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Upcoming MPC Events

VBS Registration
Mar
31
to Jun 9

VBS Registration

Register for VBS Now - June 9

Join us for VBS “To Mars & Beyond” on June 17 - 21 from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

At “To Mars and Beyond” Vacation Bible School, we will explore where God’s power can take us! Children preschool age three to grade five become Voyagers and discover a new realm of possibilities as they reach for the stars and encounter the limitless power and love of God. This bold adventure includes creative music, interactive Bible fun, science experiments, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, yummy snacks, great games, and more. We need many volunteers (grade six to adult) to host a successful VBS. To be a part of all the excitement at VBS, check out the Allen Street lobby display or visit https://www.mempres.org/growing-children-in-faith.

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by God’s power at work within us! – Ephesians 3:20

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Vesper Program
May
26
4:00 PM16:00

Vesper Program

Memorial Presbyterian Church will host organist Michael Plagerman and mezzo-soprano Marija Bosnar for a vesper concert on Sunday, May 26 at 4:00p.m. in the sanctuary. Plagerman is a doctoral student at Cornell University; he received a Bachelor Degree in organ performance from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Sacred Music from University of Notre Dame. Bosnar holds a degree in vocal performance from Central Washington University, and has performed professionally in operatic roles and vocal  ensembles.

Beginning with the bold Prelude in E-flat, this concert presents the desire of the righteous man for unity with Christ in heaven. Framed by Bach’s Cantata Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, (BWV 170) the program interweaves the cantata with organ pieces that reflect the character of the vocal work. While topically appearing to be a lament of sinfulness, BWV 170 is truly an acknowledgment of the great peace to be had in the arms of God. The accompanying organ pieces provide reflections on the vocal music, and the culminating fugue on St. Anne, commonly known as the setting for the hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past, reminds all present of the guarantee of salvation as attested to by all the faithful and those now departed from our presence and at home in heaven. A full list of works include Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 – J.S. Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 852 – J.S. Bach

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 – J.S. bach

O Welt, ich muss dich lassen from 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 – Johannes Brahms

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VBS Volunteer Meeting
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

VBS Volunteer Meeting

Volunteers are invited to Room 116 to pick up VBS materials, enjoy a snack, receive a short summary of VBS, and turn in any paperwork. (The two meetings are identical; choose whichever time slot works best for you.)

VBS volunteer commissioning takes place during the 9:00 and 10:45 worship services on Sunday, June 2.

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VBS Volunteer Meeting
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

VBS Volunteer Meeting

Volunteers are invited to Room 116 to pick up VBS materials, enjoy a snack, receive a short summary of VBS, and turn in any paperwork. (The two meetings are identical; choose whichever time slot works best for you.)

VBS volunteer commissioning takes place during the 9:00 and 10:45 worship services on Sunday, June 2.

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Organ Recital
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Organ Recital

Three of Dr. Steven Egler’s graduate organ students will be performing a group recital in the Sanctuary on the 2012 Letourneau Organ on June 2, 2019, at 3 p.m.

 Jacob Behnken is Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Midland.

Lance Klamer is Associate Pastor and Kantor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler, MI.

Collin Whitfield is Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, MI.

 Music to be performed will include the following composers:  Maurice Duruflé, J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, César Franck, and Felix Mendelssohn.

 The students and Dr. Egler decided that this was a fitting opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for Memorial Presbyterian Church’s generous use of the organ for lessons and practice.

 No admission.  All are welcome to come hear these fine young organists in recital.

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Crawfish Boil
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Crawfish Boil

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and friends at our 7th Annual Crawfish Boil. Hosted by Memorial Presbyterian Church, your neighborhood church on the corner of Reardon and Rodd streets.

• All ages are welcome

• Crawfish, corn, red potatoes, jambalaya, desserts, and coffee

• Inflatables

This event is rain or shine and donations are appreciated.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Children are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Assembly Room immediately following the 10:45 service.

If your child has a food allergy, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Sheryl Hnizda at sherylh@mempres.org ahead of time.

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Open Door's Friend Fiesta and Taco Bar!
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Open Door's Friend Fiesta and Taco Bar!

