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Stewardship 2019
Fall Festival
Elders and Deacons
Breakfast Choir
Super Sixties
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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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: Lindsay Murphy

Sermon: "The Wild Grace of God"
Scripture: Jonah 1:1-4; 3:1-10; 4:1-3

"If God likes everything we like and detests everyone we detest, 
it's probably not God we are following but ourselves."

~ Luke A. Powery
Upcoming Memorial Service
The Celebration of Life for Esther Laing is planned for next Sunday, October 28, at 2:00pm at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1836 156th Ave NE in Bellevue.
Blood Pressure Screening This Sunday 
Get your blood pressure checked at our Blood Pressure Screening every 3rd Sunday of the month. The MIPC Health Ministry team is available this Sunday, October 21, after each worship service.
Prayer Shawl Ministry  
Our next Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting is this Sunday, October 21, after second service in the Wave classroom of Ark Sunday school.
Building God's Kingdom:
MIPC Stewardship 2019
Thank you to all the talented actors and actresses who appeared in our MIPC video "Building God's Kingdom", as well as to our fabulous film-maker, Sarah Giese.  The video asks the question "How is MIPC Building God's Kingdom" and features small vignettes featuring 4 aspects of the life of our church -   Mission, Community, Worship and Education.  It debuted at all 3 services last Sunday and if you missed it, you can watch it here.  We hope you will share it with friends and family and anyone that might be interested in the life of our church. 

Our stewardship campaign asks for your prayerful reflection on how you can help support the operating budget of our church in 2019.  Our operating budget allows us to live into our call to worship God and serve God's people in the world through the 4 aspects mentioned in the video - Mission, Community, Worship, Education - and others.  Pledge forms have been mailed out and extras are scattered throughout the church.  The pledge form is an estimate of giving and helps the leadership of the church plan for the year ahead.   Note: you can always increase or decrease your commitment if circumstances change.

We are grateful for the faithful giving of our church community and if you are new to pledging, we welcome your help and support.  
Thank you!!
Fall Festival is Coming!
Sunday, October 28th, 3:00-5:00pm
MIPC Children's Ministries and Pebble Pre-School will host our annual Fall Festival, two hours of family fun including Trunk n' Treat, crafts, activities, and of course, a costume parade! The east parking lot will be lined with cars, trunks open, decorated, and ready to welcome our youngest ghosts and goblins (and pirates and witches and everyone!). It's a safe way for our "littles" to participate in a fun tradition on a scale that will not overwhelm. In the event we have rain, "Trunk n' Treat" will move indoors to the Sunday School hallway. From there, kids are invited to create delightful autumn crafts, jump in the bouncy house, wrap a mummy, and finally join in the costume parade. All in the gym, rain or shine!
We are grateful to Kristin Rahlfs for coordinating this year's event. She still needs many volunteers to make this afternoon a success. There are lots of different ways you can help. Please have a look at the jobs in the link below and find a friend to share the work!
YOU can help make this year's festival another wonderful, multi-generational event that's safe and fun for all! Please RSVP and sign up to help with the festivities: Sign Up Genius.  Any questions please contact Kristin at kristinrahlfs@gmail.com
Elder and Deacon Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for suggestions for new Elders and Deacons. This is the last call to provide us with your suggestions for who will make a good candidate(s). You may email your suggestions to JudithB@mipc.org.

Serving as an Elder is a high calling to offer servant leadership to the congregation, and an experience of spiritual growth. Elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline.

Deacons have a high calling in our denomination - one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.  At MIPC, deacons reach out to the congregation as a whole and serve on a team that focuses on one specific area of ministry that encompasses compassion, witness and service.

