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Celebrating the Pillars of our Church

web IMG_4178Today we were thrilled to have a reception to recognize long-term (50 years plus) members of our church.  We enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres and fellowship along with a chance to greet some of our Pillars.  Thank you for all you have done to help make MPC a vibrant church.

A complete list of the Pillars of our Church plus pictures of the event can be found here.

PYC Activities – October 2017

We have activities on most Sundays. 

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We went to the Ski Roundtop Ropes Course on October 1.  The next Sunday evening we played group Yahtzee and made pretzels at the Youth Center.


Worship in the Park – 09-10-17

The MPC community gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park for outdoor worship on this beautiful Sunday morning.  Following worship we enjoyed a pot luck covered dish picnic.   Thanks to all who planned and conducted the worship and thanks to the Fellowship Committee for organizing the lunch and providing the grilled hot dogs, buns, and drinks.

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Thanks to Mike Martin, Joanne Neimer, and Mark Allio for the photos.

Mission Sunday – August 20, 2017

Thanksgiving for Service

Cathay Snyder, member of the Mission Committee, named a number of mission projects in the community in which people of MPC may have participated and asked those participants to stand.  This was the result:

Anne Partridge was honored for more than 30 years of service to the Ecumenical Food Pantry at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Harrisburg.  Ward VerHage, from the Ecumenical Food Pantry, spoke briefly regarding its history.  She received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ecumenical Food Pantry and a gift certificate from the MPC congregation.

Ward VerHage, from the Ecumenical Food Pantry, and Anne Partridge

Mike Kostelac, Chair of the Mission Committee, and Anne Partridge

Blessing of the Backpacks

“Bless, O God, these our children, those whom we have promised to love and nurture at their baptism.  Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them ever seeking to learn more and to develop their gifts.  Grant that through their study, they may gain the tools to grow in love and faith and service, all their days.”

“Bless, O God, these backpacks and the children who carry them.”

The Sermon

The Rev. Drew Stockstill was our guest pastor this morning.  He is Director of Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in the heart of Harrisburg’s vibrant Allison Hill neighborhood.  His sermon titled, “Take My Life” was based on the text from Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 15:10-28.


Commissioning of Madison Neimer as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)

“Madison has decide to hear God’s call and is dedicating a year to serve as a Young Adult Volunteer in Chicago.  She has accepted the position of Engagement Specialist at a nonprofit women’s service called New Moms.  New Moms supports young mothers between the ages of 13 and 24, and their children, who are experiencing poverty and homelessness.”

Call to Discipleship – Madison and Pastor Kathryn

Commissioning Prayer

Commissioning Prayer
“Faithful God, in baptism you claimed us; and by your Holy Spirit you are working in our lives, empowering us to live a life worthy of our calling.  We thank you for leading Madison to this time and place.  Establish her in your truth, and guide her by your Holy Spirit, that in your service she may grow in faith, hope, and love, and be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.  Amen”

The Blessing and Laying on of Hands

All quotes are from the bulletin from August 20, 2017

New Member Class – August 13, 2017

Welcome to our MPC Family

Richard and Cindy Prether, Shawna and Curtis Stover, Pia Hall, and Jan and Lis Hagen-Fredericksen. 



Jan and Lis Hagen-Frederiksen

Pia Hall

Richard and Cindy Prether

Curtis & Shawna Stover, Xander & Sylvie


Vacation Bible School

The picture to the left, which was taken on Sunday July 30th, shows the commissioning of the people who will be helping with Vacation Bible School. 

The theme this week is
“Along the Road with Jesus”

We will add pictures of each day’s activities to this posting.

Day one – The Catch and the Call

Day two – Raising the Roof

Day three – The Big Picnic

Day four – Mary and Martha

Day five – On the Road to Morning

Commissioning the Middle School Mission Trip 7-23-17

Today two adults and ten middle schoolers were commissioned for their trip to the Great Escape in Johnston, PA.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Pictures from the Great Escape 2017

Commissioning of the 2017 Senior High Mission Trip

Today, the adult advisors and Senior High students were commissioned for their upcoming trip to Mission, Texas.  Five adults and eleven senior highs will participate in this mission trip.  They leave this coming Friday and will return on July 15th.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Pictures and narrative of the trip.

A Special Day at MPC – June 4, 2017

web IMG_3273Today we celebrated a very significant day for the Christian Church, Pentecost.  Also during the Sunday School hour we celebrated Promotion Sunday followed by Cool Pops on the lawn. 

Mission Trip to West Virginia

The mission team from MPC spent 5 days in May working for Habitat for Humanity in Huntington West Virginia.

Thanks for the pictures Kathy Wells.

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