A Weekly Newsletter
Thought for the Week
We were fortunate to experience Hurricane Joaquin as a relatively minor inconvenience on our weekend plans. As someone who spent the majority of the weekend outside, I was alternatively irritated that it was raining and grateful that it wasn't any worse. When Sunday morning came and the sun peeked out, showing the traces of the storm, I was thrilled that the only "damage" was a completely soaked pair of sneakers from the day before, a little overflow from our creek, and lots of leaves that would eventually need raking.
Unfortunately, there are many people who did not share my relief that Sunday morning. As dawn came and the sun broke through the clouds, the people of South Carolina looked outside to see roads gone, dams overflowing, and a city treading water.
The flooding isn't over. They are anticipating that the rivers won't crest for another two weeks. This will cost the state billions of dollars. At least 15 people have lost their lives. Hundreds are living in a state of uncertainty.
Even as the lakes and rivers overflowed, so did the generosity of people near and far. Churches are experiencing the delightful problem of "too much stuff." People are donating faster than they can sort it. Others are calling to find out what they can do to help.
Events like this bring us together. They remind us of our common humanity, despite our differences in race or creed. They remind us how blessed we are to have a roof over our heads, dry clothes, and homes filled with the smell of dinner, not rushing flood waters.
These events should also remind us how much we can do. They should spur us to action. I ask you to keep the people of South Carolina in your thoughts and prayers as they try to recover. I encourage you to explore ways you can help them. I implore you not to be indifferent.
The Forest Lake Dam near Columbia, SC overflows.
After severe flooding, roads are decimated.
The Lake Murray Dam opens its floodgates for the first time since 1960 in order to counteract the flooding.
- Middle School Sunday School, 9:15 AM in the Youth Room
- High School Sunday School, 9:15 AM in room 103
- Confirmation, 9:15 AM in room 102
- Contemporary Worship, 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Sunday Evening Schedule
- Middle School Youth Group, 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the Youth Room
- High School Praise Team, 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- Middle School Praise Team, 6:30 - 7:30 in the Sanctuary
- High School Youth Group, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Youth Room
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!
Follow the directions below to enroll in the program via text OR email. This will allow us to communicate with the group without sharing phone numbers. Even after you sign up, no one can see your phone number and all text messages will come from the same, secure phone number.
Many of you already have Liz's phone number and it is available for anyone else who wants it - please continue to utilize that when you need her! Remind, however, allows for privacy for everyone when we are communicating with the whole group.
Follow the instructions below for your age group and answer the questions that appear to set up your free account.
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.
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We would love to include reflections or announcements! If you want to provide content for the newsletter, email Liz.
If you have an event coming up please feel free to add it to the calendar, email Liz with the information, or submit it using this form. We'll include those events in this newsletter and in other church publications.
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.