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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.


Blessed are the Music Makers!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Pete SeegerIn 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

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Medium Jazz-MontclairPlease 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!


Fishy Wisdom

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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imagesThroughout 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.


Revolutionary Wisdom

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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martin-luther-king-01-1040pk010411In 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

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imagesFor 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!