Nov 21-27, 2022

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SEASON OF GIVING & GRATITUDE

A Place to Belong

by Devin Green


Myers Park Baptist is not just a Church. We are a place where people find love, acceptance, & welcome, as told by Devin Green.

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It’s time for the largest global giving day of the year – Giving Tuesday! We are excited to be a part of this worldwide event, providing you a chance to help us be a community of love, acceptance, and hospitality for our neighbors. No need to wait until November 29, you can go ahead and make your donation now by clicking on the button above.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Worship 

Preacher | Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell

Sermon | Hope Is a Fire

Scripture | Isaiah 64:1-4 & Matthew 3:1-12

Celebrating | Advent 1


Schedule

9:45a | Childcare (Birth-Kindergarten)

10a | Worship

10:15a | Children's Worship

After Worship | Reception for Rev. Joe Aldrich

Celebrating Joe Aldrich's 30 Years at MPBC  

SUN, Nov 27 | 11:15a | Reception in Heaton Hall

Our beloved minister, Rev. Joe Aldrich is retiring after 30 years of serving MPBC in a variety of roles.


Join us & his family for a churchwide reception after worship as we celebrate his dedicated ministry with us and wish him well on his next chapter.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

SUN, Nov 20 Worship


If you weren't able to join us, you can watch the service now by clicking on the image above or on YouTube or our website.

Saved by Gratitude


Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell's sermon is available on our website, Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube.

Offertory Anthem

"Lift Your Voice in Praise and Thanksgiving" 

By Georg Frideric Handel

Chancel Choir, directed by Fran Morrison

SHARING GOOD NEWS

MLK March & Wreath Laying

SUN, Jan 15, 2023 | 1p | 700 N. Tryon Street

We are pleased to announce that our Senior Minister, Dr. Boswell, has been invited by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee to plan & lead the City of Charlotte’s MLK Parade & Wreath Laying Ceremony.

We are incredibly honored & excited to join alongside Dr. Boswell as well as other local businesses, faith communities, non-profits to celebrate the legacy of the great civil rights hero Dr. King & his message of peace & justice for all, which aligns with the mission & vision of our church. We will meet after worship at the old Hal Marshall Bldg. on 700 N. Tryon St. at 1p (where we met for PRIDE) for the march which will end with a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Dr. King in Marshall Park. Everyone in our congregation & community is invited to join us in the march & the ceremony. You can register to participate in the march with our church here. Does your business or local non-profit want to also walk? Register your organization for the march here.

Interracial Pilgrimage Participants Share Photos From Montgomery, AL

We look forward to hearing stories & experiences from the group of congregants of MPBC & Reeder Memorial Baptist Church who were on pilgrimage together to Montgomery, AL. In the meantime, we wanted to share some of their photos from the trip. | View on our website

EDUCATING OURSELVES

Learning Our Way Around Our New Website Exploring the Events Page

We want to show off the features of our new website. This week, we are featuring the Events page which can be found in the "Connect" section.


We believe that our website is our new front door, showing newcomers around our church before they ever step foot on our campus.

This page provides a calendar of events & classes for you to get involved. Take a look around for yourself!  

Nature vs Nurture | Investigations into the biology of sexual orientation 

As we partner with identiversity to take responsibility for our own education around identity, we take our next step this week to explore Nature vs Nurture.


Remember, there are no subjects, activities or topics that can be mastered. All of us are constantly learning, our minds being expanded.

As we continue to learn all the nuances, vocabulary & topics around gender, identity, sexuality & more, we encourage you to read & or watch the resources from Identiversity.

Don't Miss Out!

Confronting Whiteness Conference 2023

We are excited to announce the second annual Confronting Whiteness Conference will be taking place Jan 27-28, 2023! After a successful Conference in 2021, folks have been inquiring when the next one will be. We heard you & we have been busy putting together what we think will be a powerful & rewarding experience.

It again will bring together those who have participated in the original, pilot course, "What Does It Mean to be White," those who are planning to take the newly launched Confronting Whiteness course, & those who are committed to doing their own ongoing racial justice work.


