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OUR VISION

We aspire to be a loving, joyous, welcoming, and Spirit-led community, embracing humanitys differences and working together to heal relationships, care for Gods creation, and advance the cause of justice and peace.

OUR MISSION

Transformed by the gospel, we endeavor to follow Jesus command to love our neighbor by showing compassion, serving others, seeking justice, and building the beloved community.

OUR CORE VALUES

As a reformed and always being reformed congregation blessed by and responding to Gods love and Jesus example, we value and commit to honest relationships, radical hospitality, diversity and inclusion, collaborative community, joyful worship and intentional faith development, faithful social witness and action, and engaged congregational leadership and ministry.

For more, access

http://tinyurl.com/TPPCmission

Transformed by the gospel, we endeavor to follow Jesus' command to love our neighbor by showing compassion, serving others, seeking justice, and building the beloved community.

Thus begins the updated 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.

Congregational Meeting December 15th

The TPPC Session calls a congregational meeting to elect officers for Session and Deacons on Sunday, December 15th. The meeting will immediately follow worship.

December Special Events at TPPC

Advent and Christmas are busy times at TPPC. Here's a list of activities for the month of December:

Alternative Gift Fair
The 21th Annual Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 12 - 4pm at the Don Patti Memorial Gym at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church. For more information access the Alternate Gift Fair website.
Special Christmas Music Service
Join us for a special service of music as our choir (with soloists, orchestral ensemble and harp) performs the Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saës on Sunday, December 8. Worship starts at 11 AM. For more information, access the TPPC Choir page.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
All children and youth are invited to join us for a rehearsal of our annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 8, 11-12:30pm in the TPPC Assembly Room.
Annual Youth Christmas Pageant
All are welcome to attend our annual Christmas classic. Please join us in the TPPC Assembly Room on Sunday, December 15, starting at 10 am.
Christmas Caroling
Join us for caroling at Victory Tower on Sunday December 22, from 3-5:00 pm Meet 2:45 pm in TPPC assembly room or 3:00 at Victory Tower (7051 Carroll Ave).
Christmas Eve Services (Dec 24)
5:30 PM - Family Friendly Candlelight Service with carols and opportunities children to participate
8:00 PM - Candlelight Service

Ways to Connect This Week (and Beyond):

For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page. Services begin at 11 AM.

TPPC Advent Choral Service to be held December 8

The TPPC Choir will join with a number of guest musicians to perfomr Camille Saint-Saës' Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratory) in worship on December 8.

For more information access the TPPC Choir page.

A flyer for this event with more details is available on our website.

Holiday Greetings for our Nicaraguan Sister Parish

We will be writing Christmas cards to our brothers and sisters in our sister parish in Jiñocuao, Nicaragua after church this Sunday through December 8.

Please stop by the Jiñocuao Committee's table, sign your name and write a Christmas greeting. The Jiñocuaocommunity really appreciates receiving our letters.

Donations Accepted for the Takoma Park Neighborhood Food Project This Sunday

Donations will be accepted soon for the Takoma Park Neighborhood Food Project. For those that already have their trusty green bags and donate bimonthly we will be collecting at church on December 8. So, start collecting those nonperishable, non-glass container items!

For more information on this effort, visit our Takoma Park Neighborhood Food Project page.

Rev. Jim Reisner joins TPPC as Interim Pastor

Rev. Jim Reisner 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.

We need Gleaners at the Takoma Park Farmers Market!

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.

Stanley A. and Wilhelmina Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund

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 Virtual Bookstore

tppc virtual bookstore, hosted by cokesbury.com 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 : office@takomaparkpc.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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