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Faiths of Our Neighbors
Mission Opportunities
Vacation Bible School
Mexico Home Building Trips
Bridges comes out most Thursday afternoons.
Front Desk Hours: 
MIPC Sunday Worship Services

  with 3 services and Sunday School

Breakfast Service
(meal served at  7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages
(No Sunday School 
on May 28th)

Traditional Service

Evening Service

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Breakfast Service at 8:15am
Traditional Service at 10:35am
Evening Worship at 5:00pm

Education Hour at 9:15am

Preacher: Dan Hammer

Sermon: "Line of Fire"
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-10, 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

"The surprising aspect of the resurrection is not that it happened, but who it happened to: A marginalized Jew living under Rome's foot. 
His vindication is a critique of every empire that brutalizes its
most vulnerable populations."

~ Broderick Greer
The Faiths of Our Neighbors
The Tower of Babel 
This Sunday, May 21st,  9:15am
A-B classroom
We have heard from three of the major religions and look forward to hearing from two more.  This Sunday, we will discuss together how these faiths fit into our own experiences of faith and our world.  To aid us in this exploration, we will be taking a look at the story of the Tower of Babel.  Come join the discussion.   Led by Rosemary Sixbey.   
Our schedule for the rest of the series: 
May 28
Memorial Day Weekend. No Sunday School Class.
June 4
Dr. Deekshith Parasaram (Lakshmi Venkateswara Hindu Temple)
June 11
Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld (Island Synagogue - Orthodox Judaism)
Blood Pressure Screening
This Sunday, after each worship service
Get your blood pressure checked every 3rd Sunday of the month at our Blood Pressure Screening.  The MIPC Health Ministry team is available to take your blood pressure this Sunday after each worship service. 
Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you!
With all of the generosity of spirit, donations and labor we had a very successful Rummage Sale. We were able to provide a shopping spree to a Leschi School family who suffered an apartment fire, provide linens and cookware in support of a refugee program, provide books for third world residents through the Rotary Books to the World program, set a new sales record that will help us build more homes in Tijuana and enjoyed fellowship in our service together. Thank you so much to the 100+ volunteers for their caring, time and effort and everyone who generously donated items and funds to the sale.

Thank you from your Rummage Sale Team 

Help our MIPC mission partner, Leschi Elementary School
Please bring sweatpants, gently used or new, sizes 5-15 for children in kindergarten - 5th grade, and girl's underwear, too. Look for the labeled donation bins in the hallway. 

Mission Summer Opportunities:
June 21 - Refugee School Kits for Jordan
During 6th Grade Welcome Week
Contact Mari Hamp, marih@mipc.org

August 12 - Painting Party at Leschi Elementary School
Contact Debbie Bontatibus, dcbontatibus@msn.com
or Glo Ceteznik, gloc@mipc.org

August 12 - Fill backpacks for Friends of the Children
at the Family Summer Campout

Last Sunday of each month - Fill the Bags
for Plymouth On Stewart and YouthCare
after worship in the courtyard

Please Bring Us Your Travel-Size Toiletries
In your travels, don't forget to collect travel-size hotel toiletries. We will use them when we fill-the-bags for YouthCare on the last Sunday of each month.  


Upcoming Activities & Events


Vacation Bible School
July 17th - 21st, 9am - noon
VBS offers a fun and creative venue for teaching Christ-like values, building a biblical foundation, and reaching out to our neighbors. The entire congregation can get involved! Adults can decorate, teach, lead rotations, shepherd children, prepare food, invite neighbors, help with registration, and pray. 

VBS is an invaluable opportunity to teach children about Jesus's love and with the Hero Central curriculum help them discover their strength in God.   I hope you will join us this summer. 
Early registration at $85 ends May 31st!  Register online now.

Your help is needed. Volunteer for July 17-21st  9am-noon, or for  decorating the week before.  Email or talk with Kim Jewett to volunteer:   KimJ@mipc.org
Women's & Men's Mexico 
Home Building Trips 2017
Join us in an experience which could be your highlight of the church year!  No experience or skill necessary.  Over four or five days in Mexico you will: Work hard; Construct new homes for families with desperate needs; Build on old friendships - and develop new ones; and maybe learn something about yourself in the process.

Men's Mexico home building trip is:
October 19-22 (Thursday-Sunday)
Women's Mexico home building trip is:
November 1-5 (Wednesday-Sunday)

For more info or to be added to our info distribution list, please mark your calendar and contact:
Women's Trip - Lindsay Murphy   lindsaym@mipc.org
Men's Trip - Dave Vandenbosch   drvande@aol.com
Flyer at mipc.org

Scholarships Available - Please contact Lindsay or Dave

PS - Don't tell the youth, but we "cheat". The heavy site prep and cement work is outsourced to allow for the shorter trip duration.
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
The Monday Women's Bible Study Class meets in the Fireside Room at 10:00am. Halie Dodrill facilitates a series entitled "Could This Be Jesus?" where we explore the possibility of active involvement of Jesus in the lives of people in the Old Testament.  What a wonderful way to begin your week with the Lord.  Our last class for the summer will be on May 22.  For questions contact Halie at (206) 236-0067 or e-mail :   halie@dodrill.net
Sanctuary Flowers
Please consider offering a floral arrangement to honor a special occasion or just because you love what flowers do for our spirits. Sign up in the office or contact Marilee.Ahalt@gmail.com and she will help you make it happen.
Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study
We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00am in the Fireside Room. Please contact Tim Hamp for more information (tnt@tvhkeys.com) .

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