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Annual Meeting Sunday
Ash Wednesday
Capital Needs
Bridges comes out most Thursday afternoons.
Front Desk Hours: 
MIPC Sunday Worship Services

with 3 services and Sunday School

Breakfast Service
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Service

Evening Worship

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

Annual Meeting at 9:20 AM in the gym

Preacher: Kristy Farber

Sermon:  "Our Beloved Canoes"
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9, 
Revelation 21:1-5

"The Church is to be a community of faith,
entrusting itself to God alone,
even at the risk of losing its life."

~ PCUSA Book of Order, F-1.0301
Memorial Service Tomorrow, Feb 9th
The memorial service for Loren Winterscheid is at 1:00pm tomorrow, Friday, February 9th, in the MIPC Sanctuary.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation
THIS SUNDAY, February 11th, 9:20 - 10:15am in the Gym
We will gather in the gym immediately following the breakfast service, during the CE hour. This year, rather than a litany of ministry reports, we'll have a brief presentation of the budget and thank our outgoing elders and deacons.  The rest of the time we want to engage in table conversations to talk about the ministry and mission of the church, specifically as we look at the vision of our building for the future.
Ash Wednesday is February 14
Services at 7:30am and 12:00 noon
A witness to the power and beauty of our union with Christ and to the daily dying and rising with Christ that this entails. 35 minutes in the Sanctuary followed by continental breakfast/lunch to-go.
Mission Opportunities
Next Plymouth on Stewart Meal is February 18
We would like to collect your donations by This Sunday, February 11
For our next Plymouth on Stewart luncheon the theme is Chinese New Year. Whatever you think works, for example: water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, dried Chinese noodles. Look for the collection boxes in front of the office and in the kitchen. It would also help to mark it "POS". Any questions? Please contact: rhinee.yeung@comcast.net  

YouthCare Asks for your Help
The Jackson Street program is asking for twin sheets for their shelter. 
If you would like to bring some in, please put them in the YouthCare box outside the front office. 

Mexico Scholarships
Thanks to all of you who gave your second year scholarship to children in Mexico. If you haven't paid your $350 commitment, please send it in when you are able. As always, thank you for your generosity.

Leschi Sends Their Thanks
As some of you may be aware, MIPC has an ongoing mission project with Leschi Elementary. Located 6 miles from MIPC, Leschi has between 60-100 homeless children enrolled each school year. With your help, MIPC has donated funds for after-school programs, contributed food, clothing, school supplies and household items to Leschi students and their families. This school year, there are 11 MIPC volunteer tutors in place. Missions would like to extend our gratitude to you all, and on behalf of the children, families, and staff at Leschi, we extend their appreciation for all of your ongoing support and kindness.
5:00 PM Evening Worship
Our 5pm service meets every Sunday from now through May 20 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 1). Join us!
Adult Education Schedule
Growing In Faith Class
"The Questions Asked of Jesus" - New class begins February 25
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15am in Classroom A-B
We previously studied some of the 300 questions which Jesus asked people, and we now turn to the questions that people asked Jesus.  We begin with the most common question people asked (yes, it is the same one today!), go through key questions he responded to, and end with questions in people's minds although never said out loud but which he answered nevertheless!  Come and enjoy a new look into our Savior.  The class will run Feb 25 - Mar 25.  Led by Carl and Halie Dodrill
[No adult classes on Feb 11 or 18.]

Women's Monday Morning Bible Study
"Bible Promises for Women"
Mondays from 10 - 11:30am in the Fireside Room
On Feb 12 we conclude our study from the book "Bible Promises for Women."  This small book gives us help in finding appropriate scripture passages for different circumstances in our lives.  All women of the church are invited to come share with us as we begin each week together.  Halie Dodrill facilitates the class .   
Contact: Halie Dodrill (206) 236-0067 or halie@dodrill.net.  
[There will be no class on Feb 19.]
MIPC Capital Needs in 2018 and Beyond
In the last year, MIPC has seen a renewed vitality for which we are very grateful. We have a healthy worship life, a strong staff, and a deeply committed volunteer-based leadership.

