February 12-18, 2024

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We're Doing Ash Wednesday Differently This Year

February 14

Because Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s day this year, we want to honor plans you may have made. Therefore, instead of an Ash Wednesday service, we will be offering a few options for you to receive the imposition of ashes either from your car or in the Sanctuary. | Read more

We'll be "Seeking" This Lent

The lectionary offers us many stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking: Nicodemus comes to him in the veil of night, he approaches a Samaritan woman at a well, he heals a man born without sight. In these stories, each person is seeking a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith.

What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows. | Learn more

Total Praise: Black Music and the Black Church

Black History Month at MPBC

Since its conception, music has been an integral part of the Black church experience. Whether hymns, spirituals, gospel, or jazz, Black music serves as a conduit to experience God, liberation, and bodily expression. Throughout February, we will celebrate diverse Black histories with a bevy of spiritual growth opportunities, screenings, and guest performers, speakers, and preaching. We cannot wait for you to join us. | Learn more

Sunday, February 18


Preacher | Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Music | Carolina Social Music Club

Celebrating | Black History Month

Join Us for Monday Matinee

February 12, 19, 26 | 2p | Shalom Hall

We will gather to screen and discuss The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song. This four-part docuseries from PBS and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the 400-year-old story of the Black church in the United States. | Learn more

The Roundtable

Monday, February 12 | 10a | Parlor

Guest Speaker | Tameka McLean from Poppy Muse

This month we will have Tameka McLean from Poppy Muse as our speaker. This non-profit helps foster children who have aged out of foster care transition to independent living–no small task for an 18-year-old. You will not want to miss this. For more information, contact Gretchen Allen (gretnet@gmail.com),

Celebrate our MPBC Theme for 2024:

"Draw the Circle Wider”

Throughout 2024, we will have music, preaching, classes, events, speakers, and initiatives that help us to embody this theme and we hope you will prayerfully consider how you can practice expansive inclusivity and partner with us to draw the circle of MPBC wider in 2024. | Read the full article

NEW IN THIS ISSUE

Mosaic Wednesday

February 21 | 5:30-7:15p | Heaton Hall

5:30p | Dinner | RSVP here

6:00p | Programs for Adults & Children

At MPBC, we are dedicated to living into our mission of being a community of inclusivity, spiritualty, and justice. Throughout the year, we will incorporate our theme for 2024, “Draw the Circle Wider,” into worship and programming including our Mosaic Wednesdays. We hope everyone will join us on the third Wednesday each month.

Dinner Menu | Provided by Deeper Than Sweets | Boneless BBQ Ribs or Vegan BBQ Meatballs, homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Sautéed Cabbage, Dinner Roll, and Layered Apple Cheesecake for dessert. | RSVP


Program for Adults | "African Spiritualism, Black Praise, and the Fight for Liberation" a Q&A session with Rachel Cantave, Ph.D. Dr. Cantave’s work explores the links between anti-African sentiments and white views towards Black spiritual practices.


For Children | Movie time

Staff Announcement

We regret to inform you that Rev. Dr. JJ Flag is moving on to pursue a new opportunity and will no longer be serving as our Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and Justice. 

 

JJ joined our staff in December 2022 and has impacted our worship services with moving prayers and thought-provoking sermons.

In addition, JJ has provided pastoral care to our members and assisted the Ministry of Congregational Care (MCC) and the Ministry of Outreach and Justice (MOJO) in the fulfillment of their strategic objectives. We are deeply grateful for all the gifts and graces JJ brought to our community during his time on staff. | Read more

New Small Group Opportunity: Circles of Elders

Beginning the first of March, new Circles of Elders will be available for MPBC Seniors. The small groups of 6-8 will meet twice monthly via Zoom or in person or a combination of both and will be facilitated by Betsy Thigpen or Gary Hudson. Participants will commit to meeting March through May and then make the decision as to whether they wish to continue for an undefined period. | Learn more

Easter Lily Orders and Deliveries

If you would like to participate in our memorial Easter lily tradition, please complete an order form online or contact Carol Cedar by email or call 704.334.7232 x100.


We also need volunteers to deliver lilies on Easter Sunday or Monday.

Order Easter Lilies Here
Volunteer to Deliver Lilies Here

Congratulations to Dawn Anthony!

