This Week at Myers Park November 14, 2021

New - Hope is Here Campaign: We’re building a multi-purpose building that will be a change-maker now and for generations. Learn about Hope is Here. Pray. Stretch. What can you do over five years out of love for God, gratitude for our church, and changing the world? If you can, make your commitment to this exciting endeavor today (online or by mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207). This is not the end, but a defining point for our Hope is Here campaign so we’ll know where we stand, and how much we can accomplish. Check out this short update from Dr. Howell to learn more.

Check out this inspiring story from some of our youth! Click here for more stories and to learn more about this exciting time for our church family! Questions? Contact Jamie Yearwood at jyearwood@mpumc.org or 704-295-4808.

New - LOA Youth T-shirts and Hoodies for Sale: Help the youth support the building campaign by wearing our new LOA (Love One Another) swag! All proceeds above the minimum cost will go toward the new building and the Change for Change competition. T-shirt minimum cost: $15; Hoodie minimum cost: $30. Click here to order.

Happening This Week

Mindful Mondays In-Person and on Zoom, November 15, 10:30 a.m., room 105: 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. If you are unable to join in person, click here to join us on Zoom.

The God Who Sees Series, November 15, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jubilee Hall: Join us as we gather in person for education, inspiration, and discussion of a topic central to our church's mission work: Schools & Children. There will be theological reflection (why does this matter to our faith), and local experts Sonja Gantt and LaTarjza Henry will provide context for this issue within Charlotte. Click here to learn more about this four-week series. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at ukim@mpumc.org or Rev. Nathan Arledge at narledge@mpumc.org.

The Mystery of God’s Presence With Us: Grief Support Workshop Part III, November 15, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., room 103 and via Zoom: Led by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, this workshop is designed to assist and support those grieving a loss. This will be a time of sharing individual journeys and coming to a deeper understanding of the grief process. A virtual option is also available. Register in Realm or email Carmen Rivera at crivera@mpumc.org.

Registration for Summer Mission Trips Opens, November 15: We hope all of you will join us for a mission trip experience this summer! Middle School: Atlanta June 11-17, High School: Mountain T.O.P. in Tennessee June 25-July 2 and Faith Ministry in Mexico July 17-23. Click here for more information.

Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, November 16, 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.

Women’s Gathering, November 16, 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.: Women of all ages and stages of life are invited to this monthly gathering! We hope this will offer a time of support, community, and new friendships. Click here to sign up or email Rev. Jessica Dayson at jdayson@mpumc.org for more information.

New - Wednesday Bible Study, November 17, live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Join us as Dr. Howell and Prof. Jason Byassee, one of our church’s favorites, talks about God as the Trinity. Watch live on our website, Facebook, or YouTube.

New - Midday Music - Handbells, November 17, Live at 12:00 p.m. and viewable later: Tune in for a fun program of handbells featuring our handbell choirs and several small ensembles. Brian Childers’ new piece “Simple Gifts” will be performed by Myers Park Bells. Watch live on our website, Facebook, or YouTube.

New - Young Adults Monthly Brew, November 18, 6:30 p.m., Brewers at 4001 Yancy: Come enjoy a brisk fall evening of food and drink, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones! Masks are required except when drinking or eating. Questions? Email Caitlin Stanley at pattoncr2@gmail.com. Click here to sign up.

Table Tithe Collection, now-November 19: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we are collecting gift cards to provide food for 100 families from our school partnerships. Families expressed their appreciation to be able to choose between prepared meals or groceries/ingredients, so we are asking for donations of $50 Harris Teeter gift cards. Drop cards in the secure boxes in the Parish Life Building lobby by November 19. For more information, email missions@mpumc.org.

More Events and Opportunities

Purchase an Advent Wreath Kit While Supplies Last, now-November 21: Kits are $15, and a portion of the proceeds will support Missions’ Merry Market program. Kits include candles, candle cups, greenery pins, foam, and a tray. Greenery is not provided. Kits will be ready for pickup in the Parish Life Building lobby beginning today. Click here to order your kit.

