Archive for the ‘Events’ Category


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!


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!