This Week at Myers Park September 10, 2023

Happening This Week

Ensembles Resume This Week: Southern Bells and Women’s Choir start back on September 11 at 10 a.m. Myers Park Strings rehearsals begin September 12 at 7 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Visit the Music Ministry web page for more information and to register. Email Sue Bayne at sbayne@mpumc.org with any questions.

Questions Jesus Asked Small Groups Begin This Week: In this six-week study, we will read Questions Jesus Asked in which Magrey deVega explores six of the most provocative questions Jesus posed to others and guides us in answering them for ourselves. Asking these questions takes courage. Not only do they reveal what Jesus really cares about, they open a window into our hearts. Join us as we share, listen, and grow together as a family of God. There are multiple opportunities to join in person and on Zoom. Click here for details. Contact Dr. Uiyeon Kim at ukim@mpumc.org or 704-295-4840 with any questions.

Old and New Testament In-Depth Studies Begin This Week: Greg Catledge leads an in-depth study of the New Testament on Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. David Dulin leads an in-depth study of the Old Testament on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings. To sign up, contact Greg at 704-847-4036 or gcatledge@earthlink.net or David at 704-650-3217 or ddulin@unitedwaygreaterclt.org.

Women’s Small Groups Begin This Week: Join us on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. as we study scripture and join in discussion that will inspire us to move outward into the world with the kind of generosity and gratitude that defies systems of scarcity and brings healing to the world. No registration or outside reading is required for this five-week study. Email Rev. Jessica Dayson at jdayson@mpumc.org with any questions.

Resources for Navigating Difficult Times: Finding Our Hope, September 13, 11 a.m., room 104-105: This monthly three-part series on resources for our faith journey begins with Dr. James Howell presenting and leading a discussion on where and how Christians can find hope for our turbulent times. No registration required. Email Chris Mull at cmull@mpumc.org with any questions.

More Opportunities and Events

New - For The Love of Reading is back for the 2023-2024 school year! We are looking for readers who can come to Hidden Valley Elementary School weekly on Thursdays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. beginning October 12. Transportation to the school from the church will be provided for those who are interested. For details and to sign up, email Amie Rucker at amierucker@gmail.com.

Mindfulness Mondays Fall Series, beginning September 18, 11 a.m., room 108: We will kick off our fall series with mindfulness instructor Katrina Larrison talking about the three tenets of mindfulness and the nine mindful attitudes. Beginning September 25, each weekly session will cover one chapter of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Wherever You Go There You Are. Book available on Amazon or at your favorite bookseller. No registration needed. Email Chris Mull at cmull@mpumc.org with any questions.

New - Prayer Walk at The Meadows at Plato Price, September 20, 8-9 a.m.: As we prepare to host the Carter Work Project in October at The Meadows at Plato Price, we invite you to gather with us to lift up and pray for this new community. Click here to register.

Middle School Retreat, September 29-October 1, Awanita Valley: All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to join us for a camp-themed retreat. We will enjoy hummer rides, lakeside activities, a "camping" costume contest, and s’mores. Cameron Moore will lead us in worship. The cost is $170 for 6th & 7th graders. Confirmation students have already paid for the retreat with their registration dues. The mountains are calling…we must go! 6th and 7th graders, click here to sign up. 8th grade Confirmands, click here to confirm you are attending.

Join Dr. Howell's new email and video series, How to Become Spiritual, to receive two weekly emails (shorter than his previous long-winded ones!) helping us think about how to cultivate a personal spirituality – especially for those who don’t feel so spiritual or haven’t figured out how to open themselves to something beyond themselves and our culture. Sign up here to receive these emails automatically (although if you already get his biweekly installments, you’re already in). Now is a great time to invite friends or family to join in – they too can sign up here to be part of How to Become Spiritual! He will also release a weekly video covering similar but not identical ideas – so watch for those on our website or on social media!

New - Maybe I’m Amazed Podcast: Dr. Howell talks with North Carolina Conference Missionary Wil Bailey about his experiences with mission work in Costa Rica and the value of building relationships and being church together. 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.

Victoria “Vicki” Hammer, wife of Eric Hammer, who died on August 30.

Sandra Moore Hardy, wife of Jack Hardy, mother of Allison Neilsen and grandmother of Jack Neilsen, who died on September 2.

Theodore Anthony Scharfenstein, husband of Madeline Scharfenstein, who died on September 2.

Mark Arthur Yoss, father of Sarah Simmons (Josh), who died on August 31.

Betsy Blackburn, daughter of Shelby and Barrett Blackburn and sister of Henry and Langley Blackburn, who was born on March 13.

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