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Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline February 15
Pastor's Thought for the Week
Pastor Musings - Statements of Faith
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
Potential TPPC Capital Campaign (PDF)
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 11 AM, our
Sunday School classes for children and adults at 9:30 AM,
and we welcome you here as well.
September 30, 2016 will conclude our ministry together at Takoma Park Church.
Along with gratitude for our shared ministry, I am filled with sorrow. Saying goodbye, really walking through grief, is essential to living our Resurrection faith.
Copies of Pastor Mark's sermons will be available (August 14),
along with a list of recommendations and leadership tasks ahead.
Please attend worship so we can all be part of saying goodbye.
These sermons will reflect on our ministry and TPPC's challenges.
To view the themes of upcoming sermons, access our services page.
There will be a called Congregational meeting on Sunday, September 11, immediately following worship.
The purpose of this meeting will be:
We give thanks for the ministry of the Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto,
Director of Youth Ministries. She has accepted a full-time call into
Hospice chaplaincy. September 30, 2016 will be her last day.
Susannah, we will miss you!
From 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. for the remaining weeks of Pastor Mark's tenure at TPPC
(September 8, 15, 22, 29)
at Capital City Cheesecake on 7071 Carroll Ave. near church.
Come by, say hello, visit a little or a lot.
There will be a Session meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 15 in the parlor.
This meeting will focus on the interim process.
Draft agenda includes overview of the interim period, communication with the congregation over next steps,
and plan for leave-taking of Pastor Greiner.
The meeting will be moderated by Elder Julia Schaeffer, Co-Chair of the National Capital Presbytery's Congregational Transitions Commission.
Session meetings are open to guests to observe,
but guests would need the approval of Session to have the floor during the meeting.
Pastor Mark will be away on Study Leave and vacation from August 16 through September 5, 2016.
Rev. Eugene Eastman, Carolyn Tilley, and John Seaman will be available for pastoral care.
This month (Thursday August 18, 7:30 in the church parlor) the discussion topic will be sharing our personal experiences as well as discussing
this column by Courtland Milloy
about local faith leaders talking about race.
Prayers are powerful, but so is action.
We will also share information about communicating to Congress to take action on sensible gun regulations.
Below is language from a petition from Everytown for Gun Safety and the link to sign it.
Americans are dying. Now is the time to demand Congress take action to prevent gun violence in America, by:
Saturday (August 6), 19 youth and four adults from TPPC and CCC loaded our stuff into three vans and drove to St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC to spend the night.
This morning we are continuing to drive down to Atlanta.
Our time with the DOOR Network begins at 6pm tonight with orientation. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we'll be working with organizations within Atlanta.
We might be serving lunch to people who are hungry, helping with a kids’ day camp, pulling weeds in a park, or sorting food at a food pantry.
(You'll have to ask us when we get back what work we did).
Each night we'll gather back at our host church for dinner together and evening time that includes speakers, worship, and games.
We'll be making breakfast and dinner for each other. Lunch will usually be a bagged lunch.
Wednesday night is our fun night where we'll be going out for dinner and having fun in Atlanta.
At lunch time on Friday, we'll begin heading back home.
We'll be spending Friday night at First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, NC. On Saturday, we'll be up bright and early to finish the drive home!
Thank you for supporting us with prayers and love as we prepared for and now are participating in this mission trip.
The TPPC Bazaar will be October 22, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
We will be accepting donations from Monday October 17-20, 4-8p.m.
Please save and donate some of your treasures.
We need your help with
setting up tables, sorting donations, getting raffle prizes and selling on Saturday, October 22, the day of the Bazaar.
firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
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.
Pastor Mark was part of a local delegation visiting Ethiopia as part of Montgomery County sister cities program from January 12 to 22, 2016.
With TPPC's growing African Immigrant ministry (and the increasing number of African immigrants in our county), please pray for:
For more information on Pastor Mark's journey,
please access http://takomaparkpc.org/pastorMarkEthiopianPilgrimage.html.
A sermon given after the Ethiopian trip is available from our website.
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.
How can you get involved?
2) sign up at church on the poster at the back of the sanctuary.
Mark your calendar! Our upcoming dates are: June 14, July 12, Aug 9, and Sept 13. We'll go through the fall and into the winter: Oct 11, Nov 8, and Dec 13.
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
Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Director of Youth Ministry
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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