A Weekly Newsletter
Thought for the Week
I think we can all agree that this has been a strange winter.
We haven't had any snow days. In fact, we haven't had much snow to speak of. It's rained more than anything else. There were a few 70 degree days in December. Maybe we had a couple of chilly days, but nothing too extreme for too long.
Until last night, at least. For some places around the state, last night was brutal, and today isn't much better. Actually, it probably wasn't that extraordinary, considering it's January. Snow and ice are pretty typical in January; it is winter after all.
No, I think the thing that made yesterday so shocking was that we had been lulled into a false sense that this was going to be an easy winter. And then everything froze. (At least where I live, everything froze.)
Whenever I get home late at night and the temperature is hovering in the bone-chilling degrees, I rush to get inside and am immediately thankful for heat. I don't do well with the cold weather anyway and I try to avoid any prolonged exposure to the outdoors on days like this. When I do go out, it's in layers and I move quickly and with a purpose, that purpose being to get warm again.
Every time I begin to warm up, I am so grateful to be there and I often think about the alternative. It is hard to imagine - and appreciate - how much different my life could be if I had been born into different circumstances.
Project HOME, a Philadelphia non-profit, estimates that there are over 500,000 people experiencing homelessness in the USA. Of that number, Philadelphia has approximately 13,000 homeless people, living on the streets and in shelters. Around 650 people sleep on the streets of Philadelphia on any given night.
That is unimaginable to me.
Pastor Nikki talked about this same issue in a sermon a few weeks ago. We see those less fortunate and our hearts ache. How do we help? What do we do? There are ways we can help: volunteer at a shelter, donate money, create bags of supplies to give out. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a suggestion that would fix everything. And until someone can, we can only give as we are able. If you can't, I hope you include in your prayers those who have nowhere to go. Say a prayer of thanks for the incredible blessings you have been given. Water, heat, and food are necessities that we don't fully recognize until they're gone. It is important that we don't take what we have for granted.
I hope you stay warm and safe, as winter appears to have arrived.
Sunday Morning Schedule
- Middle School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Youth Room)
- High School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Stephen Ministry Room)
- Confirmation, 9:15 AM (Room 102)
- Contemporary Worship, 11:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Sunday Evening Schedule
- Middle School Youth Group, 5:00 PM (Youth Room)
- High School Praise Team, 5:30 PM (Sanctuary)
- Middle School Praise Team, 6:30 PM (Sanctuary)
- High School Youth Group, 7:00 PM (Sanctuary)
Wednesday Evening Schedule
- Youth Gathering, 7:00 PM (Youth Room)
Friday Evening Schedule
- Middle School Lock-In begins, 7:00 PM (Youth Room)
Saturday Morning Schedule
- Middle School Lock-In ends, 8:00 - 9:00 AM pick up (Youth Room)
Middle School Lock-In!
Friday, Jan. 15th, 7pm-9am
30 East Baltimore Avenue
We'll gather on Friday, January 15 and be "locked in" until the morning of Saturday, January 16. Join us to celebrate the New Year with a lesson or two, games, movies, and, of course, food!
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
- Friday, January 15
Middle School Lock-In begins - drop off at 7:00 PM (Youth Room)
- Saturday, January 16
Middle School Lock-In ends - pick up by 9:00 AM (Youth Room)
- Friday, February 12
All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars Begins
- Saturday, February 13
All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars
- Sunday, February 14
All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars Ends
No Youth Group
2016 All-Church Retreat
Friday, Feb. 12th, 7pm to Sunday, Feb. 14th, 12pm
Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Harvey Cedars, NJ, United States
Harvey Cedars, NJ
The retreat includes:
- Program Sessions
- Speaker Dr. Ruth Laker
Check out the website, the MPC newsletter, or the pew inserts for more information. You can also call (610-566-3944) or email Cathy Brod in the church office with any questions.
Registration deadline is THIS Sunday, January 17!
Youth Program of Media Presbyterian Church
The Youth Ministry programs at MPC has long been a place that welcomes teenagers to embrace their questions and their struggles with faith in a healthy and safe environment.
The Youth Program is led by Ms. Liz Remelius, Director of Youth Ministries. Liz nurtures a deep love of education and believes that there is "a divine beauty in learning." She hopes that anyone who participates in MPC's Youth Ministry will be equipped to ask questions, search for answers, and turn that knowledge into action, both in the Church and the world.