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JANUARY 2023 HIGHLIGHTS

This Weekend! Confronting Whiteness Conference

You don't want to miss the second annual Confronting Whiteness Conference, Jan 27-28, 2023! Join others on the anti-racist journey & hear from Black authors, thinkers, & theologians as we seek to understand our role in racial injustice & our part in dismantling it.


The two-day conference will include speakers, breakout sessions, & a pop-up market featuring locally-owned Black businesses, food trucks, & artisans. This year's speakers include Rev. Dr. Angela Parker, Dr. Ijeoma Ononuju, & keynote speaker Danté Stewart, author of Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle (Purchase the book here or at the event).


To learn more, sign up to receive the Confronting Whiteness Newsletter at confrontingwhiteness.com.

Register Now!

“Tell Me Our Story” - Dr. Boswell's 80th Anniversary Initiative

Beginning after worship on Founder’s SUN, Jan 22, 2023

Remembering our stories together is the life blood of any community. As we celebrate our 80th anniversary as a church, Dr. Boswell invites you to join him in time of remembering & sharing our stories with each other.


Throughout 2023, he will be personally interviewing members of our church & asking them to answer a series of questions about their time in our community. | Read more

Our Banners Have Served Our Mission! 

Pictured | a mockup of the new banners

During a recent storm, one of our banners was torn loose. The good news is that we quickly learned there has been no discoloration of the brick. However, it has also become clear to the Ministry of Facilities & the Ministry of Communications & Technology that these banners, which served us well needed to be replaced. This year, our 80th anniversary offered us the perfect opportunity to replace the banners with new ones that celebrates our history & will continue to draw people to wonder what’s going on inside & come visit. | Read more

Good Times at the MLK March & Wreath Laying Ceremony

IN CASE YOU MISSED WORSHIP

WORSHIP

SUN, Jan 22, 2023

SERMON

"A Community of Healing"

ANTHEM

"O God, Our Help

In Ages Past"

Highlighted Musical Selection | "My House" | Madeline Beitel, soloist | Click here to watch the video

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

Worship 

Preacher | Danté Stewart, Author & Confronting Whiteness Keynote Speaker

Sermon | "The People Who Change the World"

Scripture | 1 Samuel 10:1-6


Schedule

9:45a | Childcare (Birth-Kindergarten)

10a | Worship

10:15a | Children's Worship

11:15a | Book signing | Heaton Hall Foyer

HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN 2023

MUSIC & WORSHIP

FEB is Black History Month

Our Theme will be "Sharing Our Stories"

The Bible is a collection of stories about God & for generations has served as a source & framework for the stories we share within the Black community. This month, we want to share stories from the Word, written & embodied, that have shaped & sustained us throughout history.

We hope you will join us every Sunday in FEB as we share stories of our celebrations, sufferings, healings, & hopes. | Read more  


Proclaimers during FEB

Rev. Dr. Flag | Rev. Daniel Cobbins (Mayfield Memorial Baptist, Charlotte) | Rev. Chalice Overy (Pullen Memorial Baptist, Raleigh) | Rev. Tara Gibbs

Thanks to Those Who have Signed Up for Room In The Inn (RITI)! Have You?

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have several volunteer slots to fill to provide meals & to be an overnight host for our homeless neighbors SAT nights through SUN mornings in our church. We offer them hot meals, provide them with a bed & show them love & warmth through our time spent with them. Please sign up on this website or email nhudson957@gmail.com with any questions.

Friendship Garden Winter Harvest Feeding Those in Need

Our garden, harvested by Lynn Gallagher & team, continues to provide fresh produce to Loaves & Fishes throughout the winter to help feed those in need in our community. Recent donations included broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, tatsoi koji, & kale. The cabbage, beets, & garlic still have some growing to do. Want to join the team? Contact Lynn.

Biscuits & Bonding with Rev. JJ Flag

SUNs, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26 | 8:45-9:45a | Parlor

We want you to get to know our newest minister, so come for Bojangles biscuits (his favorite) & bonding time with Rev. JJ Flag before worship. There's no cost, but we need to know you're coming so we have enough for everyone, so please RSVP. All are invited to come when you can & leave when you must. | RSVP here

Bowling Into the New Year | LGBTQ+ Social

SUN, Jan 29 | 12-3p | 10 Park Lanes


Join us for pay-as-you-go bowling. MPBC will provide the appetizers. We'll meet at 10 Park Lanes at 1700 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209.


RSVP here

Movie Club


We are making plans for our first event. So, this is a reminder to make sure your name is on the email list. You will notified by email with details of the movie selection, date, location, & time. To join the Double Feature email list, contact Cindy Clemens at 704.622.3175.

