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Snow Plan
Annual Meeting
Building Campaign Update
Children's Ministry Director Search
Concert Series
Women's Retreat
Student Ministries Auction
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MIPC  Worship

Our Sunday Schedule:

Breakfast Service
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Service

Evening Worship

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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

Annual Meeting of the Congregation at 9:10am

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon: "Deep Water"
Scripture: Psalm 138, Luke 5:1-11

You mustn't wish for another life. You mustn't want to be
somebody else. What you must do is this:
"Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks."
I am not all the way capable of so much,
but those are the right instructions.

~ Wendell Berry
Snow is predicted in this weekend's forecast. 
MIPC has put the following snow plan into place:
If road conditions are hazardous a notice will be posted on the church web page (www.mipc.org) and MIPC's Facebook page on Saturday evening by 8:00 PM.  If our snow plan goes into action, the congregational meeting will be postponed until March 3rd, and we will have just one worship service at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary, all ages welcome! All other services and events would be cancelled.
Strengths of Our House
Annual Meeting of the Congregation, 9:10am in the gym
This Sunday, (weather permitting), at our annual meeting, we will be engaging in a conversation about the strengths and growth areas of our ministry.  The MIPC Session regularly reads articles and discusses ministry and we'd like to share one that sparked great conversation with you.  Read the article here.  
Upcoming Memorial Services
The memorial service for Mary Leber has been postponed due to potential inclement weather. Look for more information soon.

The memorial service for Owen Hall is planned for Friday,
February 22, at 1:00pm in the Sanctuary of MIPC.

The memorial service for Rand Ginn is planned for Saturday, 
February 23, at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary of MIPC.
Building Campaign Update
Four HVAC bids are now being reviewed by the Building Task Force. There are multiple things to consider as decisions are made.
Roof bids are due on February 14th. There has been a flurry of roofers and sheet metal contractors on the church roof preparing for those bids. It has also been decided that a thermal scan and moisture survey will be completed. 

Finally, the church is now receiving bids on replacement of the fire alarm system. The attached photograph shows two estimators inspecting our current system. We have had two companies review our building and hope to have two more in the near future

We are moving forward, building inside out.
Building Task Force: 
Brian Weiss (Elder), Brad Wheeler, Judith Baxter and Pastor Kristy
Children's Ministry Director 
Search Committee Update
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.
Finance Update
We are in the process of wrapping up our 2019 Annual Stewardship campaign. We are thankful for the consistent support of the MIPC congregation, for the pledges to date, and for the strong response to last year's Building Inside Out Capital Campaign. Even with the positive momentum in giving trends, we currently have a meaningful deficit in our 2019 budget. Here are the facts on our situation for 2019:
  • We still need to hear from a number of people who have consistently pledged in prior years who have not yet pledged for 2019. If you can provide an estimate of your giving for 2019, please do that by filling out a pledge form or by emailing Mike Crewdson, Finance Director, at mikec@mipc.org.
  • The expected total spending to support the mission and ministry of MIPC for 2019 is $1,268,000.  The 2019 budget does not include any new staff positions or programs. MIPC's budgeted spending has been fairly flat since 2015, with annual increases no more than the rate of local inflation.  
  • Our current committed pledges and expected other receipts total $1,050,000, leaving us a projected deficit for 2019 of $200,000 as of today. We expect to close some of this gap with our final Stewardship push, but we are likely to end up over $100,000 short for the year.
The MIPC Session invites you to join us in prayer as we anticipate meeting in February to establish a budget based on our updated pledges and giving at that time.
The Giving Table, March 24 at 6pm

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
Campanella Bell Choir
Bell Choir is looking for some additional ringers. If you can read music and can practice on Tuesday 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.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Resumes on February 13th, 7pm - 8:30pm
Our Wednesday Evening Bible Study resumes on February 13 and continues for 6 consecutive weeks.  All adults are welcome, first-timers and returning class members.  We will be in Galatians.  Lesson books are available online.  For more information, contact Becky Showalter at beckyshowalter@comcast.net.
MIPC Concert Series
MIPC Women's Retreat
"Enough"   Friday, March 22 - Saturday, March 23
Register now and join us for the 2019 Women's Retreat at Camp Burton on Vashon Island for a time of sharing, learning and laughing. Erika Ashenbrenner is excited to join us for the women's retreat this year.  Having spent twelve years in children, youth, and family ministry in the Presbyterian Church, Erika comes with a love of people and an excitement for talking about Jesus.  With refreshing honesty, Erika is able to share her experience of God's love in her own life in ways that are accessible and authentic.  She loves spending time with family and friends, watching Parks and Recreation, and a good glass of wine.  She is honored and humbled to be joining us for this retreat.   Registration is now open here
For more information, contact:  Lindsay Murphy.


Upcoming Activities & Events


We are in the process of procuring silent auction donations 
with an emphasis on building community 
(e.g. Mariners Tickets, Poker Party, Murder Mystery Party) 
for the Student Ministry Auction.
All proceeds benefit the ROCK student ministries.
Questions? Contact Julie Garrett:  julieg@mipc.org

Be sure to save the date for the auction on 
Saturday, March 2 from 5:00pm-7:00pm!
All ages invited for this community luau and auction
Sabbatical Listening & Reconciliation
3-week Series at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church
W. Tali Hairston, Director of Community Engagement and Reconciliation at Seattle Presbytery is leading a three-part class during Lent at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church in which  we are invited to participate. The people of God are called to the ministry of reconciliation. The Apostle Paul speaks of this call in teaching on the power of the cross. As we journey to the cross, we are encouraged to learn what the ministry of Reconciliation is and how we are challenged to respond to the call to be reconciled. The class is from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on March 31, April 7, and April 14 and will explore God's call to reconciliation and how we might listen to the Spirit's nudging and be transformed.  Lunch will be provided.
Growing In Faith Class
"Knowing God Better Through 
Bible Doctrine"
Adult Sunday School Class
9:15-10:15am, Classroom A-B
As recorded in John 17:1-3, during the last supper with his disciples, Jesus prayed, acknowledging his God-given authority over every woman and man to give eternal life, and he explained the meaning of eternal life for us:  "And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."  Please join us as we try to deepen our relationship with God through group study of selected biblical doctrines concerning God, including God's existence and being, personality, moral attributes and eternal decrees. 
Led by David Killough.
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
Women's Monday Morning Bible Study
Mondays, 10-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Please consider joining us for this special time. All women are welcome to join us in this exploratory study of scripture. What a wonderful way to begin your week with the Lord .
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 .   This week we will continue our study of the book of Exodus beginning at chapter 23. 
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
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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