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  BRIDGES | MIPC Weekly Newsletter
Holy Week Schedule
Organ Concert
Easter Egg Hunt
Help Decorate for Easter
Flowering of the Cross
Building Campaign Update
Pebble Book Fair
Super Sixties
Growing in Faith
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MIPC Sunday  Worship

April 21st

Sunrise Service

Easter Worship
in the gym

Easter Worship
in the Sanctuary

Easter Worship
in the Sanctuary

(No Sunday School or 5pm Worship on 
Easter Day)

Our Regular 
Sunday Schedule will return 
on April 28th:

Breakfast Service
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Service

Evening Worship

April 21, 2019
Easter Day

Sunrise Service at 6:30am in the Remembrance Garden
Breakfast served at 7:15am in the gym
Easter Worship at 8:00am in the gym
Easter Worship at 9:30am in the Sanctuary
Easter Worship At 11:00am in the Sanctuary

Nursery available from 7:45am - 12:15pm

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon: "When?"
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25, Luke 24:1-12

"He drew a circle that shut me out - -
Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

~ Edwin Markham
Holy Week Schedule
April 18, Maundy Thursday, TONIGHT
   Worship Service, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
April 19, Good Friday
   Liturgical Organ Concert, 7:30pm in the Sanctuary
   featuring Dr. William Bryant, MIPC organist, performing the grand  
   organ work "Le Chemin de la Croix" by Marcel Dupré
April 21, EASTER DAY
   6:30am Sunrise Worship Service in the Remembrance Garden
   7:15am Breakfast served in the Gym
   8:00am Easter Worship Service in the Gym
   9:30am Easter Worship Service in the Sanctuary
   11:00am Easter Worship Service in the Sanctuary
   (Nursery available 7:45am-12:15pm) 
Good Friday Organ Concert
Pebble & MIPC Family 
Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch
This Saturday, April 20th, 10:00-11:30am
For the Potluck Brunch: MIPC Families please bring a protein dish (egg casserole, etc.) and RSVP so that the Easter Bunny will know to bring enough eggs. 
BYOB (bring your own basket).
Help Decorate For Easter
We will be preparing the church for Easter on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. The members of Visual Theology could use some additional hands to make it happen. It is the perfect opportunity to share the anticipation of Easter together.  Please contact Sue Sherwood for more info
Flowering of the Cross
The tradition of the flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday returns. The congregation is invited to bring fresh flowers to decorate the cross placed in front of the Sanctuary at all services on Easter Day.
Building Campaign Update
Capital Campaign Finance Update
As we near the June anniversary of our Capital Campaign we wanted to give you an update on the progress made financially on our campaign.  We have pledges of $2,425,000 against which we have received just over $1,540,000 (or 64%) in payments already.  The reality that so many of you have chosen not to spread your pledge over the full three year campaign period means we have been able to avoid borrowing for the early (but expensive) work being done on the roof, HVAC and alarm system replacements.  With these resources,we have been able to invest and add about $20,000 to our fund from the interest earned.  Thank you for your support.  We will continue to be good stewards of these resources and will be sending out reminder notices this June to those of you who chose the option to pay annually in June.  Thank you!

Building Task Force Update
We are getting much closer to seeing hard hats and caution tape around MIPC!  We are close to finalizing a contract on a new fire alarm system.  We are waiting on the Mercer Island Fire Marshall to inspect part of the building so we can move forward.  Contracts have been signed with PSR Mechanical for replacement of our current HVAC system and with SR Building Services, LLC for a new roof.  Work on the HVAC units will not begin until June.  The major work on the roof will begin in May.  We have already had the roof tested for asbestos (we're clear) and are in the process of a moisture study to look for wet insulation in our current roof.  If wet insulation is identified that will be removed and replaced.  We are moving forward!

