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This Week at Myers Park

May 2, 2021

Baptism Class: May 2, 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 pbroughton@mpumc.org.

Color Craze: Final Youth Event of the Year, May 2, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Hopedale Lot: The last - and best - event of the school year is here! Join us for a Wild and Wacky Color Craze. We’ll have dinner from Hubee D’s, lots of paint, and plenty of games to play. Wear clothes you can get extremely messy in, and be ready for a great time. Cost is $10. Sign up here.

The Library is Reopening, beginning May 3: You are welcome to visit to use our self-service online card catalog and check out materials Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please wear a mask and follow appropriate social distancing while in the church building. If you have any questions or concerns, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

Early Bird Children’s Sunday School Registration, opens May 3: We’re busy preparing for the 2021-2022 Sunday School year and we want you to do the same. Children born on or before August 31, 2019 through children who completed 4th grade in the 2020-21 school year are invited to register for Sunday School. Click here to register. Questions? Email Amy Jo Alspaugh at amyjo@mpumc.org.

Register for May 9 In-Person Worship Services: As part of our Phase 1 Reopening Plan, in-person worship services in the sanctuary have returned. Capacity is limited, and registration is required to attend. Registration for all three May 9 worship services (8:30, 9:45, and 11:00) opens Monday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. Visit our website for full details and to register. If you have questions or concerns about registration, email Chris Mull at cmull@mpumc.org or Rev. Uiyeon Kim at ukim@mpumc.org. We look forward to seeing you in worship at Myers Park UMC.

Wednesday Bible Study, May 5, Live at 11:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. and viewable later: Join Dr. Howell as he talks about the Psalms with Bishop Tom Stockton, his father-in-law and our former senior pastor, and Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller, his daughter and current senior pastor of Green Street UMC in Winston-Salem. He’ll also share thoughts on the Psalms from Dr. Charles H. Stevens, Sarah’s great-grandfather who was pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream.

Midday Music - Live from MPUMC!, May 5, 12:00 p.m.: Join us for a program featuring selections from Broadway musicals. Click here to watch live and to view previous programs.

Grief Support, May 10, 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 crivera@mpumc.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.

Mindful Mondays on Zoom, May 17, 10:30 a.m.: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith. Learn to embody the present moment with compassionate awareness and discover the emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of meditative practices. Open to first-timers or those who wish to renew their mindful practice. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at crivera@mpumc.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.

Family Fellowship Night, May 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Hopedale Lot: Mark your calendars now for an evening of fun and fellowship featuring a local food truck. Stay tuned for details, including the link to sign up. Space is limited. Questions? Email Leslie Lowery at llowery@mpumc.org.

Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, May 25, 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 crivera@mpumc.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.

Missions’ Summer Care Kits Collection, now-May 31: Throughout the month of May, we invite you to make “Summer Care Kits” at home to benefit the homeless. Charlotte can be very hot and humid in the summer, and we want to take care of our vulnerable communities. Refer to the image above for a list of items to put in your kits. We recommend placing the items in gallon-sized ziploc bags. Keep the care kits in your car, and you can readily administer them to people in need! Please send us photos and/or videos of your kits to missions@mpumc.org.

Border Mission Trip, June 2-7, McAllen, Texas: We invite you to join a border experience with Rev. Nathan Arledge to learn about border ministries and life on the border. You will assist in welcoming legal asylum seekers through the ministry of presence and witness and help further our church’s budding relationship with First UMC McAllen. Space is limited to nine participants, and all participants must be fully vaccinated. All participants are responsible for booking their own travel and covering their meals and lodging. For more information, email missions@mpumc.org. Click here to sign up!

Middle School Atlanta Mission Trip, June 13-18: Join us on a trip to Atlanta to work with D.O.O.R. to facilitate the exchange of perspectives and the chance to build real relationships—with your spirit, with your group, and with the individuals we serve. Real relationships are the only way anyone ever truly opens their heart or changes their minds. Cost is $650. Registration closes May 15. Register here.

High School Mountain T.O.P. Mission Trip, June 26-July 3.: Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is a week you will never forget. Serve with other churches and an incredible college staff in Grundy County, TN. Youth can choose from a limited number of spots for Day Camp or Service Camp. Cost is $600. Registration closes May 15. Register here.

Follow Missions On Instagram: Missions is excited to announce it has its very own Instagram account! We encourage you to follow @mpumc_missions for the latest events, updates, and opportunities!

New Podcast Episode - Making Memories: In this episode of Beyond Baptism, the Youth team swaps stories, memories, and their favorite inspirational moments from their time in Youth Ministries. We are so honored to share this special episode with you! Also, get the latest on how our first in-person day retreat went! 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!

Yoga + Prayer on Zoom: Join others in finding healthy movement opportunities. Meredith Starling leads gentle yoga sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. and a deep stretch yoga session on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Email Meredith Starling at starlinm@bellsouth.net for more information.

Sunrise Yoga, Sundays, 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.: Meredith Starling leads Sunrise Yoga on the sanctuary lawn on Sunday mornings. All ages and levels are welcome! We encourage you to bring your own mat and mask and to maintain distancing during our practice. If you have any questions, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

“Middle School Among Us” Game Night, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Please have a computer or your phone to play. The Zoom link is at www.mpumcyouth.org.

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. Listen here.

Thank you for your ongoing generosity!

Church Family, Thank You for Your Generosity! During a mission trip to McAllen, Texas, members of our church family offered music lessons and handbell training to our partners in ministry at First UMC McAllen. The handbells were a recent gift from our church to their music ministry that was made possible through generous offerings to our church’s Walter Ball Fund.

Our Walter Ball Fund, part of our church’s Wesley Foundation, provides funding for our church’s music programs. For more information, contact Jamie Yearwood, Director of Development, at jyearwood@mpumc.org or 704-295-4808.

Make your offering today at www.myersparkumc.org/give or by mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Questions about giving opportunities? Contact Jamie Yearwood, Director of Development, at jyearwood@mpumc.org or 704-295-4808.

With care, we remember: Cheryl Reger, mother of Jill Zouzoulas (Stephen) and grandmother of Cole, Sloane, and Austin Zouzoulas, who died on March 26; Virginia "Ginny" Mathews, wife of Emmitt Mathews, who died on April 24; and Robert Wallace, father of Wendy Wallace-Wright (Royster) and grandfather of Reagan and Lydia Wright, who died on April 24.

We welcome: Mary Elliott Moore, daughter of Marian and John Moore, who was born on April 20

We are the body of Christ - growing and serving.