Join us in celebrating with our dear friend, Dawn Anthony, who was named as one of QCity Metro's "The Great 28" acknowledging Charlotte residents who have made our city a better place to live, work and play. This February edition is in celebration of Black History Month. Read the article here.

Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell's Book Launching February 21!

Get your copy of the re-release of Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell's book, "Confronting Whiteness." Order by February 28 and save 30%.

Order Here

THIS WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday

February 14

We are offering a few options for you to receive the imposition of ashes.

  • Drive through on the brick patio (enter from Selwyn Ave) between 8-9a or 4:30-5p (see map) OR
  • Come into the Sanctuary to receive ashes and Communion from 11:30a-12p. There will be meditative music for those who would like to pray or meditate. | Read more

THIS SUNDAY

Spiritual Growth Classes

Adult Class Offerings

Sundays through March 17 |11:15a-12:15p

Faith & Community

Lead: Bruce Elliott & Special Guests | Shalom Hall


What can our community leaders and influencers teach us as a people of faith? Join us for guest speakers each week who will cover a variety of topics drawing heavily on the arts, literary, social and spiritual issues as viewed from a faith perspective. | Learn more

Jesus Justice: Understanding Oppression & Strategies for Change

Lead: Rev. Dr. John Blackshire | Library


The idea that Christianity is separate from social justice is a myth. In fact, Jesus repeatedly encourages us to care for the less fortunate, to challenge oppressive systems, and to work toward justice right here on earth. Walk through scripture and see what Jesus has to say about justice with us. | Learn more

Mysticism in Uncertain Times

Lead: Various Special Guests | Shalom Hall


For the month of February, the course sessions will cover the life, works, and theology of Howard Thurman. | Learn more

Children's Spiritual Growth | Clay with Greg Scott

Sundays | 11:15a | Youth Hall

We had a great turnout for our first family clay session with ceramicist and MPBC Artist-in-Residence Greg Scott! Over the next 7 weeks we will learn clay basics and begin work on a community arts program themed around the season of Lent. Keep an eye out in the Narthex on Palm Sunday for a display of our final project! If you would like to join in on the fun, email Candace Williamson for late registration!

Our Navigating MPBC New Member Series

Navigating Series | February 25 | 11:15a

Perhaps you have filled out a membership card but you haven't been introduced to the congregation. Perhaps you are ready to join and you have been wondering what the next step is. Attending our Navigating series is not required, nor do you have to be a member to attend.

It is a chance for those who are new to MPBC to have their questions answered, meet other new people, and discover how to get involved in a way that feels best for you. To learn more, please reach out to Rev. Carrie Veal. | Read more

HIGHLIGHTS

We NEED YOU!

We still have several slots to fill

Get Involved with Room In The Inn (RITI)

Every Saturday through March 30

Are you new to MPBC and looking for a way to get involved? Maybe you’ve been around for a while but you’re still wondering how you can make a difference? We’d love to have you join us for Room In The Inn. RITI is a city-wide partnership that seeks to provide temporary shelter to our unhoused neighbors during the coldest months of the year.

MPBC has been a part of the work of RITI for more than a decade and in that time, provided shelter to hundreds of individuals and families. This year is no exception, we continue to make room for the people who many have turned away. The signup sheet linked here has a number of roles that we need your help to fill. Questions? Please contact Seth Pilz spilz@myersparkbaptist.org.| Read more

Early Birds' Breakfast

Tuesday, February 20 | 7:30a | Heaton Hall

Guest Speaker | Chancellor Dr. Sharon Gaber, UNC-Charlotte

We are excited to announce that our Special Guest Speaker will be Dr. Sharon Gaber, Chancellor of UNCC! Please mark your calendar and go ahead and register now to make your reservation for a delicious breakfast cooked by Deeper Than Sweets, great fellowship, and a compelling and informative talk. We look forward to seeing you there! | Learn more

RSVP here

CW24 Recap

What an incredible Saturday we had with the Confronting Whiteness 2024 Conference. We learned and we laughed, we connected and we conversed. We discovered how we can participate in reparations and not feel hindered by the concept. We are grateful to our sponsors, our volunteers, and the congregation for their support of this work. Our conference was featured on the news. Check out the news stories with Spectrum News and WSOC-TV below.

