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Settling Into Ordinary Time? Did you know there’s such a thing as the Christian calendar, or Christian year? On the Christian calendar, the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent in late November or early December. From there the Christian year unfolds in a series of “feast days” and “seasons”: Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday/Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter/Eastertide, Ascension, Pentecost and so on — all the way…Keep Reading

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According to a Barna survey, only 42% of Americans say the meaning of Easter has to do with the resurrection of Jesus, or signifies Christ’s death and return to life. Indeed, “most Americans continue to view the Easter holiday as a religious celebration, but many of them are not clear as to the underlying reason for the occasion.” Only 2% said they’d describe Easter as the most important holiday in…Keep Reading

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Leaning & Lent The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and Ash Wednesday is on March 1 this year. Lent, as you probably know, is the period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The word lent comes from a Latin word that means lengthen, as in the lengthening of days at this time of year. Although Lent is beginning later than it has in a while,…Keep Reading

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Itineraries & Timelines I’m composing this article in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport on my way to Durango, Colorado. (Yes, I know, this means I’ve overshot Durango by about 850 miles and am now doubling back to the west. But this was the only available itinerary for me today — and at least it’s not snowing here!) What Fitz and I had originally planned was a mid-January trip to visit his…Keep Reading

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It seems to me we receive lots of reminders that we can’t see or control the future. But we do have a relationship to the future as it unfolds. And what we believe and do in the midst of transition, and in response to the unexpected, matters. As we begin 2017, I have a favorite New Year’s prayer I’d like to share with you. I like it because it helps…Keep Reading

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Do you think you could contain Niagara Falls in a teacup? The late writer and priest, Brennan Manning, asked this question in connection with Christmas: Is there anyone in our midst who pretends to understand the awesome love in the heart of the Abba of Jesus that inspired, motivated and brought about Christmas?…God entered into our world not with the crushing impact of unbearable glory, but in the way of…Keep Reading

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Let’s talk about financial stewardship.  Every year at this time, churches are making ministry plans for the year ahead — and creating budgets to support them. Part of this is asking families to look ahead, too — to look at their own financial resources as something God owns and entrusts to them; asking them to commit some of those resources ahead of time to God’s work through their church. I…Keep Reading

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September 25th marks the conclusion of the Philippians preaching series, and I’ll be kicking off a new sermon series on October 2nd. Before we leave Philippians behind, though, I suggest you sit down and read it through one more time. What stands out to you from this short letter? How has God spoken to you about your own life through Philippians? About MPC? Then share your reflections with one another…Keep Reading

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School’s about to start…and this means life will be “getting back to normal” for a lot of us. We’ll be settling back into our school-year routines—at home, and church, and elsewhere. This time of year is always a time of recalibration, of beginning again, of re-entry. It’s a time to decide some things: how we’ll arrange our lives over the next 9 months; what activities and relationships we’ll invest ourselves…Keep Reading

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Hello, everyone. I’ve been here for just about a month now, and I’m enjoying you and your wonderful church very much. It’s been my goal to learn all your names in the first month or so — I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting closer each week. Thank you for introducing yourselves to me more than once! Since there’s no newsletter this month, I thought I might just share…Keep Reading

Welcome Pastor Neal!

Welcome Pastor Neal!

Pastor Laurel Neal begins as our Interim Pastor on July 1, 2016, and will preach her first service at MPC on July 3rd. We warmly welcome Laurel to our church community and look forward to getting to know her. Ordained in 1992, Laurel holds a Master’s in Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Texas. Laurel is a Certified Interim…Keep Reading

Our Guest Pastor

Our Guest Pastor

Bob served as senior pastor of Lake Grove Presbyterian in Lake Oswego for over 24 years before retiring last July. He previously served two other churches: University Presbyterian in Fresno, CA and First Presbyterian in Boulder, CO. For over 20 years of his time at Lake Grove Bob met monthly with a small covenant group of pastors, one of whom was John Dilworth.  Over those years I learned a lot about John’s deep faith in God,”…Keep Reading