Missions Collecting Donations for The Merry Market: Missions is partnering with OurBridge for Kids 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. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email missions@mpumc.org.

Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree, Wreath or Garland, while supplies last: Orders will be ready for pickup December 2-3. Due to a growing shortage, we have fewer trees this year. If you don’t see the size tree you need, please consider buying a smaller one or wreaths and garland. All proceeds this year will go to the Hope is Here capital campaign. Click here to purchase.

New - Room In The Inn Returns: After a year off, Room In the Inn is returning to churches around our city! Because we do not have access to our former space in the Youth Building, we will partner with our across-the-alley neighbor Myers Park Presbyterian to host Wednesday nights in their Outreach Center. We still plan to host 12 guests and provide a meal, a safe place to gather and sleep, showers, and fellowship. There are several different ways to get involved in this ministry. Click here to learn more and sign up!

New Episode: Beyond Baptism - High School Beach Retreat Recap: This week the Youth team and Emma and Jake recap the first beach since 2019, sharing lots of laughs, memories, and insights from the weekend at Holden Beach. This episode was a joy to record, and we hope you enjoy it too! 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 Episode! Maybe I’m Amazed - A Podcast with Dr. James Howell: Join Dr. Howell and Frederick “Fritz” Bauerschmidt, Professor of Theology at Loyola University, as they discuss Fritz’s new book The Love That is God and how this love can be both welcoming and challenging at times for Christians. 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. Click here to access these and all previous episodes.

Goodness Gracious: Tis the season to be shopping, and Goodness Gracious is rolling out its Christmas inventory. Some of our favorite new items include peppermint-scented lotion, flameless votive candles, gold reindeer napkin rings, and fairy twinkle lights! Not sure what to buy for someone this holiday season? We offer gift cards! Goodness Gracious is open Sunday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Prepare for Advent

Please continue to check back here for updates to our Advent events and opportunities.

Advent with Kids: Author Book Signing, November 28 and December 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Church member and author Wendy Wallace-Wright will sign copies of her new book, Advent with Kids, in the lobby of the Parish Life Building. Books will be available for purchase in Goodness Gracious.

New - Advent Labyrinth, November 30-December 22, Francis Chapel: During this season of waiting, come to the labyrinth for a uniquely prayerful experience. A special setting and printed materials will be available to guide you in a walk of preparation for Christmas. Please call 704-376-8584 before coming to the church to ensure Francis Chapel is available for your walk.

Music Ministry Christmas Concert, December 5, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street: Save the date to join us in person for this wonderful Christmas tradition. The concert will feature singers from our Music Ministry, handbells, and orchestra.

Service of Hope and Consolation, December 6, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary: This service is for all who seek solace and hope from our many losses this past year.

Children’s Ministries’ Outdoor Movie Night, December 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Parish Life Building parking lot: Join us to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Ben & Jerry's Hot Chocolate truck will be there, too!

Kneeling at the Manger, December 12, 4:00 p.m., Hopedale Parking Lot: Join us for this annual service of story and song.

Youth Ministries' Love Feast, December 19, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Thank you for your ongoing generosity!

Your ongoing generosity to our church Operating Fund and our Mission and Outreach Fund makes it possible for our church family to come together for worship and fellowship and support our most vulnerable neighbors near and far.

We Love Our Church 2022 Stewardship Campaign: Check your mailbox for information about our church’s 2022 stewardship campaign. We invite you to prayerfully consider your commitment to our church Operating Fund and Mission and Outreach Fund for the upcoming year. Commitment cards can be returned via mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207 or online at www.myersparkumc.org/give.

Lily Burleson Hodges, daughter of Katie and William Hodges, sister of Henry and Winnie Hodges,, granddaughter of Lynn and Charley Hodges, niece of Charles (Elizabeth) Hodges, and cousin of Sara Hodges, who was born on November 3.

Roy Eugene Wright, father of Royster (Wendy) Wright and grandfather of Reagan and Lydia Wright, who died on November 3.

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