This Week at Myers Park September 3, 2023

Happening This Week

In observance of Labor Day, our church offices will be closed on Monday, September 4. They will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5. If you need assistance during this time, please call 704-376-8584 and follow the prompts to reach the pastor on call.

Children’s Choirs Resume, September 6: Registration is now open for our vocal and handbell ensembles. Visit the Music Ministry web page for more information and to register. Email Sue Bayne at sbayne@mpumc.org with any questions.

Sole Friends, September 9, 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.

New - September “Hours” Collection: Missions invites you to donate “hours” in place of “items” during the month of September. Check out the Happening in Missions page under the Make A Difference tab on our website to see the variety of ways to serve this month! From packing food boxes for families with Loaves & Fishes to celebrating birthdays at McCreesh Place to baking desserts for Trinity’s Table, there is a place for you! Please send us a picture and a few sentences about your experience or why you chose to serve there.

more events & opportunities

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 - Brian Childers and Tachi Dellinger Book-Signing, September 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Parish Life Building lobby: Written by Brian Childers and illustrated by Tachi Dellinger, Boo and His Amazing Bells follows a young boy and his discovery of handbells. A great book for children of all ages, it is available for purchase at Goodness Gracious for $15, and Brian and Tachi will be on-hand to sign copies next Sunday. Be sure to stop by!

Kick-Off Sunday, September 10: Children’s Sunday School resumes, and all kindergarteners-12th graders celebrate the new school year at the Blessing of Our Students and Schools service. Children will pray over their teachers, schools, and fellow students and should bring their backpacks for a special blessing. Parents, drop off your children to their Sunday School classroom. The teachers will take them to Jubilee Hall for the service and return to the classroom before pickup.

New - Join an Adult Sunday School Class, Sundays, 9:45 a.m.: As we get back into the swing of things this fall, we hope you will take the time to visit some of our Sunday School classes and find a place to grow in faith and in relationship with other members. You can see a brief description and class location here. The best way to find a class is by visiting!

Who Me? Do What? Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, 9:45 a.m., room 108: Join us to learn about God’s calling in scripture, reflect on your own gifts, skills, and passions, and learn about ways to plug in at our church and in our community. Email Rev. Jessica Dayson at jdayson@mpumc.org with any questions.

Crucifer, Acolyte and Bible Carrier Training, September 10, 12 p.m., Sanctuary: 5th-12th graders are invited to serve as Bible Carriers, Acolytes, and Crucifers during sanctuary worship services. Before serving, youth must attend training. Youth who are new to the ministry must be accompanied by a parent to the training. Click here to register. Email Katharine Willis at katharinecwillis@gmail.com or Peg Broughton at peg@mpumc.org with any questions.

Fifth-grade girls are invited to Faith Girls, a five-week Bible-based study meeting Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m. starting September 10. This study offers tween girls a chance to study the Fruits of the Spirit by exploring a Daily Devotional at home during the week and then discussing it on Sundays with their friends. Facilitated by Beth Haenni and Wendy Wallace-Wright. Click here to register.

Arts & Faith Book Groups, sign up by September 10: Led by Dianne Collard, these groups will meet once a month (four times total) to discuss Art for God’s Sake by Philip Graham Ryken. There are two meeting options: Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., on Zoom, and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., in room 103. If you are interested in being a part of one of these groups, email Dianne at dbcollard@me.com.

Questions Jesus Asked Small Group Study, beginning September 11-14: 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 12-Week Studies, beginning September 11 and 13, room 106: 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, which last about 90 minutes. 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 Group - Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, starting September 12, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: Join us for five weeks 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. 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.

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.

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.

Register Now for the Fall Bible Retreat, October 25-27, Lake Junaluska: Join Rev. Nancy Watson for “I Love to Tell the Story,” a study of Old and New Testament stories at our favorite spot in the NC mountains. $255 per person for a double occupancy room or $510 for a single room. Click here for details and to register. Call Chris Mull at 704-295-4815 with any questions.

Maybe I’m Amazed Podcast: Throughout his career, Dr. Howell has developed meaningful relationships with a wide spectrum of people, and he’s taken time to learn each of their stories. Maybe I’m Amazed is a collection of amazing conversations James has with amazing people experiencing everyday miracles. Click here to listen and subscribe.

July 1 marked the 20th anniversary of Dr. Howell’s arrival as senior pastor at Myers Park UMC. In honor of Dr. Howell on this occasion, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee made a donation to Hands of Christ, a nonprofit fund dedicated to missional work established in 2003 by Davidson UMC to honor Dr. Howell’s time as their senior pastor. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, write a check to MPUMC, noting Hands of Christ or James Howell in the memo line.

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.

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