On Saturday, April 13 Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland again welcomes neighbors from Midland’s Open Door to an evening featuring dinner and friendship. The Friend Fiesta and Taco Bar begins at 6:00 p.m. in Mayton Hall at the church. In the spirit of neighboring, members of the congregation will prepare and serve dinner to guests that include neighbors from Midland’s Open Door. The expression of neighboring builds upon the mission of Midland’s Open Door and its benevolence in providing shelter and meals to those without a home. Its slogan is “Building for Change.” The promise is hospitality and friendships at the tables during the evening meal. The Memorial Church community invites volunteers to assist in the kitchen or to serve as hosts at the tables. The event welcomes households of all ages. It is a fun fiesta with a taco flavor.

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Friday Night Voyagers
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Friday Night Voyagers

Midland Open Door has a rich history as a ministry committed to meeting people in their moment of nee d and transitioning them from a point of crisis to a posture of hope. Come and learn how this local ministry has expanded over the years, providing not only meaningful help but lasting hope for our homeless, hungry and hurting neighbors.

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Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Megan Farison & Grace Marra, Soprano
Apr
12
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Megan Farison & Grace Marra, Soprano

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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GNOM (God Nurturing Our Men) Event-NCAA Finals Night
Apr
8
6:30 PM18:30

GNOM (God Nurturing Our Men) Event-NCAA Finals Night

Come join us for an evening of sports and manly fellowship as the GNOM (God Nurturing Our Men) men’s group enjoys the NCAA finals! The event will be held at Dave Neithamer’s house (2607 E. Whippoorwill Hollow) starting at 6:30 PM. While we watch the game, we will also play pool and Foosball in the Man Cave. Pizza, pop, and snacks will be provided by the Connecting People to People (CP2P) work group - but feel free to bring your own refreshments as well. Please invite a friend or bring a fellow MPCer to the event. We look forward to starting up the GNOM group again and seeing you, even if you can’t stay for the entire game!

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God's Mission in Niger
Apr
7
12:00 PM12:00

God's Mission in Niger

 Memorial Presbyterian Church will host a dialogue with the Reverend Matthew Schramm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Mayton Hall, following the 10:45 a.m. worship service (12:00 noon). Pastor Matt will be discussing his recent trip to Niger, his time spent with our affiliated missionaries, Michael and Rachel Ludwig, and our partners in the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN). Come and learn about Memorial Presbyterian Church’s involvement in Niger and the impact we are having. You will also hear about opportunities to support and strengthen our relationship with the Ludwigs, EERN, and the mission work in Niger.

A light lunch will be provided.

Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 1310 Ashman Street in Midland, MI.  For more information call 989-835-6759.

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Spring Flower Sale
Apr
7
to Apr 25

Spring Flower Sale

Please support Memorial Presbyterian Preschool’s spring flower sale fund-raiser! Now through April 25, order vouchers for hanging baskets and flats from Lapham’s. You’ll find details and order forms by the big flower pot in the Allen Street Lobby. Contact Jennifer at jdecker3935@yahoo.com for more info.

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Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Keith Clifton, Tenor
Apr
5
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Keith Clifton, Tenor

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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 Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Neil Mueller, Trumpet
Mar
29
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Neil Mueller, Trumpet

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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High School Spring Break in Los Angeles
Mar
23
to Mar 30

High School Spring Break in Los Angeles

Memorial Presbyterian Church Youth Ministry is headed to L.A. with high school youth for an amazing week discovering the intersection between faith and service with DOOR! In addition to some sightseeing and exploring, we will serve with a variety of populations hearing the stories and witnessing the struggles and vitality of agency clients. In the evening we will be challenged to consider our service experience as worship, reflect on our day, and examine how the Gospel asks us to respond to injustice.

Cost of $250 (scholarships available) includes airfare, lodging, meals, and guided program.

Forms and non-refundable $150 deposit due by Dec. 1st

For more information on the organization who will be leading us visit the DOOR Los Angeles site.