Lunchtime Meditation

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

A new year brings new opportunities. Meditation offers all of us the chance to be present with ourselves. We invite you to join us in the new year for this opportunity of engagement with yourself. 


“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Children's Music & Creative Arts at MPBC

WEDs | 5:30-6:30p | Room 209 & SUNs | 10:15-11a | Room 209

Throughout the fall, we explored our inner strengths & talents through music & creative arts. In Jan & Feb, we will explore our outer world through acts of service in our community. Serving others helps children develop strong character & show empathy & compassion. Join us on WED nights at 5:30 & SUNs for children's worship at 10:15a as we explore compassion, empathy, & service. 

Looking Ahead


  • Jan 25 | Children's Music, Movement, & More (no dinner)
  • Feb 1 | WED Community Dinners Resume
  • Feb 11 | Children's Ministry Families serve at Room In the Inn

FINANCE

The Mission of Friends of the Covenant is the Future

The mission of Friends of the Covenant is to support the growth & ministries of MPBC well into the future. This is done by giving a current or legacy gift to the Endowment Fund, which are monies invested to earn revenue which can support programs & ministries throughout the year from the interest earned. 

Here are some of the many ways we have used endowment funds at our church:

  • J21 & F21 speakers
  • Guest musicians in worship
  • College scholarships for youth
  • Mission trips
  • Facility improvements
  • and much more.  


As a matter of fact, many of the programs & events we enjoy each year could only be possible with endowment funding. Consider making gift to the endowment fund! Contact Leigh Anne at LDuncan@myersparkbaptist.org to learn how.

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY

Certification Training & Speaker Series in Social Justice & Community Organizing

Queens University | Stan Greenspon Center

Program runs 8 weeks | Feb 18 - Apr 15

Participants will gain skills to bring their communities together around areas of common concern, build power, influence community decisions & create just outcomes in the various personal & professional contexts in which they work & live.

View the event flyer

Learn more on their website

BE IN THE KNOW

UPDATE FROM THE DEACON CHAIR

January 2023

2023 objectives were identified as:

  1. Church Sustainability both short & long term,
  2. Reimagining Stewardship , a new approach to our efforts,
  3. Community Engagement building on last year's theme of rebuilding community


Budget Review process was reviewed with presentation. Fiscal Year End had not been completed as of Jan 9 meeting.

Deacons met in small groups & by specific committees to discuss 2023 meeting dates & overview of their purpose.


The Deacon engagement assignment was explained. Deacons will be contacting newer members to introduce themselves & will begin these calls in the next few weeks.


Requests for help with Room In The Inn (RITI).


The full minutes of the meeting are available by contacting Caroline Manning at cmanning@myersparkbaptist.org.

 

We welcome any feedback or questions.

 

Karen Taylor, Chair, Board of Deacons

Who Do I Contact for . . .

Have you ever wanted to know who to contact to promote a class or event, to reserve a room on campus, how to set up an account in the myMPBC/Member Portal, how to set up a recurring donation, how to schedule a meeting with one of our ministers, etc. . .? You can get the answer to those questions and more on our website. | Click here

Youth | What It Means To Be Young & LGBTQ+

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


When you are young & LGBTQ+, coming out is only half the battle. Learn more about the issues affecting LGBTQ+ youths & what can be done to change their reality.

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.

American Religion Is Not Dead Yet

Participation in traditional houses of worship is in decline, but innovation & growth are happening elsewhere. Take a drive down Main Street of just about any major city in the country, &-with the housing market ground to a halt-you might pass more churches for sale than homes.

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'Grief brain': The three big deficits of grief

Grief is relentless. The only way to get through grief is to grieve. The only way to get through the pain is to feel & process the pain. One of the best ways to manage the stress & anxiety that often comes with bereavement is to understand grief.

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No Increased Stroke Risk Linked to Pfizer's Covid Boosters, Federal Officials Say

Fears that the Covid booster shots made by Pfizer-BioNTech may increase the risk of strokes in people aged 65 & older were not borne out by an intensive scientific investigation, federal officials said on Friday. "It is very unlikely" that the risk is real, the officials said.

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Looking for Free At-Home COVID Tests?

Some of you have been asking where to get free COVID test kits. There are several options. Here are a few:

Masks are encouraged 


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

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

STAFF NEWS

John Richardson Accepts New Position

John Richardson, has accepted a new position at Providence United Methodist Church. John has been an essential part of our music ministry for more than 5 years & has generously given his musical gifts to make beautiful sacred music that has deeply enriched our worship & our lives as a community of faith. We will miss John dearly & we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  

Read more to learn who will be supporting our worship during this transition.