MIPC Building and Creation Care
At the Annual Meeting in March, the question was raised about whether the Building Task Force, and the Session, had considered an all electric replacement for the HVAC units in an effort to move toward carbon neutrality. While that was not a new conversation, the Session and Building Task Force believed that we could go deeper before making a final commitment and worked to best understand both our capacity financially and our responsibility as citizens of God's creation. The Session considered additional options, looking at both hybrid and full electric models for a few of our units. The Session weighed the cost and did not see a way forward to add the extra expense without changing the commitments that were made at the beginning of the campaign and potentially jeopardizing other vital projects that are necessary to keep MIPC's building running over the next decade.
That being said, the new HVAC units, while still being natural gas, will themselves be more efficient and we will be adding three new options to reduce our carbon footprint as well as reduce long-term costs to the church:
  • We are replacing our current thermostats to programmable thermostats to better heat rooms only when occupied.
  • We are adding CO2 sensing thermostats that will only move air in the room from outdoors based on occupancy.
  • We are adding zoning to the units in the classroom hallway so only a few rooms heat at a time in a better, more systematic way.
The HVAC units are not the only way we can reduce our carbon footprint, and the MIPC Building and Grounds Committee has been working on this since 2017 after receiving the Building Reserve Study. In 2018 the Buildings and Grounds team paid for an energy audit of the church to better understand our usage. That led also to a lighting audit to help us make plans on how to move forward in the future. In addition, over the past year, our Buildings and Grounds Committee has:
  • Moved to all low flow toilets
  • Eliminated non-compostable cutlery and made that a building rule for outside groups using the kitchen
  • Increased our composting work
  • Put up bike racks to encourage people to bike to church
  • Planted new trees on our property
There are other items that can be completed to make our building more energy efficient. Some will be completed through the capital campaign, and others through the hard work of the Building and Grounds Committee. You are always welcome to partner with the Buildings and Grounds Committee to accomplish this goal.
Mission Opportunities
Help fill-the-bags for YouthCare & Plymouth on Stewart on April 28. Join a team or begin a new one to prepare and serve a hot meal at YouthCare's Jackson Street Shelter for homeless teens. This summer fill backpacks for Friends of the Children. Contact Glo Ceteznik, Missions Director, at gloc@mipc.org.

Cyclone Relief
If you would like to donate to help people in Mozambique after cyclone Idai, here are two reliable links to check out:

Food supplies needed at Mercer Island Food Pantry
Thank you for helping support Mercer Island Youth & Family Services in their mission. They are currently in need of the following items:

Prepared boxed meals
Chicken and beef broth
Rice products
Canned tuna and meat products
Hearty canned soups
Jellies and jams
Breakfast items and granola bars
Canned fruit
Boxed cereal and oatmeal
Boxed cake and frosting mixes
Quilt Exhibit in the Courtyard  
Please enjoy the exhibit of quilts hung in the Courtyard thanks to Ruth Hansing and Halie Dodrill.  Did you know they are both exceptional quilters?  A friend of Ruth's, Carol Miller, has also shared a few of her creations for us to enjoy.  One of the quilts was done by Ruth's mother... can you find it?
New Bike Racks  
Check out the new bike racks outside of the Fireside front doors. Now you can securely lock your bike when you ride to church. Thanks to Brad Wheeler and Sally Garrett for completing this Buildings and Grounds project!
Children's Ministry Director Search
The Children's Ministry Director Search Committee has met weekly for several weeks, and now have a "live" job posting. Click on the link below to view!   We are looking for the best possible candidate for this important position, so please tell your friends and associates about this opportunity!   And please continue to keep the Search Committee in your prayers.  It is an exceptional group who has approached this process prayerfully and thoughtfully.  Please thank them for their service when you see them .     Job Info Here!

The Search Committee is Peggy Sue Juergens (chair), Hugo Torres (incoming elder), Heidi Thiese, Laura Harper, Travis Larsen, Rosemary Sixbey, and Phil Kamolz.


Upcoming Activities & Events


Pebble Book Fair at Island Books
Thursday, April 25th, 9am - 7pm
Island Books will donate 20% of the day's proceeds directly to the Pebble Preschool! 
Ways to support the Pebble on April 25th:
-  Purchase books and gifts.
-  Buy a book to donate to the Pebble Library.
-  Donate a book to our Book Drive for Leschi Elementary School.
-  Purchase Island Books gift cards.
Gift card purchases greatly increase our fundraising efforts! Island Books gift cards never expire and they can be issued in any amount up to $250. Larger gift cards may be kept on file at Island Books for safe-keeping. Consider buying one for yourself to use later! (Note: Gift cards purchased at the Pebble Book Fair can only be used to buy full-priced merchandise.)

