TPPC News and Notes

The following are news and notes of interest to the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church community. Times and locations of events listed here are subject to change without notice. Please contact the church office at 301-270-5550 or for more information and confirmation.

An archive of past articles is also available on this site.

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Becoming Ms. Burton held at TPPC on May 4

TPPC will host BECOMING MS. BURTON: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women on May 4th from 7 to 9 PM. This is a speaking engagement and book signing with author Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil rights to those who served time. Burton will be joined by Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D., executive director of Community Mediation Maryland (CMM) and founder of re-entry mediation.

TPPC is one of the sponsors of the event. Tickets are available at The recommended donation is $30 but if the ticket price creates a hardship, contact CMM at Price includes light fare provided by a local entrepreneur prepared in the TPSS Community Kitchen. For more information, access the Community Meditation Maryland website.

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AIM Update

Support Senior Housing in Downtown Silver Spring

Action in Montgomery (AIM) members (of which TPPC is one of over 30 congregations �churches, synagogues and mosques) is committed to signing up 8,000 voters to vote in the primary on the AIM Agenda (e.g. advocating for affordable housing, protecting immigrant families, equity in education, and transportation).

AIM will be distributing yellow cards to congregations with information on voter registration. For more RESOURCES, check out the AIM website:

Invite your friends, family, colleagues, parents from school, neighbors, etc. to join you in proclaiming your values as a voter and to hold the candidates accountable to our agenda. Let them know it is important to you and ask them to join you.

AIM members will be testifying at the Montgomery County Council budget hearing on Thursday, April 12 from 6:45- 9 pm (100 Maryland Ave in Rockvile) to advocate for more resources for affordable housing and quality after school programs. Please show your support by attending the hearing�to show our strength in numbers!

On April 19th from 7-9 pm, join AIM to meet in small groups to get to know the County Council candidates and hear where they stand on the AIM Agenda. Also, AIM will conduct Get Out the Vote training afterwards. The event will be held at People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring.

Hold the County Executive Candidates accountable on May 31 from 7 9 pm at People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring. Over 1,000 Community Leaders will gather to hear from County Executive Candidates to hear how they stand on AIM's Agenda on Immigration, Education and Housing. There will be a Rally on AIM's get out the vote initiative! Let�s join them!

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Emily Welty reflects on ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was recently awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Former TPPC Youth Director Emily Welty and her husband Matthew Bolton were both heavily involved with getting the nuclear weapons ban treaty passed by the United Nations as ICAN members.

Read Emily Welty's reflections on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the WCC Pilgramage Blog.

Emily was a former TPPC youth director, and Emily and Matthew were also married at TPPC.

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Welcome Fabrangen Cheder

Beginning mid-September, we will be renting out space to the Fabrangen Cheder community on Sunday mornings. The group is a small, progressive parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school for families in the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area (Mary Beth Hastings and Howard Wilkins are among the members). The rooms they will use include the assembly room, high and middle school classrooms and two small rooms near the parlor. These rooms are not used Sunday mornings.

This will be the first time that another group will be using our space on Sunday mornings and, although we don't anticipate problems, we will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure it is a beneficial arrangement for everyone. In order to free up parking spaces near the church for TPPC members, Cheder members have agreed to park at the Takoma Metro.

Stay tuned for some joint programming activities in the coming months. In the meantime, please extend a warm welcome to everyone you meet on Sundays!

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TPPC Has a New Boiler

Earlier this month a new higher efficiency hot water boiler was installed to heat the Education Building. Repairs were also made to the steam boiler which heats the Sanctuary. These repairs were long overdue, and needed to be completed before the cold season begins. Session is taking out a loan to help cover the $50,000 cost. Your support is needed to help defray the cost of the new heating system. If you have questions about the new boilers (or any Property matter), email

TPPC and Boy Scout Troop 33 Celebrate 95 Years Of Scouting

TPPC and Takoma Boy Scout Troop 33 just celebrated 95 years of scouting together! Troop 33 was established in 1920 in partnership with TPPC, making it one of the longest continuously chartered Troops in the nation. The Troop has a proud history of service to the church family, community and the nation.

In December 2015 the City of Takoma Park issued an official Mayoral Proclamation �RECOGNIZING THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 33 IN TAKOMA PARK�.�Thank you TPPC for your faithful support of the many scouts and families of Troop 33!

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TPPC Adopts Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness

A Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness was adopted by our Session at its May meeting. The resolution grew out of discussions by a small group of TPPC members and friends who have been meeting to discuss how our church can respond to pervasive racism in our country. Our concerns were sparked by recent killings of African American men by law enforcement officers in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, and elsewhere. These matters reflect how deeply white privilege and racial prejudice is embedded in our society and communities.

To read the resolution, access 2015-05_TPPC_Resolution_of_Committed_Racial_Mindfulness.pdf (PDF)

The resolution commits our church to undertake a program of "committed racial mindfulness" to raise our knowledge and understanding about racism and its effects, heighten our commitment and capability to oppose racism, and make us more effective messengers of conscientious racial mindfulness in our communities. The centerpiece of the Resolution is a commitment to develop and implement a program for training in committed racial mindfulness. The program would start by training leaders in our congregation and other churches, and then widen to include other members of our congregation, other congregations, and community groups.

For more information, access the Racial Justice and Peace Page or the CRM Information page.

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