Happening This Afternoon
Final Youth Server Ministry Training, 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary: Fifth-twelfth graders are invited to train to serve as Bible carriers, acolytes, and crucifers during sanctuary worship services. For more information, email Bruce Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katharine Willis at email@example.com.
New - Youth Sunday Night Gathering for High School Only, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Due to the Middle School/Confirmation retreat, tonight’s Youth gathering is for high school youth only.
Yoga + Prayer: Updated Offerings, beginning today: Meredith Starling will lead in-person gentle yoga sessions on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and deep stretch sessions on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in Francis Chapel. These classes will be offered simultaneously on Zoom. Masks are required, and a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at email@example.com.
Happening This Week
Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, September 28, 1:00 p.m., Zoom: Join Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith for emotional support and care. We will share, connect, and explore how we can increase our well-being and resilience. Register with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Women’s Gathering, September 28, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., room 103-104: All women of the church are invited to gather to meet other women, have meaningful conversation, and grow closer to God. This monthly gathering will offer a time of support and community. Take time for you! Sign up here, or email Rev. Jessica Dayson at email@example.com with questions.
New - Wednesday Bible Study, September 29, Live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Join us as Dr. Howell and John Goldingjay discuss Isaiah, God's prophet of judgment and promise. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream. Also available on YouTube.
Missions' September Collection: Donations for The Merry Market, now through September 30: Missions is excited to announce The Merry Market, an expanded edition of its annual holiday store concept (formerly Jubilee Store). This year Missions is partnering with OurBridge for Kids, an organization that meets the academic and socio-emotional needs of newly arrived and first-generation American children and their families, to provide an empowering, joy-filled holiday shopping experience for more than 150 families. Your donations are critical to the success of the store so we have set up a convenient Amazon Wishlist from which you can shop. You may also shop outside of the Amazon Wishlist and drop off gifts to the Missions office Monday-Thursday before 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays before 12:00 p.m. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New This Week
New - 30% Off Sale at Goodness Gracious, now-October 10: Goodness Gracious is having a 30% off sale on a wide variety of items, so stop by any time Sunday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and pick up something for a friend, a family member, or even yourself! We encourage you to shop in person, but you can also make a purchase by calling the shop or sending us a DM on our Goodness Gracious Instagram page.
New - Beyond Baptism Podcast - Plans for the New Building: Building Committee member Rick Magee unveils plans for the new building. He helps us envision this new space for ministries, missions, and connection, and answers some questions you might have about timelines and what to expect during construction. Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement, and Hope for Parents, created by Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, is intended for parents and adults invested in the young people of our church. Access all episodes here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!
New - Churchwide Weekend Food Bag Collection, drop off bags October 10-13: We are collecting weekend food bags for children at Marie G. Davis and in the Southside neighborhood. Please pack the following items in a plastic grocery bag or gallon-sized Ziploc bag: one box of stovetop macaroni and cheese, one can of soup (with a pull-tab), one can of Vienna sausages, one package of Ramen noodles, one pack of cheese sandwich crackers, two pouches of fruit snacks, and two packets of instant oatmeal. Drop off bags to the Missions team in the alley between the church and Myers Park Presbyterian on October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and October 11-13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New Episodes! Maybe I’m Amazed - A Podcast with Dr. James Howell: Throughout his career, Dr. Howell has developed meaningful relationships with a wide spectrum of people, and he’s taken time to learn each of their stories. Maybe I’m Amazed is a collection of amazing conversations James has with amazing people experiencing everyday miracles. Check out his two most recent episodes: Amanda Ripley speaking about High Conflict – why we have so much personally and nationally, and how to get out of it; and Clint Smith looking at historical places and what we learn there about race and why it matters. Click here to access these and all previous episodes.
New - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.: The Chancel Choir is the keystone of our church’s music ministry. The 70+ voice adult choir sings weekly for the 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. worship services and participates in special concerts throughout the year. The requirements for membership are enthusiasm, energy, and effort; no audition is required. We work together to develop a collective sense of community — musically and spiritually — which enables us to share God’s love through music with one another and with our congregation. Interested in joining? Email Sue Bayne at email@example.com. For more information on choirs and ensembles for all ages, visit our website.
Happening Next Sunday
New - Coffee and Treats on the Lawn, October 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Join us for coffee and treats on the lawn in celebration of World Communion Sunday and our global partnerships. Treats, including doughnuts, buñuelos, and churros, will be provided by friend and partner Manolo’s Bakery, and the Missions lay team will be on hand to answer questions, highlight partnerships, and celebrate service opportunities.
