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The mission of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church is to create an environment where all people can gather in the presence of God to seek and nurture faith in Jesus Christ - in themselves, throughout their community, and across the world.

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, 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.

A summary of what we learned from our listening campaign appears below:

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 communities
Care for our environment
Deepen our connections to each other

We welcome all to join our worship on Sunday at 10 AM (for the summer), and we welcome you here as well.

Update on Jiñocuao delegation

There will be a delegation coming from our sister parish in Jiñocuao, Nicaragua to Takoma Park May 3-13. Only two of the six members of the delegation have visas right now but the Jiñocuao Committee is working hard to get visas for the other four.

After worship service on April 7, the Committee invites interested members of the congregation to join our meeting to plan out details of their stay. The Committee is counting on the support of the congregation and there will be a wide array of activities to get involved in.

TPPC Will be a Stop House and Garden Tour

Our church will be a "stop" at this years House and Garden Tour sponsored by Historic Takoma on Sunday, May 5th, from 1:00 - 5:00. It's a great way of celebrating our 125th Anniversary and is tied to the tour's theme, "Politics and Prayers."

Volunteers are needed in the church for two hour shifts during the tour to help welcome visitors and explain our building and its history. A volunteer orientation will be provided and the first four people who sign up to volunteer will receive receive free passes to the tour. Interested? Contact the church office (

Ways to Connect This Week (and Beyond):

For a preview of the service, access TPPC's Worship page.

TPPC Adult Sunday School for Lent

On March 10, we begin the Lenten season with our first class on Intentional Faith Development.

For more details, access the Christian Education page.

Church Life Deadline is April 15

Please send photos, celebrations, articles, and more for the Spring Church Life to It will be coming out the week after Easter so the deadline for all but Easter photos will be tax day, April 15th.

Thanks so much.

2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Are Coming

The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice will be held from April 5th to April 8th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City, VA.

For more information on this and Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day, which is being held the day before at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, access our TPPC Committed Racial Mindfulness Page or email

Committed Racial Mindfulness Workshop Offered

The next Committed Racial Mindfulness Workshop is being offered twice:

The workshop will focus on experiences and reflections on how to strengthen our practice of Committed Racial Mindfulness in our lives and relationships.

The same workshop will be offered twice to accommodate those who are not available on either day.

Women's Bible Study Group: April 13

The Women's Bible Study Group will meet Saturday morning, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the church parlor. Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch.

Bullard's Wondrous Cross Performed in Worship on Palm Sunday

Wondrous cross Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at 11:00 am for a special TPPC musical service featuring Wondrous Cross by Alan Bullard.

For more information, access the TPPC Choir page.

Contemplative Evening Worship for the Month of May

The TPPC Worship Ministry announces a series of Wednesday evening worship services during the month of May. These services will be held in the Sanctuary starting at 7:30 PM.

For more information, access our Worship page.

Rev. Jim Reisner joins TPPC as Interim Pastor

Rev. Jim Reisner 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.

We need Gleaners at the Takoma Park Farmers Market!

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

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.

Stanley A. and Wilhelmina Jashemski Memorial Scholarship Fund

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 Virtual Bookstore

tppc virtual bookstore, hosted by TPPC has a virtual bookstore, hosted by 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 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 :

. The Rev. Jim Reisner, Interim Pastor
Una Kettering, Office Administrator
Dr. James Bingham, Director of Music
Gary Cardillo, Building Manager