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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!


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!


Join Us On Good Friday!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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After Good Friday: Check the Music Samples page to listen to the performance. The full event will soon be posted!

On Good Friday, April 18, at 7pm, the Montclair Presbyterian Church Choir and Montclair Chamber Orchestra will present a performance of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. Written in 1946, Duruflé’s Requiem has become one of the most beloved masterworks of choral music. Rooted in the ancient tradition of Gregorian chant and rich with lush, impressionistic French harmonies, the Requiem creates an atmosphere of profound peace and serenity. For this performance, the MPC Choir will be joined by a special treble choir from the Pacific Boychoir.

This performance is free and open to the public; all are welcome. The sanctuary is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available at Thornhill School, a half-block past MPC on Thornhill Drive.



Join Us for Palm Sunday, April 13th!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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This Sunday is Palm Sunday, when we remember the Story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey less than a week before his crucifixion.  On Palm Sunday it is traditional for children to enter the sanctuary in a processional, and when you come to Celebration on Sunday, the children will lead us into worship by waving palms and ribbons and by bringing forward their One Great Hour of Sharing offerings.

I hope you will come to see the children of the Church family process, and if you have a child or if you know a child who you think would like to participate in the procession, please bring that child to Celebration a few minutes early.  We’d love for him or her to help lead us into worship and into our observation of holy week.

Palm Sunday Celebration inside


Coming This Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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This Sunday will mark the first time our new pastor will preside at the sacrament of Holy Communion at Montclair Presbyterian Church. Ours is a congregation that thinks of itself as a family and the Lord’s Supper is meant to be for us a family meal. So come home this Sunday. Be reminded that you are God’s child, a part of God’s family and a part of the family that calls Montclair Presbyterian Church “home.”


Two Important Events this Sunday, March 30th!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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ON Sunday, March 30, two important events in the life and work of Montclair Presbyterian Church will be happening. First, during celebration, we will be commissioning the participants in the Indonesia study tour as they prepare to begin a journey of discovery and learning on the islands of Java, West Timor, Alor and Bali. Our best wishes and our prayers travel with them as we send them forth.

Later in the day on Sunday, at 2:30 PM, the Montclair Presbyterian Church family formally will install Ben Daniel, its pastor. The installation of a Presbyterian minister is a moment of high-church drama, with much pomp and quite a bit of circumstance thrown in for good measure; plus there will be opera. This is not an event to be missed. Daniel Family


The Great In-Between Time

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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change-is-the-essence-of-life-be-willing-to-surrender-what-you-areJoin us this Sunday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. for a great service of Celebration to be led by parish associate, the Rev. Kathy Ray. The congregation will also celebrate the ordination of four new elders to the church Session: Amy Bess, Sue Davies, Betsy King, and Anna Santos. Anna will grace the service by singing
“How Great Thou Art”. Then plan to be present in Celebration on March 23rd to welcome the Rev. Ben Daniel as the next pastor for Montclair Presbyterian Church. Hooray!


Children of Uganda performance

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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2014 Children of Uganda Tour of Light PosterOn Sunday, March 9th, Children of Uganda’s Tour Of Light dance troupe will join us — singing, drumming, dancing, and sharing East African culture through stories and songs.
The organization benefits orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda, and this tour is their program of outreach to meet new people, raising both funds and awareness for the millions of orphans and vulnerable children in need in Uganda. They visited us in 2012 and performed for a packed house here at MPC. We are glad to welcome them back again.

There will be two shows this time around: one at 2pm and another at 5pm.

Two videos from the 2012 performance have been posted to YouTube; the first is included here:

This year the Pacific Boychoir Academy will sing with us at the 2 PM show. Whichever performance you come to, you are guaranteed to have a great time! There is no admission fee but we will pass a basket and will encourage you to donate generously to support the work of COU.

RSVP on our Facebook event if you are coming, and spread the word.


Worry: Warts and All

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Worry_dollsWorry and anxiety are two of the spiritual plagues of humanity that persist since ancient times. While our current age may also have pharmacological solutions to extreme anxiety, most of us could benefit from a spiritual approach too. What spiritual practices are helpful to you when you are worried or anxious?  See you in Celebration this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as we explore this topic using Matthew 6:24-34 AND we’ll have a special musical Time with the Children created by our MPC choir!
Stay afterward for the Pancake Brunch hosted by the MPC Youth Group members. You’ll enjoy famously delicious whole-wheat pancakes, fruit, eggs, and roasted veggies. Take a chance on our Prize Wall when you make a donation in any denomination from $5 to $500. The youth are raising funds for their summer mission trip to Memphis, and every donation will help provide scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to travel with us.


Irresistable Wisdom

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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vector-of-a-cartoon-bull-dog-and-cat-playing-tug-of-war-coloring-page-outline-by-ron-leishman-16819How 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.