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TPPC Virtual Bookstore
Directions to TPPC
Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline February 15
Pastor's Thought for the Week
Pastor Musings - Stretch Campaign Update
Community Kitchen Website
TPPC More Light Statement (PDF, April 2014)
Information on Cemetery Plots Available from TPPC
Pondering Our Past (P.O.P.)
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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.
Our Stretch Campaign is reaching the final stages, as money is coming in for needed repairs in advance of a Capital Campaign to come later.
We have reached nearly TWO-THIRDS of our goal.
Pastor Mark gives more details on what is happening with the stretch campaign.
All students entering grades 6-12 are invited to attend Youth Week, August 17-21, 2014.
Each night we'll have worship, a short message, dinner
and outrageously fun activities, alternating between TPPC
and CCC from 5-9p.m! For more information e-mail
Whitney Kinsey, Director of Youth Ministry.
Students, teachers and workers: bring your backpacks and briefcases.
We have a service of blessing for the beginning of the new school year.
Those beginning or returning to school (students and teachers alike),
those starting a new school, or those making a new beginning in their
work lives are all warmly invited. We pray God's guidance, patience and
understanding for the adventures and challenges in teaching and learning.
Whitney Kinsey, Youth Director, will be preaching.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PC USA) made history by affirming the marriages of same-sex couples.
By a 71-29% vote (429-175) the General Assembly passed an amendment to change the description of marriage in the Book of Order
from a relationship between "a man and a woman" to that between "two people."
This amendment will only become church law when approved by a majority of the church's 172 presbyteries.
At that time, all couples can be married in their home congregations.
In another measure, by a 61-39% vote (371-238) the General Assembly passed an amendment now allowing clergy in marriage equality states
(such as Maryland) to perform marriages.
For more information on General Assembly, access the More Light Presbyterian GA blog.
TPPC's Session recently voted to adopt a new
More Light Statement (PDF)
to reflect our current position on ordination, marriage equality, and other issues.
The Adult Sunday school class has been watching and discussing the DVD
From Mammon to Manna: Sabbath Economics and Community Investing with
Ched Myers, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (BCM) and Andy Loving.
This six part series covers Biblical passages about money;
introduce BCM's Sevenfold Household Sabbath Economics Covenant, and
give an overview of the practical steps to take to put our surplus capital to work in low-income communities.
It also includes testimonies of economic discipleship.
The class has collected a number of resources from the course;
links to these resources are available on this site.
The class plans to explore these resources together in the coming months.
You are warmly invited to attend twice-monthly sessions for reflection and meditation on Welcomed and Welcoming, Daily Meditations for Lent by Rev. Margee Iddings.
This initiative grew out of weekly meetings during Lent, when church members and friends got together to reflect on
passages from Welcomed and Welcoming.
When Easter arrived and it was time to end our meetings, we found that we had only scratched the surface of
Margee's booklet, and that our discussions had been very meaningful.
We also agreed that we want to delve deeper into Margee's reflections, which have wisdom for any season!
Therefore we agreed to meet twice a month on the first and third Thursdays,
choosing a different passage for each week from Welcomed and Welcoming.
We hope you will join us!
You can participate in the way and to the degree that feels best --
share with the group and/or sit quietly and meditate.
And there is no obligation to come to every meeting – come when you can or when the spirit moves you.
On the day of each meeting, we will send an invitation to each session to the church listserve and
post the day’s reflection. Paper copies of Margee’s booklet will also be provided at the meetings.
Our first May meeting will be this Thursday, May 1 in the parlor from 8 to 9 p.m.
The second May meeting will be on May 15. June meetings will be on June 5 and 19.
In March 2014, Whitney Kinsey begins as the new Director of
Youth Ministry. Whitney is originally from Texas and has
most recently been serving as a youth director for an
international church in Hong Kong.
Whitney writes, "I have eight years of experience working
with children and teens. I have worked in churches of all
sizes ranging from small (about 250 members) to very large
(about 12,000 members." She is excited to be leading the
youth in our inclusive communities.
TPPC has a cooperative youth ministry with Christ
Congregational Church (UCC) in Silver Spring.
More information on Whitney is available on our website.
We need gleaners to help on the second Tuesday of the month.
Kids are especially welcome. We meet at 1:45 p.m, in front of the clock
at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. Please bring along some garbage-size
plastic bags and boxes.
We will ask vendors for any extra food they are able to donate
to Shepherds Table. We generally fill the trunk of a station wagon with
fruits, lots of vegetables and bread. We deliver the food to Shepherds
Table kitchen. Their chef turns it into delicious meals for over 100
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
Whitney Kinsey, Director of Youth Ministry
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Wilbert Glover, Building Manager.
Rosenkrans, Children's Worship and Music Director
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