New - Family Worship Day, October 3, World Communion Sunday: There will be no Sunday School for children and no Starting Point for youth. Nursery and worship care will be available for children 8-weeks-old–not yet in kindergarten. Questions? Email Amy Jo Alspaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Baptism Class, October 3, 10:00 a.m., Zoom: This class will deepen your understanding of this Holy Sacrament and is an essential first step for those preparing for baptism. Join us on Zoom. If you have questions about or want to schedule a baptism, email Peg Broughton at email@example.com.
New - Blood Drive Mobile Unit, October 3, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Parish Life Building Parking Lot: Appointments are strongly encouraged as there will be limited availability for walk-ins. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Blessing of the Animals, October 3, 2:00 p.m., Hopedale Parking Lot: Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals. We hope to see you and your furry, feathery, or scaly friend for this time of fellowship and prayer.
Forward's First Meeting, October 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Through this ministry 4th and 5th graders grow faithfully in fellowship and deepen their spiritual foundation as they get ready for middle school. We still need adult leaders to assist each month. Click here to sign up to help. For more information, email Amy Jo Alspaugh at email@example.com.
Events and Opportunities
Order Your New Nametag During Our 2021 Nametag Campaign: We recently redesigned our nametags to include our new logo, and now is your chance to get one for free! Members and visitors, age 13 and older only, may order a new tag. The first 300 who register for a new nametag will receive it for free! After that time, nametags are available for $5 from Goodness Gracious Gifts. Click here to order a free nametag.
New - Grief Support, October 11, 6:30 p.m., Zoom: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, this is a safe place for people looking to share, learn, and connect with others who are coping with loss. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Loaves & Fishes Warehouse Volunteers, second Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Volunteers will package kits filled with donated canned goods. Loaves & Fishes requires a minimum of 10 warehouse volunteers, so please click here to sign up if you are interested in serving.
Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by Walgreens, October 13, 1:30-6:00 p.m., under the portico of the Parish Life Building: No appointments needed! Flu shots for ages 10 and older. The higher dose senior vaccine will be available.
Sign Up Now for High School Beach Retreat, October 29-31, Holden Beach: This retreat is about resting, relaxing, and resetting. It will be a wonderful weekend of renewal. Space is limited, so please sign up now. Due to the limited space, this trip is reserved for MPUMC church members, mission trip participants, and small group participants. Cost is $175 for the weekend. Register here.
Disaster Relief: Your giving matters! Direct disaster relief for Hurricane Ida and Haywood County floods is the support our sisters and brothers need. Every dollar we send goes directly to families. Please take time to contribute and to stay alert to opportunities to go and serve. To contribute financially to relief efforts, click here and select Disaster Relief from the drop-down menu.
Sign Up Now for the 16th Annual Women’s Retreat: Join us as we “Begin Again” with a weekend of renewal and rest, friendship and learning, and lament and praise. Journey with speaker Rev. Caitlin Harper of the Northern Alabama Conference of the UMC as we grow in trusting that God is on the other side of every new beginning. Cost is $200 per person double occupancy or $290 for single occupancy. Register before November 7 to save $20! For the safety of all attending the retreat, we request proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the beginning of the retreat. Click here for details and to register.
Deliver Meals, Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.: Every week MPUMC provides lunch to vulnerable neighbors at McCreesh Place and South Tryon Community UMC (Brookhill neighborhood). You can help us in this effort by picking up pre-packaged meals from Manolo's Bakery at 4405 Central Avenue and dropping them at McCreesh Place or South Tryon Community UMC. Click here to sign up to deliver to McCreesh Place. Click here to sign up to deliver to South Tryon.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
Thank you for your ongoing offerings to our church Operating Fund! Your generosity makes it possible for the church to offer discipleship opportunities for all ages and stages of life including small groups and Bible studies, intergenerational women’s gatherings, and Congregational Care’s Coffee, Conversation and Connection.
Emma Caroline Field, daughter of Elizabeth and Elliott Field and sister of Zack Correll and William Field, who was born on August 26.
Mary Isabelle Van Wagner Tracy, mother of Patrick Tracy, who died on September 16.
Jewel “Dean” Brigman Icard, mother of Brad (Kara) Icard and grandmother of Noah, Nate, and Lilly Icard, who died on September 14.
William “Bill” Patrick, Jr., father of Julie (Rob) Dellibovi and grandfather of Hannah and Noah Dellibovi, who died on September 16.
We are the body of Christ - growing and serving.