Purchases can be made in the store or over the phone.
Please mention the Pebble Preschool at check out.  THANK YOU!
Super Sixties
"Antique Kids Are Back!"
Thursday, April 25th, 10:30am-1pm, 
Fireside Room
$6 donation includes lunch, program, 
and $1 to YouthCare
You don't want to miss this one for sure! A group of dedicated residents from Covenant Shores will provide entertaining dance moves to some of your favorite music. These folks practice every week to perfect their moves AND - of course - to stay in wonderful physical shape. Some of the songs include Take Me Out to the Ballgame, 76 Trombones, Small World, and Go Tell It on the Mountain. Invite your friends for this fun experience that everyone will enjoy! To plan for food, please let Ruth Ann know by Tuesday, April 23rd, if you will attend.  ruthannb@mipc.org or (206) 232-5596 x1002. 
New Adult Class
"Angels, Good and Bad"
Growing in Faith Adult Sunday School Class
9:15 - 10:15am, Classroom A-B
April 28, May 5, May 12, & May 19
What are the origins of good and bad angels (and Satan)?  How numerous are the angels?  Do angels have bodies, gender or ranks, what do they look like and where do they live and work?  What do angels do?  Is Satan for real or a metaphor?  Was Eve tempted by Satan?  Are Biblical demons fallen angels?  What fate lies in store for Satan and his angels?  Join us to explore what the Bible has to say in answer to these and other questions about angels, good and bad. 
Led by David Killough. 
Seattle Festival Orchestra
featuring Dr. William F. Bryant, organ
Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm
Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle
MIPC organist William will be featured during the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony on the grand Fisk Pipe Organ that was recently installed at Plymouth. The Fisk at Plymouth is one of Seattle's newer world-renowned pipe organs and one of the only organs in the area purely built in a French pipe organ design. Thus, this concert is a rare treat in the Pacific Northwest to hear this large orchestral work with an organ that rivals those in Paris, instruments Saint-Saëns would have been exposed to during his lifetime as a Parisian composer. Tickets are available here.
Campanella Bell Choir
Bell Choir is looking for some additional ringers. If you can read music and can practice on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8, contact Ron Ebbers, 206-248-1815 or ebbersgallotte@gmail.com and come give bells a try. Men, women, middle or high schoolers are welcome. We generally play the first Sunday of the month October through May or June.
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
Mondays, 10:00-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Linda Fowler facilitates the class using the Horizons Bible Study "Above and Beyond: Hearing God's Call in Jonah and Ruth".  Just as the Book of Ruth is more than a kind of Semitic Cinderella story, the Book of Jonah is much more than the biggest "fish story" of all time.  Please join us!
Contacts: Linda Fowler, linda.fowler@comcast.net or
Halie Dodrill, halie@dodrill.net.
Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study
Our weekly group meets on Tuesdays at 7:00am in the Fireside Room. Please contact Brian Emanuels for more information, brianem@hotmail.com.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Wednesdays from 11am-Noon in the Fireside Room
Join Kristy Farber and others on Wednesdays at 11am in the Fireside Room to open scripture and talk about it with other people in the church.  Come when you can. No preparation is necessary Next  week we will continue our study of Exodus in chapter 37.
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
MIPC Tuition-Based Programs are enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year:
Pebble Preschool  Registration
The Pebble Preschool has begun registration for the 2019-2020 school year. The Pebble provides a Christian-centered environment where children will build a strong foundation of early learning experiences. We have programs for 2.5 year olds - 5 year olds. We welcome visitors to tour our school .

EPIC Days - Afterschool Program for Elementary Aged Kids
We provide a safe and loving community that bridges the space between school and home for your child(ren).  Registration will be accepted until spots are full, and throughout the year as space is available.  EPIC Hours: MISD school dismissal - 6:00pm, Monday-Friday

For registration and tour information contact: Director, Stephanie "Ms. Steph" Boyer, ( 206) 232-5596 x1016 or stephb@mipc.org

3605 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-5595
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