Thanks to Mike Bowen, Richard Harris, and Gary Morrison, members of the Deacons’ Finance Committee, for their continued work and dedication to maintain the fiscal stability and financial transparency for MPBC. 

2024 Budget Passed by Congregational Vote

On Sunday, January 28, the congregation reviewed and unanimously passed a new budget for 2024. The balanced budget, totaling $1,710,024, reflects adjustments to utilities, insurance, and other operational expenses as a result of inflation. Fortunately, MPBC has the benefit of generous givers as well as endowments established to supplement its ongoing operations and vital ministries.

Churchwide Lunch Thank You

It’s always wonderful when we can share a meal together. We had a wonderful time together on January 28 and are grateful to Richard and Carol Pearsall for their love of cooking and community. A big thanks to everyone who made this a success! 

Children's Ministry Newsletter

Read the latest issue here - January 2024. | Sign up to receive the Children's Ministry newsletter.

Youth Ministry Newsletter

Click here for our January - February 2024 issue. Not on the list? Sign up here.

Youth Retreat Update

This school year, rain and storms have interrupted a number of youth events. So, when the pre-retreat lock-in had to be canceled due to thunderstorms, there were fears that the entire weekend would be ruined. However, that was far from the truth. Our retreat was an amazing time of building community, building up one another, and building relationships. (Oh, and building Legos). We started with an assessment of how we affirm disabled identities at our own church while sharing breakfast together. Youth learned and discussed ways to build a welcoming and inclusive space through accessibility. | Read the full article

Schedule for This Week


More information about events can be found on our website and by scrolling down in this newsletter.

View the Schedule / Calendar

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Worship

Sunday, February 11

Black History Month

Sermon

"Worship in the Wild"

Rev. Tara Gibbs

Music Highlight

"Lord, I Lift Your Name on High"

HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN 2024

Sunday, February 25


Preacher | Rev. John Blackshire, PhD

Sermon | God Is Real

Scripture | 1 John 4:7-12

Music | Jazz Logan

Celebrating | Black History Month

In Need of Help?

We are here for you. The Ministry of Congregational Care provides care, support and encouragement to all members in times of joy, bereavement, illness, and crisis. Information about Health and Safety, Grief, as well as helpful resources are available on our website. Just search "In need of help?"

Prayer Requests

You can submit a request by clicking here.

Joys & Concerns | as of February 8, 2024


We rely on friends and relatives to keep us posted on hospitalizations, births, and deaths. If you know of any member that was not listed here, please contact Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell at bboswell@myersparkbaptist.org

The Alliance of Baptists, which began in 1987 as a prophetic voice in Baptist life, is our primary religious affiliation. Today, they have grown to be a justice movement and community of faith of about 4,500 individual members and 140 congregations knit together by love for one another and God, combining progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer and prophetic action to bring about justice and healing in a changing world.

Get Ready for the Alliance Gathering at MPBC!

With such a diverse and international gathering, commitments from speakers will be rolling in as travel requirements are secured. We are thrilled to already have confirmed we will hear from Reverend Dr. Mitri Raheb from Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Reverend Dalia Juarez Fernandez from Seminario Intercultural Mayense, and our own co-director, Reverend Elijah Zehyoue, Ph.D. | Learn about them here

Get Involved! Volunteer to Help Us Host the 2024 Alliance of Baptists Annual Gathering

We are honored and excited to have been chosen to host this event and to have the opportunity to welcome the attendees to our church April 12-14!


We will need a team of volunteers to make this event special. Contact Rev. Carrie Veal to get your name on the list!

OUR STAFF | Who to Contact

BEN BOSWELL

Senior Minister

bboswell@myersparkbaptist.org

CARRIE VEAL

Executive Minister

cveal@myersparkbaptist.org

TARA GIBBS

Associate Minister of Spiritual Growth

tgibbs@myersparkbaptist.org

KEVIN GRAY

Minister of Music & Worship

kgray@myersparkbaptist.org

MARY PARRISH COLEY

Interim Campus Administrator

mpcoley@myersparkbaptist.org

LAURA GEER

Communications Director

lgeer@myersparkbaptist.org

704.334.7232 x155

CAROLINE MANNING

Executive Assistant

cmanning@myersparkbaptist.org

704.334.7232 x115

CAROL CEDAR

Operations Assistant

ccedar@myersparkbaptist.org

704.334.7232 x100

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