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 10 AM (for the summer), and we welcome you here as well.
Plans for the church's 125th anniversary celebrations this fall are starting to take shape under the leadership of the Congregational and Community Engagement (CCE) Committee. We are planning a kick-off event at the worship service on September 23 detailing the celebration plans followed by a special coffee hour featuring a 125th birthday cake.
But the major event will be a gala anniversary dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27 with speakers, performers, music and special guests. There will also be other events throughout the fall marking the anniversary (these will be announced later). The CCE Committee needs help from the congregation to make this a success.
PHOTOS: Do you have photos of TPPC events or activities that you are willing to share? We are looking for any photos of activities from any time period in our history. Send copies to firstname.lastname@example.org for a display in the church.
PEOPLE: Are you in touch with long-time congregation members who have moved away or no longer attend but are important to our church memories? Please send names and contact information to email@example.com so invitations can be sent.
For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page.
A recent letter updating the situation in Jiñocuao and Nicaragua can be accessed from this website. The first page is an English translation; the original Spanish is on the second page.
For more information, access the article on the Jiñocuao page.
In May, the Jiñocuao Committee of TPPC received a letter from the community in Jiñocuao saying that their delegation's trip to Takoma Park is delayed indefinately due to the political situation in Nicaragua. This letter (PDF) can be accessed from our website. It now appears the visit will be postponed until next spring.
The TPPC Social Witness and Action Committee (SWAC) will meet at the church on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:30-9:00 pm.
There will be a number of agenda items, and one of the important ones is deciding how to spend the final $4,000 of 2019 mission budget to forward to Session for final approval.
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. 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 : 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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