Individuals who are called to these particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world.
New Member Classes
Oct 21 - Oct 28 - Nov 4, 9:15-10:15am, Fireside Room
If you've been visiting MIPC and would like to consider joining our faith family, please contact Ruth Ann today. (206) 232-5596 x1002; or ruthannb@mipc.org
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

Food supplies running low at Mercer Island Food Bank
MI Youth & Family Services informs us that about this time each year, the backstock for the Food Pantry is VERY low.  They are currently low on the following items:

High protein foods like beef stew, chili, hearty chicken or beef soups
Hamburger Helper products (meals-in-a-box)
Pasta Sauce
Top Ramen
Canned Fruit
Baking supplies
Toiletries and toilet paper

Thank you for helping support Mercer Island Youth & Family Services in their mission.

YouthCare Needs
As you consider your donations for YouthCare clear bags, please note that right now they especially need cosmetic bags and always socks! (They are currently good on toothbrushes/toothpaste.) Thank you.
Breakfast Choir
Rehearsals Begin October 28th after the breakfast service
All ages and skill levels are invited to come together to prepare an easy, upbeat anthem for Stewardship Dedication Sunday on November 18. Rehearsals will be for 20 minutes on the gym stage following breakfast service on 10/28, 11/4, and 11/11. Come to one or more of them. Contact Dan Hammer (danh@mipc.org). 
Employment Opportunity: 
Pre-K Lead Teacher
Pebble Preschool is currently seeking a Lead Teacher in the morning PreK class. For more information, please contact Stephanie Boyer, our Director, at stephb@mipc.org or call 206-232-5596, x1016. To see a full job description, click here. For our teaching application, click here .
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 move on to the book of Haggai.
Contact: Joy Brown, joyp.brown@gmail.com.


Upcoming Activities & Events


Super Sixties
Thursday, October 25th, 10:30am-1pm, Fireside Room
Curious about the Men's Mexico Trip? Why do people go back year after year? At this month's Super 60's trip participants will show pictures and talk about the trip. So what was this year's trip? 27 Men aged from 20's to 70's; 1 orphanage, 3 houses, 4 days; Fellowship & Spiritual program; conditions in Tijuana; Mexican Indian "thank you". Come and learn about the great impact this trip has on the people of Tijuana and the MIPC participants. Enjoy friends, food and fellowship. First timers welcome. To plan for food, please let Ruth Ann know by Tuesday, October 23, if you will attendruthannb@mipc.org or (206) 232-5596 x1002.
Animate: Practices
Sunday morning, 9:15-10:15am, Lindsay's Office
Class concludes this Sunday, October 21
A video lecture and discussion course exploring different spiritual practices. This Sunday's topic is "Community".  For more information please contact Margaret Redman at MargaretRedman5115@gmail.com or Ben McConaughy at  BenMcConaughy@gmail.com
Growing in Faith Class
Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Walter Brueggemann on Confronting Today's Pharaohs
Sunday mornings, A-B Classroom, 9:15-10:15am
This is a video series by Walter Brueggemann, who is arguably America's leading Old Testament scholar and theologian. He takes us on a wild ride through the poetic prophecy of the Hebrew Scripture: identifying cultural contexts, putting a framework to Israel's history, and most significantly drawing connections between Israel's sociological, economic and spiritual status and that of America today. Facilitated by Rosemary Sixbey.
Music Mends Minds
Mercer Island Congregational Church
4545 Island Crest Way
Begins Oct 23 from 2:30-3:30pm (4th Tuesdays of the Month)
The Rotary Club of Mercer Island is sponsoring a new pilot program called "Music Mends Minds", which provides musical support to seniors and others with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Veterans with PTSD. Music has been shown to be a great comfort, and sometimes even a bit of healing, for those with any level of diminished brain function. All community members who love to sing and/or listen to favorite songs are invited to participate in this Community Sing-Along. Please note: a caregiver must accompany those attending.
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
Women's Monday Morning Bible Study
Mondays from 10-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Please join us in this exploratory study of scripture.  All women are invited.  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. Currently we are studying James. 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. 
Because some of our members and guests are allergic to floral fragrances it is 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 .

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