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The mission of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church is to create an environment where all people can gather in the presence of God to seek and nurture faith in Jesus Christ - in themselves, throughout their community, and across the world.

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.

Jiñocuao Delegation Return to Nicaragua

The 2019 Jiñocuao Delegation to Takoma Park has come to a close. Gumercindo Betanco from our sister parish in Jiñocuao and Luis Vasquez of CEPAD returned to Nicaragua on Monday. A message from Luis in Managua is available on our Jiñocuao page.

We Need Your Help ... To Get A New Roof!

Takoma Park Presbyterian faces the same challenges as many houses of worship across the country. The cost of maintaining our beautiful, historic structure, which is accessible to all members of the community and provides a safe environment for young and old, has skyrocketed. Through the years, we have been forced to defer necessary maintenance for lack of funds.

Right now we need help putting on a new roof! We have thoughtfully debated how we can preserve our building and still keep our space affordable for community groups. One way you can help keep our space accessible is by donating today to support the roof.

For more information on the campaign, access the article on the TPPC News Page.

Ways to Connect This Week (and Beyond):

For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page.

Summer Worship Schedule starts May 26th

Next Sunday (May 26) we switch to our Summer Worship Schedule. Worship will be on the steps at 10:a.m. This is a participatory service, all are invited to bring songs, poems, music, readings and prayers to share. Please bring some refreshments to share afterwards.

Who Is My Neighbor? Adult Sunday School Series

For the balance of the Sunday School year, the adult class will be digging into the question of Who is My Neighbor? based in the practical experience of organizations in which TPPC and/or TPPC members participate. Whether or not you have been a regular participant in the class this year, please consider coming for these final sessions to learn more about various mission activities the church is involved with both in the local and global community.

This Sunday, May 19th Interim Pastor Jim Reisner will lead this Sunday's adult education class on the theme of "Stuff I've Learned Along the Way." We will discuss what works and what doesn't in congregational mission to its near neighborhood and beyond. Bibles will be utilized.

For more information on specific topics, access the Christian Education page.

Contemplative Evening Worship for the Month of May

All are invited to our last May evening service, a Taize service, at 7:30 p.m. this coming Wednesday, May 29. The theme will be Love and it promises to be a special service: "There are, in the end, three things that last: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

For more information, access our Worship page.

Let's Dance!

Every Friday night at there is contra/group dancing at Glen Echo's Spanish ballroom. New dancers are welcome, and no partner or previous experience required.

Several of us from TPPC are planning to attend the Glen Echo Dancing on May 17th. Meet in front of church at 7 pm if you want to come. We'll ride together. $10 person/under 17 years free.

: Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

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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