New Adult Sunday School Class Begins Today, 9:45 a.m., room 107: A new adult Sunday School class begins today, and all ages and stages of life are welcome! For more information about this or other established classes, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Sunday Mornings: Starting Point, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Jubilee Hall: After a one-week break, Starting Point, a new spin on youth Sunday School, returns this morning. Youth will gather for doughnuts and coffee and then participate in exciting interactive stations and group discussion.
Children’s Chapel: Parents, we love seeing you and your children worshipping together, and we want to support you as your children grow and learn to worship alongside you. A child’s transition from worship care to sanctuary worship can be a challenging one for both the child and the parents. To help ease this transition for the whole family, we are introducing Children’s Chapel for younger elementary children. Beginning today, children in grades K-2 attending the 11:00 a.m. worship service may leave the sanctuary during the Gloria Patri to watch the rest of the worship service with other children in Memorial Chapel. Children will be supervised by a clergy member and an adult volunteer. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at email@example.com.
Come Sip (Coffee) and Shop at Goodness Gracious, Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Have you shopped in Goodness Gracious lately? They have so many wonderful gift items, and your purchases support so many wonderful community partners including Changed Choices, Circle de Luz, and the students and staff at Marie G. Davis. Come in, grab a cup of coffee (yes, it’s back!), and pick up something for a friend, a family member, or even for yourself!
Faith Girls, Sundays beginning today, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Fifth-grade girls are invited to this eight-week Bible-based study. Facilitated by Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot, this group will explore Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis and dive into topics such as social media, friends, identity, and faith while enjoying fellowship with each other. Click here to register.
Youth Sunday Night Gathering Schedule: Sunday night gatherings for youth return tonight. Here is the schedule: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: 8th Grade Confirmation meets in Jubilee Hall; 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: All youth (including Confirmands) gather for fellowship and worship in Jubilee Hall; 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: 6th and 7th graders and high schoolers meet. Confirmands are welcome to stay and participate during this time.
New - Bellissimo, rehearsing on Sundays beginning today, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Designed for ringers seeking a handbell choir, musicians with a non-ringing background, and newer ringers looking to further their skills, this mid-level intermediate handbell group focuses on building skills and rings in worship once a semester. Participation in local retreats, mission trips, and festivals is an option for interested members. For more information, email Sue Bayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happening This Week
Grief Support, September 13, 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 email@example.com. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
New - Southern Bells and Women’s Choir, rehearsing on Mondays beginning September 13: Join Brian Childers and this group of fun ladies, also known as the Southern Bells, at 10:00 a.m. for a morning of music and fellowship. This is a non-performing handbell group; ringers work on techniques and music-reading skills. Then stay for the Women's Choir at 11:00 a.m. Open to women of all ages, this choir provides music leadership in worship services and performs in our annual Christmas Concert with the Charlotte Symphony. For more information, email Sue Bayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Wednesday Bible Study, September 15, Live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Our series on the Prophets continues as Dr. Howell is joined by Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol of Mt. Vernon UMC in Washington, DC for a discussion on Hosea. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream. Also available on YouTube.
New - Midday Music, September 15, 12:00 p.m., Livestream Only: Tune in on Livestream for the first of several special fall programs: a re-airing of AGO’s Final Summer Recital. Featuring our own Evan Currie as well as organists Rob Dicks and Jerrick Cavagnaro, this program highlights MPUMC’s wonderful Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.
In-Person Study of the Old and New Testament, Wednesdays, beginning September 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Disciple Fast Track is a 24-week overview of the Bible in a small-group setting. This life-changing, community-forming ministry is a beloved opportunity that we hope you will consider this fall. Child care is available by reservation only. For more information and to register, email David Dulin at email@example.com.
New Events and Opportunities
New - 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 place your order for a free nametag.
New - Middle School and Fall Confirmation Day Retreat, September 26: Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Delta variant, this year’s retreat is now a one-day retreat that will be one AMAZING adventure! Everyone will enjoy lake activities, an epic Amazing Race, worship, and more. Together we will grow in God’s love and bond with each other. Click here to register for the retreat.
New - Yoga + Prayer: Updated Offerings: Meredith Starling continues to lead gentle yoga sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom, but exciting changes are ahead. Beginning September 26, Meredith 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.
New Beyond Baptism Podcast Episode: Get to know the Children's Ministries team through a lightning round of questions and lots of laughter. We love children and are excited to partner with you. Learn more about each staff member and the joy they bring to Children's Ministries. 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 - Deliver Meals to McCreesh Place and South Tryon Community UMC, 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. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Donations for The Merry Market: 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. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email email@example.com.
