TPPC News and Notes

The following are news and notes of interest to the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church community. Times and locations of events listed here are subject to change without notice. Please contact the church office at 301-270-5550 or for more information and confirmation.

An archive of past articles is also available on this site.

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AIM Update

TPPC was represented at AIM's Get out the Vote and County Executive Candidate Assembly. All seven candidates (Democrat & Republican) attended and spoke to an audience of 1200 people, representing 25 congregations and schools, with over 300 leaders from Bethel World Outreach Church, and more than 250 from The People's Community Baptist Church.

The evening started with spirit as Pastor Haywood Robinson led those congregated in the song "It Will Get Better," and put forth AIM's analysis of the county. "Montgomery County is at a cross roads, with enormous changes in politics, population and economics. . . AIM has been part of governing this county for nearly 20 years and we are committed to a vision of a county where all people can thrive, regardless of race, income, age or economic status."

The candidates were asked three questions:

  1. By increasing the Housing Initiative Fund to $100 million, building on Metro and county land, and increasing density near transit hubs, there is a path to doubling the production and preservation of affordable housing in Montgomery County. How will you work with AIM to accomplish these goal?
  2. How will you work with AIM to get congregation identification cards recognized by Montgomery County institutions and secure funding for additional 20 immigration lawyers and 20 additional paralegals so that those who have a path to legal status can obtain it?
  3. How will you work with AIM to expand the Excel Beyond the Bell elementary school program to 20 schools by 2022, serving 2,400 students, and to prioritize high poverty schools for significant renovation?

The AIM demands above were developed over a year of listening sessions with 3000 people throughout the county and the focus was on specific community solutions. Read the Afro-American newspaper's coverage of the action here.

AIM has come a long way in the past two years. AIM's goal to identify, train, and develop new leaders around a bold agenda for the county has paid off, with new leadership up front and in the pews at the action on May 30. It has shown that they can turn out 1200 people on its issues, more than any other organization in Montgomery County. AIM has proven that it can and will organize on the issues they proclaim as its own, as we have seen reflected in the budgets for after-school and housing this year.

Thanks to over 20 TPPC members who signed the cards supporting AIM's agenda. We hope to get more TPPC members involved in AIM's agenda of more affordable housing, legal support for our immigrant neighbors and quality after-school programs.

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Emily Welty reflects on ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was recently awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Former TPPC Youth Director Emily Welty and her husband Matthew Bolton were both heavily involved with getting the nuclear weapons ban treaty passed by the United Nations as ICAN members.

Read Emily Welty's reflections on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the WCC Pilgramage Blog.

Emily was a former TPPC youth director, and Emily and Matthew were also married at TPPC.

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Welcome Fabrangen Cheder

Beginning mid-September, we will be renting out space to the Fabrangen Cheder community on Sunday mornings. The group is a small, progressive parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school for families in the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area (Mary Beth Hastings and Howard Wilkins are among the members). The rooms they will use include the assembly room, high and middle school classrooms and two small rooms near the parlor. These rooms are not used Sunday mornings.

This will be the first time that another group will be using our space on Sunday mornings and, although we don't anticipate problems, we will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure it is a beneficial arrangement for everyone. In order to free up parking spaces near the church for TPPC members, Cheder members have agreed to park at the Takoma Metro.

Stay tuned for some joint programming activities in the coming months. In the meantime, please extend a warm welcome to everyone you meet on Sundays!

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TPPC Has a New Boiler

Earlier this month a new higher efficiency hot water boiler was installed to heat the Education Building. Repairs were also made to the steam boiler which heats the Sanctuary. These repairs were long overdue, and needed to be completed before the cold season begins. Session is taking out a loan to help cover the $50,000 cost. Your support is needed to help defray the cost of the new heating system. If you have questions about the new boilers (or any Property matter), email

TPPC and Boy Scout Troop 33 Celebrate 95 Years Of Scouting

TPPC and Takoma Boy Scout Troop 33 just celebrated 95 years of scouting together! Troop 33 was established in 1920 in partnership with TPPC, making it one of the longest continuously chartered Troops in the nation. The Troop has a proud history of service to the church family, community and the nation.

In December 2015 the City of Takoma Park issued an official Mayoral Proclamation �RECOGNIZING THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 33 IN TAKOMA PARK�.�Thank you TPPC for your faithful support of the many scouts and families of Troop 33!

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TPPC Adopts Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness

A Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness was adopted by our Session at its May meeting. The resolution grew out of discussions by a small group of TPPC members and friends who have been meeting to discuss how our church can respond to pervasive racism in our country. Our concerns were sparked by recent killings of African American men by law enforcement officers in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, and elsewhere. These matters reflect how deeply white privilege and racial prejudice is embedded in our society and communities.

To read the resolution, access 2015-05_TPPC_Resolution_of_Committed_Racial_Mindfulness.pdf (PDF)

The resolution commits our church to undertake a program of "committed racial mindfulness" to raise our knowledge and understanding about racism and its effects, heighten our commitment and capability to oppose racism, and make us more effective messengers of conscientious racial mindfulness in our communities. The centerpiece of the Resolution is a commitment to develop and implement a program for training in committed racial mindfulness. The program would start by training leaders in our congregation and other churches, and then widen to include other members of our congregation, other congregations, and community groups.

For more information, access the Racial Justice and Peace Page or the CRM Information page.

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