November 4, 2014 The purpose of Moorpark Presbyterian Church is to glorify God and to help people become fully-committed, joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. Ministry Staff: From Pastor Mark’s office: Head Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith Associate Pastor: Rev. Janet Loughry Parish Associate: Rev. Dr. Daryl FisherOgden Youth Minister: Dave Hubbard Youth Assistant: Michelle Petersen Acting Children’s Ministries Director: Kara Ayers Worship Director: Kristin Giffin Small Group Coordinator: Dan Crane Music Director: Steve Lady It was so exciting for me to see all the new faces that joined our church this past Sunday! This reminds me that you are such a warm, welcoming congregation! As MPC grows and welcomes in more and more people, I am dreaming with our leadership teams how we can better think outside ourselves as we continue to invite non-church attendees into our midst and help visitors become eager to make this church their home. This is a wonderful (and easy) way to grow in Christ together. To that end, you have noticed some small adjustments to a few of the things we do in worship and other areas. This sort of change is positive as we keep the “outsider’s” perspective at the forefront of our strategy. At the same time, I acknowledge that change isn’t always easy. As a matter of fact, there is always loss with change, and so many of you may be feeling a sense of discomfort or even grief. As we step into a new future together, there are those in our congregation who likely sense this loss in spite of being surrounded by our excitement for newness. The complex issue is that we are poising this church for growth, which means we are changing how we’ve always done things. Remember: any one of us would feel incredibly uncomfortable at someone else’s family reunion. With this reality in mind, please know I am always open to hear ideas about ways to take all of our ministry areas to the next level with the “outsider” in mind. To that end, feel free to drop me an email, give me a phone call, or set up an appointment. You are also welcome to connect with one of our elders, too. I am thrilled to be part of this new adventure as we embark on the voyage Christ has set out before us. Thank you for the blessing and privilege of doing ministry with you! Godspeed, (To reach the staff, call the office at 805-529-8422) Sunday Morning Worship: 8:15 & 10:45 Sunday School: 9:35 Visit our website: www.mppres.org You can: - view sermons - see the MPC calendar - read/search an on-line NIV and KJ Bible - Read the weekly newsletter - find out about all our group activities - see bios on our staff, elders, and deacons Pastor Mark McIlraith Along with our Sunday School classes for children and youth, MPC also offers 4 adult classes at 9:35 between Sunday worship services. Pastor Janet teaches, “Treasure” – a discussion about what we invest our lives in – in Room 11. “Faith Commander” is a trip through some of the Bible’s parables with the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty facilitated by Tom Flitsch, Mike Fehrenbacher, and Doug Fair in the Music Room. Parish Associate Daryl Fisher-Ogden is teaching on the gospel of Mark in Wilkinson Hall, and Todd and Christie Eckert are covering a book study on “Higher Love: Discovering God’s Design for your Marriage,” in Room 8. NEW! There are two wonderful church-family events coming up near the end of November: 1) Our all-church Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. is a warm, wonderful, BIG family-sized, traditional Thanksgiving meal together and 2) Our family Advent Workshop on Sunday morning, November 31, during the Sunday School hour. At the Workshop, each family gets to make an Advent Wreath with candles and fresh greens. Make to sign up for both activities this Sunday after services! In these difficult times, our country and military need our prayers and support. Join us on Veteran’s Day for Drop in and Pray Tuesday, November 11th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Moorpark Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Stop in to say an individual prayer or pray with others. MPC Women’s Ministries invites you to a: CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST Celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Wilkinson Hall → The Children's Choir will come sing to us and we have a very special speaker scheduled. → A Free-Will offering will be taken to support the Women's Ministries Scholarship Fund → We will also be accepting donations to support Community Pregnancy Center (CPC). CPC's urgent needs are: Size 4 - 6 Diapers and Wipes Sign-ups have begun! Come to the Women’s Ministries table on Sunday mornings after services. Start at the Heart Prepare your home & heart for Jesus’ birth. . . one candle at a time! Family Advent Workshop November 30, $15/Family 9:30-10:35 Sunday morning Wilkinson Hall 50+ Adventures Coming Events! Breakfast & Bocce Ball, 9 AM–11AM Saturday, Nov. 22, Tierra Rejada Park $5 per person Sign up between services Nov. 2, 9, and 16. Christmas Potluck Dinner and Gift Exchange, 6:30 PM, Friday, Dec. 5, Wilkinson Hall at MPC Sign up between services Nov. 16, 23, and 30. We hope that you’ll join us for both of these events! Bring a friend!! For more information, contact Ted and Linda Dahl Information and