Blood Drive Sign-Ups, September 19 and 26, Lobby: Sign up to donate blood at the Blood Drive Mobile Unit in memory of Robert Lutz, which will be in the Parish Life Building Parking lot on October 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindful Mondays, September 20, 10:30 a.m., Zoom: 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 email@example.com. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
As we remain in prayer for our siblings in Haywood County, NC and Louisiana, who are recovering from the devastating effects of recent natural disasters, we encourage you to give as you are able to support relief efforts. Please see below for details on how you can help or visit our website for more information. If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haywood County Flood Relief: Click here and select Disaster Relief from the drop-down menu to donate financially. Click here to join the team traveling to Haywood County on September 20 (for the day or overnight) to aid in relief efforts.
Louisiana Hurricane Ida Relief: We will work directly with First UMC Hammond for on-the-ground responses. To contribute to relief efforts, click here and select Disaster Relief from the drop-down menu.
Join Our Team Traveling to Faith Ministry, sign up by September 25: Join our team traveling to Faith Ministry in Reynosa, Mexico to build a house for a family and experience days of joyful labor, sweat equity, meaningful worship, and connection. The trip is open to anyone 16 and over who has been vaccinated. We will lodge and take meals at Faith Ministry. The cost of the trip is $600 plus airfare. Email email@example.com if you have questions, or click here to sign up!
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.
4th and 5th Graders: Sign Up Now for Forward, first Sundays of the month beginning October 3, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Through this ministry 4th and 5th graders will grow faithfully in fellowship and deepen their spiritual foundation as they get ready for middle school. We will meet outside (weather permitting). We also need adult leaders to assist each month. For more information, email Amy Jo Alspaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to sign up.
Join a Small Group: As we begin to resume “normalcy,” we are all eager to be together for study. In-person and virtual book studies, Bible studies, and clergy-led discussion groups are forming. Click here to learn more and register.
Join Children’s and Youth Choirs: Rehearsals began last week, but it's not too late to join. Rehearsing on Wednesdays: Tinkerbells (handbells for K-2nd Graders), Alleluia Choir (K-1st Graders), and Junior Choir (2nd-5th Graders) rehearse on Wednesdays. Junior Bells (handbells for 3rd-5th Graders), Youth Bells (handbells for 6th-12th Graders), and Youth Choir (6th-12th Graders) rehearse on Sundays. Visit our website for rehearsal times and to register. For more information, email Director Brian Childers at email@example.com.
Bus Station Ministry, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Welcome legal asylum seekers as they journey through Charlotte. Your gifts of welcome and presence can be a real blessing to these tired, anxious, and uncertain travelers. Pick up snacks, water, activities, hygiene supplies, and signage at the church on Wednesday mornings and meet bus #1098 at the Greyhound bus station at 518 W 4th Street. The bus is scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. You can check the status of the bus' arrival here: https://bustracker.greyhound.com. Click here to sign up!
Travel with Dr. Howell to Israel, April 23-May 3, 2022: Spring is a beautiful time of year to be in Israel! The cost, which includes flights, hotels, ground costs, and most meals, will be about $4,395. We say “about” as we can only guess at flights right now. Could be less! Probably not more. Click here to learn more about the trip. We ask that those interested in traveling to Israel fill out an application. You may fill it out online or click here to print it, complete it, and email it to Peg Broughton at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in or have questions about the trip, please email James at email@example.com.
Save the Date
Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by Walgreens, October 13, 1:30 p.m.-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.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
Your ongoing generosity to our church Operating Fund brings to life our small groups and Bible studies and daily opportunities for spiritual health and growth including Ready. Set. Pray.
Check out this exciting missional announcement from Dr. Howell, and click here to read more about our church’s pledge to affordable housing in Charlotte.
Marsha Armstrong Jarrell, mother of Doug (Charlotte), Taylor (Diep), and Ben (Kate) Jarrell and grandmother of Stuart, Baker, Jackson, Hannah, and Ella Jarrell, who died on September 2.
Brooks Harding Henson, son of Kate and Jackson Henson, grandson of Barbara and Tom Henson, nephew of Breck Henson, Blair (Kaley) Henson, Andy (Lindsey) Henson, and cousin of Jack, Tee, and Weezie Henson, who was born on July 25.
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