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Directions to TPPC
Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline February 15
Pastor's Thought for the Week
Pastor Musings - Mission Participation
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
Pondering Our Past (P.O.P.)
TPPC Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015)
Congregational Meeting, June 28, 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
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.
The Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 28,
2015, immediately following the worship service, for the purposes of
approving an easement on Church property to allow the City of Takoma
Park access for purposes of inspection of the storm water management
system implemented as part of the new sidewalk, ramp, and delivery
drop-off area being planned in the exterior area adjacent to the Church
For more information, access this page.
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.
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 July.)
The TPPC Racial Justice Ministry invites you to join us for discussions of James Cone's book The Cross and the Lynching Tree.
(You may recall that the same book was discussed in an adult Sunday School class a year or two ago).
The book is available in local libraries and bookstores.
A series of discussion will begin at our next meeting on Wed. June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
We also plan to discuss the book at our July meetings on July 2 and July 23, and possibly at subsequent meetings.
(Our meeting days are the first Thursday and fourth Wednesday of each month.)
We will proceed a chapter or two at a time, so you donít need to finish reading it by June 24.
In each meeting, after the book discussion, we will also have a regular meeting to discuss the group's business.
Our business on June 24 will include a report on the results of our upcoming June 18 meeting with members of the
Presbytery's Mission Coordinating Committee to discuss plans for a pilot program in Committed Racial Mindfulness training.
You are welcome to stay for the business part of any meeting.
We hope you will join us!
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
Whitney Kinsey, Director of Youth Ministry
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Mickey Sigsbee, Building Manager.
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