maintenance for lack of funds.
Right now we need help putting on a new roof! We have thoughtfully debated how we can preserve our building and still keep our space affordable for community groups. One way you can help keep our space accessible is by donating today to support the roof.
For more information on the campaign, access the article on the TPPC News Page.
For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page. We have switched to our Summer Worship Schedule - services begin at 10 AM.
For the balance of the Sunday School year, the adult class will be digging into the question of Who is My Neighbor? based in the practical experience of organizations in which TPPC and/or TPPC members participate. Whether or not you have been a regular participant in the class this year, please consider coming for these final sessions to learn more about various mission activities the church is involved with both in the local and global community.
With the new summer schedule, the Adult Education class will follow worship. The Who Is My Neighbor series will conclude on June 9th, with a discussion of the Community Kitchen and Crossroads Community Food Network.
For more information on specific topics, access the Christian Education page.
Sunday is Pentecost, the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. Through Pentecost Offering we will join congregations to shape the education provided at public schools, through the "Educate a Child, Transform the World" national initiative. We believe that every child deserves access to high quality education.
Please give generously. For more information, access the Presbyterian Missions website.
We will wear red which is symbolic of the flames of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Jim Reisner joined Takoma Park Presbyterian Church as our new interim pastor on October 2, 2017. Rev. Reisner hails from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, where he was pastor for 15 years. During his time there, the church opened its doors to immigrant neighbors from West Africa and eventually created partnerships with congregations in Tema, Ghana.
More information on Rev. Reisner is available on this website.
What: Church's ministry of gleaning at the Takoma Park Farmer's Market: Leviticus 23:22 "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God."
Who: Volunteers from TPPC gather on the second Sunday of each month, year-round. We need volunteers! This is a family-friendly activity that takes less than two hours. At least two adults with two cars are needed each time we glean. More is great! Children are most welcome to assist; the farmers love them.
Why: To assist Shepherd's Table, a local non-profit, whose mission is to "provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner." (See http://shepherdstable.org/)
Where: We meet at the Clock Tower in Takoma Park at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues at the Farmer's Market. Bring new paper yard waste bags and boxes (Costco is a great source - and you don't have to be a member).
When: Approximately 1:40 pm to start offering boxes and bags to farmers; we go back and collect them just before and after 2:00 pm when the market officially closes. Some farmers will give early, whereas others will wait until after 2:00 pm. All are expecting you. Folks from different churches volunteer every Sunday.
Then what? After we gather all the food by 2:15 or so, we load it into two cars (suggest volunteers park at either end of the market) and take to Shepherd's Table. There, Scotty, their cook, warmly accepts it and will be happy to give you a tour of the kitchen where he turns out meals for up to 150 people a week. You're usually finished by 3:15 pm at the latest.
P.S. Attention high school youth: You can get two hours of volunteer service for each time you participate. Scotty will sign your form.
Jashemski Scholarships provide financial assistance for students of outstanding intellectual ability as evidenced by prior academic performance, and significant religious commitment as evidenced by formal membership in a religious body, regular participation in its worship life, and active involvement in its service ministry.
Recipients will be students (17-25 years of age) who:
More information can be found on the Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund page. Applications are due February 15 each year.
TPPC has a virtual bookstore, hosted by Cokesbury.com for TPPC. You can access the virtual bookstore by clicking on the "Virtual Bookstore" graphic to the right of this text.
Vistors to our virtual bookstore will be able to order books from Cokesbury.com at a discount, with a percentage of qualifying sales going to support TPPC.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone : 301-270-5550
email : email@example.com
. The Rev. Jim Reisner, Interim Pastor
Una Kettering, Office Administrator
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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