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This Week at Myers Park November 12, 2023

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.

Happening This Week

New - Make-at-Home Advent Wreath Kits Available for Purchase: Kits are $15 and include candles, candle cups, greenery pins, foam, and a tray. Please note that greenery is not provided. Kits will be available for pickup in the Parish Life Building lobby beginning November 19. Supplies are limited. Click here to order. Email Betsy Scott at bscott@mpumc.org with questions.

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.

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.

MORE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

New - Due to a construction-related power outage and our observance of Thanksgiving, our church offices will be closed November 20-24. Our ability to send and receive emails may be affected during this time. The building will reopen on November 26 for worship, and church offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on November 27. If you need assistance during this time, please call 704-376-8584 and follow the prompts to reach the pastor on call.

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. Note: Please donate only the items listed above. We do not need other food items at this time.

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 - Advent with Kids: Author Book Signing, November 26: Church member and author Wendy Wallace-Wright will sign copies of her book Advent with Kids in the lobby of the Parish Life Building after the 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services. Books are available for purchase in Goodness Gracious.

New - Advent Labyrinth Opens, November 28, Francis Chapel: During this season of waiting, come to the labyrinth for a uniquely prayerful experience. A special setting and printed materials will be available to guide you in a walk of preparation for Christmas. Please call 704-376-8584 before coming to the church to ensure Francis Chapel is available for your walk. Email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at tbarefoot@mpumc.org for more details.

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.

New - Room in the Inn: If you are looking for a service opportunity that provides engagement and connection, consider being an overnight host or van driver for Room in the Inn. Those positions are our hardest to fill, but provide the best opportunity to get to know our neighbors, to hear their stories, and learn their name. Click here to sign up. 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.

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. No reservations or tickets are required. Child care will be provided by First United Methodist and is available by reservation only. Email Lisa Ross-Smit at lrsmit@mpumc.org by November 29 to make your child care reservation. Learn more about the concert on our website.

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!

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.

Betty Kirkpatrick, mother of Joe Swaim (Renee), who died on October 21.

Wayland Henry Cato III, husband of Rhonda Cato and father of Wayland Cato IV and Wayland Cato V, who died on October 31.

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