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This Week at Myers Park November 5, 2023

New - Beyond Enough: Check out information about our 2024 Stewardship Campaign, and prayerfully consider your commitment to our church Operating Fund and Mission & Outreach Fund for the upcoming year. Commitment cards can be returned via mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207 or submitted online.

New - Construction Update: Construction of the new multipurpose building is progressing rapidly, a highlight being last week’s installation of the basketball goals. To honor this moment, Dr. Howell took to the court and made the very first shot on each goal! As we close in on the building’s completion, be on the lookout for more updates. For more information on the project, visit hopeisheremp.org.

Happening This Week

Updated - Grief Support Workshop, November 6, 13, and 27, 6:30 p.m., room 103: Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith lead this series designed to assist those grieving loss. Email Julie Williams at jwilliams@mpumc.org to register. Note: Our final meeting day has moved from November 20 to November 27.

New - Youth Invited to Apply for Summer Mission Trip Teams: We are excited about our summer mission trips and invite youth to apply to be a member of our mission teams. To apply, fill out this Google form by November 6 at 5 p.m. On November 9, we will announce the mission teams and send a registration link to members so they can make a deposit to secure their spot on the team. Learn more at mpumcyouth.org.

Resources for Navigating Difficult Times: Befriending Our Anxiety, November 8, 11 a.m., room 104-105: Join us as Rev. Bill Roth presents and leads our discussion on lowering our anxiety in these frightening times. No registration needed. Email Julie Williams at jwilliams@mpumc.org with any questions.

New - Annual UMAR Art Sale is Back, November 9 & 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jubilee Hall lobby: Come support our UMAR friends as they display their art and jewelry for sale. Note: The Friday sale will take place only if all items are not sold Thursday.

Sole Friends, November 11, 9 a.m., McAlpine Greenway: Join us to step out in nature and explore the beauty of God’s creation together. All fitness levels are welcome! Click here for more information and to register. Email Parish Nurse Lauren Smith at lsmith@mpumc.org with any questions.

Mitchell Turner-Robert Lutz Memorial Blood Drive, November 12, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: A limited number of appointments are still available! For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Julie Williams at jwilliams@mpumc.org.

Sunday Morning Bible Study: All are welcome to join our three-week study of Esther led by Dr. Uiyeon Kim. If you are not currently attending a Sunday School class or are looking for a short study to add to your Sunday morning routine, please join us!

MORE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

New - Baptism Class, November 19, 9:45 a.m., Bride’s Room: This class will deepen your understanding of this Holy Sacrament and is an essential first step for those preparing for baptism. If you have questions about or want to schedule a baptism, email Peg Broughton at peg@mpumc.org.

New - Discover Myers Park, November 19, 11 a.m., room 108: Join Rev. Jessica Dayson to learn about our church and the beliefs and practices of our denomination. There is no obligation to join, but the opportunity will be available for you. Email Jeanne Poole at jpoole@mpumc.org for details.

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Around 15% of Mecklenburg County residents live in a food desert, which is higher than the national average. The Food Insecurity team is asking for your help to collect the following items: large-size diapers; canned meat, vegetables, and fruit; cake mix and icing; peanut butter; and canned or boxed dry pasta. Drop off donations in the Parish Life Building lobby. Please help us reach our goal of 3,000 pounds of food by November 20.

Thanksgiving Table Tithe: The Schools & Children team is collecting $50 Harris Teeter gift cards for our neighbors at our partner schools and communities in Hidden Valley, The Learning Collaborative, and Sedgefield Middle School. Our goal is to collect 125 gift cards. Drop off donations in the Missions office.

New - Youth Christmas Tree Sale: Pre-order your North Carolina-grown Christmas tree, wreath, or garland from our youth and help support their summer mission trips to Austin, Texas, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Senior Pilgrimage. Trees will be delivered on November 30, and orders will be available for pickup through December 2. We were able to get a full order of trees this year, so please help us spread the word by sharing with friends. Click here to order.

Room in the Inn: Every Wednesday night and Thursday morning December-March, we provide 14 unhoused neighbors a meal, a safe place to gather and sleep, showers, and fellowship in the Myers Park Presbyterian Outreach Center. There are several ways to get involved: making beds, preparing dinner, hosting overnight, preparing breakfast, or driving our guests. Click here to sign up as an individual or as a group (Sunday School, small group, family friends). Email Britt Yett at byett@mpumc.org with questions.

The Merry Market provides an empowering opportunity for parents to select and buy gifts for their children at discounted prices. We will serve more than 300 children this year so we cannot do it without your generous donations. Shop from our wishlist to have gifts delivered to the Missions office by December 3.

New - Christmas Concert, December 3, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church: Join us for our annual Christmas Concert, featuring our Adult Choirs, Chamber Singers, Children's Choirs, Youth Handbells, Myers Park Strings, and a full orchestra. Details are on our website. Email Sue Bayne at sbayne@mpumc.org with any questions.

Medicare Part D Counseling, now-December 5: During Medicare Open Enrollment, a SHIIP Counselor will be onsite to offer limited in-person appointments to assist you in considering options for 2024. For more information and to schedule your appointment, contact Lauren Smith at lsmith@mpumc.org or 704-295-4836.

New - Seeking Artists to Provide Original Art: As we prepare for the opening of the new building early next year, we are looking for artists to provide original art for the walls. Interested photographers, painters, poets, sculptors, digital artists, muralists, or any other kind of visual artist should email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org.

Join Dr. Howell’s email and video series, How to Become Spiritual, to receive two short emails weekly helping us think about how to cultivate a personal spirituality. Sign up here to receive these emails and invite your friends and family to sign up here, too! He also releases a weekly video covering similar ideas – so watch for those on our website or on social media!

New - Maybe I’m Amazed Podcast: Dr. Howell talks with Jan and Ron Kimble about their daughter Jamie and how domestic violence changed their lives forever. Now, through the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, they are sharing their story to help prevent domestic and intimate partner violence and encourage healthy relationships. Click here to listen and subscribe.

Your ongoing generosity to our church Operating Fund and our Mission & Outreach Fund makes it possible for our church family to connect through worship, fellowship and prayer and support our most vulnerable neighbors near and far.

We are the body of Christ, growing in faith and serving others