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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
Potential TPPC Capital Campaign (PDF)
TPPC Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015)
Encouraging A Generous People (PDF, 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.
Thanks be to God for blessing me with being part of TPPC.
Thanks for the amazing sacred music… Dr. Bingham, the choirs, ensembles, musicians and soloists.
Thanks families and youth for the joy and depth of sharing.
Thank you African Immigrant ministry and racial mindfulness training for helping manifest the reign of God.
Thank you for the generous gifts on my last Sunday (cards, cd’s, photos, checks, the reception after church).
Thank you elders, deacons, staff and friends of the church for all we have shared and the countless hours of ministry you do.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. God will not fail you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Links to Pastor Mark's final four sermons can be found here
Session has accepted the offer from the Ministry Relations Team of the
Committee on Ministry of the National Capital Presbytery
to hold a series of facilitated focus groups, each composed of 10-20 people and
led by a member of the MRT, during the week of October 3-9.
Each session will be observed by a member of session.
The focus groups will be held on the following days:
There will be a signup sheet in the back of the sanctuary, and you can sign up online at
Historian Susan Strasser: A White Historian Confronts Lynching
Poet Marcia Cole: A Bitter Suite
In response to police shootings, to #BlackLivesMatter,
and to the 2015 murders at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church,
historian Susan Strasser seeks to provide historical perspective
to people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism.
This is the second of a series of illustrated talks, "A White Historian Reads Black History."
The talk will be followed by poet Marcia Cole reading her powerful "A Bitter Suite,"
winner of the 2010 College Language Association Creative Writing Contest first prize in poetry.
For more information, access the Racial Justice and Peace Page of our website.
Guest preacher Rev. Dr. Mark Lomax: What God Requires
Dr. Lomax, founding pastor of First Afrikan Presbyterian Church in Lithonia, Georgia
is also associate professor of homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center
A published author, Dr. Lomax has a special interest in homelitics, African traditional religions,
and African-American religious history.
Also, on Sunday Oct. 16, Rev. Lomax will teach adult Sunday School at 9:30 AM and
lead an after-worship discussion of the sermon.
The TPPC Bazaar will be October 22, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
We will be accepting donations from Monday October 17-20, 4-8p.m.
Please save and donate some of your treasures.
We need your help with
setting up tables, sorting donations, getting raffle prizes and selling on Saturday, October 22, the day of the Bazaar.
firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Why a TPPC Bazaar? The TPPC Bazaar has been going on for many years,
and it is one of our annual church events.
It is a fun way of making new friends and rekindling old friendships,
exchanging our treasures, and sharing stories.
Also a time to plan for right-sizing and to pass forward things we can no longer use.
The Bazaar raises supporting funds for TPPC, but it is much more than that;
it is a time for us to come together for a church-wide project that enriches relationships within the church and with the larger community.
Our Bazaar is a great community outreach.
Many people, both in and out of Takoma Park, eagerly anticipate this time of fellowship.
We get telephone calls from as early as July, asking about the date and whether or not the Chili Lunch will be available.
Many people like to do their Christmas shopping locally, at our Bazaar, thus reducing their carbon footprint.
This Bazaar works well, because all of us can come together to work for this fun event in the life of our church.
Please come and join in to make our Bazaar a success so we can continue this tradition. Thank you!
Please read this denomination wide statement that
is guiding the PCUSA's anti-racism efforts:
"Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,"
approval by the General Assembly (2016):
Also, PCUSA leadership responds to
the shootings in Dallas and
the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
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 : email@example.com
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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