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  BRIDGES | MIPC Weekly Newsletter
Congregational Meeting
Advent Devotional
Gifts of the Heart
Growing in Faith
Concert Series
Theology 102
Bridges comes out most Thursday afternoons.
Front Desk Hours: 
MIPC  Worship


Breakfast Service
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Service

Evening Worship


December 21
Longest Night Service
at 6:30pm

December 23 and 30
One Service Only

Christmas Eve
December 24

Family Services
at 3pm and 5pm

Traditional Services
at 8pm and 10pm

December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent

Breakfast Service at 8:15am (meal served at 7:45)
Traditional Service at 10:35am
Evening Worship at 5:00pm

Education Hour at 9:15am

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon: "Lift up your head"
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36

"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely
dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened
from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent."

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 9th, 10:20am in the Sanctuary
Session has called a brief meeting of the congregation for the purpose of acting on a report from the Nominating Committee to elect elders and deacons for the next term of service
"Simple Gifts" Advent Devotional
Attached to this copy of Bridges is an electronic version of the MIPC 2018 Advent Devotional. During the holidays, many find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed with busy-ness and preparations. We are left with little energy or time to focus on what the season is about. This year's Advent devotional hopes to offer the gift of simplicity. It invites you to pause and reflect in simple ways, grounded in Scripture, art, music, and prayer. We hope this devotional draws each of us into the wonder of the birth of our Savior .   Simple Gifts
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This Sunday, December 2nd, after the 10:35am Service
Hello knitters all, our next meeting is this Sunday, December 2, after the second service in the Ark hallway. We will not meet again until January, so for this month we will meet on the FIRST Sunday of the month rather than the third or fourth Sunday as we usually do. We will meet in the Wave room which is usually available; if not, peek in the other rooms for shawls folded in the center of the table!

Giving Tree for Jackson Street Shelter
Pick up an ornament from the giving tree and support a homeless teen staying at YouthCare's Jackson Street Shelter, our 2018 Gifts of the Heart recipient.

Julia's Place - Volunteer Opportunity
The Julia's Place ministry provides monthly groceries to a homeless
shelter at the Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Participation in this ministry involves selecting items from the wish list on a Sign-Up Genius (e-mail prompts and reminders) and delivering them to MIPC on the last Sunday of the month. Contact Betsy Bahn, betsybahn@gmail.com 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

YouthCare Needs
Thank you for your donations for YouthCare clear bags. Please note that right now they especially need soap, and always socks! They can also use the following:

New cotton boxers for guys and girls
New socks
Jeans and sneakers
Sleeping bags
First aid kits
New toiletries
Coats and jackets
Nonperishable foods
Gift cards (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target, Ross, etc.)

Plymouth on Stewart Luncheons - Volunteers Needed
We would welcome some new volunteers for cooking, serving, and/or driving for the 2018 - 2019 academic year.
Volunteers or questions, contact Rhinee rhinee.yeung@comcast.net
Growing in Faith Class
Coming on Sundays, December 2, 9, & 16
We will utilize the hymn book and carols to celebrate Advent. Amy Ohta (flute) and Stephen Dudycha (cello) will join Halie Dodrill (facilitator and pianist) as we hear stories of how some carols were written and sing them together. Please join in the Adult A-B classroom to sing our way through Advent Sundays.
Bells of the Sound
Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

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 from Exodus chapter 11.
Contact: Joy Brown, joyp.brown@gmail.com.
Building Inside Out
Our campaign projects are moving forward. With the guidance of our Project Manager, Craig Killian of Knox Services, we are in the process of getting bids on the roof and HVAC units. Our goal is to be under construction come summertime.


Upcoming Activities & Events


December Sanctuary  Flowers Invitation
Celebrate the Christmas season by donating flowers to honor loved ones, celebrate an anniversary or birthday, the beauty and wonder  of the Advent season. Flowers or holiday greens can be from a flower shop or your own garden, whatever works best for you. Because some are allergic to floral fragrances, it's best to plan flowers without fragrances.  Thank you.

If you would like to sign up to provide flowers for an upcoming Sunday service or for more information please continue to this  link .
MIPC Theology 102 Coming in January
The study of theology is our search for an understanding of God, ourselves, and the world we live in. It is our faith seeking understanding. This winter we have our second theology class taught by the Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe. There will be readings and discussion (but no essay assignments). The hope of this class is that everyone will find a deep conversation and open environment in which to learn about God. You do not need to have taken the first class - this class is for those who have never looked at theology and those who read Karl Barth for fun. Sign-up now at the front desk or online. If you are in need of a scholarship, please see Kristy or Lindsay.

Shannon Smythe, is assistant professor of theological studies at Seattle Pacific University and the author of two books.  

MIPC Theology 102 
5 Monday classes (January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4)
7:00-8:30pm in the Fireside Room, cost is $50, pre-sign up.
Topics: Incarnation, Atonement, Christian Life, Church, Eschatology
Women's Monday Morning Bible Study
Mondays, 10-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Halie Dodrill will lead an Advent study of Mary as we enter the weeks before Christmas. Marla Briggs will lead us the Mondays of Advent. Please consider joining us for this special weekly time.  
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.
EPIC: Every Person In Community
EPIC Registration is open
Our hope is to provide a safe and loving community that bridges the space between school and home for your child(ren). During this pilot year, we are limiting our program size. Registration will be accepted until spots are full, and throughout the year as space is available. 
Contact: Director, Stephanie "Ms. Steph" Boyer with any questions or registration information. (206) 232-5596 x1016 or stephb@mipc.org

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