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Week of January 16, 2017

December/ January Newsletter

Wonderful Wednesdays, January 18t
Menu: Vegetable Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Meal Prepared by: Blair Andrews, Ginger Irby, Sarah Kistler, Amber Womack
Programs:
(Adults) Covenant – led by Olin, meets in the Kitchen Classroom; Women’s Bible Study – Jay Fisher will be leading ‘Companions in Christ’.
(Youth) Meet in the Youth Room at 6:30.
(Kids) Programs are 6:00-7:00, organized playtime is 7:00-7:30 Children’s Choir meets from 5:30-6 p.m. in the choir room 

Stephen Ministry: Thank you to the MPC congregation for all your attention and questions about the development of Stephen Ministry. We are now moving into the training phase of the program. Beginning January 23 we will begin 50 hours of classes covering the understanding of being a  pastoral person, listening skills, understanding stress, grief and loss, confidentiality and the recognition, of the need for advance personal support for the people. The instruction will be concluded in late July or August at which time the program will follow with full implementation. The Stephen Ministry is successfully built only on a foundation of congregational support. Please continue to pray for the ministers-in-training, the leaders, the congregation, and all who will be blessed by the program in the future. Our thanks to you all. 

Women’s Bible Study: Beginning January 18, Jay Fisher will be leading a “Companions in Christ” (a small group experience in spiritual formation) bible study on Wednesday nights starting at 6:15 pm. 

Wednesday Bible Study: Rachael will be leading a 6 week Bible Study on Prayers in the New Testament. This study will begin on January 11 at 11 am in the Kitchen Class. 

Men’s Breakfast: The monthly Men’s Breakfast will be at 8 am on Saturday, January 21, in the Anchor. Men of all ages are invited for food and fellowship. PLEASE NOTE that the Men’s Breakfast will now be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. 

Go-Go’s Trip: On Thursday, January 19th, the Go-Go’s will enjoy the Stained Glass Tour at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Following a welcoming reception, we will enjoy an hour-long tour which concludes with several selections played on the Alston Memorial Pipe Organ. The stained glass collection is based on the Life of Christ and is considered one of the best in the region with examples of stained glass from England, Germany, and the United States. We will depart from MPC at 9 A.M. After the tour at St. Luke’s Episcopal, we will eat lunch at Six Feet Under. Please bring $5 cash the day of for the bus and money for lunch. Please contact the church office ASAP to reserve your seat email thChurch Office or call 770-957-9890. TRIP IS FULL! 

January Global Missions Focus: The Honduras Mission Team is collecting school supplies and health items to take to Honduras in February. See the display board, “Help Honduras” in the hallway by the Anchor. We will collect items through February 5. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

MPC Annual Chili Cook-off: Please sign up to bring your “prize winning” chili and a side dish. There will be games and prizes for the best chili all beginning at 4 p.m.  You can sign up on your pew pad, by calling the office, or by signing up on a list near the office. If you will be bringing chili please email Catherine Engelbracht or sign up oThe City.

Relay for Life Quilt: It’s that time again! Time to make a $25 donation to Relay for Life for each name you would like embroidered on the 2017 Henry County Relay for Life Commemorative Quilt. You can honor or remember anyone, including yourself, who has ever battled any kind of cancer. This is a major fundraiser for the MPC Relay for Life team so please consider making a donation. Forms are available on the Anchor counter, or you can contact Mary Mellott.

The second annual Father/Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 3rd.  The walk-out will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The cost is $20 per father. Proceeds will benefit local and global missions. You can place your money in an envelope labeled “Valentines Dance” or pay through The City. Special thanks to Alan Ross for offering his DJ services.

Our first annual Mother/Son Valentines Dinner will be Friday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. The cost per mother is $20. You can sign up & pay through the City or email Sophe PopeYou can also place your money in an envelope labeled “mother/son dinner” and place it in the offering plate.

WILL YOU HELP??? Please consider providing a breakfast to the kids/staff at A Friend’s House – A shelter for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. As part of Local Missions, we have made the commitment to provide/deliver breakfast on the 4th Sunday of each month. Menu suggestions are provided and headcount averages @ 18 people. Please contact Lynn Lowrey to reserve your month. Thank you!