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Summer Choir
Sunday Morning Education
Gun Violence Prevention
Fill The Backpacks
Spiritual Direction
Summer Book Conversations
Mexico Housebuilding Trips
Bridges comes out most Thursday afternoons.
Front Desk Hours: 
MIPC Sunday  Worship


One Service at 9:30am
in the Sanctuary

(Our 3-Service Schedule will return after
Labor Day)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer Schedule:
Summer Sunday Morning Education at 8:30am
Sunday Worship at 9:30am  in the Sanctuary

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon: "Good Pleasure"
Scripture: Psalm 145:1-13, Luke 12:32-40

"To some, the temporal triumph of the Christian
community in the world is a sign of God's favor and
the essential righteousness of the Christian position.
The irony of the matter, though, is that whenever
the Christian community gains worldly power,
it nearly always loses its capacity to be the critic
of the power and influence it so readily brokers."

~ Peter J. Gomes 
MIPC Summer Choir 
We will gather again this Sunday, August 11
Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Meet in the Sanctuary at 8:40am (to prepare for the 9:30 worship service.) All ages welcome!
Summer Sunday Morning  Education
This Sunday, August 11, from 8:30am-9:15am
Eliana Maxim, Co-Executive Presbyter - Being Presbyterian  

August 18: Margaret Redman, Commissioned Ruling Elder -  
                      The Practice of Prayer in Everyday Life

August 25: MIPC Session - Ask a Session Member

Childcare is provided in the Worship Center
Gun Violence Prevention
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Below is the link to the webpage for Presbyterian Peace Fellowship about gun violence. Far from being a political issue, gun violence is an epidemic that affects church communities profoundly. Our faith calls us to do more. Please visit www.presbypeacefellowship.org/gun-violence
Help Fill The Backpacks on August 18th,  and 
Enjoy a Free Lunch!
We'll gather right after worship in the gym, apx 10:30am. Fill 230 backpacks with school supplies for Friends of the Children. Have lunch! All ages are welcome to help and eat.

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
Spiritual Direction Group
4 Sundays beginning September 8th
Margaret Redman and Ben McConaughy are offering a spiritual direction group for four weeks beginning September 8th. Group spiritual direction is a structured opportunity to explore where God is moving in the members' individual and collective lives. We will center ourselves in the Spirit, share a bit of our lives, and intentionally reflect on the perceived presence of God. If you have any questions, please contact: 
Wallpaper Removal:
A New Volunteer Opportunity
Have you been successful removing wallpaper? In children's classroom 2-3, it is necessary to remove wallpaper from one wall. If you want more information, or if you are ready help right now, please contact Judith in the office, judithb@mipc.org.
Summer Book Conversations at MIPC
Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm
This summer we dive into some summer reading!
Our final conversation is on  September 11:  

Flannery O'Connor, 
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories 
(We'll focus on the title story as well as  "Revelation ")
High School Fall Retreat
September 21st - 22nd
Register online now! Questions? Contact Christian Harrison at christianh@mipc.org
Men's and Women's Mexico 
Housebuilding Trips
Men's Trip: October 10th-13th
Women's Trip: October 23rd-27th
Registration is coming soon.
Women's Retreat at Camp Burton
SAVE THE DATE: January 17-18, 2020  
Camp Burton on Vashon Island has been reserved the weekend of January 17-18 for MIPC's Women's Retreat. More details to follow. 
Building Campaign Update
HVAC  technicians are busy installing units on the roof, thermostats around the church and other items that will make MIPC more energy efficient. One item is the division of the ARK classrooms into four heating zones. Dampers have been placed in the Nursery and Wave heating ducts that will allow sections of the ARK to be heated during the day rather than heating all the rooms as we have been doing. 

A wall was removed to help create new office space near the Rock. Now a new wall exists that provides a small group area for student ministries and office  space for Pastor Angela 
Miksovsky, the English Ministries Pastor at First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (FTPC). Next a new window will be added to the student ministries space, new LED lights will be added to the rooms, electrical updates will occur and then painting and decorating. The space will look great!

We are moving forward!
Brian Weiss (Elder), Kristy Farber, 
Brad Wheeler, Judith Baxter
Facilities Usage 2019
A review of our facilities usage protocol, prices and contract was completed. This resulted in new pricing for outside groups and some new policies for everyone. The new documents are attached.

A summary of the changes in procedure are:

· Sundays are set aside for worship. Activities not directly related to worship will no longer occur on Sundays.
· Ash Wednesday and Holy Week will be set aside for worship activities only; exclusion will be Pebble Preschool and Epic Days.
· Furniture used in a room must be returned to its original position unless a special arrangement has been made.
· Trash must be emptied by the group using the room.
· All dishes and cutlery must be compostable. (Contact Judith Baxter, judithb@mipc.org, if you need help with this.)
· Church-owned audio-visual equipment may only be used with permission. (Expect equipment to be locked up.)

Thank you for helping us to make this a clean, well-functioning worship space that we can share with the community


Upcoming Activities & Events


This Sunday, Aug 11th @ 1pm

At last count, we have six tickets still available. 
Please contact  Julie  or  Steph  to reserve yours.

only $15.00/person
Fun Family Events!
Questions?  Contact:
Steph Boyer  stephb@mipc.org   or Julie Garrett   julieg@mipc.org
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 continue our study in the book of Isaiah at chapter 38.
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
MIPC Tuition Programs are enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year:
Pebble Preschool  Registration
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.

HIRING: Pebble has some job openings: 
(1) Toddler Teacher - twice a week and 
(2) Substitutes to support staff throughout the year.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES: Support our EPIC Program by being an afterschool van driver (ages 25-65).

For registration and employment information contact: 
Director, Stephanie "Ms. Steph" Boyer, ( 206) 232-5596 x1016 or stephb@mipc.org
Sanctuary Flowers Invitation
Each Sunday, congregation members have the opportunity to provide the beauty of flowers to the sanctuary. Many donate to honor loved ones who have passed, celebrate an anniversary or birthday or just because they love seeing flowers at church. Whatever the reason, your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Flowers can come from your garden or a flower shop, whatever works best for you. Because some are allergic to floral fragrances, it's best to plan flowers without fragrances. Thank you.

Please look at the calendar to see if there is a specific Sunday that you would like to provide flowers for worship in the sanctuary. Your beautiful donation will be recognized in the bulletin.

Please reach out to Brian at the front desk to coordinate your donation or if you have any questions, frontdesk@mipc.org.

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Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-5595
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