activities for the whole congregation Ministry Teams Meet November 18 NEW! Much of what happens in and through our congregation starts with the Ministry Teams. Ministry Teams meet Tuesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the church with the exception of the Mission Outreach, Worship Ministry and Facilities teams which meet at 7:00 p.m. Childcare is provided from 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. Please call the leader of the Ministry Team for more information: Christian Education, Holly Gratke; Communications, Roy Smith; Evangelism, Todd Eckert; Facilities, Roger Kahle; Fellowship, Kathy Paul; Integration and Discipleship, Dan Luebbert; Mission Outreach, John Colvin; Stewardship, Jim Petersen; Worship, Shane Judd. Come bring your ideas and lend a hand! Faith in Christ Ministries Trip NEW! This Thanksgiving, express your thanks to God by helping other less fortunate - be part of our upcoming volunteer opportunity at Faith in Christ Ministries in LA. As we’ve done in previous years, we’ll go down to assist FiC in preparing their Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless and needy in their area during Thanksgiving week. On Monday, November 24, meet at the MPC parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and we’ll car-pool down. We’ll be back at 3:00 p.m. Please let Bill Moellering know you’re coming. Operation Christmas Child With Samaritan’s Purse, we are gathering shoeboxes filled with small toys, school supplies, and toiletries. Boxes can be picked up now and returned to the Mission Outreach Room, tagged for a boy or a girl and when the box is returned by this Sunday, November 9. Please include in the box a check for $7 to cover the cost of shipping the box to its recipient. Santa Barbara Mission Conference NEW! THE THIRD THIRD OF LIFE. Retirement is a misleading idea. Looking at purpose, passion, experience, relationships, and renewal, Fuller Seminary’s Walter Wright probes the questions that shape meaning and resilience in life as we move forward in retirement years. His workshop is one of eleven in the 13th annual Santa Barbara Mission Conference, which takes place Friday evening, January 23, and all day Saturday, January 24, at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara. Register by going online at sbmissionconference.org or by picking up and completing a brochure at any of the churches in the Santa Barbara Presbytery, at Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, Montecito Covenant Church, or Coast Community Church of the Nazarene. Session Meets November 11 NEW! Session meets next week on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:45 p.m., in Room 11. For more information, contact Pastor Mark McIlraith (805-529-8422, x1). Mental Health, Addictions and Post Traumatic Stress Support Group NEW! If you would like to be supported and cared for by others whose lives are impacted by mental health concerns, addiction or post-traumatic stress, please join us on Friday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m., in Room 11. We respect each individual’s anonymity and offer Christ-filled communal support. We meet the second Friday night of each month. There is hope! On hand will be Julie Cast, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Gail Beeker, a volunteer group leader at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Carolin Migliazzo, a student at Fuller Seminary with family experience with mental illness and addiction. Check out our blog resources: http://hopempc.wordpress.com/. Joyful Ringers Need You! Installation Service Video NEW! If you weren’t able to come to Pastor Mark’s wonderful Installation Service on October 19, there is a link to the video both on our website under the sermon tab or use this link here. MPC bell choir, Joyful Ringers, is looking for music readers to join them! Can you read music? Join the bell choir! Rehearsals are in the Music Room (in the Sanctuary basement) at 7:15 on Monday nights. For more information, contact Joslyn Tillar or Karen. Now Accepting Applications for… We are currently looking for a Children’s Ministries Director to take over leadership of our Children’s Ministry programs in September. If you or someone you know would like to apply, information and application forms are available in the church office as well as on-line on our website at: http://www.mppres.org/pages/positions.html Completed applications may be brought to the office, or given to Holly Gratke at [email protected] MPC Expressive Art Workshop The MPC Expressive Art Workshop meets on the 2ndSaturday of each month in the downstairs Music Room from 9:30 a.m. to no later than noon. Please RSVP to Julie Cast who will prepare the materials for each class. For more information contact Julie Cast. You can leave a message, an e-mail or a text. NOTE: The next class meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, November 8. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5. (February 6-8, 2015). Please visit the Women’s Ministries Table between services to find more information on both of these upcoming events. The Word Store The Word Store ministry encourages us to store God's word in our hearts; and as we cooperate with God, He causes us to grow in love and grace. All of the verses selected for 2014 have been set to music and come from album 7, Not One Falls, in the Hide the Word series by Mark Altrogge and are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV). Copies of the cd are available at the website below for $12. Music can be a huge help in memorizing scripture! http://www.forevergratefulmusic.com/not_one_falls.htm The Word Store Verse for November is #11 on the Not One Falls cd. The verse is from Deuteronomy 32:4 18“The Women’s Ministries Sign-ups Begin Sign-ups have begun for the Women’s Ministries Christmas Brunch (December 6) and the 2015 Women’s Retreat Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves the crushed in spirit. 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. All Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, November 23, 5:00 p.m. (in Wilkinson Hall) Sign up this Sunday at the Fellowship table after service! For more information contact: Kathy Paul ([email protected]) or Joan Johnson ([email protected]) Small Groups, 50+ Adventures (Senior Ministries), Women’s Ministries, Men’s Ministries and MOPS 50+ Adventures (Senior Ministries) Coordinators Ted and Linda Dahl Breakfast & Bocce Ball, 9 AM - 11 AM, Saturday, Nov. 22, Tierra Rejada Park This event is back, by popular demand! Join us for continental breakfast and lots of fun! Sign up between services Nov. 2, 9, and 16 or e-mail Ted or Linda Dahl. Christmas Potluck Dinner and Gift Exchange, 6:30 PM, Friday, Dec. 5, Wilkinson Hall at MPC We'll gather for good food, fellowship and Christmas cheer! Sign up between services Nov. 16, 23, and 30 or e-mail Ted or Linda Dahl. MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) For information call: Nicole Grimes or Melissa Ingemunson ([email protected]) MOPS is designed to nurture every mother with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. MOPS offers moms the opportunity to share concerns, explore areas of creativity, and hear information on topics that equip them for the responsibilities of family and community. MOPS is about celebrating motherhood, meeting needs, making connections and experiencing God’s love through relationships and resources. The Moorpark MOPS group meets on the first and third Fridays of the month from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., with the next meeting being this Friday, November 7. For more information, contact Nicole Grimes or Melissa Ingemunson ([email protected]). Do you have a heart for young mothers? MOPS needs you for a Mentor Mom! Contact Bonnie Boe for more information (805-529-8422 or [email protected]) Men’s Ministries For information call: Tom Flitsch NEW! The Men’s Ministries team will have its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 8. Any men are welcome to attend. For information call Tom Flitsch. The Men’s Wednesday Small Group Bible Study meets at The Grinder in Moorpark each Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. For more information contact Mark Parker or Dean May. All men are welcome! Women’s Ministries Coordinator Janet Stark and Tracy Flitsch NEW! The next Women’s Ministries meeting is Sunday, November 16, after 2nd service in Room 11. All women are invited to attend. NEW! Join us on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall for breakfast as we spend time together celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Children's Choir will sing for us and we have a very special speaker scheduled. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Women's Ministries Scholarship Fund and we will also be accepting donations to support Community Pregnancy Center (CPC). CPC's urgent needs are: Size 4 - 6 Diapers and Wipes. Sign-ups have begun! Come to the Women’s Ministries table on Sunday mornings after services. More MPC Activities: Mondays: Tuesdays: Handbell Choir Practice. Contact info: Kristin Giffin ([email protected]) Women’s Bible Study. Meets each Tuesday in Room 11. Contact info: Tracey Flitsch Prayer Meeting in Pastor Janet Loughry’s office. Contact info: Pastor Janet Loughry (805-529-8422, x2) 7:00 p.m. “Renew” Junior and Senior High Youth Group. Contact info: Youth Minister Dave Hubbard ([email protected]). Wednesdays: 6:45 a.m. Men’s Small Group Wednesday Bible Study. Contact info: Mark Parker or Dean May. The group meets at The Grinder restaurant in Moorpark. 10:00 a.m. Community Bible Study (CBS). Women’s weekly in-depth Bible study. Contact info: Diane Henderson Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. MPC Kids Chorale practice. Contact info: Worship Director Kristin Giffin ([email protected]) 6:30 p.m. Worship Band Practice. Contact info: Worship Director Kristin Giffin ([email protected]) Sundays: 9:30 a.m. The Living Voice Ensemble practice. Contact info: Steve Lady ([email protected]) 7:15 p.m. 9:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 7 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. 