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 11 AM, and we welcome you here as well.
TPPC Bazaar will soon be here so please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 19th from 9 am to 3 pm.
We need donations. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to donate - and encourage them to come to the bazaar. Donations will be accepted at the gym Monday through Thursday, October 14-17, 4 pm to 8 pm.
For more details, access the article on the TPPC News Page.
Your Session met to approve a motion calling for a congregational meeting immediately following worship on October 13 for the sole purpose of passing a motion in support of applying for a loan from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP) to secure financing to repair our sanctuary roof and several associated repairs.
So please mark your calendar for October 13, immediately following worship for what should be a very brief congregational meeting to debate and approve that motion. The PILP has already approved our loan, but it does not move forward until the National Capital Presbytery also signs off, and NCP requires congregational sign-off - hence the special congregational meeting.
For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page. We are still on our Summer Worship Schedule - services begin at 10 AM.
Christian Education's Adult Education subcommittee will meet Sunday, October 13th after worship to begin planning the 2020 Winter/Spring classes. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a suggestion, contact
Please mark your calendars for this important Sunday at the end of October, the penultimate event in our year-long Visioning Process. As is quite appropriate for the celebration of Reformation Sunday, our worship that day will revolve around our emerging vision for TPPC as a reformed yet always reforming congregation.
We will then move to a potluck luncheon in the Assembly Room to enjoy a meal and fellowship with each other in advance of the main congregational gathering of the Affirmation stage of our visioning process, during which we will discuss draft vision, mission, and core values statements for the coming years.
Our Exploration stage occurred earlier this year, during which 83 people participated in small groups or one-on-one interviews. We then moved into the Refinement stage, highlighted by the weekend retreat at Skycroft and continuing through the month of October with a task force that came out of the retreat.
Look for more information about the events on October 27 soon, but in the meantime be sure to block that time out on your calendars and come be part of this important event in the life of the church.
The Ministry of Worship is providing an opportunity for members and friends of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church to dedicate copies of the new hymnal, Glory to God, in memory or in honor of family, loved ones, or friends. Bookplates will be permanently bound into the hymnals with your dedication.
More information on how to dedicate a hymnal can be found on the choir page.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Rev. Jim Reisner, Interim Pastor
Una Kettering, Office Administrator
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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