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Application Deadline February 15
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
TPPC Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015)
Encouraging A Generous People (PDF, 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 10 AM (for the summer),
and we welcome you here as well.
The TPPC Session is pleased to announce the selection of the Reverend Jocelyn (J.C.) Cadwallader
as TPPC's Interim Pastor, after serving as our temporary supply pastor for the last few months.
Her contract was approved by our Session and is valid for a year. Session thanks the
Interim Pastor Nominating Committee for their faithful work.
JC will provide regular preaching and worship;
administer communion and other sacraments (such as baptisms);
provide emergency pastoral care for church members and friends of TPPC;
moderate all Session and congregational meetings;
and work collegially with the Session, Deacons, and ministries.
J.C. is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (class of 2008, MDiv)
and a minister member of the National Capital Presbytery.
She was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2009 at
Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL, where she served as a Pastoral Resident.
After her residency, she served as Director of Recruitment and Admissions at McCormick Theological Seminary
for 3 years before moving to DC, where she serves in transitional ministry.
In August 2016, after nearly 3 years as their Transitional Associate Pastor,
J.C. completed her service at Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom.
Now, she and her wife are based in Sperryville, VA, where they live with their new puppy Charlie.
Some of you have already had the privilege of hearing JC preach and lead worship and
know that she brings a deep faith, intelligence, enthusiasm, and good humor to this role.
Contact her at
A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Assembly Room.
Mayor Kate Stewart, Captain Collington of the TPPD, Councilmember Peter Kovar, members of the TPCDC and TPPC communities,
representatives of the neighborhood, and other building users will discuss ideas, plans and solutions related
to the assault and break-ins that have occurred in the vicinity of the church.
We will meet to understand ways in which the City Government plans to strategically reduce the crimes occurring in the neighborhood -
both in immediate action and long-term. It will also be helpful to receive additional suggestions in concrete steps that the Center
and the Church communities can self-protect, and discuss alternative means to deter criminals from intentionally targeting our area.
It will be helpful to hear feedback and suggestions from community members.
Childcare will be provided for TPCDC families who sign up on the sheet by the classroom by 10 am on Monday, June 16, 2017.
Throughout the interim process, it is important that we, as the TPPC community,
take time to connect with one another so that we might discern together what God is calling us to.
you are invited to dinner!
Dine with Nine is a meal-table program and all members of the congregation are invited.
From the youngest among us to the oldest, from the best cook to the best eater,
you are invited to attend a meal with nine or so other TPPCer's
to break bread and share your reflections on our life together as a church.
Over the course of the interim process, there will be 3 formal opportunities to Dine with Nine Ė
the first round of meals taking place here at the outset.
By August (or September at the latest),
it is hoped that all of you will have attended at least 1 Dine with Nine event.
Rev. JC will be at all of them - she hopes you're all good cooks!.
Additionally, at least 1 or 2 active session members will also attend
to take notes/capture your reflections so that your voice will be heard and
considered as we move through the transitional process.
If you're interested in attending, or for more information, please email JC at
Please read this denomination wide statement that
is guiding the PCUSA's anti-racism efforts:
"Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,"†
approval by the General Assembly (2016):
Also, PCUSA leadership responds to
the shootings in Dallas and
the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Ever wanted to request a special offering for a mission? Want to know when TPPC will be taking a special offering?
This and much more is in the newly designed stewardship plan, which you can access from this website (PDF).
Called "Encouraging a Generous People", the plan lays out TPPC's policy for financial giving to the church and
the church's missions outside the congregation.
The current list of special offering are given 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."
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. Our dates are: June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, and Dec 13 for 2015.
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. J.C. Cadwallader,
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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