May 22-28, 2023


Thank You for Pledging!

Thank you MPBC Family for the pledges you have sent in the past few weeks. It truly does take our entire church community to make ministry happen, and we could not be the church we want to be without your financial support. To date, we have received about $35,000 in new and increased pledges. Thank you! If you have not yet made a formal pledge, we still need you! Please click here to make a pledge.


We Celebrated Family Dedication and Introduced the Newest Little Ones to Our Church Family on May 21

  • Caroline and Eddie Dalton, along with big sister Rogers, bringing Mary “Millie” Liles Dalton.
  • Heather and David Carson, along with big sister Kennedy, bringing Tanner David Carson. 
  • Brittany and Miller Yoho, along with big brother Asher, bringing Levi Miller Yoho.
  • Laura and Jeff Handler, along with big brother Casey, bringing Max Forrest Handler.

Introducing Our Summer Interns

Dr. John Blackshire

John D. Blackshire, Ph.D., is an educator, impact strategist, and minister who helps individuals and organizations identify small yet mighty ways to accomplish radical social justice goals. | Learn more about John

Zach Mason

Zach was raised in Lawrenceburg, KY and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management from Ohio University. But he felt a call to ministry and moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a Master of Divinity. | Learn more about Zach

Freedom School at Pinewood Elementary

June 14 - July 25, 2023

We are back for a TENTH summer! This year we are also partnering with the teen board from St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. Our focus will be on Harambee volunteers, DEAR buddy readers, and family engagement support. Field trip chaperones will also be needed--those are still being confirmed. Best news of all: this year you can sign up through sign-up genius!

In the meantime . . .

There are several important ways you can continue to support Pinewood Elementary and deepen your awareness and advocacy through community events. Click here to learn more

Friday Night at the Knights

June 23 | 7p | BB&T Stadium (324 S. Mint St)

The Ministry of Community Life invites you to Friday Night at the Knights! Purchase your tickets now. The cost is $22 each and includes a $2 credit for food and drinks. Your tickets will be emailed to you and you can show them on your mobile device at the gate, so no paper or extra trips to the church! Sign up today! | Purchase tickets here.

VBS 2023 | "Who Is My Neighbor?"

July 18-20 | 9a - 12p

Join us this summer for VBS at MPBC! This summer we will explore the question "Who is My Neighbor?" to discover more about God's great love, care, and compassion for neighbors close at hand and around the world. Registration is open! | Register here


Advancing Queer Justice Conference

Saturday, June 3 | 9a - 4p

Register Today!

MPBC will be hosting the 2nd annual Advancing Queer Justice Conference (formerly Fostering LGBTQ+ Allyship Conference) and you're invited to support this amazing effort! This collaborative event aims to help our community understand what it means to be an LGBTQ+ ally and how to join the movement for queer justice and liberation. In a time when queer and trans rights are under fire, you don’t want to miss it! | Learn more

SUN, May 28

Preaching | Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell

Sermon | Spiritual Inclusivity

Scripture | Acts 2:1-12, 8:26-39

Celebrating | Pentecost Sunday | Communion

Music | Mark & Maggie O'Connor

Note | Sermon Talk Back following worship

Talking Back to the Preacher?! Please Do!

Beginning Sunday, May 28, immediately after the service, we will return to our tradition of Sermon Talk Back at Myers Park Baptist. Click here for a quick rundown of what Talk Back is and how you can participate.

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



SUNDAY, May 21 


"Now What?"

Music Highlight

"Hear My Prayer"

Rev. Drs. Ben Boswell & JJ Flag Were Panelists for "The Bias Inside Us"

Discovery Place Science hosted a panel discussion featuring community representatives on March 30, 2023 in conjunction with The Bias Inside Us, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian. The Bias Inside Us helps people learn how to challenge bias through awareness of their own bias through the use of compelling imagery, interactives and testimonials. Tune in for the discussion here. 


SUN, June 4, 2023

Preaching | Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell

Sermon | Spiritual Justice

Scripture | Acts 9:1-19

Music | Carolina Social Music Club


Adult VBS -- YES! You read that correctly!

