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MIPC Sunday  Worship


Breakfast Worship
(meal served at 7:45am)

Christian Education
for All Ages

Traditional Worship

Evening Worship

Sunday, October 6, 2019
World Communion Sunday

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: "Bodies"
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

"This is my body, which is given for you. "

~ Jesus
Men's Mexico Commissioning 
This Sunday, October 6, at the 8:15am Worship Service
Please join us at the Breakfast Service on Oct 6 for the Commissioning of the Men's Mexico Mission Trip, which runs October 10-13.  
Issues in Aging
New Education Series Starts This Sunday Morning
4 classes  on new trends in aging, planning your memorial, 
grief and bereavement, and estate planning... 
led by Betsy Zuber, Marla Briggs and Peggy Sue Juergens

October 6: New Trends in Aging by Betsy Zuber, MS, GMHS, LMHC; Geriatric Specialist; Mercer Island Youth & Family Services

October 13: Planning Your Own Memorial by Marla Briggs RN

October 20: Grief and Bereavement by Betsy Zuber, MS, GMHS, LMHC; Geriatric Specialist; Mercer Island Youth & Family Services

October 27: Five Estate Planning Documents Everyone Needs by Peggy Sue Juergens, Attorney at Law
Growing in Faith Class
Sundays, 9:15-10:15am
A-B Classroom (continues through Oct 27)
"New Understandings of Our Savior" 
While we may have been Christians for many years, we likely find ourselves puzzled by a number of things which Jesus said and did.  Utilizing an unusual contextual learning approach, this series focuses upon resolving these puzzlements and thereby bringing to us a broader understanding of our Lord than we have had.  Led by Carl Dodrill .
Affordable Housing Workshop
You are invited to a free workshop, Teaming Up!, that is for faith communities partnering with cities and developers to solve the affordable housing crisis. Saturday, October 12, 9am -1pm at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. Register at affordable-housing-workshop.eventbrite.com.

Leschi Request
Leschi School has asked for sweatpants for ages K-3 and $25 QFC giftcards for families who need groceries. Thank you!

Join the Team at Leschi Elementary School
From the volunteer coordinator at Leschi Elementary:
"The school year has started and I wanted to check in with you to see if anyone from your congregation would like to tutor/volunteer this year?  I am reaching out to teachers this week to check on their schedules and needs for help during the day.  I would like to match volunteers at the end of September to get volunteers going the first week of October."

Please contact Debbie Bontatibus, dcbontatibus@msn.com or
Glo Ceteznik, gloc@mipc.org

YouthCare Donations Requested
We are excited to have our ongoing relationship with YouthCare. They have been revisiting their requests for our donations due to some Health Department guidance. No longer will they take opened/used items (like hotel supplies). Here is a list of items that they do wish:

Non-Perishable Food
New Underwear (boxers preferred, small and medium size)
Black hair care - coconut oil, argon oil, shea - leave in conditioner, 
hair picks, hair brushes
Other helpful / wanted items:
Ear buds
Reusable water bottles
Gift Cards - Fred Meyer, Target, Amazon
Art supplies - Nylon brushes, watercolors, paint, paint paper, clay, canvases
Alarm clocks
Lanyards - for keys
Makeup - new

We thank you for your donations on behalf of the youth. 
All items can be put into the bin near the front door. 
Please contact Glo with any questions, gloc@mipc.org

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

MIPC Church Directory Update!!!
A current church directory is beneficial to our new members and helps us all to put a name with a face! We hope to have all MIPC members and friends participate. Here are a few simple steps:
Review your information
  • Please stop by the "Church Directory Update" table on Sundays in September to review the information that we currently have for the directory.
  • Or you may go to the MIPC website and click on the "Information" section and then click on "Directory." Please notify Brian of any changes or additions at frontdesk@mipc.org or call (206) 232-5595.
Select a photo option
We are creating our own directory without the use of a professional company.  Please select an option for your photo:
  • Use your photo from the 2016 MIPC Directory; please notify Marla Briggs by 10/20/19.
  • Submit your own (easily recognizable) digital photo to Marla Briggs by 10/20/19.
  • Have a new picture taken by MIPC photographer, Steve Christy, at church on Sunday, 10/6, or new date added: 10/20. Please sign up for a 10-minute photo session at the "Church Directory Update" table on Sundays, or via SignUpGenius.   
Looking forward to having this new directory 
of our church family!
Building Campaign Update
Punch lists and final inspections are the only things left to complete the ARK window project, FTPC - Youth project, roof and fire system installation. The HVAC updates are not far behind. The goal is to have a city electrical inspection next week. This will allow further work towards the completion of the HVAC installation. 

We are moving forward!
Brian Weiss (Elder), Kristy Farber,  Brad Wheeler, Judith Baxter


Upcoming Activities & Events


MIPC Concert Series
Saturday, October 12, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
The Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound will present three live radio shows with actors and music in the style of the Golden Age of Radio that will be of special interest to our congregation: In the western adventure "Crisis at Easter Creek" as broadcast on Aril 15, 1954, the church needs a new organ.  In "A Player Piano" as broadcast on October 18, 1943, Lum and Abner hope to make a deal with Grandpappy Spears to rent his player piano for their new motion picture.  In "Fibber Tunes the Piano" as broadcast on May 13, 1952, Fibber McGee's wife Molly wants a new piano but Fibber insists he can tune their old piano instead.  Negotiations are complicated, and laugh-out-loud fun!!

Sanctuary Flowers Invitation
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever. ~Tennyson

Each Sunday, you have the opportunity to add an element of beauty to the Sanctuary.  Consider donating flowers to celebrate a family member birthday, anniversary, graduation, or in memory of a loved one.  Flowers can be from your garden, your favorite grocery store or a florist, whatever works best for you.  Arrangements can be any size.  It's easy to sign up on our SignUpGenius calendar or talk to Brian at frontdesk@mipc.org

Because some are allergic to floral fragrances, it's best to plan flowers without strong fragrances.  Your beautiful donation will be recognized in the Sunday bulletin.  Thank you.
MIPC Youth Ministries
High School Youth Group - Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Middle School LIVE - Weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:3
for more info contact Christian Harrison, christianh@mipc.org.
Monday Morning Women's Bible Study
Mondays, 10:00-11:30am in the Fireside Room
Halie Dodrill facilitates a series entitled "100,000 Sundays", a study of how the church evolved and changed since it was first established. We will look at elements used in worship that are similar throughout church history and how worship has changed through the centuries.
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 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 Isaiah at chapter 51.
Contact: Joy Brown,  joyp.brown@gmail.com
10:35am Sunday Choir
Rehearsals on Thursdays from 7-8:30pm
All ages and skill levels are invited to rehearse Thursdays in preparation for singing anthems at the 10:35 service. Come as often as you're able as we make music together.  Contact Dan Hammer (danh@mipc.org).
Women's Retreat at Camp Burton
SAVE THE DATES: January 17-18, 2020  
Renee Notkin, pastoral lead at Union Church in Seattle will be our speaker and the retreat topic is: It all comes back to grace. Please join us on Vashon Island! Registration materials available soon.
Spring Break Mexico Mission Trip
SAVE THE DATES: April 4-11, 2020
For 10th - 12th graders and adult leaders. More info coming soon. Questions? Contact Lindsay or Christian
MIPC Tuition Programs are enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year:
Pebble Preschool  Registration
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.

HIRING: Substitutes to support staff throughout the year .

For registration and employment information contact: 
Director, Stephanie "Ms. Steph" Boyer, ( 206) 232-5596 x1016 or stephb@mipc.org

3605 84th Ave SE
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