We aspire to be a loving, joyous, welcoming, and Spirit-led community, embracing humanity's differences and working together to heal relationships, care for God's creation, and advance the cause of justice and peace.
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 God's 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.
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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.
Our updated mission statement begins:
We welcome all to join our worship on Sunday at 11 AM, and we welcome you here as well.
For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page. Services begin at 11 AM.
SWAC (Social Witness & Action) will meet after worship Sunday February 9th to discuss promoting Ecumenical Advocacy Days, use of funds raised from the CCAN Polar Plunge, and ongoing discussion about the possibility of TPPC becoming a Peace Church.
The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Talent Show will be held on February 25th in the Assembly Room. This is your opportunity to showcase your talents so begin planning now how you will participate.
Calling all members to help with some hands-on projects to make small repairs and improvements to the church buildings and to clean up our sacred and communal spaces. Shine for the Divine will be held on Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 am to noon.
All ages welcome and on-the-job training will be provided!
See an improvement project in the church that you would like to see added to the "To Do" list? Can't make it on those days, but would like to be assigned a project to do as your schedule allows? Email email@example.com.
On Sunday February 23, Adult Education continues the "Fourth Sundays Series" led by the Rev. Dr. John Ahn, associate professor of Hebrew Bible Theological Studies at Howard University Divinity School.
Over the course of the next four months, Dr. Ahn will engage us in seeing current issues through a biblical lens as we examine the topic of Forced Migrations: Reframing the Book of Genesis.
For more details access the Christian Education Page.
We are convening a group to decide upon the TPPC motto. As you may recall, we brainstormed several options last fall, and as our webpage redesign is about to begin, we'd like to finalize a motto.
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TPPC will be holding a series of in-home potlucks on January 31. You will be contacted by hosts to be invited. If your contact info is not with the church office, let us know and we'll be sure to invite you.
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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.
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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