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Hiring – Director of Christian Education

The Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church seeks an energetic and progressive Director of Christian Education (DCE), who is called by God to a ministry of education of our members and the community. Candidates must be willing to demonstrate their faith in and love for Jesus Christ, and be honest in character and joyful in service.

Working with the Senior Pastor and in cooperation with the church staff and other committees, the DCE will be responsible to provide expert direction to the teaching endeavors of the Church, performing all duties in a spirit of Christian love and in accordance with our mission statement. The DCE must have a theological background that is within the Reformed tradition.

Successful candidates will:

  • demonstrate a passion for children and their families/parents
  • show creativity in developing a children, family and intergenerational ministry
  • have an understanding of the faith and emotional development of children
  • have a mature faith, emotional stability, and a youthful exuberance
  • be creative and open minded
  • generate new ideas for programming and make new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches
  • show good judgment
  • possess an obvious excitement about relating to children, youth, and adults
  • work directly with the Christian Education Committee to effectively build/maintain volunteers to accomplish ministry goals
  • pursue continuing education
  • develop and oversee the creation of timely and effective communications to promote congregational and community awareness, interest, and involvement in Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church’s ministry to children.
     

This is a 30-hour/week position, including Sunday mornings. Some of the work will take place outside the traditional workday. Please include your salary expectations with your resume and email to Timothy Wonder.

College degree preferred.

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.  Approximate start date is June 1.  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

See these links for more information: 

On Line – 2017 VBS Registration Form

July 31 to August 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Registration Fee: $5.00/child – Maximum $10/family
(can be paid through Online Giving)

Questions? – Call the church office at 717-697-0351

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Youth Sunday – 2017

We were blessed by the youth who planned and participated in the worship services this morning.  Thank you to all of you, to your parents, and to your advisors.  Well done.

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Welcome Mark McKeever and family

The MPC family is pleased to welcome our new Director of Music and Organist Mark McKeever.  He and his family, wife Jessica and daughter Braelyn come to us from Camdem NJ.  Click here to learn more about Mark or better yet come to worship Sunday morning May 7th.

Welcome Confirmands – April 23, 2017

This morning we welcomed the 2016-2017 Confirmation Class into full church membership.  Congratulations to class participants: Ava Antenucci, Harry Fegan, Joshua Fry, Lauren Giovagnoli, Elena Hinkson  and Brady Ward.  The Confirmation Class teachers are Amy Berry, Jason Devey, and The Reverend Mark Allio. 
 
Best wishes to the class!
 

Elena Hinkson joined the church during the 8:15 service.

Harry Fegan, Josh Fry, Brady Ward, Ava Antenucci, Lauren Giovagnoli joined the church during the 11 AM service.

 
 
 

Tex-Mex Dinner and Auction

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The PYC Fundraiser to support mission trips to Mission, Texas and The Great Escape was held this past Sunday.  The evening included a silent auction with items donated by individuals and baskets prepared by several committees.  The meal, prepared by Chef Jeremy Fry, included chili, rice, re-fried beans, chicken enchiladas, ice cream and brownies.  The entertainment was provided by PYC.  The final event of the evening was auctioning a meal for up to 25 people prepared by Chef Jeremy.

Thank you to all who helped make this fun evening possible.  We made a little over $3000! Thank you Jeremy Fry for catering for us! The food was amazing! Thank you parents and teens for helping, show casing your talents, and serving. Thank you all who donated auction items! And thank you to Grossery Food Outlet for their generous donation!

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Voracious Readers – March 2017

We really enjoyed this debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It is quite amazing that a young Swedish woman who had never been to America could capture the spirit of this small town and its cast of interesting characters. Some of us think that this would make a good movie, ala A Man Called Ove, which we noted was nominated this year for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards!

As someone on Goodreads wrote, this is definitely a book “for book lovers about a book lover written by a book lover”! Bivald captured how much books mean to many of us and how much influence a particular book can have on someone’s life. She skillfully wove into her plot the plots and characters of many books that we have read or hope to in the future.

We appreciated reading about this “family” that Sara joins and the great impact she has on each and every one of them. We enjoyed the development of the plot and its resolution, even if we were a little skeptical about some of its plausibility.

Thank you to Lynn and her mother for this recommendation!

We will be reading The House of Tradd Street by Karen White for our April 25 meeting, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein for May, and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly for June. By the way, I just learned yesterday that Rose Under Fire is actually a young adult novel and second in a series; book #1 is Code Name Verity, which also received very good reviews.

You can find our upcoming books and meeting dates at this MPC webpage.

Voracious Readers February 2017

Appropriately, women’s work was the theme of our recent discussion about Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt.  The book club decided to read Holt’s book for February and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly in June.  Therefore, I asked that we save comparisons between the two books until the June book club date.  Shetterly’s book covers the women computers that worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. and Holt wrote about the women computers at the Army’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Caltech in California.  Both sites later became part of NASA. 

We opened with a review of a selected timeline of rocket and missile technology from 1916 up to 1998.  As was emphasized in Rise of the Rocket Girls, the USA lagged behind Russia and also Germany in rocket, missile, and satellite technology.  We learned from the timeline that in 1945 Operation Paperclip took 1,600 German rocket scientists and technicians to the United States and Operation Osoaviakhim took 2,000 German rocket scientists and technicians to the Soviet Union.  You may remember that Russian Soviet Yuri Gagarin in 1961 was the first man to orbit the earth, but everyone was unaware that Valentina Tereshkova from the USSR was the first woman to orbit earth in 1963.

Rise of the Rocket Girls begins its true story in 1939 with Barbara Canright, her husband, and the Suicide Squad, a group testing rockets.  Fast forward to the end of WWII and Macie Roberts hires women exclusively to be human computers, specifically women with advanced mathematical skills.   In light of this unique opportunity for women, we discussed what professions we felt were traditionally open to women in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We briefly talked about our math classes and the use of the slide rule and, later on, electronic calculators before we finally had the personal computer in our homes

Expectations of dress, demeanor, and <gasp> if someone become pregnant while in the labor force were part of our discussion.  We shared how attitudes shape girls for science and math and also how some male attitudes still work to keep women out of the computer field.  Holt wrote:

Women’s roles at JPL stand in sharp contrast to trends in the rest of the country.  In 1984, 37% of computer graduates were women; today that number is at 18%.

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We marveled that the story of these women was buried in NASA’s history and appreciated that Holt brought their work to life.  Some members thought that the book could have been edited a bit better, and we look forward to reading about the women at Langley Research Center in June. 

Next month we discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

PYC to Camp Hebron – 2-18 & 19-2017

Our sixth through twelfth graders were at a “winter” retreat at Camp Hebron this past weekend.  Time was spent with Bible Study, worship, play of all kinds, planning for Youth Sunday, and enjoying the out of doors.  Thanks to all the adults who accompanied the youth on the trip.

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