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TPPC Virtual Bookstore
Directions to TPPC
Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline February 15
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
TPPC Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015)
TPPC Special Offerings (by month)
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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
at 11 AM,
and we welcome you here as well.
Rev. Jim Reisner will join 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.
Rev. Reisner is expected join us for worship on October 1, so if you are attending,
be sure to greet him. His first Sunday as interim pastor will be Oct. 8.
National Capital Presbytery has always responded generously in times of crisis and need.
Please respond to this call! Our generosity and prayer is needed in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and
throughout the Carribean.
PDA has been in touch with the presbyteries in the path of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
to offer assistance.
We are standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so.
For those who wish to support PDA's emergency response and recovery efforts, gifts can be designated to
Information on how to give can be found here.
Gifts can also be sent to National Capital Presbytery, 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009, Rockville, MD 20850,
marked "DR000169-Harvey", "DR000194-Irma", or "DR000194-Maria".
NCP is also a receiving center; your gifts will get to PDA immediately.
The Racial Mindfulness Ministry will host a Fall Lecture Series the next two months.
Both talks will take place in the Assembly Room of TPPC starting at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, October 11: Dr. Susan Strasser, who previously spoke at our church on the subjects of slavery and lynching in her series
"A White Historian Reads Black History", will give a talk on voting rights.
For more details, access the Racial Mindfulness Ministry page.
The TPPC Bazaar is Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm. We need donations.
Donations make the bazaar a success. Please go through your closets and donate some of your treasures.
Encourage your friends and neighbors to donate - and encourage them to come to the bazaar.
Donations will be accepted at the gym Monday thru Thursday, October 16-19, 4 pm to 8 pm.
We need a lot of help with sorting donations, arranging tables and setting up the
display of items on Monday thru Thursday, 4 pm. to 8 pm.
We need your help on Saturday, October 21 to help make the bazaar a success.
In mid-September there will be a signup sheet in the back of the Sanctuary.
Please sign up to help with the area of your choice.
The bazaar is a great opportunity for fellowship with one another and with our neighborhood.
On Saturday November 11, the group of 30-plus people who participated in
Committed Racial Mindfulness training in 2015 and 2016 will continue
their discussion of how to deepen our church's understanding of and commitment to
Committed Racial Mindfulness and expand the circle of church participation.
Our discussion will be facilitated by our very skilled trainer, Carol Brantley.
The group is excited by the prospect that our new interim pastor, Jim Reisner,
will join our conversation.
Some Good News from Pastor Matt of Christ Congregational Church (CCC):
"I pleased to announce that John Ahn will be joining us as our new Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) leader.
He will begin this Sunday, Sept. 10, at our Retreat House Celebration.
In talking with John, we have set our first CYM kickoff event on Sept. 24 at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner at CCC
for students and families.
Thanks to the parents and teens who were part of our search team!"
More information about John can be found on the Christian Education Page.
Are you handy? There are several small fix-up projects around church that the Property Committee could use some help completing --
painting, hanging stuff on walls, tightening the pews more firmly to the floor and moving things into storage.
You can work as part of a "Weekend Warrior” team or take on your own project. If you are interested, send
an email to
Throughout the interim process, it is important that we, as the TPPC community,
take time to connect with one another so that we might discern together what God is calling us to.
you are invited to dinner!
Dine with Nine is a meal-table program and all members of the congregation are invited.
From the youngest among us to the oldest, from the best cook to the best eater,
you are invited to attend a meal with nine or so other TPPCer's
to break bread and share your reflections on our life together as a church.
Over the course of the interim process, there will be 3 formal opportunities to Dine with Nine –
the first round of meals taking place here at the outset.
By August (or September at the latest),
it is hoped that all of you will have attended at least 1 Dine with Nine event.
Rev. JC will be at all of them - she hopes you're all good cooks!.
Additionally, at least 1 or 2 active session members will also attend
to take notes/capture your reflections so that your voice will be heard and
considered as we move through the transitional process.
If you're interested in attending, or for more information, please email JC at
Ever wanted to request a special offering for a mission? Want to know when TPPC will be taking a special offering?
This and much more is in the newly designed stewardship plan, which you can access from this website (PDF).
Called "Encouraging a Generous People", the plan lays out TPPC's policy for financial giving to the church and
the church's missions outside the congregation.
The current list of special offering are given 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."
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.
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,
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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