MPC Youth

A Weekly Newsletter

Thought for the Week

But thou knowest winter tames man, woman, and beast... - William Shakespeare


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.


- Liz

Upcoming Schedule

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)

Wednesday Nights

Beginning on Wednesday, January 6th, we are starting up Wednesday Evening Programs for all ages! All programs will run from 7:00-8:00 PM.


Come and spend some casual quality time with your MPC friends! Tonight we'll be staying warm inside and playing a board game or two!

Middle School Lock-In!

Friday, Jan. 15th, 7pm-9am

30 East Baltimore Avenue

Media, PA

It's time for an overnight! This event is for Middle School Youth and friends! Come if you have been here often and come if you haven't been in a long time! All are welcome!


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.

Please RSVP to Liz via email or using THIS FORM so we can prepare for food and games!

Calendar

January

  • 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)


February

  • 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

Join us for our all-church retreat, a weekend of fun, relaxation, and learning with others in our church family!


The retreat includes:


  • Meals
  • 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!

Volunteers

Parents and Friends -


If you are interested in volunteering with the youth, either in Sunday School or Youth Group, please email Liz!


You are welcome to join us as often as you are able!

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Youth Program of Media Presbyterian Church

Media Presbyterian Church considers ministry to Youth and their families to be one of the most important ministries the Church can provide.


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.