Registration for the conference is now open. Take advantage of the early bird rate until December 20. To learn more, sign up to receive the Confronting Whiteness Newsletter at confrontingwhiteness.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

Advent | Same Season, New Possibilities


We hope you will join us this Advent for worship, a churchwide book group, blog posts from the ministers, digital devotions for children, & more. | Learn more

Holy Conversations in the Holy Land

June 14 - 23, 2023

Have you ever wanted to travel to the Holy Land? Do you want to better understand the contemporary issues & reality in the Middle East? This tour is sure to prove both meaningful & fun as we explore past & present culture in light of the continuing conflicts in the Middle East. Travel with Rev. Leigh Anne Duncan and Rev. Tara Gibson as we:


  • See traditional Holy Land sights in places such as Old Jerusalem, Masada, Bethlehem, & Galilee
  • Visit a Jewish Kibbutz & hear an Israeli perspective on the conflict
  • Lectures & dialogue with local Christian, Palestinian Muslim, & Jewish representatives for their perspective, as well as a time of questions & interaction from you
  • Learn about grassroots organizations committed to understanding & reconciliation among Israelis and Palestinians


When | June 14 through 23

How much | $3,898 which includes airfare from Charlotte, double occupancy first class hotels, all breakfasts & dinners, site fees, guide fees, & travel in a deluxe motor coach


For the full itinerary & to learn more, contact Leigh Anne at LDuncan@myersparkbaptist.org or click here.

MPBC Has a New Online Bookstore!

Shop with us!

The staff has been curating our reading lists to create a customized bookstore for Myers Park Baptist Church.


We will be adding lists over the next few months for particular ministries & age groups, topics, & perspectives. 


Our Bookstore is held by Bookshop.org, which gives 10% of the profits of each book sold (from our list) back to us.

STAFF NEWS

Artist-in-Residence Returns

We are excited to announce that our Artist in Residence, Dr. Caleb Hopkins will be joining us again for two more residencies over this upcoming holiday season. You can learn more about Dr. Hopkins here. Dr. Hopkins will be in residence the week of Nov. 21 and will conduct the choir in worship on the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 27).


In addition, Dr. Hopkins will return for another residency with our Chancel Choir from Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) through MLK Sunday (Jan. 15).

We are also grateful that Dr. Hopkins will be joined by his fiancé Susannah Stewart, soprano, who will be a guest soloist in worship on the first Sunday of Advent and on Christmas Eve. You can learn more about Susannah here.

Thank you, Fran!


We express our deepest and most profound gratitude for Interim Minister of Music, Fran Morrison, who has re-energized our choir and will lead us through Lessons & Carols (Dec. 18) then take some time off for the holiday season.


Fran has graciously agreed to provide administrative support in the area of music and worship as a member of our staff until we conclude our search for the Director of Music and Worship.  

[RE]BUILDING COMMUNITY

Friends for Life Potluck

Mon, Nov 21 | 6-8p | Off Campus


This group of women meets for dinner at different locations each month. All who identify as female are welcome.

Questions? Contact Elaine Price Hudson

Advent Door Decorating


Even at Christmastime, change can be good!

 

Thanks to all the folks who for years have helped decorate our church doors for Advent and Christmas!

This year we are making a change, so no help needed! We will be using the same design made by the designer Emily Heaton hired when the sanctuary was built. But now we will use silk greenery and artificial nandina berries so we are not providing poison for robin birds! Love it when a better plan comes together! Peep, Peep!

 

Special thanks to our really creative church member, Joel Houston, who owns the fabulous Flowers Plus flower shop uptown and opening a new one on Monroe Rd. He is designing our door decorations this year so they can hopefully be used year after year!

 

Merry Christmas and Beautiful Advent Season to all!

Carol Pearsall

NEW! MPBC Movie Club - Double Feature: Film & Food


MPBC is starting a movie club & we're calling it DOUBLE FEATURE! Church members are invited to meet at local theaters with plenty of free parking & nearby restaurants/ice cream. More details to come here in the Weekly. To join the Double Feature email list, contact Cindy Clemens (704.622.3175).

Gathering in the Harbor

FRI, Dec 16 | 6-8p | Member home to be shared with yes rsvp's only


You & your household are invited to our Gathering in the Harbor Holiday Party 2022. Let’s wrap up a great year with food, fun, & games! We also want to welcome our newest minister, Rev. Dr. JJ Flag at this event! Christmas sweaters & attire are welcome but not required! | RSVP here

Men's Breakfast

TUE, Jan 17, 2023 | Heaton Hall


You won't want to miss our first Men's Breakfast of 2023! We'll enjoy delicious food from Flying Biscuit Cafe & a compelling special guest speaker in Mr. Danny Morrison, past & long-time president of the Carolina Panthers & now Executive Director for the Charlotte Sports Foundation. And this time please bring a friend! Space will be at a premium so please go ahead & make your reservation so we will have food for you! RSVP now

SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Want to be sure you are not missing out on anything related to Spiritual Growth? We'll email you periodically about any new opportunities.
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Spiritual Growth Sunday Classes

Will resume Dec 4 | 11:15a - 12p

Faith & Community

Led by | Bruce Elliott

Location | Shalom Hall

Focus | Will not meet Nov 27


Learn more

Intergenerational Yoga

Date | Dec 18

Led by | Rev Tara Gibbs

Instructor | Valarie Kovolski

Location | Education Bldg Downstairs, Room 32

Focus | Spiritually focused opportunity for families


Learn more

Feeling Stressed or Anxious? - Just Breathe!

MONs & WEDs | 11:30a - 12p (EST) | Zoom | Password: breathe (case sensitive)

Science proves that taking time out to focus on your breath can provide quick relief during stressful situations. Adding meditation to your daily routine can have lasting benefits for your physical, emotional, & mental health. And the best part is that you can do it anytime & anywhere.

Don't know how to get started? We can help with that! We offer an online opportunity twice each week & would love to have you join us as often as you’re able. All you have to do is join us on Zoom & then Inhale & Exhale. Our lives rest in the balance of these simple actions. Come catch your breath with us.

Learn more

HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Health & Wellness Team will continue to give necessary COVID-19 updates, & they are going to begin including other topics for us. Some of the ideas are Food Justice, Schools & Traffic, Nutrition, Body Image, Grief, & more! If you have a topic you would like them to explore, please email Rev. Carrie Veal.

RSV, Flu and COVID: Virus Surge Impacting Children. How to Care for Your Families.

by Julie Barfield, MSN, RCN-MNN, NEA-BC


Flu & RSV are peaking earlier than normal, & COVID-19 is still impacting our communities. This triple threat is significantly impacting children. Flu View, the CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance report, states that “the highest hospitalization rates per 100,000 population were among adults aged ≥ 65 years (3.0) & children aged 0-4 years (3.0), followed by children aged 5-17 years (1.7), adults aged 50-64 (1.3) & adults aged 18-49 years (0.8).” Warning signs of respiratory illness in children include fast or labored breathing, flared nostrils, blue or discolored skin, especially in the face (signaling low oxygen) & dehydration, such as dry mouth or a decrease in wet diapers.


What can I do at home?

  • Have your child drink lots of fluids, such as water, broth, sports drinks, & ice chips. This will keep your child's fluid levels up. This is especially important if your child is throwing up, passing liquid stool or less urine, or has no tears when crying.
  • Your child needs to rest while getting better.
  • Use a machine that makes steam like a vaporizer or humidifier. It may help open a clogged nose so your child can breathe easier.


When do I need to seek immediate medical attention?

  • Trouble breathing or fast breathing. Look for ribs pulling with each breath.
  • Change in color in face—usually bluish skin and lips
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher in infants younger than 3 months- call pediatrician on-call first
  • Fever of 105 or higher, regardless of age- call pediatrician on-call first
  • Fever of 102 or higher, lasting more than two days. This is to rule out any bacterial infections like meningitis.
  • Not alert when awake.
  • Signs of fluid loss. These include soft spot on a baby's head looks sunken, few or no tears when crying, dark-colored urine or only a small amount of urine for more than six to eight hours, dry mouth, cracked lips, dry skin, sunken eyes, lack of energy, feeling very sleepy.


How can I prevent my child from getting either COVID, the flu, or RSV?

  • Protection is always the best prevention!
  • Now is the time to make sure your child gets their flu shot at their pediatrician’s office if you have not done that already.
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine or the booster if it is time.
  • Unfortunately, there is no RSV vaccine for the general public currently. So, think back to all the strategies you pulled out of your toolbox during the many waves of COVID-19: wash hands, mask up when necessary, & wipe down surfaces.
  • Stay away from people who are sick & keep your child home if they are experiencing symptoms. 

Masks are encouraged. 


We encourage you to make the best decision for yourself and your family. 

Masks will be available in the Narthex for those who may want one. If you or a someone in your home isn't feeling well, we encourage you to join us virtually.

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE & OUTREACH

Room In The Inn (RITI) Update

We Need Your Input!

