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Application Deadline February 15
Pastor's Thought for the Week
Pastor Musings - Autumn Equinox
Stewardship 2014: Strengthening The Foundation
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
Pondering Our Past (P.O.P.)
Next Church Bazaar: October 2015
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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,
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
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
Care for our environment
Deepen our connections to each other
We welcome all to join our worship on Sunday at 11 AM, our
Sunday School classes for children and adults at 9:30 AM,
and we welcome you here as well.
TPPC has a number of Advent and Christmas activities, from Choral Sunday to Christmas
Caroling to the Sunday School Christmas Pagent, culminating in two services on
For more information, consult the TPPC Advent Calendar for 2014
After coffee hour on Sunday, November 23, please join the Ministry of Worship in decorating the church for
Advent, which begins the following Sunday. We will be setting up the advent
candles and hanging banners, garland and wreaths.
Helpers of all ages are welcome!
There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, December 14, 2014,
immediately following the worship service, for the purpose of electing
new officers for 2015.
During the meeting, the Session will also be available to share
information with the congregation regarding the plans for the Takoma
Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen.
Members & community friends of Christ Congregational Church and Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
will gather for a series of monthly conversations in a relaxed setting with great people 21 years and older.
Matt Braddock, Whitney Kinsey and Mark Greiner host discussions about the intersections of faith &. current events,
literature, philosophy, ethics, pop culture, movies, music, art & much more.
Stay tuned for details of our next gathering.
From 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. every Thursday at Capital City Cheesecake on 7071 Carroll Ave. near church. Come by, say hello, visit a little or a lot.
The adult class opened the fall with a DVD series, "Victory and Peace or Justice and Peace" which is based on series of lectures by John Dominic Crossan.
That series will probably continue until mid-October, at which point, Carolyn Tilley will lead the class through "Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide."
This material comes out of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PCUSA.
Each month, we are supporting the parents of the youth group with a parent meeting.
This month, that meeting will be on November 16 starting at 5:30 PM.
We bring dinner for ourselves, learn about the curriculum for the month, and share about parenting.
We will also provide orientation to the Our Whole Lives human sexuality curriculum for the winter-spring for
students in grades 6-12.
This curriculum supports age-appropriate human sexuality education.
This orientation will help parents know about the curriculum and help them engage their children at home.
Students need not be members of CYM to
participate - neighbors and friends are also encouraged to sign up.
Due to the nature of the program, we require parents/guardians to attend a
mandatory pre-OWL meeting, or meet with Youth Director Whitney before
the program begins.
Hope you can attend!
You are warmly invited to attend twice-monthly sessions for reflection and meditation on Welcomed and Welcoming, Daily Meditations for Lent by Rev. Margee Iddings.
This initiative grew out of weekly meetings during Lent, when church members and friends got together to reflect on
passages from Welcomed and Welcoming.
When Easter arrived and it was time to end our meetings, we found that we had only scratched the surface of
Margee's booklet, and that our discussions had been very meaningful.
We also agreed that we want to delve deeper into Margee's reflections, which have wisdom for any season!
Therefore we agreed to meet twice a month on the first and third Thursdays,
choosing a different passage for each week from Welcomed and Welcoming.
We hope you will join us!
You can participate in the way and to the degree that feels best --
share with the group and/or sit quietly and meditate.
And there is no obligation to come to every meeting – come when you can or when the spirit moves you.
On the day of each meeting, we will send an invitation to each session to the church listserve and
post the day’s reflection. Paper copies of Margee’s booklet will also be provided at the meetings.
In March 2014, Whitney Kinsey begins as the new Director of
Youth Ministry. Whitney is originally from Texas and has
most recently been serving as a youth director for an
international church in Hong Kong.
Whitney writes, "I have eight years of experience working
with children and teens. I have worked in churches of all
sizes ranging from small (about 250 members) to very large
(about 12,000 members." She is excited to be leading the
youth in our inclusive communities.
TPPC has a cooperative youth ministry with Christ
Congregational Church (UCC) in Silver Spring.
More information on Whitney is available on our website.
+The Farmer's Market in Takoma Park will have food to take to Shepherd's Table.
TPPC's group gleans every second Sunday of the month.
We need a few more volunteers; at least one with a car, to help gather
produce and baked goods this Sunday.
If you are able to help please meet in front of Roscoe/Clock
at 1:45 pm at the Takoma Park Farmers Market with some paper yard
bags, large boxes, and large garbage plastic bags (no white trash bags –
sometimes those are treated with insecticide).
The vendors are very generous, and they are expecting us. They are willing
to donate to Shepherds Table. We will then deliver the food to the kitchen
at Shepherds Table where their chef turns it all into delicious meals for over
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Kinsey, Director of Youth Ministry
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Wilbert Glover, Building Manager.
Rosenkrans, Children's Worship and Music Director
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