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Carpet Cleaning
Sunday Morning Education
Fill The Bags
Fall Schedule
Blessing of the Backpacks
Summer Book Conversation
More Upcoming Events
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)

(begins Septmeber 8th)

Breakfast Service
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Service

Evening Worship

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon: "Set Free"
Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 12-15; Luke 13:10-17

"What is faith? Faith is being grasped by the power of love.
Faith is recognizing that what makes God is infinite mercy,
not infinite control; not power but love unending."

~ William Sloane Coffin
Carpet Cleaning
Tomorrow: Thursday, August 22   
The church building will be closed this Thursday, August 22, as we are having all the carpets cleaned. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Summer Sunday Morning  Education 
This Sunday, August 25, from 8:30am-9:15am
Donuts and conversation with members of Session around the question:  "If MIPC ceased to exist, what would be the impact?"  Let's talk about who we are as a church and what we mean in God's world.
Childcare is provided in the Worship Center.
Help Fill-the-Bags This Sunday, August 25, after Worship
We pack brown bag lunches for Plymouth on Stewart (housing for the homeless) and clear bags of personal care items for YouthCare (outreach to homeless teens) on the last Sunday of each month. 
All ages are invited to help .

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
Fall Schedule Begins on September 8th
7:45am Breakfast Served in the Gym
8:15am Worship in the Gym
9:15am Sunday School for All Ages
10:35am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
5:00pm Evening Worship in the Sanctuary
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday | September 8th | 8:15am, 10:35am, 5pm services
One of the ways we can fulfill our congregational vow made at baptism is to pray for and nurture our young people at various life stages. All students, young and old, who will be returning to classes this Fall will receive a prayer of blessing. 

Fall Educational Opportunities
A-B Classroom (Sep 8-Oct 27)
"New Understandings of Our Savior" 
While we may have been Christians for many years, we likely find ourselves puzzled by a number of things which Jesus said and did.  Utilizing an unusual contextual learning approach, this series focuses upon resolving these puzzlements and thereby bringing to us a broader understanding of our Lord than we have had.
Led by Carl Dodrill

Fireside Room (Sep 8-Sep 29)
"Beyond Open & Affirming: 
Emerging Conversations for the LGBTQIA+ Competent Church"   
Society's acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people and communities has increased dramatically over the last decade, and many churches have fully included gay and lesbian people into the life of the church. Even with this step forward, affirming faith communities at times find themselves unsure what it means to be the church alongside LGBTQIA+ people beyond "all are welcome." 
Led by Dan Hammer

A-B Classroom (Oct 6-Oct 27)
"New Understandings of Our Savior" continues
Led by Carl Dodrill

Fireside Room (Oct 6-Oct 27)
"Issues in Aging"
Led by Betsy Zuber, Marla Briggs and Peggy Sue Juergens

A-B Classroom
   "Overcoming the OT Violence Legacy" (Nov 3-Nov 17)
   Led by Rosemary Sixbey

   "Knowing God's Will" (Nov 24-Dec 15)
   Led by John Olson

Fireside Room (Nov 3-Nov 17)
"New Member Class for the Whole Church"
Contact: Ruth Ann Biggers (ruthannb@mipc.org)

Spiritual Direction Group
Sunday, September 8th, 3-5pm in the Blue Room
First of four Sunday afternoon sessions in September facilitated by Margaret Redman and Ben McConaughy. 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. Please c ontact: 
Building Campaign Update
Windows are up in many of the ARK classrooms. There are two "sliders" per room for ventilation. All the windows are double paned.  Lots of trim work, patching and painting is yet  to be done but...

We are moving forward!
Brian Weiss (Elder), Kristy Farber,  Brad Wheeler, Judith Baxter


Upcoming Activities & Events


Summer Book Conversations at MIPC
Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm
Our final conversation this summer will be on  September 11:  

Flannery O'Connor, 
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories 
(We'll focus on the title story, as well as  "Revelation ".)
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
Resumes on Monday, September 9th
10:00-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Halie Dodrill facilitates a series entitled "100,000 Sundays", a study of how the church evolved and changed since it was first established. We will look at elements used in worship that are similar throughout church history and how worship has changed through the centuries.
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 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 beginning with Isaiah 41:11.
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Sep 11-Nov 6 in the Adult A-B Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm
Topic: Hebrews
Please contact: Sue Williamson ( sgwilliamson@comcast.net)
High School Fall Retreat
September 21st - 22nd
Register online now! Questions? Contact Christian Harrison at christianh@mipc.org
Men's and Women's Mexico  Trips
Men's Housebuilding Trip: October 10th-13th
Women's Housebuilding Trip: October 23rd-27th
Registration coming soon.
Women's Retreat at Camp Burton
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. 
Spring Break Mexico Mission Trip
SAVE THE DATES: April 4-11, 2020
For 10th - 12th graders and adult leaders. More information to come. Questions? Contact Lindsay or Christian
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: Substitutes to support staff throughout the year .

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.

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