MIPC is located on the corner of Cone Rd. and South Tropical Tr., 1 block West of S. Courtenay Blvd. (State Road 3). The main entrance to the MIPC Sanctuary is off S. Tropical Trail a short block south of Cone Road. Office Hours:  For detailed driving directions..

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From January to June. MIPC offers two different styles of Worship on Sunday morning, in order that you may joyfully meet and offer God praise in a way that best meets your needs.       

  • Contemporary Service-8:45 am
  • Traditional Service- 11:00 am
  • Fellowship Time in the Narthex between services
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(321) 452-5689
600 S. Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, Florida 32952

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Here's a quick update on what's happening this week at MIPC!

 Tonight (Tuesday, April 15):  Kids Klub at 3:00; Tremendous Tuesday dinner at 5:45 and Ringers of Tomorrow at 6:15.  Deacons meet at 6:15.

  • Wednesday, April 16:  Nominating Committee meets at 4pm.
  • Thursday, April 17:  Maundy Thursday. Service with the Lord's Supper will be held at 7pm.  Please join us for this beautiful worship experience.
  • Friday, April 18:  Good Friday. A community service will be held here at MIPC at noon.
  • Saturday, April 19:  Chapel Bazaar and Scrapbooking starting at 8:30!  Come find some treasures!
  • Sunday, April 20:  Easter Sunday. Come celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord at our 8:45 and 11:00 am worship services.  The children will make Resurrection Rolls during Sunday School between services!

 

For more information on any of these events just email back or call the church office, 321-452-5689.


 

Worship News:

 

The liturgical season of Lent, which began last month on Ash Wednesday, continues into April culminating in a time we call Holy Week. Lent is a time for us to put the distractions of the world into proper perspective and refocus our devotion to Christ.  Music of Kids Klub on April 6 In our morning (8:45 and 11:00) worship services on April 6, we will be richly blessed as MIPC Kids Klub shares musical offerings filled with their joyous energy and spirit.  Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan on April 6th (3 p.m.) Our special 50th Anniversary celebration event for April comes on the afternoon of April 6 when we will express our faith through a distinctive tradition known as Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan. This is an opportunity to worship God in a joyous service rich in Scottish heritage and Presbyterian history. The service will include a stirring processional of bagpiper, snare drummer, beadle carrying the Holy Bible, pastor, and other worshippers carrying over 20 large flags of the Clans of Scotland. We will be privileged to welcome Rich Shader as guest preacher for this service. (Our Fellowship Committee invites you to enjoy a Scottish Tea following the service!) 

 Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday (April 13) As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the gathered crowd lay cloaks and palm branches before him and called out "Hosanna!” which means “save us” (Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19). But as the palm branches reveal, their expectations were for a political messiah who would "save" them from Roman taxes and occupation. The clash between earthly and heavenly priorities sets the stage for Christ's Passion and for the final unfolding of its cosmic and eternal dimensions.  

Maundy Thursday (April 17 at 7:00 p.m.) In this special evening service, we remember the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room the evening before he was crucified. Jesus' commandment to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34) provides a devotional focus for a deeply meaningful celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.  

Good Friday Service at MIPC (April 18 at noon) This year, MIPC will host a Good Friday service that is a cooperative effort with Rockledge Presbyterian and St. Mark’s Episcopal (Cocoa) churches. This will be an opportunity for focused, prayerful reflection on the wondrous, redemptive love of Jesus Christ that we encounter in the scriptural accounts of his passion and crucifixion.

Easter Sunday (April 20) “By God's great mercy we have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Join us for this jubilant proclamation of Resurrection triumph over sin and death. Special music in both services – by our vibrant Worship Leadership Team at 8:45, and by our superb Chancel Choir with brass ensemble and guest organist Andrea Smith at 11:00 – will give prayerful voice to the joy in our hearts: Christ is Risen! Our Savior Lives!  

Generation Ringers on April 27 In our worship on April 27, we will be blessed though the music of handbells offered by our talented Generation Ringers!


 

 

Mission Committee News:

 

"Why We Share. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have. -Hebrews 13:16 "Whether it’s a roof over our heads, a warm nutritious meal, or even our ability to gather freely and worship together, many of us have enjoyed the abundance of God’s blessings. As we reflect upon the benevolence we have experienced, let us also commit to living openhanded lives by sharing these blessings with others. As we share, we offer an outward sign of thanksgiving for the presence of Christ in our lives while also bringing joy to God and to our sisters and brothers across the world.... "Through our gifts, we continue to have an impact across the world. "Through our gifts, we have helped families left devastated by a historic Texas wildfire rebuild their homes and restore their lives, by housing and feeding volunteers working diligently on the ground. "Through our gifts, we have brought new life and increased sustainability to rural villages across the African country of Niger, by providing families with access to clean water through hundreds of newly dug wells. "Through our gifts, we have assisted in the empowerment of marginalized populations in Detroit, Michigan, where an organization called Warriors on Wheels has given persons with limited physical accessibility a new chance at life and dignity. "Each year since 1949, Presbyterians like you have given generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. As we share together this year, we sincerely thank you, on behalf of all the lives touched by your generosity, for your continued investment in the church’s effort to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of God’s family."  (www.PCUSA.ORG/oghs)  Mission Committee Meeting: April 10, 5:15, Session Room.  MIPC Tutoring: Our last day of tutoring for this semester is April 10. Thanks to parents for bringing children, and special thanks to our wonderful tutors who are so giving of their time and energy.