June 30 & July 1, 2023 | 9a -10p | Watershed Charlotte (2101 Shenandoah Ave)

MPBC is Partnering with Homebrewed Christianity & Watershed Charlotte.

Why should the kids get to have all the fun? Just because we are old enough to drive, vote, and pay taxes doesn't mean we can't have a bunch of fun learning about the Bible. After all, it is full of Adult content! MPBC members get a 20% discount, just use code "hosting."

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Early Birds Breakfast Series

Our Men's Breakfasts Aren't Just for Men Anymore!

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

We won't be gathering for breakfast in the month of May. Our next gathering will be June 20 and we will welcome our Special Guest Speaker, Dr. June Gaber, Chancellor of UNCC. In our new format, all who identify as Human will be welcome! Click here to make your reservation for a delicious breakfast catered by Flying Biscuit Cafe. | Learn more

Welcoming Members & Guests on Sunday Mornings

Each Sunday, there are small, simple ways you can be involved that make a big impact.

Greeters - Provide a warm welcome, give directions, hand out Worship Guides

Offering Collectors - Help pass the offering plates during worship

Acolytes - Light candles before worship and extinguish them at the end

Click here to sign up. Need to know a little more? Email Rev. Carrie Veal.

Lunchtime Meditation with Rev. Dr. JJ Flag

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

We’ve all heard that meditation is good for us. Aside from reducing stress, meditation touts a whole host of health benefits including the potential to reduce blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression, help with insomnia, and even reverse age-related changes in the brain. All by taking a little time to just breathe. Who wouldn't want that?! Join us!

MOJO's Education Justice Affinity Group Celebrated the Faculty and Staff at Pinewood

On May 11, 2023 (during Teacher Appreciation Week), a few members of MOJO's, Education Justice Affinity Group gathered at Pinewood Elementary to celebrate and honor the dedication of educators and their work. Thank you to all who gave of your time and resources to make this effort a success. The faculty and staff of Pinewood sends their gratitude! 

MORE Exciting Updates on Recycling in Mecklenburg County

From Mecklenburg County Waste Reduction:

Hey, Mecklenburg County! We've enhanced our recycling at all 4 of our full-service recycling centers! You can now bring: Shredded Paper, White Rigid Styrofoam, Books AND NOW Textiles! It is so easy and convenient! | Read more

Children's Worship

Sundays | 10:15a | Room 209

In Children's Worship, kids ages 5-10 will engage in faith lessons, games, crafts, and activities that support their natural desire to be creative, kind, and helpful, building a strong foundation for spiritual growth.

Childcare is ALWAYS available in Room 107 for any child ages birth-5.

Children's Ministry Newsletter

Want to see the latest Children's Ministry news? It will now be delivered to your email each Sunday morning. | Read the latest issue here | Sign up to receive the Children's Ministry newsletter.

Youth Summer Hangouts

JUNE | Park Play Day

June 16 | 6-7p

Snacks | Volleyball | Hiking

JULY | Youth Hall Closet Clean Up

July 23 | 11a - 12:30p

Volunteer Hours | Snacks | Giveaway

AUGUST | Sundae Sunday

August 6 | 11a - 12:30p

Ice Cream | Movie

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

Parent and Caregiver Resources

Check out these local and online resources to help you with your teen/preteen!

Being in community, journeying through life together means making sure we know the joys and concerns of one another to the best of our ability. In the event of a death of a member, the congregation will be notified as soon as possible in email form. All other Congregational Joys and Concerns will be included here in the Weekly.

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.


Church Office Summer Hours

June 2 - September 3

During the summer months, we adjust our church office hours slightly. The office will remain open Mondays-Thursdays from 9a-5p, but will close at 1p on Fridays. If you would like to meet with a staff member, please keep these hours in mind when scheduling your appointments.

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.

OUR STAFF | Who to Contact


Senior Minister


Executive Minister


Associate Minister of Spiritual Growth


Minister of Music & Worship


Campus Administrator


Associate Minister of Pastoral Care & Justice

Candace Williamson

Interim Director of Children's Music

704.334.7232 x129

Carol Cedar

Operations Assistant

704.334.7232 x100

Laura Geer

Communications Director

704.334.7232 x155

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