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.
The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church has prayerfully reviewed the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic, and announces that worship services will be held online indefinitely.
We will gather by ZOOM. At the moment, Pastor Reisner and a few others broadcast from the church sanctuary while worshippers will be invited to sign on ZOOM. Directions on how to connect and participate in virtual worship will be sent via a group.io e-mail. If you are unfamiliar with ZOOM we recommend you read up a little before the service. We will set an informal and experimental mood, ask forgiveness as we stumble along our way in a new medium. It will be fun.
Choir rehersals are cancelled, as are Saturday's Shine for the Divine and Women's Bible Study (both on March 14th).
The Church Office will remain open, but with new hours - 10 AM to 1 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
A message to the congregation from Interim Pastor Jim Resiner (PDF) is available on this site.
A home version of worship for Sunday, March 15th (PDF) can be accessed from this website.
TPPC has a coronavirus update page with the latest information about TPPC's response to this evolving situation. We will make every effort to update this page as the situation warrants.
The deacons are building a TPPC support network to respond to the corona virus pandemic.
Do you know of needs in our church community or among your neighbors that are not being met? Are there people who could use regular calls or groceries? Would you like to help meet needs as they are identified?
For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page. Services begin at 11 AM.
The Church Transitions Commission of the Committee on Ministry (COM) of the National Capital Presbytery has granted us permission to proceed to electing a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). Immediately following worship on Sunday, March 29, 2020 there will be a congregational meeting for the purpose of electing a PNC.
A week or two prior to the 29th, there will be a follow-up announcement to this one with the Nominating Committee's proposed slate of PNC candidates.
We will be joined at the meeting on the 29th by Alice McGinnis, an elder at Colesville and our liaison for the PNC process from the COM.
We have collectively accomplished much good reconciliation and visioning work these past several years, and now we are ready to begin the process of searching for the next installed pastor for TPPC. All TPPC members are encouraged to attend to hear more about the search process and to vote!
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.
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
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. The Rev. Jim Reisner, Interim Pastor
Una Kettering, Office Administrator
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager
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