How do we respond to violence? Disrespect? Oppression? Put up with it? Ignore it? Engage? Fight? What do we do when there’s nothing we can do? These are some of the questions that arise as we consider this week’s text from the Gospel of Matthew 5: 38-48. Join us in Celebration at 10:00 a.m.
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Dave Barry Author Talk at MPC
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Thursday, March 13th at 7:00pm, Pulitzer Prize-winning humor author Dave Barry will be at MPC discussing his new book “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About“. We hope you can join us for what will surely be a wonderful evening of humor and (a tiny bit of) parenting insight.
A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City.
In his New York Times–bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
All are welcome to attend this free event.
Parking will be available in the lot at nearby Thornhill Elementary School (see below); more parking info and directions info are available on MPC’s parking and directions page.
The book talk is co-sponsored by Great Good Place for Books in Montclair. You’ll have the option of purchasing the book from them right after the talk.
Photo credit: Daniel Portnoy
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
This Sunday during morning Celebration at 10:00 a.m., we’re off to the ancient city of Corinth to learn from that early community of faith. Like many diverse communities, the Corinthian church struggled to find common ground and to continue to welcome more and more members. They also developed divided loyalties to different teachers. Of course, we never worry about such things in Oakland . . . Our service will also feature musical selections from french horn soloist Avery Hawthorne.
Light Wisdom with Salt
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Are you a “salt of the earth” type of person? Would others say that you “bring light” into dark places? We’ll take a look at these famous phrases from the gospel of Matthew and see what wisdom we can extract. Leave your bushel baskets at home and come join us for Celebration this Sunday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Blessed are the Music Makers!
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
In Celebration this Sunday, we will honor the life and legacy of Pete Seeger by singing a rousing version of “I Had a Hammer” for our closing song. So tune your guitars, ukes, banjos, harmonicas, and mandolins, or shake the dust from your tambourines and then bring them at 9:45 a.m. for a quick run-thru. We’ll play it in G and click through to practice the harmonies with Peter, Paul and Mary. At the core of Pete Seeger’s remarkable life was the notion that everyone can participate and everyone can make a difference in the world. He often spoke of himself as a “song leader”, but not a performer because his goal was to get everyone singing, not just listening to him.
It is also the first Sunday of the month when children are invited to stay in Celebration as part of Family Sunday. The sermon will be on the beatitudes from Matthew and the music will be inviting for folks of all ages. Join us!
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Please join us for an evening of food, wine, and tunes from the Great American Songbook to benefit the ministry and mission of Montclair Presbyterian Church. Our own Melinda V. McLain will be singing with the amazing Tom Dambly Quartet featuring: Paul Blankenship, piano; Tim Kelly, bass; Joel Davel, drums; and Tom Dambly, trumpet. The no-host bar and reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door, but all are welcome! Download a flyer here to send to your friends!
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Throughout the season of epiphany (which lasts until Ash Wednesday, March 5) we will be exploring the wisdom of Jesus while developing our own abilities to be wiser and more loving people. Our text this week is Matthew 4:12-23, the story of Jesus calling a bunch of fishermen to be disciples. Wise or not wise? Join us during weekly Bible study on Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and at Celebration on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
In our Sunday Celebration this week we will remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Chestnut Choir will be singing “Precious Lord” and everyone who wants to sing should simply show up at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Melinda’s sermon will be focused on Matthew 5: 43-45: “43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Please join us at 10:00 a.m.
Celebrating Our Table Wisdom
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
For the early church, eating meals together was an important part of their identity and activity as a spiritual community. This is a part of the Christian tradition that we LOVE! During Celebration this Sunday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m., join us as we explore our collective wisdom and share the sacrament of communion with one another. And the Intermezzi of Pacific Boy Choir will be on hand to provide beautiful music for our service!
Youth Group Reunion: Jan 5th 2014
Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Calling all Youth Group Alumni! Whether you graduated from youth group last year, or whether you remember youth group before Susan Hunn arrived, you are ALL invited to our 2014 Reunion! Come regale us with stories of the past, catch up with old friends, and share your wisdom with the new youth group members.
Sunday, Jan 5th, 2014.
5:00-6:30 PM: Potluck Dinner in the MPC Family Room – please bring a favorite dish to share.
6:45-8:45 PM: GAMES NIGHT! Come dressed to play!
Any questions? Contact Talitha Phillips (MPC Coordinator for Children, Youth, & Family Life) — talitha ( at ) mpcfamily.org or 510 339 1131
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