A Weekly Newsletter
Thought for the Week
Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers. - Austin O'Malley
Prayer is an important part of a Christian life. We pray corporate prayers during worship, we pray over meals, before going to bed. Ronald Reagan is purported to have said: "As long as there are exams there will be prayer in schools!" When we face moments of personal struggle, we pray outside our normal "routine."
Oftentimes we are looking for a feeling of relief or support. If we pray before an important exam or meeting we are probably looking to clear our heads and get in a calm space, not necessarily that God will ensure we get an A. When we're struggling with personal conflicts, we are looking to unburden ourselves to someone and to be encouraged towards a solution. We don't really expect to wake up the next day and have everything solved.
We aren't really looking for God to take immediate and direct action or, even if we do, we still understand that we have to walk into the classroom and take the test. We still have to participate in our life, even when we ask for help or support.
When we pray about big picture, idyllic things - world peace, end to hunger - we are sometimes less active about it. We pray that we become better stewards of the world, that people would treat each other more kindly, that people would have their basic needs filled. I think the same principle applies! We pray that our world would be cleaner and better cared for, and then we go and help clean up. We pray that everyone would have access to clean water, and so we help fund a mission project to install a water system.
Prayer has a power on its own, that cannot be denied. And sometimes we pray things that we really cannot act on, things that simply require patience or healing. But we are also blessed to be able to pray about so many things and then go out and help!
We've all heard some variation of the phrase "if you're going to talk the talk, you've got to walk the walk!" This is often thrown out to be people who talk a big game but never seem to get up to play. Don't sit on the bench. Pray and go!
- Middle School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Youth Room)
- High School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Room 103)
- Confirmation, 9:15 AM (Room 102)
- Contemporary Worship, 11:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Sunday Evening Schedule
- High School Praise Team, 5:30 - 6:30 PM (Sanctuary)
- Middle School Praise Team, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Sanctuary)
There is NO Youth Group this Sunday!
Teens Connect Pie Sale
We need Youth Volunteers! Here's how:
- Spend time at the table between worship services to take orders
- Join us on Saturday, November 21 at 9 AM to help bake the pies
- Be in Dale Hall on Sunday, November 22 after either worship service to distribute the pies
Please contact Janis Richards if you have any questions!
Pie Sale & Baking Day
Those delicious Apple and Pumpkin pies aren't going to bake themselves! Join us on Saturday, November 21 to help out. Bob Schultz will be overseeing our baking efforts. We'll meet in the kitchen at 9:00 AM.
Church Clean Up
Help get the church building and grounds ready for the winter months. Join your church family from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, November 14. Let them know you're coming by signing up in the kitchen.
Highway Clean Up
Help the Mission Committee clean up Baltimore Pike! This event will run from 8:30 AM to noon on Saturday, November 14. Sign up on the sheet in the kitchen!
Note: Some of these events may fulfill any community service requirements some of you have for organizations like the National Honors Society. Check with your group advisor to see if these count!
- Saturday, November 14:
Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up - 8:30 AM - Noon
Church Fall Clean-Up Day - 9:00 AM - Noon
- Sunday, November 15:
Pie Sale - 10:20-10:50 AM (Dale Hall)
Community Hymn Sing - 4:00 PM (sanctuary)
No Youth Group!
- Saturday, November 21:
Pie Baking - 9:00 AM (Kitchen)
- Sunday November 22:
Pie Pick-Up - after each worship (Dale Hall)
Church Advent Party - 3:00 PM
- Wednesday, November 25:
Thanksgiving Soup and Service, 6:00 PM
- Sunday, November 29
No Youth Events (Confirmation, Sunday School, Youth Group)
High School Youth:
- Text: @mpchsyouth to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
Middle School Youth:
- Text: @mpcmsyouth to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
- Important note: This program recognizes when a student is under the age of 13 and further protects their privacy by requiring an additional verification step
Parents and volunteers:
- Text: @mpcygpar to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
Youth Group Survey
We want to know what you think about the youth group! There is a survey linked below where you will be able to provide anonymous feedback about the program. The more information you provide, the more we can tailor programs to your interests - we can't do that if we don't know what you're interested in.
This is just a formal way of obtaining your input - if you have suggestions, questions, or concerns please feel free to contact Liz!
Click here for the survey.
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.