8 (Sat) 11(Tue) 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 14 (Fri) 7:00 p.m. 16 (Sun) 17 (Mon) 18 (Tue) 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 20 (Thu) 21 (Fri) 7:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 22 (Sat) 23 (Sun) 24 (Mon) 25 (Tue) 27 (Thu) 28 (Fri) 29 (Sun) 7:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. NOVEMBER MOPS (Mother of Pre-Schoolers). Contact persons are Nicole Grimes and Melissa Ingemunson ([email protected]). Expressive Art Workshop. Contact person is Julie Cast Drop in and Pray (for our servicemen and servicewomen). T.N.T. (Tuesday Nights Together). Contact person is Holly Gratke ([email protected]) Optional dinner at 5:00 p.m. Session Meeting. Contact person is Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith (805-529-8422, x1) Mental Health, Addictions, & PTS Support Group. Contact person is Carolin Migliazzo Women’s Ministries meeting. Contact persons are Tracey Flitsch and Janet Stark Military Families Support Group. Contact person is Gary Belie T.N.T. (Tuesday Nights Together) – last one in the series. Contact person is Holly Gratke ([email protected]) Optional dinner at 5:00 p.m. Ministry Teams Meet. Contact the person in charge of each Ministry Team for more information. Prayer Shawl Ministry. Contact person is Sue Wesner MOPS (Mother of Pre-Schoolers). Contact persons are Nicole Grimes and Melissa Ingemunson ([email protected]). Renovare. Contact person is Dennis Migliazzo 50+ Adventures Bocce Ball & Breakfast. Contact persons are Ted and Linda Dahl All-Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner. Contact person is Kathy Paul ([email protected]) Faith in Christ Ministries trip. Contact person is Bill Moellering Men’s Ministries meeting. Contact person is Tom Flitsch ([email protected]) Thanksgiving Day – Church Office Closed Church Office Closed ADVENT 1, Family Advent Workshop. Contact person is Kara Ayers ([email protected]) Children’s Ministries Page Come to Our Celebration Programs! What is my child learning after the Children’s sermon? Every Sunday, all ages have a place just for them to help them grow in worshiping God. Wee Celebrate – Every Sunday in room 3, is where 3 yr olds – Kindergarteners have a short worship time tailored to their little hearts and minds, full of simple songs, ways to participate (who gets to light the candle today?) and a Bible story. Celebration Circle – 1st and 3rd Sundays in Room 4 is where 1st – 3rd graders learn about God by studying Psalms with lots of fun activities! Praise & Celebrate – 2nd and 4th Sundays in Room 11 is where 1st – 5th graders continue their worship time looking at God’s promises and what that means to them. Fun music and good discussion! All ages can grow in worshiping our truly amazing Lord! Come, join us, as we praise and celebrate Him! Serve “Behind the Scenes” NEW! Would you like to serve “behind the scenes” in Children’s Ministries? In the next few months, there is much to prepare for the Advent workshop and Christmas events! Do you enjoy putting together crafts? Do you have the gift of teaching, and would like to help create fun activities for the children of this congregation? Please see Kara at the Children’s Ministries table on Sundays. Or contact Kara by phone or email (805-506-9916, [email protected]). Don’t Miss Out on TNT! What “fruits” are being fed to your child? Join us Tuesday nights for TNT (Tuesday nights together) to find out about the Christ-like “fruit” God promises for His children! 1st – 5th graders from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. with optional dinner at 5:00 p.m. Join us for live music, games, and small group fun as we study the Fruit of the Spirit. Register Sundays at the Children’s Ministries table or download form here. Contact Holly Gratke with any questions ([email protected]). Thanksgiving Joy NEW! Start Thanksgiving early & grow joy in your home! Start intentionally giving thanks to God way before Thanksgiving Day: Place a small basket or decorated jar in the center of your dinner table, and help your children cut out leaf shapes from red, orange and brown paper. Keep a crayon or pencil handy so that at dinner time each day, you can add a new, specific blessing thanking and praising God. Parents, keep in mind that thankfulness is a learned discipline and one that is good regardless of age. An attitude of gratitude reminds us that we are dependant on God. Thankfulness cures any discontent we have and fosters joy—and who doesn’t want a little more joy? Advent Workshop, November 30 NEW! Let’s make this the biggest Advent Family Workshop ever!! Bring the Light of God’s Word into your home this Christmas! Come to MPC’s Advent Family Workshop on Sunday, November 30th, from 9:30-10:35 a.m in Wilkinson Hall. Create a fresh, evergreen Advent wreath for your home for only $15 per wreath. Please register early so fresh greens can be ordered. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to discover the rich meanings behind the Advent Season. Advent wreaths are a wonderfully effective devotional “tool” for families as their candles literally shine with a growing anticipation and understanding of Christ’s birth in a way that reaches a child’s heart. This workshop is best shared as a family so it will take the place of our children’s Sunday School classes (3 years – 5th grade) that day. For safety reasons, all children will need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible teen in order to attend. Remember to stop by the Children’s Ministries table this Sunday—extra flyers are available to give to neighbors and friends! For questions or to pre-register, talk to Kara Ayers. Nursery care will be provided for children 3 years and under in Rooms 1 & 2.
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