 

 


Fellowship News:

Spring is here and the showers have been refreshing. There are several things in the works for our committee. Shilah and Leslie have been collecting your recipes for the church cookbook. The cookbook will cost less than $15, they believe. Put your order in; they need to know how many are wanted by our congregation and friends.  On April 6, we will be helping to set up for the planned “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.” Others will help with the requested donations of food to be served at the “Tea” after the program. If you have not been to this colorful event, plan to come. It is an old tradition in the Presbyterian Church. 

 Tremendous Tuesday continues through this month. Carl has prepared many delicious meals that many have enjoyed. You are welcomed any time to join in at 5:45 on Tuesday evenings. We even give away door prizes. Chaplain Norris Burkes will be speaking in late April. It will be a treat to hear his talk.  We have a new member on our committee!!! Diana Hammer just couldn’t stay away from doing something at church. We are happy to have her. Our Tuesday night clean-up crew continues to help each week. They are a “tremendous” help! Thanks to the Myricks, the Carpenters, and Sue Lawrence. There are others who pitch in also. Thanks everyone!  Norm White has been setting up the Sunday morning beverages and donut holes. Carl and Leslie served on the third Sunday. Thanks to them for doing this.  Easter time is here. Let us all give our thanks and praise. Mary Jane Page

 


RED TENT WOMEN'S GROUP

The Red Tent group has met fairly regularly for several years now! This informal women's gathering is a fun time of fellowship over a meal at a different local restaurant each month. If anyone would like to assist in the very easy task of choosing a location and sending out an email once a month, please contact the church office. April's gathering is set for April 17, 6:30 pm 



The session (church board) received a recommended from the ad hoc committee on the feasibility of adding a multi-purpose building to the property for additional classroom space to handle the child center preschool needs and place classrooms closer to the offices. The committee consists of Craig Smoot, Chuck Hayes, Trish Kent, Mike Andrews, Dave Hertzler, Shepp Lawrence (ex officio) and Sterling Smith (property committee). The recommendation to spend $6250 for drawings and civil engineer work on future water retention and parking was approved from endowment funds. Architect Jack Rood from RZK will work with church committees and present drawings and estimates to the congregation sometime in April. Nothing will happen until the congregation and Presbytery give their approval. The drawings will offer the church a vision and game plan for the future while the church continues to minister with the Ambassador Christian Academy, which currently rents our classroom space during the week. The Academy recently added 42 new students increasing their enrollment to almost 100. A town hall meeting will be held at 7pm, April 1, following Tremendous Tuesday dinner to discuss the future plans for the church. Craig Smoot, chair of the fesability study and Jack Rood, architect, will answer any questions or comments you might have. Please call (321-452-5689), or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to rsvp if you will eat with us at 5:45.

 


As we proceed with our 50th Anniversary monthly Sunday celebrations we want to include as many as possible of our past members who live both near and far away. The first weekend in May will culminate a year long journey lifting up our various ministries. The 50th Anniversary committee has decided to have a picnic on Saturday, May 3, at Kiwanis Park from 3 - 7 pm. Games and fellowship will start us off, and the food will be served later. On Sunday, May 4, there will be one worship service at 10 am with our Choir and Brass, WLT Praise Team and Generation Ringers. We have invited former pastors of MIPC to participate in the service as well. Following worship we will enjoy a covered dish luncheon. Please take time to think about as many former members as you can that would relish an invite to our festivities and send the office their address, email and phone. As with any event the best way to get the word out is by "word of mouth."


 MIPC Mission Committee

Tutoring Program:

Thank you to our tutors for working with children each Thursday, 3-5 pm in the fall and starting again January 16th and continuing through April. What a difference you are making in the lives of these children!

Please let Karri know if you are interested in serving as a tutor (or volunteer to help in other ways). Please let children in your neighborhood about this service that our church offers to our community.  Snacks for the children are always welcome. Let Karri know if you can provide drinks or healthy snacks for any of the sessions.

Questions? email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 321-258-2048. See flyer for more information. Download here.

 

Carepacks for Homeless – Consider packing several gallon size ziploc bags to keep in your car to give to people who are asking for food or donations. Suggested items: non-perishable snack items, bottles of water, toiletries (travel size items of toothpaste, soap, etc.).


Help MIPC reach its goal to support Central Brevard Sharing Center to feed Brevard's Hungry....bring in cans/jars/packages of food to every event!! Coming to Kids Klub? Help feed the Hungry. Coming to Ruth Circle? Help feed the Hungry.  Are you willing to help?


