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Sunday Morning Education
Children's Ministry Announcement
Summer Book Conversations
MIPC Summer Choir
Spiritual Direction
All-Church Picnic
Mariners Game
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, July 14, 2019

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

Preacher: Lindsay Murphy

Sermon: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
Scripture: Colossians 1:9-14, Luke 10:25-37

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.
It's easy to say, "It's not my child, not my community,
not my world, not my problem."
Then there are those who see the need and respond.
I consider those people my heroes."

~ Fred Rogers
Summer Sunday Morning  Education
Begins This Sunday, July 14th from  8:30am-9:15am
July 14: Heidi Thiese - Genes, Feelings and Family: Tools for Decoding  
                Your Story

July 21: MIPC Session - Ask a Session Member

July 28: Tina Vandenbosch, MD - The ABC's of Health Care Advocacy

August 4: Lynn Hankes, MD - Addiction: Is It Really a Disease, And If So,                     So What?

August 11: 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

Children's Ministry Director
The Children's Ministry Director Search Committee is pleased to introduce our new director of Children's Ministry, Julie Garrett. Prior to stepping into her role as interim director of Children's Ministry, Julie most recently served MIPC as the Ministry Associate to Student Ministries. We are grateful for the energy,
enthusiasm, and creativity that she will bring to her new leadership position. If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet Julie, please take a minute to introduce yourself to her at worship, or stop by her office during the week.

The Children's Ministry Director Search Committee: 
Heidi Thiese, Laura Harper, Hugo Torres, Travis Larsen, Phil Kamolz, and Peggy Sue Juergens .
Summer Book Conversations at MIPC
Beginning Next Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm in the A-B classroom
This summer we will be meeting to dive into some summer reading. 
The first is a spiritual memoir, the second a young adult novel, and 
third a book of short stories.

July 17: 
Rachel Held Evans,  Faith Unraveled

August 7: 
Mason Deaver, I Wish You All The Best

September 11:  
Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories 
   (We'll focus on the following two short stories: "Revelation" and  
    "Everything That Rises Must Converge")
SAVE THE DATE - Fill The Backpacks, August 18th
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

Help Needed at YouthCare's Orion Center
Your help is needed with menu planning, shopping, and going there, if
possible, on the first Monday of each month. 
Join Christian Harrison and students as they serve a meal for homeless teens. ChristianH@mipc.org for more information .

Update on Jackson Street Renovation
Our Gifts of the Heart offering this year went to YouthCare's Jackson Street shelter. Here is their report:
"The staff at Jackson Street reports that things are moving along! So far the flooring has been replaced, they have received new sleeping mats, and new lockers have been installed. They have ordered refrigerators and will be ordering laundry machines soon as well. After those arrive, they will be ordering and installing a hood vent to be able to safely cook food. Once everything is done, we will send pictures to share with you."

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
Building Campaign Update
If you have been at the church this week you have seen that there is a lot going on. Tuesday there was a large crane removing the old HVAC units from the west side of the roof and putting the new units up in their place. They also replaced the air ventilation unit for the kitchen so that we can have the kitchen available for use as soon as possible. We appreciate everyone's support with changes from our normal routine. The east end units will arrive July 23rd .

We are moving forward!
Brian Weiss (Elder), Kristy Farber, Brad Wheeler, Judith Baxter
MIPC Summer Choir
Sundays, July 28 and 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!
Spiritual Direction Group
4 Sundays beginning August 11 at 10:45am
Margaret Redman and Ben McConaughy are offering a spiritual direction group for four weeks beginning August 11. 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 the group is successful, we will explore continuing it into the fall. If you have any questions, please contact: 
William Bryant, MIPC Organist:
Upcoming Performances
Dr. William Bryant is honored to be one of 5 young organists from Seattle to be selected to perform in a recital for the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organs this Monday, July 15th at 7pm. The recital will take place at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension located in the Magnolia area of Seattle at  2330 Viewmont Way W, Seattle, WA 98199. The church houses one of Seattle's prized tracker action organs, an organ built exactly like the organs Bach would have composed for in the Baroque period, and very different from the instrument we house at MIPC. Dr. Bryant will be performing three selections on the recital, Pachelbel's Prelude in D Minor and Chorale Prelude on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott", and the Little Prelude and Fugue in G by J. S. Bach.  The recital is presented as part of a Pipe Organ Encounter week, a program offered from the AGO to high school students of the organ as well as advanced piano students to help them learn more about the instrument and the art of traditional sacred music.

William is also excited to be participating in the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra for the first time this year.  The group will be performing at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center at 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. The concert will be at 7:30pm on Saturday, July 20th. Dr. Bryant will be playing principal oboe on Dvorak's Carnival Overture, second oboe on Mahler's First Symphony, and English horn on Bartok's First Suite for Orchestra (a work rarely performed or recorded).  Additional information and ticketing details can be found here:  www.nwmahlerfestival.org


Upcoming Activities & Events


BYOPD (Bring Your  Own Picnic Dinner)
Next Wednesday, July 17th. 5-7 pm.
Clarke Beach, Mercer Island
Sunday, Aug 11th @ 1pm.

All are welcome to come join MIPC & Pebble families at 
T-Mobile Park for a Sunday afternoon baseball game.

COST: Tickets are $15.00/person. Please drop check by 
Julie Garrett's front office box  by July 10th.
Questions: JulieG@mipc.org
Fun Family Events!
Questions?  Contact:
Steph Boyer  stephb@mipc.org   or Julie Garrett   julieg@mipc.org
VBS Update

MIPC enjoys a long tradition of summer programming that engages children and families in Scripture and Christian community. Typically, our largest event is a Vacation Bible School in July. This year, we have several unusual factors that have compelled us to re-think VBS. Specifically, the scheduling of maintenance on our roof and HVAC systems, along with transitional staffing in Children's Ministry. After weighing all the issues, it was decided that MIPC will not host a VBS program this year. Below is a list of our fun family events over the summer: park playdates, Farmers Market meet-ups, Clarke Beach picnic and a baseball game. We look forward to seeing you over the summer, and are already planning a fabulous VBS for July, 2020.
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 31.
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
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
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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