C.E. Christmas Program 12-17-17

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“The Very First Christmas”.

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Voracious Readers – Review & 2018 Books

We all enjoyed reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles and for a variety of reasons.  Some of us grew up watching westerns…and a couple of us even had Annie Oakley outfits. This book revived some of those memories with its wonderful descriptions of the Texas landscape.  Interestingly, the author was born in Missouri but has lived in Texas for a number of years and now lives on a ranch near San Antonio.  This story was based on a friend’s grandfather, who was a news reader in the late 19th century. What an interesting occupation/calling!

We loved watching the growing relationship between the Captain and Johanna.  It reminded us of both True Grit and A Man Called Ove.  We enjoyed their increasing trust in each other and the positive impact each had on the other.  Needless to say, we were all happy with the resolution of the plot.

Johanna’s reluctance to leave her Kiowa family reflected the psychology of many captives and led to an interesting discussion of America’s often shameful treatment of Native Americans.  We also noted some parallels between political conditions/discussions then and now.

All in all, Paulette Jiles created a memorable story in this relatively short novel.

And now for 2018…

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline for January 23, based on one of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous paintings, Christina’s World. (Field trip to MoMA to see the painting?)

February 27 – Poison Study by Maria Snyder (One Book One Community written by a Penn State and Seton Hill grad…I shifted our schedule by a month to coordinate with OBOC. The author will be at the Red Land Community Library on February 28.)

March 27 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize!)

April 24 – The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (action thriller that someone suggested last month)

May 15 – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

It looks as if we’re off to a great start in 2018 with quite a variety of books to discuss. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!


In-Gathering Sunday, 12-03-17

Thanks to all who purchased gifts or gifts cards for the Giving Tree.  This week, 250 presents will be delivered to Allison Hill Community Ministry, Delta Housing, Stop the Violence, CROSS at Cumberland Vista, Safe Harbor, and HELP Ministries.

Thanksgiving Community Dinner – 2017

Thanksgiving Day this year was one of those gorgeous blue-sky fall days.  We were pleased to serve over 320 meals and had enough leftovers to take 60 meals to the Spanish Speaking Community associated with Stop the Violence.  Thank you to all the many volunteers who made this event possible. 

A special thank you to Suzy Brenner, who has lead the team for the past seven years.  We appreciate her labors of love in organizing the dinners and the many hours she and her family have spent in helping to make this a joyful and enriching experience for our MPC family, volunteers from the community, and our guests.

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November at MPC

Below are links to the photos from some of the special events that occurred at MPC in November. 

PYC went to a Reality Retreat at NorthBay Adventures

Fellowship Committee served a delicious lunch after the 11 AM service on Stewardship Sunday

Boy Scouts and church members cleaned up the church yard

PYC went to CROSS at Cumberland Vista to prepare and serve a meal for the residents

Many volunteers helped in preparing, serving, and cleaning up after the Thanksgiving Community Dinner.

Online Pledge Card 2018


The one who calls you is faithful…

1 Thessalonians 5:24

Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church Pledge Form for 2018

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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.


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