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Week of October 31st, 2021
As our small group entered into discussion this week, one participant noted “Simplicity seems quite complex.”  

The majority of our conversation circled around the tension that exists in each of the spiritual disciplines.   In the case of simplicity, it is impossible to engage with the discipline without an external or outward manifestation of simplicity.  However, it is possible to fall into legalism and completely miss an inward simplicity  when we attend to its outward manifestations.  

In order to avoid this trap, not only with Simplicity but with all of the spiritual disciplines, we must focus on seeking first the Kingdom of God.  Our small group has been helped by watching videos of Richard Foster discussing the spiritual disciplines.  You can find those first few videos on YouTube by clicking here

In this week’s video on simplicity, Foster quoted the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard . . .  

“Simplicity itself becomes idolatry when it takes precedence over seeking the kingdom. In a particularly penetrating comment on this passage of Scripture, Søren Kierkegaard considers what sort of effort could be made to pursue the kingdom of God.

Should a person get a suitable job in order to exert a virtuous influence? His answer: no, we must first seek God’s kingdom. Then should we give away all our money to feed the poor? Again the answer is no, we must first seek God’s kingdom.

Well, then perhaps we are to go out and preach this truth to the world that people are to seek first God’s kingdom? Once again the answer is a resounding: no, we are first to seek the kingdom of God.

Kierkegaard concludes, “Then in a certain sense it is nothing I shall do. Yes, certainly, in a certain sense it is nothing, become nothing before God, learn to keep silent; in this silence is the beginning, which is, first to seek God’s kingdom.”

I pray that you will be able to seek God’s Kingdom with joy this week.  I also pray that you are drawing closer to Jesus and your brothers and sisters as we learn more about how to prepare our hearts for Him through this campaign on the Spiritual Disciplines.  

Warmly in Christ, 
Pastor Jonathan
 
Our sincere thanks to the Ashenfelter family for gifting the church a beautiful cross-stitch that Barbara created.  We will hang it proudly in the sanctuary and look forward to sharing its beauty for years to come!
If you’ve visited MPC on a Wednesday morning, you may have noticed the smell of peanut butter filling the air, or heard laughter coming from the kitchen.  Inside, a special baking group called Woofies, operates their small business: a dog treat bakery. 

Woofies fired up the ovens in 2013, shortly after Maura Reese, daughter of Ron and Sheila Reese, graduated from high school. 

“When our daughter, Maura, graduated in 2012 at 21 years of age from high school, all school services and supports ceased,” Sheila explained.

“A very large number of adults with intellectual disabilities have difficulty finding meaningful employment and often spend many hours at home with little to fill their days.”

Sheila had previously volunteered at a Wilmington non-profit called Waggies by Maggies and admired their model. The organization, Sheila described “was started to give meaningful employment opportunities to this special population.”

“Ron and I decided to form a similar non-profit called Woofies Baking Company in the Media area and employ a few young adults,” Sheila explained.
A batch of fresh baked Woofies treats. 
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Adult Sunday school will be in person only in room 102 for the next several weeks.  We will be using our technological capabilities to view an exciting new video resource.  We are  examining the lives of the first disciples utilizing The Chosen.  

The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. The series is available from a variety of streaming services and for free on your tablet or smart device with its app.  If you would like to download the app and watch at home, click the link above.  We will be viewing videos and discussing the portrayal of the first disciples while studying the scriptures in which the disciples appear.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom. 

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Meeting ID:  998 251 6285

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MPC’s dear Janis Richards will be welcoming children from preschool-fifth grade to begin preparations for our annual Christmas Program!  Children are invited to join Janis on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to learn songs for the December 12th Celebration!

Practices will begin on October 27th and will be held in the Post room in the Children’s Wing. 
If you have questions, please call or email Andria Kaskey, Director of Children’s Ministries:   andria@mediapresbyterian.org OR 610-420-4521.
Mothers of Young Children meet every 2nd and 4th Monday with Rev. Rose Sparrow via Zoom. To join, click here.
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MOYC also meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
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Worship With Us

Media Presbyterian Church is currently offering Worship In-Person in the Sanctuary and Live via YouTube.  

To join online, simply navigate to our YouTube Page.

We gather for worship at 10 a.m., please join us!  
We invite you to participate in our Prayer Line, led by Reverend Rose Sparrow. We come together every Monday and Thursday at 12 noon to pray. Our prayer partners also meet on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Simply call the prayer line number at (425) 436-6394 with Code 338523#. 
Volunteers for the Media Food Bank are needed now more than ever! If you are available, please follow the link below. 

Sign up to volunteer by clicking here. 
Our Worship Team and Choir continue to meet weekly to worship and connect with each other. The Worship Team meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. At 7:30 p.m., our choir joins the choir from the Presbyterian Church of Strasburg on zoom for a great time of fellowship and worship. Contact Lisa VanHeldorf at lisa@mediapresbyterian.org if you would like to participate!
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and click the notifications bell so you're alerted each time we start a new live video stream. We also post videos of devotionals and worship songs led by MPC leaders that we hope encourage you throughout the week.

Other News

Don't forget that you can still worship through giving by providing your offering online. Head to MediaPresbyterian.org/GiveOnline and follow the prompts on that page. If you'd prefer to still give with cash or check, you can always use an envelope and drop your offering in the mailbox outside of Kesel House.
In this time of social distancing and life changing events, your Stephen Ministers are available to help you confidentially sort through overwhelming feelings. Please email  us at Stephenministry@mediapresbyterian.org   Someone from the team will contact you. All contact remains confidential. 

Be inspired throughout the week and revisit some of the Praise & Worship songs we sing on Sundays. Click here to listen to our Worship Playlist.

Do you purchase items on Amazon often? Well now, a portion of your spending can automatically support MPC! All thanks to Amazon Smile. Support MPC by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

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