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Custodian Position

Accepting applications for a custodial position whose responsibilities are carried out on a regularly scheduled daily basis to include a maximum of forty (40) hours/week, Monday through Friday.  Download the Custodian Job Description from the list below for detailed information.  Background checks required for employment consideration.  Our church office is open (M-Th 9:00-4:30).  Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg PA  17055.  Phone 717-697-0351

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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.

more pictures

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.

Voracious Readers – April and May 2017

April 2017

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White is a rather quick read that kept us interested in the mystery of the ghost-inhabited house. We shared some of our own opinions/anecdotes about these visitations from the other side. 🙂 We were glad to see the characters work through their pasts and find themselves in happier situations.  Those of us who have been to Charleston enjoyed re-visiting this setting. Several attendees preferred our previous Karen White selection On Folly Beach.

May 2017

I think that it is safe to say that we all appreciated reading Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, a very moving historical novel about WWII and the inhumane treatment of prisoners in Ravensbruck concentration camp.  One Book, One Community in York County picked Wein’s book for 2017 and  Ruth Ann brought in the posters from the York County study of this book. It is so meaningful to put faces to these unfortunate women.  Visit Wein’s website and look under the tab Resources to see more about the story behind her novel.

From the unbelievably cruel treatment of the Polish “Rabbits” to the beatings, cold, starvation, and subsequent PTSD, we were once again appalled by these experiences. On a more positive note, I really enjoyed Wein’s use of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay as the main character finds comfort in it as well as creating her own.   The strength that these women drew from their common hardships and new friendships was also very inspirational.

We enjoyed coming upon occasional references to Central Pennsylvania/Hershey based on the author’s living here for a while during her childhood.

Those of us who also read Wein’s Code Name Verity, the first book of this series, found it to be equally powerful as it followed another woman pilot who was captured and cruelly treated by her interrogators in France.

The Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except December, at 7:00 PM in the Church Library.  Summer/early fall reading:

June 27 – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
July – The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
August – The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
September – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
October – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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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