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Upcoming MPC Events

Recital with Dr. Steven Egler
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Recital with Dr. Steven Egler

You are invited to attend a special, informal recital by Dr. Steven Egler, organist, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. on the 2012 Letourneau Organ in the Sanctuary.  The recital will feature the wonderful music of American composer Gerald Near (b. 1942) and will be a run-through of the same recital that Dr. Egler will give in Hill Auditorium as part of the 59th Annual Conference on Organ Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sept. 30, 2019.  There is no admission charge.

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GNOM Event
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

GNOM Event

MPC Men - come join us for an intellectually stimulating challenge! GNOM will meet at Code Breakers Escape Room (4426 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland) on Wednesday, August 21 for an hour of puzzles and codebreaking fun!  The time will depend on how many people commit to participating but will likely be either 6:30 or 7:00 PM.  We have room for up to 16 people so reserve your spot now!  The sooner we know who will be coming the better.  After we make our escape, we will move to the Midland Brewing Company for conversation and appetizers provided by Connecting People to People (CP2P).  The cost will be $15 prepaid per person.  Please RSVP to David Neithamer at daveliz3@mac.com or call 989-859-1915 by August 14th so we can confirm the room and time.  Even if you cannot join us in the Escape Room, please come join us at the Midland Brewing Company around 8:00 PM.

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Great Lake Loons Game
Aug
11
2:05 PM14:05

Great Lake Loons Game

Let’s Go Loons!  Come join your MPC friends and family as we cheer on our hometown heroes, the Great Lakes Loons!  Join us on Sunday, August 11th, for the 2:05 pm game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  $10/person includes your game ticket in reserved seating at the Northern Lights Pavilion and a buffet lunch (subsidized by your CP2P committee).  Ticket sales will begin Sunday, June 30th in the Allen Street lobby.  If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Neithamer at daveliz3@chartermi.net.  Nothing beats an afternoon of baseball and fellowship, so we hope to see you there!

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Family Fellowship
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Family Fellowship

6:00 p.m. Tailgate dinner at Midland Farmers Market parking lot (pizza and pop provided)

6:30 p.m. Bike ride or walk the Rail Trail to Cottage Creamery (please bring $3 per person or $10 per family for ice cream)

RSVP to Jennifer Shephard at cjshephard97@yahoo.com, on the Realm event, or on the MPC Facebook event.

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GROW CodeBreakers Escape Room
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

GROW CodeBreakers Escape Room

Get ready to challenge yourself! GROW (God Renewing Our Women) will meet at CodeBreakers Escape Room on Thursday, 6/27 at 7 pm for an hour of puzzles and codebreaking fun! After we make our escape, we'll be travel to Midland Brewing Company for appetizers and conversation. CodeBreakers: $15/person with room for 16 people--please RSVP to Karen (989-513-2962) by 6/20. MBC: not limited in space, but please let me know if you're coming by 6/24 so our table can be reserved!

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Helping Hearts and Hands
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Helping Hearts and Hands

Grab your hammer and shovel--Helping Hearts and Hands will be assisting a long-time MPC member with landscaping and water issues around her house, and we need your help! Activities will include replacing window wells and regrading the soil to prevent water leakage, assistance with clearing vegetation, and some repair work. Crews will be needed on Saturday 6/22 from 9-5 and Sunday 6/23 from 12-5, but other work dates may be available. Contact Bob Broehuizen (bibroe@earthlink.net) for more information.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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