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Fresh Produce Available

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Our neighborhood now has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up point for Phat Beets produce. Thanks to a partnership between Thornhill Elementary and Phat Beets, fresh organic produce is available right across the street from our church! photo
CSA boxes are a subscription service where you pre-pay for several weeks, and each week you pick up a box full of whatever produce is in season. You get a great deal, and the farmers get stability in knowing they will have consistent customers. Phat Beets is a great organization that works right here in Oakland for food and social justice, while supporting farmers of color and women farmers. They partner with doctors who write “veggie prescriptions” for at-risk patients, which can be redeemed for free at their farmer’s markets. Montclair deliveries are 3:30-5:30 PM at the Thornhill Coffeehouse (will be at Thornhill Elementary during the school year). Get a full family-size box for $25/week, or a half box or “fruit only” box for $16. Talitha ordered a half-share and the photo is below… a generous bag full of food! Order your “beet box” at http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org/order-a-beet-box/ today.

 

World Cup-o-Food

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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MPC is getting competitive over the World Cup games! Those of you who were rooting for a USA win will have to settle on a second-choice country as the food drive competition continues.

A reminder of how this game works:
1) Bring in your cans and packages of non-perishable food for the Alameda County Food Bank
2) Each donated item earns you a raffle ticket
3) place your ticket in the jar of the team YOU think will win the World Cup.
When the final World Cup game concludes just after church on Sunday, July 13th, the winning team’s jar will be taken, and winning tickets selected for World Cup-themed prizes.

So bring your cans and boxes, and fill up those raffle jars!

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Family Camp 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Next week at this time, seventy or so of us from MPC will be sitting around a campfire in South Lake Tahoe making some music. It’s time for Family Camp!
Our adults will be enjoying a program by pastor, author, and musician Sam Barry each morning. Sam’s book “How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons” has been inspiring many of us to have more fun while we go about our household chores in zany ways, and we’ll see how we all sound when we break open a case of harmonicas.
The children and youth will be led by our Coordinator for Children and Youth, Talitha G Phillips, along with volunteers, in a musical program as well. They will be creating and playing various musical instruments. And each afternoon and evening we have different fun activities, from singalongs to DIY/art events, and the famous Talent/NoTalent show on Thursday night. See more, including videos and photos, on our camp page, and photos on our Flickr.

Photo credit by Travelmuse

 

Committee Fair this Sunday

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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fairYou are invited to an all-church event after Celebration on Sunday, June 1st. Our courtyard will be transformed into a fun-filled church fair and we will be playing games of all kinds. Being Presbyterian, our church has a proliferation of committees, and even long-time church members do not always know what all the committees do. So in the Committee Fair, each group sponsors a table where you can play a fun game and ask any questions you may have about them and their role in the church. If you’re looking for ways to get more connected, this is your opportunity. If you have a competitive bent and want to take home more prizes than your sister/spouse/grandson, then come early and stay late! Or if you’d rather sit in the sun and drink lemonade while watching others in your church family make good-natured fools of themselves in silly games, now is your chance. Don’t miss the action this Sunday.
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The Youth Group will be serving up burgers and dogs, portobello mushroom “burgers,” salads and desserts… as well as an old-fashioned lemonade stand (all donations benefit the youth Mission Trip to Memphis).

There will be face painting and henna-style temporary tattoos also courtesy of the youth group. For the rest of the games and the prizes available, you’ll have to come and see!

 

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Youth Group Games

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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This weekend our Youth Group had a games night featuring a life-sized game of monopoly. We ran out of time before anyone went bankrupt, but we had a lot of fun collecting rent and sending one another to jail.

Our Youth Group is open to all youth from grades 7-12. We meet weekly during the school year for fellowship, fun, learning and growing together. Our curriculum mixes spiritual, personal, and social/political concerns. We do service projects such as cooking at soup kitchens and working at a food pantry as well as taking care of a small garden at the church which supplies food to our local food pantry. Add two retreats and a (9-12th grade) mission trip per year and that’s a recipe for a really great group!
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Credit to Sarah at YA Librarian Tales for the Monopoly instructions.

 

Planting

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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We would like to thank and congratulate Amy and Stephen Bess who organized a wondrously successful plant sale! Hundreds of plants moved through our Family Room and courtyard on April 26th, and a couple last stragglers have just found new homes by now. taking plants home
Did you take home a plant? Why don’t you post a photo of the plant in its new home on our facebook page.
The event was a fundraiser that raised $2,677 for the mission and programs of our church.
THANK YOU to all who helped with the plant sale, all the plant donors and all the buyers. I’d like to especially thank the angels who helped on both Friday and Saturday, Bonnie, Susanne, Janet, Eloise , Rich & Tinka and Donna. Thank you also to the Saturday workers, Barbara, Earl & Bonnie, Anita, Jeanine & Phil.

 

Join Us This Sunday!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Come hear our own Talitha Phillips preach this Sunday. Blake and Beth Thompson’s daughter, Mira, will be baptized and we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. We hope you will join us.

 

Plant Sale Here at MPC (rain or shine)

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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MPC Plant Sale

Plant Sale, Saturday, April 26th, 10 AM to 3 PM in the Courtyard (rain or shine). There will be over one hundred unique and rare heirloom tomatoes, many succulents, orchids, vines, iris, herbs, lettuce, raspberries, seeds, bulbs, pots, houseplants and much more. Below you can download the full flyer and a complete list of the varieties of tomatoes that will be available.
Questions or plant problems? Contact Steve Bess
Plant Sale full page flyer (pdf)
Complete List of Tomatoes Available (pdf)

 

Earth Day Celebration this Sunday, April 27th!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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We hope you will join us this Sunday as we celebrate Earth Day. Also the MPC Social Justice Steering Committee invites you to celebrate Earth Day week with us during Family Hour following celebration by visiting their information table to learn more about resources for environmental sustainability and environmental actions. We know that we must act quickly and decisively to change our practices for a safer, cleaner world. We also urge you to attend the Plant Sale this Saturday at MPC — rain or shine!
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All Are Invited – Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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Egg Hunt

We welcome all to our Easter morning service!

This year our Eco-Friendly Egg hunt features two kinds of eggs: local organic eggs dyed with different kinds of natural dye (an arts and crafts adventure – with no FD&C Red#40 in the lot), and some plant-based “eco eggs” with fair trade chocolate hiding inside. It’s definitely a unique and fun way to do egg hunting. The baskets are all home-made from recycled material as well… and are as cute as can be:

this set of farmyard baskets was made by one of our talented 6th graders

this set of farmyard baskets was made by one of our talented 6th graders

All children (toddlers through 6th grade) are welcome to hunt for eggs. The youth group members will be hiding the eggs, and will gather the children immediately following the Easter morning service to get a basket and get ready to find the eggs!