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Week of October 24th, 2021
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. 

Zoom Information:​

Meeting ID:  998 251 6285

Password: 19063

Click here to join via Zoom. 

Good afternoon Church family,

We are entering week three of our spiritual growth campaign. We are reading the book A Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. We began our study by examining the purpose of spiritual disciplines and reading chapter one. We learned that spiritual disciplines are a way that God allows us to prepare our souls for grace. Last week we took a look at chapter three and the spiritual discipline of Prayer. We were invited to receive God's invitation into intimate communion with himself. This week we will be examining chapter six on Simplicity.

Foster begins this chapter with the inclusion of the lyrics to a Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts. It begins, ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘Tis the gift to be free…".  As I type these words the tune is welling up within me. I learned the song as a child.  I searched diligently through four hymnals in order to include it as a part of our worship this Sunday before it finally occurred to me that this may not be a commonly known hymn.  Ultimately, I walked to Andria's office and asked her if she was familiar with the hymn.  After she confirmed that my familiarity was unique, I began to think about the music that we learn as children.  Not only does it stay with us, it also forms us.  

For this reason I am delighted to share that Children learning spiritual formational music has returned to Media Presbyterian Church.  On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. our children are learning music that they will share with us at Christmas.  They are wearing masks and striving to be safe … and they are singing.  If you have a child who would like to participate please come to the church on Wednesday night at 6:30.  As an adult, you're more than welcome to join in the conversation that's happening either in Hassler Chapel with a small group that I am leading or in room 103 and the Mothers of Young Children led by Pastor Rose.  

We are all being formed Spiritually all the time.  I invite you to engage with these opportunities to be formed intentionality by God to be more like Jesus.

Warmly in Christ, 
Pastor Jonathan 
 
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 Janice on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to learn songs for the December 19th 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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Meeting ID: 374 541 612
Password: 452087
MOYC also meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
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Meeting ID: 656 800 4509
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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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