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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.


Dave Barry Author Talk at MPC

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Dave Barry portraitThursday, 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


Corinthian Diversions

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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imagesThis 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

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saltAre 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.