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Application Deadline February 15
Pastor's Thought for the Week
Pastor Musings - Discernment & TPPC
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)
Next Church Bazaar: 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
Starting September 6th, 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.
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
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 Peace Page or the
CRM Information page.
The Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto is joining us as the Director of Cooperative Youth Ministry Ė
our youth program, which is run in collaboration with Christ Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC).
Rev. DeBenedetto is an ordained minister in the UCC. She holds a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and has a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
For the past seven years, she has served as the Director of Christian Education at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
While in Raleigh, Rev DeBenedetto led the youth program, revitalized the Youth Sunday School class, started a new Sunday School class for parents, planned and led an annual weekend
retreat for the congregation, led a group in the writing and implementing of a Church Safety policy, and provided numerous educational events.
She has extensive experience leading youth mission trips, including journeys to Nicaragua, Colorado, Mexico, Scotland, Chicago, and France.
For more informaiton on Rev. DeDenedetto, access the Christian Ed page.
Rev. DeBenedetto will spend Sunday morning worship at TPPC on October 4, and then run the Cooperative Youth Ministry on Sunday night.
From 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. every Thursday at Capital City Cheesecake on 7071 Carroll Ave. near church.
Come by, say hello, visit a little or a lot. (The breakfasts will not be held in August, as he is on vacation.)
We will be accepting donations from Monday October 12, 4-8p.m.
Please save and donate some of your treasures.
We will need a lot of help with sorting, setting up tables, sorting donations and selling on Saturday, October 17, the day of the Bazaar.
You are invited to the Racial Justice Ministry from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the church parlor.
We will discuss Chapters 4 and 5, of The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone.
Our October meetings will be on Thursday Oct. 8 and Wednesday Oct. 21.
The Children's Worship Director will plan and lead weekly 45 minute worship education and music rehearsal times,
and lead the TPPC Children's Choir in worship once a month.
Flexibility, faith, and passion for nurturing children in an inclusive church are a must.
We welcome and celebrate people of all races, cultures, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
Please send questions and a resume and cover letter to
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Director of Youth Ministry
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Mickey Sigsbee, Building Manager.
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