In years past by this date, we were recruiting volunteers for RITI in preparation to welcome homeless individuals each Saturday evening & provide them with dinner, showers, beds, breakfast, lunch, & transport to & from Roof Above (RA) (fka-Urban Ministry Center). It is, & continues to be, a great ministry for our church. | Learn more

Join our RITI Volunteer List if you would like to be involved
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Here's What's Happening This Fall for Children 

We want to make sure you have all the details for the fall & don't miss out on any of it! Here is a snapshot:


Sundays

Children’s Worship experience for first – fifth graders. Children will come to the Sanctuary for worship at 10a & sit with their families. They will leave with leaders before the sermon & return at the final hymn for pick up. During this time, they will engage their minds, hearts, & bodies in an experience that is designed just for them.


Children's Spiritual Growth classes will focus on the theme "Living as God's People."

Ages 3-Kindergarten | Room 108

Grades 1-5 | Room 211


Wednesdays

We have a re-imagined Wednesday night programming! We begin with dinner at 5:00 then children go with leaders for a time of music & creative arts. Registration is open now!


Children's Music and Creative Arts at MPBC

5:30-6:30p | Room 209

This fall we have been exploring our inner strengths & talents through music creative arts. Our kids are endlessly creative & expressive & it is a joy to learn & grow along side each other! During November, we are turning outward as we focus on building community through kindness, compassion & gratitude!


Children's Ministry latest Newsletter

Want to join see the latest Children's Ministry news? Click here

YOUTH MINISTRY

Youth on the roof learning about MPBC's pioneering solar panel technology with guests: Paula Fricke & Bob Thomasson

Youth brainstorming on an encouraging message to share with the greater church

with local guest artist Lo'Vonia Parks.

Youth Newsletter

Check out our latest Youth News.


Make sure you are on our mailing list to never miss a youth event (6th - 12th graders)! For more information, contact Rev. Tara Gibbs at tgibbs@myersparkbaptist.org.



What's happening this Fall?


Youth Spiritual Growth 11a | Youth are invited to participate in Spiritual Growth offerings: Intergenerational Yoga (once a month) | Exploring Spiritual Togetherness | TV Talks with Rev. Tara


Youth Block 4-6p | All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the Youth Hall for snacks & a variety of activities.

Winter Retreat 2023: Building at the Beach


Dates | SAT. Jan 14 - MON, Jan 16

Departure from MPBC at 12p | Return to MPBC at 3p

Join us for our annual youth winter retreat! Our custom-built curriculum, Beach Builders explores the diversity of human identity to connect & affirm those identities through scripture, experience, & community. Youth will know that however they identify, God loves them, & that they are to love others by embracing their identities, not despite them. | Register here

ALLIANCE OF BAPTISTS
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 & community of faith of about 4,500 individual members & 140 congregations knit together by love for one another & God, combining progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer & prophetic action to bring about justice & healing in a changing world.

Fall Gathering 2022 in Montgomery, AL "Baptismal Waters of a Different Kind"

Speaker: Rev. Elijah Zehyoue


CONGREGATIONAL CARE

In Need of Help?

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

Stephen Ministry is Here For You

Stephen Ministers are available for free & provide safe, confidential space & listening ear. If you want to know more about the ministry, please contact Carol Cedar at ccedar@myersparkbaptist.org.

Prayer Requests

You can submit a request by emailing prayer@myersparkbaptist.org.

Joys and Concerns |


We rely on friends & relatives to keep us posted on hospitalizations, births & deaths. If you know of any member not listed, please contact Carol Cedar at ccedar@myersparkbaptist.org

SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

MON

Nov 21

Just Breathe Meditation

11:30a-12p | Zoom | Passcode: breathe


Friends for Life Potluck

6-8p | Off Campus

TUES

Nov 22

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

7-9p | Berry Hall

WED

Nov 23

Just Breathe Meditation

11:30a-12p | Zoom | Passcode: breathe


Holiday Closing

Church Office closes at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday

THU

Nov 24

Thanksgiving Day

All Day | Church Office, Cornwell Center, & TTWS closed

FRI

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Holiday

All Day | Church Office, Cornwell Center, & TTWS closed

SUN

Nov 27

Preschool Childcare

9:45a-12p | Room 108


Worship

10a | Sanctuary and on our website, YouTube, Facebook Live


Children's Worship

10:15-11a | Sanctuary Downstairs Room 5


Reception for Rev. Joe Aldrich

Following worship | Heaton Hall

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