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.

Visit our website to join the Spiritual Growth Email List

Faith & Community Class

SUN, Jan 29 | 11:15a | Shalom Hall

Topic | The Sacred Path from Seniors to Elders 

Guest Speakers | Mahan Siler, Rev. Nancy Sehested, Nancy Ackerson


Discussion about how seniors can live with a marvelous intentionality in service to others in ways that are realistic & persuasive for their age. | Get the details

Kicking Off in February 2023

From book studies, guest speakers, and Lenten studies, we are excited to offer enriching, engaging, and timely classes for your spiritual growth needs!

Lenten Devotional Group

SUNs | 11:15a | Room 250


Topic | Full to the Brim | Materials will be provided

Leads | Rev. JJ Flag & Rev. Tara Gibbs

Exploring Spiritual Togetherness Group

SUNs | 11:15a | Parlor


Topic | All About Love by bell hooks

Leads | Jen Troyer & Jenny Martella

Save the Date

Women's Retreat with Meta Commerse

March 11-12

Meta Commerse is an author, teacher, & Founder & CEO of Story Medicine. We are excited to share that she will be joining us to lead a women's retreat focusing around her latest book Womanizing & the healing power of our stories. Examining women’s stories, told & retold across generations, can be a powerful path to finding answers to some of the most perplexing questions of our times. More details to come. In the meantime, save the date.

Holy Conversations in the Holy Land

June 13-23, 2023

The Ministry of Spiritual Growth invites you to join Revs. Tara Tara Gibbs & Leigh Anne Duncan & fellow church members on this impactful trip. 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. | Visit our website for the details & register

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Here's What's Happening for Children 

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


Sundays

As we move into 2023 we want to be mindful of the needs of your family. Childcare and Children’s Worship will continue during the 10:00 hour. We would love to hear from you on your needs and interest in the second hour offering. Please reach out to Rev. Carrie Veal or Rev. Tara Gibbs to share your thoughts.


Children's Ministry latest Newsletter

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

YOUTH MINISTRY

Take A Peek at the Youth Beach Retreat

Of course 16 teenagers had to learn first-hand that yes, the ocean is still cold on a warmer winter day. But, this was just the beginning of all the learning & fun that our youth had on our annual youth retreat. This year, our theme was "Building at the Beach," a curriculum focused on identity. According to one youth, "it was a 10 out of 10. I loved connecting with my friends, being given the freedom to hang out, & have fun. And I learned that my identity is not something I need to have all figured out right now." -Brady, grade 6.


From a sandcastle building competition, team taco making, to Emmy worthy skits, our youth truly enjoyed learning more about who they are, & that God loves them no matter what. A newer youth family said, "She hasn't stopped talking about it since she's been home!" -Flag family. "I truly enjoyed hearing our youth begin to use affirming language for one another, & ask deep questions around how to help their friends who are also figuring this thing called life out." -Rev. Tara Gibbs. Special thanks to our youth families for snack donations, our chaperones for keeping our youth safe, & to the church for all of your support!

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 Winter?


Youth Block 4-6p | Weekly Youth Block returns SUN, Jan 22


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

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.

Annual Gathering 2023

This year's gathering will focus on the relationship between police brutality, mass incarceration, & the new abolitionist movement. Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell will be a speaker. The Gathering will take place in Atlanta, GA April 20-23.

Registration is not yet open, but sign up for this list to show your interest in attending. Then stay tuned. We will share more details as we get them.

Register to be on the Interest List
CONGREGATIONAL CARE

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.


We have recently learned that our notification process is a little behind, so we have taken the necessary steps to correct this. 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 & 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?"

Prayer Requests

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

SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

WED

Jan 25

Just Breathe Meditation

11:30a | Zoom | Password: breathe (case sensitive)


Children's Music, Movement, & More

5:30p | Room 209 (Drama)

THU

Jan 26

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

7:00p | Berry Hall

FRI

Jan 27

Confronting Whiteness Conference

5-8:30p | Heaton Hall

SAT

Jan 28

Confronting Whiteness Conference

8:30a - 8p | Heaton Hall


Room In The Inn (RITI)

5p | Rooms 29 & 32 | Continues until 7a on Sunday

SUN

Jan 29

Biscuits & Bonding with Rev. JJ Flag

8:45 - 9:45a | Parlor


Preschool Childcare

9:45a | Room 108


Worship

10a | On our website, YouTube, Facebook Live


Children's Worship

10:15-11a | Room 209


LGBTQ+ Bowling Into the New Year Social

12-3p | Off Campus | 10 Park Lanes

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