Have questions? Contact Katie Brinklow via email at katieb@mempres.org or by calling the church office at 989-835-6759

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 Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Mary Jo Cox, Piano and Organ
Mar
22
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Mary Jo Cox, Piano and Organ

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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GROW Movie Night
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

GROW Movie Night

Come join us for an evening of friendship as the GROW (God Renewing Our Women) ladies enjoy a movie night!  Save the date…..Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at Elizabeth Neithamer’s house (2607 E. Whippoorwill Hollow).  Pizza, pop, and Sparkling Strawberry Floats will be provided, and feel free to bring your favorite movie snack if you’d like.  Please pass this info on to your MPC lady friends who may not have signed up yet as part of the GROW group here on the Realm. For more information or to RSVP (so we have enough pizza) contact Elizabeth at daveliz3@chartermi.net.

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Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

MPC Talent Show

Do you have a secret talent that you’d love to share with your MPC friends? Are you looking for a fun evening of food and entertainment? If so, join us for the MPC Talent Show on Sunday, March 17! Co-sponsored by CP2P and MPC Youth.

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Worship Arts Workshop
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Worship Arts Workshop

Do you sing? Play an instrument? Have interest in A/V technology?
MPC is looking for talented individuals to be a part of our praise and worship teams!
If you would like to learn more, come to the Worship Arts Workshop on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00a.m.-noon in the Assembly Room. Registration is free. Drum kit, keyboard and guitars will be available at the workshop, all other instruments (strings, horns, etc.) are BYO. A/V tech people will learn our current system.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Farison, Director of Worship and Arts, at meganf@mempres.org or call 989-835-6759.

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 Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Kairos Saxophone Quartet
Mar
15
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Kairos Saxophone Quartet

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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Vesper Program
Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

Vesper Program

The Chancel Choir of the Bertha E.R. Strosacker Memorial Presbyterian Church will present a vesper program on March 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The program will feature compositions by 20th century Norwegian composer, Egil Hovland, including his 1972 work, Saul, a musical depiction of Acts 9, telling the story of Saul’s conversion to Paul the Apostle on the Road to Damascus. The Reverend Matthew Schramm will narrate and provide a brief meditation.

Other selections include The Last Words of David by Randall Thompson, Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart, I Dream a World by Andre Thomas, and Beulah Lan’ arranged by Stacey Gibbs.

The Chancel Choir is under the director of Megan Farison, Director of Worship and Arts, with guest conductor George Widiger, Associate Director of Worship and Arts. Dr. Adrienne Wiley, oganist, will accompany the choir. A dessert reception will follow the program in Mayton Fellowship Hall.

Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 1310 Ashman Street in Midland, MI. For more information, call (989) 835-6759.

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Multifaceted Prison Ministries: Just Justice
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Multifaceted Prison Ministries: Just Justice

The topic of the annual workshop for MPC’s Reaching Out For Justice and Peace Team is prison ministry.

The guest panel includes Barbara Sumi, Keryx Prison Ministry; Annette Ripper, Keryx Prison Ministry; James McDaniel, HEART Program, Central Michigan Correctional Facility, Higher Ground Ministry; Jennifer Vannette, PhD, US history & human rights, Mid-Michigan history & judicial system; and Rob Worsley, Midland Community Former Offender Advocacy & Rehabilitation, Midland County Sheriff’s Office. The panel moderator is Pastor Matt Schramm.

This program is free and open to the public. Contact Randi Kawakita at rkawakita@yahoo.com for more information.

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Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist:  Jennifer Laubenthal, Clarinet
Mar
8
12:15 PM12:15

Lenten Concert Series-Featured Artist: Jennifer Laubenthal, Clarinet

The recitals are 30 minutes in length, starting at 12:15 and ending at 12:45 p.m. and feature music that may be Lenten-themed and/or incorporate a variety of of styles.  The Lenten Recital Series is for the community of Midland and embraces Dr. Strosacker’s  and Memorial Presbyterian’s theology of a house of prayer for all people.  The Lenten Series was initiated by Adrienne Wiley several years ago to highlight the period reflection during Lent with special music, and to bring the community together in an ecumenical setting.  All recitals are on Friday’s during Lent and are open to the public with no charge.

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