Help support the Church Bazaar-donate your gently used items. Come the third Saturday of the month and find some great treasures. All proceeds go to support MIPC projects.
  • Next event Saturday, April 19, for the monthly Chapel Bazaar and Scrapbooking, beginning at 8:30am.  There are always treasures to be found so please join us!!
HAITI- MATTHEW 28
MIPC is sharing our love and sentiments with our brothers and sisters in need in Haiti through an organization called "Matthew 28".
Our combined mission is to support:
The entire operation of an orphanage Operation of thirteen feeding centers in villages around the orphanage
Providing medical services in villages without healthcare Pastoring education classes and Bible distribution
Operation of a fish farm
Operation of a grain mill for the local  population
Building new houses for Earthquake refugees
Agricultural projects to grow their own food
Our adult Christian Education classes have been supporting this program through donations given during the Sunday classes. If you are interested in donating to the shared effort, please make checks out to MIPC and designate it for "Matthew  28" and put it into the offering plate.

                                                                
 Wondering how to put the lessons of the "Good Samaritan" into action?  Here is a list of suggestions from the Sojourner's Sunday School Class:
What Can We Do Now?
1. Carry a bag of food for a homeless person in our car. Suggestions include: cans of chili, ravioli, cans of fruit, water, granola bars, chips, a Sharing Center brochure, a MIPC message.
2. Call someone to just say," I'm thinking about you".
3. Smile more.
4. Support the MIPC Haiti Fund, the Matthew 28 orphanage.
5. Pray for the hungry.
6. Create free classes for the homeless to learn English or to fill out a job application/ resume.
7. Write congress about concerns for the helpless.
8. Join a group like "Big Brothers" or "Young Life".( Ask Vivian for details).
9. Bring new people to church and get to know their needs.
10. Give your leftovers from a restaurant to a hungry person.
11. Tell your friends about issues that concern you. Educate people about those in need.
12. Change the world by loving others ( all others) unconditionally just like Jesus did. We cannot love Jesus without loving people.
13. Bring in a tool for the Habitat for Humanity Tool Box

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April Highlights

 

April 6-Kirkin of the Tartans!!


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3 April-Tutoring 3-5 pm

5 April-Property Work Day 9 am-12 pm followed by Lunch

6 April-Kids Klub sings in both worship services-8:45 am and 11 am. 9:45 am=Sunday School Planting; 3 pm Kirkin of the Tartan and Scottish Tea; WLT 7 pm

8 April-9:30: Big Girls; 3:00: Kids Klub 5:45: Tremendous Tuesday 6:15: Ringers of Tomorrow 6:15: Committee meetings

9 April-6:00 Handbells; 7:30 Choir Rehearsal

10 April-3:00-5:00: Tutoring (last one for the school year);  5:15: Mission Committee

12 April-12 pm-2 pm: “Eggstravaganza”; 1:30: Easter Egg Hunt

13 April-PALM SUNDAY ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING 8:45 am and 11 am Worship;  12:00: Youth Silent Auction and Spaghetti Luncheon

15 April-9:30: Big Girls 3:00: Kids Klub 5:45: Tremendous Tuesday 6:15: Ringers of Tomorrow 6:15: Deacons

16 April-6:00 pm Handbells 7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

17 April-7:00: Maundy Thursday worship service and communion

18 April-12:00: Good Friday worship service  Child Care, ACA and Church Office Closed

19 April-8:30-12:00: Chapel Bazaar and Scrapbooking

20 April-EASTER SUNDAY Combined children’s Sunday School in Fellowship Hall

22 April-9:30: Big Girls; 3:00: Kids Klub; 5:45: Tremendous Tuesday; 6:15: Ringers of Tomorrow; 7:30: Session

23 April-6:00 Handbells 7:30 Choir Rehearsal

24 April-10 am-1 pm: Game Day

25 April-6:30 pm-8:30 pm: Parents Night Out

26 April-ACA Prom in Fellowship Hall

27 April-Handbells in Worship 50th Anniversary Banner  Presented 5:00: Youth Group 7:00: WLT

29 April-9:30: Big Girls; 3:00: Kids Klub; 5:45: Tremendous Tuesday 6:15: Ringers of Tomorrow 7:00: Special Speaker Norris Burkes

30 April-6:00 Handbells 7:30 Choir Rehearsal

 

 

 


Mondays: Church Office closed
Tuesdays: 9:30-Big Girls Only:Ruth Circle-2nd Tuesdays  Tremendous Tuesdays Kids Klub 3-5 pm; Angel Chimes 4 PM. Ringers of Tomorrow 6:15 pm..
Wednesday: Generation Ringers 6:30 pm/ Chancel Choir 7:30 pm
Thursday: Tutoring 3:00-5 pm  reopens Jan 16, 2014
Saturdays: Tai Chi 9:30 am; Third Saturday-Chapel Bazaar and Scrapbooking
Sundays: Worship, Sunday School, Youth Group, WLT


Planning ahead: 
April 6-Kirkin of the Tartans!!