In addition to the wonderful community, this church has another great asset - the incredible building in which we worship and live out our ministry.

In order to think ahead about how to care well for our facilities, we initiated a capital reserve study done on the entire building of MIPC. This study has helped the Session understand the current needs of the building, as well as what we will need to do to maintain the facility over the next decade and beyond so that it can continue to serve our ministry and mission.

The Session has already identified many of the needs: HVAC systems that are already failing, a flat roof near the end of its life, windows that need to be replaced for safety reasons, carpet that is nearing 20 years old, to name a few. At the same time, as the Session understands its leadership responsibility in this, the Session also understands it doesn't understand everything we need to know.

We need to hear from you.

As you think about our ministry and mission now and in our future, what do you think about our future?

What do you see in the life of the church building that you want to make sure gets attention?

Email all ideas and thoughts to: capitalideas@mipc.org


Upcoming Activities & Events


Click here to purchase tickets!  

Save the date for our auction! 
Join us for a fun time in community supporting our youth ministry. 
Your ticket price includes dinner!

Questions? Contact Stacy Bjarnason |  stacybjarnason@comcast.net |
Blood Drive at Holy Trinity
This Saturday, February 10, 9am-3pm (lunch closure 11-11:45am)
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island
Every 2 seconds someone is in need of a blood transfusion. The need for blood never ends. You have the opportunity to help a local student, Matthew Dietsch, earn his Eagle Scout status and save 3 lives at the same time. To schedule your appointment contact Matthew at ammdietsch@gmail.com, or call (206) 232-4316.
MIPC Mom's Group
Thursday, February 15
Fireside Room, 10-11am
Creating Community for Women 
with Children of All Ages.  
Join us this time for a "Moms & Kids Art Project".  Childcare is provided.
Super Sixties
Thursday, February 22
Fireside Room, 10:30am-1pm
Owen Hall, a longtime member of MIPC, will discuss his current watercolor exhibition on display in the Courtyard, and the role that painting has played in his faith. Please let Ruth Ann know by Tuesday, Feb 20, if you will attend. RuthAnnB@mipc.org or (206) 232-5596 x 1002. 
Search For Meaning Festival
Saturday, February 24, 8am-6pm
Seattle University Campus
General Admission $15
Search for Meaning is Seattle University's annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university's campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. Follow this link to register. 
A group will be carpooling from MIPC. Please let the front desk know if you would like to join them. 
All Church Work Day
Saturday, March 17th
Everyone is invited to make our church and yard sparkle for Easter Sunday. Join the Buildings and Grounds Committee for breakfast and then to clean the windows, gym tables and chairs, Sanctuary and the church grounds. 
For more information contact Judith in the office, JudithB@mipc.org, or (206) 232-5595 x1015.  
MIPC Women's Retreat
"Soul Tending"
Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24, 2018
Camp Burton on Vashon Island
Jesus says, "Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."  If you feel tired or burdened or just need a place to come as you are, relax and have some fun, this retreat is for you. On this one night retreat with other MIPC women we will be talking about and practicing finding rest in the midst of a busy world. You can register now online . Forms are also available at the front desk.
Questions?   Contact Lindsay Murphy or Leslie Ferrell
MIPC Children's Choir
Children are invited to join the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Choir! Rehearsals are on Sundays through April 1st, from 4:00 - 4:50 pm in the choir room. Led by our organist, William Bryant.  
Open registration, please contact Kim Jewett at KimJ@mipc.org.
MIPC Rummage Sale
Need More Space?
If you are worried about over-crowding please consider donating gently used items and whatnot to the MIPC Rummage Sale.  Donation receptacles are outside of The ROCK office and the A-B classroom.  Our s ale dates are May 11 and 12.
Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study
We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00am in the Fireside Room. Please contact Brian Emanuels for more information, brianem@hotmail.com .
Sanctuary Flowers
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, the thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Flowers can come from your garden or a flower shop, whatever works best for 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 .

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