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Blood Pressure Screening
Building Update
The Giving Table
Volunteer Opportunity
Concert Series
Children's Ministry Director Search
Super Sixties
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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

March 17, 2019
Second Sunday in Lent

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: Tali Hairston

Scripture: Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35

"God promised to make you free.
God never promised to make you independent."

~ Madeleine L'Engle
Tali Hairston
Our Guest This Sunday
Tali Hairston is Director of Community Engagement and Reconciliation at Seattle Presbytery. He grew up doing ministry with at-risk youth and young adults in Seattle, and is a graduate of the University of Washington and Fuller Seminary. As a noted speaker, writer, consultant, researcher, and educator he is passionate about the work of organizational diversity, reconciliation studies, global urban community development, and equity and diversity in higher education, marketplace, and the church.  
Blood Pressure Screening
Feeling lucky on St. Patrick's Day? Come get your blood pressure checked this Sunday! Every 3rd Sunday of the month the MIPC Health Ministry team is available after each worship service.
Lenten Devotionals Available
Throughout history, Lent has served as a time of reflection. This year, in order to facilitate that reflection, we will offer a Lenten devotional prepared by the PCUSA called "Awakening to God's Beauty - A Lenten Invitation to Pray with Art."  The devotional uses photography to open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation, and also to God's call for justice in our world. We hope that the devotional will stir our souls on our Lenten journey together. Suggested donation $3.00.
Building Update    
Thank you to everyone who came to the Annual Meeting on March 3rd.  There was a good conversation that lasted after the meeting was over on the environmental impact of the bids coming in for the HVAC units.  While this is something that the Session and Building Task Force had already been working on and thinking about, we heard the voices that shared and are furthering our discussions with PSR, our HVAC vendor, based on the feedback.  The Session is weighing the whole scope of the building and needs in front of us and will keep you updated as we have more information.
The Giving Table, Sunday, March 24 at 6pm

One of the ways we partner with God's people in the world is through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, prayerfully working in collaboration with congregations and global partners.  This year, as part of our Lenten discipline, we want the MIPC congregation to participate in how we, specifically, are able to support our global partners with the resources from the Missions Foundation.  Every gift has the power to fulfill a need, change a life, and foster hopes.

You are invited to an intergenerational church dinner on March 24 for fellowship and the opportunity to help direct some of these funds that go toward our partners.  See this website for more information:

Every dinner table will have a certain amount to thoughtfully donate these designated funds, and we'll pray together for God's people around the world while sharing in fellowship with one another.
For planning purposes, please follow this link to RSVP, or sign-up on the clipboard at the front desk.

Special Guests at MIPC on March 31
Two Catholic sisters from our mission partner medical clinic in Hue, Vietnam, will be visiting us on March 31. They will be introduced during worship and will meet with interested congregation members to talk about their ministry at 9:15am in the Fireside Room.

Gifts of the Heart Update
YouthCare is in the process of finishing up getting estimates for new flooring and a cooktop hood and will be moving forward with these tasks as soon as they choose a contractor. They are also in the process of comparing prices and ordering new refrigerators and laundry machines.

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
Volunteer with Union Gospel
Do you have an interest in learning more about Seattle's homeless challenges? Are you looking for a direct way to help those living on the street? Seattle's Union Gospel Mission (UGM) has a program called Search and Rescue that you may be interested in. Every evening, typically from 6:30pm to 11pm, a group of volunteers visits various homeless camps in the Seattle area to distribute sandwiches, hot cocoa, blankets and a prayer to those in need. It's a powerful experience, and UGM is always looking for individuals and groups to volunteer. One of our parishioners, Dawson Stoops, is organizing a group from MIPC to volunteer for this program. If you are interested in learning more about the program and potentially volunteering, please email Dawson at dawsons777@gmail.com.
MIPC Concert Series
Lyric Arts Ensemble, Saturday, March 30th at 7:00pm
Mark your calendars for our next concert event featuring glorious choral music from the Lyric Arts Ensemble.  Free will donation.

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.
Campanella Bell Choir
Bell Choir is looking for some additional ringers. If you can read music and can practice on Tuesdays 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.


Upcoming Activities & Events


Super Sixties
"Island Books Comes to MIPC"
Thursday, March 28th, 10:30am-1pm, Fireside Room
$6 donation includes lunch, program, and $1 to YouthCare
Come enjoy fellowship and fun. Laurie Raisys, owner of Island Books, will let us know what is happening at the local institution. She will talk about what it is like to run a bookstore, what books are about to be released, and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to look through a selection of Advanced Reader Copies and perhaps take one home. Everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for a book chosen by Laurie. To plan for food, please let Ruth Ann know by Tuesday, March 26th, if you are planning to attend. ruthannb@mipc.org or (206) 232-5596 x1002.
Growing In Faith Class
"Prophecies, Visions, 
and the Madness of a King
Adult Sunday School Class
9:15-10:15am, Classroom A-B
The book of Daniel is a crazy 
book in the Old Testament.  It 
has comedy, miracles, apocalyptic visions, and a lot of history.  For three sessions, we will explore the Book of Daniel, learn about the meanings behind the visions and themes of this fabulous book.  
Led by Rosemary Sixbey . Class continues through March 17. 
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
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
Mondays, 10:00-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Linda Fowler facilitates a nine-session topic using the Horizons Bible Study "Above and Beyond: Hearing God's Call in Jonah and Ruth".  Just as the Book of Ruth is more than a kind of Semitic Cinderella story, the Book of Jonah is much more than the biggest "fish story" of all time.  Please join us!
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 Next  week we will continue our study of the book of Exodus starting at chapter 32. 
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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